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311  Sparkly Vintage Wreath in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 16, 2009 04:42:51 PM
I made this wreath for a girlfriend for xmas.  The tinsel, deer and paper for the holly leaves are vintage finds. 

I glitter-fied the reindeer and pulled apart some floral dept. stems for the berries. 

The glitter is transperant enough that the red details of the vintage reindeer show through, but not the slipshod way they were applied originally.  Smiley

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312  A Snuggie For That Special Someone (anatomical content, not graphic) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 16, 2009 04:29:48 PM
The ManFlesh and I were discussing Snuggies the other day, because he'd seen the Snuggie for Dogs at the pharmacy when filling a prescription for me.  That was the same day I learned I had shingles and was up late, late at night in a pain medication-induced, insomniac stupor (or really more of a goofor).  I decided to make him a Wiener Snuggie (for his penis).

It's modeled on a pair of socks, because I figure if pillows can model corsets, socks can model wiener snuggies.  

You can tell this thing was put together on a lark in the middle of the night in a pain medication state of mind.  Let me tell you, it's hard to make one of these things without a model (no matter how familiar you are with said wiener) and the last thing you want to do is come at your man with a tape measure and no explanation why.  

P.S. this middle-of-the-night crafting session inspired me to start this topic about crafting when you should be sleeping in the Friends of Craftster section:
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313  iChoc, do you? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 13, 2009 01:27:02 PM
This will be the first Christmas that I know ahead of time that I'll be seeing The ManFlesh's mom on Christmas and even though I don't know her very well, I really like her and wanted to make her a little gift.  I do know that she has a bit of a chocolate dependency, shall we say.  Wink  She actually has a drawer in her kitchen for storing just chocolate.  At one time I saw a tea wallet here on craftster and thought I'd do that for her, than realized it's just The ManFlesh and his sister that like tea, SHE likes [understatement] chocolate.

Various mental incarnations of the wallet ensued, then I had the bright idea to model the look on an Apple laptop. 

I really wanted it to zip and was guessing on zipper length when at the store.   I should've gone a couple inches longer and will if I do this again, which I think I will for another gift this year.

Loaded with the Chocware Sweet (get it?  like suite?).  It'll fit a variety of sizes and I think I will get a few more pieces to really fill it out.

Boring interior shot showing the lining fabric along with the elastic and how it's sewn down.

Thanks for looking!
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314  Cracked Pots needs artists using recycled items for 2nd Annual UnGarden Art Show in Oregon: Northwest by TheMistressT on: December 10, 2009 06:51:31 PM

2nd Annual UnGarden Art Show
Saturday, March 6, 2010
McMenamins Grand Lodge
Forest Grove, Oregon
10am until 6pm

Our 2009 UnGarden show was a great success! We are planning to expand and double the number of artists showing their work created from recycled materials in our 2010 show. Are we looking for you?

If you are doing some exciting, new, wonderful work using recycled and/or reused materials, we would like to take a look at your art.

All art shown in Cracked Pots shows must be accepted through the jurying process.

The Jury date for UnGarden Art is Wednesday evening, January 27th, 2010

UnGarden Art is defined as art that is designed for use indoors or for personal use. All art must be made from 75% recycled/re-used materials. Some possibilities:

Wall hangings    Small sculptures    Kitchen items    Table lamps    Clocks    Handbags    Hats    Books or journals    Collages    Toys    Small furniture    Scarves or other wearables    Shrines    Jewelry   Storage boxes    Mobiles    Picture Frames        Rugs, Etc., Etc

Show details:
   intimate settings with fireplaces and comfy seating
   event is free to the public and advertised by McMenamins and Cracked Pots
   $35 entry fee plus 20% sales commission
   art must be made from at least 75% recycled/reused material
   we prefer small art pieces as space is limited

To apply: Please complete the Artist Information Summary along with 3 - 5 photos representative of your UnGarden art (jpegs in low-res, i.e., smallish file size) (http://www.crackedpots.org/apply.html)
To: ungardenjury@crackedpots.org

                  Last date to apply is January 18. Dont delay, apply now!

TheMistressT is not directly associated with Cracked Pots, so use their website to contact them with questions.
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315  Book Safes for Vices in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 07, 2009 10:50:22 PM
So, I wanted to give The ManFlesh's super nice sister and brother-in-law gifts this Christmas, but I don't know them that well and they can buy anything they want, pretty much.  So I was poking around the internet and found for sale a book safe with a flask in it and thought that might do the trick for the brother-in-law.

For the humor of irony, it's a religious book, but not a sacred text. 

Being that the brother-in-law is named John, I was able to find a page with a section title referring to "John's Revelation" and used that to line the bottom of the cavity.

While searching around I came upon the idea of using a book safe to hide chocolate and that's perfect for The ManFlesh's sister who, like their mom, always has some chocolate around.  I wanted to be able to put more than a single bar in there, so it's a bigger book, an "Encyclopedia of Modern Art" of some sort and has this cool cover.

Two cavities in there cut to fit 2 sizes of chocolate bars. 

I made this one first and it was probably a mistake as the thickness of it was a real challenge and maybe with more experience I'd have been able to keep it neater.

These will be the first gifts we've ever given together and I feel honored he'd trust me to make something for his family that's from him, too.   Smiley
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316  The Cats' Pajamas... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 07, 2009 09:39:42 PM
... and by "cats' pajamas" I mean "my mom's pajamas and The ManFlesh's pajamas." I got the idea to make The ManFlesh footie pajamas for Christmas this year after a conversation we had reminiscing about our footie pajama days.  I got lucky and found a pattern for adult footie pajamas: Kwik Sew 3713 (mens)!  After finding the pattern I decided my mom needed a pair, too (Kwik Sew 3712).  There's quite a bit of difference in the sizing on the patterns and there's quite a bit of difference in the sizing of The ManFlesh and my mom, so I got both, but the only other difference is the side the opening buttons/snaps on.

