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181  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Slogo The Driving Slug! (World's Most Photos of a Driving Mollusk!) on: August 02, 2009 02:22:17 PM
Yesterday was the 4th annual Adult Pinewood Derby (or was it the 5th?).  Either way it was my second opportunity to hang with the awesome folks who put on and participate in this Extravaganza of Smack Talk!  We did a old-time Circus Freaks theme this year.

The Bailey to my P.T. Barnum is buddy, Sol (The Bearded Beauty).  Photos of us in our costumes will hopefully follow when I can rustle some up.  I wore my big boots and a "cave woman" costume... and finally got to use my big plastic femur as a club.  The posters are photos of people at the race photoshopped into circus freak posters found online.  Those are Sol's handywork.

The back of the tent was set up to allow access to the interior (though I didn't use it that way) and to the lighting controls, disguised as an A/C unit.

Now the STAR OF THE SHOW, Slogo the Driving Slug!  Most of the racers are interested in winning Fastest Car, but for me it's all about the presentation.  Any excuse for a costume is one of my mottoes.  Sadly, Slogo wasn't the slowest... something like 2nd or 3rd slowest.  Regardless, how many other drivers with no eyes and no arms (let alone thumbs) stayed on the track?  

On stage in front of his amazed and adoring fans:

They include adults, kids, a cat, a guy with an axe in his head and a mohawked dude.  There's also a rat running across the floor, but I couldn't get him in the photo AND you couldn't really see him anyway.  Bummer.

See the Driving Slug - UP CLOSE!

Please note the slug trail up and across the back of the mollusk-made vehicle.  Ahem.

The NO sign for Slogo's audience:

No beer, no salt, no slug bait or poison!

The flashing LED bundle in the ceiling:

I hope to get a video of that, because during the display portion of the program (these photos were taken today outside) it was dark and the lights really made the display cooler.

I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out, even though the costume wasn't as much as I would like it to have been and it was HOTTER than 2 rats rutting in a sack in that thing.  The ManFlesh diplomatically described it as "not the most flattering thing I've seen you in" - HA!  Wait'll you see his get up (post coming soon).  Also I was able to keep my New Year's resolution to not buy much in the way of stuff to do this.  All I bought were weights for the car (which  I didn't use and will try to use next year), red paint for the stripes and some kids air-dry clay for the Slogo and the car parts (bumpers, lights, steering wheel).

The ManFlesh's entry:

Last year's fun, Cub Scouting for the Adult Undead:
182  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Varmint Voodoo: Tick Edition (one tiny, blood-sucking pic) on: July 29, 2009 05:29:05 PM
The latest edition to the Varmint Voodoo collection... The Tick!  I've lately learned that a couple of people I know have Lyme Disease and had been thinking about trying to come up with a tick and then a special request put me over the edge into actually doing something about it (you know who you are  Kiss ).

Researching ticks and their anatomy (so I could get the eyes kind of close to where they're eyes actually are) really grossed me out.  I've never seen one in person and I hope I never do.  Dis-gus-ting.
183  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lucha Libre Pez Recon (Foto Grande) on: July 24, 2009 12:22:20 PM

The ManFlesh has had a Lucha Libre mask for about 10 years that he busts out every once in a while for fun.  It's for a Luchador named El Misterioso who's name and persona form a thread through his jokes, costumes and general fun-making.  I stole borrowed the mask so I could make this for him!

All the details, The Dispenser:

The Package, I used the actual cardboard from the original package so the back is accurate:

The original mask:

The original package:

He loved it and put it on display!  Wouldn't dare open it!

184  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Your Sister's Rack (Refinished Pot Rack) on: June 26, 2009 11:03:00 AM
My most recent client is The ManFlesh's sister who had purchased a used pot rack in need of refinishing (not so much "reconstructed") before she could install it in her lovely early 20th century home.  She let it sit around for awhile before giving up and hiring a professional - me!

Before-ish (I didn't remember to take a photo until I'd started sanding.  It all looked pretty much like the hooks look in this shot):

After shots:

Layers of metallic paint and shimmery decorative "plaster" over a proper primer, of course.  I hope to get an action shot when it's installed.  She's runs a business and has 2 little kids (and one big kid/husband) so it might take awhile.   Wink
185  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A little a bithday gift topper (representations of plant genitalia) on: May 13, 2009 12:58:51 PM
I went to put this in the Occasions and Holidays section, but since it's to decorate a birthday gift package there wasn't a correct section.  This is the second time I've crafted something to decorate a present with and couldn't put it under Occasions and Holidays. Slow on the uptake, I guess.  I don't feel like it really belongs in Needlework, but that's what I came up with.

So it's several layers of white muslin circles with scalloped edges and a bunch of French knots holding it together. I used 6 strands of floss to make them plump and nubbly.
186  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bad-mouthed Beatrix Potter Embroidery (lots of pics, one cuss word) on: April 30, 2009 07:03:32 PM
This is for a long-time friend of mine who has cancer... again. It's back, it's mean, it's going to be with her forever as she lives in and out of remission. And live she will; I don't know anyone tougher than she.

It's stretched over stretchers designed for artists' canvas.

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A closer look at the stitches:
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I covered the back (which is a mess - you can tell I've never stretched canvas before) with unbleached muslin that I personalized and then covered the edges with this wide twill tape I had laying around and attached a hanger.

A closer look at the teeny tiny stitches that I did in the car. I didn't get any blood on it at all!

