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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / A Dear Rabbit Disguise on: Today at 02:04:59 PM
I can't stop making rabbit disguises for the critters around here, so Mavis is doubling her ear-age for Easter/April Fool's Day this year!

I made two ears all from stash: faux fur, pink flannel, copper wire, artificial cork wine stopper.

Using the same pink flannel and some white felt, I added enough so that I think no one would ever thing she's not an actual rabbit.  Roll Eyes

Other rabbit disguises here and here.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Ferocious Easter Rabbit on: March 23, 2018 11:56:21 AM
Not to be outdone by the wee Eastoh T-wex, Ramon (the big t-rex), had requested a pair of bunny ears from himself.

The stairwell where Ramon lives is not lit for photos, so here we have the too-bright, full-sun shots!

Luckily, I was able to make this from stash-only materials! I had picked up the green fun fur on clearance for 50 cents and... stashed it a few years ago. The pink flannel is actually a mermaid scales remnant which thought was funny in the context of dinosaurs (ignoring that they were likely feathered and not scaled).

Back and base top:

Base bottom:

The last pieces of straight grain binding tape I made years ago for the ties.

The two pieces of the tape were of drastically different lengths, so the ears must be tied on the side, but I think that just adds to the fancy, old Easter bonnet vibe!

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Thank You Eastoh T-wex! BOCK BOCK! (A Dinosaur Disguise) on: March 18, 2018 01:08:15 PM

I have had this Schleich Tyrannosaurus Rex on my wish list for years and this year received it as a birthday gift from Delia Dog! So I was finally able to make my version of this pin I have also had pinned for years. Closure achieved.  Wink

I went my own way by making the ears two shades of green rather than white and I brought the yellow-ish spot from the figurine up onto the back of the ears.

I got super lucky that I had two of the just-right greens in my stash and they happened to be this vintage (pre-2002 anyway) German felt that I picked up at a thrift store a couple years ago that I hadn't gotten to use yet. Part of the fun of thrifted/vintage things is wondering a little about their pasts. I wonder how this found its way to Montana.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Spring Bunny Tree on: March 18, 2018 10:52:53 AM
This sweet Easter Rabbit mug caught my eye last year at a spring vintage market and when I saw it was half-off for $2 I had to bring it home. The only logical next step was to make it into a bottle brush tree decoration.

(it is sitting on the overturned saucer just to keep it out of the snow)

I spent a goodly amount of time rifling through my various stashes to find crap appropriate items to decorate it with.  I'm so tickled to have found so many little bit and that I was able to complete this whole project with items and supplies I had on hand.

I must share the bottom of the mug where the decorator signed and dated it back in 1954 in Virginia City, Montana. I find that inscription so charming.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Simple Slipcover on: March 10, 2018 01:47:59 PM
I've been plugging away at updating our guest room over the last year or so: lamps x 3, bedside tables, window shades, new paint & new outlets/switches. One of the last projects is a quick-ish slip cover for the arm chair that lives in there.

The new looks is certainly less interesting, but also more up-to-date and also a good color for the room - particular after we rip out that carpet (hopefully this spring).

The seat cover is utilizing gravity, but the back cover uses a a "strap" and a couple bottoms on each side.

I did buy the fabric, but had the thread and buttons in my stash. The herringbone pattern echoes the herringbone on the shades I made a couple weeks ago.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Flashcard Decor on: March 04, 2018 09:32:39 AM
After making my laundry room diorama, I was finally inspired to finish up this project.

I've collected these vintage flashcards over the last few years at various junque shows and antique malls. It was always just so easy to procrastinate digging through the jumbles of frames at thrift stores and garage sales for appropriate sizes. So I finally made it a priority and got lucky and found all three on a single trip to just one small-ish thrift store in our nearest little town! I was focused on size and hoping to get glass with them (not always the case at junque shows and such) and tried to ignore finish.

I used a couple of different ways to get them to all be white: (faux) pickling stain on the 2 oak ones, flat house paint on the black and "cherry" one. White house decor isn't usually my jam, but I wanted to coordinate with the laundry diorama and the main thing in that tiny room is the big, stacked, white washer/dryer set.

