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41  Doggo's Elevated Feeder in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 22, 2016 10:54:06 AM

Delia's food bowl travels around quite a bit while she's eating so I decided to make an elevated stand for both her bowls.

I added finger notches to make it easier to remove the bowls for filling and cleaning.

I finished it to match the kitchen cabinetry and counters which I redid earlier this year.

It's not exactly as I had envisioned it. I had wanted premade turned legs, but didn't find them in the right length, so added moulding to these plain parsons legs. I initially wanted a skirt under the top to look more like a real piece of furniture, but I also wanted to limit the amount of materials I had to buy - I didn't have the right materials for that so went without. I already had all the materials for the top and all the paint, stain, and varnish. I will keep my eye out for turned legs and if I feel motivated might replace these with those at some point.

Now I just have to control myself and wait until Christmas to give it to her!  Roll Eyes
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42  Dr Potter's Medicine Show Adverting Banner in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 15, 2016 02:24:28 PM

As I've mentioned on some other project posts, The ManFlesh's first novel will be published in February. First time authors who are not otherwise famous need to do a lot of their own marketing and publicity. So I helped him put together a cosplay photo shoot including making this banner for a prop.

I made the text on my computer and printed it out the right size to fit in my opaque projector, then traced the letters onto this canvas that I stapled to the shop wall. After that, I hand painted what I'd traced, then stained up the cloth with tea, coffee, and a wood stain made with vinegar and rusty iron bit.

At 38" it was jussssst too wide for a dowel, so I cut some PVC pipe we had lying around to 37.5" so it wouldn't show. Then threaded jute rope also from stash through it. I also stained the rope with tea and coffee.

Here it is in the photo shoot.

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43  My First Cosplay Part II: Dr. Potter's Medicine Show... THE SUIT in Costumes: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 13, 2016 07:14:48 PM

Hoo boy! I made this suit. It's like a real suit as far as construction and man what a job! Now, I am not like a real tailor and we didn't splurge for real suiting material, but still.

The ManFlesh's first novel will be published and released in February and we did a fun photo shoot for promotional purposes, so I made this suit so he could play the titular character. I made the jacket, pants, and vest (which I posted separately). We bought the shirt, braces (but I sewed the buttons on the pants!), shoes, and hat.

This jacket had around 50 pieces including the pockets, lining, and interfacing. Yeah. So here are some detail-y shots.




The buttons are wood that I found online. We just don't have a lot of options for fabric and notions locally. In fact the suit flannel and vest print were purchased on vacation. This shot of the cuff is probably the most accurate color-wise, at least on my monitor.

Without the jacket and vest, but with some sass from The ManFlesh.

I used a McCalls pattern that I can't find the number for right now, because interwebz.

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44  Vintage Flash Card Christmas Decorations in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 12, 2016 05:54:36 PM

I found these vintage flashcards, from the year of my birth - 1971 - at a vintage market last spring. Then I found the black forest style frames at another one last summer. Last Sunday, I finally got around to painting the frames and putting them together for a holiday decoration for the end of the kitchen cabinets, the part that the fridge sits in.

But the lighting there is terrible, so I hung them outside for all the other photos!

You can see the color of the red a little better here, but the photo misses the highlights which are very close to the red in the images. I mixed some craft paints (a red and a green) and then added mixed plaster of paris to make my own chalk paint. Then I waxed it with citrus furniture wax. The frames had already been painted a grey with an orangey color underneath when I bought them. I left that on the innermost part and distressed them a bit more to bring out the orangey bits and I didn't bother being overly careful with the application of the red. It's supposed to look imperfect!

The cards are mounted on some mat board that I had in my stash since they aren't quite the right proportions for the frames. Because I love the flash card aspect of the them, I cut out windows to show that part. I wasn't going for the off-kilter look, but I can live with it... especially as they just face the wall!

