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231  More Playing Card Mini-notebooks - Disney in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: September 13, 2008 04:24:02 PM
I do get on a kick and now I see playing- and game cards in terms of their potential for mini notebooks.  I've run out of reclaimed notebook paper, though and it's a crummy time to find school supplies at the thrift store since school just started here. So, it'll be a little bit before I can do more - and I do have more styles of thrifted cards, believe me.


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232  Take Note! More wee notebooks made with the Bind-It-All in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: September 10, 2008 07:55:02 PM
Well after the attention my obscene, adult-themed notebooks (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267899.0) received here, I decided to make some other types so that I have a broader selection and am not known ONLY as the nekkid fella card book lady person.  I found some other graphically interesting playing-type cards at the thrift shop (unopened!) and made a few more. 

4 books ready to go:

The inside cover:

There are about 20 sheets/40 pages of reclaimed notebook paper inside with a white card stock back cover.  I'm trying to make projects that I can complete w/o buying anything new or anything at all, if I can, so this is fun. It's all pre-owned except the wire binding; the card stock was left over from a class I taught a couple summers ago.
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233  Obscene Bind-It-All Project in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: September 08, 2008 05:39:14 PM
So I was in a swap with a partner who collected Joker player cards and I went about finding all the jokers I could.  One way I did that was by visiting the by-the-pound bins at the Goodwill Outlet store where you can find many open decks of cards - sometimes so open that they're out of the box and spread out all over.  So I'd look through those as well as open boxes (not those still sealed) of cards for jokers.  I came upon a box that wasn't just your Hoyle or Bicycle deck, but rather looked like maybe a Professional Wrestler or Chippendale's dancers deck.  Would it have a joker?  I opened the box and what to you know, I can see from the top corner that there is a joker with a photo!  I pull out the card and WHOA!  THAT'S NO WRESTLER, BUT HE SURE IS HAPPY TO SEE ME! Yikes!  I jammed that card back in, looked around (likely blushing and eyes wide in panic) and then decided... hell, why not they'll be less than a buck.  AND since I was shopping for mini-whimsies I'd brought a ziplock to put my selections in so they wouldn't slip through the holes of my cart so it would just blend in with my game pieces and single earrings.   

I didn't send that joker to my partner, but did tell her about it after the fact with an offer to send it.  I like to do the surprise thing with swaps and didn't think that would be an appropriate surprise considering we didn't know each other.  She didn't reply that she wanted it, but I found another craftster who appreciated him (you know who you are).

I decided to craft with them, even though it was a "full deck".  Well, literally, too.  The ManFlesh won't play cards with them (I did have a little fun sneaking them into a cribbage game though - tee hee) and honestly they're like a car wreck to me, I can't help but look, but I can't help but turn away either.

Shoot!  I just realized that Photobucket may kill this photo.  We'll see, I guess.  The penises are pixelated, but I seem to remember them killing a boobie cake (which barely (heh) look like actual human breasts).  I feel even naughtier now! I changed the pic to be more modest, by replacing the pixelated genitals with a "fig leaf", by which I mean a wiener.

Oh, yeah!  They're mini notebooks that are handy to have in one's handbag for info you want to keep with you (window sizes for when you find just the right fabric for curtains, etc.) or quick notes (the website for a product you see at the store and that kind of thing) and I used thrifted notebook paper and my Bind-It-All to make them. They have a card stock back cover.
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234  Re: gift bows! (yet another way to recycle magazines) tutorial added and more pics in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: September 05, 2008 05:54:27 PM
I bookmarked this way back when it was first posted because I knew I'd do it.  About a month ago a made 25 or so.  The next time I went to open a new can of cat food, I realized that the label that I remove everytime so I can recycle it and the can is a strip just like the ones I made all those bows out of!  So I saved them for a few weeks until I had enough for a couple of bows (1 of each type of food)! 

They crack me up.

Thanks for posting the tut!
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235  There's something about a man half-out of uniform. (5 pics of shirtless firemen) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: August 30, 2008 07:09:31 PM
More Hot Dishes!  What can I say, I get on a kick - it's my way.  I was encouraged to try to sell them, so I thought it would be fun to come up with names for each of the fellas.  As I pondered what to name them, I noticed that one had the initial of The ManFlesh on his helmet so I thought I could name him after my fella.  So, then I was looking at the other 3 and trying to come up with names when I realized that my guy runs with 3 other guys and thought, "why not name them after The Dudes?"  Well, since none of The Dudes really look like these guys, I decided to change all the names to names that rhyme with The Dudes names!  For some reason this tickles me to no end. 

Now that you've (maybe) read all that, let me introduce to you (in no particular order)...





They're backed with ironing board cover fabric that is heat-resistant and have a layer of 90% cotton batting also.

The back:

Thanks for taking a gander!
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236  Great Green Gobs of Greasy, Grimy Gopher Guts! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: August 29, 2008 03:49:20 PM
Well, at least this new Varmint Voodoo doll was for a special order and not just to feed my it's-not-an-obsession-it's-an-interest.  I made an extra, too.

I present to you Varmint Voodoo: Gopher Edition!

And his sinister little face:

I hope this takes care of the problem it was ordered to rectify!  I've heard back that both the Flea Edition and Cockroach Edition have helped rid their owners of their vermin.
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237  Sweet Music Onesie in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: August 26, 2008 10:35:36 AM
A friend I used to work with is having a baby with his wife next month.  I'm not in the invited-to-the-shower category of friends, but I feel sort of sisterly towards him and think his wife is awesome so I wanted to give them a little something for their daughter.

The birdy is a button, the flowers are some vintage trim (that had been used in my room as a toddler in the mid-70s).

I don't really have a sense of mom's style, so hopefully it's girlie enough and not too girlie.  I'm just popping it into the mail - hoping the unexpectedness of it will also be pleasing to them.
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238  Enough with the Varmint Voodoo already! Pah! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: August 25, 2008 05:12:18 PM
More Varmint Voodoo dolls.  First a gull for those living on coasts full- or part-time or near landfills and large parking lots.

Here's the schpiel that describes them:
Varmint Voodoo dolls are for those times when you have tried every humane thing you can think of to rid your yard, garden, home and life of these creatures, but are still plagued by them. No real or imagined hexes have been placed on Varmint Voodoo dolls, but dang if you dont feel a little better after poking one with a pin* (three included).

Approx: 2.25 x 6 x 1.5; its just the right size for humanely taking out your frustrations with your particular varmint(s)! This is a toy for grown-ups only; kids and pets already have enough toys. Watch out; pins are sharp!

Then a custom order for a "reptile".  I know that chameleons aren't generally pests, but this guy just looks right with the evil red eye and sinister grimace.

Thanks for looking!
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239  Olive the Other Reindeer. Or something. in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: August 09, 2008 05:17:12 PM
So, I showed The ManFlesh a thing called a Pet Peek and he had to have it.  After his new-ish fence was stained, the peek was installed.  Once I saw it installed I thought "Wreath!" and decided to make one hoping to get a picture of his dog, Olive, peeking through the wreath as a gift for xmas.  But, I decided to tell him about it so it won't be a surprise and I like my gifts to be surprises. 

The ManFlesh and his ex co-parent Olive and she'll be returning to mom's in another state next week, so the pressure was on.  We'll have to try again to get good shots, because the sun was too far in the west and glared off the peek.  I had to share anyway, because making that wreath was a pain in the arse.

Blooper shot:

Pay no attention to the man behind the fence.
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240  Re: IYP 9: Midsummer Masquerade Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: August 02, 2008 02:59:10 PM
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