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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Turkey Mould Thanksgiving Decoration on: November 26, 2015 11:49:36 AM
I got one last Thanksgiving project in and just in the nick of time; after I'd finished my food responsibilities and before I go to the airport to pick up our moms!

I was given the reproduction, two-piece chocolate mould as a birthday gift back in January. I am pretty sure it would not be good to use to make a giant chocolate turkey both for health and logistical reasons, so I felt comfortable drillling holes in it for the eyelets. I had every single bit of supplies in my stash: eyelets, handmade bias tape, burlap ribbon, D-rings, and orange twine. (the color in the photos is a bit off, the twine is an orange-red and the eyelets are a golden tan n real life)

There is another eyelet in the top of the ribbon for hanging. It hangs on the side of the kitchen cabinets that you walk by to enter the kitchen from the living room.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Trophy Wine Stoppers on: November 19, 2015 06:43:04 PM
I think this idea was one of my very first pins nearly 4 years ago. I finally dug around on the interwebz for trophy parts and was pleasantly surprised at the low cost. Less than $4 each for these and many for around $2 each.

I used corks reclaimed from empty whiskey bottles that I have been saving for yearrrrrrrrs. Turns out not all booze bottles have cork tops that will fit wine bottles, so I am glad I checked first!

The turkey was for wine bottles around our house, but shortly after taking the picture I dropped it and it broke at the legs. I'm going to try to glue it, but dangit! The runner is for my SIL who has run a couple of marathons in the last couple of years. The doe and buck are for our dry and sweet vermouth bottles, respectively. Sweet for buck, because that's usually want The ManFlesh uses and the doe for the dry, because that's what I usually use (YEY MARTINIS!)
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Rustic, Re-purposed, Wreath-alternative on: November 18, 2015 10:30:18 AM
A winter decoration for the new woodshed! (see that project here: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/10/i-spent-good-part-of-september-building.html)

Inspired by an instagram account that I follow (@rebrandinghistory), I snagged this old lawnmower-like wheel at a vintage market for $2 the very next day!  

I had the twill tape with the measuring tape print in my stash.

Here's the original instagram image: https://www.instagram.com/p/9xGM1lQiJl/?taken-by=rebrandinghistory
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Small Woodland Wreath (bountiful pics) on: November 17, 2015 06:14:00 PM

I made this wreath for a friend who collects them for her holiday decorating. It's built on an 8" grape vine form that I glittered up to match the glittery pine cone floral pic I found. The glitter doesn't show well in the photos, but I didn't know that until I had it wrapped and ready to ship.

Some details:

Wee tiny toadstools I found NIB at the thrift store this summer,

The glittery pine cones (plastic) and the mini birch (?) tree.

I sewed two ribbons from my stash together to make the hanger, then added more glittery pine cones and a toadstool. There is actually a wire loop on the back for hanging.

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hand-carved Bookplate Stamp on: November 12, 2015 11:34:32 AM
One of my oldest friends has a birthday coming up (before this gift will arrive - ahem) so I decided to make him a bookplate stamp, primarily for his moderately large collection of photography art books. He is a photographer and has worn this luchador mask for speaking engagements and other similar events. He also had custom luchador masks made as premiums for special orders of his photography books.

I mount it, I used a 5" x 5" pre-cut plaque from the craft store that I cut the routed edges off of with my compound miter saw. Then I stamped a final image to I decoupaged onto the back.

I was really nervous that it was going to be a train wreck and was so relieved when it turned out pretty great, if I do say so myself.  Roll Eyes

6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Customized Casserole Dishes on: November 11, 2015 11:05:50 AM
My MIL and her sister have both retired recently and purchased a vacation condo in the same development as their brother so the family can still all get together in a place more fun and appealing than their home town (which will remain unnamed). It's brand new so they are having to furnish it from the ground up, so when I saw more etched glass baking dishes on pinterest I got inspired to make a few for the new place!

