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11  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Not Your Average Sublime Stich (Its leather, and made for beer) on: August 24, 2008 08:48:01 PM
So my wife does all the embroidery in my house, and since we are not the average crafting couple she fell in love with Jenny's Patterns, and my wallet keeps getting thinner when new ones come out.

I used to make fun of her creating things with Sublime stitching patterns, until I realized they could be used in my leatherworking.
I carve leather, and getting simple line drawings for things I like is difficult.  I wanted to make a beer holster for a friend, and yes it does what the name implies.
So he is in a band and he likes pinup girls (who doesn't) and day of the dead motifs.  So I created for him the No Guante, No Amor beer holster.

Here is the finished product.  From the front you get the girl, the skull, and the saying No Amor.

From the Sides is when you get the full message.

Here is a closeup of the girl.  She was hand carved by me, and I used paints to color and shade her in.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Because Pirates Should Always Have a Treasure Chest on: July 23, 2008 06:00:37 AM
I am a part time pirate when not working in the corporate world.
Part of my corporate attire is the inevitable cell phone, and for the longest time I always carried it in my pocket.
Well I was part of a swap recently and made a leather cell phone case for my partner, and I figured I would make one for myself as well.  But what should it look like. Huh
I was racking my brains for ideas when I looked in my library and saw my collection of treasure chests... PERFECT. Grin

So I grabbed my carving tools, my mallet, and with brown and black fingers later I had my own little treasure chest that I can take with me everywhere.

Please let me know what you think.
Here is an image of it next to my pirate hat, and yes I actually wear the hat.

Here is a closer image.
13  COOKING / Dessert / Neiman Marcus Cake (Keep Away from Diabetics) on: June 11, 2008 01:57:57 PM
This cake is an extremely rich desert.  The receipe says it is a cake, but the end results is more like a brownie.
A piece of this hot, with a scoop of ice cream on the top is just  Grin

Preheat oven to 450

Bottom Layer:
1) 1 pkg German Chocolate Cake mix
2) 2 eggs beaten
3) 1 stick butter softened to room temperature

Top Layer
1) 8 oz of cream cheese
2) 1 tbl Vanilla
3) 2 eggs
4) 1 lb of Powdered Sugar (yes that is one pound folks.  It is not a typo)

1) Mix ingredients of bottom layer together until well blended and smoosh (technical term) into the bottom of a greased 9x13 inch cake pan.

2) Mix the ingredients of the top layer (I would recommend putting sugar in a little at a time) until smooth.  Pour over bottom layer until completely covered.

3) Put into oven for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Now when you first pull this out it will look like a cake.  I warn you, it will fall and end up looking like a brownie.  This is as intended do not get depressed when it falls.  If you are lucky the top layer and bottom layer will marble together.

Cut eat enjoy.

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / When Pin-up Girls Melt on: June 11, 2008 08:12:38 AM
So my wife has been a member of craftster much longer than I, and participates in the monthly contests every so often.
Well Junes monthly contest she felt was one that I could participate in, you take an old chair and do something new with it.
Long story short.  I have 5 days to start/finish the chair.  She helped by stripping the chair and sanding the old finish off.  I put down a black base coat of paint and then began the work on the tattoo art.
I spent two night and one whole day bent over the chair (in many times very uncomfortable positions) painting the deck of bards, rolling dice, martini glasses, four leaf clovers, and the two pinup girls.  The final result can be viewed in the monthly chair contest under the heading Ruined Chair to Mans Ruin.

I am putting the finishing touches on the chair on the last day that you can enter the contest.  I take it out back and decide to put a clear cost on the chair to protect my paint work.  My kids are standing outside watching me, and I spray the second side of the chair my 4 year old son is looking at the side I have already covered with clear coat.  He asks me why the girl is melting.  I was confused by what he meant.  I walked around to look at the blonde bombshell and sure enough the clear coat has made the sharpie marker that I used for the detail work to run over the paint work.  The end result is a melted pin-up. Angry

I quickly ran back to the other pin-up and the red haired vixen was still smiling at me.  I walked around the chair confused as to why one girl melted and the other did not.  I then noticed that some of my dice (particularly the snake eyes on the front of the arms) were also melting.

Needless to say I was upset and confused why some of the paint work was melting and others were not. Huh

I still have not figured it out, but I think it has something to do with the sharpie marker.

I have since touched up the girl to her former beauty, and replaced the dice.  I still have not put a clear coat over the touchup yet.

So the lesson to learn, clear coat and sharpie marker do not mix sometimes. Cry
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