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261  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Semi-colon Panties! Using Humor in the Cancer Fighting Arsenol. on: March 05, 2012 07:09:02 AM
A friend of mine is fighting colon cancer and facing all of it with strength, humor and candid honesty.  I shared with her the semi-color underwear I'd made for a guy friend a few years ago and she got a laugh out of them and sent me some new panties to applique for covering her own semi-colon.

I used fusible interfacing on cotton prints from my stash to make the semi-colons, then stitched them to the backside of the panties with a couple of passes on my machine's zigzag setting (shorter and narrower than standard).  On the originals (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248214.0) I used cotton interlock instead of the woven prints.  I think the prints are cuter and it will be interesting to learn if the hold up the same, etc.
262  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tiny Library Filled with Wee Books and a Deep, Dark, Secret. (filled w/ photos) on: March 03, 2012 10:32:45 AM
You might want to sit down, this is going to take awhile.

I was lucky enough to participate in the Wicked Vices Altered Tin Swap wherein we gave our partners a list of five of our "vices" and we altered an Altoid -style tin with one or more of those vices in mind.  My partner's vices included book hoarding (is that a vice?).  Originally I had another idea involving another vice on the list that I don't even remotely remember, but on a craft-night with a girlfriend I got to play with her Martha Stewart Scoring Board and ZAP! the idea to make many wee books and a library to house them in struck me.  Luck shone down on me again as I was gifted from my birthday my very own scoring board by that same girlfriend.  WHEE!  And now to the many, many, MANY photos. 

My partner likes the distressed look, so I decided the library should look like a shed of aged copper.  I had a sheet of corrugated paper missing one flat side in my stash and painted it with paint that you spray with a distressing fluid to oxidize it.  Luckily I was able to work in light coats so as not to ruin the paper.

The back is copper leaf, distressed with glaze and topcoated with a matte varnish.  Why I did 2 different coppers that ended up looking the same?  Heck if I know.

Inside, sans books.  A library pocket on the inside of the lid from a pattern I found on pinterest, then resized to fit in photo shop.  I stamped it with an anatomical heart stamp a bunch of times, as hearts were one of my partners loves.  The shelves on the other side are made with faux bois embossed paper over paperboard, then inked to bring out the pattern.

All the wee books on the shelves.  After about 12 books, I started thinking "what I have gotten myself into?"  Then I thought... "well, I could make a few bookends..."  So I made several more books and a few bookends.  Smiley

The bookends are a vintage game piece that I silver leafed, then distressed with glaze and a piece of cut tile I found on the floor at a job site I was working on with a marble glued to it.  The marble was leaved with bits of gold, silver and copper leaf randomly stuck on.  It ended up looking a bit like a globe.

The books all actually open and have pages, etc.  I used pages from my small collection of books-bought-to-make-into-something-new including non-English language books, a vintage math textbook, magazine photos, etc.  Scrapbook paper that look like types of leather and a leather-y wrapping paper for the covers

The secret hatch in the back where the library's owner keeps her skulls (like skeletons in her closet):

The door is made with another color of the faux bois embossed paper and a oiled bronze colored paper brad.  The hardware is from my stash, distressed with glaze.

The inside has one of those things from the top of that sleeve that covered the top of a wine bottle.

And finally a bunch of detail shots, because for me these things are all about the little details.

A bit of color and a hint about what's inside the shed:

I felt lucky (again) that I was able to get "book paper or print treat" under the turquoise glass thingy from my stash.

"Door" made from the darker version of the faux bois embossed paper, again inked to bring out the grain.  Paper brad for door knob. 

My miters didn't turn out so well, but I decided it was a happy accident making the dilapidated shed look just that much more so.

One of the shelves of books:

Mini faux joinery sans books:

Closed hatch:

Pile of wee books:

Can you tell I'm proud of the books, in a survived-a-harrowing-event kind of way?  Wink

And a shot with a moose for scale:

My partner likes moose (even though they eat her garden) and when going thru my stash initially looking for inspiration I'd pulled it out, so I sent him along as a surprise extra.  I refrained from glittering his antlers, since glitter is MY vice, not hers.   Kiss

263  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Captain Betty Boldly Goes (Star Trek Dog Vest) on: January 19, 2012 04:09:49 PM

Betty has no undercoat and is slim, so she gets cold in our big, old, drafty house during the winter months.  She's only 45 pounds, but most dog clothes makers consider her an XL at the smallest!  I found a pattern that covered dogs her size, but the resulting vest was very ill-fitting.  She looked like a hobo.  So, yesterday I hacked up that vest to make a new pattern which fits her much better.

Using the scraps from this bathrobe (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401067.0) and these adult footie pjs (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330352.0), I made our pup this vest!  

Once I made it I knew I had to make a Star Fleet insignia for it.

And her is the reverse side.  Not nearly as flattering a color for her, but it hides the dog hair a lot better.   Tongue  The ManFlesh and I agree that she's really more of a Spock type, so I'll probably make her a blue one for Halloween.  Her little sister should be grown enough then to make her one, too!

WOOHOO! I was asked to contribute this project to a book!  Star Trek Crafts: Make It So!  By Angie Pedersen.
264  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Knock-off Star Trek Captain Bathrobe on: December 31, 2011 05:09:15 PM
I saw some Star Trek TOS inspired bathrobes on thinkgeek and decided to make the Captain Kirk version for The ManFlesh for xmas. 

Before I boxed it up to wrap I used no fewer than twenty-four (24) layers of the lint roller to get all the dog hair and polar fleece fuzzies off of it.  He's been wearing it since xmas day, so the dog hair is back for the photos.   Sad

Insignia (simplified because I was finishing this up on Dec 24 and was winging it)

The cuffed sleeve where I inserted a metallic bias tape.  The store-bought version has 3 bands of gold, but no cuff so I took advantage of the cuff feature for insertion.

