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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 104 ENTRIES / Knock, knock! Who's there? Precisely! on: November 03, 2014 10:20:47 AM
Two days before Halloween, my boy says to me that he wants to be Dr. Who for Halloween...the 11th Doctor, so I start wondering where I'm going to find a sonic screwdriver, a tweed coat, and a bowtie.


We found the sonic screwdriver at Barnes and Noble, & after thrift store hunting for a coat, I realize my only option was to make one for him. You just can't find a little boy's tweed coat in a size 10 around here. It proved difficult to even get a pattern in his size, so I bought this bazic blazer pattern that goes up to a size 8 at joanne fabrics...and I altered it to fit size 10:


My boy picked the fabrics he wanted with the help of a very fab character reference book on all the Dr. Who characters:
I highly recommend this book to any Dr. Who fan. Wink

Keeping in mind that I don't get along well with commercial patterns, nor have I ever made any formal looking clothing for my boy, I knew this was going to be a challenge for me. This coat had lining, button holes, & welted pockets...oh my! However, I was up for the challenge...I couldn't let my little guy down.  Grin He asked me to make a pocket on the inside to fit the sonic screwdriver. After watching this_instructional_video ...I gained enough confidence to even make the pockets on the outside front for real! I was initially going to just sew fake pocket 'flaps' to match the coats that the 11th doctor wears, but after spending so much on nice fabric, and the pattern & all... I just couldn't bring myself to take any shortcuts. This was going to be something he wouldn't only wear one night for trick or treating... I know my boy. This would become part of his regular wardrobe. That's why I'm going to have a tailor do the button holes!  Cheesy


Here I created the inner pocket to accomodate the sonic screwdriver.


I sewed the bowtie following the simple instructions on this_blog This was so much easier than I thought it would be!

We also altered a tardis cookie jar for a trick-or-treat pail. He was thrilled & took it all very seriously as you can tell by his expression. He wasn't in costume. He WAS the 11th Dr. Cheesy

Now I have a hard time getting him to wear anything else...he loves it!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bewitched - Hoopla from the Vintage Halloween Swap on: October 21, 2014 08:03:27 AM
Hey y'all! I'm just too excited about this piece I worked on for the Vintage Halloween Swap. My partner has received, so now I can share!
I made a Bewitched hoop based on the intro animation to the original tv show. Smiley
It's mainly appliqued felt & a little embroidery here & there.

The finished hoop. Now I need to make one for myself! Cheesy
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A Wicked Fascinating Fascinator for Halloween on: October 10, 2014 08:14:25 AM
I saw the little pre-made witch hats at my local craft supply store & was inspired to throw together a fun little fascinator as a hostess gift to a friend who is going to have a handmade Halloween party at her house.  Smiley

This is an easy project - minimal sewing skills needed.


Supplies:

Witch hat ( you could make one out of felt if you can't source one...or look online )
headband (I used a padded one covered with satin ribbon)
mardi gras bead strand, skull beads, & feather boa hair clip (I used the Darice brand)


"Tools" Needed
scissors
needle
thread
glue (optional)


First, I sewed a string of mardi gras beads around the base where the brim & hat meet.

Next, I added a skull bead where the 2 ends of the mardi gras beads met with a dab of glue & a few quick stitches.

Then, I positioned the witch hat where I wanted it to rest on the headband.

...and tacked it to the headband on both sides of the brim.

It only took a few stitches to attach the feather boa to the fascinator after I removed it from the little plastic clip it was attached to.
Please note that I didn't stitch it on before attaching the hat to the headband because it was easier to attach to the band without all the loose feathery tendrils getting caught in my thread as I tacked it down.


Voila!


This would look fabulous with other embellishments such as buttons, ribbons, bits of lace, a vintage brooch...the sky's the limit!

This is super cute with these little vintage pumpkin earrings: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436143.msg5252005#msg5252005

Happy Haunting!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Halloween Pumpkin Earrings made from Upcycled Vintage Cupcake Toppers on: October 10, 2014 08:02:34 AM
This is a super easy & fun project for Halloween. Wink



What you'll need:
plastic cupcake toppers (I used Halloween Jack O'lanterns that I bought online).
Earwires
Sandpaper (or a dremel with a sanding drum attachment)
Heavy duty scissors (or wire cutters)
Needle nosed pliers to open jumprings or earwires
Jumprings or Chain (for adding optional length if you like your earrings super dangly)


This is what I started with. As you can see, the pick which sticks into a cupcake needs to go.

Take your wire cutters & trim off the plastic post, then sand it smooth, so there are no sharp edges.


Add your earwire to the top. If you prefer longer earrings, you can add some chain & a jumpring. Make sure they dangle straight. I added the earwire right to the jack o'lantern handle.

Voila! Go rock those festive earrings at your next Halloween soiree! Happy Halloween!

5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Black & Orange Glitter Nails - Manicure for Halloween on: September 28, 2014 12:54:27 PM
Black and Orange Glitter Manicure for Halloween by isewcute



What you'll need:
Shiny Blackish Nail Polish (I used OPI Lincoln Park After Dark)
Orange Glitter (I used a variety of different orange glitters blended together)
Clear Top Coat Nail Enamel (I used seche vite dry fast top coat)



Brush on Black polish & while it's wet, dip your nail tip into a cup filled with a little glitter.

