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1  I want your BRAINS!!! Plants vs. Zombies Flag Zombie Costume Image PLUMP!!! in Halloween Costumes by Saint_Angel on: November 01, 2013 07:53:13 AM

Ok, so our whole family LOVES playing Plants vs. Zombies.  (For those who don't know, it's a video game where you use plants in your yard to fight off the zombies trying to get into your house.  Why do they want in your house?  Because they want your BRAINS!!!)  This year for Halloween, my 6 year old son wanted to be the Flag Zombie from the PvZ game.  (The Flag Zombie looks like a regular zombie, but he carries a red flag with a brain on it.)

So, I thrifted the outfit from eBay sellers and thrift stores (and our closets). The dress shirt, tie and sport coat are the only things I spent any money on.  The mask and flag bag is what I made.  (After looking at photos, I wish I would have defined the stripes in the tie better with some white paint or something.  There are stripes there, they are just not as pronounced as I would have liked them to be in the photos.)

The mask started as a cardboard base (from the soda I was currently drinking and from the dinner I made that night).  I marked and cut where the mouth and eyes should be, and then paper mached the whole helmet/mask.  I put in balloons for the eyes, so they would POP out, but one of them somehow shrunk when I was working on it, so they look to be about the same size at the end.  Oh well, right?  Smiley

After the paper mache was dry, I primed the whole thing with some white gesso.  I didn't want to have to go and buy any paint, so I dug around my house and found grey and black acrylic paint.  Well, the zombie color is a greyish tint, but also with some green.  I was like, what to do?  Ah HA!  Food coloring!  Yes!  So I plopped some grey acrylic paint and a few drops of green food coloring into my painting jar and VIOLA!  Zombie green paint!  (Sidenote:  If you are trick or treating in the rain like we did last night, SEAL the helmet/mask.  By the end of the night, the green, yes just the GREEN, ran off his mask and onto his shirt!  Haha, his helmet is still pretty cool, it's just a dingy grey color now!)

So anyway, the mask is all painted up, but we didn't want people to be able to see into the mask, so I added some black nylon behind the mouth part.  That way he could still breathe, but people couldn't see in.  All night, people asked if he could see alright (they couldn't see the hidden eye holes under the helmet/mask's eyes) and thought his eyes were behind the mouth. 

Now the helmet/mask is done.  Put it together with the outfit, and the zombie is ready!  Unless your child is SPECFIC about their choices like my son, then you're not quite done yet.

We talked with our son about how trick or treating is hard to do while carrying a candy bag AND holding a flag, so we came to a compromise.  A flag bag!  I made a red tote bag out of some felt I had laying around, and appliqued a brain onto it, just like the flag in the game.  That way, he could still have his flag, and get candy, without Mom or Dad having to carry his stuff.

This costume was so much fun to make!  My son was so impressed, at every step.  "MOM!  YOU made THAT?!?"  Grownups and kids were all like, "HEY!  Plants vs. Zombie guy!  Awesome!"  And my favorite, they ask my son, "Did you make that?"  He'd tell them all, "Nope, my mom did".  Everyone's response was always, "Well, you must have the coolest mom!"  And he just would say, "I sure do!"  Ahhh, makes your heart melt!  Smiley

Happy Halloween!
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2  Wee Zombie Watercolor paintings, ATC size in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Saint_Angel on: February 19, 2013 01:51:31 PM
Here are some Tiny zombie paintings I watercolored.  I'm still rather new to watercoloring, but I think they turned out alright.
Thanks for looking, I hope you like them!

1st one I made




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3  Tiny Watercolor Paintings of The Walking Dead in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Saint_Angel on: February 19, 2013 11:30:58 AM
Hi all!  Hubby and I love The Walking Dead tv show.  I painted these tiny, ATC sized watercolors for practice.  I really liked how they turned out, so I'm going to frame them this way.

Thanks for looking, I hope you like them!  Here's a few pics of them individually.





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4  Re: One Smallish Stuffie with a Function Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Saint_Angel on: February 07, 2012 09:30:39 PM
I received my package from rosyposie today!  She made me this awesome iPod cozy!  It's so cool!  I love it, thank you!  She also sent a lovely card and some great chocolates.  Only some made it for the picture, and sadly, none are now left.  LOL!

Thanks again rosyposie!  I hope you enjoy your package as much as I love mine!
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5  Domokun! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Saint_Angel on: January 16, 2012 07:06:55 PM
Ok, so I just love Domo and how simple and cute he is!  I don't know why, I just do.  So instead of buying one, I had to make one for myself.  He's a bit different in shape, I made him a bit wider and shorter than the original, it didn't feel right just copying it outright.  Mine is about 8"tall, 9" wide and 2" thick. 
Hope y'all like him!

