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251  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Platform Boot Stocking on: December 22, 2008 01:58:03 PM
The ManFlesh doesn't have an xmas stocking so I decided to make him one.  He has worn these big black platform boots with his last 2 Halloween costumes, so I used that as my inspiration. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204653.msg2183719#msg2183719) & maybe not safe for week http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276742.msg3129641#msg3129641)

Whole thing:

I was able to use remnants from last Halloween's costume for the exterior & remnants from an old project for the lining. The trim is from a remnant bin in the upholstery dept. at a local fabric store that I had on hand.

Gotta have sole:


The lace bobbles are ornaments from a big box of various styles that I bought at an estate sale for a couple dollars this summer.

I was trying to find something to add to the top so it looked Christmas-y and festive, but was kind of stuck between something dull and barely noticable (like darker green satin cording) and kind of feminine which is what I went with, because the other was too dreary and serious even though it was more masculine. Both the bobbles and the red trim could be easily removed if he can't handle it, but I'm pretty sure he'll not really care about those details and just be touched with the gift.

We're having quite a winter storm here in the Pacific Northwest and now I'm not sure I'll get to give it to him in time for Santa to fill it.  Cry
252  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / It's a Bigfoot Xmas on: December 06, 2008 04:10:44 PM
So last Christmas my good friend gave me that teal and purple reindeer.  It's SO up my alley as I'm a sucker for teal, I'm a sucker for purple, I'm a sucker for glitter and that thing is flocked AND marabou-ed!  It's the most Vegas/drag queen-y Christmas decoration around and I LOVE it!  When it came home it sat on my piano with Bigfoot for awhile and an idea hatched.  This is the result.

This would not have been possible w/o bsonlytoots who read my signature request for a Godzilla swap.  She crafted that lovely beast and was super awesome about requests and parameters!  I also have to thank kittykill who tried her damnedest to help me out, but things just didn't gel.  However, I got to meet her (we live pretty closely in the same city) and will hopefully continue to get to know her even more in the future.  Also special thanks to my friend, Sol Neelman, a pro photo journalist who helped guide me, took the pic and did the editing and all that - all for a trade of getting some ring-around-the collar out of a white linen shirt (http://solneelman.com/, http://weddings.solneelman.com/)!  Chump.  Wink
253  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / I was a Pilgrim Cheerleader. on: December 02, 2008 09:51:52 PM

I made the apron and cap out of bleached muslin and much help and guidance from GraceOblivious and her post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280005.0 .  I made the buckles and their straps out of foam core, aluminum foil and vinyl and the pom poms from a cheapo plastic table cloth from the dollar store and some cloth tape.  All of this stuff was laying around the house so this was a no-cost project.  Didn't realize how the dog's leash and the camera might further de-authenticate my look.  Oops.

Closer view of the cap. 

This is one of the few times I didn't read all the directions carefully before beginning and I messed up the cap because of it.  Luckily, it's just a goofy costume and no one noticed. I know it looks like my team lost, but the event hadn't even started so I don't know what that sad face is about.

"Ok Mistress T, but why?" Well, The ManFlesh's pals have an event 'most every Thanksgiving called the Turkey Trot which is a series of "athletic" events completed by teams of 2 all the while they're wearing latex gloves of beer under their chins like turkey wattles.  Yes, they're a "bunch of yahoos who like to drink" and yes, it's fun and funny as heck.  That said I'm not athletic, nor am I "athletic" so I decided to be a pilgrim cheerleader.  Any excuse for a costume.
254  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Yet More Shirtless Hunks In The Kitchen on: November 17, 2008 04:50:15 PM
I didn't think I would post more beef cake pot holders, but then I went and found a new-to-me print!  Dang it!  I simply HAD to make 'em and then, of course, I had to share 'em.

I've started naming the fellas, since we spend so much time together.






Thanks for taking a gander!
255  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Attack of the 50 Ft. Tall Woman! (several average sized pics of GIANT woman) on: November 02, 2008 02:49:46 PM
I'm sort of tall and people tend to think I'm taller than I am for some reason (even people who don't see me in heels much) AND there's a comic book giantess with my name (at least the spelling, maybe not the pronunciation) which I think is neato.  So, I came upon this classic poster for another giantess and knew that had to be my Halloween costume even before last Halloween.

I spent time from spring on looking for materials on-the-cheap. I used Simplicity pattern 2790 as a start, but changed the dress quite a bit by making it form-fitting, adding a zipper to accomplish that, changing the neckline and doing the hem differently.  Obviously mine is not an exact replica of this movie or of the remake from the 80s, but rather my interpretation.  I also added an airplane up on my head which you can kind of see in that picture.

I winged it on the boot covers ($5 platform boots for the thrift store that make me about 6'1") and papier mached and painted over Styrofoam for the buildings (which inspired me to suggest this challenge: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274335.msg3101077#msg3101077).

Here's a little car wristlet-style bag I made.

There's a zipper at the top and I could fit my ID, cash, phone and lipstick in there comfortably.  The headlight beam is the wrist loop.

Here I am with The ManFlesh.  I also made his costume and had a hard time deciding which one to enter.  I did post his separately in the non-challenge area: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276742.0

We one 3rd (him) and 1st  (me)place in a costume contest at a party last weekend!  It was my first trophy ever!

Oops!  I forgot that I have one (lame-ish) in-progress shot. 

Always the "helper".
256  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Vinyl Daddy Costume (sexually suggestive pics ahead) on: November 02, 2008 02:24:06 PM
The ManFlesh leans toward costumes that make certain people uncomfortable. Last spring he played in a soccer tournament in which his team has a tradition of doing strange and gregarious things with their facial hair.  He grew out a mustache like this (only bleached like his hair) and he knew what his costume would be for Halloween this year: Leather Daddy (but I like to call it his Vinyl Daddy costume).

Front & Back

Too bad you can't see how bitingly cute his butt is in those hot pants (made from reconned exercise pants and g-string)!

I made the chaps with my own alter-as-I-go pattern and the gauntlets, altered the thrift store vest to be form fitting and added the closures. He got the hat and handcuffs at another thrift store and the boots are from a friend of mine who sent them to him last year for his Ziggy Stardust costume that I made. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204653.msg2183719#msg2183719)

Handcuffs on loop with fastener so he could cuff em and stuff em if he needed to and a pouch for his phone, ID, etc.

He's about 6'5" in the boots and his height really freaked people out last year.  I imagine there's a lot about his year's costume that freaked people out.  Tee hee!

Together; I also have platform boots on and am about 6'1" for my 50 Ft Tall Woman costume (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276748.0).

Here's how I zombified this costume for Halloween 2009:
257  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."
258  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.
259  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?
260  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!
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