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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / LITerary Freezer Paper Stencil Tee Shirt on: September 23, 2018 10:03:25 AM
The ManFlesh attends various cons and fests related to his publisher or his books and when I saw this phrase on a hoodie, I thought he could use it in tee shirt format. However, all the ones I was able to find online weren't in color combinations or proportions that he would like.

^ This photo is more color-accurate, it's called "Raisin."

I made a jpg in Photoshop, then the Cricut Design Space made it into an svg and my Cricut did the cutting. I used Delta brand textile medium and paint.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 1970s-inspired Powder Room Diorama - Mini Project, Maxi Pics on: September 17, 2018 12:07:33 PM
I've been able to self-care the heck outta myself by making this diorama over the last few days! Hoo boy.

The box (minus roof & attic) is 4 3/8" (11cm) square, the fixtures are vintage Fisher Price Little People accessories. I made this almost entirely from stash! The only purchased pieces are the paper mache box and some jewelry findings. Less than $5 outlay.

And now a bazillionty detail shots. I'll start with the interior!

The TP holder, towel ring, soap dish, and top bit on each of the light globes are made from the jewelry findings.
I added "water" to the toilet bowl! It's from a cough lozenge blister pack. Teehee!

The exterior bits! The frosted window side has siding, the other side is what I like to thing of as part of the wall in the formal living room that you filthy kids are not allowed to go into except when fancy company is there and only if you wash your hands.

The top is a slanted room I added with thin basswood. The attic is all unfinished framing lumber and "fiberglass" insulation.

This is going to go in my own WC among a collection of potty-related pieces in a gallery wall arrangements.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Corn in the Stool is Cool - More Poop Joke Decor on: September 13, 2018 12:47:11 PM

8x8 canvas*
Black craft paint*
White cardstock* cut with Cricut
Corn clip art, resized and made into a PDF
Beacon 3-in-1 glue*

* From stash! YEY!

I also printed out this from a free down load that I got here, via Pinterest.

"Charmingly" distressed frame from stash, too!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / You're Never Too Old for Fart Jokes on: September 11, 2018 06:31:09 PM
One of my dearest ones has a nifty enameled metal sign in her mountain cabin loo that inspired this near-knock off in paper.

The trees are SVG files that came with the popup card set of files I bought. I made the "land" and phrase in Photoshop. Both are cut with a Cricut Explore. The frame is from the thrift store and the rest is stash. So YEY STASH BUSTING!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Cardamom-Zucchini Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting on: September 07, 2018 09:10:44 AM

We attended a dinner party last night that was potluck-if-you-feel-like-it, so I made these cardamom-zucchini cupcakes with lime frosting. Because of the zucchini, eating one has got to contribute to the daily recommended servings of vegetables, right? Right!

I used this recipe and they were a big hit! The recipe makes one dozen stardard style cupcakes, but because I didn't know how many would be attending, if there would be other dessert options, or how all attendees felt about these flavors, I made mini cupcakes. I got 48 minis + 2 regular cupcakes out of it.

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Puppoh Birthday Card That Is Also A Gift! on: September 05, 2018 12:13:42 PM

Delia LOVES toilet paper (and all other) tubes, pronounced "tewb" around here. It only made sense to use one to make her a card for her birthday today! We'll remove the decorative papers before giving it to her, of course, and cut it into smaller pieces.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / 7th Birthday Pupcakes! on: September 05, 2018 10:29:33 AM

Today is the day that we celebrate the anniversary of Delia's birth, even though we don't know for sure on which day she was born! SEVEN YEARS OLD!

I used this recipe, but used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose. Delia doesn't get much in the way of grains, but they don't seem to bother her tummy or anything. That said, I decided to make mini cupcakes (and one standard size) instead of on bigger cake.

They are actually more the consistency of homemade dog biscuits than cake, the "batter" was more of a rolled-cookie dough consistency. The "candles" are dried banana bits.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Elf-inspired Potty Joke Decoration on: September 03, 2018 11:23:04 AM
My creating of potty-joke decorations for a larger home dec project keeps rolling along! After 6 different cross stitch projects, I came up with a paper project! This is based on a few different Andy Richter scenes (here and another scene I can't find online) from the movie Elf where he's spit-balling ideas for a children's book.

I used my Cricut to cut the asparagus spears with a file I bought on Etsy.

All the papers were from stash, as were the googly eyes. I picked up the frame at a local thrift store for 95 cents, then covered it with wood grain scrapbook paper. I found "finger frame" clipart that I altered a bit in Cricut Design Space to cut the hands from the scrapbook paper, then glued to basswood and cut the basswood out with a craft knife. I glued paper to the backs, too, to help insure against warping. Same with the plaque at the top.

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Bolsters for a Store-bought Dog Bed-UPDATE: Action Shots! on: September 02, 2018 10:21:40 AM

Delia is turning 7 years old next week! She's a shelter dog so we don't know exactly her birthday, but we did get her as a puppy so we know we're pretty close.  Wink

Lately she's been spending a lot of time up in the craft studio/library/auxiliary guest room and I think that's because that's the last of the wall-to-wall carpet left in the house which makes it softer to lie on and, perhaps more importantly, familiar. That carpet is also coming out in the next several months, so I decided to get her a bed for upstairs which we can move to where ever she wants it. She is a dog who likes a bolster and within the budget I didn't find a bolstered bed of suitable qualities and size, so I decided to make my own!

I used the Molly Makes brand as inspiration, but made mine less sophisticated and therefore less complicated which made it quicker and easier to make. There are straps to hold each in place and make it possible to move them to either side.

And a little bonus is that the straps hide and hold in place the care (and other) tags! I'll never remember the care instructions for the store bought bed, so I keep them attached.  Roll Eyes

All the materials were from stash! YEY!

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / F YEAH: A Solar Light Monogram Gate Decoration. on: August 30, 2018 09:27:01 PM

For my birthday in January my SIL and her fam sent me this super cool "F" from an old sign. See, both me and The ManFlesh (and his sister) have the same last initial: F.  It seems to have been lit or otherwise electrical at one point based on the access holes in the back and the UL Listed sticker. So I thought, I'd use some solar LEDs to re-light it and hang it on our main gate!

We live in the woods on the side of a mountain in Montana, but we are still in a "neighborhood" of sorts, so it's nice to have another way for people to tell that this is our driveway.

It was all the original white color when I got it. The inside has some very sloppily applied white silicone caulking at the seam where the back and sides join, so I knew painting that wasn't going to work, so I decided to paint the exterior with copper spray paint that I had on hand.

The solar LEDs are tacked into place in a few spots just to help fight gravity using bandaging tape, because a) I had it on hand, b) it is white to blend in with the interior, and c) hoping it will be resilient with changes in humidity and temperature. We'll see!

And here is what it looks like during the day.

And here is what it looks like from the road at night. Well, it's a little bigger-looking in real life than on the camera, but still.

I bought the LEDs in a set of 2 in order to put some on the house, too. We used to have 150 LEDs that looked like traditional white bulbs on the house and the squirrels chewed through the wires and made off with 136 of them! That's right, all but 14 bulbs! Hopefully these tiny ones won't look like they are filled with seeds to the squirrels!
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