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271  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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272  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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273  Tricycle Onesie... or is that a "Threesie"? in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 22, 2008 05:15:15 PM

My cousin and his wife are having a baby boy!  They live in Texas, the rest of his family live in Oregon. They're supposed to be here for Christmas (we're having some serious weather here, so they may not be her after all). His mom suggested a surprise baby shower as part of the family xmas gathering so I made this.

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274  Loud Neighbors in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 22, 2008 05:07:14 PM

My good friend lives in a duplex next to a family with a teenager learning to play the tuba.  Tubas are LOUD and he's not catching on very quickly.  It's driving her crazy.  She's told his parents and him that she works from home, but after a few days of keeping the agreed upon schedule he'll start practicing during work hours, early on weekend mornings, etc. 

I made this "tooba voodoo doll" for her so she can get some frustration out of her system when it gets too much and customized pins with shrink plastic of goofy things she might want to attack his tuba with (or him) a fork, poison, and a tennis racket.

Another angle of the pins, this time "in action".
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275  Platform Boot Stocking in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 22, 2008 01:58:03 PM
The ManFlesh doesn't have an xmas stocking so I decided to make him one.  He has worn these big black platform boots with his last 2 Halloween costumes, so I used that as my inspiration. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204653.msg2183719#msg2183719) & maybe not safe for week http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276742.msg3129641#msg3129641)

Whole thing:

I was able to use remnants from last Halloween's costume for the exterior & remnants from an old project for the lining. The trim is from a remnant bin in the upholstery dept. at a local fabric store that I had on hand.

Gotta have sole:


The lace bobbles are ornaments from a big box of various styles that I bought at an estate sale for a couple dollars this summer.

I was trying to find something to add to the top so it looked Christmas-y and festive, but was kind of stuck between something dull and barely noticable (like darker green satin cording) and kind of feminine which is what I went with, because the other was too dreary and serious even though it was more masculine. Both the bobbles and the red trim could be easily removed if he can't handle it, but I'm pretty sure he'll not really care about those details and just be touched with the gift.

We're having quite a winter storm here in the Pacific Northwest and now I'm not sure I'll get to give it to him in time for Santa to fill it.  Cry
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276  It's a Bigfoot Xmas in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 06, 2008 04:10:44 PM
So last Christmas my good friend gave me that teal and purple reindeer.  It's SO up my alley as I'm a sucker for teal, I'm a sucker for purple, I'm a sucker for glitter and that thing is flocked AND marabou-ed!  It's the most Vegas/drag queen-y Christmas decoration around and I LOVE it!  When it came home it sat on my piano with Bigfoot for awhile and an idea hatched.  This is the result.

This would not have been possible w/o bsonlytoots who read my signature request for a Godzilla swap.  She crafted that lovely beast and was super awesome about requests and parameters!  I also have to thank kittykill who tried her damnedest to help me out, but things just didn't gel.  However, I got to meet her (we live pretty closely in the same city) and will hopefully continue to get to know her even more in the future.  Also special thanks to my friend, Sol Neelman, a pro photo journalist who helped guide me, took the pic and did the editing and all that - all for a trade of getting some ring-around-the collar out of a white linen shirt (http://solneelman.com/, http://weddings.solneelman.com/)!  Chump.  Wink
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277  I was a Pilgrim Cheerleader. in Thanksgiving by TheMistressT on: December 02, 2008 09:51:52 PM

I made the apron and cap out of bleached muslin and much help and guidance from GraceOblivious and her post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280005.0 .  I made the buckles and their straps out of foam core, aluminum foil and vinyl and the pom poms from a cheapo plastic table cloth from the dollar store and some cloth tape.  All of this stuff was laying around the house so this was a no-cost project.  Didn't realize how the dog's leash and the camera might further de-authenticate my look.  Oops.

Closer view of the cap. 