I used gimp from my stash to add a touch to the edge and a black upholstery nail to finish it off.

A close-up of the text, because who doesn't want a closer look at embroidered cussin'?

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Firsts for me on this project:  mixing floss colors on the needle (is there a term for this?), split stitch, stretching across stretcher bars, playing with toile, crafting a cuss word and using the mature img feature here.  Wink

And finally the before picture of this portion of the Beatrix Potter toile:

UPDATE: I gave it to her today (May 14) and I think she really liked it!  At the very least she liked that I made her something.  Whew!
187  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Altered & New Scrapbook: Argentina & Environs ( pic heavy" is an understatement) on: April 12, 2009 06:09:13 PM
I guess I didn't expect to ever find myself in the Scrapbook Forum, but here I am.  Woo!  I recently spent about 3 weeks in NE Argentina and SW Uruguay and made this book while there, finishing up after arriving home. I had found the vintage Auto Bingo card at the thrift store just a few days before PhizzyChick posted this wonderful work of creativity: www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic= 270914.msg3058163 which inspired me to use it for the cover. I made the back with book board and cut pages from cardstock I had on hand and after using pigment ink stamp pads to color the pages, bound it with my Bind-It-All.

I loved finding the wee things for those windows, less than an inch square. Part of the fun was trying to find things for the existing words, part of the fun was ignoring them. I bound it at the top to reflect how Argentina (our only planned destination) is a long, rather than wide country.

Inside Cover

The couple looks very roughly like me and The ManFlesh and he found them for me, so it was fun to include his contributions, too.

Day 5

The first few days of the trip were less activity-intense as The ManFlesh had a stomach flu, but after that each day got it's own spread.

Day 7 Close-up

I was able to find something to put at each of the towns we stopped in.  It took some serious stompin and poundin to flatten that cap w/o tools.

Day 14

This one was harder to get together, but after digging through the collected ephemera and detritus I was able to get enough things to tell the story of that days highlights. I was so excited to realize these swizzle sticks I'd saved looked like oars and would be a great addition to tell of our canoe/kayak trip on the Rio Parana.

Day 20

This is one of my favorite spreads because I was aple to tell the story of The ManFlesh realizing he'd left his visa at the restaurant at the Jardin Japones when we went to pay for our snack outside the Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo and our walk back to get it. Also it shows the local guys we met through his uncle who helped give us a look at typical Buenos Aires night life.  It's about 7" wide and open almost 15" long, so my scanner couldn't handle the inside images. I think the camera shots are better than the covers, which I scanned. Bummer.

Day 22 and Inside Back Cover

Our last day started as we arrived in Houston for our layover. Between our houses we passed Baja Fresh and decided we needed to partake in some spicy food - something not easy to find in Argentina and then we went to pick up The ManFlesh's dog. Left over postcard postage added some color to the map on the inside back cover. The ink jet printer photo has discolored the little strip of paper I glued there that said "Thank you for your preference" that I cut off an ATM receipt.  Lesson learned there.

Back Cover

Oh, how I love carpinchos now!

If you've made it this far, THANK YOU! The whole entire thing is posted in my flickr if you haven't suffered enough:

188  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The Adventures of Bigfoot: NE Argentina & SW Uruguay (5 pics) on: March 29, 2009 07:32:50 PM
I wouldn't call my photos of Bigfoot "art", but this is where I understand photos to go. I know people who make art with their cameras and I know this ain't it, but it "gives me happy" to make them, as I like to say, so I make them when I travel locally and abroad and sometimes just around town.  I've been doing it for about 2 years.

These are in Uruguay:

These are in Argentina:

The rest of the collection from this trip can be seen here if you're interested:
189  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Varmint Voodoo: Loud-mouthed Jerk Edition on: February 18, 2009 04:23:19 PM
This Varmint Voodoo doll is for those situations when you have to tolerate a Loud-mouth Jerk. The neighbor, friend-of-a-friend, sibling, in-law, ex-boyfriend/husband, baby-daddy, co-worker, boss, supplier, vendor, distant (and not-so-distant) relative, coach, board member, client, etc. that is in your life and, at least for now, there's nothing you can do about it. No real or imagined hexes have been placed on Varmint Voodoo dolls, but dang if you dont feel a little better after poking one with a pin* (three included).

Approx: 5 x 3.5 x 1.75; its just the right size for humanely (and legally) taking out your frustrations with your particular jerk!

I'm looking for an appropriate female image, too. 
190  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Flat-pack Tiny House (1st paper project) - Shameful number of pics on: February 04, 2009 08:24:44 PM
My first paper craft - at least, I think it's a paper craft - for the Tiny House Swap.  It's decoupage on balsa wood using sheet music (actually music lesson exercises), book parts, ink-jet printed clip art, Velcro and magnets. As I was preparing to pack it up the "hinges" started failing and in my attempts to fix it w/o changing the basic look a couple of other images were added, but I didn't take pics.  Ultimately I used clear packing tape to reinforce the whole thing.  I thought that the layers of Mod Podge would have made the paper strong enough to crease a bit, but it didn't make it strong enough to crease as many times as I'd done. I'm just glad it happened here and not at my partner's house! Undecided Anyway, any advice from the tremendously skilled paper craftsters will be much appreciated!

Front and back:

Couple of inside views:

Under the roof and the fasteners:

The flat-pack views:

A view for scale:

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