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221  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Hostess Gift on: October 26, 2008 01:37:21 PM
So last year I came up with the idea that instead of bringing the hostess/host a bottle of wine when attending a party, I'd try to bring some "gourmet" mixer for her/him..  Not long after coming to that conclusion The ManFlesh was telling me about his "famous Bloody Mary mix" and I thought that would be a good homemade version of the mixer idea.  And then I did nothing about it... until yesterday.

We were invited to a great costume party and I wanted to take them something to enjoy the day after the party (or whenever they wanted).  I decorated the bottle (emptied and cleaned vodka bottle) and The ManFlesh made the mixer.

The front reads, "Witchy Mary's Morning After Potion/Add vodka to taste & serve over ice with garnish of choice./Works best when consumed in a quiet room with dim lighting."

I realized yesterday that we're coming into the time when it's hard to get good photos of projects because the days are so short.  Sigh.  It's nicer looking in person.

The back
The label says "Produced in a facility that also processes eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, lizard's leg, and howlet's wing. Not tested on animals."
222  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Fresh Apple Cider! on: October 20, 2008 06:02:58 PM
Some long-time and dear friends of mine are storing a 100-year-old cider press on their farm for a friend.  Every year they have several afternoons of cider pressing, doughnut making/eating and general enjoyment of the lovely fall days (and the crummy fall days).

Some fruit juice of our labors

Some of the action

My friend Bigfoot who travels with me near and far is on the bottom left.
223  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Utilize That Yellow Pages! on: October 18, 2008 09:26:15 PM
In my city we get something like 3-5 different phone books/yellow pages (some of them 2 volumes) dumped on our doorsteps every year.  Most everyone I know that's under the age of 40 (and some that are over) put them directly into the recycling - we use the internet and 411 to find phone numbers.  It's a big waste of paper to deliver that it people like us, but they sell advertising based on distribution so we all get them anyway.  I held on to the latest one because I wanted to use some of it to wrap a bunch of vintage glass tree ornaments I got at an estate sale.  I just used part of it to craft some things for my Halloween costume and I thought, I wonder what else those crafty craftsters could make out of phone books!  Certainly something way niftier than this stuff here!  Even if you use a phone book, you have to get rid of the outdated one(s) right?  And not everyone lives where they can easily recycle things, so why not reuse it first?
224  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Shirtless Construction Worker Season is Over, But Not For Me! 5 "tasteful" pics on: October 12, 2008 04:39:38 PM
Yeah, more pot holders.  I know, "Yawn".  But dang it, I can't help it!  Plus I'm getting ready for my first craft fair.  Anyway, I had such fun naming these fire fightin' fellas (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266251.msg2992640#msg2992640) and these lovely ladies (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271018.msg3059401#msg3059401) that I decided to name these guys, too.

Here's Stanley:

He's named for Stanley Tools

This is Woody:

Guess what he's named for.  Not that!  Shocked It's the lumber he's carrying. 

Meet Walt:

Named for DeWalt power tools.

Here we have Linc:

Named for that chain he's holdin'.

And finally, Helmut:

He was the most difficult to name as he's not carrying anything and he's so serious looking.  Then POW! it came to me.  I think it's the funniest and the most lame at the same time.

Thanks for looking!
225  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Lewis Elementary Holiday Bazaar! on: October 08, 2008 05:50:07 PM

November 8th, 10a - 3p
4401 SE Evergreen St.
Portland, OR 97206

At least 30 vendors at this juried craft fair!  Do some holiday shopping while supporting local artisans and crafters as well as helping out a local public school - it's win-win-win!

Added bonus: Free kids' crafts while parents shop.  So make that win-win-win-win!

You can get a taste of what you'll find here: http://www.lewisevents.org/vendors/
226  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hot Dishes! Equal Rights for Objectifiying People in the Kitchen on: September 28, 2008 05:21:11 PM

So, I've made a mess of beefcake pot holders, because they crack me up. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227985.msg2474133#msg2474133, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266251.msg2992640#msg2992640, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=98823;sa=showTopics;start=40)  I came upon some girlie pin-up fabric that I really liked and decided to make some pot holders out of it, too.  I had a lot of fun naming the firemen and hearing feedback about them, so I decided to name the ladies, too.

Lodge Lovelies: Marjie and Dorie & Vera; named for my maternal grandmother and her 2 sisters:

Cabin Cuties: Margaret and Veronica; named for my paternal grandmother and her sister:

227  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.


228  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.
229  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.
230  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!
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