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261  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / HELP! I hope to fix where floss as bled onto the fabric! on: October 02, 2009 07:25:30 PM
ACK!  Help!  I wanted to get the visible pencil marks off my fabric after finishing (mostly) the embroidery I've been working on for the Good Cause Challenge and a bright magenta floss (a vintage skein I picked up at the thrift store, probably Coats & Clark) bled onto the white cotton fabric!  

It's really upset me as I've put hours into this and was pretty pleased with the results - AND I don't want to do it again and certainly won't have time even if I did.   Cry  I've never, ever had floss bleed regardless of brand or color, but I also haven't stitched that much. I do have a small collection of vintage pillowcases that I launder in cold water with all my other whites and have never had a problem, even though I bleach a smidge every time I wash my whites.

Anyway, my first instinct is to use one of those laundry detergent pens I've seen advertised.  Anyone have any suggestions or advice?
262  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Barking Spider Disguise + Alter Ego Outfit (shameful number of photos) on: August 31, 2009 01:49:53 PM
So, a friend of mine since grade school gave me the honor of nicknaming her baby boy.  I've never met this kid.  I did know that he was early standing on his own and declared him a super hero.  So in the brainstorming process I threw out Super-J and Happy Pants.  She like Super-J, but said that he'd unfortunately inherited his dad's pants... i.e. noisy.  Ahem.  Hmmmmm... I KNOW!  He's a super hero called The Barking Spider!  She loved it! 


The web and parts of the spider glow in the dark!


Again, the web glows in the dark!


The cape attachment and back:

A wee orange spider on each sleeve:

After we'd agreed on The Barking Spider, she showed me a saggy-bottomed photo and thought compared it to the infamous 'plumber's butt.'  We decided that his alter ego would be that of a plumber.  He's his Mild-mannered Plumber Outfit.


Close-up of name badge:

Company name on the sleeve:

They're both size 9 months and I should get them sent off in the next week or so.
263  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Varmint Voodoo: Shrieking Harpy Edition on: August 30, 2009 04:50:57 PM
The latest in my Varmint Voodoo collection: the Shrieking Harpy Edition.

This Varmint Voodoo doll is for those situations when you must tolerate a Shrieking Harpy. The neighbor, friend-of-a-friend, sibling, in-law, ex-girlfriend/wife, baby-mama, co-worker, boss, supplier, vendor, distant (and not-so-distant) relative, coach, board member, client, etc. that is in your life and, at least for now, there's nothing you can do about it. No real or imagined hexes have been placed on Varmint Voodoo dolls, but dang if you dont feel a little better after poking one with a pin* (three included).

*No one at Bubble Off Plumb Productions Inc. or anyone we willingly associate with endorses or approves of harming harpies in such a manner as could get you (or us) in trouble.
264  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / That Old Leopard Chair on: August 28, 2009 12:34:01 PM
When I saw this post (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319003.0) on the same day I got a job to paint a beauty salon door with zebra stripes with a hot pink frame and lettering I remembered an project I did about 7 years ago.  I can't find the before photos, but these chairs (2) had about 3 layers of paint and no upholstery, although there was evidence that they had at one time had an upholstered seat.

Front & back:

Why the photos are taken in 2 locations?  I don't remember.
265  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Backseat Cover/Dog Blanket: Who wants to go for a ride? (litter of pics + NEW 1) on: August 25, 2009 12:51:46 PM
Obviously she's so much happier AFTER getting her new blanket than BEFORE.

The ManFlesh's sad old sheets and towels weren't quite doing the trick of protecting the backseat of his car from his beloved dog, the lovely Miss Olive (above).  I had this thrift-store bedspread that I'd picked up to make into pet blankets for the Snuggles For Homeless Pets* program and thought it would be the perfect car seat cover.  Of course, I had to customize it.  Roll Eyes


The headrests in the back seat come off, so that made for a great place to attach it AND keep it in place:

I made some slots for the seat belt fasteners which also help keep it in place.  Of course, sitting back there on top of the blanket kind of defeats the purpose as you'll surely be covered in dog hair if you do.   Kiss

A close-up of the bias tape binding of the edge and one of the holes for the headrest posts:

I also made the bias tape from free fabric from my aunt's stash, so the whole project cost < $2 including the thread.

The in-progress shot with my helper.

*The scrap from this and the bunches of other blankets will be made into smaller blankets for this project.  Grin
266  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I think I'm addicted, but I might be biased... on: August 24, 2009 06:38:00 PM
My name is TheMistressT and I like to make bias tape.  (Hi, TheMistressT!)  The reason this might be more of an obsession than a skill is that I usually make it before I have a project to use it on.   Undecided  I have been pretty successful not buying fabric just for the purpose of making bias tape, though - the only time I've done so was with that tiny turquoise gingham which was on clearance.

