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271  Captain Betty Boldly Goes (Star Trek Dog Vest) in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 19, 2012 04:09:49 PM

Betty has no undercoat and is slim, so she gets cold in our big, old, drafty house during the winter months.  She's only 45 pounds, but most dog clothes makers consider her an XL at the smallest!  I found a pattern that covered dogs her size, but the resulting vest was very ill-fitting.  She looked like a hobo.  So, yesterday I hacked up that vest to make a new pattern which fits her much better.

Using the scraps from this bathrobe (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401067.0) and these adult footie pjs (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330352.0), I made our pup this vest!  

Once I made it I knew I had to make a Star Fleet insignia for it.

And her is the reverse side.  Not nearly as flattering a color for her, but it hides the dog hair a lot better.   Tongue  The ManFlesh and I agree that she's really more of a Spock type, so I'll probably make her a blue one for Halloween.  Her little sister should be grown enough then to make her one, too!

WOOHOO! I was asked to contribute this project to a book!  Star Trek Crafts: Make It So!  By Angie Pedersen.
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272  Knock-off Star Trek Captain Bathrobe in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 31, 2011 05:09:15 PM
I saw some Star Trek TOS inspired bathrobes on thinkgeek and decided to make the Captain Kirk version for The ManFlesh for xmas. 

Before I boxed it up to wrap I used no fewer than twenty-four (24) layers of the lint roller to get all the dog hair and polar fleece fuzzies off of it.  He's been wearing it since xmas day, so the dog hair is back for the photos.   Sad

Insignia (simplified because I was finishing this up on Dec 24 and was winging it)

The cuffed sleeve where I inserted a metallic bias tape.  The store-bought version has 3 bands of gold, but no cuff so I took advantage of the cuff feature for insertion.

I made a few modifications to the pattern, the width of the tie loops being one - wider seemed both more in keeping with what Kirk would have had AND easier to turn.

One of the Alien Shedders caught and subdued by The CaptainFlesh:

And finally, the pattern I used.   Copyright 1966, it was from my mom's stash; I knew she had a mens robe pattern so I figured I save myself the money of buying one.  It's fun that it's a similar era as ST:TOS, but it has some neat details that made it take longer to assemble, like the cuffs and raglan sleeves.

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273  Happy Travels - Sky High Kit for Mom's Globe Trotting Retirement (pics a plenty) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 25, 2011 07:22:49 AM

My mom is getting ready to retire in a few months (if they actually let her go) and is planning on doing some traveling with her new freedom.  We're both proponents of using plane time for sleeping, but she hasn't flown as many international (i.e. loooooong) flights so doesn't have all the accoutrements. 

Inside are 3 small containers for sleep aids, pain relievers and ear plugs (included); a sleep mask (made by me); an inflatable neck pillow (small and light-weight) and a pair of polar fleece socks (made by me). 

The elastic straps that hold all the parts in place.

The exterior, opened out flat.  This shot is probably the most accurate for color of the croc embossed vinyl [swooooooon]


A little tag made from iron-on transfer on twill tape.

The fun, zebra stripe side of the sleep mask and the pill/earplug containers.

Socks with the neck pillow.

I used no fewer than 3 layers of lint roller before I wrapped it up for Christmas!  Wink  Flannel and fleece and dogs are so shed-y!
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274  "Feed Bag" Reusable Shopping Bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: December 23, 2011 08:08:12 AM
I finally got around to making these big bags from the feed store that I received from a friend into shopping bags.

Just 3 cuts, 3 sewn seams, 4 grommets and 4' of rope and they're about the size of a paper grocery sack which I think it a great size.  I followed the design of one I was given, but made mine wider at the bottom so I could get a lot in there, but not crush the things at the bottom.

They're durable, stand up on their own, moisture resistant and I don't worry about setting them on the dirty ground, because they just wipe off.
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275  "Pimp Chalices" for the "Out-laws" in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 23, 2011 07:23:38 AM
These chalices are Christmas gifts for The ManFlesh's sister and her husband.

The applied a variegated "gold" leaf to the outside of the bowl and the bottom of the, uh, bottom.  Then decoupaged an initial I printed up on gold paper on to the bowl.

Then I gave the leafed areas two excruciating coats of liquid resin then glued gems around the top and where the resin seam is at the top of the stem.

One neat thing about gilding glass is that you get to see the "gold" from both sides.  In the right light (sadly, not this light) the inside glows like some kind of movies FX!

