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311  Keeping My Bone Yard Secure in Halloween Decor and Parties by TheMistressT on: September 25, 2013 07:22:03 PM

Now that I am a more accomplished maker and have access to the wide world of interwebs, I have been reconning some old foam headstones I made a dozen or so years ago.  Previously I put them out on Halloween night only to avoid thieves and vandals so I had a pretty sketchy "system" for installing them on the lawn.  Now I live OUT of town so I can leave them out and want so since they're going to be so much cooler, so I needed a better way to secure them.  I did a bunch of looking around and decided that the constraints of having them already cut and the hardness of our soil meant that gluing PVC to the back and then sliding that over rebar that's pounded into the ground.

In order to make this easy to do year after year, I wanted the PVC to be uniform across the tombstones, so I used a ledger-sized piece of card stock and a metal ruler to space the PVC and carve some channels for it to sit in to give more surface area for the adhesive.  This PVC is conduit we had left over from a project and probably overkill, but it was already paid for and already grey. I may paint it later so it won't show as much.

Then I got some other PVC from the scrap bin at the hardware store and a couple of T-couplers to make a jig for pounding the rebar into the yard (no lawn here in the forest).  I didn't bother gluing the joints, because they're really snug.

AND it worked!  It makes pounding the rebar into the ground a 1-person job.  I've only done one so far, but when the weather gets a little better I'll do the rest, set up my mini bone yard, and take pics.  WOO!
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312  Pupcakes for my 3-year old! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: September 08, 2013 04:18:37 PM
My eldest living baby turned 3 the 3rd week of August!  Three is supposed to be the magic number for many kinds of dogs when they are suddenly chill and mature and, dare I say, "sane."  Regardless, I made her some pupcakes to honor her passage into dog womanhood*.

The recipe made about 24 mini cupcakes and one regular-sized cupcake.  I took a plate over to the neighbor dogs to share and I used the big one for when we sang the birthday song to her.  There are 3 puppy-sized dog biscuits as "candles".

After reading several dog cake frosting recipes I winged it my mixing peanut butter with cottage cheese that I'd smashed the curds of and then piped it on to the pupcakes.

I used this recipe from allrecipes.com with some modifications that I listed on my blog:

*She's spayed, so... yeah.
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313  Two Year Treats! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: September 08, 2013 03:58:35 PM
My youngest just turned two so I made her some special birthday treats!

I made about 18 big ones. The gnome celebrates how she and her sister (mostly she) demolished all the lawn fauna the former owners left at the house, the hydrant honors her urban roots, and the squirrel is because... SQUIRREL!  Bones, because that's what dog treats look like.  Wink

And then I used a couple of wee cutters to make 70-80 tiny treats which are our preferred size so we can reward our girls frequently w/o worrying about their healthy weight.

And here is the birthday girl, Delia, patiently waiting for us to stop singing so she can have her birthday treat already!

I used this recipe (with a few modifications outlined on my blog) from King Arthur flour: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/best-of-breed-dog-biscuits-recipe

I stored anything more than a few days' worth in the fridge, the rest in a plastic food storage bag.
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314  Mummified Woodland Fairy Prisoner Prop (like ya' do) in Halloween Decor and Parties by TheMistressT on: September 08, 2013 01:52:57 PM

I'd been wanting to make one of those dollar store, mini skeleton dead fairies ever since I found some dismembered fairy wings in the Goodwill bins a few years ago.  Either I lost those wings or they were packed in the wrong box when we moved and I haven't found them.  Shoot.  Well, I went to the dollar store last November looking for a mini skeleton anyway and instead found one that is 2-3 times the size I was planning on.  I bought it anyway and just recently, finally made my version:

A mummified fairy, trapped in the cage in which it had been held captive by some nefarious being.  That old classic.  Tongue

I took oodles of in-progress shots and wrote a detailed tutorial on my blog.  There are also many more finished project shots including more close-ups and the details on how I only spent $1 to make this!

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315  Is No Place Safe? Sharktopus Pillow Cover! (fewer pics than tentacles) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: July 12, 2013 03:33:05 PM
A friend of mine saw my Varmint Voodoo: Sharktopus Edition and commissioned this Sharktopus pillow cover!  YEY!

Printed directly onto unbleached muslin using the freezer paper method and with the trademark red bead and sequin eye!

A detail of the "frame":

The backside; it's an envelope style closure with one button.

