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21  Calvin and Hobbes - Let's go exploring! (Tons o' pics) in Halloween Costumes by fluffypants on: November 01, 2011 07:14:23 PM


My boyfriend Bryan and I opted for a less typical "couples" costume this Halloween, and decided on one of my favourite comics. My costume is completely handmade (by me!) and his shirt was made by us. We opted for thicker stripes on the t-shirt than Calvin usually has since this shirt is probably 4 times the size Calvin's shirt would actually be, so we made the stripes about four times as thick. Bryan already had black pants and running shoes, and the wig came from a costume shop. Had we had another week or so I probably would have tried to make it! Wink We were inspired, of course, by the one and only Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes.

P.S.: I make mention of the pattern number later on- I actually modified the pattern so that the crotch would hang lower, so that my legs actually start at my knees, since Hobbes had short legs and a long torso. Smiley Oh, and I added a tail - hehe.

My foot paws are made from canvas runners covered in foam and fleece with felt paw pads. The gloves are four finger gloves made from fleece. I printed multiple pictures of Hobbes from different angles to try to get the stripe placement as accurate as possible, but it changes here and there from comic to comic.

Without further ado...



I present to you now, Calvin and Hobbes, complete with my Ode to Costuming as a Boy & His Tiger. I thought of Bill Watterson's epic poems from the beginning of the treasury books and knew I had to write this in rhyme. Wink



Months before All Hallows Eve my boyfriend Bry and me
Were searching on the internet for what wed choose to be.
We thought of all the standards, the cliches, the old and true,
But soon settled on a costume that would be something brand new!



Yards of fabric, foam and love went into Hobbes pelt,
I used some fleece, I used some fur, of course I used some felt.



I must say that head was sure the hardest part to make,
I was clueless but excited for a challenge to undertake.



I stitched plastic canvas up with yarn to make my noggin frame
While Bryan dab dab dabbed at his t-shirt which once was plain.
He used screen printing ink, duct tape and a stencil brush,
While I worked on foaming up my head so it looked plush.



The tiger suit was made from McCalls M6251,
A pattern for onesie pajamas that was truly second to none.



The stripes were sewn on afterwards, as was the belly white,
Getting everything pinned in place was really quite a fright.



Much seam ripping and re-stitching later, finally it was done,
A boy and his tiger together at last, all ready to look for some fun.



And remember, if ever you find your life too dull and boring,
Call us up, well put on our suits, and take you out exploring!



Process photos: Bryan's shirt, my crafting face, and two of the Hobbes head in the works.

     

Thanks for looking! We had a blast!


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22  Re: Random swap round 3 gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: October 22, 2011 04:00:36 PM
I received a heap of amazingness from aheartofglass the other day! So much awesome. Cheesy

First up, an amazing butterfly wing pendant with matching earrings. I had one of these on my Pinterest - so pretty!



Next, two "melted" bottles - again, something from my Pinterests - I don't drink but I love the Corona one as a little cutting board or serving tray - or spoonrest! I think I'll use it for something at my boyfriend's birthday party this week.



Adorable hair clips made by her cousin! I love the peace sign ribbon.



Plus, an amazing pile of assorted extras - gum in fun boxes, a cute chicken magnet (I've always loved that line - "I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned"), a couple cards by a friend of hers, Yumbots cupcake molds, herb scissors that I've been drooling over forever (they have 5 blades so you can chop up herbs really quickly Smiley), a Peace Junkie sticker, and two awesome coasters! I was ogling the Etsy shop these are from awhile ago, they make coasters out of old 45's that have poor sound quality. I adore them! I want to figure out how to make them so I can make a nice big set. Wink



Thanks so much Cindy, this parcel was AMAZING!
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23  Re: Pillow Cover Swap (Signup 6/6/2011-6/20/2011, Mail by 7/18/2011 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by fluffypants on: June 07, 2011 10:36:17 AM
This sounds fun - and I've been making lots of pillow covers lately. Would anyone be interested in receiving felt pillow covers something like these with different characters? (Sorry - this is the best pic I have access to at work!)
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24  Re: Character Dotee Swap - Gallery - Send Out Fri. 4/22/11 in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: May 30, 2011 08:59:42 PM
I received my angel dotee from blupaisan today - sadly he's missing an eyeball. Ouch!!
Meet "Forever in Blue Jeans" Neil, visiting his lifelike lookalike. Wink



Thanks blupaisan!
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25  Re: Character Dotee Swap - Gallery - Send Out Fri. 4/22/11 in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: May 09, 2011 03:36:20 PM
I received the most amazing Mr. Dressup dotee from stove037 today. I love it! It's getting a place of honour when I have my own craft room, as I like to think Mr. Dressup is part of the reason I love crafting so much today. Wink



For those of you who don't know who Mr. Dressup is (or who his puppet pals, Casey and Finnigan are) here's a pic:



The charms on the bottom are the "Tickle Trunk" where Mr. Dressup stored all his costumes, and Wise Owl! All the Canadian kids say it with me now... too-whit, too-whit, too-whooooooo!

