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21  lots of mini monsters for Christmas! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: January 04, 2011 09:49:37 AM
We had a giant family reunion for Christmas with 23 people all staying in one house...and it wasn't a big house...lol.
I made mini monsters for each of the 9 children attending Christmas.
These are inspired by Alliecat30 and her post "Baby Mosters"
I had fun giving each one a character and it's a great stash buster!



















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22  Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland family affair (img obese) in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 30, 2010 02:58:26 PM
FINISHED....wow these were so much fun to do...took about two weeks from start to finish.  I think I'm most proud of the hatter's hat...I think it turned out pretty well.

Here's the group



Red Queen...took awhile to paint all those hearts!  The wig is from an amphigory wig that I teased and hairsprayed into a heart...I'm sad that I ran out of time to make a crown.  Sad



My little white queen...she lost the choker I made for her by wearing her costume to school.  But she's still pretty beautiful.



My great little Mad Hatter.  She is already a crazy wacky redhead so this costume suited her perfectly!



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23  alice in wonderland wig and makeup test in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 25, 2010 08:57:26 PM
Still sewing away on the clothing part of the costumes but....finally styled the wigs and did a makeup test.
My children all want to be characters from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland...a crafter's dream!!

The white queen wig started out as a "lucia" wig from amphigory in ravished red...a whole lot of teasing, tucking and hairspray later...voila...the red queen.
I also used a glue stick to help her eyebrows disappear.



of course, she'll have to wear her glasses...but luckily they're red (didn't plan that...lol)



and here's the back of the wig...



Here's what the wig looked like (but mine was in red  Grin)






And my second daughter wanted to be the white queen...suits her personality...lol




Last but not least is my little Mad Hatter!
Made the hat from plastic canvas, foam core and stretchy velvet.  The wig is a hugely modified clown wig.








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24  My children...budding craftsters! (pic obese) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: September 04, 2010 01:32:07 PM
My girls love seeing what's new on craftster and always want to do something to be on here (they are my models for many of my other projects but they want to have their own project up here)
So I decided we should make some t-shirts!
We bought shirts off the clearance rack...none of them cost more than $4.
We used bleach to create a background and then freezer paper stencils to create the design which we painted with fabric paint. Since I had freezer paper, bleach and fabric paint...we made three shirts for about $12!
The girls told me what they wanted on their shirt and we brainstormed the design...then I drew it and cut the stencils.  They did the bleach spray and painting.  It took about two layers of stencils for each and some detail painting.  The girls did a great job sticking with it and following through!  Plus they got to see how many steps it takes to create a shirt like this.
On to the great projects....

My middle daughter loves purple and panda's so she is over the moon about this shirt...





My youngest has a little big eyed doll that she wanted on her shirt.  The doll laughs when you press it's tummy...so the shirt says:  "ha, ha, ha"





My oldest loves the minions from despicable me and this design came out great!





And here they are together!



Now they have their own project on craftster Grin Grin Grin
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25  chain scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: December 17, 2009 03:35:48 PM
A friend said that she could only do chains in crochet...so i thought I'd show her that you can actually make something out of a chain.
So here is my awesome last minute gift...Took maybe 15 minutes to make and i really love how it came out!

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26  chunky knitted cowl in Knitting: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: December 17, 2009 03:33:13 PM
I made this for my secret santa in my family.
I used 4 strands of a nubby yarn and size 15 needles.  It's just a tube knitted in garter..I like it but I think it would've laid better if I did fewer strands.

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27  Wild thing, lion king and Cats! oh my in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: November 02, 2009 10:19:07 AM
Ok...I really outdid myself this year!
My all time favorite...WILD THING!!
This came out better than all my expectations!





