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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Ravenclaw painted shoes -- TOMS knockoffs on: July 13, 2013 08:20:17 AM
A second pair of knockoff TOMs, I wanted them to be Ravenclaw themed for my soon to be 11 year old. I started with a pair of grey cheapie ($3.00) flats and added blue stripes for a house tie look. They looked too plain, so I added an "R" for Ravenclaw and a simple painted crest. The backs are painted too -- one side has "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure" and the other has a list of famous Ravenclaws.
She loved them, and I am ready to take a brush to a pair for me Smiley



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in progress (along with the R2 shoes I made for daughter #2)
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / R2D2 canvas flats (Toms knockoffs) on: July 13, 2013 08:02:11 AM
I have several pairs of Toms (so comfy!) and have been tempted to take a paintbrush to them, but I wanted to make sure I didn't mess them up...enter the practice shoes! I found these for 5.99 each at CVS -- and they were 50% off, so 3 bucks a pair Smiley

This pair is for my R2D2 loving 9 year old; the backs have I (heart) R2D2 on one foot and some vents/designs on the other.


I foundthis great tutorial
http://ilovetocreateblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/r2d2-toms-tutorial.html
which had just the right amount of guidance to get me started and freehanded the details with sharpie. She loves them and I had lots of fun!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Memorial Day cookies on: May 27, 2013 06:43:32 PM
Red, White and Blue sugar cookies for our Memorial Day picnic -- the images are either painted with food coloring or printed wafer paper (from fancyflours.com).
4  COOKING / Dessert / Painted Cookies! on: April 03, 2013 09:44:32 AM
Spring break is here, so I have been having fun crafting with the kids! TOday we painted cookies, and even the 5 year old had a blast Smiley




I baked sugar cookies yesterday, then outlined and flooded them with white royal icing last night. They dried into perfect little canvases overnight, then this morning we painted them with food coloring.
I used the wilton gel colors and a small (used for food only) paintbrush to decorate the cookies. If you like to do watercolor painting, this is very similar Smiley

Pac man and friends are made with a circle cutter (with a "mouth" cut out from it) and a mini tulip cutter turned upside down.

The kids had lots of fun -- and the best part is, you can just eat your mistakes!



5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Chicken with Candy Grabbing Mechanical Chick on: November 01, 2012 12:39:07 PM

My daughter wanted to be a chicken (we have pet chickens), but she wanted to have a "baby chick that can grab candy"
Here's what we came up with:


She wanted to match our own chickens (Buff Orpingtons, shown here with another of our girls):



We dyed a white hoodie, feather boa and shorts the right color, then assembled -- the hoodie has a red wattle on top, not visible in the photo. Orange tights and shoe covers made from orange felted wool finished the easy part -- on to the more labor intensive part -- the chick!

For the chick, we started with a TRex toy from Target. He spent some time chasing everyone around the house, and sampling various groceries:


I replaced the inner workings with wire (they were cheap string) and added a clay beak, covering the teeth. I also modeled a wattle out of clay.



I painted the entire piece black, then painted the beak and wattle. His body is black knit with dyed/painted feathers and some chickie like padding to plump him up a bit and hide his dinosaur origins. I sewed a sleeve from black knit fabric, and then attached the sleeve to the hoodie so she could control the chick without anyone seeing her hand Smiley



Done -- he was a huge hit at the Halloween parade  -- and trick or treating has been postponed until next week due to Hurricane Sandy, so he still has some candy coming to him!



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