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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / PBnBanana Pupcicles on: June 06, 2018 02:17:29 PM

I made some frozen treats for my hot dog!

I looked at a few different recipes online and then just kind of winged it based on what I saw there.

1 ripe banana, mushed up pretty well. I used a pastry blender.
then mix these in well
~1/3 cup creamy peanut butter - make sure it doesn't have xylitol in it.
~3/4 cup plain yogurt - or greek yogurt

You can put it in a container in the freezer and scoop it like people ice cream, but I wanted to use some of my silicone baking trays - hearts and bones this time.

Delia was pretty stoked to help with cleaning up the dishes!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / No. 2 Cross Stitch on: June 05, 2018 08:04:40 AM
I have finished my 2nd ever cross stitch! And a lot like my first, it's a real turd.

It's less than 4" square and even though it's on the same size Aida cloth (14), sometimes it really did a number on my eyes' ability to focus. I bought the pattern on Etsy. It called for DMC 307 (Lemon) for the words, but that just didn't appeal to me, so I dug through my stash and decided on the green. Maybe a slightly brighter, lighter, more acidic of a green would've been better, but I ain't redoing it!

I'll probably use this stashed frame to frame it after some modifications. It'll be part of a much, MUCH, MUCH larger, "multi-media" project.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My First Cross Stitch - It's A Poop Joke, Of Course on: June 02, 2018 04:10:09 PM

I was finally inspired to try cross stitch... inspired by a poop joke. Cuz I am a grown ass woman.  Roll Eyes

I have had this frame in my stash for ages and will finally put it to use with this project. I might refinish it and I want to get glass cut first, since this is going to eventually be hung in... the bathroom. Of course.  Tongue
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Paint-by-number Throw Pillow on: May 28, 2018 08:00:19 PM

When I replaced the tired, old blue carpet in the guest room with a weathered oak patterned LVP suddenly the room got really brown. I'm already on the prowl for area rugs, but in the meantime I decided to make a throw pillow for the (brown) chair in there.

Luckily, I got to make the whole this from stash, too!

The chenille ric rac has been in my stash for at least a dozen years and the tan cording was inherited from my grandmother before that; the date on the package was 1983! I sewed it together before sewing it into the side seams.

The backing fabric has also been in my stash for awhile and was used to make another pillow in the guest room!

I also made a sort of pillow form to go in it, hoping to avoid the lumpiness I always get when I try to stuff a pillow with polyfil stuffing. I didn't get quite the results I was hoping for, but I think it still came out smoother than if I'd just stuffed it.

It's a double layer of batting sewn to fit in the pillow, then filled with scrap batting and stuffing.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Airmail/Postcard-inspired Mug Rugs on: May 26, 2018 03:06:29 PM
I got to meet up with two of my besties in one of their home stomping grounds last week! Of course we always bring gifties to our gatherings and I made these airmail/postcard-inspired mug rugs to go with.

They include quilting, embroidery, stamping, and applique, so I decided to put them in the Miscellaneous Section.

The postage stamps (and the front photo) are printed on cotton that goes through an inkjet printer. The photo was taken the last time we were all in one place, almost two years ago.

I used rubber stamps for the cancellation mark, the divider line, and the "Post Card" words with ink meant to be permanent on fabric.

I have a love of post-related imagery, so I was able to do this all from stash and materials on hand!
6  COOKING / Dessert / Pink Lemonade Ice Cream Pie on: May 15, 2018 07:50:59 PM
The ManFlesh has lived another year, so to help celebrate I made an ice cream pie. He's not much for cake, but is a BIG fan of ice cream AND of pie, so this seemed like a good bet!

I used this recipe that I found via Pinterest. My local grocery didn't have the lemonade flavor of Kool-Ade, but did have pink lemonade, so the "pie" came out pink rather than yellow. I left out the food coloring, but I did throw together a topper at the last minute. Since I felt a little like I was cheating on not making the ice cream, I made the graham cracker crust.

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / For Fox Sake! Old Dude Birthday Topper on: May 15, 2018 03:06:43 PM
Today is The ManFlesh's birthday and at the last minute I decided to throw together a topper for the ice cream pie I made.


The fox clip art came from The Graphics Fairy.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Making a Women's Tunic Out of a Men's Button-down Shirt on: May 11, 2018 07:00:43 PM
I finally got around to recon-ing a men's shirt! I have been wanting to do this for years and finally found a tutorial that I felt like I could manage to make a top I thought would work for me.

I did buy the shirt new at a discount store, but the tiny bias tape was from my stash I used to finish the cut away collar and neck - inherited from my grandmother at least 15 years ago.  Shocked The tutorial has you folding down a seam after you've taken in tucks to your own taste (and, let's face it, bust size).

I narrowed the shoulders by adding a pleat in the back yolk which I extended part way down the back. I incorporated the existing pleat by sewing them down as well. The sewing them down was my addition

After cutting the sleeves, I added an elastic casing, using some 3/8" elastic from stash.

One other thing I did in addition to the tutorial was changing the hemline - I shortened the front to make a high-low hem. Mostly just to make it look a little less like an untucked men's dress shirt. Wink

I forgot to take a before photo, but this is essentially the same shirt from the same brand, only with wider stripes. Speaking of, HOO BOY did those narrow pinstripes make my vision go all cattywompus sometimes!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Linen/Cotton Blend Pintuck Tunic on: May 10, 2018 06:56:16 AM

I made another tunic using Butterick 6024, view D. This time it is a yarn-dyed, linen/cotton blend. The warp threads and weft threads are different colors, one navy the other aqua which give it an overall feel off a subdued turquoise.

This time through I realized that the tucks were supposed to be on the outside according to the pattern, so I did that. I like that look, but I think it would've worked better with the thinner lawn fabric I used on the first version.

I bought fabric to make view C, but now I have to give some serious thought as to how I want to do the pintucks before I do.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / DVD Label for Book Trailers on: May 02, 2018 01:37:37 PM
When one of The ManFlesh's old friends found out he had a couple books published, he insisted on making book trailers. We had to do it on a shoestring budget and were lucky that our neighbor was so willing to help out. He played Solomon Parker in one trailer and let us film in his house as well as his antique sheep herders' wagon. He had requested a DVD of the videos and I finally got around to making it... as well as a quick n dirty label for it.

The disk itself was a bright lilac and that shows around the edges of the label making the red line down the center and some of the red text from the covers look purple. Oh, well! Still, I think he'll be tickled to get a disk with more than just a sharpie scrawl on it!  Wink
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