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251  Patron Saint of Dogs Playing Poker in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 31, 2008 03:22:46 PM
I've a friend having a birthday party BBQ this weekend. We're not close and haven't talked much in the past few years, but I hate going empty handed so I whipped this up.  He lives in an old church and enjoys kitsch-y religious "art" and well, who doesn't like dogs playing poker?

A candle blank from a local department store with fabric glued to it.

Hopefully you get the idea from the 4 shots of the round candle.

The match box I covered to go with it:

I hope he thinks it's funny.  I do!

Thanks for having a peek!
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252  Cub Scouting for the Adult Undead (pics like crazy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 30, 2008 05:35:06 PM
So, I was invited to an Adult Pinewood Derby that is based on the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, but WAY more fun!  For one, it's all grown-ups so you're on your own for self-esteem and crap like that.  Wink  For two, there is a Presentation category which included costumes, dioramas and even multi-media presentations.  For three, there it is potluck food and booze. Which brings us to four, which is good-natured trash talk and high-quality sass.

So this is the 3rd or 4th annual, but my first.  I was invited to be the partner of a friend of a friend of the host who'd been before, but not competed.  Most people had 3 months to come up with their cars and presentations, I had 2 weeks notice w/ less than one week to work on the car.  You will see how that came into play.

So, when I was telling The ManFlesh about it I kept calling it the "Pinebox Derby" so the idea of a coffin was born from that and a vampire/cemetery theme arose.

The top of the diorama with a view of the coffin car:


A fuller view of the front of the diorama:

The sides are vintage paper placemats with print outs of anatomical drawings of a human begging for mercy from the 15th century or so.

The back with other anatomical drawings (ostrich and monkey/ape):


The headstone:


View down the open grave:

That's a mirror under the car, so when the car was out and the competition looks down in there they would see themselves. Bwahahaha!

Close-up of the grave-side floral wreath:

A mirror in that, too and a crucifix necklace from a Snoop Dawg action figure (yes, really).

Costumes were a little more low-key.  Neither of us could get excited about wearing lots of black clothes or heavy make-up for mid-day outdoor event in July. So, it was black summer shirts, some kind of scout-ish shorts/skort, fire boots from him with a scout neckerchief and black sandals for me with a black umbrella that I scavenged and made into a creepy parasol.  We did a light white make up (mine lighter than his, because he doesn't know how to apply make up), black and read lipsticks, lots of black eye-make up on me, some on him, plus he got black spray-on hair color.

Together before getting in the hearse, I mean Honda, to go to the derby:

The sun was super bright and right in our eyes.  Most of the day we wore sunglasses worked fine with the costumes.

Just me with a pretty good shot of the parasol:

I hand-sewed inexpensive fringe to the edge.  The top finial was missing, so I just stuck a dollar store raven on there by poking its feet wires through the fabric and twisting them around the frame.
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253  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery July 2008 in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: July 29, 2008 11:10:19 PM
bsonlytoots posted the oven mitts I made for her here last week and today I finally had a chance to get pics of the AWESOME Godzilla she made me (for a project yet to be revealed)!  He's just what I was looking for in size and that he looks like a monster rather than a dinosaur.  Yey!

Emerging from the jungle, exuding ferocity:


Check out his awesome scales as he returns to the jungle to get his keys that he left on the table by the door:


Head shot for talent scouts and spokes model jobs (leading man good looks):


For scale with a skyscraper (jokingly referred to as "Tokyo"):


THANK YOU BSONLYTOOTS!  I LOOOOOVE HIM!
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254  Re: IYP 9: Midsummer Masquerade Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: July 19, 2008 05:43:57 PM
The item that didn't make it in mimiw's first package to me came yesterday and it is a needlebook!  I've been totally needing one of these and just too lazy to put one together which turns out to be a good thing, because mine would not have been nearly as nice!  Laziness prevails!