Now that I live in the snowy hinterlands, I love the idea of having more snow-related holiday and wintertime decorations!
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45  Totally Tubular Gift Wrap in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 12, 2016 02:22:59 PM

For some reason, I just thought that my BIL's xmas gift would be wrapped in a tube, like that classic oatmeal box trick to keep people from being able to guess. It turns out that we had a sturdy tube package from an Irish whisky we received as gift ourselves and it was the PERFECT SIZE to fit in the one little spot left in the box of gifts being shipped to the family! Instead of just wrapping it as per usual, I made it into something reusable as a gift container using only items that I had in my stash.

I used wrapping paper and washi tape on the main body. I drilled a hole into the top, then finished with a grommet and a ribbon for a handle.

I used a wooden bead to reinforce the ribbon handle.

And here's the little gift tag (one of the things in the tube is a stocking cap)! It's made from a holiday card using a punch.

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46  Re: Christmas Tree-Along 2016 in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 07, 2016 05:48:36 PM
OooOooo! I can't wait to see everyone's trees! My Christmas decoration theme is pretty much trees, trees, trees! We don't really have a great place to put a 3D tree so I made this altern-a-tree a could years ago. This is the first year it's had lights, though!

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47  Wooden Snowflake Door Decorations in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 07, 2016 12:06:05 PM

I have had this monogram snowflake for over a year and finally got around to finishing it! I used an acrylic "Stain & Seal to "pickle" the whole thing and then used glass glitter for the initial "F."

I couple of weeks ago I spotted this, smaller, wooden snowflake in the Target cheapo bins and picked it up for the balcony door. I used the same pickle treatment, but since there wasn't really a good spot for the glitter, I used this little beads from Michael's glitter line to fill in and highlight the grooves.

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48  Fake Antique Wooden Crate in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 02, 2016 07:12:03 PM

This crate is for a larger project for promoting The ManFlesh's 1st novel that is coming out in February. I've posted a few other parts of that already! The end has the book deets.

The side has the advertising verbiage from the book.

And some bottles packed in straw to keep them from breaking as the medicine show travels from place to place by wagon.

I tried a couple of image transfer methods before having success with xylene and laser printed images. That worked like a charm!

What didn't work like a charm was the metal edges which are actual metal that I aged... after I applied a clear, acrylic varnish to protect the aging, the metal took on a duct table look. BOO!

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49  Snake Oil/Patent Medicine Bottles in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 01, 2016 12:56:03 PM
The ManFlesh's first novel comes out in February 2017 and I am having great fun making fan "art" for publicity purposes. An 1870s miracle cure plays an important role in the story, so I designed a label for attaching to bottles of the "medicine" and filled them up!

And a slightly closer look at the labels on the bottles before they were filled and corked.

The crate is a sample of something I might make for some local shops that might sell his book, but aren't bookshops with shelves for such.
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50  My First Cosplay: Dr. Potter's Medicine Show, The Vest in Costumes: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: November 04, 2016 06:24:37 PM
The ManFlesh is getting his first novel published and it comes out next February (2017), so I am making him this suit for a publicity cosplay-style photo shoot. I started with the smallest piece with the fewest steps and halfway through I thought to myself, "What have I gotten myself into?"

That said, I'm super pleased with how the vest turned out and am going to go ahead and post it to keep up my morale! I found this paisley in the vintage prints section of a large fabric store and it goes really nicely with the brown check I got for the suit itself.


Just plain mid-weight cotton for the back and lining. I am forever cutting hardware and notions off of things we are getting rid of, so I already had the D-rings.

Last year I "inherited" my family's button box! It has at least 4, possibly 5, generations of saved and extra buttons in it. These shell buttons, that may well be from the period in which the book takes place (late 1870s)! I had to find new cotter pins for them, because I made the vest washable and the shell buttons are not. It was fun and nerve racking to make double the button holes in order to use them. Wink

Next week I will start the pants. Wish me luck!
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