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301  More Fisher Price Little People Ornament Action: This Time It's a Party! (5 pix) in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 12, 2012 01:08:26 PM

I'm on a roll with these Fisher Price Little People ornaments!  Well, that's not exactly true: I just had several to make.  The latest is from a girlfriend with a party blog, a self-professed "party diva."

She's also a wee, tiny red-head so the ginger girl was perfect!

She has a snowman collection out at Christmas time, so I was able to use this wee guy from my stash by making a wee cake out of polymer clay, embossed with a vintage button and painted white.  I made a bunting with scrapbook paper and dental floss (mint flavored!) and a garland with trim left over from this advent calendar project I made last year: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=396391.0
I had tried to make a bunting of fan circles, but it didn't work out so I used the fan folded paper to make a "lamp shade" to cover the nubbin where the string hanger attaches to the ball.  Curtains are from fabric l had and where I got my color scheme.  Red is her favorite color and she also loves pink, so it seemed perfect for a Christmas party.

Snow on the window sills!  The guy could be her husband, but he usually hides out for her parties which are usually ladies only.

I didn't anticipate that the trio of party goers was going to throw off the balance of the ornament which now hangs crooked, so I made a little stand so it can sit on a table or mantle or whatever.

These are the other two Fisher Price Little People ornaments I've posted:
Sewing Lady: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417614.0
Dentist: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417577.0
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302  Rudolf the Red-nosed Giraffe Pull Toy Decoration (six pix) in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 09, 2012 08:34:38 AM

The ManFlesh's mom's favorite animal is the giraffe and a few years ago I spotted (heh, get it?) this plain paper mache giraffe at one of the big box craft stores and snatched it up.  Finally this year I thought to make a pull toy decoration out of it.  As I wondered the craft stores this year looking for the supplies to make it into a pull toy, I got the idea to have the giraffe pulling Santa's sleigh and Rudolf the Red-nosed Giraffe was born!

I foolishly assumed that I could find a pre-made sleigh ornament to alter or a blank at a craft store.  Wrong and wrong.  I couldn't even find a flat version to make into a 3D version, so I bought a paper mache box in the appropriate size and then drew a sleigh pattern, traced it twice (once facing each direction) on paper board.  I used faux bois textured paper, metallic black paper and paint to cover the paper board.  I "hung" wee wreaths (weeths?) on the sides for some color.  The inside of the sleigh is a cute little red/white/green plaid, but I over filled Santa's sleigh so it can't really been seen.  D'oh!

I made Santa's sack out of felt and filled the bottom with mini presents from the craft store, then topped them with little bits and bobs from my stash + the drum which came with some of the mini-presents.  It was originally shiny silver and gold so I painted it and restrung it with black embroidery floss.

So I just painted the giraffe with craft paint.  His harness is cobbled together from a silk knot that came from a decoration on some of that twirly luck bamboo - it had a loop on the top and a piece of faux jade with the symbols for luck or prosperity (or cherry trees for all I know) written on it.  I cut and knotted both ends, tied and glued a wee jingle bell to the bottom, then used the side loops for adding ribbon (with more jingle bells sewn to it) for the sides and abdomen.  A pre-made wee pompon for the nose.

And one final shot of the whole thing from the other side and at a different angle

Oh!  The base is two pre-made wooden planks (well, it's actually thin plywood) that I glued together to double the thickness.  Instead of making axels, I drilled 4 holes for dowels into the sides and slid the dowels through the pre-made wheels.  I used a standard thumbtack for the "hubcap" which I covered with the same paper that lines the sleigh.  So the wheels actually roll.  There's a tiny screw eye up front for the little ribbon and wooden beads that make the pull rope.

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303  Another Fisher Price Little People Diorama Ornament in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 06, 2012 11:42:24 AM
I made another of these ornaments! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417577.0)  This for a friends who has been sewing like crazy after taking several years off.  Mostly she's been making dresses for her great-niece on the other side of the country.

I described the process pretty thoroughly on the first post.  I just used different colored paints, papers and trims for this one.

Another one: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417577.0 for TheManflesh's sister who is a dentist!

I dropped it as I stepped out on the balcony to photograph it and the sewing machine table came apart from the base, tearing the paper.  I have started rebuilding that part, but it will look pretty much the same, so I decided to just take pics and use them.  

