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271  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sweet Music Onesie on: August 26, 2008 10:35:36 AM
A friend I used to work with is having a baby with his wife next month.  I'm not in the invited-to-the-shower category of friends, but I feel sort of sisterly towards him and think his wife is awesome so I wanted to give them a little something for their daughter.

The birdy is a button, the flowers are some vintage trim (that had been used in my room as a toddler in the mid-70s).

I don't really have a sense of mom's style, so hopefully it's girlie enough and not too girlie.  I'm just popping it into the mail - hoping the unexpectedness of it will also be pleasing to them.
272  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Enough with the Varmint Voodoo already! Pah! on: August 25, 2008 05:12:18 PM
More Varmint Voodoo dolls.  First a gull for those living on coasts full- or part-time or near landfills and large parking lots.

Here's the schpiel that describes them:
Varmint Voodoo dolls are for those times when you have tried every humane thing you can think of to rid your yard, garden, home and life of these creatures, but are still plagued by them. 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: 2.25 x 6 x 1.5; its just the right size for humanely taking out your frustrations with your particular varmint(s)! This is a toy for grown-ups only; kids and pets already have enough toys. Watch out; pins are sharp!

Then a custom order for a "reptile".  I know that chameleons aren't generally pests, but this guy just looks right with the evil red eye and sinister grimace.

Thanks for looking!
273  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Olive the Other Reindeer. Or something. on: August 09, 2008 05:17:12 PM
So, I showed The ManFlesh a thing called a Pet Peek and he had to have it.  After his new-ish fence was stained, the peek was installed.  Once I saw it installed I thought "Wreath!" and decided to make one hoping to get a picture of his dog, Olive, peeking through the wreath as a gift for xmas.  But, I decided to tell him about it so it won't be a surprise and I like my gifts to be surprises. 

The ManFlesh and his ex co-parent Olive and she'll be returning to mom's in another state next week, so the pressure was on.  We'll have to try again to get good shots, because the sun was too far in the west and glared off the peek.  I had to share anyway, because making that wreath was a pain in the arse.

Blooper shot:

Pay no attention to the man behind the fence.
274  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Patron Saint of Dogs Playing Poker on: July 31, 2008 03:22:46 PM
I've a friend having a birthday party BBQ this weekend. We're not close and haven't talked much in the past few years, but I hate going empty handed so I whipped this up.  He lives in an old church and enjoys kitsch-y religious "art" and well, who doesn't like dogs playing poker?

A candle blank from a local department store with fabric glued to it.

Hopefully you get the idea from the 4 shots of the round candle.

The match box I covered to go with it:

I hope he thinks it's funny.  I do!

Thanks for having a peek!
275  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cub Scouting for the Adult Undead (pics like crazy) on: July 30, 2008 05:35:06 PM
So, I was invited to an Adult Pinewood Derby that is based on the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, but WAY more fun!  For one, it's all grown-ups so you're on your own for self-esteem and crap like that.  Wink  For two, there is a Presentation category which included costumes, dioramas and even multi-media presentations.  For three, there it is potluck food and booze. Which brings us to four, which is good-natured trash talk and high-quality sass.

So this is the 3rd or 4th annual, but my first.  I was invited to be the partner of a friend of a friend of the host who'd been before, but not competed.  Most people had 3 months to come up with their cars and presentations, I had 2 weeks notice w/ less than one week to work on the car.  You will see how that came into play.

So, when I was telling The ManFlesh about it I kept calling it the "Pinebox Derby" so the idea of a coffin was born from that and a vampire/cemetery theme arose.

The top of the diorama with a view of the coffin car:

A fuller view of the front of the diorama:

The sides are vintage paper placemats with print outs of anatomical drawings of a human begging for mercy from the 15th century or so.

The back with other anatomical drawings (ostrich and monkey/ape):

The headstone:

View down the open grave:

That's a mirror under the car, so when the car was out and the competition looks down in there they would see themselves. Bwahahaha!

Close-up of the grave-side floral wreath:

A mirror in that, too and a crucifix necklace from a Snoop Dawg action figure (yes, really).

Costumes were a little more low-key.  Neither of us could get excited about wearing lots of black clothes or heavy make-up for mid-day outdoor event in July. So, it was black summer shirts, some kind of scout-ish shorts/skort, fire boots from him with a scout neckerchief and black sandals for me with a black umbrella that I scavenged and made into a creepy parasol.  We did a light white make up (mine lighter than his, because he doesn't know how to apply make up), black and read lipsticks, lots of black eye-make up on me, some on him, plus he got black spray-on hair color.

Together before getting in the hearse, I mean Honda, to go to the derby:

The sun was super bright and right in our eyes.  Most of the day we wore sunglasses worked fine with the costumes.

