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251  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Tutus for My Two: Dogs in Clothes, It Never Gets Old (overly photographic) on: April 16, 2012 08:03:12 PM
So a good friend of mine asked for some help making a dog tutu and I, of course, accepted.  The thing is, I've never made a tutu for anyone, let alone a dog.  So, of course I had to practice and who better to pratice on than my Beastie Grrlz, Betty and Delia?  Making the tutus was more time consuming and yet much easier than taking photos of my horrible beasts wearing them.

Delia: What is this thing, mama?  I must bite it.

She got used to it... or at least distracted.  Smiley

Betty: Look how good I am.  I'm sitting!

Delia: No, mama!  I'm the good one.  I'm sitting!

I used the same netting and tulle for each of their tutus, but in different configurations and I assembled each tutu differently to attempt to figure out which is easier/faster and/or better.  Betty's has each double folded layer individually gathered and then sewn to an elastic that fastens with Velcro around her waist.

Delia's has all the layers folded in half, then a channel sewn for the elastic w/ Velcro.  Faster, easier, but doesn't hold it's fluffiness as well.

Finally a question: Is it a catwalk when it's a dog fashion show?

Regardless, I think Tyra and Miss J would approve.

252  COOKING / Dessert / That Little Blue Box - Tiffany's Inspired Coconut Candies on: April 11, 2012 02:19:51 PM
A girlfriend of mine, named Tiffany, is having a birthday brunch with a Breakfast at Tiffany's theme this weekend.  I had picked up a couple Martha Stewart candy/ice moulds at JoAnn on clearance a few months back that were little square packages with bows on top.  I decided to make my first foray into candy making for people* with something not super easy.  BUT I don't hate the way they turned out, so I'm going to take them to the party as favors for all the guests (for which I received permission from the hostess).

They're about 1.5 inches wide, 2" tall and 1" deep.  It's white chocolate, dyed white chocolate and a coconut filling.  The blue is way closer to Tiffany Blue in real life and the the grainy-ness not so noticeable.  I didn't have that issue with my test run; I think I added the gel colorant when the white chocolate was still to warm for these.  But, I was winging it so... yeah.

I had these bags and silver wire ties on hand, so packaged them that way for easy transport home by the guests.  There will be 10-11 guests and 15 of the 16 I tried to make stayed in one piece the whole time.  So, I'll let her have the extras to do with as she wishes as I am now sick to death of white chocolate/coconut.   Tongue

* These carob bunnies for my pups' Easter baskets were the first: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406280.0
253  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Puppy's Birthday Bunting on: April 04, 2012 07:22:43 PM

Last summer our puppy, Betty, turned 1 and we through her a party (posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388793.0).  Well, last November we got another puppy, named Delia,  Roll Eyes and in September she will turn 1 and we will have another party!  Since I'll be making pretty much all the decorations, treats, snacks and favors I'm startin' early!

My first project was this bunting inspired by this project I saw on pinterest: http://www.ohcrafts.net/party-baby-face-garland.php

Here's the whole thing.  It's a smaller scale bunting that is usual, because that's how it worked getting photos of her cute little face!  It's about 4 feet long altogether.

I also saw a color theme that I liked a lot on pinterest: orange, blue and green.  Luckily I had some appropriate papers in my stash.

There are five photos, each used twice.

After gluing the hats together, I glued them to the pics I'd printed and cut out, then taped a large paperclip on the back to use for attaching to the silver chenille wire I had in my stash. 

It was so fun to put those party hats on her adorable face!  I can't pick a favorite and neither can The ManFlesh.   Kiss
254  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Carob Bunnies for the Dogs on: March 28, 2012 02:17:12 PM
A friend of mine makes peanut butter filled chocolates for every occasion, so I got excited about making chocolate bunnies.  But, who to make them for?  I don't have kids and all the kids I know will be getting plenty of treats for Easter, so another chocolate something really wouldn't matter much to them.  Then I realized that all the canine bakeries use carob for topping, etc., so I could make carob bunnies for my dogs!

I used a 2-sided mold so I could make them hollow.  This is the other side (some have the eye on the left side, some on the right).  The eyes were bought pre-made at a cake and candy supply store.  They're the smallest size they carry, but I think they make the bunnies look a little frightened which is appropriate since they're about to be eaten by dogs Shocked.  

