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261  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Varmint Voodoo Doll UPDATE: Packaging Photo Added! on: November 25, 2007 03:23:39 PM
So, the ManFlesh has a problem with squirrels.  They have gotten into his house - and not just the attic, but the house-house AND chewed up part of the lovely built-in in the dining room of his lovely 1914 house!  They've made a mess of his attic insulation and have been known to get the pets all riled up with all their scritch-scratching around.  So he loathes them, while at the same time would never hurt an animal.   So to help him vent a little, for Christmas he's getting his own Varmint Voodoo Doll: Squirrel Edition.

This is not the type of squirrel that we have around here, but it is a copyright-free image and I think that the pointy ears and claws make it look appropriately evil.  The red eye is a sequin sewn on for the same reason.

I made shrink plastic pins to go with it.  He's put up hardware cloth over attic vents to prevent their entry represented by the red/grid patterned pin.  There was also an incident when a squirrel was in the house being chased by his cat, followed by his sister's Malamut, followed by his Lab/Rottweiler mix, followed by him with a broom represented by the other pins..  No harm came to the squirrel, but it was "swept away" outside.

The back where I labeled it with a super fine Sharpie.  I wish I'd thought to include the label info on the squirrel side.

I just happen to have this black box and large labels, so I made this package.  I'll wrap it in wrapping paper, too, when I give it to him.

Thanks for looking!
262  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Name Banner Flags for Kiddos [3 images] on: November 18, 2007 01:41:16 PM
I'm on a crafty kick AND a budgeting kick, so Auntie T-rex is going mostly handmade for the assorted varieties of niece- and nephew-types this holiday.  These are for the 3 and under kiddos.  I saw this somewhere online, but when I went back to the bookmark the page was gone.  I'm not sure how close this is to that one.  I've no intension of trying to sell these.

"Roxy!", "Megan" and "Sydney" have vinyl letters, "Ashton" is felt.  The ribbon at the top is pre-made double-fold bias tape.  My fabric stash is pretty small and isn't kid-centric, but this would be a great stash buster for those with a larger selection.  I had the vinyl, some of the bias tape, the thread and the grommets.  NOW I have a bigger stash of kid-centric fabric.   Wink

The backs of "Roxy" and "Ashton" flags (below).  The backs of "Sydney" and "Megan" are  random pairings of the same fabrics as on the front.  The ends of the ribbons have grommets by which to hang the banner flags.

For this project, Dave took a turn as studio assistant.

Thanks for looking!
263  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rollin' In Her Hoopty! IMG HEAVY on: November 06, 2007 05:50:45 PM
I was inspired by this (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=55589.0) by Hemi*Housewife
and this (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=181126.0) by maggie 2187
to do this

to this

for my (honorary) niece, Roxy!  Her birthday is October 28th, so that's how I named her car.

I got a used Little Tykes Cozy Coupe (which I've been calling "The Houpte") off craigslist, cleaned it and painted it with that Krylon spray paint for plastic (sticking great except for where the driver door rubs the body).

Then I went to town on the upgrades!  I wrapped the steering wheel with pink/black zebra ribbon and added hot pink glitter vinyl, trimmed with lavender, pink and silver rick-rack to the seat and dash board.

I didn't want to leave the seat plain, so I figured out this pattern so it would resemble a custom upholstered seat.

Other features you might notice in the photos (top) are the convex mirror hub caps (you can see in the before photo that the wheels were in terrible shape) and glitter sticker paper stuck to the "instrument panel" and horn (below).

I found out about mid-way through my secret project that Roxy LOVES "driving", so I was extra excited to make this a sweet ride.  And so far I'm told that she loves it!

(Gratuitous Proud Auntie Action Shot)
264  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Adult Costume - Ziggy Stardust is back! on: October 28, 2007 09:59:39 PM
The manflesh wanted to be Ziggy Stardust for Halloween and I just couldnt help but offer to help with his costume.  Well, I ended up making pretty much all of it and it was soooo fun.  I used a wetsuit pattern (Kwik Sew 2335) for the body suit modifying the sizing to compensate for the less stretchy fabric and adding the cuffs per Ziggys request. Also to satisfy a request, I made up a pattern for the collar.  After sewing that I have a whole new appreciation for why so many quilters pay someone to do the actual quilting thats hard! 

Right before guest arrived for his party; we fixed the wig to make it more authentic shortly after this photo was taken:

The final fitting (front):

... and the back:

I was IMing with a friend on the other side of the country who had been Ziggy a couple years ago and when he heard about the project he offered up his platform boots!  And they wear the same size!  Before wed seen them, there was talk about spray painting them or coating them with glitter, but they have so much potential for future costumes that we decided to come up with some kind of removable cover. I happened to have the gold glitter vinyl, so we agreed to try that. I made a pattern, tweaked it and it worked!  It was his idea to use the laces to attach them and it worked out quite well.

He bought the wig online, had the boa from a previous costume and yes, he also plays guitaaaaarrrrrrrr! (except right-handed)

Oops!  Forgot the in-progress shot!  Here's my assistant double-checking they way I've laid out the pattern pieces.  She really likes to get involved in the projects.

