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261  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / It's curtains for you, Bathroom! (burlap shower and window curtains; 5 pics) on: September 18, 2010 07:47:54 PM
So, I've recently shacked up with The ManFlesh and have been slowly debachelorizing his 1911 house.  One of the first things on my list was getting rid of the old rotty shower curtains and institute a shower curtain liner policy.  It's a claw-footed bathtub with a shower rig, so it needs at least 2 curtains to contain the water.  When my mind landed on burlap and I couldn't get off it, so that's what I did.  I was hoping to find grey burlap, but off-white was as close as I could get to something that went with his existing color scheme, which I like.

We popped the hinges on the door so I could almost get a shot of it.  You can see I had enough left to make curtains for the windows, too.

I was able to open the mirrored cabinet and take a photo of the reflection of the curtain on the end of the tub.

I made hem tape (like double-fold bias tape, but not cut on the the bias) for all the vertical edges and of the shower curtain the top of the window curtains and a 4" border for the bottoms of both.  I attached the hem tape the traditional way... hand stitched it; something like 30' of it with all for sides of the shower curtain and the top of the 2 window curtains.  Oof.

The grey stripes pick up the grey accent tiles and grout in the floor and the grey finish on the outside of the bathtub.

I'm talking to him about me painting the tub's feet black, perhaps with a purple ball (in the claws). It feels really good to have the bathroom debachelorized.  Thanks for looking!
262  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Adult Pinewood Derby: Egyptian War Chariot (A Treasury of Photos) on: August 01, 2010 01:57:14 PM
Yesterday was the 5th Annual Portland Adult Pinewood Derby. I've been attending since year 3 and these are my entries for 2009 (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315638.0) and 2008 (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260397.0).  This event is more than just a race; it's costumes, dioramas, extended parameters for car weight/size/style, smack talk and... well, there's plenty of beer.

This is my 2010 entry


We are required to use the official Boy Scout car, axles and wheels, but we can alter them any way we want. I used a scroll saw and Dremel tool to cut away a lot of the pine.

Other side-view:

I used polymer clay to build most of the sides of the chariot.


The whole thing is painted with various acrylic metallic paints and artist acrylics.


After a few failed attempts, I made the wheels from decoupaged foam core, wooden kabob skewers, and polymer clay - all painted.

De tail (with handmade brass balls - I mentioned the smack talk, right?)

A plastic, dollar store horse, painted up.  Horse scrotum?  Mor painted polymer clay.

How I kept Cleopatra removable and stable enough to stay in her chariot while on the track.

More skewers.

The diorama.


Details of the entry arch:

Close-up of the texture of the pyramid:

Top/side view:

A peek into to glowing golden interior of the pyramid where the chariot is housed when not racing:

There's a battery-powered, LED puck light attached to the top of the inside of the pyramid that makes the gold glow.

How Cleopatra stands outside the pyramid:

I made costumes for my partners and I, but plan to keep working on them (at least mine) for Halloween and will post them then.  My team won Silver Medals for Coolest Car and Grand Champion, we tied with The ManFlesh's car (also an Ancient Egypt theme) for Slowest Car and I got Ladies' Choice.  Woo!

263  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Recycling Bag for the Storage Challenged Kitchen on: June 19, 2010 08:55:43 PM
So, I'm shacking up with The ManFlesh and his house was built in 1911.  Needless to say the kitchen is missing some of the storage and counter space that citizens of the twenty-first century are used to.  I'm lucky enough to live in a city where we can recycle most things at the curbside and we don't have to do much sorting, so we need a receptacle for the recyclables and there's not room under the sink or on the floor or counters.  One day I spotted an wee nail in the back of the door that leads to the basement (there are four (4) doors in this kitchen for cryin' out loud) and realized I could hang some kind of bag on it for the recycling.  Whoo!

I'm still on my kick of using what materials I already have instead of buying them and this one worked well for that.  I was given most of a bolt of the hemp fabric I used for the body.

