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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Octopus in a hurry! on: October 21, 2010 06:11:50 AM
Thanks for all the kind comments, and for featuring it on facebook!  She's definitely got to have a candy bucket for each leg... what a great idea!  (and maybe a way for mom to get some candy too...)
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: how to make things stick straight out from clothing? on: October 20, 2010 08:28:56 PM
It sounds really neat!  If you did go with the styrofoam, maybe you could cut it into the shape you want for the area?  Hope it works out well, I love interactive things like this.  I bet you'll be the hit of the party!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: how to make things stick straight out from clothing? on: October 20, 2010 08:01:43 PM
Are the areas going to be really specific on the costume?  If so you could attach blocks of styrofoam painted to match your costume and use chopsticks/bamboo skewers/long fireplace matches that would stick into the blocks easily and probably would stay there.  Regular matches would work in a thin piece of foam, too.  Might look weird if it is a really form-fitting outfit though.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Octopus in a hurry! on: October 20, 2010 07:31:32 PM
When I asked my 3 year old what she wanted to be for Halloween this year, she said either an octopus, a dolphin, or Thursday.  I went with octopus.  It was incredibly easy!  

I took one of those cheap, thin fleece blankets from the drug store and folded it in half, then cut triangle-shaped strips up to about 5 inches from the folded edge.  Like construction paper grass.  I sewed down the legs (this is where my crooked seams came in handy- they made them wavy) and then joined the two ends together to form a circle, and added a million felt circles on the undersides.  I used wire hangers to get them to curl in different directions, and then stuffed it all and added some elastic for the waistband.  Then I had to add elastic shoulder straps (that I still need to sew in) because the weight of 6 hangers pulled it right off her waist.

Unfortunately, my old blanket was the last thing anyone ever made in maroon, so she has to wear a black leotard and tights under, with some homemade legwarmers from old knee socks.  Still, it cost me $6 and took about 3 hours to do, and she absolutely loves it.


with the legwarmers & tights


5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: influential women in history: Anne Boleyn & the Golden Girls on: April 25, 2010 06:50:47 PM
Seonaid, you've probably already finished your bust by now, (sorry I was so slow to see this!), but mine was fairly easy to make.  I used some wire mesh that came with my house (I think chicken wire?) to form the shape of the bust and neck.  I only made the top part of the bust and left the bottom flat, but I would recommend making full boobs.  I had to put a shirt over the whole thing in the end because you could see the bottom of the form.  Just be sure you cover the bottom of the form with wire too, because that's what you attach the hangers to.  I covered the whole thing in paper mache (about 4 layers of thin newspaper strips), then painted it with a base coat of white house paint and then acrylics.

Instead of the pipes the tutorial suggested, I took 4 wire hangers and straightened them, then bent them into big U shapes.  I stuck them through the wire on the bottom of my bust form(2 going across the front edge and 2 across the back), and tied them there with plastic cable ties (like the impossible-to-remove ones holding toys in their boxes).  I pulled them all together at the bottom, so they formed kind of a triangle, and tied them together with another cable tie.   It was still a little shaky, so I ran a 1/2 inch thick wooden dowel up the middle into the neck.

This is where you might want to do something different.  I didn't want to tear up a perfectly good backpack, so I just shoved everything down as far as I could in my backpack and sewed it all in place with fishing line.  In the end I wound up scrapping the bag after all, because I sewed up and down the entire length of the wires and it was covered in plastic thread.  I put the backpack on normally, and used the extra length of straps to tie around my waist for more stability.

Anyway, I'm sorry I don't have pictures.  It really was pretty comfortable, but I'm not sure about the tutorial lady's claim that she could get in and out of cars easily.  I spent the ride to and from my party on the floorboard, with my face jammed up against the glove box.  I'd recommend you put this on when you get wherever you're going.  Hope this helps!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: kitchen island from kitchen-related objects on: April 10, 2010 08:29:44 PM
Thanks!  I married for carpentry skills instead of money  Wink!  I forgot to add that the whole thing cost less than $200, including the price of the table.  I'm sure I'll spend more than that on bar stools!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / kitchen island from kitchen-related objects on: April 10, 2010 08:06:12 PM
My handy husband made this over his spring break!

We started with my lovely 30's enamel-top kitchen table

and some very ugly and abused cabinets from the habitat for humanity store.

Throw in some molding and fancy drawer pulls (and several hours of work), and ta-da!




All three middle drawers were broken beyond saving, so we found some nifty baskets to replace them.  Since they were exactly the right size (that never happens!) we were even able to use the drawer sliders.


Potato storage action shot:

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Fire truck costume on: November 04, 2009 08:36:12 PM
Cute idea!  My 2 year old always goes to sleep at the exciting parts, too.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / influential women in history: Anne Boleyn & the Golden Girls on: November 01, 2009 07:44:55 PM
This was our first halloween party since we had our daughter, so I went a little overboard!  Anne, in all her headless glory:


This is a poor man's version of this awesome Marie Antoinette http://www.nicolemagne.com/blog/category/costumes/headless-2006/
She used foam rubber and copper pipes, I used paper mache and wire hangers.  My dress was made from a graduation gown and one of those cheap, panel/valance all sewn together curtains.

Bea and the girls:


The golden girls' heads are made of salt dough.  Their bodies are just bunched up fabric sewn to felt.  Our first thought was to use dolls, but I quickly realized I can't sew doll clothes.  I can wad fabric with the best of them, though, so here we are.  The absolute best part of this costume is that he put speakers in his purse and blasted 'thank you for being a friend' all night.

Hope you all had a happy Halloween!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: little Ms. Kennedy on: October 28, 2009 12:26:42 PM
Thanks for all your kind comments!  We figure we only have a few years to dress her however we want, so we're making the most of it!  My mom is an awesome seamstress! (and my daughter is very lucky to have her since my original idea involved my sad, crooked seams and some old pink towels.)
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