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241  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Axe Cop Becomes Ice Cream Cop w/ Lemon - A low-budget Valentine Costume on: February 13, 2011 02:27:32 PM

The ManFlesh as recently discovered and become a big fan of the online comic Axe Cop http://axecop.com/.  If you're unfamiliar, it's written by a 5-year old (now 6) and drawn by his 29-year old (now 30) half-brother.  If you know much about 5-year old boys and how they do there superhero play you know that the rules, the players, the super powers are constantly changing and the characters on Axe Cop's team are no exception.  The ManFlesh loves ice cream and we don't have an ice cream scoop, so it seemed that he should be Ice Cream Cop and should have an ice cream scoop in a holster.

Of course, he kind of needed an axe in a holster, too.

I just used his existing black belt.

Once I got going, I couldn't leave it at just the belt.  I ordered cheap cop sunglasses and made a badge.

I had under an hour to make and bake the badge from polymer clay, that I later painted.  It's pretty crude (not unlike the holsters - ahem), but I like to think that's part of the little boy charm of the whole thing.

Axe Cop has an Axe on his badge, so The ManFlesh has an ice cream scoop... with lemon (episode 3 or 4) - see below.

And Ice Cream Cop would not be Ice Cream Cop without the mustache  Cheesy

I'm making lemon ice cream to do with this, one of his favorites.

Axe Cop is awesome, The ManFlesh is awesome and I'm pretty sure he's going to get a huge kick out of this rather slap-dash Axe Cop accessories set.

242  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Puppy Love: Valentine Collar Cozies for Canine Cuties (about 6 pics) on: February 09, 2011 05:18:37 PM
I'm new to dog owning, but not to crafting and there's nothing can stop me from crafting for my canines.  So I've been making collar cozies, so they can have lots of cute collars without spending much money.  So far, they've all been made from leftovers of other projects.

This is our puppy, Betty.  She's 5.5 months old.

This is her sister, Olive, my step-dog.  She's 8 years old.

Not all their collar cozies match, but I couldn't resist making a few and this is the only Valentine-y fabric I have.

A few more collar cozies I made for them at the same time:

Cheery green with floral polka dots:

A cute floral stripe:

I can't find the good shot of Olive smiling at the camera with her collar cozy showing clearly.  Sad

I'm still working out how to get them to look just like I want and fit over the bulky plastic hardware on the big dog's collar.
243  COOKING / Dessert / They Call Me T-rex (Megalomanic Cookies) on: January 23, 2011 04:13:48 PM
I had a milestone birthday yesterday and a party last night to celebrate. So, I made a bunch of these cookies to go on the snack table, because they call me T-rex.

I made them skeletal to get in on the old jokes.   Wink
244  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Celebrate Banner on: January 23, 2011 11:00:28 AM

Last night we threw a 200 years Combined Experience party because this year our house turns 100, The ManFlesh's mom turns 60 (in a couple weeks) and I turned [gulp] 40 yesterday.  I wanted to have festive decorations, but not go with a specific them since we were celebrating such a variety of things.  I made this hoping I could use it for many birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations in the future.  We added orange balloons and orange and white crepe streamers.

I could have used some quilters' skills when trying to put together 10 different fabrics.  While not completely successful, I feel okay about it for my first time.  Each fabric had at least 2 colors from at least 2 other fabrics, but I think I had some issues with pattern scale and dark/vs light backgrounds.  I did spend less money than buying a pre-assembled set of fat quarters, though.  I received some compliments from party-goers, so that was extra nice.

I've been on a bias tape making kick for a year (or more) and think this might be the cutest I've made so far; well, this wasn't cut on the bias, but it's double-fold tape.

 Huh Until there is a Birthdays & Anniversary category on the Occasions and Holidays board (hint, hint, nag, nag) it seems this is the place for this project.  If it's better somewhere else, please let me know about moving it.
245  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sewn Scarf in Wool and Cotton on: January 05, 2011 07:32:08 PM
I suppose Clothing is the right category for this scarf I made based on instructions in the December 2010 Martha Stewart Living.

(after many failed attempts to take my own picture with the scarf, I just started making faces)

It's just wool suiting from the remnant 50% off sale at my local fabric store ($30.99/yard, I got half a yard for about $6!) backed with a cotton print that has just a little of the purple of the wool in it.  It's also my favorite colors: green, purple and teal.  YEY!  Since the wool was 56" wide, that's the length of the scarf (minus selvage and 1/2" seam allowance; it's about 7" wide.
246  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / ATTN: Puppy From Facility That Also Processes Peanuts! Collar Covers for Dogs on: December 31, 2010 10:25:17 AM

I make boxer shorts from novelty prints for The ManFlesh.  For xmas I made him 3 pairs, one for each pet.  With the scraps from each of the dogs' fabric I made washable collar cozies for the dogs.  Our 4.5 month-old puppy is named Betty, but her papa calls her Peanut a lot.  Our 8-year old Black Lab/Rottweiler mix is named Olive.

