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311  Varmint Voodoo: Snake Edition in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: March 21, 2010 02:01:13 PM
Some friends of mine discovered an escaped pet, exotic snake has been living in a hole in their yard behind a retaining wall.  They're glad to have it as it's a rodent catcher, as well as really pretty.  But they're a little concerned about the cat.  So I made them a custom Varmint!

With custom pins using photos of their outside cat in shrink plastic:

The works:

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312  Crabby Pants (flannel panty liners) in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: March 19, 2010 05:44:29 PM
So I finally made some flannel panty liners.  It'll cut down on the waste generated by "that time of the month" around here at least a bit.  I used only left-overs from other projects.  

First I made one of each style to test (regular and thong) that I don't have photos of.  Those I sewed right sides together and turned which worked great, but when I had all these cut I couldn't get excited about that process, so I just did a zigzag stitch twice around the perimeter.  Hopefully they'll hold up.  I've a gentle, front loading washer so I think I'll be all right for a while.

I used store bought disposable liners as patterns, then made sure the "wings" would overlap so I could use a snap. I deliberately cut the Kermit fabric so he'd be waving at me from the panties!  The crap crab (!) ones are one of my favorites.  I used that flannel originally to make boxer shorts for The ManFlesh so he'd have some crabby pants.  Now I have some, too!  Wink
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313  Nessie Diptych in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: March 06, 2010 04:16:47 PM
I made this Nessie diptych for a far-away friend and fellow cryptid enthusiast.  She received it in the mail today (a total surprise) so now I can finally post it!



I used 4 combinations of a single strand of metallic floss with 1 strand each of 2 more colors of DMC to make his body seem more slick and scaly.  You can see the metallic a bit more in these shots which also have the best representation of the true colors.



A closer look at the shoreline:

There are 4 deciduous trees in the forest, but only this one has a few autumn leaves left on it.

The 2 pieces off the piptych together:

I used chain stitch, satin stitch, long and short stitch, french knots. back stitch and whatever it's called when you just do one stitch of running stitch.
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314  Cribbage Cocktail Table (2 great things that go great together) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: February 22, 2010 01:54:17 PM
I made this YEARS ago for a friend.  He chose a disassemble, unfinished mission-style table in birch or maple (I don't remember) and I turned it into a 4-track cribbage board (that's 480 holes drilled) then stained and finished it.

The skunk and double-skunk lines:

The starting line with the pegs that I made to go with.

The container for the pegs.  The table has a drawer on the side not shown that the container goes in.

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315  Re: Laundry room/bathroom makeover in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: February 20, 2010 07:22:44 AM
Soooooo lovely!  What a great rehab!  This space doesn't look utilitarian at all.  I love the wall color: it goes very nicely with both your new floor tiles and vanity. After working on this gremlin hole this week I'm thinking of changing my name to Cesar, because I'm becoming a Wall Whisperer.  I rehabilitate walls when it's too late to train the people who've wrecked them. 

All part of my job.
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316  Washers: A Beach Game by Drunken River Guides for Everyone! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: February 14, 2010 02:55:31 PM
The ManFlesh learned a beach game called washers from a friend who is a former river guide when The Dudes were traveling in Panama a couple years ago.  He taught me at when we were at the beach last summer.  It's an easy game to play and score and all it takes is a sandy surface (preferably wet/packed), 8 metal washers and 2 PVC couplers (not pictured) just a smidgen larger than the the washers' diameter.

ANYWAY, The ManFlesh had been keeping his Panama-purchased "set" in a plastic store bag that filled with sand and didn't dry out very nicely.  So I made this bag out of fiberglass insect screen that was scrap material from a glazier I know.

I just sewed it on my machine and reinforced the seams with bias tape from my stash.

I had this tiny double-fold bias tape that worked out perfectly for reinforcing the opening for the drawstring.

This is a two person or two team game and you need to be able differenciate the two players'/teams' washers in the goal area.  We had a hard time doing this with his sets because the sharpie stripe would wear off pretty easily.  So I got 2 more sets at the industrial hardware store (+1 to replace a lost one in his existing set) and then painted them with spray paint which will hopefully last longer. 

I chose copper and purple because purple is his favorite color, I thought they'd show up well against wet sand AND I already had these colors.   Wink

This was his Valentine's Day gift and he LOVED it.  YEY!

