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231  Quick & Easy Screen Door Replacement in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by TheMistressT on: June 13, 2015 08:16:41 AM
The screen doors that came with our house are decent-looking, but poorly functioning for a few reasons. Last autumn I took down the one on the front door and stored it in the shop. When it was time to put it up this spring, I just couldn't bring myself to do it so I resurrected a stalled project of another door using the materials on-hand to replace it with something that functions better for our needs.

Security isn't so much of an issue on our place, so this is a suitable front door solution for us. I think it could be a good solution for doors where security isn't a factor and in rental situations since there are no screws or nails required to mount it using the tension rod.

The details of how I assembled this curtain-style screen are on my blog.
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232  Ex Libris: Hand-carved Book Plate Stamp in Father's Day by TheMistressT on: June 06, 2015 07:22:31 PM

My Beastie Grrrlz' papa, The ManFlesh, is a BIG reader.  BIG. Like, can read for 14 hours a day if he doesn't have any other obligations or tasks-at-hand. Between us we probably have a couple thousand books, but about 80% are his.  ALSO he loves the look of wood and lino cuts, so when I saw this post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176460.0), I decided to give stamp carving a try for the VERY FIRST TIME.

I used a drawing of a weasel riding a bear that my friend, Bascom Hogue, made for me for embroidering a western shirt for The ManFlesh for Christmas. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437308.0) I added a local, striking rock feature in the background, and a stylized log for the text below. When I went in search of something suitable to mount it to, I happened upon the uber discounted bin of wood-mounted stamps at the craft store and picked up a stamp with the right sized block for about $2! I just removed the label and the stamp, cleaned off the remaining adhesive, and attached my carving and an impression of it. The carving is approximately 3" wide and 4" high.

Now I just have to wait in agony for TWO WHOLE WEEKS for Father's Day!  
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233  Girls' Weekend Welcome Bags! in Party Planning by TheMistressT on: May 30, 2015 12:54:56 PM
Two of my besties are coming from Oregon and California to visit me in Montana this weekend! ACK!  And to top it off, The ManFlesh is away so it's going to be just us girls!  YEY!

I put together these little welcome gift bags.

There's a woodsy theme since I live in right against the National Forest and in the woods myself. 

I made pink faux bois flannel sleep masks, because I want them to be able to sleep in on their vacation and the days are noticeably longer at our latitude than either of theirs.

And because my dogs can be noisy in the morning - especially when there are friends visiting, I supplied them with ear plugs, too. I worried they'd get kind of lost in the bag with the tissue and everything, so I decorated up an envelope to put them in.

Sealed with self-adhesive ribbon another one of my besties gave me.

The rest of it is store bought:

Two nail polishes, a glittery pencil, and the pink tissue stamped with a tree contains a vintage-style "souvenir" towel of Montana that I forgot to take a photo of before wrapping. But you can kind of see it thru the double layers of tissue anyway. Wink
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234  Ticking Stripe Duvet Set in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: May 27, 2015 06:27:08 AM
DISCLAIMER: Between the lack of natural light on that side of the room because of the bookcase/room divider and my lack of photography skills, the photos are kind of crummy. I think it's nicer looking, more inviting, in person. I hope I am right. Undecided

Last November both out mothers came to visit for the long Thanksgiving weekend. We have one permanent guest room, so we got one of those tall inflatable mattresses, cleared out the studio mess, and set up an auxiliary guest room in there. This is probably the one room in the house we haven't done any updating in since we bought the house about 2.75 years ago, so pardon the fake paneling, etc.  Since we already had a third comforter and enough pillows, I went ahead and made a duvet set to help it look like a "real" bed.  I used a cotton ticking stripe in black/natural and a natural/black gingham check around the seams.

I can't remember my logic or inspiration (probably something I saw on Pinterest), but instead of standard pillow shams, I made lined "tubes" with ties on either end. I think the look suits the "utilitarian" quality of the ticking, though.