The front with it's cute swirly stitches and star treatment:


The inside front cover with the first page, including some needles (there are lots more needles in there, too):


The inside back cover with handy pocket for scissors and such.  For now I'm keeping the cute handmade card she included with the package in there, because I don't yet have embroidery scissors (hear that, Santa?):


The Back cover with more swirlies and star treatment:


It goes very nicely with the thread catcher that she made me that I got to use today while whipping up these (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=258177.0).  I caught threads like a rock star, baby!  The, uh, thread catching-type, ummm, rock stars.  Yeah.
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255  Bottle Bobbles (sort of) in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 19, 2008 05:41:08 PM
I've been invited to a birthday potluck brunch for a great gal that I don't know all that well.  She's the friend of a friend who I've enjoyed quite a bit when we are at the same place at the same time.  She absolutely really truly doesn't want gifts and I don't cook.  After talking it over with our mutual good friend (who is a good cook and my "date") I decided to bring a few sparkling fruit juices, because the birthday girl doesn't drink and I just can't go empty handed as a guest in someone's home, ya' know?  Anyway, I made these little bottle decorations just to make them more special and festive.  Well, also because I wanted to make her a little something, but I wanted to comply with her wish for no gifts.

All 3:


A couple close-ups:




Hopefully she can reuse them either when she brings a bottle somewhere or as bookmarks or something.
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256  Growing Tree in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: July 15, 2008 05:53:26 PM
I made this for a swap and since my partner received today, I'm going to post it here.  It's a growth chart for her baby-on-the-way!  Her nursery will have a nature theme.  I was all amped up to paint a growth chart on wood or MDF, but it seemed like the shipping would be challenging.  So after PMs and wist-stalking, I thought why not a fabric tree?


Mounted in my basement wall.

Close-up of the many little tucks or pleats or whatever they're called on the trunk.

It's really hard to sew crooked on purpose, but controlled crooked!

A handy dandy pen pocket for the fabric pen:


And how it will look to the baby (when he or she gets here), only on a cuter colored wall:


I'd never done anything like this before and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, but boy was I nervous about my partner liking it.  She does or is faking it really well!  YEY! 
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257  Re: IYP 9: Midsummer Masquerade Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: July 13, 2008 05:27:16 PM
So!  Color me spoiled in blues and greens!  My neighbor received this box yesterday and brought it to me at the end of the day.  I was shocked as it somehow made it clear across the US in just 2 days!  I stared at it a bit, thinking that I should maybe wait until mimiw's package was at least in her region.



Well after a couple of hours (maybe 10 minutes) I thought, "heck with that!" and brought it to the nice, cool basement so I could really enjoy unwrapping it.

Here's the whole* package; photo taken in the crummy light of the basement:

I almost wish I could have recorded the audio of me unwrapping everything because I was all ooos and aaahs and squees and gasps as I took each piece out of the tissue and examined them one by one.  I could've made a how-to for bridal showers or something except mine were all completely genuine and no one was here to hear them except free-loader cats.

The basement light wasn't doing these lovelies justice so I moved out into the sun to shoot them, which also didn't do them justice. Mimi really read my bio, asked questions and checked out my wists and did a great job of making me things that I wanted and/or needed and in my taste.

A have shirt like this one on my wists!  I wore it when The ManFlesh was over last night for chillaxin in the shade with cards and cocktails and he got a kick out of it, saying that it had multiple meanings.  You see I'm a (naturally) buxom faux finisher.  HA!


And an awesome wristlet in awesome colors and awesome fabrics with an awesomely padded-ish wrist loop for my comfort and ease-of-use!  This is my favorite side:

No wait, this is my favorite side:

 I can't decide!  I took it to brunch today and it worked out great and looked so cute sitting on the table at the semi-fancy, hip n trendy restaurant!  It will also go with pretty much my entire summer casual wardrobe as it's all greens, blues, purples and browns/tans.  I have to mention that it's lined with a dark denim and maybe has interfacing as it holds it's shape very nicely.  It's SO well sewn!

And finally the thread catcher for my sewing area!  I had to move back into the basement to my sewing area so I could show you it installed - I already caught some threads, too, because I had no shortage of them scattered around there!

You can see how nicely the fabrics she chose go with my paint in there, too, even thought the flash has the colors a little off in the picture! 