Here's Olive modeling hers, and by "modeling" I mean "sleeping on her couch."

Betty is a Black Lab/Sneaky Neighbor Dog mix... here's a better action shot of her collar.   You can see how the colors of the peanut print bring out her natural tones and highlights.

247  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Sexy Red Boot Stocking on: December 29, 2010 04:07:42 PM
It was time for a new stocking for me... long past time, actually.  I'd known what I wanted for some time, even had most of the materials on hand, and finally I took the time to make it... just after Christmas this year.

The strap & buckle detail (the buckle was the only thing I didn't have in my stash).

The sole detail - bow were there a lot of little threads to cut on that heal!

The hanger.  I may switch it out to a couple large chain links or something.

And here it is hung by the chimney with care, right next to the platform book I made The ManFlesh I made a couple years ago. 

248  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Dallas Cowboys Cowboy Boot Stocking on: December 26, 2010 08:54:21 AM
The ManFlesh's mom is a BIG Dallas Cowboys fans so I made her this stocking for Christmas this year.

The exterior is all vinyl, the liner is felt.  My favorite detail is the stitching on the vamp.

When I was making it, The ManFlesh reminded me that his mom still has and uses her childhood stocking and I told him that I wasn't trying to replace that, but give her a decoration she would like... however, Craft Doubt crept into my mind.  I didn't want her to feel like I was trying to replace her beloved childhood stocking or like she had to use mine to spare my feelings.  Turns out her childhood stocking is so fragile that this is the last year she's using it.  After the holidays, she's going to frame it so she needed a new one anyway!  YEY!
249  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Memory Game on: December 23, 2010 04:16:43 PM
Just 7.5 months later, I've finally used MareMare's Fabric Matching Game idea for myself (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343629.0).  Whew!  I'm not nearly so dedicated as she, so mine have fewer steps and are a bit less "finished."

I chose to sew them wrong sides* together, then cut the sewn pieces out with pinking shears.

Instead of interfacing, I picked up some heavy-ish denim to back them with.

Using an oatmeal box I'd been saving, I made a container to keep on the pieces in.  Just hit the scrapbooking section of the craft store for paper and letter stickers.

I made the handle out of ribbon that is drawn through slots in the lid so it won't get lost... I had a hard time getting a decent photo to illustrate this in the gloomy winter light (and the last minute finish).

It was a 4th birthday gift for The ManFlesh's niece and was well received.  Turns out memory games are one of her favorites right now.  Smiley  It was pretty fun to make and if I do another I have some ideas to make it go a bit quicker and I might make more pairs to match.  One of the best parts was diggin through my fabric stash for prints; it's fun to revisit the scraps and use them up. 

* Well, actually the prints' wrong sides are sewn to the denim's right side because I'm overwhelmed with projects and have been making silly mistakes.  Sigh.  This one is pretty innocuous, so I decided not to worry about it.
250  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Marcus Antonius (an Empire of Photos) on: November 02, 2010 11:30:34 AM
The ManFlesh and I were Anthony and Cleopatra (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363372.msg4267049#msg4267049) for Halloween this year.  I made or reconned everything on them except the shoes.  I like how Anthony turned out better, so that's the one I'm entering.

First, the big picture; front:

And back, with a cat for scale:

Underneath is a simple cotton/poly blend shirt (elastic waist) and a slim fit tunic-ish shirt.  But the fun stuff is on top of those!

Starting at the top, I repainted and glazed the store-bought Galea (helmet) to make it more bronze-y and less gold.  I also added the chin-strap to keep the on better as well hold the cheek guard parts in a better looking place. And finally I added a couple layers of felt inside to fit his peanut head better.  We both wish I'd been able to easily find darker feathers to replace the bright red ones with.

The paludamentum (cape) is simply hemmed yardage that we wrapped according to the authentic Roman style (supposedly).  The fibulae or pin is painted and glazed polymer clay glued to a tin can lid based on a coin that he paid his soldiers with way back when... the 6th Legion or something like that.

Like all the Lorica (armor), the chest plate is bronze upholstery weight vinyl with sewn details:

The back straps are sewn at the shoulder and fastened by Velcro at the front waist:

Lorica manica (gauntlets):

Pteruges (skirt) with darts, fastens with Velcro on the side:

Greaves (shins guards):

Then there are a few accessories:

The spear-head is based on an image he sent me and is painted polymer clay on a wire armature:

The spear handle is a push broom handle that I stained with an acrylic stain/sealer product.  I wrapped it with some vinyl elephant hide, trimmed with bronze vinyl and attached with upholstery nails.

The sword is an old thrift store find and not at all Roman, but since it was mostly hidden and already bought, I just repainted the handle bronze to make it fit better.

The real fun was making the Baldric which is also faux elephant hide with bronze vinyl details.  I was really pleased with the crude top stitching, because I think it added some of the hand-hammered effect that real Ancient Roman metal parts would have.

Whew!  Thanks for looking!
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