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221  Save the Date Cards for Puppy's First Birthday (seriously) in Party Planning by TheMistressT on: May 12, 2011 06:14:11 PM
Betty will be 1 on August 20th, which happens to be a Saturday, so we're going to have a party to celebrate!  Because August is a busy travel time I made Save the Date cards with scrapbook paper for our short guest list.  

The decorations and favors will be orange, purple and white and there will be gingham, because I'm in a gingham loving phase.  Kiss  The photo was taken within the first few days she lived with us after coming home from the shelter.

I had some greeting card blanks for ink jet printers in my stash from at least 10 years ago, so i glued the assembled front onto those after running them through the printer with the save the date info.

I used an orange pen to write the addresses and the Adopt a Shelter Pet stamps; then used the same fonts to make return address labels.  It'll be a small get-together with dog-family and their people + a few other important guests.  Appropriately invitations were addressed the dogs and their families when applicable.   Wink

After they were sealed, I decided to cut more circles out of the orange paper for seals on the envelopes.

Thanks for looking!  I have lots of ideas for making things for the party and hope to a) do them and b) share here when I do!

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222  Foofy Rosette Brooch for the Birthday Girl! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: May 06, 2011 05:58:50 PM

For her birthday, I bought my friend a necklace on etsy and then today I saw this card today and I was reminded that for years I've wanted to make a rosette ribbon style brooch and got inspired to finally do it and use it as a topper for her package.

All the parts are from my stash; some new, some vintage.  I sewed a few things, but most of it is glued which surprised me as going in I expected for it to be mostly sewn.

Close-up of the rosette

I hand sewed the bead trim to the interfaced burlap between each bead and love how tidy it looks.

Close up of the ribbons

Her initials are LRH.

The back:

This is her 47th birthday.

I'm so happy that I was able to over come the hurdle I had to starting this project!  Grin  It probably took about 3 hours with all the searching, sorting and assembling.  I hope I can stay inspired and motivated to make another soon.  I'll give it to her tonight at her semi-surprise birthday dinner - I sure hope she likes it!   Undecided
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223  Hi, I'm adopted! - "Outfits" for the local Humane Society Doggie Dash in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: May 01, 2011 10:26:42 PM

We're joining a fund-raiser walk for the local Humane Society in a couple of weeks.  I wanted my girls to have something special to wear.  That's Olive from the front up there and here she is from the top; she's 8 years.

White cotton & eyelet lace I had laying around, red gingham I made and an ink-jet iron on.

This is Betty, she's about 8.5 months.

Made from an extra white jersey pillowcase and the same other materials as Olive's.

I'll probably make coordinating collars for them, too and hope I can get a shot of them at the event!
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224  New Varmint Voodoo Editions: Shark & Snail in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: April 21, 2011 09:06:43 PM
I've finally gotten around to making a few more editions of my Varmint Voodoo line and had great fun stitching these guys up.

The shark's face cracks me up:

I used to have a shark phobia, but am mostly over it so this has a special place in my heart spleen:

All the Varmints have red sequin & bead eyes, so it tickled me to sew them to the end of the snail's eye stalks!

Hopefully surfers and divers will feel safer with the shark and gardeners can sleep well at night knowing the snail is helping protect their crops.
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225  Vintage Doily into Mom's Easter Basket in Easter by TheMistressT on: April 21, 2011 05:29:45 PM
I'm a sucker for a doily, even though they aren't my style for interior decoration.  Most of mine are family-made pieces, but this one was in the by-the-pound thrift store bin and I couldn't pass it up.  That was about 2 years ago.  When I saw this tutorial(http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2011/04/how-to_vintage_doily_easter_ba.html), I realized I finally had a project for this doily: Mom's Easter Basket!

With Easter grass:

Without Easter grass:

From the top:

Thanks for looking!
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226  Forty is sweet! An ice cream party banner. in Party Planning by TheMistressT on: April 02, 2011 12:12:58 PM
It's a big year for 40th birthdays around here!  One of my girlfriends is celebrating hers with an ice cream party at a local dairy that has an ice cream parlor-style community room.  She offered to commission me to make a banner based on several pics she found online, but I'm giving it to her as a birthday gift.

Since the room is mostly red with black details she decided to go with red and turquoise decorations.  Originally she said "Happy 40th" would work, but when I found the turquoise glitter letters that didn't come with numerals, I played around and came up with "forty is sweet" which I like so much better.

She hasn't seen it yet, so these pics are in my living room.  Here it's hung over the mantle in our living room.  You can kind of see in the mirror that after assembling the cone and scoop I glued them to plain white paper for a finished look and a sturdier finished product.

Materials, media, supplies: Scrapbook paper, printer paper, card stock, glue stick, craft clue, E6000, cord, pom pons, glitter letters, scissors, ruler, circle cutter, self-healing mat, star hole punch, transparent tape, matches.

Since there's still no "Birthdays" board in the Occasions and Holidays category, I'm plunking this here since it was suggested that birthday stuff would go here.
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227  Madame Aviana's Gypsy Fortune Teller Wagon! (soooo many photos) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: March 28, 2011 08:09:05 PM
This is my first post on the polymer clay board!  I often use it for a part or detail in another project, but in this case it's probably the main material so I thought it should go here.

