I got my very first ATC in the mail today, from KittyHerman!
Everything about it fantastic, including the 'well nuts' notecard she wrote on and the little plaid envelope (because plaid is my favorite color, okay?). And man, I love her 'zombie doing mundane jobs'. FANTASTIC. She should get mine in a day or two! SO EXCITE. I'll scan this tomorrow hopefully for a better picture, but for now, voila!
Last Thursday, our local library held a Star Wars party, complete with a trivia challenge, kids games, and a costume contest. I found out about the whole thing the Monday prior. I hadn't actually known about the costume contest, only that costumes were encouraged. My daughter is very recently VERY into Starwars. She's watched Episodes 1-4 about one hundred and ninety times.
So clearly, attending was a must. And as my kid pretty much lives in costume, I knew it had to be done.
Her favorite character is R2D2, so after some quick Google-Fu, I decided on a simple circle-skirt dress, with R2D2 Applique. The top bodice part is fully lined, with a zipper in the back. I didn't line the bottom, but we paired it with a fluffy blue tu-tu, ala R2d2 Princess style.
Edit: Oh! She won! There were about twenty or so people in the costume contest, five winners, and the kid won first place! She snagged a pretty neat copy of the Star Wars Encyclopedia and may have elbowed a jedi to get it. Not unlike when r2d2 zaps General Grevious' droids for touching.
I figure I'll go back and sew around the applique later, but in the picture they're strictly ironed-on.
I made a pretty shifty looking tutorial. tutorial's aren't my specialty, as I kind of wing everything I do. Whipping up a dress like this is a cake-walk for me, but explaining how I did it? My brain blanks. But, I think it's pretty straight forward, although I suggest reading ALL the instructions before beginning. There is a part where I say the decor items need no applique, but I mean seam allowance. I don't know! lol. I'll probably remake the whole thing -__-
You can see a larger version of the tutorial here:
So, my bffl, sometimes known as boyfriend for life, turned twenty-five this New Years eve. For his birthday, I made him a rather self-serving cupcake because he wouldn't tell me what he wanted and frankly, I love sharks.
Thus, the Shark Bait Cupcake was born.
Originally, I had cut-out shark fins that magically vanished when I needed them. So, in a pinch I did what I must, and made shark-fin sugar cookies! It's your basic cut-out sugar cookie recipe with a little blue and black gel food coloring. I cut out squares, then cut them into triangles, pinched the top and voila, shark fin.
The cupcakes are a basic vanilla recipe, nothing fancy. I had intended to do a strawberry curd but the BFFL nixed it, so we did a jello-cake type filling for the 'blood' in the water. Just poked all the cupcakes with holes, and spooned some strawberry jello mixture over the top. The effect turned out pretty good though, so I can't complain!
I finished them off with Wilton's Sky Blue vanilla butter cream and a large round tip, and a medium star tip with white butter cream for the crest of the wave. Jammed the Shark Fin in there and bam, done.
Unfortunately I picked a cupcake that didn't have as much 'blood' in the water for my picture example. But you get the idea. My apologies for terrible phone pictures, ack! Hope you enjoyed regardless.
So my daughter, who is four, cycled through many costume ideas. There was Merida, Katniss (she really wanted a bow), Fionna from Adventure Time, Rainbow Dash from MLP, but as we were heading toward the craft store to get materials (for Fionna from adventure Time actually), she screamed out "MAKE ME A TOTORO"
And so it was. After I told her to use her inside voice, of course.
A totoro, if you did not know, is from the Miazaki cartoon My Neighbor Totoro. He's the dude who made Ponyo, for those of you totally not in the know. No one knew what she was, but SHE knew and that's all that really mattered. I looked it up and as it is, a Totoro is from the word tororu, which means Troll in Japanese. The design from him is made up entirely from Miazaki's wonderful imagination, but based off Japanese styles of art, he's a squirrel-raccoon-cat hybrid. We told people bunny. Miazaki makes some wonderful, whimsical cartoons, and I suggest you all watch them. (Howl's Moving Castle is my favorite.)
And luckily, it was the best costume for the 35 degree weather we had on Halloween. I made it out of fleece! No jacket was even needed. She TnT'd in style, and stayed warm too.
We made a Fionna From Adventure Time costume anyway. She wore it under this one, so when she had to take it off, she was still in costume. Either that, or I am a sucker who totally let her talk me into making two costumes.
I made these for the Adventure Time Craft swap, but I'm not going to lie, a second set was made for myself.
A Finn Mug Rug, Peppermint Butler Coaster and Jake Spoon Rest. Finn actually opens up so you can stash your coaster and spoon rest inside of him. Because bro's got to stay together.
Finn is made from some basic broad cloth I happened to have laying around, and felt for the face. Peppermint Butler is...ceder? I think? I don't actually know. He's a round wooden thing I bought to mount dinosaurs on but then got distracted. Jake is polymer clay.
Also, Finn's face is removable for washing (Because felt is not very washable, and it was all I had). But also, you can put a picture of your own mug in that mug rug. And by mug, I mean face.
My partner QueenNinjaMonkey received today! She said she'd post some pictures later, but I was actually uploading my own right now anyway, so I thought I'd lend her a hand (but she is totally more than welcome to post more).
The whole shebang. Top Row: Finn-Face notebook (I like to use them for passwords, and then I hide -and lose- them for later), Finn Rag Doll, Finn Mug Rug. Second Row: Hot Dog Princess painting, Pink Finn-Face tote (I like his face okay), Peppermint Butler coaster (for the mug rug). Third Row: Jake Painting, Jake Spoon Rest, Candy (but not the kind that talks, you can't eat the kind of talks, they have ambitions) and a princess box. It has BubbleGum, Hot Dog, LSP, and Marceline even though she's actually a queen.
Finn is rocking some serious hair under that hat.
And the mug rug has a removable face so you can wash it or maybe even stick your own head in there. Er. Face. Er. Picture. Of your face.
I had so much fun crafting for this swap. Ugh. EVERYTHING IS ADVENTURE TIME AND NOTHING HURTS.
(and I totally got a Lady Raindicorn for my birthday I don't care if I'm twenty five it's mine I asked for it it was on my amazon wish list and everything also what are commas don't see no commas here no sir).