Tap the loose glitter off & gently use your finger to pat down any glitter sticking up. You don't want to smudge it.
Brush on a coating of clear top coat & let dry. You can add another clear coat if the glitter still feels too rough. I did 2 coats. Wink


Enjoy your Halloween sparkle!   Smiley


For more great ideas for your nails, check out the Awesome Manicure Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421432.0#axzz3Edr7glDh
6  COOKING / Dessert / You have to try my Banana Pudding! on: September 12, 2014 12:10:28 PM
This is hands down the best banana pudding I've ever made/had. My husband was dying for me to make it, so here it is. He says it tastes more like a banana cream pie than pudding, so I guess that's a compliment.  Cheesy

Ingredients:
4-5 large bananas
1 box Nilla wafers (vanilla wafer cookies)
1 lg box instant vanilla pudding (Not banana pudding...Weird, right? Just trust me.)
3 cups + 1/4c. milk
1 pkg. cream cheese
2 cups cool whip

Mix the milk & pudding together first, then blend in the cream cheese. (leave it out of the fridge for awhile so it softens a bit to make mixing easier)
Then blend in the cool whip until creamy.

In a deep dish/pan, what have you, line the bottom with the nilla wafers.
Spoon on a layer of pudding mix & smooth it out.
Slice up a layer of banana on top of that.

Repeat these steps until you have come to the top of your dish & have hopefully ended with a layer of fluffy pudding.
With the leftover nilla wafers, I crushed them up & sprinkled on top. I know it's not perfectly pretty, but for what this is lacking in good looks, it more than makes up for in taste! It's banana heaven baby!

Enjoy! Smiley
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES / Snap Clutch Purse - Batik Patches - by isewcute on: September 07, 2014 05:12:22 PM

This photo is by Loves2Experiment... my partner in a make a friend swap last year. Smiley


I had a great time creating this clutch because I was doing a craft I love...piecing squares as you would for a quilt...and doing something I was completely unfamiliar with...making a snap clutch with a purse frame. One of the things I love most about swaps is that it pushes me to do or try things outside of my normal comfort zone.

For this project, I cut strips of batik fabric & sewed them together, then cut the sewn together strips into yet more strips, then matched up the corners & patterns how I liked them & stitched them into a workable piece of patchy fabric.


Sewing was a little crazy, but the challenging part for me was to fit the fabric piece into the purse frame.  Roll Eyes After a couple of trial & errors...it came together as planned. Don't you love it when a plan comes together?  Grin


I think it turned out so cute!... or 'sew cute'! Cheesy Best of all, my awesome partner, Loves2Experiment, seemed to really like it!
8   / JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Jewelry & Trinkets Featured Projects - Summer 2014 on: September 02, 2014 10:46:20 AM
Here are some of the amazing featured projects for summer 2014 selected by you & the craftster community by hitting the 'this rocks' button. Thank you all for sharing your amazing crafty creations with us!  Smiley

Beaded Electric Mayhem Bracelet
by calixita


More Spoon Pendants...galaxy themed
by lidehtium


Pixel Heart Necklace + Zombie Hands
by Kaoticat


Fibre Based Jewelry
by Belladune


Peter Pan Necklace
by Deumira


Lazy Super-Duo Bracelet
by Beholderess


Embroidered Pendants
by artsycandice


Gnome Charm Bracelet
by Mistress Jennie






9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Anybody want a peanut? Princess Bride Movie Stitchalong. on: April 01, 2014 06:11:01 AM
I'm so in love with the movie, "The Princess Bride" & have been inspired to stitch up some of my favorite characters & quotes. Would you like to stitchalong with me? Here is Fezzik as played by Andre the Giant & my favorite quote of his, "Anybody want a peanut?"

Print out the pattern & trace onto fabric with a lightbox or against a bright window & stitch up some Princess Bride awesomeness!



Printable pattern here.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Flea Market Finds to Child's Vanity & Jewelry Organization on: February 10, 2014 03:03:08 PM
This is my little girl over the moon with her new vanity I surprised her with today when she came home from school.


This is what I started out with. A couple of flea market finds; a wicker framed mirror and a shelf made from a shutter + leftover paint from painting my daughter's room 6+ years ago.


The mirror had been made to hang vertically & I wanted it to be horizontal which is just a tad wider than my shelf is long, so I added some hardware to the back for attaching it to the wall.


I then masked off the mirror area & began to paint.

Wicker is a total pain to paint in case you might want to try this, you've been warned. Wink You can see I'm using an old ice cream bucket to store the paint in...it's great! Has a handle & is airtight! So much better than messing with the can which had rusted a bit around the lid from being stored for so long in a damp area.

I also painted the shelf with 2 coats.


I mounted the mirror to the wall at my girl's eye level & then hung the shelf directly below it. It's really fabulous for my daughter because it has these great big pegs for hanging her necklaces, bracelets, & little purses from.

She can keep all her lotions, hairclips, hair brush, & whatnots on the shelf...so organized, so cute, so fun! She absolutely loves it!  Grin


I'm so thrilled to have finally completed this project. I've had the idea for a few months now & it's been one of my new year resolutions to get to that 'crafts to do' list hanging over my head.

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