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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Tree Stem Centerpieces (questions and pics) on: August 07, 2007 04:12:35 PM
We used to make the ice globe things in your picture.  Basically we would put one little balloon inside a slightly bigger balloon.  Blow the internal one up, and tie it off.  Then fill the outside one with water.  It can get a little messy.  Then set it out in the Minnesota winter.  Viola!  Ice votives!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Silent Hill Nurse on: November 05, 2006 12:04:57 PM
I'm totally creeped out by your costume.  It's AWESOME!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mommy Moth on: October 31, 2006 09:15:15 PM
This year I decided to go as an often overlooked (but beautiful) insect, the moth.  My entire costume (minus the shirt, tights, headband, shoes, and unmentionables) was made by me.  

I have six legs (my real legs don't count!), antennae, and a fuzzy thorax and abdomen.  Not pictured is the proboscis I made out of a party favor...  Good times.

This is the best photo of my costume, but it also has my monkey baby in it.  Sorry!

*In response to the posted questions:*

I made the wings out of an old paint tarp that I spray painted.  I used wire to make them lay like that.  The "antennae" are attached to a headband with wire.  

Yes, I also made the monkey costume, but from a pattern.  

O.K.- twist my arm, here is a gratuitously cute monkey picture of my baby girl.  

Baby + monkey costume = best thing ever

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Luxurious dog bed on: October 01, 2006 07:37:11 PM
I don't have pictures, but will try to explain it the best I can!  Let me know if anything needs clarification.

The first thing I did was cut out a template for the back, front, and sides of the bed (out of a brown paper bag).  That way I got a rough idea how big I wanted it, and what the curves would look like.  I traced the templates on 3/4 inch plywood and cut them out, along with a rectangle for the bottom.  I put them together with wood glue and screws, and attached ball feet in the four corners with screws.

I used my templates again to cut out quilting batting, and covered the insides and outsides of the front, back, and sides, and stapled that in place with a staple gun.  Just be sure to cut about an inch larger all around your templates to allow for stapling.

Then I used my templates to cut out fabric (again, allowing enough for sewing and stapling, so at LEAST an inch all around, but safer to do more).  I sewed the inside of the bed fabric together, then the outside.  I then put the correct sides of the fabric together with a rope piping in between them.  Luckily it all matched up, and I sewed them together.  When I flipped it right side out it looked pretty good.  I placed the fabric/rope piping cover over the batted sides, and stapled it on the inside and outside, on the base of the bed.

I used a fabric covered pillow in the bed.  The last detail that hides all the stapling is the trim.  I stapled that around the bottom, but you could also glue it.

I hope to see lots of pampered animals on luxurious beds!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Luxurious dog bed on: September 26, 2006 09:50:23 PM
Here are some pictures of the totally awesome dog bed I made for my fur-baby, Frances.  She is such a princess...

The bed:

Frances modeling the bed:

It's ridiculous, but I love it!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Holy Shadowbox on: September 24, 2006 08:46:09 PM
Thanks.  It's actually scrapbooking paper.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Holy Shadowbox on: September 24, 2006 01:13:11 PM
Both my grandparents passed away recently, my grandpa shortly after my grandma, as it sometimes happens.  After all their belongings were divided up by their children, I looked through the "Goodwill" pile.  It's there that I found these metals/crucifixes.  My grandparents were devout catholics, and always wore metals on their person.  The metals are worn down with use, and I felt they were so personal they shouldn't be donated.  I figured out a way to display them, and I think it is a nice way to keep their memory alive.  Plus it looks neat.

This is only my second post, so I have to include a link to the pictures...

front view

side view
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Monster Wreath *Now with tutorial* on: September 24, 2006 11:42:46 AM
I love this idea, so I ran out and got supplies the next day!  This is my first post, so I have to give you a link to my picture.  Something about spam...

The guy at Scheel's tried to explain which were the best quality ping-pong balls, which was sweet, but I had to cut him off and tell him they were going to be used for monster eyes...  Halloween fun is upon us!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: January 10, 2005 03:21:57 PM
I have a crafty accident/pet story for you!  I was staying with my future in-laws, and working on a beading project.  I had set it aside, under a plate, for safe-keeping.  Apparently not safe enough...  My sister-in-law noticed her cat kept trying to cough up something, but wasn't getting any relief.  That is when I checked my beading, and noticed the needle was gone.  Damn.   We took the cat to an emergency vet, and they x-rayed it.  We saw the x-ray, with the unmistakeable shape of a needle in its throat.  Somehow the cat had aspirated my needle!  I felt like crap.... Later, I gave the finished beading to my sister-in-law.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Birds! on: September 21, 2004 10:00:54 PM
It is very cool!  I heart zombies, so I'm looking forward to seeing your next project!
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