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291  El Top Rope Especial! Adult Pinewood Derby, Lucha Libre style! (6 photos) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: August 02, 2009 03:11:55 PM
First off: This is The ManFlesh's handiwork here.  I made parts of his costume (no pics yet) for previous costumes (and posts), but the assembling and crafting was all him.  All I did was provide supplies and the occasional bit of advice.

Yesterday was Adult Pinewood Derby 2009 and his first race.  Like me, he was going for style, not speed.  He succeeded and won Slowest Car!  Whoo!  He went with a Lucha Libre theme using his El Misterioso mask as a starting point.


El Top Rope Especial!


Instant Replay!

The action figures were purchased in Tijuana by our friend, Sol who was my partner in the race:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315638.0 and you may recognize some of the posters from this project I did for The ManFlesh recently: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314383.msg3617751#msg3617751

When I get photos of him from some of the other participants, I'll post 'em.  You'll be amazed by my man.   Wink
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292  Slogo The Driving Slug! (World's Most Photos of a Driving Mollusk!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: August 02, 2009 02:22:17 PM
Yesterday was the 4th annual Adult Pinewood Derby (or was it the 5th?).  Either way it was my second opportunity to hang with the awesome folks who put on and participate in this Extravaganza of Smack Talk!  We did a old-time Circus Freaks theme this year.

The Bailey to my P.T. Barnum is buddy, Sol (The Bearded Beauty).  Photos of us in our costumes will hopefully follow when I can rustle some up.  I wore my big boots and a "cave woman" costume... and finally got to use my big plastic femur as a club.  The posters are photos of people at the race photoshopped into circus freak posters found online.  Those are Sol's handywork.

The back of the tent was set up to allow access to the interior (though I didn't use it that way) and to the lighting controls, disguised as an A/C unit.

Now the STAR OF THE SHOW, Slogo the Driving Slug!  Most of the racers are interested in winning Fastest Car, but for me it's all about the presentation.  Any excuse for a costume is one of my mottoes.  Sadly, Slogo wasn't the slowest... something like 2nd or 3rd slowest.  Regardless, how many other drivers with no eyes and no arms (let alone thumbs) stayed on the track?  

On stage in front of his amazed and adoring fans:

They include adults, kids, a cat, a guy with an axe in his head and a mohawked dude.  There's also a rat running across the floor, but I couldn't get him in the photo AND you couldn't really see him anyway.  Bummer.

See the Driving Slug - UP CLOSE!

Please note the slug trail up and across the back of the mollusk-made vehicle.  Ahem.

The NO sign for Slogo's audience:

No beer, no salt, no slug bait or poison!

The flashing LED bundle in the ceiling:

I hope to get a video of that, because during the display portion of the program (these photos were taken today outside) it was dark and the lights really made the display cooler.

I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out, even though the costume wasn't as much as I would like it to have been and it was HOTTER than 2 rats rutting in a sack in that thing.  The ManFlesh diplomatically described it as "not the most flattering thing I've seen you in" - HA!  Wait'll you see his get up (post coming soon).  Also I was able to keep my New Year's resolution to not buy much in the way of stuff to do this.  All I bought were weights for the car (which  I didn't use and will try to use next year), red paint for the stripes and some kids air-dry clay for the Slogo and the car parts (bumpers, lights, steering wheel).

The ManFlesh's entry:

Last year's fun, Cub Scouting for the Adult Undead:
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293  Varmint Voodoo: Tick Edition (one tiny, blood-sucking pic) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 29, 2009 05:29:05 PM
The latest edition to the Varmint Voodoo collection... The Tick!  I've lately learned that a couple of people I know have Lyme Disease and had been thinking about trying to come up with a tick and then a special request put me over the edge into actually doing something about it (you know who you are  Kiss ).

