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291  Some Kind of Weasel in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: May 07, 2008 03:41:48 PM
The ManFlesh's birthday is coming up AND he's a big fan of weasels.  In fact, he jokingly refers to them as his spirit animal, even though I don't think he'd much fancy an actual live weasel other than for a quick visit and probably at the weasel's house, not his.  I used scans from an old copyright-free clip art book of animals to make him a couple of tee shirts and iron-on transfer paper for inkjet printers.  There was A LOT of tidying up and tweaking the scans in PhotoShop, but I'm glad I stuck it out.

Here they are in poor lighting.  The white has a cream neck and the other is light blue, its weasel wraps around the side.

Here are close ups of the weasels:

The original images in the book had numbers that corresponded to descriptions at the bottom of the page.  This one was originally 44, but I made it 35 since that's the birthday he's celebrating.



I noticed that the GAP had put info on the inside of the hem and thought it might be fun little surprise thing to  do something like that.  I meant to make them upside down so that when he was wearing the shirt he could flip it up and read it, but I got confused and got them right side up.  Grrrr!

The white ringer with a reference to some funny weasel conversations we've had:

The blue

Iron-on transfers always make me nervous, but I'm mostly pleased with how these turned out - I hope they make it through the first washing.  I just hope he likes them.  And not just because I made them, but like them-likes them.  This might be worse that swap anxiety!
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292  Re: A Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: May 02, 2008 05:11:39 PM
I was cutting lilacs for a vase last evening and one of the bunches of blossoms was accidentally cut from the branches and I couldn't waste it.  So, I pulled the mini-vase sent in my jar out and put it in there.  It's sitting on the top of the toilet tank bringing a little spring in there, too.

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293  Macro Photo Entry: Condensation in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TheMistressT on: May 02, 2008 10:54:05 AM
This is the condensation on the underside of a pot lid that had covered a pot used to boiled water. It reminded me of something aquatic like frog eggs.  I had a completely different idea for a shot, but I'm glad I came upon one just in the course of my day rather than setting one up like I'd thought I would.

PhotoShop Alterations: Rotated 90 degrees CW, resized and Save for Web.

I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's submissions!
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294  1st ATC - Impractical Joker in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by TheMistressT on: April 28, 2008 08:38:18 AM

I've long admired ATCs, both for the amazing art and for the rule that they can't be sold, only exchanged.  I didn't think I had the skills to make one after seeing so many beautiful examples, but recently I took an  opportunity to give it a try.  I was in an organized swap (Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap) with a partner who likes playing cards, especially jokers.  I'd found 8 or so jokers from different decks, but was kind of stuck on what to make for the swap.  I thought, "How can I make a joker that's cool?"  I started searching my Dover books - no real jokers there - but she also likes skulls, so I thought that I could print onto iron-on transfer paper then embroider a joker hat!  Black and red are two of her favorite colors, so that was the logical choice.  And since she also likes silver, I used that for the "bells" on his hat.  The bells are a diamond, heart club and spade and boy, is that silver embroidery floss mean to work with.

The embroidered transfer (on muslin) is sewn to black vinyl and the information is another iron-on transfer on muslin, sewn on.

I can't believe how nervous I am about posting this!  I'm not used to projects with "rules"!  I looked at a couple of sources for rules and hope I didn't break any.  It's 2.5" x 3.5", of course.  Set me straight on anything I missed, please!
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295  Re: A Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: April 27, 2008 05:05:33 PM
I'm posting some shots of the jar I sent gossamer_gull since she doesn't have a way to do so.

The wrapped jar (made the drawstring bag)

Most of the in-jar whimsies

At the end of this post I will finally share my funny whimsie shopping story - involving the jokers.

Container within a container:

The coins I got in the Czech Republic last spring.

The out of jar whimsies:

As she mentioned earlier, when we were discussing allergies and such she said about the only thing that would hurt was a hand grenade.  I did a little happy dance when I found this little 1cm hand grenade!

Now, The Joker Story.  Gossamer_gull likes playing cards, especially jokers so I decided to try to find as many of those that I could.  I raided all my decks of cards, hit up a friend and then when I was at one of my whimsie sources, the Goodwill Outlet (where there are huge bins of everything and you pay by-the-pound) I kept finding open decks scattered about.  I got a couple that way and a couple out of deck there that weren't scattered - it's surprising how many people seem to get rid of the jokers from their decks.  So I came upon a boxed, but unsealed deck that looked to be a WWE themed deck and thought "Eureka! I hope the joker is there."  As I'm pulling out the deck to look through it (and for some reason this is happening in slow motion) I see by the upper corner it's the joker!  YEY!  And then I see the whole card and that buff guy isn't a professional wrestler!  He's naked and happy to see me!  YIKES!  I shoved 'em back in there so fast I'm surprised I didn't get a paper cut!  "Act natural, T.  No one saw.  Breeeeathe."  I didn't think I knew my polite partner well enough to include such a thing in her jar and didn't want to spoil any surprises by asking, but I did buy the deck (which is complete) and if she wants to add this guy to her collection (glorious 80s hair band hair and turquoise tank top) she can PM me and it will stay just between us.

The Joker Story: Part 2
The weekend following that find, The Manflesh and I went to his sister's mountain cabin where we often play cribbage.  I'm the one with the cribbage boards, so I was assigned bringing the supplies.  So, I totally brought that deck and sneakily dealt the first hand and hehehehehe - what a great reaction!  "Uh!" [throws down hand]  Good times.
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296  Re: A Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: April 24, 2008 04:53:40 PM
Hoo!  So, as I was uploading my pics to photobucket I noticed there were 16!  I don't think I'll post them all here, but I will do links, because those 16 were even after weeding out a few and I just don't think I can do the jar justice with fewer.

