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271  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / But, of course Bigfoot has Grey Poupon (on his chin). on: June 10, 2012 06:10:49 PM
I'm in a tea towel swap with some friends and am stitching Bigfoot on all there towels.  I just finished my 4th and here it is!  I wanted to have him in a bowler hat and a monocle, but couldn't figure out the final touch. The towel arrived to me with a light stain on one corner and then had my own embarrassing public mustard-on-chin experience last week and a Bigfoot stitch was born.

Here's a close up of his dribbled upon chin (and his monocle chain):

An angle shot to show some of the texture:

I used a lot of split stitch which I hadn't done before and I'm pretty sure I like it for filling.  There's also some satin, back, random and chain stitch.
272  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sir Richard Attenbigfoot: Orinthologist & Naturist* on: May 20, 2012 08:18:42 PM
I'm in a tea towel swap with some friends and I've chosen to do variations on a theme for my stitcheries.  That theme is Bigfoot.

Stitching in outline was a big challenge for me, because I've always filled my work.  But this towel was delicate and I'm a white-knuckle stitcher, so I didn't think I could fill without ruining it.  Here's an angle shot to show some of the texture.  You can also see a little better that his salt & pepper hair is saltier at this temples and where his soul patch hair grows.

I used back stitch, bastardized stem stitch and split stitch.

* Get it?  Cuz he's nekkid?  Teehee.
273  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bigfoot pouted so much a bird built a nest under his lip. (4 photos) on: May 08, 2012 01:47:19 PM
I'm in a round-robin tea towel swap with some friends and have decided to do variations on a theme, that theme being "Bigfoot."  This is my second in the series. (the first is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407773.0)

An angle shot to show some of the texture:

The little birdie who laid the big egg (that's why it's eye is popping a bit).

A close up of the pouting that got him into this situation:

I used satin, split, and long and short stitch, one french knot and some whatever-it-takes stitch.

274  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bigfoot doesn't always smoke a pipe, but when he does it's a Meerschaum. on: April 27, 2012 12:50:13 PM
I'm in a round robin tea towel swap with some friends and this is the first of a series of variations-on-Bigfoot that will go on the towels.

I looked at a bunch of drawings of Bigfoot online to come up with the basic pattern, that I then filled in as I went.

Some detail of the textures:

Green eyes for this guy!

I used satin stitch, long and short stitch, split stitch and "random crazy stitch."
275  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Tutus for My Two: Dogs in Clothes, It Never Gets Old (overly photographic) on: April 16, 2012 08:03:12 PM
So a good friend of mine asked for some help making a dog tutu and I, of course, accepted.  The thing is, I've never made a tutu for anyone, let alone a dog.  So, of course I had to practice and who better to pratice on than my Beastie Grrlz, Betty and Delia?  Making the tutus was more time consuming and yet much easier than taking photos of my horrible beasts wearing them.

Delia: What is this thing, mama?  I must bite it.

She got used to it... or at least distracted.  Smiley

Betty: Look how good I am.  I'm sitting!

Delia: No, mama!  I'm the good one.  I'm sitting!

I used the same netting and tulle for each of their tutus, but in different configurations and I assembled each tutu differently to attempt to figure out which is easier/faster and/or better.  Betty's has each double folded layer individually gathered and then sewn to an elastic that fastens with Velcro around her waist.

Delia's has all the layers folded in half, then a channel sewn for the elastic w/ Velcro.  Faster, easier, but doesn't hold it's fluffiness as well.

Finally a question: Is it a catwalk when it's a dog fashion show?

Regardless, I think Tyra and Miss J would approve.

276  COOKING / Dessert / That Little Blue Box - Tiffany's Inspired Coconut Candies on: April 11, 2012 02:19:51 PM
A girlfriend of mine, named Tiffany, is having a birthday brunch with a Breakfast at Tiffany's theme this weekend.  I had picked up a couple Martha Stewart candy/ice moulds at JoAnn on clearance a few months back that were little square packages with bows on top.  I decided to make my first foray into candy making for people* with something not super easy.  BUT I don't hate the way they turned out, so I'm going to take them to the party as favors for all the guests (for which I received permission from the hostess).

They're about 1.5 inches wide, 2" tall and 1" deep.  It's white chocolate, dyed white chocolate and a coconut filling.  The blue is way closer to Tiffany Blue in real life and the the grainy-ness not so noticeable.  I didn't have that issue with my test run; I think I added the gel colorant when the white chocolate was still to warm for these.  But, I was winging it so... yeah.

I had these bags and silver wire ties on hand, so packaged them that way for easy transport home by the guests.  There will be 10-11 guests and 15 of the 16 I tried to make stayed in one piece the whole time.  So, I'll let her have the extras to do with as she wishes as I am now sick to death of white chocolate/coconut.   Tongue

* These carob bunnies for my pups' Easter baskets were the first: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406280.0
277  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Puppy's Birthday Bunting on: April 04, 2012 07:22:43 PM

Last summer our puppy, Betty, turned 1 and we through her a party (posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388793.0).  Well, last November we got another puppy, named Delia,  Roll Eyes and in September she will turn 1 and we will have another party!  Since I'll be making pretty much all the decorations, treats, snacks and favors I'm startin' early!

My first project was this bunting inspired by this project I saw on pinterest: http://www.ohcrafts.net/party-baby-face-garland.php

Here's the whole thing.  It's a smaller scale bunting that is usual, because that's how it worked getting photos of her cute little face!  It's about 4 feet long altogether.

I also saw a color theme that I liked a lot on pinterest: orange, blue and green.  Luckily I had some appropriate papers in my stash.

There are five photos, each used twice.

After gluing the hats together, I glued them to the pics I'd printed and cut out, then taped a large paperclip on the back to use for attaching to the silver chenille wire I had in my stash. 

It was so fun to put those party hats on her adorable face!  I can't pick a favorite and neither can The ManFlesh.   Kiss
278  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Carob Bunnies for the Dogs on: March 28, 2012 02:17:12 PM
A friend of mine makes peanut butter filled chocolates for every occasion, so I got excited about making chocolate bunnies.  But, who to make them for?  I don't have kids and all the kids I know will be getting plenty of treats for Easter, so another chocolate something really wouldn't matter much to them.  Then I realized that all the canine bakeries use carob for topping, etc., so I could make carob bunnies for my dogs!

I used a 2-sided mold so I could make them hollow.  This is the other side (some have the eye on the left side, some on the right).  The eyes were bought pre-made at a cake and candy supply store.  They're the smallest size they carry, but I think they make the bunnies look a little frightened which is appropriate since they're about to be eaten by dogs Shocked.  

Of course if I was going to go to all this trouble, I wasn't just going to make two (one for each of my dogs).  I decided to package them up.  I used cello bags from the craft store and that plastic grass that comes in pre-packaged sushi (which I got a the local Asian supermarket).

I made a little label so that everyone is clear as to what's inside; this is the back side which you can't see in the other photos.

And here are a couple that are going to the girls' cousins.

279  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.
280  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

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