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21  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: March 31, 2015 11:46:02 AM
I finally got to make something else from my stash: Easter collars for my Beastie Grrrlz. In this case they are peter pan collars.  I also made an Easter bonnet for the dog would would tolerate it.  The whole project is posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438697.0

But here are shots of my grrrlz wearing their stash-only Easter Finery! (the bonnet is not stash-only)

Delia:


Betty:
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22  Special Easter Outfits for my Beastie Grrrlz! (a litter of pics) in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: March 31, 2015 11:41:46 AM


So, there I was going to town on pinterest, pinning all manner of crazy Easter bonnets (etc.) and I got inspired to make a fanciful Easter Bonnet for Betty.  She's pretty game for wearing outfits, especially when there are friends around or she's at work with her papa and evryone is cooing over her.  Roll Eyes  Even though I am trying to work from stash as much as possible this year, I didn't have anything suitable at all. So, except for the thread, wire, pink button and the black elastic, the supplies were bought. Still less that $3 was spent and nothing was left over but another little birdie.

Front:


Back:


And of course, once I saw the hat on her, I had to make her a sweet little peter pan collar with a sweet little button! I had just enough of the perfect material to compliment her bonnet in my stash!  Ditto for thread and button.



And another photo of her in her Easter Finery; this one taken about 1/10th of a second before she had to chase a bird off of the deck.  Hence the looking askance.



Now even though Delia is our little tom boy who thinks pretty outfits are silly and a waste of time, she will agree to wear something special if she can't tell it's anything but a collar. So I made her a sweet little peter pan collar, too! Since she would never tolerate a hat, I added a bow to her collar.  All the materials from this came from my stash, too. WOO!



A closer shot on her:



Delia's peter pan collar not installed.




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23  Faux Bois Embossed Chocolate Shortbread St. Patrick's Day Cookies (the usual) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by TheMistressT on: March 29, 2015 09:21:32 PM


I was so caught up in other projects and life stuff that I forgot to post these. D'oh!



The ManFlesh's office has an Employee Crisis Fund for which they have fundraisers which are sometimes bake sales. I usually try to contribute; this year they held one on St. Patrick's day so I decided to make cookies using my new embossed rolling pin. OoooOooo!



I cut cookies in the organization's acronym & wee shamrocks to bag  and large shamrocks.  After they were baked I dipped on edge into melted white chocolate, then sprinkled on green sugar while it was still soft. I set them on parchment paper and placed them in the refrigerator to solidify.



I put the organization initials and 5 mini shamrocks into cello bags, tied them with green bibbon and set them on a green platter covered with doily.  The large shamrocks in the top photo (i.e. a club from a playing cards set of cookie cutters) went to friends. And then I used the remaining dough to cut some of my favorites just for funsies: the handsaws and rhinos!
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24  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: March 25, 2015 01:20:40 PM
FINALLY something to share here!  I finished this for the Be AWESOME (Redux) Swap over the weekend and my partner received today so I could post!  I only bought 3 things for this and I used a lot of things.  Not a lot of a lot of things, but still it was satisfying to work mostly from stash even if it didn't make a big dent in my stash.

May I present my first ever foray into making automata: Ms. Cranky Pants!



Lots of pics and the "story" here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438626.0

And a little video of it working here: http://vid181.photobucket.com/albums/x256/TheMistressTLF/MCP-Video_zpsqytf1lpp.mp4
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25  Ms Cranky Pants: An Irreverent Automaton (Ridiculous Number of Pics) in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: March 25, 2015 10:48:13 AM
I made my first foray into the world of making automata for my partner in the Be AWESOME (Redux) Swap!



Step right up, ladies and gentleman! Turn your frown upside down with MS. CRANKY PANTS!





This sign on the front, leads you to a drawer on the right side:



Get it?  "Turn"





The "grins" all have a hole or tube on them somewhere that slides over the wires that come out of the waist of Ms. Cranky Pants!



She has a crank (get it?) on her left side, well on her right side, but the user's left side that moves the wires when turned.  You see, my partner is left-handed.





Here is a little video of the action: http://vid181.photobucket.com/albums/x256/TheMistressTLF/MCP-Video_zpsqytf1lpp.mp4


Ff you're not interested in all the macro shots of all the little details that made me giggle and made me send on the very last day, something I have never done for a swap, then stop now.  It's about to get detailed up in these pants!

The fly and belt buckle, an old button from my recently-"inherited" 4-generation button box.



The belt and belt loops. It just cracked me up to add all the little stitches!



Back pockets:



And the cuffs



Some details on the base:

The back:



The bottom:



The inside of the empty drawer:



And because I just can't stop posting detail shots, the other end of the crank mechanism:



And some of the "grins"



You can see the clear tube on the giraffe's belly that fits over the wires on the waist of Ms. Cranky Pants.

Some wee scissors on top of a stack of various papers... the scissors move!



I also included some of my partner's family photos that I was able to get by contacting her daughters who are also craftsters!  But I didn't want to photograph and put those on the internet w/o permission and I was running out of time to ask, so I actually didn't even get photos of them. Sad

What fun I had! It was fun to have some obvious word play in the project and then I even had some denim-patterned wrapping paper, so I wrapped it in that!  I have also personally committed to working as much from stash as I can and was able to do mostly that here.  I bought the tubing for the "grins," one of the "grins," and the boxes that make up the base and I think that's it!

