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31  Whooooo Made a Cold Shoulder Top? This Gal! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: July 26, 2017 06:29:47 PM
I just finished this cold shoulder top!

It's Simplicity 1805, View F using an Art Gallery Fabrics cotton blend jersey.

I think the sleeves would drape better had I used a lighter weight knit, on they have a bit of an 1980s space sitcom vibe, but I'll wear it anyway!
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32  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: July 24, 2017 07:35:28 PM
Well, WOW! I have just looked through the last 8 or 9 pages and am a little overwhelmed at all the great projects! I'm just honored to be on the same thread... despite the fact that there was no barrier to entry. Wink

I don't remember what was the last project I shared here, but what I finished just tonight is this little handbag that goes with a kind-of-costume I'm putting together. It's inspired by an antique typewriter key.

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33  Old-timey Typewriter Key Inspired Handbag - The Letter T in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: July 24, 2017 06:46:49 PM

I made this antique typewriter key-inspired bag to go with a dress I'm making from a Tim Holtz cotton print with all kinds of antique typewriter imagery on it. I decided to try to make it using only materials from my stash... and I succeeded!

The front is two kinds of vinyl, silver and a perforated black. I used craft paint that I mixed up to make the light ivory letter T. I used a stencil from Contact Paper. The back is just the silver vinyl.

The sides and strap are home dec fabric left over from a decade's old project, the zipper was in my grandmother's sewing supplies when I inherited them, and the hardware was harvested off straps on old collapsible camping chairs. WOO!

I'm not especially tickled with how the side came out and would probably try something different should I decide to make another, but it's really for what is essentially a costume, so I'm OK with it. It's not lined at all, either.  Tongue
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34  Pleated Panda Shirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: July 20, 2017 12:13:33 PM
After some practice with a couple of semi-wearable muslins, I made this panda shirt!

I used Vogue 9205, a Very Easy Vogue pattern, View A. The fabric is by Art Gallery Fabrics, Pandalcious Jersey Knit.
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35  Patio Storage Box in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 09, 2017 07:53:01 PM

I've already posted a few projects from my ongoing balcony upgrade project. I tuned up this old mailbox to use to store a few things that might come in handy out there.

It's spray painted with brown primer that I varnished with a matte sheen spray on the outside. On the inside it's copper spray paint to tie in with the copper-y furniture out there.

The "supplies" label (pictured, top) is made with ink-jet-friendly shrink plastic coated with triple think gloss glaze.

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36  Refurbished Patio Side Table: More Copper! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 09, 2017 07:42:02 PM

I've been working on tuning up our 2nd story balcony. While I was working on our bistro set, I decided we needed another, more relaxed sitting area at the other end. I already had this little side table, so got it out of storage and gave it a similar copper treatment as the rest*.

I also picked up a couple inexpensive Adirondack chairs for which I made some head rests with the fabric left over from the seat cushions I made for the bistro set*.

It's actually roomy enough for us to sit there comfortably, even though we're both long-legged. I'm part way through refinishing the deck surface out there and when that's done it's going to feel so fresh and comfy!

*Bistro Set: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452672.0

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37  Patio Coasters! Like Ya' Do. in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 03, 2017 04:55:47 PM
I've been tuning up our 2nd floor balcony, including refinishing a side table. Between that hard work and the glass top on the bistro table, I decided coasters were necessitated.  Roll Eyes

ALL MATERIALS CAME FROM STASH! Coaster blanks, topped with sealed scrapbook paper, with cork on the bottom.

Here they are on the refinished table.

When not in use they'll be stored with a few other balcony necessities in an old mailbox that I repainted for this purpose.

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38  Copper-look Bistro Set + New Seat Cushions in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 01, 2017 01:13:32 PM
I've started a pretty thorough revamp of our balcony. Access is slightly less convenient than the deck access and it's smaller, but dang if it ain't real, real pleasant up there when it is too hot or windy on the deck that is right below it.

We have an old bistro set that has been in need of refinishing since the moment that the last new coat of paint dried on it 6 or so years ago. That was a plan gone wrong! And the cushions had long since gone away.

I got lucky that I had all the materials for repainting the table and chairs on hand!
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39  Vintage Thermoses > Bedside Lamps in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: June 23, 2017 08:00:30 PM
I'm on a tear updating our guest room and my latest edition are these lamps I made from a couple of vintage thermoses.

The two thermoses are slightly different sizes, but that doesn't bother me. I did try to make sure that the shades ended up at the same height, though.

I really need to get around to investing in some reflectors for taking photos in the house... I tried all kinds of variations, but just couldn't get a good one of them in place.  Undecided  The next project in there is new window shades!

Speaking of "shades," that lampshades are from a big box store; I glued clearance trim to the bottom for some flair.

I posted a link to the original, wonderful tutorial I found via pinterest and described the changes I made to that to suit my situation on my blog:
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40  More Zombie Dentition Specimens! A Trio of Terror! [a hoard of pics] in Halloween Decor and Parties by TheMistressT on: June 21, 2017 08:05:06 PM
I got a commission for a set of 3 pairs of Zombie Dentition Specimens! YAHOO! Er... I mean, BRAINS!

Two of the pairs had different indentations in the top piece which presented challenges for fitting the narrative that comes with the Specimens. But with a little brain racking I came up with a couple of solutions that really tickle me! The first pair's indentations were from rubber bands. I used those to support some twine I "gundged up."

The second pair had 3 round-ish depressions in which I inserted faux screw heads.

The third pair were pretty standard, so I gave the poor undead fellow a tarnished "silver" tooth.

I'm giving them a few extra days for the varnish to cure before packing them up to ship. I've grown so fond of them, that I know I'll miss having them around.
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