I found some clipart online that I modified to add the "Est. 2015" and simplified to make less detailed. Snowflakes, because it's located in a big ski area. A closer look.

The smaller dish has their unit number on it.

I picked up a couple of silicone pot holders my MIL's favorite color to go with them for part of her Christmas gift.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Another Monogram for the Gate, Turkey Edition on: November 04, 2015 08:11:31 PM

I got another turkey monogram and this time it's for outside on the gate. The body is a diluted artists acrylic with a matte exterior varnish over it and the monogram is red variegated metal leaf with a gloss coating over it.

I have it up for November, because of the association of turkeys and American Thanksgiving, but we have a bunch of wild turkeys around so I will probably have it up at other times of the year, too.
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Painted Plastic Sugar Skull on: November 04, 2015 01:09:08 PM
Not sure where to put Dia de los Muertos, so I am putting it here.

I painted up this dollar store skull real quick for a display at The ManFlesh's office. The dearly departed named on the forehead is an old, old weird data system that is being replaced.

I don't have any good detail pics, because I did it at the last minute and it's been given to the lead on the replacement project.

9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Mariachi Costumes for Skeletons! What? on: November 04, 2015 09:47:38 AM

Last year I got a couple of "life-size" skeletons and this year I have been having fun finding and assembling costumes for them. For part The ManFlesh's office party I made them mariachi jackets since we already just each happen to have fancy mariachi sombreros!

The trim material was the best I I could do on a reasonable budget and easily the most costly part of the costume, at least for unit price. YEY COUPONS! Real mariachis have beautiful and and ornate trim work, but these guys have been dead awhile so they're lucky their jackets are clean.

As part of keeping the cost down, I didn't do the trim all the way around the wrists or anywhere else for that matter!

Here the pair are together in the dark.

I used McCalls 7216, View A for the jacket, but because I used acrylic felt I didn't have to do a lot of the hemming and such. The collar and bottom edges are raw, for some reason I hemmed the sleeves. Wink I skipped the pants to give me more skeleton showing, but it also helped with time and expense. Win-win-win.
10  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Luchadog: La Cazadora, The Huntress (LOTS of pics. LOTS) on: November 02, 2015 06:04:29 PM

Our Betty sometimes goes to work with her papa, especially on Halloween! His office really does the holiday up right and Betty loves the attention she gets as part of his dept's group costume. This year they did a Mexican theme with Luchadors (Mexican professional wrestlers) and Dia de los Muertos calaveras catrina (dapper skeletons).

Betty and her papa were a tag team luchador pair! And another member of the group was a calavera mariachi.

I also made parts of her papa's outfit (shorts, gauntlets, champion belt, and a few years back the boot covers)

And now a long serious of more details shots, both action and non-action, all taken at home.

Note the pink gauntlets on her "wrists."

Working from the ground up:

The "boots"! Attached to the ankle area of the pants.

Close up of the pants fabric: pink/orange/black camo with shiny dots!

The pants would have never been possible without the expert help of craftster and sewist extrodinaire, MrsBowles! She was visiting and took the time to help me modify a free pattern I found online which has an XL fitting a 15-pound, short-legged pup.

Her champions belt! Her papa's work is an elk-based conservation organization and he is the IT Manager. His belt had the same "buckle", but was on black vinyl instead of pink. The "buckle" is craft foam painted and glued together, then attached to the vinyl with metallic embroidery floss. The belt is tacked to the pants in a couple places, but fastens separately.

The mask! And boy was she a champ at wearing it both for the office party and for all the fittings and photo shoots.





I had added a black strap to the back that slipped around her collar after I took these. I found that if she put her head down the mask would slide down over her eyes, so that kept in in place. I found a pattern for a luchador mask for a pug online and modified it to fit Betty. Believe it or not, it needed to be made smaller. Less space between the eyes and less "deep" so her ears wouldn't be interfered with.

All the mask's decorative details are my own design. The antlers are to pay homage to the elk focus of the foundation.

Photos taken at the office were taken by their photo editor.
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