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 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."
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.
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 Even if you use a phone book, you have to get rid of the outdated one(s) right?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?
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.
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.
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.
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.