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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Thank Goodness for Country Boys! Brand New Hot Dishes! on: April 25, 2017 02:24:05 PM
Came upon an Alexander Henry beefcake pinup print I hadn't noticed before and had to get some to add to my Hot Dishes! stable. So to speak.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / OLD GUYS RULE! Underpants for Papa on His Birthday. on: April 24, 2017 11:32:51 AM

It's sort of a tradition that the pets make their papa underpants for gifts. When I stumbled upon this fabric while browsing online, I KNEW it would be perfect for his May birthday.

I found this material on clearance back when the family was knee deep in Dr Potter's Medicine Show events and such, so snapped it up as a nod to the ticket-event type stuff.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Headbands! Four of 'em. on: April 21, 2017 12:54:49 PM

I'm at a difficult place in growing my hair out. Headbands help, but all mine were old and kinda faded, etc. So I hit my stash!

They're all reversible, so it's really like eight of 'em!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / It's Getting All Vernal Up In This Piece - Springtime Door Wreaths on: April 06, 2017 06:48:58 AM
It was past time to take down the snowflake door decor since we've not had any real snow on the ground for a few weeks. So I poured through all my wreath pins found something I liked that I even had most of the materials for and decided to make my versions of it. Then I couldn't find the main piece, so I went off on my own path. I'm sure many of you can relate!

There are two doors on the front of the house. The front door and then the balcony door right above it. I like to put something on both if I can, so I made a coordinating, but slightly smaller, wreath for it. There are two bird nesting vessels over the balcony, so these birdies from my stash seemed appropriate. in fact, I used stash for everything but the plastic greenery!

All the decoupage is done with the Mod Podge exterior stuff and both doors are pretty sheltered from precipitation, so hopefully they'll hold up for the couple-three months I intend to display the wreaths. Because the doors have windows, I decoupaged the back of the words and birds with this green gingham.

ADDENDUM: The wreath forms are your standard green coated-wire forms that I spray painted with copper paint.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / HAPPY FIRST CONTACT DAY! on: April 05, 2017 08:34:39 AM
On Monday I picked out new Star Trek TOS fabric to expand the Hot Dishes! selection. On Tuesday I was notified that Wednesday was First Contact Day* so I quickly made a few sets.

* On April 5, 2063, Humans first achieved warp speed & Vulcans made first contact with Earth, paving the way for the creation of the Galactic Federation.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Alchemical Basement Laboratory of Dr Morrison Hedwith - Eternal Pics on: March 31, 2017 12:54:24 PM

FINALLY! I finished my wee diorama of Dr Hedwith's basement lab! I started about the same time as Bunny1kenobi started hers, but man, I took me twice as long and it's still less detailed! I was able to bounce ideas off of her and share small (get it?) milestones along the way, so that was really cool! THANKS, Deanna! It was also fun to see our different visions come to light. ANYWAY... I hope you're sitting down, because there are LOTS of photos. Here goes!


Work table: Made from balsa wood, then stained and distressed. The top also has lots of burn marks and "water' rings and such, but most are covered with lab equipment.

I had a lot of fun digging through all the rubbish I collect to eventually make into something so I could turn the store bought glassware into lab vessels! I geeked out making one of them "vent" to the exterior.

I made the mortar and pestle from polymer clay, then stained it with paint. The candle stick is bead caps (painted to match the beads) &  beads glued over a straight pin, then the long "carved" black bead as the candle. The flame is a couple shades of yellow tissue layered and decoupaged.

The shelves are also balsa that's stained and distressed. Wee bottles with corks I picked up last summer for some kind of fan art for Dr Potter's Medicine Show. They have beads and/or glitter in them and the labels are cut from handwriting-look scrapbook paper that I distressed. The books are leather-like papers wrapped over foam core. The bookend is a vintage celluloid charm that I cut the loop off and painted with brass paint, then mounted to a small piece of balsa, stained black, using a small brad behind the owl. I asked the author, i.e. The ManFlesh, if an owl was at all an alchemical symbol, because I liked this charm so much, but he said no. However, because the owl is a symbol of wisdom and Dr Hedwith would have loved that.

There's a seen when a desperate and frustrated Dr Hedwith throws a bottle against a wall and it breaks, so I made this pile of broken "glass" and slightly stained the floor. Bad, bad things happen to people in this basement, so I decided a blood stain was appropriate, too.

I also added this sorrowful chain to the wall. It's best not to think what - or who - it held down.

Directly upstairs in Dr Hedwith's study where he enjoyed a nightly brandy, but in one scene he loses control of his body and spills it on the rug. I added that little round dent nearby to represent where his chair's leg had left an impression when his butler moved it to clean up the mess.


