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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Frosty Pumpkin: A Dog Coat - A Whole Peck of Pics on: December 11, 2017 08:33:36 AM
One of the many great things about pets is that you can photograph them in their Christmas gifts before Christmas, wrap up their gift, put it under the tree, and it doesn't really ruin the surprise.  Roll Eyes

One the nicknames I use most for Delia is "Pumpkin Butter," so I decided to make her a pumpkin coat for xmas. It was a half-stash/half-new project.

I quilted in the lines to give it more of a pumpkin look on the back and front/underside.

I geeked out about the details, so I'm going to foist photos of such off onto you all! Lucky.

The "stem" neckline and the leaf decoration:

The nubbin-thingie.

I had on hand the green fleece lining, the dark brown fleece for the stem/nubbin-thingie, the extra strong hook & loop tape, and all the thread. I bought the orange flannel body and tan fleece stem/nubbin-thingie - both one sale.

The action shots are more accurate color-wise.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Candy Cane Lane on: December 07, 2017 02:01:10 PM
I had 20 of these dollar store candy canes that in the past have hung on the clothesline in December. This year I decided to line the driveway with them!

There are 18 with a simple green bow and 2 with a more elaborate bow. This is because I ran out of green! I had enough to use a little to tie-in the look with the rest. Wink

The fancier bows are on each side of the driveway, down by the road. The rest are at the posts along the way up to the gate.

I bought the canes a few years ago (for 50 cents each after the holiday!), but I am going to go back to see if I can get a few more to go further up. I'll have to figure out something with  the bow sitch, of course.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Reimagined Deer Mount Ornaments on: December 07, 2017 01:53:36 PM
One of my besties gave me these three deer ornaments last Christmas. I wanted to included them in a grouping with other similarly colored or themed decorations that I've received as gifts - all handmade. <3

I cut some scrap lumber from my stash, "pickled" it, added 3 screw eyes, then hung the ornaments on it with small wire nails.

Terrible light for photography in that little hallway. Oh, well!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / More Boxer Shorts in Novelty Prints (a parcel of pics) on: November 26, 2017 09:58:14 AM
Sometimes I just can't resist a novelty print for making boxer shorts for The Manflesh! These 3 seemed like good ones - especially when they're on sale or I have a coupon burning a whole in my phone app. Wink

Hiking/backpacking themed:

Dr Potter's Medicine Show-inspired:

Camo/graveyard themed:

One more xmas gift complete!

BEHIND THE SCENES: This strange plastic torso is smaller than The ManFlesh, has no hips or bum, and is slicker'n snot on a wet rock, so...

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Turkey Vase Decoration on: November 22, 2017 11:50:58 AM

Many months ago I made a bunch of air-dry clay from cornstarch and whatever then cut a bunch of different thingies including several charms/plaques/whatsits to decorate plain dollar store vases with. Earlier this week I found them and made time to paint and glaze this thank you turkey for our Thanksgiving table.

I used ribbon to tie it on, then reinforced it with a couple of stickimabobs. I didn't want to glue it, because I want to be able to switch out the decorations instead of storing a bunch of vases.

And stuffed with a supermarket bouquet!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Air-dry Clay Gift Tags: You Can't Catch 'Em! on: November 21, 2017 03:36:14 PM

Months ago... like probably February or something... I made a bunch of air-dry clay from corn starch and other stuff from which I cut a bunch of things including these little tags with the initials of folks to which I send xmas gifts. Then after I had almost all my gifts wrapped and ready to box up next week I remembered I had them! So I painted them today and got them attached to the appropriate gifts! I hope.  Roll Eyes

Here are a few of them.

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Coppery Stags on: November 15, 2017 05:54:28 PM
My November/Thanksgiving decorations lean to Autumnal versus out & out Thanksgiving-ish. Two parts of that theme are deer and copper. So this year I added 3 more stags to the mix!

I used blanks from the craft store: one paper mache and two laser cut wood. Then copper paint-type stuff I have around applied in different ways over different bases.

The medium sized one is copper on the sides to mix it up a bit.

Here is the whole herd. I decided that the copper chains are too big for the smaller pieces and maybe too big in general, but I'm not going to change it this year.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mini Clipboard Photo Displays on: November 15, 2017 10:20:02 AM

My SIL has this cool vintage, rotating, wire card rack that she picked up to display photos. She's had it almost a year and... no photos displayed. I thought these little clipboards would be a fun way to get some pics up there!

I cut 1/8" plywood into six 5x7 pieces to fit the her display rack, then stained & varnished the edges and one side to coordinate with their floors. Then added the Tim Holtz clips.

Then I decoupaged a different neutral scrapbook paper on the back side of each. Since the card rack is wire you can see through it, so I thought it would be a nifty detail for the 3D aspect of the display.

Because The ManFlesh is the big brother, he likes to hassle his kid sister a little. Last year he had a calendar made using his author photo for all 12 months. So we decided to use it again as the example since we won't be together when the gift is unwrapped at Christmas.

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Vintage-inspired Xmas Tea Towel on: November 06, 2017 05:38:15 PM
My SIL and her family have a ski cabin and most years I figure out something to give to The Cabin at Christmas. This year I decided to make something Christmas-y!

I used cotton toweling with this cheery candy cane print, then added the ruffle and ribbon trim.

I'm going to mail it to them in a couple weeks with instructions to open after Thanksgiving so they can use it this year. There is also an "Elf Door" I picked up at Michael's last year in January! It is also candy cane-y!

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Stash Busting Hankie Explosion! on: November 06, 2017 05:15:11 PM
The snow has started on our part of the mountain which means I get a runny nose when I am exercising Delia Dog, fetching firewood, or shoveling snow. Instead of walking around with a paper tissue in my coat pocket like a monster who wears a coat, I can now use a cotton cloth to dab my delicate nostrils!

I used four of the softer remnants in my stash to bake make a dozen hankies. That way we can keep them fresh w/o running out. I hope.

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