This time of year it's hard to get good lighting around here with the short days and it's REALLY COLD outside right now and I don't want to wear these outside, so... crappy pictures it is!  Sorry.  I hope to get action shots of these jammies' rightful owners on Christmas.

I'm taller and bigger than my mom, so these will be a bit more roomy on her.  They look okay on me, but are a bit less comfy-cozy than I'd like for such a garment.

There are side-seam pockets which I'm pretty sure Mom won't use and The ManFlesh will.

A close-up of the flannel, the ribbing and the cute snaps! 

I chose green binding because I thought white would get dingy and there wasn't a suitable blue (and it was a 35% off all fabric sale) and I think that the green is probably cuter than either of the others would have been anyway!

And a quick pic of The ManFlesh's which are actually purple-purple polar fleece with black ribbing and purple snaps. Purple is his favorite color and there wasn't a good match to the fleece, so I went with the safety of basic black.

He's taller than I so these are pretty baggy on me.  Also I left the elastic waist out of them, because I think he'll prefer the looser fit.

Both pairs have that no-slip fabric on the bottom of the feet, which are lined with the body fabric.  I only very rarely craft for myself, but I think I'll be making a pair of these for me in January if I can!  Thanks for looking!
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317  He Spilled His Guts (costume accessory) in Halloween Costumes by TheMistressT on: November 01, 2009 03:35:17 PM
The ManFlesh and I went to a Zombie Scavenger hunt party last night and I zombified our costumes from last year.  For his, I made these guts.

The works:

Some details:

A finger from my decoration stash and an ear inside the guts to the right of the ringer.

Some of the maggots from my maggot-making spree (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324752.msg3749418#msg3749418).

The overall look:

Last years non-zombie version:
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318  Anyone ever sewn with emergency blanket material? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by TheMistressT on: October 26, 2009 04:26:24 PM
I want to try to sew a blanket for my cat using something like this.

He's 20 year old and will only avoid sitting on my lap ANY time I sit down if it's 100+ degrees outside (therefore 85-90 degrees inside) or if I can park him in a sunbeam.  However, it's October here in the Pacific Northwest and no where near 85 degrees in the house and the sunbeams are few and far between until spring.

(even while sewing he wants on that lap)

The emergency blanket stuff supposedly reflects 80-90% of your body heat back at you. According to the packaging, it's windproof, waterproof and will not crack, mildew or shrink.  I imagine that to mean I can wash and dry it and that sewing it to some fabric won't wreck it, but would love to hear if anyone has experience sewing with it.  Plus it's $1.99 for 84" x 54".  

Last thing: will it work if sandwiched between layers of fabric?  It's not especially cozy and it's crinkly sounding.   I'd like to make it as appealing as possible to the old guy and perhaps muffle the sound a bit.  He's deaf, but I'm not.  
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319  Grubbin' (UPDATED to include link to maggot project) in Halloween Decor and Parties by TheMistressT on: October 17, 2009 05:48:55 PM
I decided I needed some maggots for my and The ManFlesh's Halloween costumes and decided to make them with stuff I had on hand.  Once I got started, it was hard to decide exactly how many maggots are enough maggots. Everyone knows you can't have too many maggots, but how many is enough?  I made 175, 173 made it through the 4-step process.  It sounds like a lot of maggots, but it doesn't look like all that many maggots.

These are those that aren't set aside for or integrated into the costumes are for snacking.

Yummmmmm, maggots! Little closer:

Baby beetles for baby humans. Delicious!

Contained in that jar are about 130 maggots.  I really like saying (and typing) "maggots."

MAGGOTS!  White air-dry clay, brown glaze to de-white them/accentuate the segments, paint for the mouth, clear glaze.  

Added maggots to The ManFlesh's Halloween costume!
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320  Domestic Violence Is Ludicrous. in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: October 12, 2009 07:01:26 PM
I was really interested in completing this challenge when I saw it back in Sept, but I had a really hard time coming up with something to stitch for domestic violence awareness.  At the time I was also really interested in doing another stitch on the Beatrix Potter toile I'd worked on earlier this spring.  I couldn't see anything in the cute little critters dressed as country gentry that fit.  Then I noticed that these squirrels all running to get on rafts looked a bit like they were rallying against an enemy of some sort.  Hmmmm.  Shortly after I remembered I had some copyright-free images from Dover Publishing of the "War of the Worlds" alien invasion.  Hmmmmm.

My stitch is a metaphorical illustrating the inanity of the powerful attacking the less powerful.

Some details:

The alien invaders.

I used these 2 squirrels in dresses as nurses at the ready to help treat those wounded in battle. Something about the dresses seemed Florence Nightingale to me (which I have no idea if is historically accurate) and it also gave me a way to bring some color to that part of the piece.

I signed this hoping that I might be able to donate it to a fund raising event at some point.

The back to which I'll add some information if I donate the piece. It's stretched over wooden canvas stretchers and I wanted to hide the staples and knots and such.

The side is covered with some single-fold bias tape in black.

The title is stitched on the left side.

I was able to use only supplies I had on hand (part of my New Year's resolution for 2009). It's back stitch, satin stitch, split stitch and french knots.
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