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6  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 8--GALLERY!--Mail by 11/14/11 in The Swap Gallery by Saint_Angel on: December 05, 2011 05:54:03 AM
Hey all!  I received from camelama last week, but have not had time to get any pics up until now. 
BEHOLD, the aweseomeness!
It's the TIN MAN for my Wizard of Oz collection!   

A close up of his great heart.

And hanging out with the gang.  My collection is almost complete! 

Thank you camelama, he's perfect in every way!  I love him!   You did a fantastic job!
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7  Mario Bros. Bob-omb Costume in Halloween Costumes by Saint_Angel on: November 01, 2011 11:50:37 AM
So for Halloween this year, my four year old (5 in four days) wanted to be a lava lamp.  That's all he talked about for weeks.  Well, after planning it out, we decided it wasn't trick or treat friendly, and he wouldn't be able to move well enough if he were to trip or whatnot.  So his next choice was a Bob-omb from Mario!  I loved it!  So this is what I came up with.

In the house



Trick or Treating


From behind.

I originally was going to sew the wick part to his hood, but decided that I'd attach it to a hat instead so he could see better.  (His hood is a little big.)  That's why it looks a tad different in the trick or treat pics. 

I just sewed two hemispheres and stuffed them, and then added shoulder and side straps to keep it on him.  He just wore his fleece coat and some black pants underneath to kind of blend into the bomb.  The key is sewed to the back (man, he was sooo disappointed that I didn't make it functional!  LOL!) and then there is a small bit of clear fishing line supporting it so it didn't droop as he walked.  The yellow "feet" are just fleece boot covers/legwarmers I sewed up and attached elastic across the bottoms to keep them down over his shoes.  The wick is a cover from a jar I painted and drilled a hole into, and then the actual wick is a piece of rope that I put a pipe cleaner in the middle of to keep it upright.  Oh, and the eyes are just fleece that I sewed on. 

Oh, and just for reference, here's what a Bob-omb looks like.

Enjoy!  I know he did!  Smiley
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8  Toucan? You can! :) Bird Plushies in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Saint_Angel on: September 09, 2011 09:37:09 AM
Hi all!
Just wanted to show some of the bird plushies I've been working on these days.  I don't know what made me start doing all these birds, but I think it may have something to do with watching Rio!  Smiley  Enjoy!

Terrance the Toucan

Paulette the Parrot

Fezziwig the Pink Flamingo

I put in a shot of all three so you could see how much bigger Fezzi is than the other two

Then there's Cheeky the Chick, and he's a mini plushie, or mushie as I call them

Here's a pic of it next to the parrot, so you can see the size difference

And then here's an owl I made for a friend

Thanks for looking!  I hope you like them!
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9  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 7 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Saint_Angel on: September 08, 2011 08:42:58 PM
Hi all!
I received the most awesome package from suereal yesterday!  Let me just say, I believe she came up with a new nickname for her self, Susi Spoiler!  LOL!


Awesome Monster Guy...

Oh wait, he's a FLASH DRIVE!  How cool!  And it's already loaded with patterns and tutorials of all sorts!

A muslin postcard

Yeah, see, on the front it tells all about how to put on an iron on or whatever you'd like and make fabric post cards!

Sweet extras like doll needles, skully thumbtacks, and one of those cool fortune teller fish

My most FAVORITE extra that she got at a rummage sale...  A VIKING TOTE BAG!!!

And drum roll please...  the coolest tiny stuffie ever made...

Isn't it just so awesome?

Please suereal, you need to give him his own thread, he's just too cool!

Thank you so much, Susi the Spoiler, I love everything so very much!!!  Cheesy
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10  Re: Monster Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Saint_Angel on: August 30, 2011 09:03:58 AM
 I received the most monsteriffic package from noooitaremybirthday!  It came on Thursday, but I was out of town, and then I was having laptop issues.  But it's all good now, so on with the pics!

We'll start with this beautiful monster artwork.  And it's already matted!  I am going to find the perfect frame this weekend for it.

Then we have this purrrrfect monster plushie!  She's made from a thrift store teddy bear.  Nooo, what a genius idea!

Next up is the gorgeous card she sent with.  Nooo, you have some amazing talent.  It's so simple yet so beautiful!  I love his googlie eyes!

Not that didn't love everything, but this is my favorite.  I soooooo wanted a new sketch/note book, and Nooo made the bestest, super awesome book just for me!  (Nooo, if you have more pics of it, feel free to throw them up here, for some reason I just took a pic of the cover!)

There were also a couple of extras in the package, like these great sticker book plates!  I love how her monsters remind of the Where the Wild Things Are monsters!

And a cute little resin bottlecap magnet and scrabble tile charm!!!  So cute!  (And in the background, you can see the awesome monster envelopes that were from book pages!)

And a shot of the whole group!

Nooo, thank you SOOOOOOOOO much for such a fantastic package!  I love each and every thing!
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