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191  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hello Carpincho! (A Soft Brooch of Capybara Goodness) on: January 16, 2010 05:10:54 PM
When I went to Argentina in Feb/March of 2009 I fell in love with carpinchos which is the Spanish word for capybaras and what I prefer to call them.  I've a clip art book of thousands of images of thousands of animals and scanned it to make this image which is printed on the same fabric for ink-jet printers that I use to make my Varmint Voodoo dolls.  I had some extra space on a sheet of that fabric when making a special order and decided to fill it with carpinchos instead of waste it. They then sat in my craft room waiting to be made into something for months ... this is the first carpincho project from those print outs.

Hello Carpincho Brooch, front:

The Guarani (indigenous people of the region) word for these animals means "master of grasses" so that's why there is some grass embroidered on the bottom.  Their Latin name means "water pig" which doesn't reflect their majestic nature nearly as well as "master of grasses."  Also, even though the look quite a bit like a pig crossed with a beaver, they are actually the world's largest rodent.

Hello Carpincho Brooch, back:

Hello Carpincho Brooch. action shot on my purse strap.

This is my first attempt at a soft/plush brooch type craft and I'm not entirely pleased with how it turned out, but the carpinchoiness of it makes up the difference for me.   Kiss

Thanks for looking!
192  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Bingo Book for Local-ish Adventures on: January 06, 2010 04:50:35 PM
I was inspired to make this (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=300812.0) by Phizzychick's book linked in my original post.  While chatting with someone at a holiday gathering last December, I realized that the only craft I made for myself this year was that scrapbook and that January, as my birthday month, would be dedicated to crafting the things for me that never seem to get crafted. Also, in 2009 I wished on multiple occasions over the last year that I had a scrapbook to document my local "adventures." 

Front Cover:

Some interior pages, mostly taken from old damaged books from the Goodwill bins. I think making a collage or assemblage of my local-ish "adventures" on printed pages will be even a bigger challenge for me than making a collage or assemblange on a plain page:

The short, swirly page is left over from the other book.  I used all the remainders in there.

Back cover:

The inside front cover is black/white hounds-tooth scrapbook paper, so the gingham calls back to that.  I left the inside back cover blank for gluing stuff.  I'm really excited about altering the cover, fill in those little windows, etc.

Ok, adventure... it's time to find me.
193  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Floral Mask on: January 01, 2010 01:03:55 PM
I've a friend who collects masks for whom I wanted to make one for awhile, but an idea of something somewhat easy and inexpensive to do didn't come to me until this autumn when I thought to combine his love of flowers with the mask and make this.

The petals are from Ikea, the mask blank is just an inexpensive plastic one from the craft store, the black beads are from my stash.  Just used a quick-drying, clear craft glue to attach everything.  There's hanging hardware attached to the back so he can display it on his wall with his others.
194  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Squirrels vs. Alien Robot Invaders Toile Embroidery (many pics) on: December 24, 2009 11:16:51 AM

It was requested that I make this by one friend for another, mutual friend in a far off land and I was so honored to be asked.  It has finally been received and so graciously acknowledged that I can post it here.

Of course, this is a second of this one I did for the Good Cause Challenge, but "quilted" rather than mounted on stretchers.

I made the bias tape myself (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318475.0) to use for this project (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318664.0) and was so glad I had plenty left over for this, because I love how the diagonal stripes are reminiscent of the static on old TVs which kind of ties in with the original War of the Worlds radio broadcast...  but only because they are both old-timey.   Kiss

There are little rings sewn to the back along the top to hang it with.

For some reason I had extra fun free-handing the "signature" on this.

I used satin stitch, back stitch, split stitch and French knots and 1-3 strands. I've received a lovely note from the recipient and believe it was well-received.  YEY!

195  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Block Puzzles For All The Kiddos on: December 19, 2009 06:13:02 PM
I saw this topic (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=322249.0) way back when and decided to do make something similar for all the 5-and-under kiddos in my circle and for The ManFlesh's nieces.  I mostly used old, damaged books for the images (Richard Scarry, a photo encyclopedia and a 1950s book about the Music of Romance) and then a few bits of clip art for initials and the dino.

A sampling of the 5 sets:


Then I made little drawstring bags out of scrap fabric from my stash for each set.

196  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Sparkly Vintage Wreath on: December 16, 2009 04:42:51 PM
I made this wreath for a girlfriend for xmas.  The tinsel, deer and paper for the holly leaves are vintage finds. 

I glitter-fied the reindeer and pulled apart some floral dept. stems for the berries. 

