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231  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / It's Curtains For You, Guest Room! Well, Shades Anyway. on: April 21, 2013 02:28:46 PM
I finally made shades for the guest room windows!  I bought the fabric at Ikea before we moved and had gotten the blackout liner for free from a hotel's remodel where I worked (on the bathtub refinishing crew of two). 


This door with a half-light goes to a second floor balcony that faces SE, so it gets sun first thing in the morning and all day.


This window is partly over the bed and faces NE so gets the sun first thing in the morning, too.


Using this method to open the shades kept me from having to have more  hardware and cording on the door where it would be noisy and probably cumbersome. 

This is some wild fabric for an adult space, but we decided to embrace the ridiculous in the guest room.  Now that lampshade I recovered has some company. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422208.0#axzz2R8SCk9ad

A few more details and photos are on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2013/04/its-curtains-for-you-guest-room.html
232  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Goodbye Bachelor Duvet Set, Hello Grown-up Bedroom on: April 18, 2013 07:10:29 PM
I spent two (2) weeks redecorating the master bedroom at our new-to-us house in rural Montana.  It's ain't rural in there anymore, I tell ya'.  



Eight+ yards of this Waverly print, about 500 inches of homemade bias strip, 7 snaps, about a spool of thread, and part of a king sheet set went into this as well as about 16-18 hours of cutting, pressing, and sewing (not including shopping, pre-washing and fretting times).



The bias strip is 1.5" wide, folded in half and pressed.  I sewed it into the seams on top of the duvet that are necessary to get a 54" wide fabric to cover a king-sized bed and into the edge seams of both the duvet and the shames.

I did many projects in the room, including making a "wood" beam out of a drywall covered beam:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422815.0#axzz2Qs53EG9q

The rest of the details and photos are on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2013/04/purple-bedroom-majesty.html

233  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Faux Bois: This Time It's Holding Up The Roof on: April 18, 2013 06:56:33 PM
I made this rough-sawn, "wood" beam!



I spent two (2) weeks redecorating our bedroom from top to almost bottom.  One of my favorite project results from that monster project was creating and implementing a faux finish for the drywall covered beam that ran though the room.  



I used supplies & tools from my decorative painter days that I moved with us to Montana and a test quart of paint to make up a rough-sawn faux bois to match the actual exposed wood beam in our living and dining room.  As you can see, I also repainted the ceiling a light, warm grey and the walls a deep, dark purple.



I'll be posting about the duvet set I sewed in a few minutes and will try to remember to come back and post a link in this spot.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422817.0#axzz2Qs5bxdyl

The full details of the redecoration of our bedroom are also on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2013/04/purple-bedroom-majesty.html
234  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ridiculous Life-of-the-Party Lampshade Redo on: April 01, 2013 08:45:40 PM


My guest room's bedside lampshade had gotten kind of gross, but my guest room bedside lamp is a sort of odd shape and yet the perfect size for the wee bedside table in there.  I was poking around on pinterest and saw a burlap covered shade, realized I had some fun green burlap and decided this would save my lampshade and myself from shame.



I also had some crazy dingle ball trim in my stash and decided that already-paid-for trumped tasteful, so I just went ahead and added it.  I consulted The ManFlesh and we agreed that life is too short to not be ridiculous and that the result looks like the lamp went to a wildly fun office party and came home with a lampshade on its, uh, head.

Here it is before the trim:



Here it is when it was gross:



I did a step-by-step-that-is-missing-photos-of-some-steps on my blog if you're curious about more details:
http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2013/04/overtly-and-overly-crafty-0-lampshade.html

PS When I look at the preview of this post it has changed some of my words like an auto-correct would.  Is this an April Fool's joke?
235  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Mr. E. Rabbit's Wee Felt Egg Basket w/ Surprise Visit from Mr. E. Rabbit Himself on: March 27, 2013 07:59:18 AM
I don't normally decorate for Easter, but I had collected some vintage Easter decorations out of the by-the-pound thrift bins over the years and decided to put them together in a bunting.  I didn't have enough items or enough variety for a random dispersal, so I needed some balance and decided to make one item to create that.  I haven't yet put together the final bunting, but I did finish my addition to the collected items yesterday. 