I decided that the space directly opposite the viewing hole needed something, but I didn't have anything in my stash all ready to do so I made this little wreath with a small round mirror, wired tinsel garland and a wee, tiny angle bit that was buried in a jar of beads at a thrift store.  It's no bigger than 1.5" across!

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304  Bedclothes for a Vintage Doll Cradle in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 05, 2012 07:36:02 PM
The Manflesh's sister's family has a cabin at Mt. Hood.  It came furnished which included an vintage doll cradle that the last owners (who rented the cabin out) used for magazines and local guides.  The ManFlesh's sister and her hubby don't rent it out and go there almost every weekend once ski season starts.  They have two young girls who play with the cradle every time they're there.

There were no bedclothes for it, so one of our last visits I took measurements (8 5/8" x 15 1/2") and finally made some for it!

I made a "mattress" with batting and some ticking from my stash.  They have a lot of red in their decor there and ticking is so old-timey I thought it was appropriate.  I also made a pillow with the same materials.

There's a reversible blanket using similar colors as the ticking and machine crocheted lace.

And a reversible pillow case of the same fabrics and lace.  Originally, I was just going to make a 2-sided pillow with one of each of the fabrics on each side, but then I decided it would only be a bit more work to do it this way which would be more interactive... and maybe cause more squabbles between the 6- and 8-year old girls. But, I'm not going to have to hear them and that's one of the best parts of being an Auntie-type; giving obnoxious toys that kids love and parents my not.   Tongue

I do think that their parents will appreciate it, though.  Smiley

If I have a photo of the cradle, it's one where it's in the background and that photo is on an external hard drive that I don't have easy access to as we've recently moved, etc.
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305  Fisher Price Little People Diorama Ornament in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 05, 2012 06:54:51 PM
Last autumn, I saw a pin of a little paper mache sphere with a hole in it and the pinner had painted them up and put a little toy inside.  One of those toys was a Fisher Price Little People and I loved it.  The source has a link to the vendor who sold the spheres, but they were sold out.  When I went back this year, the link was dead.  

The ManFlesh's sister is a dentist and when I was at a bazaar with my friend, Kittykill, last year I found a Fisher Price dentist chair!  It came with the dentist, but the ManFlesh's sister is not an African-American male, so I substituted the blonde stewardess who has pretty much the same hairstyle.  I cut off her hat, which it turns out holds her hair, head and collar onto her body.  I glued her all together and made a Santa hat out of red felt to cover the scar, a pre-made wee pompon and batting twisted up and sewn on for the "brim" fur.

Now the spheres I bought are quite a bit bigger than what I saw in the pin, but I wanted room for the furnishings.  They are 6" and when I first cut the circular hole in the front, I realized that it was awfully dark in there and difficult to see, so I cut some windows.  One thing they don't tell you about these paper mache spheres is that they are plastic on the inside; so I roughed it up with a sanding sponge & primed it with UG30 before painting.  The floor is scrapbook paper glued to a cereal box.  There's a section of toilet paper tube glued to the bottom of the sphere and the floor is glued to the top of that.

The exterior is all painted except for a piece of vintage trim at the base of the hanging loop and the wee dingleberries around the viewing window.

Another version for a sewist friend: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417614.msg4941158#msg4941158
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306  Bright, Shiny Bigfoot in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 04, 2012 08:32:44 PM
I'm in a tea towel swap with some friends.  There are 11 of us, so 10 towels to stitch.  I decided to do variations on a theme and that theme is Bigfoot.  This is my 9th, so I'm starting to get funky widdit.  Smiley

This towel belongs to the new mother of a sweet and rosy complected baby boy, so this is my first Bigfoot to have pink-ish skin and pinker lips.

His hair is a mass of overlapping Xes in crazy, fun, cheery colors just like the cheery, fun, crazy baby boy.
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307  $4 Fridge Revamp! Seriously. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: November 28, 2012 08:14:40 PM
Our new-to-us house came with 2 fridges and a freezer, which is good because when we sold our last house the buyers stipulated purchasing our refrigerators in the contract.  But... this is the fridge in the kitchen (the other is in the mudroom and is too big for the cabinetry and no newer).

The stickers were sentimental in that they showed the interests and travels of the family that lived here for almost 30 years (not that the fridge is that old), but those weren't our memories on there and that's not our style.  Our other appliances are black and we aren't ready to buy a new fridge, so I decided to remove the stickers and do something

I used four $1 rolls of wood grain patterned contact paper to give that thing the faux bois treatment!  Then I spray painted the handles, grill and hinge cover with black spray paint that I had on hand.  There are more photos and more details on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2012/11/3-fridge-makeover-how-i-spent.html.

