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231  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fleas and Ants and Cockroaches, oh my! (pics and images and photos, oh my!) on: May 20, 2008 07:03:38 PM
Been makin' up a mess of Varmint Voodoo dolls.  I randomly came upon one I made in 2 strangers' (even on craftster) wists (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210006.msg2250561#msg2250561 , http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216068.msg2323503#msg2323503), I decided to create a few more Varmints (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245472.msg2715146#msg2715146) and then received a few requests for others.  Those, plus a few I just felt like doing are those shown below.

Deer mess up a lot of gardens:




Mom thought I should do ants, because at least around here everyone is fighting sugar ants right now:



Fleas, because I hate them and I had the image:



Cockroaches, because I've a friend moving to Manhattan.



As close as I could get with copyright-free images to a woodchuck/groundhog - didn't work out for the requester.  Anyone else have an suggestion as to what this guy looks like?



And the pins they come with 



More details about supplies and construction are in the post that the first link leads to.
232  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pyramid Purse on: May 14, 2008 11:13:58 AM
A little pyramid purse that I made with several others a few years ago.  Mostly, I've used them to put small gifts in (my mom's Mother's Day gift for this one).  I've a couple that I keep thinking I'll use for a night-out purse, but I forget.

233  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tooth Fairy Pillow on: May 14, 2008 10:44:45 AM
Not exactly sure where this goes, but I decided it's more of a home-thing than a play-thing.  It's a toothfairy pillow for my nephew's birthday.  I made them for his sisters when they were little, too.  It was a fun challenge to make something for a little boy who isn't into superheros (my only little boy crafting experience).

The tooth-y pocket is kind of big, but I just visualized these proportions.


Close up of the top-stitching and the little tag made from some vintage trim I had around.


Even though I kept reminding myself to include the tag when I sewed on the pocket, I forgot.  I considered leaving it off since I'd already sewn the front and back together by the time I noticed - BUT it's about 30x cuter with the tag.  I think there was more seam ripping with this "quick" little project than many more complicated ones!  Geez.
234  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hot Licks on: May 13, 2008 01:14:53 PM
More oven mitts!  This time from a male friend who is his family's cook.  He's a finish carpenter and a big fan of all kinds of guitar music.  I used a few new-to-me things on the guitar one.  First I bothered to match the print on the bottom and top pieces and was mostly successful and second I made my own bias tape and used it to bind the edges.  Also I sewed that on in 2 steps, one by machine, the other by hand and it's the first time I'm pleased with how my bias tape looks!  That's why it's the first pic!


The back side and the side that's hand sewn.  I think I'm going to need to get a leather thimble for my thumb!

Front of guitar model:


Action shot (minus hot pan):

And yes, that's the sleeve of one of my bathrobes in the shot.  I can't be the only one who starts craftin before she gets dressed on the weekends.  Right? Undecided

Wood grain model:

Store bought bias tape on this one.  Ho-hum.



235  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Varmint Voodoo: Mouse & Mole Editions on: May 11, 2008 07:52:53 PM
I'm on a Varmint Voodoo kick since I stumbled upon my Varmint Voodoo: Squirrel Edition (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210006.msg2250561#msg2250561) in a couple of the wists of strangers (people I don't even know from here)!  Whoa.

Mouse:


Mouse's Evil Eye:


Mole:


The Face of The Mole:


The Pins for Pokin':


236  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Flip-top Travel Tissue Cozy on: May 07, 2008 04:35:47 PM
I've been all geared up to make tissue cozies after seeing some cute ones here, but just haven't had that last little spark it takes to finally do it.  Well, a girlfriend had a birthday coming up and just started carrying a purse (at 44 years old)!  I figured a cute little addition to her other gift would be a tissue cozy for her purse.  I couldn't find any of the little travel packs that opened the way the cozies I'd seen here open, so I finally bought a 10-pack at Trader Joe's - they open from the small end, hence the flip-top design.



In person it's a lot more rectilinear and the corners more squared off.  The stacked buttons are from my stash (a tin handed down from mother-to-daughter for 4-5 generations) and it was fun to use those, because she's always commenting on my button stash.  Wink

Here's the naked tissue pack so you can see how it opens.
237  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Matching Dishtowels on: May 07, 2008 04:20:38 PM
I made these napkins for a friend's birthday in March http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=236986.msg2598601#msg2598601. For scraps I had some long strips and I'd just gotten a hem tape/bias tape maker so I couldn't help but make some using these scraps!  Then the tape sat there awhile.  Finally, I decided to use it to embellish some store-bouught kitchen towels for her.

Close up of the embellishment:

I used contrasting orange thread like on the napkins and one of the fancy stitches on my machine for one.  I'm not sure I like it more than the plain one, so I just did one.

The towels folded:


I think I'm going to do more of this!  I'm kind of obsessed with making the tape and I finally bought a new blade for my rotary cutter so it will be a lot easier to do.
238  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / It's Dogs Playing Poker! on: May 07, 2008 04:08:33 PM
Many of my friends and I are users of cloth napkins for everyday, so I made these of a couple who's birthdays are both in the spring.  They have great senses of humor and are dog lovers.



I backed them with this green on green "Dinky Diamonds" by Michael Miller that looks a lot better with the Dogs in person than it does in these photos.  After doing 2 sets of napkins (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=236986.msg2598601#msg2598601) using backing fabric instead of hemming and mitering, I don't think I'll go back!



I used contrasting thread to top stitch, because it turned out so cute last time.  I was having a hard time finding something I liked in my stash, when I realized that this vintage rust colored stuff from my grandma's 1970s collection was the same color as their playing cards and drinks!  Eureka!



Pardon the cat hair!
239  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Some Kind of Weasel on: May 07, 2008 03:41:48 PM
The ManFlesh's birthday is coming up AND he's a big fan of weasels.  In fact, he jokingly refers to them as his spirit animal, even though I don't think he'd much fancy an actual live weasel other than for a quick visit and probably at the weasel's house, not his.  I used scans from an old copyright-free clip art book of animals to make him a couple of tee shirts and iron-on transfer paper for inkjet printers.  There was A LOT of tidying up and tweaking the scans in PhotoShop, but I'm glad I stuck it out.

Here they are in poor lighting.  The white has a cream neck and the other is light blue, its weasel wraps around the side.


Here are close ups of the weasels:


The original images in the book had numbers that corresponded to descriptions at the bottom of the page.  This one was originally 44, but I made it 35 since that's the birthday he's celebrating.

Front:


Back:


I noticed that the GAP had put info on the inside of the hem and thought it might be fun little surprise thing to  do something like that.  I meant to make them upside down so that when he was wearing the shirt he could flip it up and read it, but I got confused and got them right side up.  Grrrr!

The white ringer with a reference to some funny weasel conversations we've had:


The blue


Iron-on transfers always make me nervous, but I'm mostly pleased with how these turned out - I hope they make it through the first washing.  I just hope he likes them.  And not just because I made them, but like them-likes them.  This might be worse that swap anxiety!
240  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Photo Entry: Condensation on: May 02, 2008 10:54:05 AM
This is the condensation on the underside of a pot lid that had covered a pot used to boiled water. It reminded me of something aquatic like frog eggs.  I had a completely different idea for a shot, but I'm glad I came upon one just in the course of my day rather than setting one up like I'd thought I would.



PhotoShop Alterations: Rotated 90 degrees CW, resized and Save for Web.

I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's submissions!
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