It's another yarn doll to "match" the one my great-grandmother made and it's not really what I'm posting about: what I'm posting about is the wee felt basket Mr. E Rabbit carries!  Behold:



This is one of those projects that I thought wouldn't be nearly so complicated and time consuming as it ended up being, but I sure am pleased with how it turned out.  So I took lots of detail photos before I installed it on Mr. E Rabbit's arm where it would be harder to see.  And I am now sharing them with you.  Ahem.

This photo shows the bead "rivet" that would hold the handle to the basket if it weren't actually glued on.


I cut fringes in two colors of green, then accordion-folded them together to create the grass.  The eggs are made from polymer clay that I painted after tey were baked & cooled, then glued nestled into the grass:


Yet another shot, this one focusing on the woven felt strips:


And lastly a shot with a bottle cap for scale (yes, Guinness is even good for hard, working Mr. E. Rabbit):


Wait!  Who's that out in the woods!?  It's Mr. E Rabbit come to deliver some colored eggs!  Shhhh.  Don't scare him off.



He wears a vest similar to that on the lady rabbit my great-grandmother made that will be on the bunting when I'm done and a matching bow tie.  So dapper.  So classy.



There are photos of the lady rabbit that my great-grandmother made (and her fluffy tail) on the post I did for the kitties I made for a Valentine's swap, scroll down to the third entry in the thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=420277.0#axzz2OkftPq1f
236  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / HELP! Lady gifts for a mountain man party weekend suggestions requested on: March 09, 2013 08:54:59 PM
The ManFlesh and I moved from Portland, Oregon to a very small town near Missoula, Montana last autumn.  This year is The ManFlesh's 40th birthday (in May) and "The Dudes" with whom he has celebrated birthdays are all coming out to visit and celebrate.  So, I've planned some mountain man gifties as favors which I'm excited about.  BUT at least one of them is bringing his lady, so now I need some mountain/western themed gifties for one or more ladies.  Usually crafting for women is much easier for me, but this time I'm stuck.  Maybe because it's easier to do generic crafting by theme for guys?

Here's the "invitation" that went out to The Dudes (and their ladies):



What I have planned for The Dudes:

~Polar fleece stocking caps with detachable mountain man beards (I thought I'd make these for the ladies, too, since the whole thing is a joke anyway), but I might add a tassel on the ladies'.
~Woodsy scented soap with a wood grain texture
~Belly button lint brushes
~Canteens with faux leather or suede covers with fringe and perhaps embroidered names (possible for ladies?)
~Maybe temporary tattoos from my printer

Considerations for The Ladies:

~I don't know them nearly as well as I know The Dudes and neither does The ManFlesh with whom I am vetting ideas.
~I am concerned about going "typical lady gift" as I myself am not typical in that respect (don't like pink, not into fashion, etc.)
~If there is more than one to make/buy (which I should know in the next couple of weeks), I want them to be pretty much the same (as I am with the guys).

Ideas I have toyed with:
Some kind of faux tooled leather pouch, possibly with western style buckle or turquoise detail
faux bois oilcloth pouch or lunch sack type thing, with some kind of faux leather closure
huckleberry soap or lotion (everything "local" is huckleberry around here)
cedar/pine/something woodsy scented sachets
Annie Oakley or Calamity Jane or other cowgirl something, like perhaps a notebook (I have a Bind-It-All

My skills:
I can sew and embroider
I have a decent printer and print-on fabric, shrink plastic, labels, etc.  I can go to ledger-size with my printer
I have some painting skills (not fine art, but faux finishes, etc.) and supplies
I have dabbled in lots of craft media, handyman stuff, etc.

These people are all foodies and winos, so I don't think most comestibles are appropriate, plus the one for-sure lady guest has some allergies.

IMPORTANT: At least 2 of the other dudes celebrate their birthdays at this time.  So, it's not just The ManFlesh's deal, even though he's the only milestone birthday this year.
237  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / My Little Leprechaun on: March 09, 2013 08:06:34 AM
A holiday isn't a holiday without costumes... for the dogs, I say.

