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261  Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 17, 2015 06:09:15 PM
I altered a store bought sweater to make TheManFlesh a Krampus sweater!

I remembered a decades old Martha Stewart Magazine craft about stitching with a needle and yarn over the existing knit of a sweater and decided to give it a whirl to make a tacky Krampus sweater. I used an image of a sweatshirt printed to look like a sweater as a guide, some yellow thread to mark the center of the sweater, and went to town. It took hours and hours and was kind of a pain in the @$$, but I am really pleased with how it turned out! The photo below is probably the most accurate color.

I might end up giving it to him early since we're going to a party on Sunday night and his last day of work for the year is tomorrow and we are staying home in Montana for the Christmas.

Here is a close up of the stitches. I used a sock-weight yarn. I don't knit or crochet, so that's about all I can tell you about the yarn other than it's a cotton blend and the sweater is a wool blend.

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262  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: December 16, 2015 06:11:07 PM
Such great projects in so many media! I finally got another from-stash project done: a new ironing board cover.

I made another for a friend from material she sent me, so while it didn't bust my stash, at least it didn't add to it!
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263  Not Your Big Box Store Ironing Board Covers in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 16, 2015 10:43:16 AM

A friend asked to commission an ironing board cover, but given I'd never made one before I figured it would take longer than is reasonable to pay for, at least from a friend. So I told her I'd do it for her for Christmas. Also, because I hadn't made one before, I decided to practice doing one for myself as I needed one anyway. I even already had enough of this faux bois fabric, so essentially free ironing board cover!

Why did I drag my ironing board out into the snow to take the photos? It just tickled me and I knew I'd have better lighting out there.

I used this tutorial: http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/2012/02/sew-along-with-me-ironing-board-cover.html
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264  Re: 2015 Tree/Decoration-Along! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 12, 2015 02:56:06 PM
I've posted most of my decorations in the past and I tend to make/buy them for specific rooms and spots so they only change a little each year. This is my alternatree before I decorated it, but also before 80% of the wrapped packages were mailed off to family and friends.

This year I did a theme for wrapping gifts, plaid/checks and faux bois/bark, in red, green, white, grey. Over the last year I collected wrapping papers and fabric ribbons on sale or with discounts and this summer I sold or donated a lot of my old paper and curling ribbon collection - I'm trying to up my gift wrapping game! At the "last minute" I picked up a 5-piece set of just-right washi tape on sale, too!

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265  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: December 01, 2015 07:26:37 AM
i finally got another de-stash project made! Thanksgiving morning between baking a pumpkin pie and picking up our moms at the airport, I managed to whip this Thanksgiving decoration together with a reproduction, two-piece chocolate mould I received as a gift last January and supplies from my stash.


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266  Turkey Mould Thanksgiving Decoration in Thanksgiving by TheMistressT on: November 26, 2015 11:49:36 AM
I got one last Thanksgiving project in and just in the nick of time; after I'd finished my food responsibilities and before I go to the airport to pick up our moms!

I was given the reproduction, two-piece chocolate mould as a birthday gift back in January. I am pretty sure it would not be good to use to make a giant chocolate turkey both for health and logistical reasons, so I felt comfortable drillling holes in it for the eyelets. I had every single bit of supplies in my stash: eyelets, handmade bias tape, burlap ribbon, D-rings, and orange twine. (the color in the photos is a bit off, the twine is an orange-red and the eyelets are a golden tan n real life)

There is another eyelet in the top of the ribbon for hanging. It hangs on the side of the kitchen cabinets that you walk by to enter the kitchen from the living room.

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267  Trophy Wine Stoppers in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: November 19, 2015 06:43:04 PM
I think this idea was one of my very first pins nearly 4 years ago. I finally dug around on the interwebz for trophy parts and was pleasantly surprised at the low cost. Less than $4 each for these and many for around $2 each.

I used corks reclaimed from empty whiskey bottles that I have been saving for yearrrrrrrrs. Turns out not all booze bottles have cork tops that will fit wine bottles, so I am glad I checked first!

The turkey was for wine bottles around our house, but shortly after taking the picture I dropped it and it broke at the legs. I'm going to try to glue it, but dangit! The runner is for my SIL who has run a couple of marathons in the last couple of years. The doe and buck are for our dry and sweet vermouth bottles, respectively. Sweet for buck, because that's usually want The ManFlesh uses and the doe for the dry, because that's what I usually use (YEY MARTINIS!)
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268  Rustic, Re-purposed, Wreath-alternative in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: November 18, 2015 10:30:18 AM
A winter decoration for the new woodshed! (see that project here: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/10/i-spent-good-part-of-september-building.html)

Inspired by an instagram account that I follow (@rebrandinghistory), I snagged this old lawnmower-like wheel at a vintage market for $2 the very next day!  

I had the twill tape with the measuring tape print in my stash.

Here's the original instagram image: https://www.instagram.com/p/9xGM1lQiJl/?taken-by=rebrandinghistory
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269  Small Woodland Wreath (bountiful pics) in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: November 17, 2015 06:14:00 PM

I made this wreath for a friend who collects them for her holiday decorating. It's built on an 8" grape vine form that I glittered up to match the glittery pine cone floral pic I found. The glitter doesn't show well in the photos, but I didn't know that until I had it wrapped and ready to ship.

Some details:

Wee tiny toadstools I found NIB at the thrift store this summer,

The glittery pine cones (plastic) and the mini birch (?) tree.

I sewed two ribbons from my stash together to make the hanger, then added more glittery pine cones and a toadstool. There is actually a wire loop on the back for hanging.

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270  Hand-carved Bookplate Stamp in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: November 12, 2015 11:34:32 AM
One of my oldest friends has a birthday coming up (before this gift will arrive - ahem) so I decided to make him a bookplate stamp, primarily for his moderately large collection of photography art books. He is a photographer and has worn this luchador mask for speaking engagements and other similar events. He also had custom luchador masks made as premiums for special orders of his photography books.

I mount it, I used a 5" x 5" pre-cut plaque from the craft store that I cut the routed edges off of with my compound miter saw. Then I stamped a final image to I decoupaged onto the back.

I was really nervous that it was going to be a train wreck and was so relieved when it turned out pretty great, if I do say so myself.  Roll Eyes

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