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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dr Potter's Medicine Show Adverting Banner 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.

42  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / My First Cosplay Part II: Dr. Potter's Medicine Show... THE SUIT 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.

Back:


Pocket:


Cuff:


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.


43  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Vintage Flash Card Christmas Decorations 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!
44  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Totally Tubular Gift Wrap 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.

45  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Wooden Snowflake Door Decorations 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.


46  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Fake Antique Wooden Crate 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!




47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Snake Oil/Patent Medicine Bottles 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.
48  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / My First Cosplay: Dr. Potter's Medicine Show, The Vest 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!
49  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Apothecary (sooooo many pics) on: October 30, 2016 04:49:09 PM


For the last few years I have been saving jars and bottles from food stuffs that we use up AND collecting interesting things from nature (by which I mean our yard in the forest) and other weird things (by which I mean trash) to make an apothecary! Well, I had enough time this year to put about half of what I have collected together. Whew! They're lined up in a niche that is over our pantry door in the kitchen and might just stay there year round.

I made the labels using Photoshop, Dover clip art, downloaded fonts, printed on some paper with bits in it that I tea stained.

Close-ups, front and back.



The tree one is using a font called "Symbols" and says "Cone from Pine of Siam"



The butterfly wings were collected off the ground... we've a pine butterfly of some sort that swarms in mid-summer then dies all over the yard.







These alvioli are actually the dried flower pods of hen and chicks!
















Even the bat brains are ethically sourced (dollar store). I didn't even kill any plants to make these.  Grin
50  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bathtub Gin on: October 20, 2016 06:29:29 PM


Our friends throw a Barter Party each autumn and I always bring homemade gin. It's not really made in the bathtub, it's made in glass bottles stored in a cool, dark place.



This year I'm bringing two sizes to give us more options for bartering: 6 quarts and 4 pints. Don't worry, I saved some for us!

I put together the juniper branch in the bathtub using free clip art.

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