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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Special Easter Outfits for my Beastie Grrrlz! (a litter of pics) on: March 31, 2015 11:41:46 AM


So, there I was going to town on pinterest, pinning all manner of crazy Easter bonnets (etc.) and I got inspired to make a fanciful Easter Bonnet for Betty.  She's pretty game for wearing outfits, especially when there are friends around or she's at work with her papa and evryone is cooing over her.  Roll Eyes  Even though I am trying to work from stash as much as possible this year, I didn't have anything suitable at all. So, except for the thread, wire, pink button and the black elastic, the supplies were bought. Still less that $3 was spent and nothing was left over but another little birdie.

Front:


Back:


And of course, once I saw the hat on her, I had to make her a sweet little peter pan collar with a sweet little button! I had just enough of the perfect material to compliment her bonnet in my stash!  Ditto for thread and button.



And another photo of her in her Easter Finery; this one taken about 1/10th of a second before she had to chase a bird off of the deck.  Hence the looking askance.



Now even though Delia is our little tom boy who thinks pretty outfits are silly and a waste of time, she will agree to wear something special if she can't tell it's anything but a collar. So I made her a sweet little peter pan collar, too! Since she would never tolerate a hat, I added a bow to her collar.  All the materials from this came from my stash, too. WOO!



A closer shot on her:



Delia's peter pan collar not installed.




22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Faux Bois Embossed Chocolate Shortbread St. Patrick's Day Cookies (the usual) on: March 29, 2015 09:21:32 PM


I was so caught up in other projects and life stuff that I forgot to post these. D'oh!



The ManFlesh's office has an Employee Crisis Fund for which they have fundraisers which are sometimes bake sales. I usually try to contribute; this year they held one on St. Patrick's day so I decided to make cookies using my new embossed rolling pin. OoooOooo!



I cut cookies in the organization's acronym & wee shamrocks to bag  and large shamrocks.  After they were baked I dipped on edge into melted white chocolate, then sprinkled on green sugar while it was still soft. I set them on parchment paper and placed them in the refrigerator to solidify.



I put the organization initials and 5 mini shamrocks into cello bags, tied them with green bibbon and set them on a green platter covered with doily.  The large shamrocks in the top photo (i.e. a club from a playing cards set of cookie cutters) went to friends. And then I used the remaining dough to cut some of my favorites just for funsies: the handsaws and rhinos!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ms Cranky Pants: An Irreverent Automaton (Ridiculous Number of Pics) on: March 25, 2015 10:48:13 AM
I made my first foray into the world of making automata for my partner in the Be AWESOME (Redux) Swap!



Step right up, ladies and gentleman! Turn your frown upside down with MS. CRANKY PANTS!





This sign on the front, leads you to a drawer on the right side:



Get it?  "Turn"





The "grins" all have a hole or tube on them somewhere that slides over the wires that come out of the waist of Ms. Cranky Pants!



She has a crank (get it?) on her left side, well on her right side, but the user's left side that moves the wires when turned.  You see, my partner is left-handed.





Here is a little video of the action: http://vid181.photobucket.com/albums/x256/TheMistressTLF/MCP-Video_zpsqytf1lpp.mp4


Ff you're not interested in all the macro shots of all the little details that made me giggle and made me send on the very last day, something I have never done for a swap, then stop now.  It's about to get detailed up in these pants!

The fly and belt buckle, an old button from my recently-"inherited" 4-generation button box.



The belt and belt loops. It just cracked me up to add all the little stitches!



Back pockets:



And the cuffs



Some details on the base:

The back:



The bottom:



The inside of the empty drawer:



And because I just can't stop posting detail shots, the other end of the crank mechanism:



And some of the "grins"



You can see the clear tube on the giraffe's belly that fits over the wires on the waist of Ms. Cranky Pants.

Some wee scissors on top of a stack of various papers... the scissors move!



I also included some of my partner's family photos that I was able to get by contacting her daughters who are also craftsters!  But I didn't want to photograph and put those on the internet w/o permission and I was running out of time to ask, so I actually didn't even get photos of them. Sad

What fun I had! It was fun to have some obvious word play in the project and then I even had some denim-patterned wrapping paper, so I wrapped it in that!  I have also personally committed to working as much from stash as I can and was able to do mostly that here.  I bought the tubing for the "grins," one of the "grins," and the boxes that make up the base and I think that's it!

A few years ago I started tracking the materials and tools I used to make projects, just for funsies. Yes, that's my kind of funsies.  But I didn't keep up with it and let it go for the most part, but this project was so all-over-the-shop that I did it again and thought I'd share:
Wood: beads and dowels; paper: scrapbook, paperboard, TP tube, paper mache, tissue; metal: wire, grommets, eyelets, vintage button; plastic beads; fabric: duck, ticking, vinyl; thread and twine; adhesives: decoupage (MS), hot glue, Quick Grip; ink: sharpie, stamp (x3); embossing powder, paint: red and silver; glaze; coffee and tea, tape: gaffer and painter; 3 kinds of scissors, 2 kinds of "knives," rubber stamps, hand drill and drill bits, punches (and hammer), metal file, leather punch, brushes: paint and adhesive; craft sticks and toothpicks; heat gun and cold air drying rack.