It's surprisingly difficult to find a cotton novelty print that evokes the look of an oceanic blood massacre.  Huh.

The edge trim bit is... wait for it... reflective tape!  You can see a bit of the effect with the flash in this shot. This was a last-minute inspiration and it makes me almost (but not quite) glad that I can't for the life of me find that grey bias binding I made awhile back. 

Thanks for looking and STAY SAFE!
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316  Pet Applique Dish Towel! Thrills and Frills! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: June 21, 2013 11:21:39 AM

A dear friend of mine had 3 things:
1. A birthday
2. A beloved pet
3. A request for a tute on pet silhouette appliques

My response is this dish towel featuring her li'l lady, Lola!

After finding the fabrics for the "cameo" I went to town on the trims.  The yellow rick rack and bias tape are vintage finds, the gingham I made, the pink & gree are from a gift of a big set of rick rack, and the lace was left over from this Halloween costume: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=203393.msg2168339#msg2168339

Here's the whole towel where you can see the rick rack detail on the other hem.

All the trim colors are represented in the flower print of the circle, there are glittery sparkles on the pink of the silhouette.

I took some photos to put together a tutorial; we'll see when I get around to writing it up!
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317  Beer Holster: My First Leather Project Ever! (handful of pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: June 20, 2013 03:35:40 PM
A friend of mine who is a furniture designer and maker for a company on the east coast shipped me a box of leather scraps from their scrap bin!  I had to get through a few other projects (see my MV post here:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423832.0#axzz2WnTpJeDD ) before I could concentrate on this and decided to modify a project from that party: Beer Holster!

I'm not going to mail it with a bottle, but I wanted to illustrate what it was so I found some clip art online to use for that purpose and I thought it made better photos, so those are what follow.

The "back" is made from two layers attached together with contact cement.  The holster is attached to that with leather rivets.

A sidelong glance:

Take it from the top:

What it looks like with a belt through the slots:

She loves red so I chose that from the colorful selection she sent.  It fits cans, too!  I'm going to request an action shot, so hopefully she'll comply.

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318  Who Knew The Founding Fathers Were SO HOT!? Patriotic Beefcake Pot Holders in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: June 16, 2013 06:11:45 PM
When I found this "new" patriotic pin-up print, I KNEW it was time for some new Hot Dishes!

As if vampire hunting didn't make Abe Lincoln almost too hot.

Who's your country's daddy?  (for those in the US, of course)  George Washington!

Let's not forget the fabled fife and drum corps keeping the beat to my pounding heart. 


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319  Altered Paper Towel Tubes: Independence Day Rocket Antlers! Srsly. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: June 16, 2013 05:45:02 PM
The ManFlesh got me this magnificent ceramic deer head that is sort of faux taxidermy style & instead of antlers has holes so you can make your own!  I call her Mavis.  Yes, her.

I don't normally decorate for Independence Day, but this year we're having house guests (because we moved a bit far from "home" last fall), it was time for a change, and I was inspired by the things I'd been seeing in my pinterest feed.  You know how that goes.

Lately I've been getting even more satisfaction from when I can complete a project using only items from my stashes.  I don't even have much of a paper stash, but I was able to cobble together enough various patterns in close-enough color schemes to pull this off.

I used skewers from the kitchen drawer and paper towel tubes from the fire-started bin along with a white imitation cork from the wine cork stash, too.

I've already started covering some toilet paper tubes to make a small string of firecrackers to hang somewhere, too! 

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320  Dog Cameo Throw Pillows. You know, like you do. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: June 02, 2013 03:28:30 PM
Several months ago we had an epiphany to move an "extra" couch into our bedroom in hopes of luring one or more of our Beastie Grrrlz onto it and off our our bed.  It worked!  With one.  So when we got to re-decorate our master bedroom at our new place, it was time to make new throw pillows for Betty's couch!

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do and I had the lattice print, but wasn't feeling big lattice rectangles here.  Hmmmm.  Then I got the idea to do applique cameo-style silhouettes of my girlies!

I used a regular ol' gimp braid to cover the seam where the oval was appliqued to the pillow front and I covered the seam the gimp made with a covered button I made using the lattice material.  (Delia on the left, Betty on the right)

More pics of the process and recon pillow here: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2013/04/purple-bedroom-majesty.html
And the whole bedroom redec in progress: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2013/04/purple-bedroom-majesty.html
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