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211  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / More Playing Card Mini-notebooks - Disney on: September 13, 2008 04:24:02 PM
I do get on a kick and now I see playing- and game cards in terms of their potential for mini notebooks.  I've run out of reclaimed notebook paper, though and it's a crummy time to find school supplies at the thrift store since school just started here. So, it'll be a little bit before I can do more - and I do have more styles of thrifted cards, believe me.


212  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Take Note! More wee notebooks made with the Bind-It-All on: September 10, 2008 07:55:02 PM
Well after the attention my obscene, adult-themed notebooks (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267899.0) received here, I decided to make some other types so that I have a broader selection and am not known ONLY as the nekkid fella card book lady person.  I found some other graphically interesting playing-type cards at the thrift shop (unopened!) and made a few more. 

4 books ready to go:

The inside cover:

There are about 20 sheets/40 pages of reclaimed notebook paper inside with a white card stock back cover.  I'm trying to make projects that I can complete w/o buying anything new or anything at all, if I can, so this is fun. It's all pre-owned except the wire binding; the card stock was left over from a class I taught a couple summers ago.
213  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Obscene Bind-It-All Project on: September 08, 2008 05:39:14 PM
So I was in a swap with a partner who collected Joker player cards and I went about finding all the jokers I could.  One way I did that was by visiting the by-the-pound bins at the Goodwill Outlet store where you can find many open decks of cards - sometimes so open that they're out of the box and spread out all over.  So I'd look through those as well as open boxes (not those still sealed) of cards for jokers.  I came upon a box that wasn't just your Hoyle or Bicycle deck, but rather looked like maybe a Professional Wrestler or Chippendale's dancers deck.  Would it have a joker?  I opened the box and what to you know, I can see from the top corner that there is a joker with a photo!  I pull out the card and WHOA!  THAT'S NO WRESTLER, BUT HE SURE IS HAPPY TO SEE ME! Yikes!  I jammed that card back in, looked around (likely blushing and eyes wide in panic) and then decided... hell, why not they'll be less than a buck.  AND since I was shopping for mini-whimsies I'd brought a ziplock to put my selections in so they wouldn't slip through the holes of my cart so it would just blend in with my game pieces and single earrings.   

I didn't send that joker to my partner, but did tell her about it after the fact with an offer to send it.  I like to do the surprise thing with swaps and didn't think that would be an appropriate surprise considering we didn't know each other.  She didn't reply that she wanted it, but I found another craftster who appreciated him (you know who you are).

I decided to craft with them, even though it was a "full deck".  Well, literally, too.  The ManFlesh won't play cards with them (I did have a little fun sneaking them into a cribbage game though - tee hee) and honestly they're like a car wreck to me, I can't help but look, but I can't help but turn away either.

Shoot!  I just realized that Photobucket may kill this photo.  We'll see, I guess.  The penises are pixelated, but I seem to remember them killing a boobie cake (which barely (heh) look like actual human breasts).  I feel even naughtier now! I changed the pic to be more modest, by replacing the pixelated genitals with a "fig leaf", by which I mean a wiener.

Oh, yeah!  They're mini notebooks that are handy to have in one's handbag for info you want to keep with you (window sizes for when you find just the right fabric for curtains, etc.) or quick notes (the website for a product you see at the store and that kind of thing) and I used thrifted notebook paper and my Bind-It-All to make them. They have a card stock back cover.
214  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / There's something about a man half-out of uniform. (5 pics of shirtless firemen) on: August 30, 2008 07:09:31 PM
More Hot Dishes!  What can I say, I get on a kick - it's my way.  I was encouraged to try to sell them, so I thought it would be fun to come up with names for each of the fellas.  As I pondered what to name them, I noticed that one had the initial of The ManFlesh on his helmet so I thought I could name him after my fella.  So, then I was looking at the other 3 and trying to come up with names when I realized that my guy runs with 3 other guys and thought, "why not name them after The Dudes?"  Well, since none of The Dudes really look like these guys, I decided to change all the names to names that rhyme with The Dudes names!  For some reason this tickles me to no end. 

Now that you've (maybe) read all that, let me introduce to you (in no particular order)...





They're backed with ironing board cover fabric that is heat-resistant and have a layer of 90% cotton batting also.

The back:

Thanks for taking a gander!
215  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Great Green Gobs of Greasy, Grimy Gopher Guts! on: August 29, 2008 03:49:20 PM
Well, at least this new Varmint Voodoo doll was for a special order and not just to feed my it's-not-an-obsession-it's-an-interest.  I made an extra, too.

I present to you Varmint Voodoo: Gopher Edition!

And his sinister little face:

I hope this takes care of the problem it was ordered to rectify!  I've heard back that both the Flea Edition and Cockroach Edition have helped rid their owners of their vermin.
216  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sweet Music Onesie on: August 26, 2008 10:35:36 AM
A friend I used to work with is having a baby with his wife next month.  I'm not in the invited-to-the-shower category of friends, but I feel sort of sisterly towards him and think his wife is awesome so I wanted to give them a little something for their daughter.

