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171  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / "Pimp Chalices" for the "Out-laws" on: December 23, 2011 07:23:38 AM
These chalices are Christmas gifts for The ManFlesh's sister and her husband.

The applied a variegated "gold" leaf to the outside of the bowl and the bottom of the, uh, bottom.  Then decoupaged an initial I printed up on gold paper on to the bowl.

Then I gave the leafed areas two excruciating coats of liquid resin then glued gems around the top and where the resin seam is at the top of the stem.

One neat thing about gilding glass is that you get to see the "gold" from both sides.  In the right light (sadly, not this light) the inside glows like some kind of movies FX!

And since these are supposed to be over-the-top extravagant, a velvety bag is a must!  I had wanted to find a nice box in the correct size to wrap them in, but waiting to close the Christmas to shop for them and all our local paper stores were out!  So I settled for dollar store wine-sized gift bags.

One more pic of the whole shebang, from a different angle.

I made these based on this project from a couple years ago.  Of course, The ManFlesh's was more elaborate since he's my special fella and all.   Kiss

172  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Childhood Photo Magnetic Bookmark on: December 23, 2011 07:04:09 AM
Now that I'm all grown up I just exchange small gifts with my uncle at Christmas time.  Since he's a HUGE fan of books, I thought "how about a bookmark?"  So I sat down with mom (his baby sister) and her photo albums and found this photo taken of the 2 of them on the first day of school.

I scanned it and printed out 2 in the same size.  I cut around the two of them on one and attached it to have paper with some clear plastic in between.  Then I added a  metal washer to the back.

I attached the other photo to a magnet sheet designed to cover a heating/cooling vent that's only magnetic on one side, sandwiching the other side of the clear plastic between. 

173  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Vintage Visit with Santa: A Picture Pillow for Mom on: December 22, 2011 08:32:27 AM
My good friend, Pam, had a great idea for making a pillow using a photo from holidays past and when I came upon this photo of my mom visiting Santa way back when, I knew I had to copy her! 

I finally found a project worthy of using some of the vintage trims I'd collected but could never bring myself to use like this teeny, tiny gingham single-fold bias tape.

I'm pretty pleased with how the mitered corners turned out.  When I went to the button bin (that started with my great-great grandmother's buttons) to find a green or red button I came upon this vintage ceramic green and white checked button!  It was meant to be!

Just before I learned about this idea from Pam, I picked up this adorable, vintage double-fold bias tape at an antique mall.  I got so excited when I decided to make a cording out of it!

Lastly, I found a gingham print that's diagonal to back it with that's in a vintage-y colored green!

This gift will be wrapped up and labeled "For Grandma, Love Betty & Delia" who are our 2 pups whose Christmas collars will be covered in the same green gingham with a vintage, red rick rack detail.  SO CUTE!
174  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mom's Stay-at-home Stocking! on: December 22, 2011 08:16:12 AM
Every year I pick up my mom's stocking to bring home so Santa can fill it at my house.  But that leaves mom w/o a stocking to decorate her mantle which is no good.  No good at all.  So, I made her this one to hang by her chimney with care.  

It's all vinyl (lined with felt), with metal grommets and a real shoe lace that's embellished with snowflake decorations.

Of course Santa will sneak a little something into this stocking, too.  After all, my mom has been on the nice list for YEARS.

This year it's hung by my chimney with care with my pups' new stockings and those I made for me and The ManFlesh in years past.

175  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Christmas Stockings for My Beastie Grrrlz! on: December 22, 2011 08:08:45 AM
Our pets are our babies, so of course they get visited by Santa Paws.  Last year they shared an extra stocking we had, but this year they have stockings made just for them!  

I make covers for their collars (Collar Cozies) so I used some oops materials from that and a little collar-like buckle to top them.

Close-up of the short nap faux fur paw and the vinyl pads.

Hung by the chimney with care... and the other stockings I've made for me, The ManFlesh and mom (ice skate).

My pups are mostly black with brindle markings, but I learned WAY too late that I couldn't bleach brindle out of the faux fur (since it's essentially plastic).  When I posted a query on the Fiber Board, feltingirl offered the suggestion of using a felting needle to add the color of fur I was hoping to get from bleaching.  I didn't have time to do that for this year, but I may try it for next year.

176  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Removing Color from Mystery Manmade Fiber Fur - HELP! on: December 16, 2011 05:10:42 PM
I have a very short nap faux fur in black that I would like to make brindle.  I had assumed I could just use a chlorine bleach pin and it would "stain" to a warm brown.  I was wrong.  It didn't change AT ALL.  I also tried a applying the RIT Color Remover with a cotton swab and a paint brush - nothing.  Finally I tried masking off part of it and spraying it with straight chlorine bleach.  If there is any difference it's so subtle as to not matter.  Any ideas, suggestion, advice would be soooo appreciated.

The idea is to have it look similar to the legs on the bigger dog in this picture.
177  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Reconned Advent Calendar - From Dull & Broken To Sparkly & Whole! on: November 25, 2011 07:26:02 AM

I love advent calendars, the reusable kind.  Six or seven years ago I pulled this "beauty" out of the Goodwill bins (had to hunt to find all the drawers, doors and top) thinking I'd fix it up.  And I finally did as a gift for a dear friend!

Detail of the faux bois paper "veneer" on the door and sides and the bead knobs:

What's inside?  Sparkles!

