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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I want your BRAINS!!! Plants vs. Zombies Flag Zombie Costume Image PLUMP!!! 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!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wee Zombie Watercolor paintings, ATC size 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


2nd


3rd


4th


Cheesy
Angel
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Tiny Watercolor Paintings of The Walking Dead 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.

Rick



Daryl



Glenn



Hershel



Cheesy
Angel
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Domokun! 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!

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mario Bros. Bob-omb Costume 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
Front


Side


Top


Trick or Treating
Front


Side


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.
http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/7438/265663-bob_omb.jpg

Enjoy!  I know he did!  Smiley
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Toucan? You can! :) Bird Plushies 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!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "I can guarantee you the closest shave you'll ever know." - MEGA PICS on: July 16, 2011 07:32:43 PM
Hi all! 
I'll keep the talking short, and save room for the plethora of pics.  Smiley
For the One Tiny Stuffie Swap round 6, I was round-robinned to send to Lanikins.  I made her a mini Sweeney Todd plushie (about 4 1/2 inches tall, including the hair) and I sent her my first ATC!

The two of them together.


The Johnny Depp version of Sweeney Todd for those who may be unfamiliar (my SISTER is one, shame on her).


His shmexy sideburns.


His sweet hair streak.


A closeup of his scarf thingy.  I didn't have anything black and white striped, so I used a black magic marker on fleece.  I like how it faded/blended well.


Close up of his knife.  I made if from some shrink film I got from a rummage sale.  I normally use actual Shrinky Dinks, but this was super cheap so I snagged it up.  And I love it!  I think it's better than Shrinky Dinks.


And the knife from the movie for comparison. 


And then the very first ATC I made.  And, like the dork that I am, I forgot his shmexy sideburns when I drew the pic.


Thanks for looking!  I hope y'all enjoyed them!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cthulhu Plushie on: May 25, 2011 02:05:16 PM
Hello all! 
I had a custom request today that I just had to share with you. 
A Cthulhu!  (I wish I could say this out loud, but I have no clue how to pronounce it!)  Cheesy

This first pic shows it's true color.  A dark green.










He's made from fleece, and is stuffed with fiberfill and dried corn.  He has pipe cleaners in his tentacle thingys.  And I used slightly bigger eyes than normal with this one, since the pic I was given had large eyes.

Thanks for looking!  Hope y'all like him!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kentucky Derby Hat/My new "OMG I love it and I'm going to wear it everyday" hat on: May 09, 2011 11:27:57 AM
Hi all!
So the Kentucky Derby was this weekend and our local bar had a derby party with a hat contest.  I'm definitely not one to turn down an opportunity to craft something and then wear "silly" things with others, so I was sooooo up for it.  I'm also a slacker at times so this was made the morning of the derby in about 3 hours.  And I only burned myself twice!   Cheesy

Here's a pic of me with it on before I left.  I wish I would have gotten more of a higher angle so you could see how the back feathers stood up and out, but oh well.  And the rose in the center is a tad darker in real life, it's not really that bright looking.



So then I took some pics this morning in my messy workspace.  The flash kind of washed everything out and distorted the colors a bit, bit I think you'll get the idea.

All the feathers and flowers are on the side, towards the front.  That was a bit hard for me, being all OCD and everything, but I love how it looked.  It wasn't too symmetrical nor was it too off balance.



The back had the bow from the first layer of tulle and then the ends from the magenta ribbon.  Please don't mind the cord in all the pics.  That goes to the lovely skull light that volunteered to model the hat.



The empty side.



A close up of the layers.  Hat, then beaded fringe then layer one of tulle then ribbon and then layer two of tulle.  All of the ribbon and tulle was stitched on by hand.



Then there's a closer look at the flowers and feathers.  I used a few different types of feathers and two kinds of flowers.  They were stitched and hot glued on.




Here I was trying to show how the back feathers kind went up and out. 



Thanks for looking!  I hope you like it!  I totally am in love with it and I want to wear it all the time!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / My Viking Plushies, in awesome stamp form! on: April 06, 2011 11:23:21 PM
So I've been dying to try my hand at stamp carving and I finally got the supplies in the mail today!
Here's the final result.

It's my viking plushie!  (I plan on using the stamp for the shop, but I also want to stamp like all over a piece of paper and color each one in different colors!  LOL!)

So here's a crap shot of my work space, I was hunched over my coffee table for a few hours, my back is like wrecked!

Then a pic of the finished stamp.

And just for reference, the pic I used to make the stamp.  It has a teeny bit more detail as I was originally going to make the stamp into a rubber stamp a totally different way, but alas, the kit I had was incomplete and the company who made it apparently must have went out of business since their website and phone number are null and void. 


Thanks for looking!  I enjoyed this project and I plan on doing more!
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