Ok, this is the box after opening, taking out the top couple layers, realizing I was going to take photos and putting them back.  I mentioned in the original swap thread that it sounded like the jar had broken, but it hadn't; the lid just came off and so the in-jar and out-of-jar contents were jangling.

Layer 2:
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Layer 3: Is that the un-broken (whew) jar I spy in there with some other goodies?  Indeed.

The Jar Itself: I noticed as I was resizing that this view doesn't show the ribbons and pearls of the garter, but it does show the most stuff.  Notice that the lid is full of whimsies!

When I was almost through unloading the jar I realized that there was probably a nice view from the bottom.  Glad I caught that in time!
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Contents of the jar lid:

Look at those cute animal rubber bands! I pulled out the tortoise and the hare just for you guys.  I love the skeleton hands!

Contents of the jar:

That was hard for me to photograph.  Here's a close up of part of it.
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The contents of the box outside the jar:

There's some guts (I love guts!), a frog stuffy (I love frogs), a Vampire in a Box kit, some mints with my name on them - the tin looks like a Massachusetts license plate with my name on it, a foam puzzle of a "digestant system" to name just a few things.  See a close up of my favorite part of the "digestant system" puzzle - a "locking" anus... I can think of a time or two when that would have been real handy.  Shocked
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The hand crafted whimsies - a dragon pin and a credit card cozy!

A better shot of the credit card cozy which is going to be very handy on evenings out when I want to take a small purse with just a card and ID!  It had some gold metallic shimmer, so it's glamorous!  Why didn't you send a real credit card, gossamer_gull?   Wink
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So just like a greedy kid, I was pouring through the box and taking photos before I read the note in the envelope  Embarrassed, but I learned that there is an "Art of Chinese Caliigraphy" and a Proper Penmanship Kit in my jar.  This photo is of the items from both of those.
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This thing cracks me up.  You can't see it inthe photo, but there are black bugs in that red bulge.
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Couple things of note: In the close up of the jar contents you can see one of those pennies that you flatten at a tourist-type site.  I don't think she knew this, but I have a collection of those!  This one is from the Salem Wax Museum and seems to had a Day of the Dead skull on it!  Wee!  Also, there are several items in my jar that are not unlike items I sent in her jar!  Not exact matches, but similar in theme.  It'll be a few days before she gets hers so I won't say what. Annnnnnd I feel like I may have made out way better than she.   Cry

How's that for a loooooooong post?

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297  Celtic-influenced Monogram (UPDATE: rockstarmom's reaction) - 6 images in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: April 21, 2008 02:24:32 PM
I just completed this for a personal swap and I'm really pleased and relieved at how this turned out.  I was unsuccessful at using carbon paper (how the heck did Aimee Ray do that towel in Doodle Stitching?) and only got the vaguest shadow of the parentheses-like parts of the "M" so I mostly had to wing it using the print out of the font.




I had to add a few stitches to that to make it look a little nicer, since there's really no hiding it.  I'm not completely pleased with the back, but it's a lot better than it could have been had I not been paying attention.

In progress:

The more I worked this the more I saw a stylized hairdo (with widow's peak) in this part of the "M".

The font that the monogram was based on:

Mine is not an exact replica, but I'm pleased with how close I could get. 

UPDATE!  She loved it!  WHEW!  I was most worried about the color of the towel, but she likes it enough to be asking where I got it.  YEY!  I was pretty confident about the style of the monogram, but you can never tell until it's all said and done if you've been understanding each other - especially w/o the benefit of hand gestures, facial expressions and tone-of-voice. 

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298  Re: That Needs A Cozy Challenge in Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. by TheMistressT on: April 20, 2008 05:00:50 PM
There sure are!  Someone had what amounts to wheel and tire cozies that were on the tires of a car!  They knit or crocheted them for a class and didn't call them cozies, but they totally could be called cozies.  Totally.

I was at The ManFlesh's sister's mountain cabin over the weekend and was reminded of this, one of the most rare of cozies, the Vacuum Cozy!  When your cabin is built in the 1920s or thereabouts you don't have a lot of storage for things like vacuums, so why not disguise it with a creepy lady?
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299  Claw Foot Bathtub Rehab in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: April 07, 2008 08:27:07 PM
So this topic (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238843.0) totally reminded me that I haven't posted my latest bathtub project yet!  I'm a decorative painter by trade which means I put "Custom & Artisan Finishes On Most Interior Surfaces" - usually that means walls and ceilings, moulding and cabinetry.  But sometimes that means, floors, counter tops and... claw foot bathtubs.  I have a partner in a side business who reglazes bathtubs and together we have about 22 old claw foot tubs that have mostly been rescued from pastures where they were troughs.  This one is going into a Morroacan-inspired bathroom on the southern coast of Oregon - the photo was taken in my partner's paint booth in SW Washington State. 

From the faucet end:

The color is off on my screen - it's actually just like terra cotta, not too orange, not too red.

Close up:

The pattern is taken from a tile the owners sent me.  I scanned it, enlarged it and then used several prints to make a 2 GIANT stencils.

The product is a hybridized cement that I custom tinted, so the pattern is in relief.

Thanks for looking!

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300  A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock n Roll in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: March 30, 2008 08:57:53 PM
More kitchen-related items, but this time the cowboys are for me.  Guitars for a male friend's birthday.  I copied an Ikea mitt in a style that I find more ergonomic than the mitten shaped style.  The palm part is Insulbrite, they're completely lined with a pre-quilted cotton. 

The finger side:

The thumb side:

The palm side:

The inside:
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