In conclusion, I can't help but make the joke that "This project was pants!"
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Oh Deer! Fabric Bins for Bathroom Storage (3 pics) on: March 03, 2015 09:35:32 AM


By this time of this year I was supposed to be well underway with redoing our main bathroom.  But instead I broke my hand about 7 weeks ago, so I am working more slowly and on smaller parts of the project - the finishing touches are coming first this time!  I decided I wanted fabrics, but didn't find any that were the right size, the right material and the right price so I knew I had to make them.



  The deer material I found online was JUST RIGHT. Perfect colors, perfect pattern.  WOO!  You can see that the easy part of the wallpaper removal is done; the streamer will come out for the rest of that project.  The train rack they're sitting on will be moved out of that corner for the remodel/redecoration.



They are lined with heavy, unbleached cotton duck with a medium weight fusible, washable interfacing inside.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ro-mantis Pants, aka Praying Mantis Valentine Boxer Shorts (like ya do) on: February 14, 2015 12:38:11 PM


Someone showed me this super fun, cross stitch-y looking, Spoonflower print months and months ago and I immediately snapped some up to make boxer shorts for my guy for Valentine's Day.  I have made him dozens of pairs of boxers from fun prints over the years, but these are really something special.



26  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Funky Cheese Madonna on: February 13, 2015 02:17:08 PM
This is perhaps less "cooking" and more "food crafting, but here's where I'm putting it unless someone shows me the right place.   Roll Eyes



On our first overnight trip together, The ManFlesh and I went to the Czech Republic for 3 weeks. (yup) And we drove all over in a little rental car and heard lots of pop music on the radio. One English-language song we heard a lot sounded like "Funky Cheese Madonna," which became one of our jokes-of-the-trip. We learned later the lyric is "she thinks that she's Madonna" in a song called "She's Madonna" by some guy named Robbie something. Soooooo for Valentine's Day I have made Madonnas out of funky cheese, Cambozola which happens to be his fave cheese.



I used a candy mould that I found online, softened the cheese to room temp, then chilled it again before popping them out of the mould.

More details about the process I used on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/02/funky-cheese-madonna-of-how-i-used.html
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ombre Bottle Brush Tree Decoration (a triad of images) on: January 11, 2015 03:52:01 PM
I'm still making bottle brush tree decorations and I don't see me stopping! 



This one is for my mom who has recently remodeled her hall bathroom.  It's mostly neutral colors, including a rusty, reddish brown.  When I did my first ombre tree using the "tan" Rit dye, the colors immediately reminded me of her color scheme.  So I searched out an appropriate base and found this nickel candlestick at the thrift store; all her fixtures are nickel.






28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Indoor Snowball Fight! 3 pics on: January 11, 2015 02:19:59 PM
I saw this on idea on Pinterest in a few places, done a few ways, both handmade and store bought versions.  It's a gift for my SIL's family who has a mountain cabin and two girls 7 and 9 years.



I was able to destash a few things on this project, so YEY!  I used up a big skein of Red Heart yarn, but then had to buy another to get enough "snow balls," 20 seemed about right to me.  I also had the clear vinyl zipper pouch from a set of sheets we bought last year. I always keep those cases for various things. Wink



And then I just printed up a sign using a free font I downloaded from fontempire.com



The first of these I spotted on Pinterest had the snowballs stored in a bucket which I thought was super cute, but since we have to ship our gifts this seemed like a more economical and less-likely-to-be-damaged option.  Also, it will probably be easier for them to store at their cabin.
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Stash Busting, Faux Bois Dog Crate Set - 4 Pics for the 4-legged on: January 07, 2015 10:06:39 AM
I'm trying to organize my life, particularly my craft supplies and workspace. This means working from my stash whenever possible.

The bed in the large dog crate that we keep in the kitchen needed a new cover and I already had some great material for it!   It's left over from a duvet set I made last spring for our guest room and came from Ikea. It's heavy duty and even better, it's a mix of browns and black the colors of dirt and my dogs.



For reasons I won't go into here, my 2 dogs must be kept separated and shouldn't really see each other in the house, so there had been a towel clipped to the side of the crate that faces the rest of the house.  I had just enough material to make a nicer looking drape than was the old blue bath sheet!  It's backed with leftover sheeting material that I had used to back yet another duvet set for yet another guest bed (that one inflatable).  You can kind of see the lining in the photo above



The drape is attached at the top by running binder rings through 1/2" button holes and the wire of the crate.



And here is an action shot. Betty was annoyed that I'd interrupted her nap for a photo shoot and would not look at the camera or look at all pleased or happy.  Dogs, right?

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Faux Bois White Dough Gift Tags on: January 05, 2015 02:12:42 PM
I used a recipe from pinterest to make a whiter version of salt dough that uses corn starch and baking soda to make these gift tags.  I used a wood grain textured mat, then cut the shapes with cookie cutters.

Those with names are for family packages that we've yet to deliver due to postponing our gathering, rubber stamped the names. 



These have pigment ink on them, a few colors all with metallic gold on top.  They'll go in with the wrapping paper to use as "needed."





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