The glitter is transperant enough that the red details of the vintage reindeer show through, but not the slipshod way they were applied originally.  Smiley

197  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Snuggie For That Special Someone (anatomical content, not graphic) on: December 16, 2009 04:29:48 PM
The ManFlesh and I were discussing Snuggies the other day, because he'd seen the Snuggie for Dogs at the pharmacy when filling a prescription for me.  That was the same day I learned I had shingles and was up late, late at night in a pain medication-induced, insomniac stupor (or really more of a goofor).  I decided to make him a Wiener Snuggie (for his penis).

It's modeled on a pair of socks, because I figure if pillows can model corsets, socks can model wiener snuggies.  

You can tell this thing was put together on a lark in the middle of the night in a pain medication state of mind.  Let me tell you, it's hard to make one of these things without a model (no matter how familiar you are with said wiener) and the last thing you want to do is come at your man with a tape measure and no explanation why.  

P.S. this middle-of-the-night crafting session inspired me to start this topic about crafting when you should be sleeping in the Friends of Craftster section:
198  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / iChoc, do you? on: December 13, 2009 01:27:02 PM
This will be the first Christmas that I know ahead of time that I'll be seeing The ManFlesh's mom on Christmas and even though I don't know her very well, I really like her and wanted to make her a little gift.  I do know that she has a bit of a chocolate dependency, shall we say.  Wink  She actually has a drawer in her kitchen for storing just chocolate.  At one time I saw a tea wallet here on craftster and thought I'd do that for her, than realized it's just The ManFlesh and his sister that like tea, SHE likes [understatement] chocolate.

Various mental incarnations of the wallet ensued, then I had the bright idea to model the look on an Apple laptop. 

I really wanted it to zip and was guessing on zipper length when at the store.   I should've gone a couple inches longer and will if I do this again, which I think I will for another gift this year.

Loaded with the Chocware Sweet (get it?  like suite?).  It'll fit a variety of sizes and I think I will get a few more pieces to really fill it out.

Boring interior shot showing the lining fabric along with the elastic and how it's sewn down.

Thanks for looking!
199  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Cracked Pots needs artists using recycled items for 2nd Annual UnGarden Art Show on: December 10, 2009 06:51:31 PM

2nd Annual UnGarden Art Show
Saturday, March 6, 2010
McMenamins Grand Lodge
Forest Grove, Oregon
10am until 6pm

Our 2009 UnGarden show was a great success! We are planning to expand and double the number of artists showing their work created from recycled materials in our 2010 show. Are we looking for you?

If you are doing some exciting, new, wonderful work using recycled and/or reused materials, we would like to take a look at your art.

All art shown in Cracked Pots shows must be accepted through the jurying process.

The Jury date for UnGarden Art is Wednesday evening, January 27th, 2010

UnGarden Art is defined as art that is designed for use indoors or for personal use. All art must be made from 75% recycled/re-used materials. Some possibilities:

Wall hangings    Small sculptures    Kitchen items    Table lamps    Clocks    Handbags    Hats    Books or journals    Collages    Toys    Small furniture    Scarves or other wearables    Shrines    Jewelry   Storage boxes    Mobiles    Picture Frames        Rugs, Etc., Etc

Show details:
   intimate settings with fireplaces and comfy seating
   event is free to the public and advertised by McMenamins and Cracked Pots
   $35 entry fee plus 20% sales commission
   art must be made from at least 75% recycled/reused material
   we prefer small art pieces as space is limited

To apply: Please complete the Artist Information Summary along with 3 - 5 photos representative of your UnGarden art (jpegs in low-res, i.e., smallish file size) (http://www.crackedpots.org/apply.html)
To: ungardenjury@crackedpots.org

                  Last date to apply is January 18. Dont delay, apply now!

TheMistressT is not directly associated with Cracked Pots, so use their website to contact them with questions.
200  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Book Safes for Vices on: December 07, 2009 10:50:22 PM
So, I wanted to give The ManFlesh's super nice sister and brother-in-law gifts this Christmas, but I don't know them that well and they can buy anything they want, pretty much.  So I was poking around the internet and found for sale a book safe with a flask in it and thought that might do the trick for the brother-in-law.

For the humor of irony, it's a religious book, but not a sacred text. 

Being that the brother-in-law is named John, I was able to find a page with a section title referring to "John's Revelation" and used that to line the bottom of the cavity.

While searching around I came upon the idea of using a book safe to hide chocolate and that's perfect for The ManFlesh's sister who, like their mom, always has some chocolate around.  I wanted to be able to put more than a single bar in there, so it's a bigger book, an "Encyclopedia of Modern Art" of some sort and has this cool cover.

Two cavities in there cut to fit 2 sizes of chocolate bars. 

I made this one first and it was probably a mistake as the thickness of it was a real challenge and maybe with more experience I'd have been able to keep it neater.

These will be the first gifts we've ever given together and I feel honored he'd trust me to make something for his family that's from him, too.   Smiley
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