Of course if I was going to go to all this trouble, I wasn't just going to make two (one for each of my dogs).  I decided to package them up.  I used cello bags from the craft store and that plastic grass that comes in pre-packaged sushi (which I got a the local Asian supermarket).

I made a little label so that everyone is clear as to what's inside; this is the back side which you can't see in the other photos.

And here are a couple that are going to the girls' cousins.

255  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Semi-colon Panties! Using Humor in the Cancer Fighting Arsenol. on: March 05, 2012 07:09:02 AM
A friend of mine is fighting colon cancer and facing all of it with strength, humor and candid honesty.  I shared with her the semi-color underwear I'd made for a guy friend a few years ago and she got a laugh out of them and sent me some new panties to applique for covering her own semi-colon.

I used fusible interfacing on cotton prints from my stash to make the semi-colons, then stitched them to the backside of the panties with a couple of passes on my machine's zigzag setting (shorter and narrower than standard).  On the originals (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248214.0) I used cotton interlock instead of the woven prints.  I think the prints are cuter and it will be interesting to learn if the hold up the same, etc.
256  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tiny Library Filled with Wee Books and a Deep, Dark, Secret. (filled w/ photos) on: March 03, 2012 10:32:45 AM
You might want to sit down, this is going to take awhile.

I was lucky enough to participate in the Wicked Vices Altered Tin Swap wherein we gave our partners a list of five of our "vices" and we altered an Altoid -style tin with one or more of those vices in mind.  My partner's vices included book hoarding (is that a vice?).  Originally I had another idea involving another vice on the list that I don't even remotely remember, but on a craft-night with a girlfriend I got to play with her Martha Stewart Scoring Board and ZAP! the idea to make many wee books and a library to house them in struck me.  Luck shone down on me again as I was gifted from my birthday my very own scoring board by that same girlfriend.  WHEE!  And now to the many, many, MANY photos. 

My partner likes the distressed look, so I decided the library should look like a shed of aged copper.  I had a sheet of corrugated paper missing one flat side in my stash and painted it with paint that you spray with a distressing fluid to oxidize it.  Luckily I was able to work in light coats so as not to ruin the paper.

The back is copper leaf, distressed with glaze and topcoated with a matte varnish.  Why I did 2 different coppers that ended up looking the same?  Heck if I know.

Inside, sans books.  A library pocket on the inside of the lid from a pattern I found on pinterest, then resized to fit in photo shop.  I stamped it with an anatomical heart stamp a bunch of times, as hearts were one of my partners loves.  The shelves on the other side are made with faux bois embossed paper over paperboard, then inked to bring out the pattern.

All the wee books on the shelves.  After about 12 books, I started thinking "what I have gotten myself into?"  Then I thought... "well, I could make a few bookends..."  So I made several more books and a few bookends.  Smiley

The bookends are a vintage game piece that I silver leafed, then distressed with glaze and a piece of cut tile I found on the floor at a job site I was working on with a marble glued to it.  The marble was leaved with bits of gold, silver and copper leaf randomly stuck on.  It ended up looking a bit like a globe.

The books all actually open and have pages, etc.  I used pages from my small collection of books-bought-to-make-into-something-new including non-English language books, a vintage math textbook, magazine photos, etc.  Scrapbook paper that look like types of leather and a leather-y wrapping paper for the covers

The secret hatch in the back where the library's owner keeps her skulls (like skeletons in her closet):

The door is made with another color of the faux bois embossed paper and a oiled bronze colored paper brad.  The hardware is from my stash, distressed with glaze.

The inside has one of those things from the top of that sleeve that covered the top of a wine bottle.

And finally a bunch of detail shots, because for me these things are all about the little details.

A bit of color and a hint about what's inside the shed:

I felt lucky (again) that I was able to get "book paper or print treat" under the turquoise glass thingy from my stash.

"Door" made from the darker version of the faux bois embossed paper, again inked to bring out the grain.  Paper brad for door knob. 

My miters didn't turn out so well, but I decided it was a happy accident making the dilapidated shed look just that much more so.