I made a few modifications to the pattern, the width of the tie loops being one - wider seemed both more in keeping with what Kirk would have had AND easier to turn.

One of the Alien Shedders caught and subdued by The CaptainFlesh:

And finally, the pattern I used.   Copyright 1966, it was from my mom's stash; I knew she had a mens robe pattern so I figured I save myself the money of buying one.  It's fun that it's a similar era as ST:TOS, but it has some neat details that made it take longer to assemble, like the cuffs and raglan sleeves.

265  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Happy Travels - Sky High Kit for Mom's Globe Trotting Retirement (pics a plenty) on: December 25, 2011 07:22:49 AM

My mom is getting ready to retire in a few months (if they actually let her go) and is planning on doing some traveling with her new freedom.  We're both proponents of using plane time for sleeping, but she hasn't flown as many international (i.e. loooooong) flights so doesn't have all the accoutrements. 

Inside are 3 small containers for sleep aids, pain relievers and ear plugs (included); a sleep mask (made by me); an inflatable neck pillow (small and light-weight) and a pair of polar fleece socks (made by me). 

The elastic straps that hold all the parts in place.

The exterior, opened out flat.  This shot is probably the most accurate for color of the croc embossed vinyl [swooooooon]


A little tag made from iron-on transfer on twill tape.

The fun, zebra stripe side of the sleep mask and the pill/earplug containers.

Socks with the neck pillow.

I used no fewer than 3 layers of lint roller before I wrapped it up for Christmas!  Wink  Flannel and fleece and dogs are so shed-y!
266  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Feed Bag" Reusable Shopping Bags on: December 23, 2011 08:08:12 AM
I finally got around to making these big bags from the feed store that I received from a friend into shopping bags.

Just 3 cuts, 3 sewn seams, 4 grommets and 4' of rope and they're about the size of a paper grocery sack which I think it a great size.  I followed the design of one I was given, but made mine wider at the bottom so I could get a lot in there, but not crush the things at the bottom.

They're durable, stand up on their own, moisture resistant and I don't worry about setting them on the dirty ground, because they just wipe off.
267  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / "Pimp Chalices" for the "Out-laws" on: December 23, 2011 07:23:38 AM
These chalices are Christmas gifts for The ManFlesh's sister and her husband.

The applied a variegated "gold" leaf to the outside of the bowl and the bottom of the, uh, bottom.  Then decoupaged an initial I printed up on gold paper on to the bowl.

Then I gave the leafed areas two excruciating coats of liquid resin then glued gems around the top and where the resin seam is at the top of the stem.

One neat thing about gilding glass is that you get to see the "gold" from both sides.  In the right light (sadly, not this light) the inside glows like some kind of movies FX!

And since these are supposed to be over-the-top extravagant, a velvety bag is a must!  I had wanted to find a nice box in the correct size to wrap them in, but waiting to close the Christmas to shop for them and all our local paper stores were out!  So I settled for dollar store wine-sized gift bags.

One more pic of the whole shebang, from a different angle.

I made these based on this project from a couple years ago.  Of course, The ManFlesh's was more elaborate since he's my special fella and all.   Kiss

268  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Childhood Photo Magnetic Bookmark on: December 23, 2011 07:04:09 AM
Now that I'm all grown up I just exchange small gifts with my uncle at Christmas time.  Since he's a HUGE fan of books, I thought "how about a bookmark?"  So I sat down with mom (his baby sister) and her photo albums and found this photo taken of the 2 of them on the first day of school.

I scanned it and printed out 2 in the same size.  I cut around the two of them on one and attached it to have paper with some clear plastic in between.  Then I added a  metal washer to the back.

I attached the other photo to a magnet sheet designed to cover a heating/cooling vent that's only magnetic on one side, sandwiching the other side of the clear plastic between. 

269  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Vintage Visit with Santa: A Picture Pillow for Mom on: December 22, 2011 08:32:27 AM
My good friend, Pam, had a great idea for making a pillow using a photo from holidays past and when I came upon this photo of my mom visiting Santa way back when, I knew I had to copy her! 

I finally found a project worthy of using some of the vintage trims I'd collected but could never bring myself to use like this teeny, tiny gingham single-fold bias tape.

I'm pretty pleased with how the mitered corners turned out.  When I went to the button bin (that started with my great-great grandmother's buttons) to find a green or red button I came upon this vintage ceramic green and white checked button!  It was meant to be!

Just before I learned about this idea from Pam, I picked up this adorable, vintage double-fold bias tape at an antique mall.  I got so excited when I decided to make a cording out of it!

Lastly, I found a gingham print that's diagonal to back it with that's in a vintage-y colored green!

This gift will be wrapped up and labeled "For Grandma, Love Betty & Delia" who are our 2 pups whose Christmas collars will be covered in the same green gingham with a vintage, red rick rack detail.  SO CUTE!
270  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mom's Stay-at-home Stocking! on: December 22, 2011 08:16:12 AM
Every year I pick up my mom's stocking to bring home so Santa can fill it at my house.  But that leaves mom w/o a stocking to decorate her mantle which is no good.  No good at all.  So, I made her this one to hang by her chimney with care.  

It's all vinyl (lined with felt), with metal grommets and a real shoe lace that's embellished with snowflake decorations.

Of course Santa will sneak a little something into this stocking, too.  After all, my mom has been on the nice list for YEARS.

This year it's hung by my chimney with care with my pups' new stockings and those I made for me and The ManFlesh in years past.

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