I was able to find scrapbook papers in colors that go with the vibe in the laundry room AND happen to give a nod towards fabric: plaid, gingham, twill. YEY! It felt good to continues my focus on shopping my own stash first and also to keep the additional costs low: <$8 for the frames.

They aren't hung yet, but hopefully will be in the next couple of days.  Tongue

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Book Protector Case-thingie on: March 02, 2018 10:57:12 AM

The ManFlesh is an ardent reader. Takes a book with him just about every where even if he actually doesn't get to read just about everywhere. So when I heard about the Book Beau, I had to check it out. They look like they're great, I've heard some raves, and they're totally reasonably priced, but I'm a crafter-to-my-bones so decided to try to make something similar. I will probably make more, but not for sale or anything.

I have been eyeing this marbled paper print fabric for awhile - it's just like endpapers in fancy/old books! So I was tickled to find a project to make with it/excuse to finally buy some. I am working on trying to diminish my fabric stash, so I bought only half a yard and was able to use stash for the lining, as well as the elastic, thread, and button. The Book Beau does not have a fastener, but other similar versions that I saw online did and I liked that idea, particularly if he has a smaller book to go in there once in a while.

I used a double-sided, fusible, cushion-y interfacing that I can't find the paperwork on so can't name, but it's made by Pellon and I got it at JoAnn by-the-yard. Anyway, I could tell it was going to make bulky seams, so I left extra seam allowance on the lining fabric so I could bind the whole thing together to make it look neater and also help books slide in and out more easily. The color in the photo is not at all accurate.

It's about 7.5" x 10" and holds a small hardbound book or a larger market paperback book, so should work for a lot of his reading! He'll get it for his birthday in May.

 I may make one for our tablet, too!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Little Laundry Diorama on: February 25, 2018 02:24:27 PM

For years I have had this cute little laundry room in a detergent bottle diorama pinned and I finally made my own version!

And I made it all from stash and things I had around. In fact, I bought the Fisher Price Little People washer/dryer set off Ebay for something like this a few years ago.

I painted the basket to coordinate with the wallpaper, even though it was originally the avocado color of the w/d set I grew up with in the 1970s!

The pup is a sticker that came in some mail for Highlights magazine... there are no kids here, so I have no idea why we get that. The frame is from the discontinued items bin at JoAnn, came in a pack of 4.

The shelf doesn't look like much out in the real world, but looks nice when inside the repurposed laundry bottle world. Wink

I definitely want to come up with something to put on that shelf, so I'll be keeping my eyes peeled and mind open, but am considering it done-enough. I'd love it if I came up with something that didn't need to be bought. I'm pretty sure I don't want a box or bottle of soap up there, but we'll see.

Anyway, it's hanging in my laundry room! It's a quite cramped space and this is the only place for it really, but it's also opposite the door so I'll get to see it all the time.

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Window Shades with Pompons! on: February 21, 2018 02:17:47 PM

It took a couple weeks, but I finally got new window shades made for and installed in our guest room! And boy, are they hard to photograph with sun shining through the windows.

One for the window-window:

And one for the balcony door window:

I was trying to keep the cost down AND also do some stash busting. I had just enough flannel left from making the duvet set a few years ago to make the two shades, I had plenty of black-out fabric that I was given some years ago, I had all the blind hardware (rings, eye bolts, cording), and I had the funny little plastic bowler hats to use for the cord pulls.

What I had to buy: fusible interfacing, dark grey thread, any trim - or the yarn to make the pompons to use as trim, boards for mounting to the wall/door or for the bottom of the shade.

Over all I got two custom window shades that coordinate really well with our bedding for $33.40! And I made a dent in my black/white/grey fabric bin.  Tongue
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Shirt We Don't Taco 'Bout Rises From the Ashes on: February 17, 2018 03:20:55 PM
In December, I sewed a ridiculous flannel taco shirt for The ManFlesh for xmas. Then in February he caught in on fire! While he was wearing it! Luckily, the shirt was the only thing harmed... not even the shirt he was wearing under it.

Well, it was practically brand new and dang if it didn't take for ever to make in the first place, so I decided to patch it. And not just any patch... a taco rising from the ashes patch! Well, from the flames that create ashes anyway.

I also had to replace part of the button placket... not super well, but it should hold and does its job.  Roll Eyes

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