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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Decoupage Binder Clips on: December 16, 2018 06:04:02 PM
The ManFlesh has a binder clip system for managing printouts of drafts of manuscripts as he is editing them. So I thought it would be a fun little thing to make some plain old binder clips a little more decorated as a little gift for xmas.

I had all the materials on hand!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Turmeric-hiding Yellow Tee Shirt on: December 10, 2018 01:35:49 PM
The ManFlesh has been cooking quite a bit with turmeric. I've already made turmeric-colored napkins, picked up a turmeric-colored kitchen towel, and dug up an old, yellow dish rag to try to keep the stains contained.

The man never remembers to wear an apron or at least put on a already-stained shirt! So for xmas, he's getting this!

I cut a freezer paper stencil with my Cricut, mixed a few yellow craft paints together with textile medium to get a turmeric-y stain color, et voila!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Embellished Hand Towel on: December 10, 2018 12:18:18 PM

Two of our "water" rooms use purple in the decor and purple is not the easiest color to find Christmas decor in! I got lucky to find this grey and glittery snowflake towel to go with this purple glittery fabric I found!

It can go in our main floor bathroom...

... or the kitchen!

Let it snow!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Card Making "Kit" Labels/Tags on: December 08, 2018 07:41:49 AM
Our nieces (ages 13 and will-be-12-at Christmas) always draw their Thank You and other notecards to us and I assume everyone else, too. So I put together some simple Make-a-Card Kits for them for Christmas gifts to go with the inevitable gift cards - I'm a little sad that we're entering the gift card years. Sniff.

The only photo I got was sort of poorly lit, but I finished well after dark last evening and was eager to get things all wrapped up, because these were my last packages to go into the box to ship off for the holidays! So I didn't get pics of the kits, but they included: a 25-pack of blank cards/envelopes, erasable colored pencils (their favored method of decorating), a good eraser, postage stamps, and a sheet of return address labels I made and printed up).
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Spool Box, Decorated for Xmas on: December 08, 2018 07:23:07 AM
When I saw this spool box pattern on svgcuts.com, I knew it was right for a friend of mine for Christmas.


And I decided to make it Christmas themed just for fun! I was able to use stashed bits and bobs, plus a few new ones. Wink

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Vintage Pup Planter with Bottle Brush Tree on: December 07, 2018 05:30:05 AM
Whew! This gift has arrived and been opened so I can finally post it! It's so hard to wait to post a project, especially one you're so tickled with, isn't it?

Pink and gold are such a pretty combination, especially with soft white. I had fun figuring this one out and then putting it all together. And so... LOTSA PICS!

The planter, the collar decoration, and the pink glass balls are all vintage which I think adds some nice character.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Small Paper Gift Boxes on: December 05, 2018 08:01:04 PM
I have been looking for svg files for gift card boxes that was something easily malleable for different occasions and different recipients. A friend showed me these "cookie boxes" and I decided they fit the bill!

I used cardstock from a pad of color coordinated winter images and it came with the tags, too.

They're about 4" (10+ cm) square and about 1.5" (3.8 cm) deep, so plenty of room for a gift card in its original paperboard packaging.

I used my Cricut Explore to do the cutting and scoring.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Five Whimsical Bottle Brush Trees on: December 02, 2018 09:51:26 AM

I went a little bananas making some more bottle brush tree decorations. It was fun to finally use the containers and baubles I'd been collecting for these! All the bases and some of the baubles are from thrift stores and garage sales, but not necessarily vintage.

Here they are individually. Moose included for scale.

His little hands are on springs! I think he may have originally been part of a scented wax melter thingie? Dunno.

A tiny candle holder, made in Germany.

A wee birdie "pitcher" that would not have been functional at all. Originally from Michael's.

This guy is labeled as made in Japan for a specific store in Spokane, WA.

The Santa mug is from Pottery Barn 2012.

I hope they all find happy, festive homes!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Tree-o of Bottle Brushes on: November 29, 2018 07:20:08 PM
It is finally time to create the bottle brush tree decorations I've been acquiring bits and bobs for over the last couple of years. Here are three of the first completed ones.

Each of them on there own.

A tiny candle stick, a premade bow, and a tree dyed purple with purple glitter. it's about 4" (10+ cm) tall.

A salt shaker with 3 kinds of glitter inside, some ribbon, a dyed green tree with iridescent snowflake "glitter". It's about 6" (15+ cm) tall.

(I've tried to make this right-side-up, but no dice. Meh.)

A brass-plated candle stick, upholstery tassel trim, dyed pink tree with antique gold glitter. It's about 10" (25+ cm) tall.

I hope to get a few more made soon, with a more whimsical vibe.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Life is short; play with the cats. on: November 29, 2018 11:43:44 AM

One of my dear ones adopted a bonded pair of young kitties earlier this year. Her last kittybaby passed last year after a nice. long life... meaning she was used to a more chill, nap-based cat/mom relationship that she's getting with these two speedracers! So we've had a few conversations about how not as many things get checked off her to-do list, because the boys wanted to play.

It's approximately 11x11" (28x28cm). She has started a gallery wall with some black cat images, has a leopard print rug in that space, loves BRIGHT colors, and the cats are black with green eyes.
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