It is backed with a material from a natural tan sheet set. Instead of snaps or buttons, I used ties for the closure on the duvet as well. Some unbleached cotton twill tape I had in my stash. I am pretty sure I saw this style of closure on Pinterest, too.  Cool

Since the photo was taken I have set up a little side table with a milk crate topped with a vintage metal tray and added a lamp. Hopefully it will be comfortable enough for a girls' weekend coming up in a few days!

Once it was made, I noticed that a vintage-style souvenir tea towel I had looked really neat with it, so I made a cushion cover out of it for a little extra bit of the "real" bed look. Here's a post on that: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439425.0
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235  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: May 25, 2015 07:49:37 PM
A quickie project ALL from stash! A vintage-style tea towel (with letters for the May challenge, it so happens) turned into a cushion cover for the auxiliary guest bed! The towel, the backing, the thread, buttons, and even the pillow form are all from stash. WOO!

Posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439425.0
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236  Vintage-style Tea Towel Throw Pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: May 25, 2015 06:22:17 PM

I made this throw pillow for our auxiliary guest bed from a vintage-style tea towel I had in my stash.  In fact, all the materials were from stash! It's a little too big to fit the pillow form, but I wanted to use the whole design & already had the form in my stash.

The backing is unbleached cotton duck from another project that I had made a "muslin" with and then seam ripped to make this; and the buttons are from my recently acquired 4-generation button box. Threads from some other project as well.

Terrible, dark and blurry photo of the back, but at least you can see the placement of the buttons.
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237  Renovating Resin Wicker Patio Chairs in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: May 18, 2015 02:18:10 PM

A few years ago when my resin wicker patio chairs' seats started failing I was distraught. Sure, they're not gorgeous, but they are decent-looking, comfortable, and most importantly they stack for storage. I looked for the material to reweave the seats, but only came up with the entirely wrong material. So I winged an upholstery fix that failed at the end of last year.  Sigh.  This winter I found an online source for resin wicker and a month or so ago, I ordered it up to give it a try.  Then I ordered more to finish my 6 chairs.  So far I have done 4 which is what I need for our first round of summer guests at the end of the month. I'll do the others after the visits are done.



The top of the backs of the chairs is also failing, but not in a dangerous way; just ugly and sometimes uncomfortable. I had enough fabric left from the upholstery effort to make slip covers for 4 chairs, plus the fronts of the other 2.

They just slide over the top, envelope style. and fasten with a tab and button underneath where the armrest attaches to the back.

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238  Bleach Stencil Tee Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: May 17, 2015 01:20:39 PM
The ManFlesh's buddy, Juan, is easily our most-visiting friend. We host more overnight guests since we moved from Oregon to Montana and Juan (who is among the furthest away) has visited twice as much as anyone else!  Last time he was coming, I was asking the ManFlesh a question about it and accidentally said "Juantana."  Well, it's obvious that word stuck. 

We thought Juan deserved some kind of acknowledgment for being the most frequent visitor and that is a commemorative tee shirt.

I used the tried and true freezer paper stencil method with bleach. I'm pleased with the result and The ManFlesh tells me that Juan will love it. Here's hoping!

^that's the stencil ironed on and ready for the application of bleach. This is also the most accurate representation of the original color of the shirt
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239  Embroidered Applique Hoodie for Mom in Mother's Day by TheMistressT on: May 04, 2015 07:54:01 AM
About 2.5 years ago, The ManFlesh and I moved from Oregon to Montana, leaving behind our families and friends.  Of course, our moms were probably hit the hardest; you know how moms are.   Kiss

I embroidered this for my mom, then appliqued it on a lightweight hoodie for her Mother's Day gift.

When The ManFlesh saw it, he asked if I would make one for his mom as well. Same pattern, different colors.

My mom is going to be traveling with friends over Mother's Day, so I mailed it to her early saying she could open it early, take it with her to open on Mother's Day, or open it when she gets home. She chose early and told me she "loves it, loves it, loves it" and that it made her so happy that she cried a little. Awwwwwwww.
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240  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 26, 2015 11:28:49 AM
Those teeny tiny seams!  I can't imagine.

I made two more bowl holder thingies for microwaving leftovers safely. Wink

They're the same, reversible, both prints leftover from making boxer shorts for The ManFlesh.
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