A few years ago I started tracking the materials and tools I used to make projects, just for funsies. Yes, that's my kind of funsies.  But I didn't keep up with it and let it go for the most part, but this project was so all-over-the-shop that I did it again and thought I'd share:
Wood: beads and dowels; paper: scrapbook, paperboard, TP tube, paper mache, tissue; metal: wire, grommets, eyelets, vintage button; plastic beads; fabric: duck, ticking, vinyl; thread and twine; adhesives: decoupage (MS), hot glue, Quick Grip; ink: sharpie, stamp (x3); embossing powder, paint: red and silver; glaze; coffee and tea, tape: gaffer and painter; 3 kinds of scissors, 2 kinds of "knives," rubber stamps, hand drill and drill bits, punches (and hammer), metal file, leather punch, brushes: paint and adhesive; craft sticks and toothpicks; heat gun and cold air drying rack.

In conclusion, I can't help but make the joke that "This project was pants!"
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26  Re: Be AWESOME (Redux) GALLERY! (Sendout March 23) in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: March 22, 2015 10:18:05 AM
Here we go! Here we go!

I got the MOSTEST AWESOME Halloween Countdown flip book from rackycoo!  What!? I KNOWWOO! As I look through it again and again I keep finding new favorite pages and I took at least twice as many photos of the individual pages than I edited and am posting here, but I didn't want to overwhelm the interwebz.  It's awesome and all, but I am not sure it could handle this level of AWESOME.



The perfect beginning:


Seriously, why are some of these old illustrations of children so dang creepy?


This one is def a favorite every time I flip through.  I love he looks like he's in a dance-off!

In this shot you can see how they're all built on a deck of playing cards.

KITTY! A couple of my besties have black kitties so this one is special to me in that way.


The longer you stare into their flat, dead eyes the creepier then get! [shiver]


Another phantom dance-off contestant!


Annnnd I thought it would be fun to share the handy-dandy post-its included to help me set this up correctly. 


As though this weren't AWESOME enough, my countdown came with a festive, fancy vermin Keeper of the Countdown!  Aw, rats!


I just want to THANK Rackycoo again for the AWESOMENESS OF IT ALL!  She's a great stalker (but not creepy in a vintage-children way) and, can I say it, a great package packer!  Wow.
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27  Oh Deer! Fabric Bins for Bathroom Storage (3 pics) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: March 03, 2015 09:35:32 AM


By this time of this year I was supposed to be well underway with redoing our main bathroom.  But instead I broke my hand about 7 weeks ago, so I am working more slowly and on smaller parts of the project - the finishing touches are coming first this time!  I decided I wanted fabrics, but didn't find any that were the right size, the right material and the right price so I knew I had to make them.



  The deer material I found online was JUST RIGHT. Perfect colors, perfect pattern.  WOO!  You can see that the easy part of the wallpaper removal is done; the streamer will come out for the rest of that project.  The train rack they're sitting on will be moved out of that corner for the remodel/redecoration.



They are lined with heavy, unbleached cotton duck with a medium weight fusible, washable interfacing inside.
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28  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: February 22, 2015 04:16:04 PM
I'm getting ready to do some serious de-stashing. A month ago I bought a desk from my company as we were moving locations. Cost me $25 for two very solid pieces.  Unfortunately it was so heavy, it ended up to be a $700 project ... as my husband said he'd build me a craft room in the basement instead of trying to carrying them up the stairs (down is easier).



This was a picture several weeks ago.  The room is almost finished - it just needs some trim and a door.  This weekend we moved the desks downstairs along with a couple of bookshelves.  In order to clear out the old room and get it ready for my daughter's new play room, I put all the craft supplies into another room ... and have suddenly realized I have a TON of supplies.  I knew about the massive amounts of yarn and thread - and even paper and stamps, but the other supplies?  Books?  They didn't fit on the bookshelves before and I downsized one.  So before I put anything away, I'm going to go through and try and clear out items I know I won't use.

Here's hoping I survive LOL

Good luck! Having an awesome, custom, dissociated crafting space will make it all worth it!
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29  Ro-mantis Pants, aka Praying Mantis Valentine Boxer Shorts (like ya do) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: February 14, 2015 12:38:11 PM


Someone showed me this super fun, cross stitch-y looking, Spoonflower print months and months ago and I immediately snapped some up to make boxer shorts for my guy for Valentine's Day.  I have made him dozens of pairs of boxers from fun prints over the years, but these are really something special.



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30  Funky Cheese Madonna in Recipes and Cooking Tips by TheMistressT on: February 13, 2015 02:17:08 PM
This is perhaps less "cooking" and more "food crafting, but here's where I'm putting it unless someone shows me the right place.   Roll Eyes



On our first overnight trip together, The ManFlesh and I went to the Czech Republic for 3 weeks. (yup) And we drove all over in a little rental car and heard lots of pop music on the radio. One English-language song we heard a lot sounded like "Funky Cheese Madonna," which became one of our jokes-of-the-trip. We learned later the lyric is "she thinks that she's Madonna" in a song called "She's Madonna" by some guy named Robbie something. Soooooo for Valentine's Day I have made Madonnas out of funky cheese, Cambozola which happens to be his fave cheese.



I used a candy mould that I found online, softened the cheese to room temp, then chilled it again before popping them out of the mould.

More details about the process I used on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/02/funky-cheese-madonna-of-how-i-used.html
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