And since these are supposed to be over-the-top extravagant, a velvety bag is a must!  I had wanted to find a nice box in the correct size to wrap them in, but waiting to close the Christmas to shop for them and all our local paper stores were out!  So I settled for dollar store wine-sized gift bags.

One more pic of the whole shebang, from a different angle.

I made these based on this project from a couple years ago.  Of course, The ManFlesh's was more elaborate since he's my special fella and all.   Kiss

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276  Childhood Photo Magnetic Bookmark in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 23, 2011 07:04:09 AM
Now that I'm all grown up I just exchange small gifts with my uncle at Christmas time.  Since he's a HUGE fan of books, I thought "how about a bookmark?"  So I sat down with mom (his baby sister) and her photo albums and found this photo taken of the 2 of them on the first day of school.

I scanned it and printed out 2 in the same size.  I cut around the two of them on one and attached it to have paper with some clear plastic in between.  Then I added a  metal washer to the back.

I attached the other photo to a magnet sheet designed to cover a heating/cooling vent that's only magnetic on one side, sandwiching the other side of the clear plastic between. 

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277  Vintage Visit with Santa: A Picture Pillow for Mom in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 22, 2011 08:32:27 AM
My good friend, Pam, had a great idea for making a pillow using a photo from holidays past and when I came upon this photo of my mom visiting Santa way back when, I knew I had to copy her! 

I finally found a project worthy of using some of the vintage trims I'd collected but could never bring myself to use like this teeny, tiny gingham single-fold bias tape.

I'm pretty pleased with how the mitered corners turned out.  When I went to the button bin (that started with my great-great grandmother's buttons) to find a green or red button I came upon this vintage ceramic green and white checked button!  It was meant to be!

Just before I learned about this idea from Pam, I picked up this adorable, vintage double-fold bias tape at an antique mall.  I got so excited when I decided to make a cording out of it!

Lastly, I found a gingham print that's diagonal to back it with that's in a vintage-y colored green!

This gift will be wrapped up and labeled "For Grandma, Love Betty & Delia" who are our 2 pups whose Christmas collars will be covered in the same green gingham with a vintage, red rick rack detail.  SO CUTE!
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278  Mom's Stay-at-home Stocking! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 22, 2011 08:16:12 AM
Every year I pick up my mom's stocking to bring home so Santa can fill it at my house.  But that leaves mom w/o a stocking to decorate her mantle which is no good.  No good at all.  So, I made her this one to hang by her chimney with care.  

It's all vinyl (lined with felt), with metal grommets and a real shoe lace that's embellished with snowflake decorations.

Of course Santa will sneak a little something into this stocking, too.  After all, my mom has been on the nice list for YEARS.

This year it's hung by my chimney with care with my pups' new stockings and those I made for me and The ManFlesh in years past.

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279  Christmas Stockings for My Beastie Grrrlz! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 22, 2011 08:08:45 AM
Our pets are our babies, so of course they get visited by Santa Paws.  Last year they shared an extra stocking we had, but this year they have stockings made just for them!  

I make covers for their collars (Collar Cozies) so I used some oops materials from that and a little collar-like buckle to top them.

Close-up of the short nap faux fur paw and the vinyl pads.

Hung by the chimney with care... and the other stockings I've made for me, The ManFlesh and mom (ice skate).

My pups are mostly black with brindle markings, but I learned WAY too late that I couldn't bleach brindle out of the faux fur (since it's essentially plastic).  When I posted a query on the Fiber Board, feltingirl offered the suggestion of using a felting needle to add the color of fur I was hoping to get from bleaching.  I didn't have time to do that for this year, but I may try it for next year.

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280  Removing Color from Mystery Manmade Fiber Fur - HELP! in Dyeing: Discussion and Questions by TheMistressT on: December 16, 2011 05:10:42 PM
I have a very short nap faux fur in black that I would like to make brindle.  I had assumed I could just use a chlorine bleach pin and it would "stain" to a warm brown.  I was wrong.  It didn't change AT ALL.  I also tried a applying the RIT Color Remover with a cotton swab and a paint brush - nothing.  Finally I tried masking off part of it and spraying it with straight chlorine bleach.  If there is any difference it's so subtle as to not matter.  Any ideas, suggestion, advice would be soooo appreciated.

The idea is to have it look similar to the legs on the bigger dog in this picture.
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