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211  Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: March 06, 2011 06:13:19 PM
Sigh.  I thought I had the base layer for all the exterior done, but the puppy (bless her heart) chewed the only unattached part; got it right off the counter.  I'll attach a photo so you'll know why she's not yet been sold to the gypsies.

Not too difficult to remake, just a bit time consuming.  Sigh.
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212  Axe Cop Becomes Ice Cream Cop w/ Lemon - A low-budget Valentine Costume in Costumes: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: February 13, 2011 02:27:32 PM

The ManFlesh as recently discovered and become a big fan of the online comic Axe Cop http://axecop.com/.  If you're unfamiliar, it's written by a 5-year old (now 6) and drawn by his 29-year old (now 30) half-brother.  If you know much about 5-year old boys and how they do there superhero play you know that the rules, the players, the super powers are constantly changing and the characters on Axe Cop's team are no exception.  The ManFlesh loves ice cream and we don't have an ice cream scoop, so it seemed that he should be Ice Cream Cop and should have an ice cream scoop in a holster.

Of course, he kind of needed an axe in a holster, too.

I just used his existing black belt.

Once I got going, I couldn't leave it at just the belt.  I ordered cheap cop sunglasses and made a badge.

I had under an hour to make and bake the badge from polymer clay, that I later painted.  It's pretty crude (not unlike the holsters - ahem), but I like to think that's part of the little boy charm of the whole thing.

Axe Cop has an Axe on his badge, so The ManFlesh has an ice cream scoop... with lemon (episode 3 or 4) - see below.

And Ice Cream Cop would not be Ice Cream Cop without the mustache  Cheesy

I'm making lemon ice cream to do with this, one of his favorites.

Axe Cop is awesome, The ManFlesh is awesome and I'm pretty sure he's going to get a huge kick out of this rather slap-dash Axe Cop accessories set.

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213  Puppy Love: Valentine Collar Cozies for Canine Cuties (about 6 pics) in Valentine's Day by TheMistressT on: February 09, 2011 05:18:37 PM
I'm new to dog owning, but not to crafting and there's nothing can stop me from crafting for my canines.  So I've been making collar cozies, so they can have lots of cute collars without spending much money.  So far, they've all been made from leftovers of other projects.

This is our puppy, Betty.  She's 5.5 months old.

This is her sister, Olive, my step-dog.  She's 8 years old.

Not all their collar cozies match, but I couldn't resist making a few and this is the only Valentine-y fabric I have.

A few more collar cozies I made for them at the same time:

Cheery green with floral polka dots:

A cute floral stripe:

I can't find the good shot of Olive smiling at the camera with her collar cozy showing clearly.  Sad

I'm still working out how to get them to look just like I want and fit over the bulky plastic hardware on the big dog's collar.
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214  They Call Me T-rex (Megalomanic Cookies) in Dessert by TheMistressT on: January 23, 2011 04:13:48 PM
I had a milestone birthday yesterday and a party last night to celebrate. So, I made a bunch of these cookies to go on the snack table, because they call me T-rex.

I made them skeletal to get in on the old jokes.   Wink
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215  Celebrate Banner in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 23, 2011 11:00:28 AM

Last night we threw a 200 years Combined Experience party because this year our house turns 100, The ManFlesh's mom turns 60 (in a couple weeks) and I turned [gulp] 40 yesterday.  I wanted to have festive decorations, but not go with a specific them since we were celebrating such a variety of things.  I made this hoping I could use it for many birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations in the future.  We added orange balloons and orange and white crepe streamers.

I could have used some quilters' skills when trying to put together 10 different fabrics.  While not completely successful, I feel okay about it for my first time.  Each fabric had at least 2 colors from at least 2 other fabrics, but I think I had some issues with pattern scale and dark/vs light backgrounds.  I did spend less money than buying a pre-assembled set of fat quarters, though.  I received some compliments from party-goers, so that was extra nice.

I've been on a bias tape making kick for a year (or more) and think this might be the cutest I've made so far; well, this wasn't cut on the bias, but it's double-fold tape.

