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271  Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: March 23, 2011 07:01:33 PM
This may be turning into the Wicked Circus Fortune Teller Altered Altoid Tin Swap!  Check out the wickedness I received from thisbirdsabsurd today!  No wonder the dogs were barking their heads off at the mailman - animals can sense things.   Wink

May I present to you the wise and great Zoltar!

Soooo detailed!

The inside is filled with mystical tools of the fortune telling trade:

Look how fortunate I am!

A better look at these wonders, including a magic lamp, runes, a crystal, paper fortunes, skulls, a great-smelling sack of good fortune (mace? I'm bad with spices) and MORE:

Under the wonders, just what I wanted to hear from Zoltar for my 75 cents!

The back:

That's not all!  Check out the sides!

Sparkly AND dark! 

The top from a bit of an angle so you can see a bit more of the textural detail

Aaaaannnnnnd there's this fantastic watercolor (it's a watercolor, right?) of some conjoined twins!  Eeeeek!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thisbirdsabsurd!  This is so wonderful and so detailed!  Thank you also for shooing out the centipedes and horseshoe crabs before sending!  There's only so much wicked TheMistress can handle.   Kiss
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272  Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: March 15, 2011 09:26:04 PM

  So now the cat's stool is (uselessly) in the center of the kitchen and we will occasionally find Betty sitting or standing on it like it's the most natural thing in the world.  Come to think of it, maybe I could turn that into a circus act!

WOW!  So does that mean I'm getting a cat in my tin?  (You might want to check on the postal regulations for that one - or at leastt poke a few holes in the box.  Wink

Good news is that this is a tiny cat of about 6.5 pounds and she'd probably fit in a Priority Mail Flat Rate box!  Bad news is that she doesn't really perform tricks so much and pull them.  Because I'm one of those irritating puppy parents, here is a photo of the beginning of Betty's act.  It's not much now, but do you think it has potential?

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273  Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: March 06, 2011 06:13:19 PM
Sigh.  I thought I had the base layer for all the exterior done, but the puppy (bless her heart) chewed the only unattached part; got it right off the counter.  I'll attach a photo so you'll know why she's not yet been sold to the gypsies.

Not too difficult to remake, just a bit time consuming.  Sigh.
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274  Axe Cop Becomes Ice Cream Cop w/ Lemon - A low-budget Valentine Costume in Costumes: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: February 13, 2011 02:27:32 PM

The ManFlesh as recently discovered and become a big fan of the online comic Axe Cop http://axecop.com/.  If you're unfamiliar, it's written by a 5-year old (now 6) and drawn by his 29-year old (now 30) half-brother.  If you know much about 5-year old boys and how they do there superhero play you know that the rules, the players, the super powers are constantly changing and the characters on Axe Cop's team are no exception.  The ManFlesh loves ice cream and we don't have an ice cream scoop, so it seemed that he should be Ice Cream Cop and should have an ice cream scoop in a holster.

Of course, he kind of needed an axe in a holster, too.

I just used his existing black belt.

Once I got going, I couldn't leave it at just the belt.  I ordered cheap cop sunglasses and made a badge.

I had under an hour to make and bake the badge from polymer clay, that I later painted.  It's pretty crude (not unlike the holsters - ahem), but I like to think that's part of the little boy charm of the whole thing.

Axe Cop has an Axe on his badge, so The ManFlesh has an ice cream scoop... with lemon (episode 3 or 4) - see below.

And Ice Cream Cop would not be Ice Cream Cop without the mustache  Cheesy

I'm making lemon ice cream to do with this, one of his favorites.

Axe Cop is awesome, The ManFlesh is awesome and I'm pretty sure he's going to get a huge kick out of this rather slap-dash Axe Cop accessories set.

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275  Puppy Love: Valentine Collar Cozies for Canine Cuties (about 6 pics) in Valentine's Day by TheMistressT on: February 09, 2011 05:18:37 PM
I'm new to dog owning, but not to crafting and there's nothing can stop me from crafting for my canines.  So I've been making collar cozies, so they can have lots of cute collars without spending much money.  So far, they've all been made from leftovers of other projects.

