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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween Minnie Mouse Costume on: November 05, 2009 06:21:09 PM
My 2 year-old daughter wanted to be Minnie Mouse this year, so instead of being "regular" Minnie Mouse I decided to make her a Halloween Minnie Mouse Costume. She loved it!

Here is the dress and ears.



Here she is with her brother (Bumble Bee from Transformers) before we went Trick-or-Treating.



And here we are at her day care's party.



This is my favorite of the challenges - I love seeing everyone's creativity!

Please note: the ears, shoes and long sleeved shirt are store bought, but the costume elements I made. Also, I had to remove the witch's hat from the ears because they were too top heavy and wouldn't stay on her head.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell and Goofy on: November 02, 2008 06:00:31 PM
I LOVE this challenge!  I wasn't able to submit it last time but I am so excited to participate!  I prefer home made costumes - so much more fun!

This is the first time we've dressed as a family.  It was inspired by my daughter's Minnie Mouse costume (which is store bought and not part of the contest, but the inspiration).  I bought this for my niece years ago and was so excited my daughter Autumn could wear it this year (she's 1).  My son Hunter (5) decided to be Mickey (yay!  I was sure I was in for a super hero).  I refused to may $50.00 for a black jacket and decided to make his costume myself. 

Mickey's pants are from Goodwill and I added the white "buttons."  I made his jacket from a black sweatshirt.  I added ribbon trim for the cuffs and collar.  For the vest I sewed in jersey knit and added buttons.  I decided he would be more comfortable if it wasn't a resticting jacket.  I made the bow tie from some yellow cotton fabric I had and sewed it onto the jacket/vest combo.  He is wearing a white polo shirt underneath.  I bought the ears. He's wearing his Hulk shoes (pick your battles!).

(sorry the photos aren't super-clear - I need to replace the camera)



Tinker Bell started as a REALLY UGLY green dress I got from a project I started called Project Prom (we take donated gowns and give them to girls who can't afford them).  We were cleaning house and I saw this dress.  In the photo below I had alreay cut out the lining (the dress was REALLY heavy) before I remembered to take the photo.  It was huge (I took in about 10 inches - although this photo stretches it even more for some reason).



I removed the two gathered rows in the front and the bow.  I had to take it in down the front because it was so large it was almost off my shoulders.  I took in both sides and both back darts.  To make the leafy bottom I gathered both layers.  I added dollar store wings and green tights I had to complete Tinker Bell.





My husband Jonathan was Goofy.  I bought the orange shirt but I made the rest from fleece fabric.  I used a scrubs pattern for the pants but I made the vest and hat without a pattern.



We had a great time dressing together this year and I loved making the costumes.  I hope you enjoy them!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Handmade Guy Gift for Husband's Friend - computers, Steelers on: November 29, 2007 08:14:34 AM
My husband and I went to college with a guy (we'll call him John, because that's his name) who we are still very close too.  I started making John something for Chirstmas years ago because I couldn't afford much and he always showers us with gifts (he has made a good salary since he graduated).  He loves the things I make him.  Some of the things I've done in the past are a computer wreath (painted silver, covered with computer innards with keyboard keys and working battery operated lights), Warhol-inspired artwork from a wedding photo, a Steelers fleece blanket, Steelers ornaments and a Steelers stocking (obviously a big Steelers fan).  We can now afford to spend more money on him, but he really loves the things I make him, but I am out of ideas this year!

Besides computers and Steelers, he also hosts Poker nights so I was thinking of something for that.  Also, he's married and they just bought a new house, no kids yet.  They live in Virginia near DC.  Oh, he also put up an elaborate train set this year. 

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 30th Birthday Ideas? on: October 23, 2006 12:34:06 PM
I turn 30 in 3 weeks (11/14)!  I want to do something for my 30th, but I have no idea what!  Do I want to have some friends over, something casual, more formal, should we go out???

A little info on me - I am married (6 years next month) and I have a 3 year-old.  I don't get out much (I am so boring) but I want to do something fun for my birthday.  Most of my friends are married with young children (Mine is older than almost all of them) so partying all night is probably not going to happen. 

I want to do something FUN.  My dilemma - I love theme parties and I'd love to have like a Masquerade party or a 30's themed party, but my friends would probably not dress up for it.  And then I'll feel like a dork on my birthday!  I also worry about having it at my house because, well, I live in clutter and then I'd have to clean - for my own party!  And pay for it, so I'm thinking going out might be better.

Sigh, I don't know!  I need help!  And fast!  I have to let people know!

Thanks Smiley
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Monsters Inc. Boo Costume - construction ideas? on: October 16, 2006 09:46:34 AM
My 3 year-old son informed me last week that he wants to be "Monsters Inc." for Halloween - all the characters!  I finally got him to agree to Sully and to carry a Mike treat bag (I'm making from a plastic pumkin painted green with Mike's face painted on and arms and legs from a stuffed frog attached).  Well, I purchased the costume on eBay and he decided he wants to be Boo, the little girl.  So, I'm hoping I can talk him into Sully after he sees the costume with the Mike bag (plus the Boo doll I also bought on eBay), but I'm preparing to make a Boo costume.  I could find a Boo costume on eBay going for $50 - 60, but I am NOT spending that on a costume (I really prefer to make a costume rather than buy it, but I didn't want to attempt Sully).  Plus, I figure if the Monsters made her costume in the movie, I can too (I realize they are fictional, but in theory it's a home made costume). 

