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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Pitbull Collar on: April 11, 2008 09:44:26 PM
I done made me a badass collar! It's two inches wide, made of nylon webbing covered with a cotton print and sewn with upholstery thread. The hardware is steel and the D-ring is welded; I'm going to take it to the park and test it out tommorrow.
Here's Swiper modeling for me:

I'm having problems sewing a straight line around the buckle, as you can probably see. It keeps hitting the sewing machine.

What do y'all think? If you saw a pit bull wearing that, would you be afraid of him?

22  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Pit bull lion costume on: March 06, 2008 11:25:36 AM

Anybody have a pattern for this, or something similar, that they would be willing to share?
23  Texas / Texas: Southwest / Guerilla Gardeners in San Antonio on: February 06, 2008 02:26:31 PM
Anyone out there??
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Lightbulb Hanging Vase on: December 05, 2007 10:40:08 AM
I like to let at least 2/3 of the lights in my house burn out before I replace them, and then I usually throw them all away. This time I decided to fool around with them, and I'm glad I did.

Kind of cheesy, maybe, but it makes me happy. And yes, that is a sprig of parsley. Don't laugh.

25  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Little girl's dresses on: September 14, 2007 09:19:35 PM
I've got some little dresses that I don't want to give to Goodwill, but they're just taking up space. They are pretty, formal dresses that were only worn a few times before my kids outgrew them; from 2t to 5t. Satin, taffeta, and one with a fluffy tulle skirt. I hung them up on the wall for awhile, but they just collect dust and make the room look like a closet.
Any ideas?
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Torchiere lamp to hanging lamp in $0 or less... on: September 03, 2007 07:07:05 PM
One of my El Cheapo torchiere lamps decided it wasn't going to stand up straight anymore...

So we ripped out it's guts and made this:

We added a beaded candle holder that was lying around; here's an action shot (please disregard the scary wood paneling)

You have to take apart the whole light bulb part; unscrew the on/off switch, then untwist the plastic holder into three pieces. Unscrew the electrical wires from the base (you might want to mark which one goes where); then just pull the cord out of all the pipes, take apart the base (with a screwdriver and pliers), pull the cord out of that, then reattach the wires and reassemble the holder thingy. We used a black circular piece from the lampshade to hold the beaded shade on.
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Ripping out a "lawn" on: August 13, 2007 12:58:12 PM
We're moving next week into our very first real house (yay!).
The backyard has a bunch of weeds, but no grass. What I want to do is kill everything back there (except for two pecan trees), and sow mint & pennyroyal for ground cover. However, I don't now how I can kill the current mess without chemicals. Any thoughts/experiences would be greatly appreciated.
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Salt Dough Pothead on: May 09, 2007 11:37:01 AM
It was rainy, the kids were playing with salt dough...What can I say?
I saw these at a craftshow and decided to make my own. He's got a couple coats of Mod Podge to keep him from rotting.
Behold, my pothead:

Those are chives, btw.
Nothing too interesting.

He cracked pretty badly in the oven, as you can see. I was going to fill it in and then paint over it, but I really like how organic he looks unpainted. I'll just keep him up against a wall, I guess.

Thoughts, comments, suggestions on how to keep cracks from occurring??
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can blocking fix this? (with pix) on: February 23, 2007 05:55:54 PM
This is my scarf:

 As you can see it has two corners; a crisp, well defined, obedient corner,and an evil, perverted, round "corner".

Here it is after I jerk it around and hold it flat:

I know for a fact that I didn't add any extra stitches in that corner, so I don't know why it looks like that. Is this the kind of thing that will be fixed by blocking? The yarn is Noro Kureyon, and it's my first time working with real wool, so I'm kind of lost here. Any help would be much appreciated.
Also, if it CAN'T be fixed, and I need to frog it, can an experienced knitter reccomend what I should do for the border? It's not a real pattern, I just picked a lace stitch I liked and garter stitched around it...
30  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Need help with a Unico dog costume on: August 25, 2006 02:24:33 PM
Okay, all you brilliant costumers, please give me a hand.
I think I'm going to dress my miniature poodle up as Unico for Halloween.
This is Unico, for those of you who are going "Huh?"

And this is Tango. He's less poofy in the body and shorter in the ears now, though. And the blue is gone.
 Dying his head and feet are no problem, as I do that alot anyway. I had planned to make a horn out of silver paper and just tie it on his head, but it's not sturdy enough; It flops around and then he pulls it off.
My husband suggested stapling it, but I think he's watched Scrooged one too many times.  Cheesy
I also thought about making a polymer clay horn, but I'm afraid it would be too heavy and I would still have problems getting it to stay.

Any thoughts or previous experience with something like this would be greatly appreciated!
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