Not all of these are cut on the bias, actually.  The gingham, stars and stripes are and the green dots and purple swirls are cut on the grain.  The stars and stripes are double-fold, the rest single fold.  I had to put a closer shot because I love these darn things.

I originally thought to put this in the Sewing In General board, but there's not a "finished project" section that I could see... and these are for sewing, but not sewn.  If this belongs somewhere else, I'll be happy to move it or have it moved.

267  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / El Top Rope Especial! Adult Pinewood Derby, Lucha Libre style! (6 photos) on: August 02, 2009 03:11:55 PM
First off: This is The ManFlesh's handiwork here.  I made parts of his costume (no pics yet) for previous costumes (and posts), but the assembling and crafting was all him.  All I did was provide supplies and the occasional bit of advice.

Yesterday was Adult Pinewood Derby 2009 and his first race.  Like me, he was going for style, not speed.  He succeeded and won Slowest Car!  Whoo!  He went with a Lucha Libre theme using his El Misterioso mask as a starting point.


El Top Rope Especial!


Instant Replay!

The action figures were purchased in Tijuana by our friend, Sol who was my partner in the race:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315638.0 and you may recognize some of the posters from this project I did for The ManFlesh recently: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314383.msg3617751#msg3617751

When I get photos of him from some of the other participants, I'll post 'em.  You'll be amazed by my man.   Wink
268  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Slogo The Driving Slug! (World's Most Photos of a Driving Mollusk!) on: August 02, 2009 02:22:17 PM
Yesterday was the 4th annual Adult Pinewood Derby (or was it the 5th?).  Either way it was my second opportunity to hang with the awesome folks who put on and participate in this Extravaganza of Smack Talk!  We did a old-time Circus Freaks theme this year.

The Bailey to my P.T. Barnum is buddy, Sol (The Bearded Beauty).  Photos of us in our costumes will hopefully follow when I can rustle some up.  I wore my big boots and a "cave woman" costume... and finally got to use my big plastic femur as a club.  The posters are photos of people at the race photoshopped into circus freak posters found online.  Those are Sol's handywork.

The back of the tent was set up to allow access to the interior (though I didn't use it that way) and to the lighting controls, disguised as an A/C unit.

Now the STAR OF THE SHOW, Slogo the Driving Slug!  Most of the racers are interested in winning Fastest Car, but for me it's all about the presentation.  Any excuse for a costume is one of my mottoes.  Sadly, Slogo wasn't the slowest... something like 2nd or 3rd slowest.  Regardless, how many other drivers with no eyes and no arms (let alone thumbs) stayed on the track?  

On stage in front of his amazed and adoring fans:

They include adults, kids, a cat, a guy with an axe in his head and a mohawked dude.  There's also a rat running across the floor, but I couldn't get him in the photo AND you couldn't really see him anyway.  Bummer.

See the Driving Slug - UP CLOSE!

Please note the slug trail up and across the back of the mollusk-made vehicle.  Ahem.

The NO sign for Slogo's audience:

No beer, no salt, no slug bait or poison!

The flashing LED bundle in the ceiling:

I hope to get a video of that, because during the display portion of the program (these photos were taken today outside) it was dark and the lights really made the display cooler.

I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out, even though the costume wasn't as much as I would like it to have been and it was HOTTER than 2 rats rutting in a sack in that thing.  The ManFlesh diplomatically described it as "not the most flattering thing I've seen you in" - HA!  Wait'll you see his get up (post coming soon).  Also I was able to keep my New Year's resolution to not buy much in the way of stuff to do this.  All I bought were weights for the car (which  I didn't use and will try to use next year), red paint for the stripes and some kids air-dry clay for the Slogo and the car parts (bumpers, lights, steering wheel).

The ManFlesh's entry:

Last year's fun, Cub Scouting for the Adult Undead:
269  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Varmint Voodoo: Tick Edition (one tiny, blood-sucking pic) on: July 29, 2009 05:29:05 PM
The latest edition to the Varmint Voodoo collection... The Tick!  I've lately learned that a couple of people I know have Lyme Disease and had been thinking about trying to come up with a tick and then a special request put me over the edge into actually doing something about it (you know who you are  Kiss ).

Researching ticks and their anatomy (so I could get the eyes kind of close to where they're eyes actually are) really grossed me out.  I've never seen one in person and I hope I never do.  Dis-gus-ting.
270  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lucha Libre Pez Recon (Foto Grande) on: July 24, 2009 12:22:20 PM

The ManFlesh has had a Lucha Libre mask for about 10 years that he busts out every once in a while for fun.  It's for a Luchador named El Misterioso who's name and persona form a thread through his jokes, costumes and general fun-making.  I stole borrowed the mask so I could make this for him!

All the details, The Dispenser:

The Package, I used the actual cardboard from the original package so the back is accurate:

The original mask:

The original package:

He loved it and put it on display!  Wouldn't dare open it!

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