I had a small scrap of this striped fabric given to me by my aunt that I managed to get enough strips cut on the bias to make bias tape that totally matches what's going on in that old kitchen.  The buttons are vintage ones from the 4+ generation button tin.

Here you can see the back and the dry cleaner's wire hanger I built it on.  Of course, I bent it up a bit to make the mouth wide enough to receive a grapefruit juice bottle.

The bottom has grommets and a jute cord (the only thing I bought and it was a 3 yard package for 50 cents) so I can empty it into the recycling bin using the power of gravity.

See how it fits nicely even when the door is open, which is always is because it give the pets access to the pet door.

I'm not sure it's big enough, but so far it seems that I can fit just about 1 week's worth of recycling in there so maybe it'll be fine.
264  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pattern Weights in a Gift Tin on: May 05, 2010 10:35:35 PM
A friend of mine is looking to start working with sewing vinyl to make a camera bag AND she has a birthday in May, so when I saw this pattern weight tutorial(http://fivegreenacres.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/tools-of-the-trade-pattern-weights/), I was inspired to make her a set and then to decorate a container to hold them in.

The container which was a Swiss Colony chocolate tin:

I spray painted it, cut some pretty paper with a circle cutter and then cut the birdies and text from a vintage greeting card I had in my card stash.

The weights nestled in the tin:

The tutorial made 5 weights, but the length of fabric I had worked out to make 7 weights.

The weights on the loose:

I added ribbon loops to one end thinking it might make them easier to grab from across the cutting table.

The inside of the tin lid:

I used the message from the inside of the card to make the tin the card.

The tin's bottom:

I used another paper circle to cover the bottom of the tin because there was some residue from the original ingredients label.  In this photo you can kind of see the iridescent quality to the paper.  Originally it said "Tin Made In Mexico" on it so when I saw "Made in USA" on the back of the card I decided to add it because it tickled me.

Thanks for looking!
265  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Knuckle Bustin' Dining Chairs: Recovered on: April 23, 2010 03:24:19 PM

A friend got a set of six dining chairs at a garage sale. Even after several attempts at cleaning them, the stains just wouldn't come out.  They were comfortable (her current ones aren't) and she likes the way the look with their round table, so she decided to recover them.  Until she got started trying to get all the staples out, that is.  Then she called to ask me if she could hire me to do it.  I did and I've torn the heck out of my knuckles getting those blankity blankin staples out (see photo above).


You can't really see all the little grease and other stains.  They're small, but there are a lot of them and they just feel dingy.


She got a great deal on this fabric and really likes it a lot.  It looks great with the banged up wood.

There are 6 total and I'm taking them on 2 at a time.  I've completed 2 and delivered them and have 2 stripped and ready to recover - which is the easy part compared to stripping.
266  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bacon is dandy. (shamefully abundant photos) on: April 10, 2010 11:45:55 AM
I stitched this up for a fellow craftster whos always been very supportive, encouraging and generous with me just out of the blue.  Weve a bit of a running joke about how a meal or medicinal regimen can always be improved by a Bacon Upgrade.  Ive made a few different stitches using this 1996 Beatrix Potter toile, but this is my first time using the pigs I was so excited when it occurred to me to use them to illustrate The Bacon Upgrade.  Whee!

My goal was to make the left pig bland and plain-looking and then go crazy with his friend on the right make him a real dandy (hence the title of the piece, Bacon is dandy.).
I saved the dandy for last as a reward for hours spent with dull colors.

I tried to make the walking stick look like wood grain by mixing floss.

I was thinking a little bit Prince, a little bit Austin Powers, a lot ridiculous so I just kept lavishing on details luckily the funnest of them were also fast as I was anxious to get it done and shipped off to her.

From top to bottom:

The toupee is turkey stitch (cut).  I was going for an obvious fake highlight look.

The collar is lots of French knots.

