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251  Re: Tiny House Swap: Sign-ups 1/2-1/16, Sendouts 2/6/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: February 18, 2009 05:24:10 PM
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252  Varmint Voodoo: Loud-mouthed Jerk Edition in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: February 18, 2009 04:23:19 PM
This Varmint Voodoo doll is for those situations when you have to tolerate a Loud-mouth Jerk. The neighbor, friend-of-a-friend, sibling, in-law, ex-boyfriend/husband, baby-daddy, co-worker, boss, supplier, vendor, distant (and not-so-distant) relative, coach, board member, client, etc. that is in your life and, at least for now, there's nothing you can do about it. 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: 5 x 3.5 x 1.75; its just the right size for humanely (and legally) taking out your frustrations with your particular jerk!

I'm looking for an appropriate female image, too. 
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253  Re: Tiny House Swap: Sign-ups 1/2-1/16, Sendouts 2/6/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: February 16, 2009 06:48:25 PM
So, I'm feeling nostalgic and I thought I'd share the first house I built that I have photos of...

It's not "tiny", but not huge (just over 1800 sq ft).  Started in 1998 with my dad and ex-husband.  We literally built lots of it.  Did the foundation, roof, some siding, rough-in and finish plumbing and electric, some of the floors, tile, some painting... other stuff; spent about 6 months of evenings and weekends.  Lots of help from friends (finish carpentry (pro/friend), the other things listed) and a few skilled professionals (framing, siding, drywall, painters).  Anyway... yeah.

That stone path is about 1 ton of Pennsylvania Blue Stone... and I move every piece of it all by myself at least twice building that.  For awhile I was telling people I moved 2 tons of rock in 4 days... and it was true.  I was a lot stronger in those days.   Wink
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254  Flat-pack Tiny House (1st paper project) - Shameful number of pics in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: February 04, 2009 08:24:44 PM
My first paper craft - at least, I think it's a paper craft - for the Tiny House Swap.  It's decoupage on balsa wood using sheet music (actually music lesson exercises), book parts, ink-jet printed clip art, Velcro and magnets. As I was preparing to pack it up the "hinges" started failing and in my attempts to fix it w/o changing the basic look a couple of other images were added, but I didn't take pics.  Ultimately I used clear packing tape to reinforce the whole thing.  I thought that the layers of Mod Podge would have made the paper strong enough to crease a bit, but it didn't make it strong enough to crease as many times as I'd done. I'm just glad it happened here and not at my partner's house! Undecided Anyway, any advice from the tremendously skilled paper craftsters will be much appreciated!

Front and back:

Couple of inside views:

Under the roof and the fasteners:

The flat-pack views:

A view for scale:

In progress:
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255  Re: Tiny House Swap: Sign-ups 1/2-1/16, Sendouts 2/6/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: February 04, 2009 08:00:45 PM
I can't stand it!  Here's a sneak peek teaser pic of my flat pack house:

With Godzilla* and the Two-headed Dragon for scale.

*that's bsonlytoots awesome skillz, there.
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256  Re: Tiny House Swap: Sign-ups 1/2-1/16, Sendouts 2/6/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: January 31, 2009 05:24:34 PM
Ok!  So, I've mentioned that when the sign-ups for this swap were underway that I realized I had the perfect display piece for Tiny Houses.  Potentially perfect, that is.  I got this at the Goodwill bins a few years ago with the intention of refinishing it.  It still had the Marshall's tag on it (I paid 1/4 of that price) and it's no wonder, because it was really ugly.

Exhibit A (after sanding it, but you get the idea):

Color is more accurate in the other shots, this was taken inside after dark under halogen lights)

And as a WIP with each cubbyhole having a different "landscape" and the sides collages of various and sundry trees:

One side:

Ultimately I'd like no red showing, including on the bottom as it hangs on the wall and might be visible.  I plan to do some architectural images on the front or maybe curtain-like images, too.  Not quite sure about the top and bottom of the cabinet yet, but plan on painting the top and bottom of each cubby, either in colors similar to the images within or a dark neutral like black or dark brown.

