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221  "Wedding" (Cup)Cakes! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by TheMistressT on: February 05, 2014 08:41:08 PM
There's a long story and this isn't the place to go into it, but these are some Common Law Wedding (Cup)Cakes.  There's an in joke, etc.

They'll be delivered tomorrow morning to some desks at The ManFlesh's workplace.  Wink  It's hard to see but there are Wilton Cake Sparkles in "white" (they're actually pretty much clear) on the top and bottom tiers.

I used some free clip art to make the "toppers"; they're printed on glossy photo paper and taped on the back to the skewer.  That skewer goes through all the cupcakes to hold it all in place.

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222  Cupid's Arrows for Faux Taxidermy Antlers in Valentine's Day by TheMistressT on: February 03, 2014 01:30:36 PM
I have a ceramic deer head faux taxidermy mount on my wall. It came with holes where the horns might go so I like to put different things in there and generally decorate her* up for the seasons and holiday.  So for this Valentines season I decided to make some cupid's arrows for her horns.

I realized last summer that synthetic wine corks worked well as a base for her antler shenanigans, so I cut one in half, drilled a hole and inserted a cut dowel.

Then I painted some stripes on the dowel in turquoise, red and gold using various arrows from an image search as examples.

The fletching is made with metallic gold paper I had in my stash.

In fact, the only thing I had to buy was a dowel. YEY!

*Yes, it's a female and her name is Mavis.
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223  Re: Job Interview Outfit... for Dogs! ACTION SHOT UPDATE! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: February 01, 2014 09:31:28 AM
It's a really awesome shelter and they work with other shelters to make sure healthy dogs aren't put down, etc.  This is the photo of our Delia, you can see they use the TV for puppies and small dogs.

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224  Another Little People Diorama Takes Flight! in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 12, 2014 02:44:36 PM
We're celebrating Christmas with my mom next week since that was the first time we could all be together, so that means I had a little extra time to make her this!

She's been traveling quite a bit since she retired a couple years ago and have more trips planned, so I thought I'd  skip the holiday theme this time and go with a travel theme!

I used sky print scrapbook paper to decoupage the inside and the base.  The door and window frames are air dry clay, embossed with mini-screws and then painted with silver craft paint.

The base is the inside tube from a role of ribbon that is covered with the same air dry clay technique, then I cut felt for the bottom.

The spheres come with a gold thread hanger, I took it off and covered the hole with this silver star.

And one last pic, taken through one of the side windows.

I hope she likes it, I'm not entirely sure it's her thing.   Undecided
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225  Reindeer and Tree Ornaments in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: January 12, 2014 02:30:24 PM
I'm in a very exclusive, super secret, triad of sisterhood and for xmas I made my super secret sisters these ornaments. 

I printed some slightly edited clip art onto unbleached muslin, then sewed each piece to a different holiday print.

I wanted them to be similar, but not exactly the same (kind of like us), so the reindeer face different directions and have different colored jingle bell harnesses and there are two types of trees.

The beads are supposed to look like popcorn and cranberry garlands put on the trees for the birdies to eat!

I sewed a ribbon hanger into them and pushed a clear bead on them to give them a slightly more finished look w/o making them too fancy.  My sisters are already almost too fancy!

I ran a test print on paper before running the fabric through and didn't want to waste it, so I included the reindeer on the address labels.  Of course, on these I added a red nose!
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226  Winter-themed Cloth Napkins in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 22, 2013 01:29:47 PM

I spotted this snowman fabric at JoAnn a few weeks ago, but left it on the shelf.  Then when I went back I saw that it was on sale for, get this, 70% off + 20% off!  What!?  Plus I got the end-of-bolt discount for another half yard or so. Oh yeah! 

Anyway, enough victory dancing. Ahem.  I like to make my cloth napkins two-sided so I don't have to press hems or have the backside of the print show. So I found this plaid with the same greens and a red in it, also double discounted.

I made a dozen and it's a good thing, because we have 4 other couples coming over for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres the Saturday after xmas. WOO!
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227  Alternative, Essentially 2D Christmas Tree now with TOPPER UPDATE! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 21, 2013 09:24:32 AM
It's been about 8 years since I had a Christmas tree and probably about that long since The ManFlesh has either.  We don't have a great place for one here without moving furniture around to awkward places or into the guest room or whatever AND as you know trees are made of sticks and our dogs are allowed sticks (at least when outside).  So... when I saw this material at Ikea in April, I bought a length and figured I'd come up with something.

I built a frame of 1x4 and 1x2 lumber, then attached Homasote board to that. Homasote is a recycled fiber material made as a sound barrier, but it's a great bulletin board material, too, and you see it used a lot that way.  Finally, I stapled the fabric to the sides and back of the wood frame, stretching with a similar method as art canvases (but with sloppier corners).

The ornaments are hung using 2" straight pins. I think we need some "us" ornaments; most of these are mine or ones I made him of various pets' footprints.  Also, we need a topper and I want to figure out some lights that won't mean a bunch of thick-ish cords or cutting holes in the fabric, perhaps some LED technology.  Maybe a bead garland, too.

This was not a cheap project, but cost about 2 years' worth of lot trees and half or less of a decent looking, full-priced traditional fake tree.

UPDATE! I threw together a topper with some things I had laying around. You know, like BIGFOOT!

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228  Fuzzy Animal Slippers! You Know, For the Adults. (6 pics) in Shoes: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 12, 2013 08:23:47 PM
I have a new respect for those of you who work with plush frequently. Oy.  BUT I am super pleased with the results of my foray into plush.  Grown-up fuzzy animal slippers!

First up, the leopards for The ManFlesh's BIL.

The face of one leopard, I used two-hole buttons for the eyes, embroidery floss for the nose.

And the bottom, the usual non-skid material.

And then there's the wombats! The ManFlesh's sister's favorite animal.  Admittedly, neither look so much like the animals they represent, but I'm pleased with how they turned out for a first go.

I packaged them up in labeled boxes to help their recipients would know what they are since we won't be there when they unwrap them.

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229  Barbie's New Living Room Set in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 11, 2013 08:18:31 PM
The ManFlesh's nieces, ages "almost 6" and "8 and a half", do enjoy their Barbies and I had an decade+ old Vogue pattern for a "fashion doll" living room so I made them a furniture set for Christmas!I didn't want to do pink or lavender, because there's already too much of that in girls' toys, so I raided the home dec clearance rack and the remnant bin for something feminine, but not typical or stereo-typical. 

There were patterns and instructions for the sofa and ottoman and I modified the sofa pattern to make the chair and winged it on the coffee table. I had much grander plans for the coffee table, but I was running out of time.

I added some throw pillows for funsies.

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230  Job Interview Outfit... for Dogs! ACTION SHOT UPDATE! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 09, 2013 05:59:18 PM

Our dog-nephew, Wacho is about the age where he can start contributing to his family and I thought it would be nice for him to have something to wear to interviews so I made him this for Christmas. (here modeled by our Betty)

Here it is off the dog. I used the collar off a thrift store shirt. I just cut it up the center back and finished the ends with a bias tape scrap I had in my stash.  Elastic loops give a place to slide a collar through.  I found a tie to go with at the same shop.  Wacho is a Malamute with the standard fluffy hair, so I don't think anyone interviewing him will even notice that his shirt collar doesn't go all the way around and the blue color will bring out his eyes.

Betty can be one of those too-cool-for-school, bored model-types.

Heeeeere's WACHO!  I told his mom that the gift was for job interviews, but indications would suggest that he wants to use it for dates! [wink]

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