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221  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 03, 2015 01:40:05 PM
Please post pics of your stash-made items!  Even if they end up with their own post you can share them here too.

WOO!  Four (4) pot holders for my guy friend, using remnants from PJs (Star Trek), boxer shorts (space fantasy lady), diaper covers (dinos), & various projects (guitars)/

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222  Automobile Trash Collection Bag - 4 images in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: January 01, 2015 02:33:43 PM
**Not sure if this is the right category for this project, but it kind of seems like "housewares" for some reason.**

Both of our mothers got brand new cars this summer, so I decided to make them trash collection bags.  I used this tutorial that I found via pinterest: http://www.a-ditchin-time-quilts.blogspot.com/2012/01/tutorial-for-my-car-trash-bags.html

Both cars are silver, the MIL's has a cream leather interior.

My mom's is silver with black leather.

And there's a Pellon liner into and over which a plastic bag can fit.

Here it is with shopping bag over it. Even though I'm pretty good about remembering my reusable shopping bags, I sometimes forget and so does The ManFlesh.

We're having a belated family Christmas later this month and they'll receive them then.
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223  2 Wee Bottle Brush Tree Ornaments in Salt n Pepper Shaker Lids! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 28, 2014 08:31:07 PM
I had leftover lids from a set of salt and pepper shakers used for bases for bottle brush trees.  I used these lids for, guess what, more bottle brush trees!   Roll Eyes

I added a little detail around the threaded bit of the lid using trim remnants from my stash.

They'll probably end up as gift toppers next year.
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224  Ceramic Cherub w/ Purple Bottle Brush Tree in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 28, 2014 12:14:17 PM
I'm not going to stop making bottle brush tree decorations and you can't stop me!  I have no shortage of trees and no shortage of decorative doodads to put them in.

Here's a tiny cherub* knick knack I picked up to add to the collection of purple trees that decorate our main bathroom at Christmas.  The tree itself is about 2.5" or about 6.33 cm.

*I can't tell you that the cherub is not dry humping that horn of plenty...
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225  White and Gold Bottle Brush Tree! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 24, 2014 01:55:03 PM

What do you know, another bottle brush tree!  This is a gift for the friend who pretty much introduced me to bottle brush trees!  I asked her what colors she could use in her Christmas decor and she said white/off-white/gold are always good.  

It's got 360 degree views!  That way it can be set in a window sill, on a counter top or where ever and still look finished.

And what do you know, I just happen to have a "gold" door knob to set it it that just happen to have come from her house!  WHAT!?  Yup, a few years ago she gave me a couple of doors that we stored in her attic and no longer needed so I could build Satan's Throne.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=393303.0   That old story.

Annnnnd I didn't think about all the weight the "ornaments" would add so it was kind of too heavy for the door knob. OOPSIE!  I used the lid to a small cheese box to make a wider base.  Painted with "brass" acrylic paint and topped with Snow Tex painted with pearl acrylic paint.

And on the bottom a stamped label so she'll always remember where it came from. I just realized that I didn't date it! D'oh! It's all wrapped and packaged for a less-than-one-week-late delivery though, so...  yeah.
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226  Hand-embroidered Western Shirt: Weasel Riding a Bear... like ya' do. in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 21, 2014 10:01:09 AM
It's been ages since I embroidered so why not go kind of big?  This western shirt is a holiday gift for The ManFlesh who has been discovering his inner WesternMan since we moved to Montana. Wink  "A weasel riding a bear" is a big theme of his although, I think this is only the second time it has made it into physical form, at least around here.

My friend, Bascom Hogue, drew the pattern for me - I can't draw and, boy he sure can!  THANK YOU, BASCOM!

Each yoke is a little different, just because of how I interpreted the transfer as I was stitching.  This shot is blurry, but I didn't realize that until I'd wrapped the gift!

It seemed a little plain with just the front yokes embellished so I added a line of stitches down each side of the placket.  The left side is bear-colored and the right is ground-colored.  He's a untucked shirt kind of guy unless the situation really required tucking in, so I stopped short of the bottom of the placket and put a little stylized fletching detail.  (again with the blurry)

I thought it would be fun to wrap it in a non-shirt box to keep it a bit more secret and what do you know, I have a shoe box that says "bare traps" (like "bear traps") on it! 

And tissue with bear tracks!  I think the other tracks are probably wolf, but I bet they're weasel-y enough. Tongue

I was able to spend a few hours each day over several days while he was at work to do most of the stitching.  Our house is kind of dark - that's how we like it - so daylight was vital to working on this dark material.  This meant I often had "managerial oversight" as documented below.   Tongue

The next 3.5 days I have to wait until he receives it are going to be hard on me!
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227  Bottle Brush Tree Shadow Box Ornaments (a forest of pics) in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 20, 2014 08:03:40 PM
I made these shadow box ornaments for my secret sisters!

Store-bought shadow boxes with bleached and dyed wee bottle brush trees.

Snowflake gems, sparkly snowflake ribbon, and scrapbook papers.

Wee colored jingle bells dangling from the bottom.

Stamped on the back: date and my sisters' names and mine. YEY!

There's no shortage of glitter detailing on these!
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228  Little Trees on TALL, Skinny, Brass Candlesticks in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 12, 2014 12:55:35 PM
I have a 70s-inspired bathroom in my house because we need to live with the avocado shower stall and avocado/cream/gold glitter swirl counter/sink for a few years.  So we've embraced antiqued-brass, certain shades of green and yellow, and the like.  So when I spotted these brass candlesticks at the thrift store on sale for 50 cents each, I grabbed them up for bottle brush tree bases.  WOO!

As per usual, I bleached them, then dyed one green and one tan, leaving one just the bleach color.  I dug through my stash of trims and ribbons and found a remnant left from a Halloween costume that was just right!

I think I'm allllllmost done making bottle brush trees for this Christmas.  Probably.
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229  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 10, 2014 02:18:44 PM
The pink ornaments on the wreath to the left are from Mistress T.  Cheesy

I love your Santas!

Oh, yey!  I'm glad you found something awesome to do with them.  I came on to add another pic and it's of an ornament wreath!  So coinkidinky.

It's hung at the bottom of our driveway.  I can't wait until I can see it with a fuller coating of snow on everything.
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230  More Bottle Brush Trees! Now with More Vintage Bases! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 10, 2014 11:09:56 AM
Finished 2 more bottle brush tree projects!  Both are bleached, then dyed, and in vintage bases.

First up is the Santa hat tree!  The mug was given to me by my grandmother who probably got it new in 1959 when it was made.  I love his sassy wink!

Second it the Tin Cup hat inspired by this little toy cup I picked up at the thrifts when I was looking for bases for bottle brush trees. How convenient!

And a close up of the charming little cup.

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