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317  Betsy McCall Magentic Paper Dolls (many photos) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: February 10, 2010 03:11:57 PM

So at Christmas The ManFlesh's mom and aunt were reminiscing about playing with Betsy McCall paper dolls when they were girls and how they think their brother probably through them all out when cleaning out their mom's home after she moved.  Within a week or two, I stumbled upon a reference to a site that had printable Betsy McCall dolls (http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/dolls/pd_scans/betsy_mccall/index.html)!  His mom's birthday is this weekend, so I made her these.

I chose a selection of outfits from several months across a few years' worth of McCalls Magazine and put together an 8.5 x 14 sized image which a friend printed on big, pro-quality, matte, photo paper. Finally, I glued small magnets to the back.

I used spray adhesive to attach the clothing to card stock so it would be extra thick, then cut it out with an x-acto.  The dolls (and dog bed) was attached to a magnet sheet. If I knew exactly how to go about it, I should have glued them to some thin metal, because the various polarities of the magnets on the dolls and on the clothes caused some issues and I had to reattach the magnets on the clothes and they don't necessarily sit right on both Betsy and Barbara. 

The girls in some outfits:

After printing, I realized that these outfits make the sweet girls look like Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush.  Sorry girls.

I had a second print out on glossy photo paper and used parts of it to decorate the box. 

Just to complete the serendiptious nature of this whole thing I'll show a photo of the wrapped package.  I also learned at Christmas that her favorite animal is the giraffe and then the next week I found these letters on sale at JoAnn's for 25 cents and picked it up hoping to get a chance to use it.  Whee!

I hope my own mom's birthday gift is this easy...

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318  Re: More Snuggles for Shelter Animals + More Pics on Page 2! in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by TheMistressT on: February 08, 2010 01:18:07 PM
Finally finished the last four!  These are made from a quartered vintage-ish kids' sleeping bag.

At first I thought I'd buy blanket binding, but when I realized it would be about $7/blanket I decided to figure something else out.  I had a couple yards of black sweatshirt fleece, so I cut strips, wrapped them around the edges and sewed.  Not the neatest finish, but free and will work out just fine.

Final count: 39 (one for each year of my life)!
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319  Re: Snuggles for Shelter Animals in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by TheMistressT on: February 07, 2010 01:39:53 PM
I've made a few dozen more and posted them here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337274.0 to help spread the word!  I don't knit, crochet or quilt, but I do sew and was able to utilize thrift store blankets and fabric remnants to make a lot of blankets for not much money and probably no more time that it take to make one blanket via these other methods, so don't count yourself out just because you don't craft in certain media.

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320  More Snuggles for Shelter Animals + More Pics on Page 2! in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by TheMistressT on: February 07, 2010 01:36:00 PM
I've made 35 more blankets for shelter animals! I learned about the Snuggle project via this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=212419.10 a couple years ago and just did my second batch of blankets to donate and I'm super excited about it! That stack has 12 small Snuggles, 15 medium Snuggles, and 8 large Snuggles.  I have 4 more large ones cut that I want to make a simple binding for since they're cut from a Goodwill Outlet sleeping bag.  

The economic downturn has lead to an increase in homeless pets. It's been shown that animals on cozy blankets are more likely to be adopted. This means more animals becoming pets in their forever homes AND if more animals are adopted shelters can help more homeless pets!

I used blankets, pillow shams and a wide polar fleece scarf from the Goodwill Outlet (where you buy things by-the-pound) and fabric remnants from my aunt's stash (mostly upholstery-weight wovens, but some cotton prints, too).

For large sized Snuggles, I used  a fleece-y blanket backed with flannel and this woven cotton crib blanket (cut in half) backed with upholstery fabric.

I forced myself to simplify my process so I could work faster and make more.  Any fabric that might fray a bit was cut with pinking shears and then just sewn backsides together instead of sewing them right sides together and turning. The exceptions were the 2 made from the woven cotton crib blanket since it would definitely not hold up to washing; they were sewn right sides together and then turned.  I also just used black thread on all of them to save time and money.

You can learn more about the Snuggles Project here: http://www.snugglesproject.org/
They have a project sheet pdf file here: http://www.snugglesproject.org/docs/SP_projectsheet.pdf

Lots of types of animal shelters are signed up with their program, including specialized animal rescue shelters for ferrets, hedgehogs, etc.  If you don't have a local shelter, you can send your contributions to the organization.  They also accept some supplies donations.  Last time I delivered to my local county shelter, they were glad to have them, but it didn't really matter than I had made them for the Snuggle Project which makes me think that animal shelters are probably glad to receive them even if they're not a part of this particular program.

Lastly, while working on these I posted about it on my Facebook page and at least a couple of my friends showed an interest in helping. If you craft for charitable causes and participate in social networking, post about it to spread the word!
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