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211  Safety Capes for Forest Dogs! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: November 03, 2012 02:55:12 PM

We recently moved to the woods of the Bitterroot Range and our property abuts the National Forest.  Sometimes the dogs wander just a little bit into the woods on the other side of the fence and since it's hunting season we want to be extra sure they aren't mistaken for deer or bear (not that they look like either).  Our neighbor uses plastic tape in safety orange, but our young dogs wrassle and play so much that the tape just got torn off and shredded.

So I made them little capes that slip easily over their collars.  They're made from a cotton/poly blend (I think) which is so far pretty durable and tough.  It's also a lot easier for us to spot their sleek black and brown bodies among the black and brown trees and downed limbs.

And here they are doing that playing that shreds the plastic tape.  I'm going to start calling it their Safety Dance when they wrassle in their capes!

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212  Bigfoot Feels Sheepish in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: November 03, 2012 11:47:48 AM
I'm in a tea towel swap with some friends and have been stitching variations on a theme, that theme being Bigfoot.  I've posted most of them here, too.

The owner of this towel is a Brit living in New Zealand with whom we've joked about sheep so I really had no choice but to make Bigfoot wooly!  I think he's also feeling a bit Oompa-Loompa-ish, a bit Commonwealth barrister-ish and/or a bit Zeus-ish.  Wink

There are actually 3 shades of white threaded for all the wool and 2 shades of purple in the violets.  I used split-, satin- and stem-stitches, lazy daisy and French knots.
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213  All-weather Wreaths, Swags, and the Like: Suggestions and Ideas If You Please in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by TheMistressT on: October 27, 2012 08:39:53 PM
The ManFlesh and I just moved to the Bitterroot Valley area in Montana from Portland, Oregon.  We used to live in an urban neighborhood with a covered front porch and now we live on 5 wooded acres on the side of a mountain.  We still have a covered porch, but hardly anyone will see it - we don't even get mail delivery.  The former owner had put a "wreath" up at the entrance to the property (the road goes through the property so neighbors and their guests do drive down it) and I like the idea!  I was able to throw together something for Halloween from my stash (+ a spinal column the dogs found around), but now I'm wondering about the rest of the year.  I probably won't do a different thing for every holiday or anything, but a few holidays, maybe some of the seasons and some general welcome-y stuff.  BUT this has got to be able to take the elements.  It's wired to our "pasture" fence and has no shelter.  No big deal for the Halloween one, because looking a little worse for wear is my kind of Halloween.

Ideas I have so far:
Raid the dollar store for plastic decorations including plastic versions of glass ball xmas ornaments and other holiday stuff
plastic versions of tinsel
Cheapo silk flowers and leaves.

As you can see by the Halloween one, my taste is not necessarily traditional so go crazy with your brain storming!

Just for giggle here it is with October snow on it:
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214  The Zombunnies Are Coming! in Halloween Decor and Parties by TheMistressT on: October 26, 2012 08:00:38 PM

I made some zombunnies for a few friends back home.

They're made with white chocolate tinted with blue and green gel food color... but I added cinnamon to make them a little less sweet and that turned them purple-y. 

I used royal icing for the blood, guts and brains.

The eyes are pre-made sugar eyes from the cake decorating/candy making shop in my old neighborhood.
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215  Bigfoots of a Feather in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: October 15, 2012 08:46:25 AM
I'm in a tea towel swap with some friends and this is my latest contribution:

I am doing variations on a theme and that theme being Bigfoot; this on for an owl fan.
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216  Halloween Wreath for the Fence in Halloween Decor and Parties by TheMistressT on: October 14, 2012 03:09:17 PM
We just bought a house in the Bitterroot Mountain Range in Montana where we have 5 acres on a dirt road that passes through our property.  The last owner had a vine heart and silk flower arrangement down at the entrance to the property as a welcome and probably as a marker.  Well, it's a little worse for wear and hearts really aren't our style and since I don't know yet what to put in its place, I made a Halloween wreath to put up for a few weeks at least. 