Researching ticks and their anatomy (so I could get the eyes kind of close to where they're eyes actually are) really grossed me out.  I've never seen one in person and I hope I never do.  Dis-gus-ting.
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294  Lucha Libre Pez Recon (Foto Grande) in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 24, 2009 12:22:20 PM

The ManFlesh has had a Lucha Libre mask for about 10 years that he busts out every once in a while for fun.  It's for a Luchador named El Misterioso who's name and persona form a thread through his jokes, costumes and general fun-making.  I stole borrowed the mask so I could make this for him!

All the details, The Dispenser:

The Package, I used the actual cardboard from the original package so the back is accurate:

The original mask:

The original package:

He loved it and put it on display!  Wouldn't dare open it!

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295  Your Sister's Rack (Refinished Pot Rack) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: June 26, 2009 11:03:00 AM
My most recent client is The ManFlesh's sister who had purchased a used pot rack in need of refinishing (not so much "reconstructed") before she could install it in her lovely early 20th century home.  She let it sit around for awhile before giving up and hiring a professional - me!

Before-ish (I didn't remember to take a photo until I'd started sanding.  It all looked pretty much like the hooks look in this shot):

After shots:

Layers of metallic paint and shimmery decorative "plaster" over a proper primer, of course.  I hope to get an action shot when it's installed.  She's runs a business and has 2 little kids (and one big kid/husband) so it might take awhile.   Wink
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296  A little a bithday gift topper (representations of plant genitalia) in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: May 13, 2009 12:58:51 PM
I went to put this in the Occasions and Holidays section, but since it's to decorate a birthday gift package there wasn't a correct section.  This is the second time I've crafted something to decorate a present with and couldn't put it under Occasions and Holidays. Slow on the uptake, I guess.  I don't feel like it really belongs in Needlework, but that's what I came up with.

So it's several layers of white muslin circles with scalloped edges and a bunch of French knots holding it together. I used 6 strands of floss to make them plump and nubbly.
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297  Bad-mouthed Beatrix Potter Embroidery (lots of pics, one cuss word) in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: April 30, 2009 07:03:32 PM
This is for a long-time friend of mine who has cancer... again. It's back, it's mean, it's going to be with her forever as she lives in and out of remission. And live she will; I don't know anyone tougher than she.

It's stretched over stretchers designed for artists' canvas.

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A closer look at the stitches:
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I covered the back (which is a mess - you can tell I've never stretched canvas before) with unbleached muslin that I personalized and then covered the edges with this wide twill tape I had laying around and attached a hanger.

A closer look at the teeny tiny stitches that I did in the car. I didn't get any blood on it at all!

I used gimp from my stash to add a touch to the edge and a black upholstery nail to finish it off.

A close-up of the text, because who doesn't want a closer look at embroidered cussin'?

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Firsts for me on this project:  mixing floss colors on the needle (is there a term for this?), split stitch, stretching across stretcher bars, playing with toile, crafting a cuss word and using the mature img feature here.  Wink

And finally the before picture of this portion of the Beatrix Potter toile:

UPDATE: I gave it to her today (May 14) and I think she really liked it!  At the very least she liked that I made her something.  Whew!
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298  Altered & New Scrapbook: Argentina & Environs ( pic heavy" is an understatement) in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: April 12, 2009 06:09:13 PM
I guess I didn't expect to ever find myself in the Scrapbook Forum, but here I am.  Woo!  I recently spent about 3 weeks in NE Argentina and SW Uruguay and made this book while there, finishing up after arriving home. I had found the vintage Auto Bingo card at the thrift store just a few days before PhizzyChick posted this wonderful work of creativity: www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic= 270914.msg3058163 which inspired me to use it for the cover. I made the back with book board and cut pages from cardstock I had on hand and after using pigment ink stamp pads to color the pages, bound it with my Bind-It-All.

I loved finding the wee things for those windows, less than an inch square. Part of the fun was trying to find things for the existing words, part of the fun was ignoring them. I bound it at the top to reflect how Argentina (our only planned destination) is a long, rather than wide country.