I did a little research and learned that the sidewalks in Portland, Oregon were elevated wooden boardwalks in the late 1800s, so went that route here, just below the basement window of the laboratory. Dr Hedwith sold some of his miracle cure, the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic from a shop also above the lab, so I added the sign which is a minimized version of the label I made for the bottles I made last year (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450933.0).

Of course trash has accumulated under the boardwalk. I had found this wee Potter's whiskey bottle last summer and couldn't resist. I though it seemed like good garbage. And online I found scans of old Oregon newspapers, including this one from about that time.

Another newspaper scan I found was an 1878 front page from my hometown news paper - just 17 or so miles west of Portland! I had to include that. I made this discarded and crushed tin can from a couple layers of heavy duty aluminum foil.

The boardwalk details are wood burned in and before attaching it I burned in labels, too... assuming I'd finish this thing in February - the same month I started it! In this shot you can see the green algae I added to all the edges of the exteriors. "Moss" is a constant battle on surfaces in soggy Portland, Oregon, so I had to include it.

Last exterior detail is the "vent" from the lab equipment. Ever notice all the strange brass and other metal fittings on the outside of old urban buildings? I have always found them interesting, so wanted to get one in!

And then a few more shots, just because I took so many more!

This illustrates the light coming in through the dirty window.

The dirty, dingy basement ceiling... the underside of the upstairs floor and soot from the candles that have burned on that table as Dr Hedwith labors to discover The Stone and save is sorry hide.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My First Quilt: The Second Life of 18 Tee Shirts on: March 29, 2017 06:10:57 PM
WOWZERS! I never expected I'd ever post on the quilting board, but here I am posting my first ever quilt; a tee-shirt/memory quilt commissioned by a friend.

When I poked around online looking for information and examples I saw some much more elaborate and skilled tee shirt quilts, but I knew I was not up for tackling any even remotely complicated piecing!  My friend sent 18 shirts so it has atypical proportions, but he wants this for naps on his sofa so I think at 44" x 80" it'll work out pretty well for his 6'2" frame.

(Not pressed, because I'm cramming it into a bag, then a box, then shipping it to Brooklyn. Oh and he'll NEVER press it!)

Even though most of the "easy" tutorials I saw used polar fleece for the backing and no batting, I went with a quilt backing flannel (no piecing!) with batting. I didn't want to wrestle that much polar fleece and also felt like the stretch of it would make it even more challenging, plus it seemed like maybe that would end up being useful for a shorter time during the year - too hot! It has all the imperfections one would expect from a first effort with wobbly top stitches, stitching all around the ditch, accidental pleating. But it's actually quite close to square and overall I'm really tickled with how it turned out! It definitely looks decent if you're not inspecting it closely. I don't think I'll get into piecework quilts, but I do think I may make another tee shirt quilt someday and am seriously considering a very simple whole cloth quilt for us in the next few months!

An in progress shot with my Pattern Weight Pup!

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Egg Backdrop on: March 24, 2017 01:35:22 PM

Really the best place for the faux chocolate jackalope that I made was on the kitchen counter in this corner behind the stove. BUT the jackalope is brown and so is the counter and backsplash, so he needed a little backdrop to give him the focus he deserves.

It's made entirely from stash which always makes me feel good. Scrapbook paper on black mat board with ruffled crepe paper streamers.

I used book tape to make a little socket for a piece of dowel that has a base made from moulding scrap.

The whole thing comes apart for easy storage and in case I want to use the stand for something else.

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Faux Chocolate Easter Jackalope! on: March 20, 2017 03:14:44 PM

Hoo boy. I have been wanting to make a faux chocolate rabbit for a couple of years and then last summer I finally found a thrift store ceramic Easter Bunny. Then I I put him in the closet until a couple weeks ago when I decided that just a plain, old, traditional chocolate rabbit wasn't going to jussssst right. Mine needed to be a jackalope!

When I went to make a bow for his neck, I got the epiphany to make him a necktie instead. I don't know why but I just find it super funny!

His egg is a painted wooden egg and the next in the basket is made with polymer clay. The antlers are painted paper mache on wire.

I put a tutorial of sorts on my blog: https://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2017/03/faux-chocolate-jackalopes-tutorial.html
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Stash Busting Hot Pads! Oh, They're HOT All Right! (bountiful pics) on: March 17, 2017 03:36:54 PM
I finally busted out a bunch of Hot Dishes! Eight sets! YAHOO!

And the backs are like so.

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