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1  Emergency Zombie Defense Station in Completed Projects by Bunny in a Bear on: October 18, 2007 10:48:18 AM
Behold the ultimate in home safety kits to defend against the legions of the undead!  I call it the Emergency Zombie Defense Station.  Think of it like one of those fire alarm kits with an axe and an extinguisher or an emergency eye wash station Cheesy

I made this kit for the Zombies Are Love Swap and I've been working on a second one for myself since Grin  After all Halloween is just around the corner and who knows when one might need a boomstick in a hurry?

I was initially inspired after seeing this Zombie survival kit on the internet, but I had some ideas on how to take it to another level.  I really liked the transparent riot shields used in 28 Days Later and I figured, "Why not make the case multi-functional at the same time?"  So when the plexi-glass cover is removed it becomes the perfect protection against zombie related carnage and splatter.  Inside the case is arguable the best tool to have during a Zombie attack.  None other than the trusty shotgun! Wink  Along with it are some spare bullets shells and a machete for when you're all out of ammo.  I also have a bit of a thing for those easy to understand safety signs with the little diagrams of stickpeople on them.  So I created a sign to be posted next to the station for quick, last minute instructions.

Marvel at it's awesome-ness Grin

Here's another angle to show it off further

The riot shield on it's own

Ready for action!

The station once the cover is removed

This is where I start to think I'm a photographer

Another close up

A better view of the machete

Yet another close up

Okay this is the last one, it just looks too cool not to post it Wink

Here's the sign

Study it carefully

There might be a test on it later

Well that's the whole thing.  Pretty nice, huh Wink

I bought the shotgun at a dollar store after visiting every single one in town I decided the best toy shotgun I saw was at the first store I went to.  Go figure.  It has been spray painted to make it look less like a toy and a little more like the real deal.  I also found the machete there too.  It's actually a cheapo "butcher" knife and I got it for a dollar.  I would not recommend trying to cut anything with it, it's duller than a butter knife.  The shotgun shells are real spent shells that I got from the local gun range.  I folded them back together to make them look new again.  I stenciled and spray painted the riot shield and build the handle out of dowel and PVC pipe and the strap out of velcro.  To make the sign I had to fiddle with photoshop for a few hours and then I got it printed and laminated at Staples.

Remember only you can stop the Zombie outbreak!
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2  Re: ZOMBIES ARE LOVE SWAP gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Bunny in a Bear on: October 05, 2007 05:56:00 PM
I just got my very first swap package today!  So exciting Cheesy

Called2otherskys put together a fantastic package!

First off you can see awesome Zombie green t-shirt of a hand painted brain with a bite taken out of it.  I just love this shirt and it will be worn with extreme pride.

The next goody is the adorable crocheted Zombie doll.  It is super cool and now sits next to my computer in the mortar of my mortar and pestle.  In it's arms it's hugging a little hand stitched brain.  I love its muppet like hair and its button eyes.  Just awesome! Grin

In addition to this great stuff I also received 2 little brain magnets and a Shaun of the Dead key ring with the motto "Aim for the head" written on it.  I really like it. Cheesy

Plus, PLUS, I also got a Pez dispenser shaped like a silly looking skellington.  Woo Pez!

I'm so happy by this whole experience.  This was an awesome start to my swapping adventures.  I really love seeing what everyone else made too.  This has been the best Zombie craft tribute ever! Wink

Oh and of course a photo of me...

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3  Bunny Castle (Warning high levels of cute!) in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Bunny in a Bear on: July 04, 2007 09:37:36 AM
First a little bit of background.  This is the second bunny house I've built like this.  The original is still in Ontario as when I moved back to British Columbia I didn't have room for it Cry.  While the first one was built with a hammer, a saw, and love, the new one was built with tools.  My Dad's power tools to be exact (nothing I love more than putting my fingers near fast moving cutting machines Tongue).

The original took about a week to build and was an effort of love, this one took a day (a long tiring day though) and was built to replace the old one.

As you can see it is a marvel of rabbit technology Grin.  On the ground floor there is a hidey-hole with 2 ways in and out (rabbits like having an escape tunnel).  The second level has a corner to safely lounge against and a slightly elevated view of their cage.  Then there is the upper deck.  This is a big area where the buns can lounge and look out the window as well as having a high place to spy on me from.  They like being able to view things from as high as they can get.

