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291  Gunna Pickup Chicks. in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 01, 2008 01:57:25 PM
Some friends of mine have a whole bunch of chickens of various kinds that they are quite fond of.  I saw a wall sculpture thingy kind of like this that was out of my budget, but couldn't get out of my head as a gift for these friends.  So, I decided to reinterpret the idea in craft felt.

The only things that aren't felt are the chicks' beaks, eyes, combs, the loose feathers and the dust kicked up by the pick up.  Those are hand embroidered with DMC embroidery floss, 2-3 strands, if I remember correctly.  All the felt is machine sewn.  It's in an inexpensive frame; I just used spray adhesive to attach the finished product to the glass that came with the frame, trimmed the edges and put the frame back together.

Close up of the feathers flyin':

Close up of where the rubber meets the road.

Thanks for looking!
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292  Toothpaste Collection Display (verbose and pic heavy) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 29, 2007 06:43:03 PM
So I have a collection of foreign toothpaste that I've been slowing acquiring for about 12-13 years and I finally got together a few shadow box frames and a bulk supply of mat board remnants to put about 2/3 - 3/4 of the collection on display.  They are currently in my hallway, which is not the long narrow kind, but the oddly-shaped small kind you find in small old houses (like mine), but after I do some remodeling in the bathroom, they'll go in there.  They're mostly categorized by country or region of manufacture, but one grouping is kids' toothpaste from 3 different continents, in 3 languages.  I need at least 3 more frames to get the whole collection to-date on display.  I've a couple friends traveling internationally Q1 2008, so I'm going to get a couple extra frames if I can!

A few close ups:

Italian toothpaste.

Asian toothpaste made in China, Japan and Vietnam.

Kids' toothpaste made in the Czech Republic, Mexico and Japan.

I wanted them to look like old natural history museum displays, so the labels are in Courier to look kind of like they were typed and each label is cut individually with a straight-edge and blade.  The information is:

Brand type if applicable  Country of Manufacture/Country of Purchase
Country of Manufacture/Country of Purchase

The north wall:

The south wall:

Why toothpaste?  You aren't the first to ask!  It started simply because I ran out of toothpaste while in Costa Rica.  When I bought it, I realized that the Colgate tube was English on one side, Spanish on the other and thought it was neato.  It was the toothpaste in my travel bag until it ran out.  Then I ran out of toothpaste in England a year-and-a-half later (I'm from the US).  Now I pick it up in every country I visit.  My friends and family know that toothpaste would be a good souvenir for me when they travel and if they don't, I tell them.   Wink  About 1/3 of my collection is from others.  Anyway, for me it's a near-perfect souvenir because it's almost universally available, it's cheap, it's small and light weight, you can get it through customs w/ no problem and often you can find something that looks a lot different than what you get at home.  However, Colgate is everywhere and Aqua Fresh is almost as ubiquitous.  Most of the time the local language(s) is (are) on the tubes, though.
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293  No two shortbread are exactly alike in Dessert by TheMistressT on: December 27, 2007 02:53:31 PM
Well, the cooking forum is the last place I'd ever expect to post!  I don't cook, but I do bake now and again.  I have probably over 100 cookie cutters and I bet I've used fewer than 2 dozen of them... including a set of 6-pointed stars I received as a gift a few years ago.  I had an epiphany that I could use them as a base for snowflakes!  I used two sizes of star, Martha Stewart's shortbread recipe (that I've used for years) and basic royal icing.  I thought they turned out simple and somewhat elegant (you know, for frosted cookies).

Thanks for looking!
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294  Varmint Voodoo Doll II in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 26, 2007 11:32:00 AM
I can finally post this now that it's been delivered!  Turns out my good friend occasionally looks up my projects on craftster so I had to wait.  Good thing I learned about this habit in time!  She has an "issue" with raccoons, so I decided to make her a Varmint Voodoo Doll: Raccoon Edition after having so much fun with Varmint Voodoo Doll: Squirrel Edition (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210006.msg2250561#msg2250561).

Sorry about the flash, but that's crafting in the winter for ya'!

The shrink plastic pins for this one are all of her cat, Kali, who likes to play tough with the raccoons... through the safety of the glass of the basement window.  Part of my friend's issue with raccoons is her fear that they'll hurt Kali when she's outside. 

I should note that around here raccoons are a nuisance and widely reviled because they wreck people's yards/fountains and hurt pets.

And because now it's a tradition, a shot of my Senior Studio Assistant, Pearl, supervising the photo shoot.

Thanks for looking!

PS Both Varmint Voodoo Dolls were hits with the recipients.  I have a few more ideas for this...
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295  The Eating Light is on! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 21, 2007 08:30:44 PM
I have some very dear, long-time friends with whom I've shared many a meal.  They have a phrase they use when the conversation drifts towards the gross or gruesome.  They say, "the eating light is on" as a reminder that the subject may be incompatible with maintaining one's appetite.  I've wanted for years to make them an actual Eating Light and I finally did.

Lit up

The big dots are blue rhinestones.