Some close-ups of some of the cubbyholes:

I don't think that I'll necessarily match the tiny houses to their backgrounds as I get them, so I'd like to have lunar or mars background in there, too!  Also a forest and jungle, perhaps some of those houses on stilts in the river... you can see what I'm getting at.  The rub is that I want them in color and they have to be about 9" wide and about 2 5/8" tall (taller for the top row).
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257  Cupcake Stands! Five (5) Images Strong! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: January 15, 2009 02:59:24 PM
Thrifted dessert plates on thrifted wine glass stems made into cupcake stands! 

Before I ever saw these made with candlesticks, I saw them made with wine glass stems and fell in love.  After looking at all kinds of thrift store candlesticks, I decided that the thrift store wine glass stems were a bit more the elegant look I was going for - their candlesticks were generally clunky and pressed glass (showing the seam) rather than blown.  I don't have much in the way of glass tools, but I do know an awesome glazier who likes the challenge of new things so I had him cut off most of the bowls and grind the remaining bit level. 

This is a xmas gift for a friend that I haven't been able to get together with yet:

Detail of the stem-turned-foot:

This was a gift for my mom, she uses hers on her dresser for holding bracelets (pardon the detritus on the patio table - I went to wipe it off and realized it was frozen in there):

Detail of the stem-turned-foot:

And some more of that dessert plate, because it's pretty and appears to be hand painted:

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258  Re: Tiny House Swap: Sign-ups 1/2-1/16, Sendouts 2/6/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: January 05, 2009 01:43:58 PM
You know how you can walk by something over and over and no longer even realize it's there?  Well, I've had this wee house on display on top of my bathroom cabinet for a few years and never even thought to show it!  I made it at least 10 years ago.

So wee!

And a shot so you can see the scale:

I'm going to move it to that display piece I mentioned so after this swap I'll (hopefully) have 2 houses that fit in there!  Also, crafternoon is coming up with The Girls, so I think I'll refinish that thing finally.
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259  Re: Tiny House Swap: Sign-ups 1/2-1/16, Sendouts 2/6/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: January 03, 2009 07:17:10 PM
Oo!  Here's some wee house inspiration from the Beautiful Use Swap package I got from camelama!  The bottom left towel has 3 wee houses in a row embroidered on it.  So cute!

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260  Ikea Glass into Ye Olde Pimp Chalice (SOOO many pics) UPDATE: I made ikeahacker! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: December 23, 2008 11:16:46 PM
This is The ManFlesh's main xmas present.  It took something like 10 hours over a couple weeks, plus all kinds of time ruminating  and hunting up supplies.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out I'm about to bust!  If he doesn't like it, I'll be kind of crushed.  I'm pretty sure he will, though.  Smiley


This was probably the most complicated project I've done outside of building a house about 10 years ago.  All the decoration is on the outside of the bowl or the bottom of the foot.  First I gilded it with faux gold leaf, then I sealed that with spray lacquer. I made the crests and other decorations using digital collage and decoupaged them onto the sealed gold leaf. After that I coated all the gold leaf surfaces plus a little extra with 2 layers of resin.  It was my first time using resin and that was fun and anxiety inducing!  Finally I glued on the rhinestones.



Those are the "artisan's initials" there.  Ahem.

This is a pretty accurate representation of how the inside GLOWS in the light.

Close up of the crest

That's the digital collage using all kinds of clip art that I altered every piece of before added it.  That was the single most time consuming part - about 5 hours.  I'm sure a better photoshopper could've done it quicker. It's full of things that represent his personality and life.

A view of the rhinestones that shows how the gold glows

If I could do it over, I'd use higher quality rhinestones, but these I had on hand.  They hide the ridge where the resin and glass meet at the bottom of the bowl.

I couldn't just hand it to him and I wanted to kind of go with the style-theme of it being aristocratic and old so put together this box.  Originally I wanted to find a wooden chest to alter or something, but I've been snowed in for days and had to make do with what I have in the house.  I'm pleased with how it turned out and feel great about not having to buy anything or drive around burning fuel.

An old Harry & David fruit gift box covered with purple and gold paper.  Purple is his favorite color & a royal color and the gold ties in with the chalice itself - plus it's gold!  I had bought the gold paper the circle is made from thinking I would use it for the decoupage, but didn't. 

I printed the crest onto shrink plastic for printers and attached it.

And finally made a purple velvet pillow to hold the chalice safely in the box.  I got lucky; the velvet matches the paper on the box really well!

This project made it to ikeahacker!
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