The birdy is a button, the flowers are some vintage trim (that had been used in my room as a toddler in the mid-70s).

I don't really have a sense of mom's style, so hopefully it's girlie enough and not too girlie.  I'm just popping it into the mail - hoping the unexpectedness of it will also be pleasing to them.
217  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Enough with the Varmint Voodoo already! Pah! on: August 25, 2008 05:12:18 PM
More Varmint Voodoo dolls.  First a gull for those living on coasts full- or part-time or near landfills and large parking lots.

Here's the schpiel that describes them:
Varmint Voodoo dolls are for those times when you have tried every humane thing you can think of to rid your yard, garden, home and life of these creatures, but are still plagued by them. 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: 2.25 x 6 x 1.5; its just the right size for humanely taking out your frustrations with your particular varmint(s)! This is a toy for grown-ups only; kids and pets already have enough toys. Watch out; pins are sharp!

Then a custom order for a "reptile".  I know that chameleons aren't generally pests, but this guy just looks right with the evil red eye and sinister grimace.

Thanks for looking!
218  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Olive the Other Reindeer. Or something. on: August 09, 2008 05:17:12 PM
So, I showed The ManFlesh a thing called a Pet Peek and he had to have it.  After his new-ish fence was stained, the peek was installed.  Once I saw it installed I thought "Wreath!" and decided to make one hoping to get a picture of his dog, Olive, peeking through the wreath as a gift for xmas.  But, I decided to tell him about it so it won't be a surprise and I like my gifts to be surprises. 

The ManFlesh and his ex co-parent Olive and she'll be returning to mom's in another state next week, so the pressure was on.  We'll have to try again to get good shots, because the sun was too far in the west and glared off the peek.  I had to share anyway, because making that wreath was a pain in the arse.

Blooper shot:

Pay no attention to the man behind the fence.
219  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Patron Saint of Dogs Playing Poker on: July 31, 2008 03:22:46 PM
I've a friend having a birthday party BBQ this weekend. We're not close and haven't talked much in the past few years, but I hate going empty handed so I whipped this up.  He lives in an old church and enjoys kitsch-y religious "art" and well, who doesn't like dogs playing poker?

A candle blank from a local department store with fabric glued to it.

Hopefully you get the idea from the 4 shots of the round candle.

The match box I covered to go with it:

I hope he thinks it's funny.  I do!

Thanks for having a peek!
220  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cub Scouting for the Adult Undead (pics like crazy) on: July 30, 2008 05:35:06 PM
So, I was invited to an Adult Pinewood Derby that is based on the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, but WAY more fun!  For one, it's all grown-ups so you're on your own for self-esteem and crap like that.  Wink  For two, there is a Presentation category which included costumes, dioramas and even multi-media presentations.  For three, there it is potluck food and booze. Which brings us to four, which is good-natured trash talk and high-quality sass.

So this is the 3rd or 4th annual, but my first.  I was invited to be the partner of a friend of a friend of the host who'd been before, but not competed.  Most people had 3 months to come up with their cars and presentations, I had 2 weeks notice w/ less than one week to work on the car.  You will see how that came into play.

So, when I was telling The ManFlesh about it I kept calling it the "Pinebox Derby" so the idea of a coffin was born from that and a vampire/cemetery theme arose.

The top of the diorama with a view of the coffin car:

A fuller view of the front of the diorama:

The sides are vintage paper placemats with print outs of anatomical drawings of a human begging for mercy from the 15th century or so.

The back with other anatomical drawings (ostrich and monkey/ape):

The headstone:

View down the open grave:

That's a mirror under the car, so when the car was out and the competition looks down in there they would see themselves. Bwahahaha!

Close-up of the grave-side floral wreath:

A mirror in that, too and a crucifix necklace from a Snoop Dawg action figure (yes, really).

Costumes were a little more low-key.  Neither of us could get excited about wearing lots of black clothes or heavy make-up for mid-day outdoor event in July. So, it was black summer shirts, some kind of scout-ish shorts/skort, fire boots from him with a scout neckerchief and black sandals for me with a black umbrella that I scavenged and made into a creepy parasol.  We did a light white make up (mine lighter than his, because he doesn't know how to apply make up), black and read lipsticks, lots of black eye-make up on me, some on him, plus he got black spray-on hair color.

Together before getting in the hearse, I mean Honda, to go to the derby:

The sun was super bright and right in our eyes.  Most of the day we wore sunglasses worked fine with the costumes.

Just me with a pretty good shot of the parasol:

I hand-sewed inexpensive fringe to the edge.  The top finial was missing, so I just stuck a dollar store raven on there by poking its feet wires through the fabric and twisting them around the frame.
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