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261  Stash Busting, Faux Bois Dog Crate Set - 4 Pics for the 4-legged in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 07, 2015 10:06:39 AM
I'm trying to organize my life, particularly my craft supplies and workspace. This means working from my stash whenever possible.

The bed in the large dog crate that we keep in the kitchen needed a new cover and I already had some great material for it!   It's left over from a duvet set I made last spring for our guest room and came from Ikea. It's heavy duty and even better, it's a mix of browns and black the colors of dirt and my dogs.

For reasons I won't go into here, my 2 dogs must be kept separated and shouldn't really see each other in the house, so there had been a towel clipped to the side of the crate that faces the rest of the house.  I had just enough material to make a nicer looking drape than was the old blue bath sheet!  It's backed with leftover sheeting material that I had used to back yet another duvet set for yet another guest bed (that one inflatable).  You can kind of see the lining in the photo above

The drape is attached at the top by running binder rings through 1/2" button holes and the wire of the crate.

And here is an action shot. Betty was annoyed that I'd interrupted her nap for a photo shoot and would not look at the camera or look at all pleased or happy.  Dogs, right?

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262  Faux Bois White Dough Gift Tags in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 05, 2015 02:12:42 PM
I used a recipe from pinterest to make a whiter version of salt dough that uses corn starch and baking soda to make these gift tags.  I used a wood grain textured mat, then cut the shapes with cookie cutters.

Those with names are for family packages that we've yet to deliver due to postponing our gathering, rubber stamped the names. 

These have pigment ink on them, a few colors all with metallic gold on top.  They'll go in with the wrapping paper to use as "needed."

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263  Stash Busting Pot Holders for Him - 5 pics, one MAYBE NSF in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: January 03, 2015 01:59:51 PM
One of my oldest friends and besties has requested some pot holders.  He has moved in with a girlfriend for the first time which means not only putting most of his belongings in storage in order to rent out his condo, but moving from the Pacific NW to Austin, TX!  Apparently, he over stored when it comes to kitchen items as her kitchen is less well stocked than his was. Smiley

I checked my stash before buying new material and was able to find four (4) different remnants that I thought would work great.  YEY STASH BUSTING!

From a PJs project:

From other pot holders:

From boxer shorts:

From diaper covers:

All are backed with quilted, heat-reflective ironing board cover material with a sandwich of cotton batting.  No one likes a pot holder that gets hot too quickly!

I'll mail them off in a day or so.
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264  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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265  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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266  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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267  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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268  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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269  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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270  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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