That's a nicely weighted pin cushion on the table that is removable with Velcro and full of magically delicious pins that she sent!  She sent many more colorful pins, but I was too excited to install them all right then.


(here's mimiw's post with better photos of it: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257125.0 )
THANK YOU, MIMI for inviting me!  I sure hope you like your package at least half as much as I like mine!  I think the swap anxiety is now at maximum.  Arrrrrrgh!

*I received word last night that mimiw found a small that was accidentally separated from the herd!  More?  For me?  I am spoiled.
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258  Snuggly Blankets for Shelter Animals (pics a' plenty) in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 08, 2008 04:53:25 PM
Months ago I saw this post while perusing the Crafting For Good And Not Evil board: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=212419.0 . It's a charitable project that gets shelter animals blankets for their cages and kennels.  Not only does it give them something soft and comforting in a potentially frightening and uncomfortable place, but seeing an animal on a cuddly blanket actually increases that animals chance of being adopted and becoming a pet. If I remember correctly, the blanket goes with an adopted animal and as something familiar can help it adjust to it's new home.



So shortly after seeing that post, I told The ManFlesh about it and he offered to help as he's a big old softie for animals, even if he's not the craftiest fella (he's mean in the kitchen, though). So, I hit the Goodwill Outlet and got about a dozen pounds of blankets, afghans, pillow shams, etc., we each washed and dried them and then they sat in our respective basements for months until last weekend when we got. to. town.



He did a bunch of sewing and pinking.  I did the cutting and sewed some of the more difficult blankets, as he hadn't sewn since 4H over 20 years ago.  He picked it up again real quick-like, though. They're each made of 2 different pieces, back to back.  A few have binding around the edge.

Herre are 2 of 4 large-sized:

A polar fleece teddy bear panel w/ blanket back.


A woven throw blanket with a flannel sheet back.

2 of 3 medium-sized:



All the medium sized ones are pillow shams backed with afghans.

and an example of the 4 small-sized:

The small ones are all woven blankets backed with polar fleece.

When one of us would worry over the aesthetics of them, the other would say "they're dog blankets".  Of course they're for cats, too and shelters for other types of rescued pets are also signed up for the project. None of these are fine examples of sewing or design, but there's a certain charm to the extra homely ones that reminds me of little kids who drag around ratty, one-eyed teddy bears or stained and shredded blankies.  We made 11 and while I feel all warm and fuzzy about it, I feel sad that there most certainly won't be enough for everybody.

Interested?  All the details are here: http://www.snugglesproject.org/
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259  More Varmint-y Freshness in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: June 13, 2008 07:50:26 PM
I've been having quite a bit of fun creating new editions of my Varmint Voodoo dolls the last couple of days!

Varmint Voodoo: Grasshopper/Locust: Edition


Varmint Voodoo: Spider Edition


Varmint Voodoo: Opossum Edition


Varmint Voodoo: Rabbit Edition


Other Varmints Voodoo:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210006.msg2250561#msg2250561
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216068.msg2323503#msg2323503
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247884.msg2746956#msg2746956
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247884.msg2746956#msg2746956
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247884.msg2746956#msg2746956
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260  Customized "Bar Mops" in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: June 02, 2008 10:28:30 PM
So I saw a bias tape maker somewhere a few months ago and had. to. have. one. NOW!  So I eventually got one (within days) and went to town making straight-grain tape with scraps from other projects.  Bias tape takes a lot of yardage and so I made straight-grain tape (which is what I'm calling it, even though I'm sure it has an official name).  Then I tacked it to the wall in my basement craft lab and tried to figure out how to use it. 

I made some dish towels (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244735.msg2705477#msg2705477) and then got hooked and have been looking for towels in the right colors in the weeks since then.  Yesterday I found a pack of 5 assorted colors of "Bar Mops" and a matching pack of "Bar Cloths".  I like booze.  I spill.  Sometimes at the same time & I know others who do, too.  So here are the first 2 sets. 

Blue:




Green:




Now I've just got to spill something so I can clean it up!  Forget milk, I'll save the tears for my beer and my next heartache.
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