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231  Re: 2017 DeStash Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 16, 2017 05:19:42 PM
Ear warmers!? Why didn't I think of that? I've lots of fleece scraps, 2 ears, and live in the Rockies. Duh!

I threw together a couple of draft blockers using all scraps (well, the rice inside isn't exactly "scraps" since it's uncooked, but still!

Hangs on the door knob when it needs to be out of the way:

And a plainer one for the upstairs balcony door:
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232  Draft Blockers in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: January 16, 2017 02:11:01 PM
I needed a couple of draft blockers to get me through until spring when I can more solidly solve the problem, i.e. take the doors off or having them hanging open for long periods of time. So I dug into my stash and found scraps from other projects to make some on-the-cheap!

Front door:

Loops sewn into the ends for hanging it up.

Upstairs, balcony/guest room:

There's a weird door knob thing going on with that door, so I added these D-rings for hanging it. I intend to add a hook by the door for that.

Both are made with the brown quilted material, but the front door version is covered with another layer of material to help deal with dog hair and the kind of dust we get from living in the country.
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233  Re: 2017 DeStash Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 15, 2017 02:03:36 PM
Why does it seem like knitters and crocheters have the easiest stashes to bust? Maybe the biggest stashes, too. Wink

I made the cosplay (I'm calling it "cospup") suit for Delia almost entirely out or remnants and stash! It matches the suit I made for The ManFlesh for promoting his upcoming debut novel and it is giving me giggle fits every time I look at a picture! The only thing I bought was wide, extra-strong hook & loop tape for fastening on the sides.

There are full posts with excruciating detail photos for both projects in the costume section of the clothing board, should you feel like having an excruciating look!

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234  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 15, 2017 01:57:52 PM
Everyone's things look so nice and well made! I can't list all of them, or I'll run out of time before I have to work on my next project! I have now finished 7 already this year! I know I won't keep this pace all the time, but it feels good to start strong. I may even have 8 by the end of the day.  Shocked

My best project this year so far is this cosplay outfit for Delia (cospup!) that I made to match the suit I made for The ManFlesh for promoting his debut novel, Dr Potter's Medicine Show. I did a post for it in the Costumes section of the Clothing board with tons of detail shots and the human suit is in that section, too.

It just keeps cracking me up!

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235  My 1st Cosplay Part III: Cospup, Dogter Potter's Medicine Show! caravan of pics in Costumes: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 15, 2017 01:45:49 PM

I used remnants from the Dr Potter's Medicine Show suit I made for The ManFlesh (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451059.0) to make Delia her own cospup costume! This is what the "prototype" dog coat (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451343.0) I made last week was testing. I am tickled to pieces with how it turned out! Now they have matching outfits to go with the matching beards! And matching facial expressions.  Cheesy


As I spent about 10 hours on this, not including planning, plotting, figuring, and flouncing, I am going to share photos of detail after detail.  Shocked Mostly taken at night in artificial light. Oh well!


Vest, shirt, buttons:

Collars, lapel:

The back with the buttons:

As mentioned above, it's made from remnants & leftovers from the suit I made earlier. But for the other parts: shirt, fleece liner, hook & loop & buttons,  I was able to pull from stash! The only thing I bought was wide hook & loop tape to fasten the front to the back.

(this is all for Delia's papa's debut novel, Dr Potter's Medicine Show which comes out on Feb 2 in the UK and Feb 7 in the
US - which is why I'm so busy making "Fan Art" for it!)
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236  Prototype Flannel & Fleece Dog Jacket in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 13, 2017 04:33:50 PM

I bought a dog coat recently that actually fit my Delia! So, of course, I decided to try to copy it. This is my first effort using a pattern I made from the original w/o disassembling the original at all, using left over materials from my stash.

Over all it's a pretty good fit, but there are a few fairly easy things I'll change for the next time. The neck size and some of the features of the original that I don't need.

Close up of the fabrics from stash:

The original, store-bought coat from about a month ago:

I noticed only after it was bought and worn that the care instructions are "spot clean only." FOR A DOG COAT! Gimme a break.

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237  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 10, 2017 07:40:06 PM
I have finally seen a reason for me to have had a kid: "getting rid" of stuff by just giving it to them!

Noooo, I have a whole BIG pinboard dedicated to inspirations for sending fun mail. SOMEDAY I will follow your impressive lead!

I did a project not on my list, because this adorable dog needed some biscuits and we have "too much" bacon grease saved in the back of the fridge. Turns out that's a thing, I guess.

I made a post about it over in the pet section with a link to the recipe, more pic, etc.
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238  Because the Only Good Squirrel is a Bacon Biscuit Squirrel in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 10, 2017 07:19:22 PM

Some how we ended up with too much bacon grease! And just about the time I realized this, Delia ran out of dog biscuits. (not all treats, just biscuits)

So I whipped up some squirrel and bone shaped biscuits using a recipe from this blog that I had pinned on Pinterest: http://dukesandduchesses.com/bacon-dog-biscuits/

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239  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 08, 2017 07:48:47 PM
Chocolate and lasagna in one? WHAT!?

Over the last week or so I have knocked out 3 really boring home projects, but they will make our lives easier and one will make it safer, so at least they're practical AND DONE!

The stairs going to our front deck have a few issues, but the most vital was that there was no real handrail. Just a thing that looked a little like a handrail in the place where a handrail should be, only it's too big to really be grabbed by most human hands.

And I did two similar projects one in our (messy) mudroom and one in master closet (no pic). I need some decent looking baskets or bins to go up on that shelf for stuff we store out there - The ManFlesh's bike stuff, grilling supplies, etc. and I need to find my canvas closet storage pieces so we can store hats, gloves, scarves in that.

But my next project should be a fun on!
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240  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 01, 2017 10:00:40 AM
I had such grand plans for destashing in 2016! Instead I remodeled my kitchen for 5 months, started the bathroom, did fan crafting to promote The ManFlesh's novel that comes out in Feb, did exterior repairs around the property, and so forth. But I did sneak in this all-stash project right at the end of the year. Reusable produce bags for the grocery store. Made with tulle and ribbon that I've had for at least 20 years, scavanged toggle-thingies, and leftover fabric tape from other projects. Used up the tulle and the tapes!

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