I still haven't had the chance to fill the cage with the kind of toys a bunny likes.  A slinky, wicker trivets and baskets to destroy, things dangling from hemp strings, and lots of little things that make loud noises when "mouth thrown" by a bunny around the cage Wink.

...Oh and let me introduce you.  The lazy, male, grey bunny is Apollo and the smaller, fiesty, tan bunny is Starbuck.  They are what is called a bonded pair, otherwise know to us humans as being married.  They love each other very much.  Here they are in their happy new home!

A view of their cage from a far

Just hanging out

Apollo trying to have a nap

Starbuck sneaking a head start on the parsley

Stacked bunnies!

Starbuck confronted about the missing parsley

Camera shy
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4  Battlestar Galactica Shirt (It's fraking awesome!) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Bunny in a Bear on: June 28, 2007 11:02:29 AM
This is my latest stenciled T-shirt baring the logo of the Battlestar Galactica.  The tiny text took a long time to cut out and iron on as each letter is made up of 2 thin strips of freezer paper.  Believe me it was tedious Cheesy

However I am very impressed with the results and I wear it in pride.  Cylons beware!

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5  Heat setting velveteen paint in Stitch And BOTCH by Bunny in a Bear on: June 18, 2007 06:56:45 AM
Has anyone every tried to paint a stenciled T-shirt with Tulip Velveteen paint?  After having made several shirts with the standard matte paint I was forced to buy a black velveteen paint because Michaels ran out of matte black, wasn't planning on getting any more in stock, and if I wanted a special order it would take 2 weeks.  Michaels can really frustrate me sometimes Angry.

As you can see below the results of heat setting it were VERY unexpected.  I layed the shirt out with a pilow case on top of it so that the iron didn't directly touch the paint, as I always do, but after a few seconds things started to smell funny.  I pulled up the iron and instead of seeing a smooth layer of paint what I saw had bubbled and puffed up and looked like mold or something.  My poor Ben Folds shirt Sad.

I could see someone appreciating this effect, but this isn't what I wanted to see.  So be warned that Tulip Velveteen doesn't need heat setting!

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6  Re: Nintendo DS Monokuro Boo Box in Completed Projects by Bunny in a Bear on: June 13, 2007 01:21:35 PM
Well I could tell Sydney to upload a picture of it, but you know what I'll just do it myself.  We live together at the moment so I can do things like this Wink.

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7  Re: Geeky Tees! (Foto Phat) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Bunny in a Bear on: June 13, 2007 01:07:16 PM
Well I can't find the site that I got the Bob Ross stencil from for the life of me Huh.  It really sucks because it wasn't a half bad site.  I thought it may have been from http://www.freewebs.com/stencilry/ but I don't see it there now.

Anyway long story short I remembered I still had the printed version with my shirt stenciling gear so I scanned it for you.  Forgive the fact that it isn't a solid black colour.  When it was printed it was on "draft" quaility to save ink.  If you have photoshop or something you could darken it up, otherwise it should be fine to just print out as is.

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8  Re: Edited: Straw Shrimp! in Completed Projects by Bunny in a Bear on: June 13, 2007 11:34:20 AM
Well now that I'm an expert Wink after learning 4 hours ago and making a few I'll give you some observations I have made on the initial cuts.

You need to cut all the way down the longest straight part of the straw right up to the bendy bit.  It can be really tough to get these cuts straight AND even but it really just adds character to the shrimp.  I mean come on they get pretty motley and even lose legs and stuff Smiley.

Two of the three segments need to be the same width.  They form the body and legs of your little guy.  The thrid piece forms the "spine" and antenna so it can be a different size if you choose.  So far I pefer to have the two matching sides a bit wider than the spine just because it gives the shrimp a bigger carapace and thicker legs.

Feel free to prove me wrong and try new stuff, but if you try to match up two of the sides to be the same then the third can be what ever you have left.  Good luck!

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9  Re: Edited: Straw Shrimp! in Completed Projects by Bunny in a Bear on: June 13, 2007 10:26:55 AM
I just thought I would post my first 3 shrimp, now that I've taken a picture of them.

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10  Re: Geeky Tees! (Foto Phat) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Bunny in a Bear on: June 13, 2007 09:25:18 AM
Hey everyone thanks for all the comments.  In case you can't tell I'm the other shirt model in those pictures Wink.  I just thought I would upload a shot of my Bob Ross shirt after I added some highly appropriate text to it.  I hope you like it!

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