This is one of the few times I didn't read all the directions carefully before beginning and I messed up the cap because of it.  Luckily, it's just a goofy costume and no one noticed. I know it looks like my team lost, but the event hadn't even started so I don't know what that sad face is about.

"Ok Mistress T, but why?" Well, The ManFlesh's pals have an event 'most every Thanksgiving called the Turkey Trot which is a series of "athletic" events completed by teams of 2 all the while they're wearing latex gloves of beer under their chins like turkey wattles.  Yes, they're a "bunch of yahoos who like to drink" and yes, it's fun and funny as heck.  That said I'm not athletic, nor am I "athletic" so I decided to be a pilgrim cheerleader.  Any excuse for a costume.
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278  Yet More Shirtless Hunks In The Kitchen in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: November 17, 2008 04:50:15 PM
I didn't think I would post more beef cake pot holders, but then I went and found a new-to-me print!  Dang it!  I simply HAD to make 'em and then, of course, I had to share 'em.

I've started naming the fellas, since we spend so much time together.






Thanks for taking a gander!
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279  Attack of the 50 Ft. Tall Woman! (several average sized pics of GIANT woman) in Halloween Costumes by TheMistressT on: November 02, 2008 02:49:46 PM
I'm sort of tall and people tend to think I'm taller than I am for some reason (even people who don't see me in heels much) AND there's a comic book giantess with my name (at least the spelling, maybe not the pronunciation) which I think is neato.  So, I came upon this classic poster for another giantess and knew that had to be my Halloween costume even before last Halloween.

I spent time from spring on looking for materials on-the-cheap. I used Simplicity pattern 2790 as a start, but changed the dress quite a bit by making it form-fitting, adding a zipper to accomplish that, changing the neckline and doing the hem differently.  Obviously mine is not an exact replica of this movie or of the remake from the 80s, but rather my interpretation.  I also added an airplane up on my head which you can kind of see in that picture.

I winged it on the boot covers ($5 platform boots for the thrift store that make me about 6'1") and papier mached and painted over Styrofoam for the buildings (which inspired me to suggest this challenge: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274335.msg3101077#msg3101077).

Here's a little car wristlet-style bag I made.

There's a zipper at the top and I could fit my ID, cash, phone and lipstick in there comfortably.  The headlight beam is the wrist loop.

Here I am with The ManFlesh.  I also made his costume and had a hard time deciding which one to enter.  I did post his separately in the non-challenge area: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276742.0

We one 3rd (him) and 1st  (me)place in a costume contest at a party last weekend!  It was my first trophy ever!

Oops!  I forgot that I have one (lame-ish) in-progress shot. 

Always the "helper".
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280  Vinyl Daddy Costume (sexually suggestive pics ahead) in Halloween Costumes by TheMistressT on: November 02, 2008 02:24:06 PM
The ManFlesh leans toward costumes that make certain people uncomfortable. Last spring he played in a soccer tournament in which his team has a tradition of doing strange and gregarious things with their facial hair.  He grew out a mustache like this (only bleached like his hair) and he knew what his costume would be for Halloween this year: Leather Daddy (but I like to call it his Vinyl Daddy costume).

Front & Back

Too bad you can't see how bitingly cute his butt is in those hot pants (made from reconned exercise pants and g-string)!

I made the chaps with my own alter-as-I-go pattern and the gauntlets, altered the thrift store vest to be form fitting and added the closures. He got the hat and handcuffs at another thrift store and the boots are from a friend of mine who sent them to him last year for his Ziggy Stardust costume that I made. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204653.msg2183719#msg2183719)

Handcuffs on loop with fastener so he could cuff em and stuff em if he needed to and a pouch for his phone, ID, etc.

He's about 6'5" in the boots and his height really freaked people out last year.  I imagine there's a lot about his year's costume that freaked people out.  Tee hee!

Together; I also have platform boots on and am about 6'1" for my 50 Ft Tall Woman costume (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276748.0).

Here's how I zombified this costume for Halloween 2009:
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