265  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Adult Costume - My what a short skirt you have! on: October 22, 2007 01:19:10 PM
Here's my Halloween costume for this year.  Using Simplicity 3618 I made the cape, shirt* and skirt/petticoat*.  I modified the included vest pattern into a "corset".  The red fabric is actually some pretty nice stuff kind of satiny, but without the sheen. It was unmarked and on sale for $2/yard which is great, because it took about 4 yards.  The eyelet lace on the shirt I got for 25 cents/yard I used about 7 yards.  The corset is black croc-embossed vinyl that I had around and the shirt is bleached muslin that I also had in my stash.  The basket is a kids Easter purse-thing that I found at the Goodwill Outlet (with the original tag still on it) for way less than a dollar.  I pulled the flower designs off the sides, glued on the gingham onto which I had already sewn the lace.  Theres a drawstring of elastic in the gingham so I can safely carry my wallet, lipstick and camera   I had the stockings and bought the shoes (theres a long, sad story about how the perfect shoes got away).  Angry

*Just slightly modified the pattern

Front with cape:

Front without cape:

Back without cape:

Detail of "corset":

Close-up of basket:

I only wish I had the time to find some spooky old woods for the photos!
266  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Holy Stockings, Batman! (Image Heavy) on: October 20, 2007 08:30:10 PM
When looking through the very few files that were recovered from my laptop that died a little over a year ago I came upon some images of a couple stockings that I made for Christmas 2005 for a then 4.5-year old friend of mine and his dad.  They're made of various kinds of vinyl, chosen for color rather than weight.  Batman is lined with an old silk scarf (midnight blue) and Superman is lined with red nylon lining.

Batman Front/logo:

Batman Side:

Superman Front/logo:

Superman Side:

Thanks for looking!
267  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Sugar Skulls (7 Images) on: October 14, 2007 01:16:21 PM
I was looking around the Halloween section this morning and saw black and white photo's request for help with Sugar Skulls (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=201873.0) and realized that I hadn't gotten mine out from last year and also hadn't posted them.  I made a hundred or so in two sizes for a Craft Night I hosted last October.  We decorated them with icing, sequins, rhinestones, beads, charms, trim scraps and other various things from our supply stashes.  It's a great way to get rid of stuff!  I know I used things I didn't even like before I stuck 'em on a sugar skull.

The medium-sized skulls (plus a favorite):

Front View

Back View

And the little ones (with 2 faves):


Front View

Back View

Thanks for looking!
268  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Drapes! Special Bonus: Ham Cat! on: September 24, 2007 02:55:12 PM
So I bought fabric that was perfect for my living room over a year ago and about a month ago finished up these drapes.  The color of the fabric is much more like the wall paint that it looks in the photos, the tan color is a tone in my oak floors, some of the highlight colors are in my couch and chair AND there's some kind of shiny thread in there, too!  I felt lucky to find the trim that matched at the same time (30% off everything at Fabric Depot) and bought liner to protect them and give them the weight (visual and physical) to hang nicely and look pro.  They don't close, but as soon as I hung them the room looked much more "finished".  I took up my green wool rug for summer and haven't put it back yet, but it really ties the green in around the vertical space.

View from the hall.  Can't quite see, but they are floor length w/o puddling (as I have cats and a dog visitor):

Trim at the top on the rod that I had to cut shorter with a hack saw as I couldn't find my pipe cutter tool (the worst part of the project):

Hand-stitched hem with liner:

During the project with my full-time "helper".

Thanks for looking! 
269  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / PHOTO UPDATE! Underpants (not graphic, but full of double entendres) on: September 10, 2007 07:05:08 PM
So, there's a long and had-to-be-there/know-him back story that lead me to sew some boxer shorts for The Manflesh.  I forgot to take a photo of the first pair, but they were made from this Alexander Henry material: http://www.ahfabrics.com/product_details.php?p_id=1229.  That pair was a huge hit.  He bragged on them to all kinds of people.  *Photo added below!

Well, now every time I'm at the fabric store, I get the giggles looking at prints that would make funny boxer shorts.  The latest pair are from Dick and Jane fabric that has so many double entendres that it's almost impossible not to make underpants out of it!

Action shot:

The pattern is Simplicity 9958.  It's labeled that it should take 1 hour to make and I think that's accurate IF you aren't trying to
1. find the funniest parts to put on the front or match patterns,
2. watch tv,
3. drink a cocktail.

*Action shot 2:

I spent a lot of time trying to get the best positioning of the guys on the shorts. Unfortunately, I was concentrating mostly on the fly (ahem) and hem and didn't even think about the waist band, so some of the guys' faces are distorted by the gathers.  I was disappointed, but at least the print is not about the guys' faces.  Tchk tchk!  Also, I wanted that guy carrying the lumber to be lower and a little closer to the center.  Shocked
270  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cabinet Door Recon on: September 06, 2007 08:01:16 PM
So there's a cabinet manufacturer who has a warehouse discount store that sells overruns, mis-orders, etc. as well as random cabinet doors and drawer fronts CHEAP in my city.  So I bought a handful of the doors for various projects that so far have all turned out to be chalk boards made with chalkboard paint applied to the center panel.  However, I bought some magnetic paint so these two are magnetic chalkboards!  Anyone there is one for each of my two nieces whose birthdays are today (11 years) and the end of October (9 years).  Their mom is redoing their bedrooms and these are designed to coordinate with their new things.


After, with shrink plastic magnets holding a paper birthday greeting and a chalk written message:

Up close of the bottom one, which has a opalescent topcoat that's difficult for me to photograph:

I'm not super thrilled with the magnetic paint - I'd say twice the manufacturer's suggested number of coats would be better and forget about trying to stir it at home - get it shaken at the store right before you use it if you can.

Thanks for looking!

UPDATE!  Turns out that the hardest thing about this project was making a box to ship it in. A friend had a HUGE box from a recliner they bought, so I cut that down - it was the kind with two layers of corrugation and kind of a pain in the patootie.  Anyway, as you can see my studio assistants were there to "help" me out - the older one as more of a supervisor (see background).

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