Close up of the drawers with their glittery paper in 3 colors on the drawer fronts, "crystal" glitter snow ball knobs and pearl-painted polymer clay numbers (1-24).  Each drawer has an item with which to decorate the tree and a chocolate.

Drawer 1 contains this pearlized snowflake garland:

Drawers 2 - 22 have little ornaments, no 2 exactly alike.

Drawer 23 has this little tree skirt made from layers of blue and white glitter tulle and silver rick rack:

Installed on the tree; you can see the glitter felt "snow" on the top and the little snow ball fringe:

Drawer 24 had the star for the top!

And finally the back, covered with scrapbook paper:

Close up of the paper:

178  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Demon Dog Costume on: October 31, 2011 08:12:04 PM
I bought Betty (age 14 months) some horns at Goodwill a few months ago. They needed a longer elastic, so I hung them on the door knob to the sewing room (bedroom, really) so I could take them up to fix. Later I found them (well, not longer them, just it) chewed and spread around the living room.

So, late this afternoon I used some other horns from the costume stash and the remnants from Satan's Throne upholstery to make her this Devil Disguise...although it turns out it's really more a part of her true nature than a disguise. Which is probably a contributing factor in her not really minding wearing the head piece.

The cape just slides over her collar; the cape's collar laid down, unfortunately - that's what you get for waiting until the last minute.

This last picture isn't so much a representation of her costume as a representation of what it's like to try to take a picture of Betty in her costume.

179  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Human Butchery Worker on: October 31, 2011 08:03:38 PM
I generally don't wear my official Halloween Costume on Halloween night when I'm home for trick or treaters.  Historically, I've cobbled together something last minute using props and various things from the costume box.  This year we had a party () and decorated the kitchen as a "Chop Shop" so I used things from there, plus a little red hairspray to come up with this.

As you can see, the puppy is not impressed.  I hope that the purple fleece socks don't distract from the gore now that the sun is down.
180  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Hellacious Halloween Costume Bash (Wickedly Pic Heavy) on: October 31, 2011 02:20:56 PM
A girlfriend of mine just happens to have a similar collection of Halloween decorations and enthusiasm for the holiday, so we conspired to co-host a party at my house this year.  We plotted over the last several months and spent hours and hours over the last few weeks planning, making, and setting up.  My photos are all from 4 hours before the party and a bit incomplete in content and number as well as taken in full light.  I hope to add hers later.

The entry hall was a spider cave, but I didn't get a good shot... except of the bones and wire on the bench:

This GIMOUNGUS specimen was making her way out into the living room

Working our way around the living room and the alcove off of it at the front of the house:

The ratty "curtains" were down for the party (up for the puppy who went for a sleepover at her cousin's house).

The mantle, I didn't get close-ups, but I hope my partner in crime did:

The piano:

Close up:

Living room light fixture, you can't see them but there are various plastic spiders in the glass and at night with the light on a dim setting, it was a nice touch.

In the dining room we had bats leaking out from the bat cave (hallway) and family (hologram) portraits on the plate rail.

Of course, The ManFlesh's costume was on him, rather than the hanger in the corner for the actual party.

The food table before the food; the baby is light activated and growls with it's eyes lighting up.  People had to reach past it to get to the deviled eggs.

Looking from the dining room into the bat cave (at the bathroom door); there was a black like in there.

Turn right as you want into the hallway and you see this big fella; who was strung up to the doorknob on the bathroom door so it would raise and lower when people went in and out.

Bathroom door:

View through the door:

We had much dimmer lighting in there for the party, or course, and no sunlight coming through the windows.

The commode vignette:

You can't see the blood dripping copiously from the tank lid.

The specimen collection:

A few favorites including the guy who ignored the No Solicitors sign and eyeballs of LaCross Team '06:

The pet/captive animated hand; sound activated so it would wriggle and crackle when the seat was put up or down.

(that project posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390043.0)

Dollar store bloody hands window clings and cut up "bloody cloths" on the window:

Most "bloody cloths" to replace the shower curtains:

Used paint and fake blood on an old bathmat and hand towel:

(thought the baby shampoo was more creepy to leave in there)

On the opposite side of the dining room the alcove was turned into Satan's Throne room for our Pictures with Satan photo booth - you know, "Satan" is an anagram of "Santa" and all:

That's a separate post that I added pics from the party too just today!

Looking from the dining room into the kitchen which my co-hostess suggested be a "chop shop" and then I went to town distributing our fake body parts and bones around:

Dog dishes and trashcan moved for the party.

Looking the other way:

Blood dripping down the stove:

Stove area:

There was a human heart in the pan for the party:

Bsonlytoots saved my bacon by making me the human butcher charts!

Every time I came upon a potentially creepy tool in my tool boxes I'd set it aside:

The Tattoo Removal Station:


Chains and a bloody dishtowel on the fridge:

Apron hung on the back of the basement door, bloodied with craft paint:

Chopsaw by the back door leading to the cemetery (sign over the door) where the beverages were and where we had a smoking area:

I don't have pics of the beverage area or cemetery (yet) but I do have a shot of my Jilted Bride prop using my mom's wedding dress and an altered store bought prop (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390038.0)

I'm proud to say people admitted to being freaked out by this one.

Finally, a little humor on the butt can for the smoking area:

If you've made this far without dying of boredom: THANKS!  I'm already planning what new props & haunts I'll do for 2013 (I'm way too tired to do this every year)
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