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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Frankenstein's Mao on: October 19, 2017 09:16:36 AM
A year ago I began crocheting silly hats for Chaircat Mao. Her very first hat was a pumpkin, and she was not at all pleased with it. And now wearing hats is practically boring for her, especially after she's eaten a handful of treats and is ready for a nap.

Chair's very first hat:

Did you know there are 13 days until Hallowe'en?
12  COOKING / Dessert / Shirley Dead Cake on: October 15, 2017 03:48:04 PM
One of the things my kids and I look forward to each October is the airing of Food Network's Halloween Wars. They are even allowed to stay up past their bedtime so we can watch it together. So this afternoon they had the bright idea to make a Halloween cake in the spirit of the show.

They did allow me to sculpt the rice cereal treat skull, so I was happy. Other than that, it was all their doing! Twin 1 has the neatest handwriting in the entire family and piped "Shirley Dead 1704-?" on the headstone.  Cheesy The skeleton is rice cereal treat, the cake is chocolate with chocolate frosting, the dirt is crumbled Oreos, and they dyed coconut to resemble grass.

The mess they made was a horror show all by itself. Happy October!
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Virus Shawl on: October 04, 2017 08:49:51 PM
The fantabulous Mistress Jennie set up a Virus Shawl Crochet Along that was so tempting I had to play along. The pattern is an easy repeat and goes quickly. I had Lion Brand Mandala yarn in "Genie" in the stash, so I figure why not? The results were surprisingly nice.

If you are in need of a quick gift, look no further!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Dread Pirate Mao on: September 19, 2017 09:02:44 AM
Avast ye! It is National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Chaircat Mao, that ol' seacat, is ready to hornswaggle me outta some kitty treats.

Grab yer pegleg and batten down ther hatches, and be ready to pillage all day long! Aaaarrrgggghh!

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!
15  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkin Guy and Kitty on: September 18, 2017 07:47:24 PM
I started this guy waaaaay back, maybe a year or more ago, and for some reason pitched his wee unpainted head in my Bin of Doomed Things. (That bin is kinda full of body-less heads for some reason.) After rummaging through the bin, I rediscovered his paperclay noggin and decided to finish the poor thing, thus creating Pumpkin Guy.

His body is a wire armature that is wrapped with wool roving and then covered in a wool felt oval. I basically made a wire armature then sewed a "football" from wool felt over the armature, and stuffed it with wool roving. Then clothing was hand stitched over the body form. Guy (he's French, BTW) needed a buddy, so I needle felted CeeCee, the cartoonish kitty with a candy corn tail.

Only 6 more heads in the Bin of Doomed Things. Yay!
16  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Putz'ing Around on: September 08, 2017 06:36:51 AM
I used a cute little house kit, the same one rackycoo used for her sweet house, and made a Halloween House for lindyv321. It is covered in glitter, has candy corn trees, and a little visitor inside.

I wanted the ghost to light up, so I built a tall enough base to house a flickering tealight. There is a hole in the floor just wide enough for the "flame" of the tealight and the ghost is glued over that.

It was worth having glitter on all the things!
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Hip Hop Halloween ATCs on: September 07, 2017 08:54:12 PM
A few silly hip hop ATCs that were sent to lindyv321. I kinda giggled while making them.

There are shiny mica flakes on the bottoms of the cards and now that I look at them, the mica could be autumn leaves. Happy accident, I suppose!
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Costumed Kids Halloween ATCs on: September 05, 2017 07:46:51 PM
I made a few Halloween ATCs with some neat border frames from Alpha Stamps. There is a solid back that is ATC sized and a decorative overlay so I just threw something in the middle and called it a day.  Cheesy

The pumpkins are actually erasers which made them incredibly easy to cut into and turn them into stands for the cards.

If I hadn't run out of erasers there would be a bunch more of these, all over the house.

19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Little Witch's Bed on: August 26, 2017 01:41:12 PM
Ever have a total harebrained idea that actually worked out? Of course you have, you're a crafter! My recent crazy thought was turning a chipboard playing card into a miniature bed for a witch. It is made from the card, various pieces of craft wood, fabric, and batting. That's it!

Here is what the chipboard playing card looked like prior to me chopping it (image belonging to AlphaStamps):

After making the bed, it needed a mattress:

Then sheets and a pillow:

And is currently awaiting the arrival of the witch.

The instructions for making the bed, mattress, and sheet can be found on my blog but you will have to find your own witch!
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chaircat Mao is Unteachable on: August 19, 2017 12:28:32 PM
School is in session! Only one week in and Chaircat Mao has already spent time on the dunce stool seat. Chair (the cat) has seven other holiday hats that can be seen here.

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