I made the shirt out of two colors of velour which I cut into strips, serged together and then made an oversized shirt out of it.  The pants...couldn't find white leggings where I live...crazy...so I bought a pair of adult stretchy pants, cut them down to her size (yes that's a her under there) and painted the scales on.  The feet were a pair of garfield feet we had floating around that I covered with the rest of the pant material and painted. 
But the best part is the HEAD!!!  I made the head shape out of plastic canvas, cut in a pattern of a felt ball and hot glued together.  I glues that onto a fire hat without the brim.  I hot glued the fur on .  The face is an almond shape piece of plastic canvas covered with white tricot (like bathing suit lining...or kind of like pantyhouse material), stuffed and then sewn to make the nose and lines and dry brush painted to color it.  The eyes are the tricot painted yellow...so it can be seen through.  The only thing I am not happy with are the horns..I was trying to make curved horns but gave up cause I got too tired.


Next was the lion king







The head is a plastic canvas sheet rolled up and then a curve was cut in it to insert a balloon and then paper mache.  The nose and mouth are made out of foam clay and then paper mached and then the ears are disks of plastic canvas paper mached.
I found two sweatshirts the right color so she is wearing the top one inside out and then I cut the sleeves off the other and made it into pants...lol
The fabric is from joann fabrics and I did some painting in black to make it look a little more like an african print.


Last one...CATS





I do facepainting so the face was no problem but I modified the costume because I didn't think my daughter would be comfortable in a unitard..lol
Found this really fun fabric at joann...it's not faux fur...it's like a polyester print with fibers all over.
I just glued them on a white sweatshirt in stripes and painted some wiggly lines.


Well...that's my halloween...I did all the costumes in about two weeks...wish I had started sooner...but, then...I always say that!  LOL

On to Christmas crafting.....

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28  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial in Clothing Sewalongs by alohamom2three on: February 09, 2009 12:20:44 AM
Hi...I've made a couple of infinity dresses and have one posted somewhere back on page 100 or so.
But here's a new twist.
My husband is about to return from 15 months in Iraq and I wanted to make dresses for my three girls for the welcoming ceremony (we did this the last time he was deployed) and they asked for an infinity dress...little mini craftsters that they are   Grin
But I had been eyeing the redondo skirt for a while and trying to find enough time to work on it so I thought I'd combine the two.
So here is my infinity/redondo dress...modeled by my middle daughter.  Of course, it took much longer than the two hour single seam dress but I think it came out pretty cool.  I didn't buy a pattern I just studied the tips from other craftsters on the site to come up with the skirt pattern.
Enjoy!





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29  Re: Lattice Crochet hat, and free pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: January 19, 2009 02:26:44 PM
I love how fast this hat went together...INSTANT gratification.
I have a friend who only likes hats with brims so I modified to add a brim.
I used cottom yarn which added a lot of stiffness and made it so the brim could stand out pretty well.
Hope you like it and thanks for the pattern!





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30  Mohawk hats for Christmas (new pics) in Knitting: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: January 07, 2009 06:48:33 PM
So funny...when I decided to make these I had only seen them one other place and then every time I checked craftster, there was another post of mohawk hats...lol
I guess great minds think alike. Grin Grin Grin
I winged it on the hat pattern...some with earflaps, some extra long in the back and some just as regular hats.
My idea was that if I used a wheat color, it would look like a shaved head.
I used extra thick multicolored yarn for the mohawk part.
When all was said an done, I made 8 hats!
Here is an action shot...I have closeups on my camera that I'll try to get on here later.
Of course, my daughter decided to be different and wear hers sideways.   Wink



Here are some closeups of the variations
The first one I made had earflaps and long straps


Then for some of the little ones I made it longer in back and added tassles...someone said it looked like a roman helmet...


And my oldest (and a couple of the other big ones) didn't want ear flaps at all so it's a regular hat with mohawk


Just thought I would put some closeup pics if anyone wants to see.
I will be writing a pattern for my sister who wants to make this in two children's sizes with earflap version if anyone wants it...it's pretty basic.
Enjoy and thanks for looking!
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