I made this gypsy wagon for the Wicked Circus Altered Altoid Tin Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=375594.0 !

The whole front:

My interpretation of the Wicked Circus theme included the idea that at a wicked circus nothing is as it seems and much of what the customers see is just for show.  The backside and inside of everything is even dingier and more mysterious.

The whole back:

My partner was a self-professed "crazy bird lady" so when I found the image of this gypsy-like lady with the bird, I knew I'd found my fortune teller!

Madame Aviana:
So clean and glittery.

I rolled out the clay, cut it to fit the tin then used a paring knife to mark the "boards" and a probe to make the wood grain and knots.  After everything was baked, I attached it to the tin, primed the tin, painted the whole thing with craft paints, then used watered down burnt umber and black craft paints to make it all dingy and dirty looking.  I top-coated the whole thing with a decorative painter's acrylic varnish in "dull" which is what gave it the crackle finish - that part is a happy accident.  I imagine if I'd used artist acrylics or decorative painter's paints it wouldn't have crackled.

But what happens behind the scenes?

Some sinister and pompous half-man/half-bird is pulling the strings! His room is lined with coarse, dirty burlap.  His chair sits on a stained and ratty rug.


And now the tedious detail shots!

To follow the theme of things being much different where the customer can't see, the front gable had green painted fish scale shingles, but the back is just plain wood, lower-quality wood using the same tools as above, but I was rougher and gaugier (to coin a term).

The front wheel is much more colorful and exotic than the back wheel.



And just a few more close-ups.

Madame Aviana's banner announcing her to circus patrons as well as while she's being pulled down the road to the next site:

And one of my favorite parts - the roof.

I have a history in home construction, so it didn't really occur to me until after I'd made 2 roofs (a certain unnamed puppy chewed the first one before it was painted) that there was probably another way other than making individual shingles and attaching them one at a time to the roof being sure to stagger the joins, etc.  Sigh.  I made sure to punch holes for the bells before baking and I'm so glad that I did.  I love that there's an audio component to the wagon!  The wondrous tin I received has a scent component, so it's even more special since my partner and I never discussed fortune tellers or media and we swapped polymer clay fortune tellers with an added sensual component!  You can see how lucky I am here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376453.0

I really geeked out on this project (also my first altered Altoid tin) so I kept track of all the media, tools, etc. that I used.  I love collage and assemblage, but I'm initimidated to try.  STill, I've been collecting things hoping one day I'll have the inspiration and the guts so it was fun to see all that I was able to use from my stash.  The only things I bought for this were the star paper and the striped paper used for the Bird Man's rug.  Well, I found starry tissue at the thrift store a couple days before sending that I used to wrap it, but that's it!

Hammer, finish nails, utility knife, oven, probe, sand paper, PVC closet rod, paring knife, Dremel tool (with cutting wheel), metal file, paint brushes, wire cutters, inkjet printer.

Altoid tin, balsa wood, metal tops to champagne corks. Sculpy + Bake & Bond, brassed linoleum nails, finish nail, craft paint, dog/cat hair/lint, primer, acrylic varnish, paper: scrapbook, printer, skewer, Dover clip art, Beads: glass, wooden, ceramic, jewelry findings, charms, bells, upholstery tacks, glitter, mod podge, adhesives: carpenter's glue, glue stick, E6000, 3-in-1, double stick foam tape. pigment , embroidery floss, upholstery trim, Fortune cookie fortunes
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228  Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: March 23, 2011 07:01:33 PM
This may be turning into the Wicked Circus Fortune Teller Altered Altoid Tin Swap!  Check out the wickedness I received from thisbirdsabsurd today!  No wonder the dogs were barking their heads off at the mailman - animals can sense things.   Wink

May I present to you the wise and great Zoltar!

Soooo detailed!

The inside is filled with mystical tools of the fortune telling trade:

Look how fortunate I am!

A better look at these wonders, including a magic lamp, runes, a crystal, paper fortunes, skulls, a great-smelling sack of good fortune (mace? I'm bad with spices) and MORE:

Under the wonders, just what I wanted to hear from Zoltar for my 75 cents!

The back:

That's not all!  Check out the sides!

Sparkly AND dark! 

The top from a bit of an angle so you can see a bit more of the textural detail

Aaaaannnnnnd there's this fantastic watercolor (it's a watercolor, right?) of some conjoined twins!  Eeeeek!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thisbirdsabsurd!  This is so wonderful and so detailed!  Thank you also for shooing out the centipedes and horseshoe crabs before sending!  There's only so much wicked TheMistress can handle.   Kiss
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229  Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: March 15, 2011 09:26:04 PM

  So now the cat's stool is (uselessly) in the center of the kitchen and we will occasionally find Betty sitting or standing on it like it's the most natural thing in the world.  Come to think of it, maybe I could turn that into a circus act!

WOW!  So does that mean I'm getting a cat in my tin?  (You might want to check on the postal regulations for that one - or at leastt poke a few holes in the box.  Wink

Good news is that this is a tiny cat of about 6.5 pounds and she'd probably fit in a Priority Mail Flat Rate box!  Bad news is that she doesn't really perform tricks so much and pull them.  Because I'm one of those irritating puppy parents, here is a photo of the beginning of Betty's act.  It's not much now, but do you think it has potential?

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230  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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