I was sitting around a bonfire at my friend's house and had my boyfriend's chicago bears blanket wrapped around my legs. A girl I didn't know kept calling me mermaid because of the way the blanket made my legs look like a tail. I said, "nope, i'm a merbear!" (on account that it was a bears blanket). Hence the idea for merbear was born!
I bought a couple yards of the darker brown fleece, a yard of the light brown (shoulda just bought half a yard), drew a couple o sketches and voila! I made cute wee gloves with some extra fabric. I had on aqua coloured tights that I pinned on a bunch of felt to look like coral and seaweed and a fishy swimming around, so that my legs were the ocean floor.
The only problem was that people didn't even look at my legs when they saw me, they just asked if I was a bear or a mouse...grrrr!!! But once I pointed out that I was a merbear people thought it was purty funny
what I though was really frikken funny was my best friend's costume, Sexy Weird Al!!! She's so stinken hilarious!!! Last year she went as Sexy Abe Lincoln!
here you can kinda see the little gloves I made
a closeup of the makeup (I also made the scarf! took me almost a year and half to finish....not because it was hard, but because i'm lazy!!)
Huzzahhh, mento bug!! Thanks for the uber fab idea! I was struggling with three different costume ideas and this one seemed the most do-able in the short amount of time I left for myself. I wish I could've used burlap like you did, I thought that was one of the best parts, but I didn't have any and, frankly, I hate lining dresses! heehee...So thank you for your inspiration!!
And about wearing the same costume in different years, I made a bjork swan dress costume three years ago, and I've managed to wear it at least once these last three years! This year I wore it to my fave karaoke night at my fave bar, the Ravari Room, and I sang the only bjork song they have on the list. It was so much fun!
(shameless costume show-off)
Kingfrancebald, I used wire hangers so I have no idea what gauge the wire is...very stiff though, which was best I feel, so the wire doesn't sag as you walk around. I wanna see your deer costume!!
I like this, I am curious how did you get the 'pins' to stay sticking out like that?
I twisted the wire at the base into a spiral, so it would sit flat against my chest. I pinched a hole only in the red heart, so the pins were sitting between the heart and the dress layers. Then I sewed them into place (only on the underneath layer, so you couldn't see stitching on the heart) for extra stability. One of them wasn't cooperating very well and had come loose and fallen out after a couple of hours o dancing. But apart from naughty one, they sat quite well and didn't jiggle all that much!
Ok, I'm not mad at the world, but I did make a Voodoo doll costume and stuck pins through my heart.
I, uh, borrowed the idea from a fellow craftster, I thought it was such a fab idea! I didn't have any money to spend on supplies, so I made the dress from fabric I bought a few years ago on sale at a custom drapery shop. The belt, tights, and shoes were all thingos I had already.
I teased my hair into two pigtails and painted big Xs on my eyes with a marker...It took forever to clean it off!! I had traces of black around my eyes for a couple of days.
I had so much fun! We hopped around to about five different bars and parties, and even dressed up the next day in the same costumes and went to a Dia de los Muertos party. Oh, and here's my husby and I, he was dressed as "your mom"...heehee!!
I love that eyeball!!!!!! awww, I want to be an eyeball but I already have three costumes I'm working on...
But this is my costume from last year, I went as bjork! heehee. This is the only photo I could find, and it doesn't really show the whole dress...I made it out of tulle and the swan neck was made from this super soft white fabric and some orange felt. The undershirt I made from some see-through stretchy sparkly fabric and it's kinda itchy. I wanted to buy silver strappy heels but I couldn't find any in my price range...I loved this costume so much! I still have it and might just wear it again this year to one of my friends' parties. weeee! I love dressing up...
I was doing my friends a favour and tending their shop while they were away on business, so there I was for a week with absolutely nothing to do...other than my shoply duties of course. But there's a lot of downtime in between making everything look pretty and chatting with customers.
So on Monday I decided to learn to embroider. I went online and found the basic stitches (I already knew how to backstitch, but everything else was pretty new to me) and started stitching away.
My first one is a wee design that I drew, hardly anything fancy cos I kinda suck at drawing...so it's just a simple widdle birdie and some eggs falling from the sky. I wanted the stitches in the raining eggs to be random lengths cos I like the look of it.
