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221  Even Thanksgiving Requires Dog Costumes! in Thanksgiving by TheMistressT on: November 21, 2012 10:41:38 AM

The Manflesh calls our Beastie Grrrlz "you turkeys" all the time and now that we live in a place with actual turkeys wandering around that our turkeys sometimes chase, it seemed appropriate to make turkey costumes for our turkey-chasing turkeys for Thanksgiving.  

I made front and back feathers out of felt, then sandwiched cereal box cardboard in between to make them stand up.  The waistband is polar fleece that fastens with hook and loop tape.

While plenty cute on it's own, I felt like an additional key turkey part was necessary: the wattle.  Its design is based on the Gentle Leader "headcollar" and it's made of a 4-way stretch cotton blend I had laying around with red felt for the wattle.

It took me FOREVER to make that tail feather set up and I just did not want to make another, but both dogs needed costumes.  Or rather I needed both dogs to have costumes.  So I did a quick lady pilgrim!

The collar and hat are a cotton blend scrap and each are made from 2 pieces cut the same, sewn right sides together and turned right side out.  The collar fits over her daily collar and the hat has a wide elastic strap.  I had used this hat pattern a few years ago for myself: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280005.0 and the dog hat is based on it with a few proportion adjustments.

The final detail are the "shoe" buckles!  What stereotypical pilgrim is complete without buckles?  These are made with leftover vinyl, buckles from my stash, black elastic, and more hook and loop tape.

There is so much that is good about dog costumes, but one of the best things about these is that the only things I had to buy were the felt squares, which I got on sale.  I used <$1's worth of the $2 I spent on felt.  The rest was all things I had in my stash.  I am proving to myself that it was worth it to move 20-some boxes of fabric, notions, and craft supplies.

A funny video of what it's like to take pictures of moderately trained young dogs wearing costumes, ore photos and painstaking details on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-holiday-isnt-holiday-without-costumes.html
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222  Faux Bois Faux Etched Glass Cabinets in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: November 13, 2012 08:19:26 AM
The ManFlesh and I recently moved from the city where we lived in a 100+ year old craftsman style house to the woods in the mountains.  Our new house was built in 1976 with a rustic-ish style in mind.  It's not Lodge Style or Log House-y, but it does lean that way, especially in the kitchen.  For a 36 year old kitchen, we like it pretty well.  We'll eventually upgrade some more serious/expensive things, but for now it's just some of the surface details and practical bits.

I thought for sure we'd get away from the open shelving upper cabinets we had to deal with at the last place: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410443.0, but most of the uppers here are either open shelving or glass-fronted.  It's not our thing, having all our workaday kitchen stuff on display, so I decided to "etch" the glass.

I decided that a faux bois pattern would be the right balance between an updated look and the rustic vibe we already have.  Also, I think it's humorous.


I used contact paper as the resist and a frosted glass spray paint.  All the details and more in-progess photos on my Suddenly Surrounded by Taxidermy blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2012/11/if-you-cant-stand-heat.html?showComment=1352819006985#c6170967659420092019

One of the next projects will be removing that wallpaper; as soon as we figure out what to use as a back splash.  There is a bit of a story as to the stuff on top of that cabinet on the blog and we'll be moving that stuff soon.  I'm now re-inspired to get the last bit of the kitchen unpacked and decluttered!
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223  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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224  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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225  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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226  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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227  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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228  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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229  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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230  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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