Betty tolerates and sometimes even enjoys costumes and outfits, so hers are more elaborate.  We're so lucky to have our own little leprechaun even if she won't show us to her pot of gold.



I added a yarn beard to the elastic strap of a dollar store leprechaun hat and made a little vest using the same basic pattern as my Star Trek dog vest (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402346.0#axzz2N3igiWvy).



Instead of hook and loop closures, I used some brass colored buttons from my stash and scrap elastic to make frog-style closures. I for got to adjust the pattern for this difference so it doesn't fit quite as nicely as the Star Trek Dog Vest.   Undecided  I used the ankle buckles from her Thanksgiving Pilgrim costume (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417134.0#axzz2N3igiWvy) to give the costume that finishing touch.




Delia is our tomboy and doesn't like all that "fancy dress-up crap, mama."  But, I will not leave her un-costumed, so she gets collar-based outfits at least.  Hers is just a Collar Cozy with a sparkly netting bow attached by a loop, all in green, of course. The netting was all that was left from these tutus the girls wore last spring: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407268.0#axzz2N3igiWvy .



The whole kit was made from leftovers, scraps and remnants bought on speculation.  YEY for stash busting!
238  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Satellite Cable Cover = Fairy door on: February 17, 2013 06:38:09 PM


Our new place came with a satellite for TV (there's no cable up here), but we don't watch enough TV to pay more than $100/month for it.  So, the unsightly cords hanging out of the wall are even more so because they serve no purpose.  And the likelihood that we're EVER going to have a TV in the music/guest room is so low, we just pushed it into the wall and set about covering it up.



Luckily, I had a blank plate in my stash of electrical box plates (yes, I have a stash of electrical box plates, c'mon!).  Annnnnnnd I went ahead and painted it up to look like a door and glued a bead to it for a doorknob.  My own little fairy door!



I used the same basic materials and technique as for my faux bois shower curtain rod (http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2013/01/3-faux-bois-shower-curtain-rod.html) and painstakingly tuted on my blog (http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2013/02/its-little-things-fairy-door.html).


239  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Canine Candies: Valentine Sweets for our Sweet Beastie Grrrlz on: February 16, 2013 07:11:06 PM
I was so busy making The ManFlesh some gifties for Valentine's Day and crafting things for a Valentine craft swap with some friends, that I almost forgot about my Beastie Grrrlz!   Shocked  Oh, no!  But I had picked up this candy mold at a used art supply store last summer with them in mind, so I busted it out and made them some heart shaped candy!



They're unsweetened carob and white chocolate (which isn't chocolate at all) so they are safe for dogs.  It's still a rich treat so I break each heart into about 4 pieces and give them no more than 2 of those pieces/day.  Dogs like to savor treats, anyway, as anyone with a dog can confirm.   Roll Eyes



Here's a close up of the kitty on their treats!  I melted carob first, applied it carefully and yet not at all neatly to the cat, then cooled them in the fridge.  An hour or so later, I melted the white chocolate and added it on top, then chilled again.  Our kitchen is quite warm and white chocolate has a low melting point, so I keep them in the fridge.

240  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Never made soap, have an idea, don't know if it's even possible! Please help! on: February 13, 2013 10:05:49 AM
Hi, I've looked at some of the links in the beginners post and through the questions here and I haven't found an answer, but that might be because I know nothing of soap making and don't know the right question(s).



I want to make a manly-scented melt and pour soap that is layered.  I have seen many of these so I assume layers can be accomplished.  Here's the hitch, what I want to use is this faux bois texture to "mold" each layer so that as the soap is used it will maintain a wood grain appearance.  I imagine alternating layers of a light tan opaque and a dark brown translucent soap and hopefully the layers can be about 1/8" - 1/4" thick. 

Can I use a metal or pyrex baking dish as a mold?  Then pour in soap and lay this mat on top?  Peel it off when the soap has cured (or come to some level of hardness) then repeat for several layers?  Then cut it into bars?

These would be like party favors for The ManFlesh's core group of dudes who will be visiting us for the first time in our new home in semi-rural Montana to celebrate The ManFlesh's 40th birthday and 2 of the core dude's 42nd birthdays. 
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