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271  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Your Sister's Rack (Refinished Pot Rack) on: June 26, 2009 11:03:00 AM
My most recent client is The ManFlesh's sister who had purchased a used pot rack in need of refinishing (not so much "reconstructed") before she could install it in her lovely early 20th century home.  She let it sit around for awhile before giving up and hiring a professional - me!

Before-ish (I didn't remember to take a photo until I'd started sanding.  It all looked pretty much like the hooks look in this shot):

After shots:

Layers of metallic paint and shimmery decorative "plaster" over a proper primer, of course.  I hope to get an action shot when it's installed.  She's runs a business and has 2 little kids (and one big kid/husband) so it might take awhile.   Wink
272  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A little a bithday gift topper (representations of plant genitalia) on: May 13, 2009 12:58:51 PM
I went to put this in the Occasions and Holidays section, but since it's to decorate a birthday gift package there wasn't a correct section.  This is the second time I've crafted something to decorate a present with and couldn't put it under Occasions and Holidays. Slow on the uptake, I guess.  I don't feel like it really belongs in Needlework, but that's what I came up with.

So it's several layers of white muslin circles with scalloped edges and a bunch of French knots holding it together. I used 6 strands of floss to make them plump and nubbly.
273  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bad-mouthed Beatrix Potter Embroidery (lots of pics, one cuss word) on: April 30, 2009 07:03:32 PM
This is for a long-time friend of mine who has cancer... again. It's back, it's mean, it's going to be with her forever as she lives in and out of remission. And live she will; I don't know anyone tougher than she.

It's stretched over stretchers designed for artists' canvas.

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A closer look at the stitches:
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I covered the back (which is a mess - you can tell I've never stretched canvas before) with unbleached muslin that I personalized and then covered the edges with this wide twill tape I had laying around and attached a hanger.

A closer look at the teeny tiny stitches that I did in the car. I didn't get any blood on it at all!

I used gimp from my stash to add a touch to the edge and a black upholstery nail to finish it off.

A close-up of the text, because who doesn't want a closer look at embroidered cussin'?

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Firsts for me on this project:  mixing floss colors on the needle (is there a term for this?), split stitch, stretching across stretcher bars, playing with toile, crafting a cuss word and using the mature img feature here.  Wink

And finally the before picture of this portion of the Beatrix Potter toile:

UPDATE: I gave it to her today (May 14) and I think she really liked it!  At the very least she liked that I made her something.  Whew!
274  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Altered & New Scrapbook: Argentina & Environs ( pic heavy" is an understatement) on: April 12, 2009 06:09:13 PM
I guess I didn't expect to ever find myself in the Scrapbook Forum, but here I am.  Woo!  I recently spent about 3 weeks in NE Argentina and SW Uruguay and made this book while there, finishing up after arriving home. I had found the vintage Auto Bingo card at the thrift store just a few days before PhizzyChick posted this wonderful work of creativity: www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic= 270914.msg3058163 which inspired me to use it for the cover. I made the back with book board and cut pages from cardstock I had on hand and after using pigment ink stamp pads to color the pages, bound it with my Bind-It-All.

I loved finding the wee things for those windows, less than an inch square. Part of the fun was trying to find things for the existing words, part of the fun was ignoring them. I bound it at the top to reflect how Argentina (our only planned destination) is a long, rather than wide country.

Inside Cover

The couple looks very roughly like me and The ManFlesh and he found them for me, so it was fun to include his contributions, too.

Day 5

The first few days of the trip were less activity-intense as The ManFlesh had a stomach flu, but after that each day got it's own spread.

Day 7 Close-up

I was able to find something to put at each of the towns we stopped in.  It took some serious stompin and poundin to flatten that cap w/o tools.

Day 14

This one was harder to get together, but after digging through the collected ephemera and detritus I was able to get enough things to tell the story of that days highlights. I was so excited to realize these swizzle sticks I'd saved looked like oars and would be a great addition to tell of our canoe/kayak trip on the Rio Parana.

Day 20

This is one of my favorite spreads because I was aple to tell the story of The ManFlesh realizing he'd left his visa at the restaurant at the Jardin Japones when we went to pay for our snack outside the Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo and our walk back to get it. Also it shows the local guys we met through his uncle who helped give us a look at typical Buenos Aires night life.  It's about 7" wide and open almost 15" long, so my scanner couldn't handle the inside images. I think the camera shots are better than the covers, which I scanned. Bummer.

Day 22 and Inside Back Cover

Our last day started as we arrived in Houston for our layover. Between our houses we passed Baja Fresh and decided we needed to partake in some spicy food - something not easy to find in Argentina and then we went to pick up The ManFlesh's dog. Left over postcard postage added some color to the map on the inside back cover. The ink jet printer photo has discolored the little strip of paper I glued there that said "Thank you for your preference" that I cut off an ATM receipt.  Lesson learned there.

Back Cover

Oh, how I love carpinchos now!

If you've made it this far, THANK YOU! The whole entire thing is posted in my flickr if you haven't suffered enough:

275  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The Adventures of Bigfoot: NE Argentina & SW Uruguay (5 pics) on: March 29, 2009 07:32:50 PM
I wouldn't call my photos of Bigfoot "art", but this is where I understand photos to go. I know people who make art with their cameras and I know this ain't it, but it "gives me happy" to make them, as I like to say, so I make them when I travel locally and abroad and sometimes just around town.  I've been doing it for about 2 years.

