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21  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.

22  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
23  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.

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Belt Buckle "Holster" on: March 10, 2017 06:26:06 PM

The ManFlesh likes slightly outrageous belt buckles and has a small collection that sat in a pile on his chest of drawers. To make them easier to choose and also display them, I made this "holster" for them based on a vintage piece I saw on Ebay a couple years ago.

It will hold a dozen buckles and with his two belts will mean his collection can expand to 14 before we need to find another solution. Luckily, he's neither a shopper nor a collector. Wink

Each "slot" consists of a snapped flap and holes to hold the buckle in place as if it were installed on the belt.

I used a piece of scrap closet rod I had from renovating our closet, a couple upholstery tacks and a strip of the cork-backed vinyl the rest of it is made from to make the hanger.

And this is the back.

This was a very late Christmas gift (there were... challenges... to getting the proper materials and tools and then trying to find time to concentrate was it's own challenge). So I hung it on the wall over his chest of drawers, then taped wrapping paper and a bow to the wall over it and presented it to him that way.
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Stash-busting Cards on: March 02, 2017 06:47:49 PM

I received some fun craft supplies from a couple of friends for my birthday, including some stamps and papers. So I decided to get dig in to my stash, play with the new stuff, and make a few cards to have on hand. Most will likely be used for thank you notes.

The tags are all made from greeting cards we have received  after we've enjoyed them displayed for awhile.
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dogs Playing Poker Pot Holders on: January 22, 2017 11:05:33 AM
We've been needing new pot holders for awhile and having a house sitter in a couple of weeks motivated me to throw together a couple of new ones so she can safely feed herself!

The backs are quilted ironing board fabric, it's very heat-resistant and thick! There's a layer of cotton batting between.

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Leather & Ring Cuff on: January 20, 2017 08:32:27 PM

I was looking at my accessories pinboard searching for some crossbody bags for an upcoming trip and came upon a pin for this (knock-off?) leather bracelet earlier today and then tonight I was bored so I went into my craft space to work on a stamp project. So, I made this! D'oh!

I was given a bag of leather scraps by a friend who worked at a custom furniture manufacturer and was inspired by some shoes I am hoping to get that are also a light blue color.

I had everything I needed, so FREE PROJECT! YEY!

Original pin: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/168885054751059447/
I'd have liked it even more if I had a bigger O-ring laying around, but I didn't.
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Draft Blockers on: January 16, 2017 02:11:01 PM
I needed a couple of draft blockers to get me through until spring when I can more solidly solve the problem, i.e. take the doors off or having them hanging open for long periods of time. So I dug into my stash and found scraps from other projects to make some on-the-cheap!

Front door:

Loops sewn into the ends for hanging it up.

Upstairs, balcony/guest room:

There's a weird door knob thing going on with that door, so I added these D-rings for hanging it. I intend to add a hook by the door for that.

Both are made with the brown quilted material, but the front door version is covered with another layer of material to help deal with dog hair and the kind of dust we get from living in the country.
29  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / My 1st Cosplay Part III: Cospup, Dogter Potter's Medicine Show! caravan of pics on: January 15, 2017 01:45:49 PM

I used remnants from the Dr Potter's Medicine Show suit I made for The ManFlesh (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451059.0) to make Delia her own cospup costume! This is what the "prototype" dog coat (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451343.0) I made last week was testing. I am tickled to pieces with how it turned out! Now they have matching outfits to go with the matching beards! And matching facial expressions.  Cheesy


As I spent about 10 hours on this, not including planning, plotting, figuring, and flouncing, I am going to share photos of detail after detail.  Shocked Mostly taken at night in artificial light. Oh well!


Vest, shirt, buttons:

Collars, lapel:

The back with the buttons:

As mentioned above, it's made from remnants & leftovers from the suit I made earlier. But for the other parts: shirt, fleece liner, hook & loop & buttons,  I was able to pull from stash! The only thing I bought was wide hook & loop tape to fasten the front to the back.

(this is all for Delia's papa's debut novel, Dr Potter's Medicine Show which comes out on Feb 2 in the UK and Feb 7 in the
US - which is why I'm so busy making "Fan Art" for it!)
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Prototype Flannel & Fleece Dog Jacket on: January 13, 2017 04:33:50 PM

I bought a dog coat recently that actually fit my Delia! So, of course, I decided to try to copy it. This is my first effort using a pattern I made from the original w/o disassembling the original at all, using left over materials from my stash.

Over all it's a pretty good fit, but there are a few fairly easy things I'll change for the next time. The neck size and some of the features of the original that I don't need.

Close up of the fabrics from stash:

The original, store-bought coat from about a month ago:

I noticed only after it was bought and worn that the care instructions are "spot clean only." FOR A DOG COAT! Gimme a break.

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