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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Flying Squirrel Napkins (no moose) on: October 07, 2015 01:13:13 PM

When I saw this flying squirrel print on the Facebook page of the cute local fabric store in my old neighborhood I knew I had to order some!  You see, we have at least one flying squirrel that visits our bird feeders at night.

I decided to make napkins (four 14" square) and used some large scale faux bois print that I've had in my stash for a few years for the other side.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Copper Turkey Monogram (that old story) on: October 04, 2015 04:59:35 PM
I recently picked up a few of these laser-cut plywood monograms from one of those limited-time deal websites. My turkey arrived slightly damaged, not much, but too much for me to feel safe using outside which is what I bought it for. So, I did up the damaged one with interior finishes as a Thanksgiving decoration.

I used two different copper treatments; copper leaf for the monogram "F" and a metallic plaster in copper over raw umber artist acrylic.

Luckily. The ManFlesh and I have the same last initial even though we have different last names.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Buck Off! Or 2 Wood Craft Blanks Copper-fied for Thanksgiving Decorations on: October 03, 2015 05:43:12 PM
I heard an interview with a American Colonist historian about what was most likely on the menu at the very first Thanksgiving and (get this) the protein was probably not turkey, but likely fish and venison. Well, we live in the woods and see deer all the time, so it seemed appropriate to go a bit more woodsy with our Thanksgiving decor*. For me, that included deer imagery and using my favorite metal: copper.

Individual pieces:

This is just artists and metallic acrylic paints.

This is a professional decorative painters' metallic plaster over acrylic paint.

Now it's time to set these aside and concentrate on the most wonderful time of the year: Halloween!

*We also see wild turkeys all the time, so I have started a small ceramic (and other media) turkey collection for Thanksgiving.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / "Wow. That's A Really Nice Woodshed." on: September 29, 2015 06:47:16 PM
^ That's what I got to hear tonight when we had our first load of firewood delivered. YES!

We heat our house with wood and have had some kind of sketchy storage situations. The former owners had their wood kind of far from the house and stacked on pallets covered with tarps. When we moved it closer, the pallet and tarp situation lost any appeal... it looked terrible right up by the house and is a pain in the butt to deal with with lots of snow, or worse, melted snow that's turned to ice.

In-progress shot:

So, I built this wood shed! I did about 85-90% of the building all by myself! I got 0% help from this dog. Or the other one.

I wrote up a long blog post about this project with lots of photos of most stages as they were completed.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Snow Gauge on the Clothesline... Why Not? on: September 26, 2015 07:57:07 PM

The clothesline that came with our place gets a lot of use between the rainy season and the smoke season and it is commodious to boot! Four lines each about 24' (approximately 8 meters) long! I love that thing, but it was kind of junky looking with it's rusty metal posts and sagging lines. Even though I have pinned all kinds of pretty clotheslines, this one is still super sturdy AND cemented into our hard, hard ground. So, I decided to paint it (green) and then add a snow gauge to one post... using toilet paper and paper towel tubes as stencils!

I haven't replaced the lines and probably won't until spring as I still have many small projects and one BIG one to complete before winter comes to our mountains.

I did a tutorial of sorts on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/09/no-more-snow-beyond-measure-for-us.html
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Seeking Sewing Patterns for Dog Pants for Medium-sized Dogs! on: August 22, 2015 08:17:23 PM
HELP! I can not find a sewing pattern for dog pants for anything but quite small dogs. In terms of dogs, mine are not big, but in terms of dog clothes they are HUGE.

What I am looking for is something workable for slim 60-65 pound pooches, rather long in the leg.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Pupcicles for an Dogust Birthday on: August 17, 2015 08:46:15 PM
My Betty is turning 5 this week, so over the weekend I made some delicious pupcicles (frozen yogurt treats) to celebrate!

I found the recipe from a friend:
3 ripe bananas
1 cup peanut butter (make sure it has no xylitol)
32 oz plain yogurt
Blend together and then pour into ice cube trays or moulds, freeze.
I taste all the dog treats I make since they are all made with human food and these are by far the most flavorful and would probably make a good human treat if you let them soften a bit before chewing. Wink

I decided to this dog bone baking mould I was given for xmas, as well as the sausage shaped mould. The remaining went into an standard ice cube tray.

And special birthday presentation, even though her birthday isn't until Thursday. Her papa will be out of town, so we celebrated early.

Video and such from her actual birthday here: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/08/dogust-birthday-betty-turns-five.html

Here is the post for Betty's first birthday party! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388793.0
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cloth Cocktail Napkins with Mitered Hems on: August 01, 2015 07:53:37 AM

I've been posting various projects from a party styling photo shoot I participated in with a visiting friend who is a party blogger. The theme was Bigfoot's Cryptid Cocktail Hour and I made these cocktail napkins to coordinate with it all.

I was able to use stash from a bit more than half of the materials, so that was GREAT! I figured we'd have plenty of opportunities to use these in real life, so I went ahead and took the extra time to do the mitered hem. I just love it so much.

There are more photos and some details about how to do the mitered hem on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/08/bigfoots-cryptid-cocktail-napkins.html
You can see pics from the party shoot on my friend's blog, Fizzy Party: http://www.fizzyparty.com/2015/07/big-foot-cocktail-party.html
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / "Foot-long" Sandwiches for Bigfoot's Cryptid Cocktail Hour on: July 31, 2015 04:30:33 PM
My friend who is a party blogger visited earlier this month and we styled a party photo shoot on the theme, Bigfoot's Cryptid Cocktail Hour.  We did lots of crafting and creating and such, and of course we had to have happy hour type eats! 

We did 3 types of panini, using a foot-shaped cookie cutter and the good ol' George Foreman Grill as our panini press. We got to use the tier-ed tray I repainted (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434134.0). Since it was just a fake party, we only made 4 of each flavor of sandwich. I think it would've looked especially good had we been able to PILE ON THE SANDWICHES!

Sammies: Chinese BBQ pork w/ mayo; chicken, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzeralla; & turkey, basil, brie.

You can see a bunch more details about the party on my friend blog, Fizzy Party: http://www.fizzyparty.com/2015/07/big-foot-cocktail-party.html

There are some tutorials on a few of the other projects, on my blog, too. (see signature for link)
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Bigfoot's Cryptid Cocktail Hour - Woodsy Etched Rocks Glasses on: July 31, 2015 08:26:12 AM
You can find a lot of things you're searching for at the bottom of a cocktail glass... even Bigfoot!

One of my besties is a party blogger, so of course when she came out for a visit we had to style a party. And because I am a cocktail-drinking-Bigfoot-fan who lives in the woods, that party theme was Bigfoot's Cryptid Cocktail Hour! WOO!  We made lots of things, but my favorite project was etching this set of 4 dollar store rocks glasses.

Mountains, tall pines, and another of my besties: BIGFOOT!

One glass has Bigfoot right there where you can see him on the side, but the rest of them require you to really search for him... he's on the bottom of the glasses!

More details and photos of the project on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/07/bigfoots-cryptid-cocktail-hour.html
and lots of photos of the whole shebang on my friend's blog, Fizzy Party: http://www.fizzyparty.com/2015/07/big-foot-cocktail-party.html
We used pieces created by other craftsters that were given to me over the years!
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