Thanks stove037!
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26  Re: Character Dotee Swap - Gallery - Send Out Fri. 4/22/11 in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: May 05, 2011 03:52:26 PM
All three of the dotees I sent have been received, so I couldn't resist posting this group shot! Smiley Harry hasn't popped up in the gallery yet, so this is his debut. Wink



I had a blast with this swap!
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27  Re: Character Dotee Swap - Gallery - Send Out Fri. 4/22/11 in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: April 28, 2011 02:35:53 PM
I received my first dotee today from Rosie1981- gotta love Dali!

I lost my camera cord so I tried to take an artsy photo against a Dali print with my webcam. Hilarious mishaps ensued, and the following photo - after a few minor Photoshop touchups. Wink



Thanks Rose, he's adorable - I especially love the flowers on his moustache. Smiley
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28  Re: Moomin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: March 09, 2011 09:34:41 PM
I finally got photos of my goodies from Petskin! First I didn't have one item at home, then my camera just about croaked... so I decided I'd best take them quick! Unfortunately that means the photos aren't so great - but the super cute Moomin goodness makes up for it. Smiley

First up - Snufkin slippers!



Next - an adorable Snufkin change purse which will reside in my Snufkin shoulder bag!



A lovely Snufkin notebook, still deciding what to use it for. On the inside it says "I'll come when it suits me," which may very well mean it's destined to be a day planner/event organizer. Wink



And last but not least, a gorgeous purpley desk organizer with my favourite picture of Sniff! So cute.



I do hope there's another Moomin swap in the future. Thanks so much, Petskin!

And thanks for organizing, Sylvanna!
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29  Re: Moomin Swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by fluffypants on: December 12, 2010 09:17:20 PM
I simply must share this because I am finally among people who may understand! Wink Hahaha.

Here's my Halloween costume from this year. Smiley

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30  Re: 12 Days of Christmas 2010 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: December 03, 2010 01:22:47 PM
On the twelfth day of Christmas, sarahj2001 gave to me.... GOBS! (or as I know them, whoopie pies!)

These are delish, and as I opened them early I've been taking them to work as mid-morning treats every day! Wink



On the eleventh day of Christmas, sarahj2001 gave to me...

Earring supplies!! Sweet! Just a few hours before I opened, I found a bunch of charms and buttons I'd bought last year to make earrings out of, but I had no hooks or backings. These came at the perfect time!



On the tenth day of Christmas, the post office didn't take very good care of my surprise. Sad Some wacky utensils, a sandwich cutter and pizza plates! Sweet!



On the ninth day of Christmas, sarahj2001 gave to me... earring day!



On the eighth day of Christmas, sarahj2001 gave me 8 super cool pillowcases which I can't wait to have theme rooms for! Wink Hehehe.



On the seventh day of Christmas, sarahj2001 gave to me.... seven fun crocheted and knitted items!
I love the little Pee Wee and Chairy, but the candy button scarf is definitely my favourite!



On the 6th day of Christmas, sarahj2001 gave to me... random day!
A cute Bob-omb drawstring bag, a PacMan necklace, a bunch of cute yummy soaps, bath bombs and lip balm, and a hat (which sadly is too small for my ginormous head, but might fit my mom!)



On the fifth day of Christmas, sarahj2001 gave to me the best day yet! Sing it with me.... fiiiive Wisty t-shirts! I laughed so hard when I pulled the Engrish one out of the package ("I hate myself and I want to die").



This one's my favourite, I wore it to work today. Cheesy



On the fourth day of Christmas, sarahj2001 gave to me... kit day! I can't WAIT to start learning embroidery, needle felting and crochet - and I definitely want to make some cinnamon doughnut soaps soon!



On the third day of Christmas, sarahj2001 gave to me... a hamburger box, cheeseburger pillow set (can't wait to stuff these!) and a Christmassy record bag!



On the second day of Christmas, sarahj2001 gave to me... a monster bag & thread catcher, and a felted Jack Sparrow style tricorn hat! Sweet!



The pic doesn't do the hat justice, it's quite cool!

On the first day of Christmas, sarahj2001 gave to me.... a super bright wacky sweater! It's a little small, but I should be able to stretch it. So funky! Can't wait to wear this to work. The colours in the pic are pretty washy, it's super colourful in person!



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Thanks so much sarahj2001! It's been a blast!
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