The chain is chain stitch (imagine that) with a single strand of metallic floss.  Boy was I happy when the floss didnt fight me.  Buttons on French knots.

Fancy lace wrists are also turkey stitch (uncut) and were my first time using that stitch.

Also my first time using the seeding stitch, which I did over and over in 5 colors on his sack.

His shoes I just made up as I went along and Im really pleased that they ended up looking so much like 18th-century mens shoes.

I decided to name the poor chap, who is headed unknowingly into a make-over, "Porcius" because its from the Latin for pig and sounds highfalutin.  I had an epiphany to make the words bacon upgrade bacon colored and am pleased with the result.

Since I wanted the pigs to stand out, I didnt do much with the background, but I wanted to give the sign some words.  I decided to go with the old tickle-toe rhyme about piggies going to market of staying home for that.

Finally, the back.  I did the title in the bacon color combo because it makes me laugh.

I had meant to write Love, Tara but I got jimmijigged and by the time I realized what Id done I was past the point of no return mentally.  Hopefully shell feel the love, anyway.

I used 1-3 strands of about 15 colors of DMC floss and the following stitches:
Running, satin, back, long and short, split, lazy daisy, French knots, chain, seeding, turkey, turkey (cut).  Its 8 x 8 (approx 20cm x 20cm ).

What this part of the toile looked like before I gave it the Bacon Upgrade.

Thanks for looking through all of these!
267  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Varmint Voodoo: Snake Edition on: March 21, 2010 02:01:13 PM
Some friends of mine discovered an escaped pet, exotic snake has been living in a hole in their yard behind a retaining wall.  They're glad to have it as it's a rodent catcher, as well as really pretty.  But they're a little concerned about the cat.  So I made them a custom Varmint!

With custom pins using photos of their outside cat in shrink plastic:

The works:

268  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crabby Pants (flannel panty liners) on: March 19, 2010 05:44:29 PM
So I finally made some flannel panty liners.  It'll cut down on the waste generated by "that time of the month" around here at least a bit.  I used only left-overs from other projects.  

First I made one of each style to test (regular and thong) that I don't have photos of.  Those I sewed right sides together and turned which worked great, but when I had all these cut I couldn't get excited about that process, so I just did a zigzag stitch twice around the perimeter.  Hopefully they'll hold up.  I've a gentle, front loading washer so I think I'll be all right for a while.

I used store bought disposable liners as patterns, then made sure the "wings" would overlap so I could use a snap. I deliberately cut the Kermit fabric so he'd be waving at me from the panties!  The crap crab (!) ones are one of my favorites.  I used that flannel originally to make boxer shorts for The ManFlesh so he'd have some crabby pants.  Now I have some, too!  Wink
269  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Nessie Diptych on: March 06, 2010 04:16:47 PM
I made this Nessie diptych for a far-away friend and fellow cryptid enthusiast.  She received it in the mail today (a total surprise) so now I can finally post it!



I used 4 combinations of a single strand of metallic floss with 1 strand each of 2 more colors of DMC to make his body seem more slick and scaly.  You can see the metallic a bit more in these shots which also have the best representation of the true colors.



A closer look at the shoreline:

There are 4 deciduous trees in the forest, but only this one has a few autumn leaves left on it.

The 2 pieces off the piptych together:

I used chain stitch, satin stitch, long and short stitch, french knots. back stitch and whatever it's called when you just do one stitch of running stitch.
270  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cribbage Cocktail Table (2 great things that go great together) on: February 22, 2010 01:54:17 PM
I made this YEARS ago for a friend.  He chose a disassemble, unfinished mission-style table in birch or maple (I don't remember) and I turned it into a 4-track cribbage board (that's 480 holes drilled) then stained and finished it.

The skunk and double-skunk lines:

The starting line with the pegs that I made to go with.

The container for the pegs.  The table has a drawer on the side not shown that the container goes in.

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