I didn't notice till I was resizing the images that the yellow bits were all wonky from being folded up in my bag...poo!
The second one I did was a little more complicated, but I've had this idea in my head for a little while and i really wanted to do it. So of course it's very wonky indeed. It's supposed to be blackwork (although technically I guess it's scarletwork cos I used red thread...) but the back looks nothing like the front...oops!
and again, the 2 is weird looking cos I didn't bother straightening it out after it was folded up in my bag...
and no, it has nothing to do with Feist's song...it's a secret!
it only took me about ten hours, but weeeeeee do I love embroidery!!!!
Hallo! We're flying to Texas this weekend and bringing the pugs along! We just got them new under-the-seat carriers to shtick them in, and the luggage tags that came with them are hideous...so I decided to make them new ones last night! I also made little beds to put in their carriers, but that's an entirely different thread.
Cosmo is quite the dapper boy. He loves black and red together, so I made this one for him:
Ravenherst isn't all that girly, so she asked me not to use any flowery fabrics.
halloooo! It's been awhile, my dear craftster...I need a virtual kick in my creative pants as I haven't made anything for a long long time...this is something I made a last year in the summer, and only now decided to post. Sure, I just moved and my sewing room is in shambles, but that's no excuse!
So anyway. It's got a "hidden" pocket on the front there, which serves no really good purpose as I'm sure stuff probably falls out of it. But I think it looks cute! The back is the same as the front, only with no pocket. There's a pocket on the inside which I put on an angle as I thought it went well with the crazy v-neck-ness of it all. The strap tapers on one end, and I sewed it onto one end with a button. I made the pattern myself, but I got some inspiration from a bag here on craftster!
whatcha think? I think perhaps the fabric combinations are a little too "mature" for me, as I'm kind of a silly girl...but I still luvs it...
woo hooooooo!!! I've been waiting for about a year to get my tattoo started! My husby just posted his traditional japanese half-sleeves a few pages ago, and now it's my turn! muahahaaaa...
I just got this done on Tuesday. They're only the outlines so far, the shading will be done next week. My tattoo dude is the same guy who designed and tattooed my husband. His name is Steve Cvinar and he works at High Street Tattoo in Columbus, Ohio, and he just rocks left and right...
I wanted to get something colourful and meaningful (obviously) so I opted for foliage and bees. The foliage was inspired by the drawings of art nouveau artist/typographer Georges Auriol. I didn't want any flowers because they're a little too girly for me. My parents and both sets of my grandparents were all excellent gardeners, had beautiful flowers and plants in their gardens, so the garden on my arm is in honour to all of them.
The bees are for my paternal grandmother, who I got to know longer than my other grandparents, who was the queen of all things crafty (she quilted, sewed, knitted, crocheted, painted, was an excellent chef, baker, made preserves and chutneys...) and she also kept bees! Her bees made the most delicious honey I've ever tasted, and I'm sure it was because of the amazing flowers and fruit trees she had in her beautiful garden.
I didn't want any black outlines or shading, so the plants will be solid colour. The bees, on the other hand, will be shaded and more realistic so they'll stand out more.
sorry for the huge pics, I'm not on my normal computer and don't know how to use anything that isn't photoshop...
oh, and the most painful parts were the green leaves on my shoulder and the yellow leaves under the main bee in the second photo...everything else just kind of felt like scratches on my skin, not that painful at all. And I hardly bled at all (my hubby's a bleeder...) and only got a little swollen on the inside of my arm. huzzah!
Actually, it's a dpn (double pointed knitting needles) holder I made for Ambraqi! I was in a private swap with her in February, and we swapped a dpn holder for a lovely lovely scarf she made me. Well, it took my lazy ass so long to make her dpn holder (it took me two flippin months....SO SORRY, ambraqi!!) that I felt really bad, so I made her a matching purse. She loved the fabric, and she had one of those bags in her wists, so I thought it would be perfect.
So here they are! I love the pirate fabric too, cute and funny!
Und the bag! I used drapery fabric for the interior that I got at my local drapery store when they had their awesome gigantic sale. I got over 50 yards of fabric for $20!!!! Unfortunately, they only have a sale once a year, and it already passed.