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11  The Grinch! in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 31, 2011 11:02:17 AM
So hard to choose one costume to enter...I made three cool costumes for my girls but I guess the grinch is the coolest!

The thing that makes it work is the latex appliance that gives her face the right shape

I created the mask by doing a plaster cast of her face and building up a clay nose and forehead.  Then I painted layers of liquid latex to create an appliance that I can glue on with spirit gum.

The hood, pants, gloves and shoes were all done without a pattern.  The hood, gloves and shoes were done with a ducttape and fabric encasing method.  After encasing with fabric and tape, I cut the tape into pattern pieces...makes for a perfect fit.

Everything in the costume was made by me from top to bottome Cheesy
And, of course, it was inspired by the movie with Jim Carrey.  Hope you like it Smiley
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12  The Grinch Costume complete with latex appliance in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 28, 2011 04:58:55 PM
I made three great cotumes for my girls this year!
This one is pretty awesome but actually took less time than the others...lol.
Here is the Grinch (based on the Jim Carrey movie version)

I made a latex appliance for her nose and forehead here's a closer view

Here is the cast of her face with the clay sculpture I used to create the latex mask.

I made the hood and shoes by doing a ducttape and fabric encasing and then cutting them apart into a pattern:

And here is my little grinch helping

And finally, my three costumes for this year:

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13  Einstein Bobblehead costume in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 28, 2011 04:46:54 PM
I told my girls to challenge me with costumes this year and my oldest took me at my word!
She chose to be an Einstein Bobblehead from Night at the Museum 2...
Here's the finished product:

I love how it turned out but the head got too heavy for the bobble mechanism I had planned so I had to go to plan b and then plan c and then plan d...but we got it worked out Smiley

Here's how the head evolved:

I started with a base of plastic canvas (my favorite cheap material for heads...see my panda post for another head)

After applying lumps of newspaper and one layer of paper mache, I started using homemade paper mache clay.  Never used it before but I liked how it worked. (the mustache and nose in this pic already has the clay)

I got the clay recipe from this site:

Then I did a base paint layer, finish paint layer and gloss clear coat.

I don't have a picture of the backpack rigging that we used but it's pretty sturdy the only problem is it doesn't bobble as much as I wanted Sad

Here are all my girls in their halloween costumes:

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14  I love a challenge! Stuffed purple panda costume! FINISHED! in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 05, 2011 08:48:43 PM
So I always tell my kids to challenge me when they come up with Halloween costumes cause I got some skills Wink
And this year...they are REALLY challenging me!
A stuffed purple panda, A bobble head Einstein (a la Night at the Museum II), and the Grinch (Jim Carrey version)

So I've just completed the head of the panda!  I love when my crazy ideas work out!

And some in progress shots so you can see how I got there.

So I finally finished!  I'm not as happy with the body as I was with the head but she's happy so that's all that counts!

Here she is helping make the body...that is one messy craft room!  LOL

And here are all my girls in their Halloween costumes (I'm going to make a post for each costume if you want to find them and learn more)

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!
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15  Swirl hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: September 08, 2011 05:22:29 PM
Made this great hat this weekend!
Love the swirling stripes.
You can find the pattern here:   http://www.tangledness.com/html/spring_2011/lollipop.html

I used size 6 needles instead of 9 and I made 2x2 ribbing for the brim instead of 1x1. 
I think this is my new favorite hat! Grin Grin Grin

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16  My daughter's first knitting project! in Knitting: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: September 08, 2011 05:19:06 PM

My middle daughter (10) completed her first knitting project and asked me to post it on my "craft site"  Smiley
She used super chunky yarn and knitted a neck warmer and we used pretty buttons to attach it.  She did all the knitting and button sewing herself!  Awesome Job!

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17  Royal Wedding hats (homemade, of course) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by alohamom2three on: May 14, 2011 09:31:41 AM
My daughters and I were invited to a Royal Wedding Viewing party by some English ladies where we live...so that means...HATS!!!

Being a crafty kind of person...can't buy them...no, no, no....and raising crafty children....they can't buy them either.  So we broke out the glue gun.

My hat is made from coffee filters and water colors...definitely the best hat of the party (if I do say so myself) and best of all it was entirely made of things I already had.  it's on a wire headband that I made and the circular part is a round plastic canvas piece with jersey fabric glued on.

For my girls, we picked up some colorful round placemats from walmart and they each designed their own.

This one was held on by a wire frame and the flowers are coffee filters which have some iridescent dust painted on (doesn't show up in the picture)

This hat has a collection of feathers I took off of something (can't remember what) and a couple of dipped purple coffee filter flowers.

And my youngest daughter painted stripes on hers and added little feathers to her coffee filter flower.

I was so impressed with their budding design skills!  All I did was operate the glue gun.  We had a great time at the party and everyone was jealous of our unique hats!
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18  Re: Paper Mache Masks :) (Image heavy) in Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: March 08, 2011 10:37:05 AM
These are so gorgeous.  I love them.  What did you use for the base?

They are all made of cardboard.  I created a mask shape with flat cardboard and then cut the dimensional shape and wet it so I could form the cardboard and then I used brown paper for the paper mache.

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19  Paper Mache Masks :) (Image heavy) in Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: March 08, 2011 08:48:12 AM
I was recently commissioned to make 20 primitive style, animal masks for a production of "Children of Eden"  Each of the animals need two masks so that's a total of 10 different animals.  Only problem is that they waited until the last minute!  So, I've been doing designing, cutting and paper mache for hours every day.  I think they are coming out pretty well but I am tired of paper mache...lol!

Here is the collection of 12 I finished and mailed out....8 more to go!

And here are the close ups of each animal with a side view so you can see the dimensionality of the masks.  They were all made from cardboard and paper mache brown paper...I can do a tute if anyone wants it.  Each of the masks are made from at least three separate pieces and then the paper mache turns it into one whole piece.







Thanks for looking!  Back to the paper mache drawing board for another few days!

Unfortunately, I will not get to finish the rest of the mask project since I am dealing with a lice infestation 
Sad  Had to send the rest out assembled but not paper mached and they will finish it on their end...I was enjoying the project but gotta get rid of these awful pests!
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20  Purple Panda and Minion hat! in Crochet: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: January 04, 2011 09:55:03 AM
My daughter is crazy for purple and for pandas...so what better Christmas gift than a purple panda hat?

I did a basic bulky double crochet hat with ear flaps, contrast edge and long twisted cords.  The details I kind of made up as I went along...pulled them out a bunch of times..lol.
I'm pretty happy with the result and she never takes it off...even inside  Grin

For my youngest daughter...I used the same pattern and created a minion hat.  I was running out of black yarn so I skimped on the goggle band.  She won't take hers off either....makes a craftster mom proud.

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