I was able to do it all with stuff I had on hand.  Yes that is a real bone spinal column that one of the dogs found on the property or in the National Forest bordering the property.  It has been wired together previously, so obviously it had been on display at one point, but not too recently as it was all dirty and such.

It's a dollar store raven that has seen better days, so I'm not worried about it being out in the weather and I figure the worse the flowers look the better.
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217  Puppy's Birthday Blowouts! in Party Planning by TheMistressT on: August 23, 2012 08:01:08 AM
Our Delia is going to be one-year old in a couple of weeks!  Ever since she was just a potato-headed wee pup, her skinny little tongue has unfurled when she yawns, so I just had to alter some princess-themed party blowouts for her party!  (since these photos were taken, I have added little pointy party hats made from colorful scrapbook paper to her head)

I got a good, high-res photo of her face, used photo shop to erase her body and the background and to resize the image to fit the blowout.  Then I printed them up and cut them out with an Xacto knife.

Then I cut along the upper lip, glued the jaw to the extending part of the blow out and her face to the "princess" part that came with the set.

It took some searching for me to find some in a plain, tongue-colored pink.  They came is a package of 8, but someone was still in her chewing stage when I made the prototype, so I only have 7 for the party.  Siiiiiiiigh.

Here is an action shot:

That's Delia on the bottom of the photo, her sister, Betty, is on the left.  Here's a post of Betty's first birthday party: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388793.0

And a before shot of the blowout:

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218  Bigfoot Isn't Concerned With The Conventions of Human Society in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: August 02, 2012 08:42:35 PM
I'm in a round robin tea towel swap with some friends.  I'm doing variations on a theme and that theme is Bigfoot. 

This time he has donned a love Kentucky Derby hat with a big ol' purple flower!  Angle shot, because I love an angle shot to show textures:

I used chain-, stem-, satin stitiches, lazy daisy and french knots.

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219  The Cupcake Cowgirl: My Friendly Neighborhood Superheroine in Costumes: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 15, 2012 07:31:36 PM

(action shot of our heroine)

I have a dear friend who is known among our club as a super heroine, The Cupcake Cowgirl!  But, get this: she didn't have a cape!  I know.  She did have a birthday, though, so I made her one!  (only a month late, too)

I made an applique with a cowgirl hat for the cherry and beads for sprinkles.

The front buttons with a tab at the neck.  I actually found the button after I made the cupcake and they're in similar colors.  Twas meant to be.

But, wait!  There's more!  It's reversible because The Cupcake Cowgirl's has an alter ego (and arch enemy?): The Tiki Terror!

Come happy hour, watch out!  Can you see the cocktail glass in the tiki head?  Tee hee!

This is the button for the Tiki Terror side.

You can't tell in the photos, but the light pink and dark pink satins have glitter all over them, too!  GLITTER!
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220  Patio Table Cozies in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 10, 2012 09:40:09 AM

One of my Ballard Designs tables got all discolored from having a glass top from another table sit on it for a week while I was on vacation last summer.   Cry  The tables are powder coated steel, so hard to redo on a budget and spray paint isn't going to hold up as well as I'd like, so I decided I needed table clothes. 

We eat al fresco most nights in the summer as well as sit out there during the day so I didn't want to have to bring in/take out a table cloth every time we used the tables.  Also our house is going on the market later this month and I wanted to have something that looked nice for whenever the house is shown w/o us having to put it on every time. That required some kind of plastic. 

And I didn't want it to blow around or away or to deal with clips or weights, so... I made it envelope style. 

I bought the tablecloth plastic before I knew exactly how I was going to put these together (I didn't want to have elastic gathers), so I neglected to buy matching bias tape.  Oh, well.  At least I had yards and yards of this tape I made to practice a technique for cuttin yards and yards of bias tape in one long strip.  Only the dogs can see it when they lay on the deck and they don't mind much.
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