 Huh Until there is a Birthdays & Anniversary category on the Occasions and Holidays board (hint, hint, nag, nag) it seems this is the place for this project.  If it's better somewhere else, please let me know about moving it.
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216  Sewn Scarf in Wool and Cotton in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: January 05, 2011 07:32:08 PM
I suppose Clothing is the right category for this scarf I made based on instructions in the December 2010 Martha Stewart Living.

(after many failed attempts to take my own picture with the scarf, I just started making faces)

It's just wool suiting from the remnant 50% off sale at my local fabric store ($30.99/yard, I got half a yard for about $6!) backed with a cotton print that has just a little of the purple of the wool in it.  It's also my favorite colors: green, purple and teal.  YEY!  Since the wool was 56" wide, that's the length of the scarf (minus selvage and 1/2" seam allowance; it's about 7" wide.
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217  ATTN: Puppy From Facility That Also Processes Peanuts! Collar Covers for Dogs in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 31, 2010 10:25:17 AM

I make boxer shorts from novelty prints for The ManFlesh.  For xmas I made him 3 pairs, one for each pet.  With the scraps from each of the dogs' fabric I made washable collar cozies for the dogs.  Our 4.5 month-old puppy is named Betty, but her papa calls her Peanut a lot.  Our 8-year old Black Lab/Rottweiler mix is named Olive.

Here's Olive modeling hers, and by "modeling" I mean "sleeping on her couch."

Betty is a Black Lab/Sneaky Neighbor Dog mix... here's a better action shot of her collar.   You can see how the colors of the peanut print bring out her natural tones and highlights.

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218  Sexy Red Boot Stocking in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 29, 2010 04:07:42 PM
It was time for a new stocking for me... long past time, actually.  I'd known what I wanted for some time, even had most of the materials on hand, and finally I took the time to make it... just after Christmas this year.

The strap & buckle detail (the buckle was the only thing I didn't have in my stash).

The sole detail - bow were there a lot of little threads to cut on that heal!

The hanger.  I may switch it out to a couple large chain links or something.

And here it is hung by the chimney with care, right next to the platform book I made The ManFlesh I made a couple years ago. 

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219  Dallas Cowboys Cowboy Boot Stocking in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 26, 2010 08:54:21 AM
The ManFlesh's mom is a BIG Dallas Cowboys fans so I made her this stocking for Christmas this year.

The exterior is all vinyl, the liner is felt.  My favorite detail is the stitching on the vamp.

When I was making it, The ManFlesh reminded me that his mom still has and uses her childhood stocking and I told him that I wasn't trying to replace that, but give her a decoration she would like... however, Craft Doubt crept into my mind.  I didn't want her to feel like I was trying to replace her beloved childhood stocking or like she had to use mine to spare my feelings.  Turns out her childhood stocking is so fragile that this is the last year she's using it.  After the holidays, she's going to frame it so she needed a new one anyway!  YEY!
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220  A Memory Game in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 23, 2010 04:16:43 PM
Just 7.5 months later, I've finally used MareMare's Fabric Matching Game idea for myself (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343629.0).  Whew!  I'm not nearly so dedicated as she, so mine have fewer steps and are a bit less "finished."

I chose to sew them wrong sides* together, then cut the sewn pieces out with pinking shears.

Instead of interfacing, I picked up some heavy-ish denim to back them with.

Using an oatmeal box I'd been saving, I made a container to keep on the pieces in.  Just hit the scrapbooking section of the craft store for paper and letter stickers.

I made the handle out of ribbon that is drawn through slots in the lid so it won't get lost... I had a hard time getting a decent photo to illustrate this in the gloomy winter light (and the last minute finish).

It was a 4th birthday gift for The ManFlesh's niece and was well received.  Turns out memory games are one of her favorites right now.  Smiley  It was pretty fun to make and if I do another I have some ideas to make it go a bit quicker and I might make more pairs to match.  One of the best parts was diggin through my fabric stash for prints; it's fun to revisit the scraps and use them up. 

* Well, actually the prints' wrong sides are sewn to the denim's right side because I'm overwhelmed with projects and have been making silly mistakes.  Sigh.  This one is pretty innocuous, so I decided not to worry about it.
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