Thanks for looking!
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296  Re: Show off your TREE, Mantle, Or other HOLIDAY decor! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 15, 2007 01:55:40 PM
It's so fun to see everyone's decorations and holiday craftiness!  Some people have a Santa collection to display this time of year, I have a tree collection.  Bottle brush, tinsel, feather, glass, metal, ceramic, wood, plastic, whatnot-over-foam-form, etc.  I don't have a xmas tree, though - no kids, a couple rascally cats, single-gal-on-the-go and all that. 

The green ones (plus Bigfoot for giggles) on top of the piano.

The bottle brush trees with little ball ornaments were crafted by my biggest Tree Enabler.

The white, clear, silver and gold ones on top of the tv cabinet.

The tall silver one with the white balls was crafted by the Tree Enabler, too.

The turquoise, teal and purple ones on my dresser.  The large one was covered with vintage costume jewelry last year, but I think I'll skip it this year just to cut myself some slack.

And the 2 middle-sized trees (ribbon and tinsel in pots) were also crafted by the Tree Enabler, who is also a shoe enabler, by the way.

The large gold one, with teal decorations (inspired by the scrap of fabric that I through around the base last year) that sits on a shelf in a window at the top of my basement stairwell.

The small collection of Kermit the Frog ornaments on top of a mini barrister's cabinet that houses The Kermitage Museum (my Kermit Collection).  Joined by a fancy cat who's yet to fine the perfect holiday home, but I love her and think her red outfit suits the display nicely.

Still working on a way to display all the Star Trek ornaments w/o getting a tree.  There is a long, frustrating story to go with that project, so I think I'll try to figure it out after the holiday and just be ready to go next ear.
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297  Days of the Week Boxers [Tame Pics, Suggestive Fabrics] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 15, 2007 12:57:12 PM
Whew!  I've just finished a set of Days of the Week Boxers for the ManFlesh for Christmas.  If there's one thing I know well now that I didn't before it's Simplicity pattern 9958.  Hoo boy!  I've now made 9 pairs of those suckers, because making sassy underpants for this guy is addictive.

A close up of the Day tag:

I like how the font and the crude cutting and sewing adds a bit of a retro-name-sewn-in-for-sleep-away-camp feel, even though that was just a happy accident.  The tags are ink jet iron-on transfers.

The set in their box:

Sunday - Thursday:

Tiger Stripe-inside joke (the only flannel pair, the rest are woven cotton prints); Stanley Tape Measures-tee hee; Bones-ahem; Wood-tchk, tchk; Purple Swirls-the most masculine purple I could find that trip (purple is his favorite color).

Friday & Saturday:

Dogs Playing Poker-couldn't pass it up; Heels on Wheels pin-ups-he'd probably prefer a more retro-style pin-up, but I found this first and he'll definitely appreciate the kitsch factor.

And my post wouldn't be complete with out an image of and special thanks to my primary Studio Assistant, Pearl.  Hold that corner of the pattern down, will ya?

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298  Shoe Mods for Nieces' Christmas Presents in Shoes: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 10, 2007 09:59:56 PM
Not the most elaborate of crafts, but slight modifications to shoes for my nieces.  It's kind of a tradition that their Auntie T-rex gives them shoes for Christmas.  T-rex loves her some shoes after all.  But, I wanted to have a craftier holiday this year and didn't feel up to tackling making-making shoes. 

For J who's 11 years old, 5'4"+ and a woman's size 10 shoe.  That's my size, but I don't feel sorry for me, just her.

I covered BIG buttons with that hot pink faux fur that I put a white grommet through first.  Actually sewed them on (using Vice Grip to push and pull needle though, then ended up bending the shank and gluing them down with E6000 anyway).  Apologies for the blurry photo - it's dark early and that's as still as I could be for some reason.

For Jorda who's 9 and a girls' size 3.  Actually more difficult to find a shoe to modify for her.

Found these heart buckle/buttons and added the green ribbon.  E6000 holds it all together.

Thanks for looking!
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299  Hot Dish! [Several pics of shirtless construction workers] in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: November 30, 2007 10:27:55 PM
Made this little kitchen linen set for my former m-i-l, because we all need a hot dish now and again.

The dish towel is a flour sack towel, doubled and sewn around all 4 sides then appliqud the dude on.

The hot pad is sewn on to Insulbrite (that insulated, silver-on-one-side, quilted stuff).

And... the ubiquitous shot of The Mistress T's Studio Assistant.

The only thing I had to buy for this project (bottom photo) was the fusible interfacing, because for some reason all the stuff I had was black: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195457.msg2063349#msg2063349
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300  Just Like A Man Hot Pad in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: November 25, 2007 06:23:22 PM
Awhile back I learned that a bachelor friend of mine had been using a Vise Grip tool as an "oven mitt" since his ex-wife took all of the hot pads with her.  I did this by scanning a Vise Grip, fiddling with the image, then printing it on iron-on paper.  I ironed it on fabric from my stash, then sewed it to heat-resistant, quilted fabric.  It'll certainly work for pulling Marie Callender's frozen meals out of the oven safely.

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