One of the shelves of books:

Mini faux joinery sans books:

Closed hatch:

Pile of wee books:

Can you tell I'm proud of the books, in a survived-a-harrowing-event kind of way?  Wink

And a shot with a moose for scale:

My partner likes moose (even though they eat her garden) and when going thru my stash initially looking for inspiration I'd pulled it out, so I sent him along as a surprise extra.  I refrained from glittering his antlers, since glitter is MY vice, not hers.   Kiss

257  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Captain Betty Boldly Goes (Star Trek Dog Vest) on: January 19, 2012 04:09:49 PM

Betty has no undercoat and is slim, so she gets cold in our big, old, drafty house during the winter months.  She's only 45 pounds, but most dog clothes makers consider her an XL at the smallest!  I found a pattern that covered dogs her size, but the resulting vest was very ill-fitting.  She looked like a hobo.  So, yesterday I hacked up that vest to make a new pattern which fits her much better.

Using the scraps from this bathrobe (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401067.0) and these adult footie pjs (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330352.0), I made our pup this vest!  

Once I made it I knew I had to make a Star Fleet insignia for it.

And her is the reverse side.  Not nearly as flattering a color for her, but it hides the dog hair a lot better.   Tongue  The ManFlesh and I agree that she's really more of a Spock type, so I'll probably make her a blue one for Halloween.  Her little sister should be grown enough then to make her one, too!

WOOHOO! I was asked to contribute this project to a book!  Star Trek Crafts: Make It So!  By Angie Pedersen.
258  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Knock-off Star Trek Captain Bathrobe on: December 31, 2011 05:09:15 PM
I saw some Star Trek TOS inspired bathrobes on thinkgeek and decided to make the Captain Kirk version for The ManFlesh for xmas. 

Before I boxed it up to wrap I used no fewer than twenty-four (24) layers of the lint roller to get all the dog hair and polar fleece fuzzies off of it.  He's been wearing it since xmas day, so the dog hair is back for the photos.   Sad

Insignia (simplified because I was finishing this up on Dec 24 and was winging it)

The cuffed sleeve where I inserted a metallic bias tape.  The store-bought version has 3 bands of gold, but no cuff so I took advantage of the cuff feature for insertion.

I made a few modifications to the pattern, the width of the tie loops being one - wider seemed both more in keeping with what Kirk would have had AND easier to turn.

One of the Alien Shedders caught and subdued by The CaptainFlesh:

And finally, the pattern I used.   Copyright 1966, it was from my mom's stash; I knew she had a mens robe pattern so I figured I save myself the money of buying one.  It's fun that it's a similar era as ST:TOS, but it has some neat details that made it take longer to assemble, like the cuffs and raglan sleeves.

259  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Happy Travels - Sky High Kit for Mom's Globe Trotting Retirement (pics a plenty) on: December 25, 2011 07:22:49 AM

My mom is getting ready to retire in a few months (if they actually let her go) and is planning on doing some traveling with her new freedom.  We're both proponents of using plane time for sleeping, but she hasn't flown as many international (i.e. loooooong) flights so doesn't have all the accoutrements. 

Inside are 3 small containers for sleep aids, pain relievers and ear plugs (included); a sleep mask (made by me); an inflatable neck pillow (small and light-weight) and a pair of polar fleece socks (made by me). 

The elastic straps that hold all the parts in place.

The exterior, opened out flat.  This shot is probably the most accurate for color of the croc embossed vinyl [swooooooon]


A little tag made from iron-on transfer on twill tape.

The fun, zebra stripe side of the sleep mask and the pill/earplug containers.

Socks with the neck pillow.

I used no fewer than 3 layers of lint roller before I wrapped it up for Christmas!  Wink  Flannel and fleece and dogs are so shed-y!
260  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Feed Bag" Reusable Shopping Bags on: December 23, 2011 08:08:12 AM
I finally got around to making these big bags from the feed store that I received from a friend into shopping bags.

Just 3 cuts, 3 sewn seams, 4 grommets and 4' of rope and they're about the size of a paper grocery sack which I think it a great size.  I followed the design of one I was given, but made mine wider at the bottom so I could get a lot in there, but not crush the things at the bottom.

They're durable, stand up on their own, moisture resistant and I don't worry about setting them on the dirty ground, because they just wipe off.
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