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11  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / (slight adult content) my hubby's halloween/b-day party pics (lots) on: April 14, 2006 03:35:29 PM
My hubby Chris' birthday is just a few days before Halloween, so we always have a combo party. But this past year, I actually did way more than put out a pumpkin and spiderwebs and doritos. Here's the results- we had a blast!

First of all, he wanted... ahem... a booby cake. Which, for some reason, my mother has the molds for. So she made it. It's strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting, with pink frosting for the areola and a candied cherry for the nips. I had to make it fit in with halloween, so there are ants crawling up the boobs. It was dubbed the "dead hooker" cake:

This is thre mantlepiece. There are deep burgundy candles, a doll I'll show you next, a fake scary painting, and the scarf is a shawl I got for a buck:

This is the doll from the mantle. Found her at Goodwill for 3 bucks. She was wearing a pink stained Victorian gown. I dyed it black with rit dye, and put a tiny cameo at her throat. She also has a tiny rosary but you can't see it here. I made the veiled bonnet. I think next year when I put her out, I'll remove her eyes for extra creepiness:

This is the painting above the mantle. It's "Blue Boy" but with a skeletal face and bats- has a plastic frame of skulls. Got it for 5 bucks:

I had these all over the place with truffles and candy corn. Plastic marguerita glasses with black tulle, purple ribbon, and plastic bat ring coated in glue then glittered:

Next is the main table. Amongst the food are copies of famous Victorian ghost and spiritist photos. i had them scattered all over the house, along with black and whites of Bella Lugosi and other old horror actors. In the center, a glass vase with red velvet roses that i spritzed with black spray paint. You can see the boob cake at the back of the table:

Finally, here is the outside table. The sign was made using stencils and flourescent paint. There was a flourescent lightbulb above, but I'm a dipstick and forgot to take pics with it on at dark:

There were other decorations, but these were the biggies. Hope yall like it! hope i don't get my arse kicked for uploading so many pics!
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Emergency ferret (or other critter) air conditioner on: April 13, 2006 04:45:04 PM
This isn't exactly a craft, but it may be worth knowing to ferret owners, I know there are several on Craftster. I could have lost all my ferts in the aftermath of Katrina, had I not read something similar. Ferrets are very prone to heat stroke. For over three weeks after Katrina, there was no electricity. The temperatures were almost unbearable, literally. I had 4 ferts at the time. Days before it struck, I had taken several soda bottles, filled them with water, capped them, and stored them in the deep freezer. (The deep freezer was the only thing we kept running with the generator all the time, because there was no gasoline to be had for weeks and had to ration it carefully.) But anyway, I'd secure a thin sock around the frozen bottle, and put it in their cage. When it was melted, back in the freezer it would go. When it was super bad, and some days were worse than others but all horrible for the ferts, I'd wet a towel and put it in the deep freeze for a while. Then i'd drape it over the cage. In between all this I'd spritz them with a water bottle.

You could apply this to other animals. But the point is, if something bad's about to happen where you know you may be without electricity in the summer, you may not be able to run a genny to keep frozen bottles- but you can freeze several ahead of time and it may buy your animals some extra time and comfort.

I think it may be a rough year, God forbid.
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / "A treasury of macrame owls". (link) on: March 15, 2006 01:25:11 PM
oh, my cup runneth over.

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Maneki Neko egg on: February 19, 2006 07:53:11 PM
Okay, this is one of those "accidental' crafts. I was blowing out this egg, in order to cover it with washi paper. I accidentally made too big a hole in the bottom- just big enough to make the egg weak where it would not likely stand up to the rigors of my pushing and pulling and gluing paper around it, and enough to distort the bottom. Well I didn't want to throw it away...
so I just started drawing an animal face on it, for the hell of it. I decided it was cat-like, and sort of anime-looking. I used some washi paper scraps to make some ears... but then it had no neck, and so it needed a collar... and then the collar needed a bell, so I cut one out ot a gold candy wrapper, and then BAM! The rest of my night was spent on it.

I think it's cute and silly. It's hard to see, but the tail, arms, and outer ears are a yellow brocade type of washi. He also has a "coin" with a crudely drawn kanji for what I'm pretty sure means "prosperity." I might make a rabbit next, it was kind of fun. P.S... just in case someone has never seen one of these, maneki neko means a "beckoning cat", and it is a Japanese symbol of good fortune.

Hope yall like him!  Cheesy

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Things we made for cousin's wedding on: July 24, 2005 12:20:07 PM
My mother and I made some decorations for my cousin's wedding, and they really looked great alongside the more professional decor in the reception hall. Her colors were different shades of purple and yellow. These photos don't do the thing much justice, but you'll get the idea.

The first picture is of a simple decoration for the tables, my cousin came up with the idea and I made them.  I cut out a plastic stencil of the monogram letter "T" (for her new last name). Then I stencilled, in darker purple, the monogram on this light purple cardstock, both sides; then I sprinkled lilac glitter on the wet paint. I made a whole bunch of these, which she placed among yellow rose petals on the tables and tucked in other places:

The following is a picture holder, something my clever cousin found in a magazine, which we adapted and made 12 of. The base is a long roll of purple Super Sculpey, coiled up into a pile. then a silver wire was inserted and they were baked. Purple iridescent beads were glued on, then the wires rolled into a spiral, in order to hold small pictures of the couple sort of like a paperclip. They were painted with iridescent glitter glaze. My hubby with his big strong hands used a clay gun to make the rolls (I couldn't budge it) and my cousin and I assembled them. Unfortunately, the colors of the beads and glaze aren't very visible in this pic:

Next is the ring pillow, which my mother made. It is purple satin, and she made roses from stripes of organza to top it. The gorgeous beaded flower trim was store bought, but it was near impossible to sew... so she did what a dedicated aunt would do and took the beads off their ribbon, restrung them, and sewed them individually around the pillow:

Next is a little gazebo that my mother also made. She bought the wire frame of it, then decorated it with flowers and leftover beads from the ring pillow project. There's yellow tissue inside. It was used a a table decoration.

