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251  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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252  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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253  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 10, 2014 02:18:44 PM
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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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254  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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255  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 10, 2014 10:53:25 AM
We have just a few Santas.  L to R: Thrift store blow mold Santa light, PEZ dispenser (I have two for some reason), a nut cracker that was The ManFlesh's as a child, and a 1959 mug given to me by my grandmother 20-ish years ago.  I just added the bottle brush tree hat! 



Sorry the photo is backlit rubbish.  Wink
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256  Wildlife-themed Holiday Cards (a herd of pics) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 09, 2014 01:12:20 PM
It's been several years since I sent out cards for the holidays. I had a really bad year a while back and just haven't gotten back into the habit until this year.  And like a masochist, I decided to make them.  All 30 of them.

There are 3 styles:

Moose




Bison



Elk



I cut scrapbook paper to cover store-bought card blanks, printed out clipart critters onto wood grain scrapbook paper, stamped gold speech balloons onto yet more scrapbook paper, and punched out snowflakes from (wait for it...) scrapbook paper.  Allll hand cut.  Like a chump.  Now I can see how I could use a Cricut or similar tool!

A closer look at the wood grain on the bison.



And the snowflakes have a subtle gold paisley pattern.



And the inside.  The green "oh what FUN" is stamped and the black wishes are printed onto self-adhesive, clear address labels.



I ended up using the same elk on the wood grain paper to decorate these gift bags.  I didn't plan it when I was gathering supplies, but they're the same color scheme, too.

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257  Home Canned Bottle Brush Tree! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 09, 2014 12:39:44 PM
I've been working on several bottle brush tree decorations; some for us and some for gifts.  This is my first finished one!  



Inside the vintage, 2 quart (I think), blue mason jar with it's zinc lid is a bleached bottle brush tree covered with some vintage "diamond dust" I found at a thrift store years ago.  The tree is set into a salt/pepper shaker that has a little bit of aqua glitter in it.  The snow is a craft store supply that seems to be made from shredded plastic bags.

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258  Custom Gift Bags in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 09, 2014 10:45:17 AM
The ManFlesh is the IT manager at a wildlife-related organization.  We got his employees, "The Nerds," these nifty little tools for Christmas gifts. 



I was hoping to find boxes of the appropriate size and just wrap them up traditionally, but the right size boxes didn't present themselves on the first try so I picked up these bags, tissue, and ribbon and then printed these copyright-free elk clip art elk on wood grain scrapbook paper.



And these are the nifty little tools we're giving them.

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259  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 05, 2014 10:37:19 PM
I grabbed a few more pics today!  I'm almost done... I must be.


This is Mavis. She hangs out in our living room all year 'round, but she likes to wear different outfits or disguises. This is her Christmas get up the last 2 years.


This is Ramon, the T-rex that lives in our stairwell. He also enjoys outfits and disguises.
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260  Kermit the Frog Tree Skirt! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 05, 2014 12:43:51 PM
I made one of my tinsel trees into a Kermit the Frog tree last year, but didn't have a skirt for it.  I remembered that we had a Kermit "collar" that was The ManFlesh's when he was like 4 or 5 years old and put it on the tree stand. BUT it didn't really cover much.  When I asked if he would mind if I used it to make a proper tree skirt, he said "do whatever you want with it."  So when I took down the decorations last year I set the tree and the collar aside, then went and bought material for it.  It sat in my craft room until last night! 



I know that the light/dark of the collar/body are reversed, but the collar was dark enough that when I put it with darker material it lost it's Kermit vibe.



I am kind of in love with this little tree now!  I have two other tinsel trees this size, but in other colors. Now that I have a pattern for a skirt, I hope I'll make skirts for them as well.  Hopefully before another year goes by, but...
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