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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Costume for a Pregnant Lady on: October 25, 2012 03:52:54 PM
I ended up working as a zombie-SS soldier (uber scary!) at the Ghoullog, so never got the chance to wear the costume I wanted to make when I was pregnant. I wanted to paint a box to look like an oven and put a big old pastry in the middle. Bun in the oven.

You could wear a black stretch suit and add white bones so you are a skeleton, and add a fetal set of bones on your belly to be a pregnant one.  Cheesy

I tried clicking the above topic links and got gibberish, so if my ideas are not unique-I do apologize.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Blue jean handbag on: February 20, 2012 11:16:32 AM
I've never made a bag before, and thought this was a great idea. I made some mistakes, but feel like trying it again. Here's my first try:



I haven't decorated her toy bag yet, but did manage to get the elastic on to hold her doll accessories and Leapster cartridges. I couldn't justify buying the Leapster bag and the jean purse seemed like a great solution!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "Another Alice" on: November 01, 2011 08:50:01 PM
Ok, so we got three costumes completed for less than $10! On Halloween, I whipped up two more costumes. Next year, I'll plan a bit better so my costumes look more polished.

I pulled out old quilting materials (batting, scraps, ribbons, etc.) along with cardboard from our recycling bin and created the hat and vest for hubby. I sewed my retired sewing equipment to the vest. For the hat pin, I took a rusted pin and glued a bead to it, then glued it to a photo-card that I wrote measurements on.




For my card costume, I used a black robe from a grim reaper costume that I found at a "free-store". I formed the hoodie into a spade shape, cut up an old sheet and used that as my card. Removed a broom handle, cut up the rest of the cardboard from our recycling and made my spade.



Lastly, our baby-girl really wanted a Cheshire Cat incorporated (as did I) so we added the biggest smiley face possible to a pre-made tote that was given to us.

Nothing too fancy, but I am actually quite proud of the fact that I used old materials that would otherwise be trash! Thanks for looking.

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "Another Alice" on: October 27, 2011 09:17:48 AM
Thanks. When she's happy, she's happy!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / "Another Alice" on: October 25, 2011 06:09:40 PM
This is my first time sewing a dress. Scary stuff! The wig was created with fat yarn, a crochet needle and a produce bag mesh. She loves it, it hurt less than I thought it would, and I do plan to try my hand at more difficult patterns in the future, now that I have the basics under my belt! Now all I have to do is STYLE the wig and we are good to go.



For anyone who wants to learn to sew from a library book, like I thought I would, I say skip it and call in an "expert"! My mom came to the house and showed me all her little tricks. (Like single stitching, but in several segments, to get an even gathering.) I put the book away and enjoyed the project. Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: crafts for toddlers, New ideas? on: October 02, 2011 11:16:00 PM
Actually, you helped ME. My baby is 3 and a half and insists on doing it all by herself. (And look out if it isn't her idea of perfect!) I feel like I spend a couple of hours each night scouring the net for ideas that are within her skill set.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: crafts for toddlers, New ideas? on: October 01, 2011 10:17:43 PM
This was for a party I was hosting for young children. My daughter is just now three years old and she managed to help make a pumpkin last year.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=325580.msg3759148#msg3759148

This may sound a bit silly, but you might want to look at homeschooling websites or books about homeschooling lesson plans as they tend to put an emphasis on creativity. Right now, hubby and I have a book from our local library called: "The GIANT encyclopedia of theme activities for children 2-5." That is exactly what it is. It's broken up by age, skill sets and seasons or themes.                                                                                  

We are just starting formal lessons at home and pull a lot of ideas off of "hands on Homeschooling", which you can find on the internet. Even Disney, Nick jr. and Sesame Street have craft ideas on their websites.

Sorry to ramble, but I'm hoping something in this mess of an answer helps you out! Happy crafting. Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Little Shop of Horrors "Pumpkin People" on: October 01, 2011 09:56:49 PM


This one is a bit easier to see. The rain is already wreaking havoc, but you can see what we managed with our "hand-me-downs". I have a young husband-wife team who work for me and between those two and our mothers-in-law, I think we are a formidable team this year! (I wish the rest of my staff would have pitched in but they are the ones who lost out on all the fun!)
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Little Shop of Horrors "Pumpkin People" on: October 01, 2011 03:50:42 PM
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Little Shop of Horrors "Pumpkin People" on: September 20, 2011 11:03:19 AM
Love it. I'll confess, I come on here and ask for ideas, then lose myself in projects and forget to post half the time! I'll TRY to remember that last step. Cheesy On my way to the thrift stores for last minute supplies.
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