This is a picture of the pretty entry table that was professionally decorated. You can see my mom's ring pillow inside a flowered hatbox; one of my monogram cards is tucked in amongstthe professional elements- which included a wire tree holding organza bags of jordan almonds; little decorated jars filled with potpourri and a tea candle, and mints in tiny cups:

I wish I had more pictures of all the other pretty professional things they had there- floating candles, bunches of purple grapes and vases, etc, but my camera pooped out during the reception. Arrgh! Thanks for looking.

16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Animal Tarot (collage) img heavy on: July 22, 2005 12:25:00 PM
I wasn't really sure where to post these, because these cards only exist currently on my hard drive.  Grin Therefore, they do not exist in a physical sense- yet. But this is a type of collage, and eventually I plan on finfishing out the major arcana, and having them printed and laminated. I've been working on these for quite some time. I don't read tarot cards, but I really enjoy the artwork on the various decks. I also like coming up with my own pictures of the archetypes the cards represent. My husband enjoyed it as well and helped me out a lot.

Anyway, the first two cards are the only ones that were actually glued pictures onto a card; then they were scanned and my husband took over and added clipart borders and little special effects. "The Seeker" is my version of the traditional Fool card. I got the ferret from a bottle of ferret ear wash; the background is a card I got on my 16th B-day and have held onto- that was the most exiting and um... adventurous year of my life, no to mention the most foolish. So it's the one with the most personal meaning.The Moon card is simply pictures I cut from a catalog:


The next cards are when my husband got more involved. I actually cut the pictures out of catalogs, art books, anything I could find, and then they were scanned in. Other components/backgrounds are images found on the internet, and trimmed to meet my ideas. They were arranged, (using Adobe photoshop, I think thats' the program) and special effects added, like the transparency on the dove on the Strength card, the sunbeam on the Sun card. Then borders added. I hope they all show up on here, I've got a couple more, but these are the best ones. Thanks fer lookin'!



Oh crap! Why are they so big? I hope it doesn't matter, I don't know how that works.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Medieval Mace decoration on: July 19, 2005 02:49:26 PM
My son and I made this as a decoration for his room- which has a Medieval/LOTR/dragons/Harry Potter type decor. We want to make some safe yet wicked looking stuff for decorations, swords, a battle axe, a shield maybe. This is our first attempt. It was originally supposed to be a flail- that's the dealie with a chain attaching the skiped ball to the stick.  But we couldn't find the proper size chain so... anyway, it has several issues I don't like- I know the ball is too large, and I really wanted strips of leather to wrap the handle with, and maybe some metal embossed with celtic knots- but, you have to go out of town to find any of those things so we had to make do with some brown bias tape I had.

So, it didn't come out exactly as planned, but we had fun making it. It's a styofoam ball with those conical electrical tie things attached and covered with papier mache. note the "blood" spatter on the spikes. Thanks fer lookin!
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My "old skool" tribute to "old skool" Metallica...:) on: April 30, 2005 05:42:37 PM
"Welcome to where time stands still"...

Oookay. So, back in the 80's, when such things were important to me, I used to sign all my notes, write my name on book covers, shoes, jeans, and jackets "Metallica" style. I totally miss those days, they were the best years of my life. (Breaks out into chorus of "The Way We Were) *sniff!*

Anyway, here's my tiny tribute to my all time favorite, Metallica, before they began annoying me... before the Napster incident and before James Hetfield took voice lessons. I still love them, though, and have no doubt that soon their fine selves will get their **** straight.

It should be legible, but just in case, it says "Alexia". (My name, o' course!) Unfortunately, you can't see the red glitter, which gives it a really cool look in person. It's on a black babydoll t. I used the freezer paper method:

Hope yall like it!
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Slutty makeup bag (SS pattern) on: April 14, 2005 07:33:40 PM
This is a small denim bag I embroidered with one of SS's Pinups n Panthers pattern. I used a shiny floss for the shoes and lips- too bad it doesn't show up better. That shiny floss (a dmc kind, methinks) was a real pain in the arse to use, but worth it.  I sewed some tiny beads on for her earrings, and eventually I'll put sequins here and there on the bag. It's one of those works in progress. Hope yall get a kick out of it. It's my makeup bag.

close up:

Yes, I need all that makeup sometimes:

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / probably silly question flower pins... on: November 19, 2004 09:17:02 PM
I have a fake flower, just the kind that you pull off of any old bunch of fake fabric flowers with plasic stems. (Except this one is really pretty.) Anyway, I want to put it on one of those pin backs, so I can wear it on shirts,etc. I got a bag of those pins (they have a white, narrow, plasic backing with holes in it) from walmart. Presumably, you use the holes to wire things on to the pin. I think. Well I've cut the little plastic doohickey (where the stem of the flower went in originally) as short as I can. Maybe I'm being missing the obvious, but how do I wire the flower on this pin? Or is there another way? I don't think glue would work. Any Ideas, peeps? I'd hate to take the thing apart, but I will as last resort. It's an unusual find.
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