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4131  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cub Scouting for the Adult Undead (pics like crazy) on: July 30, 2008 05:35:06 PM
So, I was invited to an Adult Pinewood Derby that is based on the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, but WAY more fun!  For one, it's all grown-ups so you're on your own for self-esteem and crap like that.  Wink  For two, there is a Presentation category which included costumes, dioramas and even multi-media presentations.  For three, there it is potluck food and booze. Which brings us to four, which is good-natured trash talk and high-quality sass.

So this is the 3rd or 4th annual, but my first.  I was invited to be the partner of a friend of a friend of the host who'd been before, but not competed.  Most people had 3 months to come up with their cars and presentations, I had 2 weeks notice w/ less than one week to work on the car.  You will see how that came into play.

So, when I was telling The ManFlesh about it I kept calling it the "Pinebox Derby" so the idea of a coffin was born from that and a vampire/cemetery theme arose.

The top of the diorama with a view of the coffin car:


A fuller view of the front of the diorama:

The sides are vintage paper placemats with print outs of anatomical drawings of a human begging for mercy from the 15th century or so.

The back with other anatomical drawings (ostrich and monkey/ape):


The headstone:


View down the open grave:

That's a mirror under the car, so when the car was out and the competition looks down in there they would see themselves. Bwahahaha!

Close-up of the grave-side floral wreath:

A mirror in that, too and a crucifix necklace from a Snoop Dawg action figure (yes, really).

Costumes were a little more low-key.  Neither of us could get excited about wearing lots of black clothes or heavy make-up for mid-day outdoor event in July. So, it was black summer shirts, some kind of scout-ish shorts/skort, fire boots from him with a scout neckerchief and black sandals for me with a black umbrella that I scavenged and made into a creepy parasol.  We did a light white make up (mine lighter than his, because he doesn't know how to apply make up), black and read lipsticks, lots of black eye-make up on me, some on him, plus he got black spray-on hair color.

Together before getting in the hearse, I mean Honda, to go to the derby:

The sun was super bright and right in our eyes.  Most of the day we wore sunglasses worked fine with the costumes.

Just me with a pretty good shot of the parasol:

I hand-sewed inexpensive fringe to the edge.  The top finial was missing, so I just stuck a dollar store raven on there by poking its feet wires through the fabric and twisting them around the frame.
4132  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Personalized Tree Quilt for a Baby on: July 29, 2008 11:39:16 PM
It's a boy!  Congratulations!  When I saw the thumbnail I thought immediately, "if this isn't mimiw, I wonder if she's seen it."  Indeed it is you and you have seen it.

It's ADORABLE!  I guess I'm lucky you might have a tree theme in your nursery.   Kiss
4133  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Addicted to Beads! on: July 29, 2008 11:31:14 PM
Holy...!  Jumpin...!  GAH!  Those have me smitten!  Not usually my style, but that turquoise one has me all tongue tied with lust!

PS AND you're the second craftster I've commented to today who has the same name I do!  Or at least it's spelled the same.    Wink
4134  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery July 2008 on: July 29, 2008 11:10:19 PM
bsonlytoots posted the oven mitts I made for her here last week and today I finally had a chance to get pics of the AWESOME Godzilla she made me (for a project yet to be revealed)!  He's just what I was looking for in size and that he looks like a monster rather than a dinosaur.  Yey!

Emerging from the jungle, exuding ferocity:


Check out his awesome scales as he returns to the jungle to get his keys that he left on the table by the door:


Head shot for talent scouts and spokes model jobs (leading man good looks):


For scale with a skyscraper (jokingly referred to as "Tokyo"):


THANK YOU BSONLYTOOTS!  I LOOOOOVE HIM!
4135  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: BORING DRESS NEEDS HELP???? on: July 28, 2008 05:21:45 PM
Cute, but I think you are right on about the strap.  Have you thought of buying some really patterned ribbon for that part?  I  think adding something up at the top by your face would be great.  In addition or instead of patterned ribbon, some contrasting buttons or bow, maybe?  Add lace there?  It seems simple enough that you could also wear really snazzy shoes with it that coordinate with details at the top/shoulder to add pizazz, too.
4136  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Retro Cherry Apron-Onesie and Matching Mary Janes on: July 28, 2008 05:14:16 PM
Adorable!  It is definitely different than the other embellished onesies out there and also on trend with the popularity of vintage-style aprons.  I think it's smart to figure about a way around the knot in the back. Thanks for showing us!  I hope you show us the others as you create them.
4137  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Airship! on: July 27, 2008 09:19:00 AM
TheMistressT  - I take it your not a fan of The Big Fat Idiot either...

Excellent observation, sactownsue!
4138  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage inspired Pillowcase on: July 25, 2008 02:13:22 PM
What fine stitching!  I think the colors your chose really make it look vintage, too. 
4139  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: My Waterproof, Durable Box thing. (pic heavy) on: July 25, 2008 12:16:28 PM
That's just great!  I have at least 1 ammo can that were used by my dad and our family when we went rafting!  It's one of a few things I kept when dad died a few years ago, because it's both sentimental and practical... or at least will be when I find a use for it!  When I do, I'll remember this because it's a really ugly shade of orange right now.  I think I have another that's army green.
4140  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Airship! on: July 25, 2008 11:56:20 AM
That's really neato!  Very clever repurposing of model parts! 

I have a joke that sort of fits this.  It'd old, but one of only a handful that I have memorized:

What's the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenburg?

One is a flaming Nazi gasbag, the other is a dirigible.   Shocked  Undecided
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