There is something about the dorm/hotel fridge vibe that tickles me.  I do think it looks better than before, but I also think it's kind of a (subtle) hoot.
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308  Even Thanksgiving Requires Dog Costumes! in Thanksgiving by TheMistressT on: November 21, 2012 10:41:38 AM

The Manflesh calls our Beastie Grrrlz "you turkeys" all the time and now that we live in a place with actual turkeys wandering around that our turkeys sometimes chase, it seemed appropriate to make turkey costumes for our turkey-chasing turkeys for Thanksgiving.  

I made front and back feathers out of felt, then sandwiched cereal box cardboard in between to make them stand up.  The waistband is polar fleece that fastens with hook and loop tape.

While plenty cute on it's own, I felt like an additional key turkey part was necessary: the wattle.  Its design is based on the Gentle Leader "headcollar" and it's made of a 4-way stretch cotton blend I had laying around with red felt for the wattle.

It took me FOREVER to make that tail feather set up and I just did not want to make another, but both dogs needed costumes.  Or rather I needed both dogs to have costumes.  So I did a quick lady pilgrim!

The collar and hat are a cotton blend scrap and each are made from 2 pieces cut the same, sewn right sides together and turned right side out.  The collar fits over her daily collar and the hat has a wide elastic strap.  I had used this hat pattern a few years ago for myself: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280005.0 and the dog hat is based on it with a few proportion adjustments.

The final detail are the "shoe" buckles!  What stereotypical pilgrim is complete without buckles?  These are made with leftover vinyl, buckles from my stash, black elastic, and more hook and loop tape.

There is so much that is good about dog costumes, but one of the best things about these is that the only things I had to buy were the felt squares, which I got on sale.  I used <$1's worth of the $2 I spent on felt.  The rest was all things I had in my stash.  I am proving to myself that it was worth it to move 20-some boxes of fabric, notions, and craft supplies.

A funny video of what it's like to take pictures of moderately trained young dogs wearing costumes, ore photos and painstaking details on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-holiday-isnt-holiday-without-costumes.html
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309  Faux Bois Faux Etched Glass Cabinets in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: November 13, 2012 08:19:26 AM
The ManFlesh and I recently moved from the city where we lived in a 100+ year old craftsman style house to the woods in the mountains.  Our new house was built in 1976 with a rustic-ish style in mind.  It's not Lodge Style or Log House-y, but it does lean that way, especially in the kitchen.  For a 36 year old kitchen, we like it pretty well.  We'll eventually upgrade some more serious/expensive things, but for now it's just some of the surface details and practical bits.

I thought for sure we'd get away from the open shelving upper cabinets we had to deal with at the last place: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410443.0, but most of the uppers here are either open shelving or glass-fronted.  It's not our thing, having all our workaday kitchen stuff on display, so I decided to "etch" the glass.

I decided that a faux bois pattern would be the right balance between an updated look and the rustic vibe we already have.  Also, I think it's humorous.


I used contact paper as the resist and a frosted glass spray paint.  All the details and more in-progess photos on my Suddenly Surrounded by Taxidermy blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2012/11/if-you-cant-stand-heat.html?showComment=1352819006985#c6170967659420092019

One of the next projects will be removing that wallpaper; as soon as we figure out what to use as a back splash.  There is a bit of a story as to the stuff on top of that cabinet on the blog and we'll be moving that stuff soon.  I'm now re-inspired to get the last bit of the kitchen unpacked and decluttered!
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310  Safety Capes for Forest Dogs! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: November 03, 2012 02:55:12 PM

We recently moved to the woods of the Bitterroot Range and our property abuts the National Forest.  Sometimes the dogs wander just a little bit into the woods on the other side of the fence and since it's hunting season we want to be extra sure they aren't mistaken for deer or bear (not that they look like either).  Our neighbor uses plastic tape in safety orange, but our young dogs wrassle and play so much that the tape just got torn off and shredded.

So I made them little capes that slip easily over their collars.  They're made from a cotton/poly blend (I think) which is so far pretty durable and tough.  It's also a lot easier for us to spot their sleek black and brown bodies among the black and brown trees and downed limbs.

And here they are doing that playing that shreds the plastic tape.  I'm going to start calling it their Safety Dance when they wrassle in their capes!

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