This is our puppy, Betty.  She's 5.5 months old.

This is her sister, Olive, my step-dog.  She's 8 years old.

Not all their collar cozies match, but I couldn't resist making a few and this is the only Valentine-y fabric I have.

A few more collar cozies I made for them at the same time:

Cheery green with floral polka dots:

A cute floral stripe:

I can't find the good shot of Olive smiling at the camera with her collar cozy showing clearly.  Sad

I'm still working out how to get them to look just like I want and fit over the bulky plastic hardware on the big dog's collar.
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276  They Call Me T-rex (Megalomanic Cookies) in Dessert by TheMistressT on: January 23, 2011 04:13:48 PM
I had a milestone birthday yesterday and a party last night to celebrate. So, I made a bunch of these cookies to go on the snack table, because they call me T-rex.

I made them skeletal to get in on the old jokes.   Wink
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277  Celebrate Banner in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 23, 2011 11:00:28 AM

Last night we threw a 200 years Combined Experience party because this year our house turns 100, The ManFlesh's mom turns 60 (in a couple weeks) and I turned [gulp] 40 yesterday.  I wanted to have festive decorations, but not go with a specific them since we were celebrating such a variety of things.  I made this hoping I could use it for many birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations in the future.  We added orange balloons and orange and white crepe streamers.

I could have used some quilters' skills when trying to put together 10 different fabrics.  While not completely successful, I feel okay about it for my first time.  Each fabric had at least 2 colors from at least 2 other fabrics, but I think I had some issues with pattern scale and dark/vs light backgrounds.  I did spend less money than buying a pre-assembled set of fat quarters, though.  I received some compliments from party-goers, so that was extra nice.

I've been on a bias tape making kick for a year (or more) and think this might be the cutest I've made so far; well, this wasn't cut on the bias, but it's double-fold tape.

 Huh Until there is a Birthdays & Anniversary category on the Occasions and Holidays board (hint, hint, nag, nag) it seems this is the place for this project.  If it's better somewhere else, please let me know about moving it.
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278  Sewn Scarf in Wool and Cotton in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: January 05, 2011 07:32:08 PM
I suppose Clothing is the right category for this scarf I made based on instructions in the December 2010 Martha Stewart Living.

(after many failed attempts to take my own picture with the scarf, I just started making faces)

It's just wool suiting from the remnant 50% off sale at my local fabric store ($30.99/yard, I got half a yard for about $6!) backed with a cotton print that has just a little of the purple of the wool in it.  It's also my favorite colors: green, purple and teal.  YEY!  Since the wool was 56" wide, that's the length of the scarf (minus selvage and 1/2" seam allowance; it's about 7" wide.
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279  ATTN: Puppy From Facility That Also Processes Peanuts! Collar Covers for Dogs in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 31, 2010 10:25:17 AM

I make boxer shorts from novelty prints for The ManFlesh.  For xmas I made him 3 pairs, one for each pet.  With the scraps from each of the dogs' fabric I made washable collar cozies for the dogs.  Our 4.5 month-old puppy is named Betty, but her papa calls her Peanut a lot.  Our 8-year old Black Lab/Rottweiler mix is named Olive.

Here's Olive modeling hers, and by "modeling" I mean "sleeping on her couch."

Betty is a Black Lab/Sneaky Neighbor Dog mix... here's a better action shot of her collar.   You can see how the colors of the peanut print bring out her natural tones and highlights.

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280  Sexy Red Boot Stocking in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 29, 2010 04:07:42 PM
It was time for a new stocking for me... long past time, actually.  I'd known what I wanted for some time, even had most of the materials on hand, and finally I took the time to make it... just after Christmas this year.

The strap & buckle detail (the buckle was the only thing I didn't have in my stash).

The sole detail - bow were there a lot of little threads to cut on that heal!

The hanger.  I may switch it out to a couple large chain links or something.

And here it is hung by the chimney with care, right next to the platform book I made The ManFlesh I made a couple years ago. 

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