Just me with a pretty good shot of the parasol:

I hand-sewed inexpensive fringe to the edge.  The top finial was missing, so I just stuck a dollar store raven on there by poking its feet wires through the fabric and twisting them around the frame.
276  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Cracked Pots-Garden Art from Recycled Material (July 22 & 23) on: July 21, 2008 08:15:45 AM
The 2008 Annual Garden Art Show at McMenamins Edgefield is July 22 & 23; 1 - 8 pm. The show features more than 70 talented artists spread throughout the beautiful grounds of historic Edgefield.

Rooted in Portland, Oregon, Cracked Pots sprouted in 1998... [and] are deeply committed to sustainable living and to reclaiming items headed to landfills by transforming them into whacky and wondrous works of garden ornamentation. 

Many more Cracked Pots have since joined this nonprofit organization, collaborating with other groups in a ceaseless dedication to build stronger communities through grassroots, sustainable art projects. We exhibit the work of over 80 Northwest artists who are committed to making provocative art for the garden from recycled, reclaimed and reworked material.

277  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bottle Bobbles (sort of) on: July 19, 2008 05:41:08 PM
I've been invited to a birthday potluck brunch for a great gal that I don't know all that well.  She's the friend of a friend who I've enjoyed quite a bit when we are at the same place at the same time.  She absolutely really truly doesn't want gifts and I don't cook.  After talking it over with our mutual good friend (who is a good cook and my "date") I decided to bring a few sparkling fruit juices, because the birthday girl doesn't drink and I just can't go empty handed as a guest in someone's home, ya' know?  Anyway, I made these little bottle decorations just to make them more special and festive.  Well, also because I wanted to make her a little something, but I wanted to comply with her wish for no gifts.

All 3:

A couple close-ups:

Hopefully she can reuse them either when she brings a bottle somewhere or as bookmarks or something.
278  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Growing Tree on: July 15, 2008 05:53:26 PM
I made this for a swap and since my partner received today, I'm going to post it here.  It's a growth chart for her baby-on-the-way!  Her nursery will have a nature theme.  I was all amped up to paint a growth chart on wood or MDF, but it seemed like the shipping would be challenging.  So after PMs and wist-stalking, I thought why not a fabric tree?

Mounted in my basement wall.

Close-up of the many little tucks or pleats or whatever they're called on the trunk.

It's really hard to sew crooked on purpose, but controlled crooked!

A handy dandy pen pocket for the fabric pen:

And how it will look to the baby (when he or she gets here), only on a cuter colored wall:

I'd never done anything like this before and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, but boy was I nervous about my partner liking it.  She does or is faking it really well!  YEY! 
279  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Snuggly Blankets for Shelter Animals (pics a' plenty) on: July 08, 2008 04:53:25 PM
Months ago I saw this post while perusing the Crafting For Good And Not Evil board: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=212419.0 . It's a charitable project that gets shelter animals blankets for their cages and kennels.  Not only does it give them something soft and comforting in a potentially frightening and uncomfortable place, but seeing an animal on a cuddly blanket actually increases that animals chance of being adopted and becoming a pet. If I remember correctly, the blanket goes with an adopted animal and as something familiar can help it adjust to it's new home.

So shortly after seeing that post, I told The ManFlesh about it and he offered to help as he's a big old softie for animals, even if he's not the craftiest fella (he's mean in the kitchen, though). So, I hit the Goodwill Outlet and got about a dozen pounds of blankets, afghans, pillow shams, etc., we each washed and dried them and then they sat in our respective basements for months until last weekend when we got. to. town.

He did a bunch of sewing and pinking.  I did the cutting and sewed some of the more difficult blankets, as he hadn't sewn since 4H over 20 years ago.  He picked it up again real quick-like, though. They're each made of 2 different pieces, back to back.  A few have binding around the edge.

Herre are 2 of 4 large-sized:

A polar fleece teddy bear panel w/ blanket back.

A woven throw blanket with a flannel sheet back.

2 of 3 medium-sized:

All the medium sized ones are pillow shams backed with afghans.

and an example of the 4 small-sized:

The small ones are all woven blankets backed with polar fleece.

When one of us would worry over the aesthetics of them, the other would say "they're dog blankets".  Of course they're for cats, too and shelters for other types of rescued pets are also signed up for the project. None of these are fine examples of sewing or design, but there's a certain charm to the extra homely ones that reminds me of little kids who drag around ratty, one-eyed teddy bears or stained and shredded blankies.  We made 11 and while I feel all warm and fuzzy about it, I feel sad that there most certainly won't be enough for everybody.

Interested?  All the details are here: http://www.snugglesproject.org/
280  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / More Varmint-y Freshness on: June 13, 2008 07:50:26 PM
I've been having quite a bit of fun creating new editions of my Varmint Voodoo dolls the last couple of days!

Varmint Voodoo: Grasshopper/Locust: Edition

Varmint Voodoo: Spider Edition

Varmint Voodoo: Opossum Edition

Varmint Voodoo: Rabbit Edition

Other Varmints Voodoo:
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