Inside Cover

The couple looks very roughly like me and The ManFlesh and he found them for me, so it was fun to include his contributions, too.

Day 5

The first few days of the trip were less activity-intense as The ManFlesh had a stomach flu, but after that each day got it's own spread.

Day 7 Close-up

I was able to find something to put at each of the towns we stopped in.  It took some serious stompin and poundin to flatten that cap w/o tools.

Day 14

This one was harder to get together, but after digging through the collected ephemera and detritus I was able to get enough things to tell the story of that days highlights. I was so excited to realize these swizzle sticks I'd saved looked like oars and would be a great addition to tell of our canoe/kayak trip on the Rio Parana.

Day 20

This is one of my favorite spreads because I was aple to tell the story of The ManFlesh realizing he'd left his visa at the restaurant at the Jardin Japones when we went to pay for our snack outside the Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo and our walk back to get it. Also it shows the local guys we met through his uncle who helped give us a look at typical Buenos Aires night life.  It's about 7" wide and open almost 15" long, so my scanner couldn't handle the inside images. I think the camera shots are better than the covers, which I scanned. Bummer.

Day 22 and Inside Back Cover

Our last day started as we arrived in Houston for our layover. Between our houses we passed Baja Fresh and decided we needed to partake in some spicy food - something not easy to find in Argentina and then we went to pick up The ManFlesh's dog. Left over postcard postage added some color to the map on the inside back cover. The ink jet printer photo has discolored the little strip of paper I glued there that said "Thank you for your preference" that I cut off an ATM receipt.  Lesson learned there.

Back Cover

Oh, how I love carpinchos now!

If you've made it this far, THANK YOU! The whole entire thing is posted in my flickr if you haven't suffered enough:

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299  The Adventures of Bigfoot: NE Argentina & SW Uruguay (5 pics) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TheMistressT on: March 29, 2009 07:32:50 PM
I wouldn't call my photos of Bigfoot "art", but this is where I understand photos to go. I know people who make art with their cameras and I know this ain't it, but it "gives me happy" to make them, as I like to say, so I make them when I travel locally and abroad and sometimes just around town.  I've been doing it for about 2 years.

These are in Uruguay:

These are in Argentina:

The rest of the collection from this trip can be seen here if you're interested:
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300  Re: Tiny House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: February 20, 2009 06:58:03 PM
TH01 Swappers, I hope you're ready for a non-tiny number of photos!

So it's more than just a house, it's real estate property.  We like to call it "cozy," but we all know that's code for "tiny" and boy is this place tiny. 

First the box:

Clever Annacharlotte!

Behold the front elevation:

It's got curb appeal!

Behold the back elevation:

Low maintenance back yard!

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Ooo, the door is ajar!  Can we see a bit of a bench and table there?

Look at that little gate!  It's got to be about 1/4 of an inch tall at most.

Gotta get a better look at the interior, so I peeled back the roof a bit.

It was hard to get a pic because the house is TINY, the sun was both low and bright and I kept casting a shadow.  What's in there is a bench, table, 2 plates and a vase of flowers!  ITTY effin BITTY! Also, there is art hung on the 2 side walls.  You can kind of see one in this shot.

In it's environs:

I will try to get a photo from a better angle so you can see the background better.

And of course, a shot for scale

 (Scale is 1:2-headed dragon for those keeping track)

If you're unfamiliar with the dragonscale, I have this one, too:

(That's Standard Sumoscale for those keeping track)
And that sumo guy box was a surprise extra included in the package!  He opens (obviously) and holds a bit of rice with some chopsticks.  I'm not exactly sure what he means, but he seems pretty serious about it.

THANK YOU ANNACHARLOTTE!  This was so worth the wait!  It's a perfect beginning to what I hope to be a fun and inspiring serious of swaps leading to a cherished collection! 
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