These are in Uruguay:

These are in Argentina:

The rest of the collection from this trip can be seen here if you're interested:
276  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Varmint Voodoo: Loud-mouthed Jerk Edition on: February 18, 2009 04:23:19 PM
This Varmint Voodoo doll is for those situations when you have to tolerate a Loud-mouth Jerk. The neighbor, friend-of-a-friend, sibling, in-law, ex-boyfriend/husband, baby-daddy, 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).

Approx: 5 x 3.5 x 1.75; its just the right size for humanely (and legally) taking out your frustrations with your particular jerk!

I'm looking for an appropriate female image, too. 
277  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Flat-pack Tiny House (1st paper project) - Shameful number of pics on: February 04, 2009 08:24:44 PM
My first paper craft - at least, I think it's a paper craft - for the Tiny House Swap.  It's decoupage on balsa wood using sheet music (actually music lesson exercises), book parts, ink-jet printed clip art, Velcro and magnets. As I was preparing to pack it up the "hinges" started failing and in my attempts to fix it w/o changing the basic look a couple of other images were added, but I didn't take pics.  Ultimately I used clear packing tape to reinforce the whole thing.  I thought that the layers of Mod Podge would have made the paper strong enough to crease a bit, but it didn't make it strong enough to crease as many times as I'd done. I'm just glad it happened here and not at my partner's house! Undecided Anyway, any advice from the tremendously skilled paper craftsters will be much appreciated!

Front and back:

Couple of inside views:

Under the roof and the fasteners:

The flat-pack views:

A view for scale:

In progress:
278  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cupcake Stands! Five (5) Images Strong! on: January 15, 2009 02:59:24 PM
Thrifted dessert plates on thrifted wine glass stems made into cupcake stands! 

Before I ever saw these made with candlesticks, I saw them made with wine glass stems and fell in love.  After looking at all kinds of thrift store candlesticks, I decided that the thrift store wine glass stems were a bit more the elegant look I was going for - their candlesticks were generally clunky and pressed glass (showing the seam) rather than blown.  I don't have much in the way of glass tools, but I do know an awesome glazier who likes the challenge of new things so I had him cut off most of the bowls and grind the remaining bit level. 

This is a xmas gift for a friend that I haven't been able to get together with yet:

Detail of the stem-turned-foot:

This was a gift for my mom, she uses hers on her dresser for holding bracelets (pardon the detritus on the patio table - I went to wipe it off and realized it was frozen in there):

Detail of the stem-turned-foot:

And some more of that dessert plate, because it's pretty and appears to be hand painted:

279  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ikea Glass into Ye Olde Pimp Chalice (SOOO many pics) UPDATE: I made ikeahacker! on: December 23, 2008 11:16:46 PM
This is The ManFlesh's main xmas present.  It took something like 10 hours over a couple weeks, plus all kinds of time ruminating  and hunting up supplies.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out I'm about to bust!  If he doesn't like it, I'll be kind of crushed.  I'm pretty sure he will, though.  Smiley


This was probably the most complicated project I've done outside of building a house about 10 years ago.  All the decoration is on the outside of the bowl or the bottom of the foot.  First I gilded it with faux gold leaf, then I sealed that with spray lacquer. I made the crests and other decorations using digital collage and decoupaged them onto the sealed gold leaf. After that I coated all the gold leaf surfaces plus a little extra with 2 layers of resin.  It was my first time using resin and that was fun and anxiety inducing!  Finally I glued on the rhinestones.



Those are the "artisan's initials" there.  Ahem.

This is a pretty accurate representation of how the inside GLOWS in the light.

Close up of the crest

That's the digital collage using all kinds of clip art that I altered every piece of before added it.  That was the single most time consuming part - about 5 hours.  I'm sure a better photoshopper could've done it quicker. It's full of things that represent his personality and life.

A view of the rhinestones that shows how the gold glows

If I could do it over, I'd use higher quality rhinestones, but these I had on hand.  They hide the ridge where the resin and glass meet at the bottom of the bowl.

I couldn't just hand it to him and I wanted to kind of go with the style-theme of it being aristocratic and old so put together this box.  Originally I wanted to find a wooden chest to alter or something, but I've been snowed in for days and had to make do with what I have in the house.  I'm pleased with how it turned out and feel great about not having to buy anything or drive around burning fuel.

An old Harry & David fruit gift box covered with purple and gold paper.  Purple is his favorite color & a royal color and the gold ties in with the chalice itself - plus it's gold!  I had bought the gold paper the circle is made from thinking I would use it for the decoupage, but didn't. 

I printed the crest onto shrink plastic for printers and attached it.

And finally made a purple velvet pillow to hold the chalice safely in the box.  I got lucky; the velvet matches the paper on the box really well!

This project made it to ikeahacker!
280  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tricycle Onesie... or is that a "Threesie"? on: December 22, 2008 05:15:15 PM

My cousin and his wife are having a baby boy!  They live in Texas, the rest of his family live in Oregon. They're supposed to be here for Christmas (we're having some serious weather here, so they may not be her after all). His mom suggested a surprise baby shower as part of the family xmas gathering so I made this.

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