So, any ideas or patterns you know of I might be able to put together?  I'm an OK sewer, but I'm not that great at clothes.  I'm more of a cut-a-t-shirt-hot-glue kind of girl.  I bought cotton fabric I found cheap that's purple with diamonds that looks a lot like the fabric in her costume. 

For the body I'm thinking I'll make a tube, with lining batting to make it puffy.  The hood part is where I'm getting stuck.  I know I can use yarn and make the eyes, but it's the rest of the head I'm not sure how to do.  Any suggestions would be appreciated! 

I'm thinking if I can get my son to be Sully, I might make the Boo costume for myself, so there's a good chance I'll be making it for someone!

Here's a photo of Boo in her costume:


THANKS!
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Pirate Costume from 2 t-shirts on: September 01, 2006 09:34:03 AM
My son's third birthday party is tomorrow and it's a pirate theme.  I wanted to wear something cute, but not too hot or anything I wouldn't want to get messed up by kids.  So I had this big Captain Morgan t-shirt that I wanted to use.  This design came to me as I was falling asleep.  I think it came out pretty well for a kid's birthday party!



I made it from 2 t-shirts, one XL blue Captain Morgan free bar t-shirt, and one fitted red t-shirt.  Since it's a kid's party I didn't mind the Crayola colors.  I should mention that I took this photo after I cut the red shirt.  Also, I had made it into a halter shop (from Generation T), but as you can see in the above photo, I have BREASTS and it didn't fit right so I decided to use it for this.  I got the red t-shirt for a dollar at an outlet store.



I cut the blue shirt below the breast area.  I also cut a wide neck.



Then I cut the red shirt below the sleeves so I had a tube.



I sewed the red and blue pieces together so it looks like a peasant blouse with a corset over it. 

The final steps were the sleeves and the skirt.  I cut a slit into the hem of each sleeve (on the inside) and ran elastic through it to bunch them up.  The skirt is made from the bottom of the blue t-shirt.  I turned it upsdie down so the hem was the waistband and I inserted elastic.  I considered sewing the skirt into the top for a dress but I decided this was more wearable and the corset part looked better.

I hope you like it!  I also made my son a pirate costume (I felt guilty that I made myself one and not him).  I'll add it when I finish it and take photos.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Pirate Party for 3 Year Old on: July 31, 2006 10:34:09 AM
My son turns 3 this September and we're going to be on the beach the week before his birthday so I can't throw him a big party, but of course all he is talking about is his birthday party - he can't wait!  I threw him 2 big ones for 1 and 2 (which he doesn't remember).  So I've decided to have a small family affair in early September at my parent's place on the river with my side of the family, and then a small party on the beach with my in-laws (who are going on vacation with us) and the friends we are vacationing with (our kids are best buds at day care).  So what better than a Pirate theme for the river and the beach? 

So here are my plans, I'd appreciate any feedback and ideas.  I'm trying to keep this as low cost as possible.

At the River there will be 4-7 kids ages 1 to 7 (14 months, 16 months, 20 months, 29 months, 3 years, 4 years, 7 years) plus a 7 month old who won't really participate.  There will be 10-16 adults as well.  We'll be on the river and we have a boat, so if it's nice I plan to keep it relaxed and let the kids take boats rides, etc.  I want to have a few planned activities for them.  I was thinking of giving everyone attending a skull bandanna, especially since skulls are apparently in this year.  I'm thinking about eye patches, but I don't really think the kids will wear them.  I don't plan to have swords, even inflatable ones, because with this age group it's just asking for trouble.  I am going to have a treasure hunt with the kids, probably more like an Easter Egg hunt than using a map.  The kids can look for goody bags with coins and candy in them.  For an activity I thought we could make beaded necklaces and/or bracelets for the older kids.  I'm not really sure what else to do with them.  I was thinking of some kind of Walk the Plank game, but again, not sure how to do it. 

I am making white chocolate skull lollipop (specially requested by the birthday boy) and chocolate treasure chests.  I'm not sure how many treasure chests because I have 1 mold and I know they'll take forever to make, so they may be more decoration.  Plus I'm not too sure about the heat.  The house is not air conditioned.  I'll have balloons, possibly black with skulls (also requested by the birthday boy).  There will be a cute cake and I bought the Little People Pirate set for cake decorations that will also be decorations/play things for the kids. 

Invitations will be hand made on parchment-like paper that I'll crinkle and burn the edges of.  One side will read "Ahoy me mateys!  Our young swashbuckler Hunter will be turnin' three.  Yer invited to celebrate the occasion of his birth on Saturday, September second at high noon.  Follow yer map- X marks the spot."  The other side will be a hand drawn map of the area and I'll also include printed directions because the place is hard to find.  My husband doesn't like the "high noon" part because he thinks it's western, not piratey.  So I could really use suggestions on the wording.

I also need food suggestions.  I'm thinking of making Bog (which is a big boiling pot of water with corn, kielbasa and shrimp). My grandfather lived on a lake in South Carolina and they always made Bog when we visited.   I'd love to do crabs or oysters or something, but I don't eat seafood and I have no idea what to do or how expensive it will be.  I could do regular hamburgers and hotdogs too. We'll be serving lunch and dinner, so I'd like something light for lunch (kind of laid out when they get there) and then a sit down dinner. 

I'm not so worried about the beach party because there are only 2 kids so we'll take some craft and do something fun when we're there.

Any help would be appreciated!  Thanks Smiley
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Help Needed - Adult Bridal Party Invitation on: July 06, 2006 09:06:01 AM
My co-worker is getting married and we decided to throw her a bit of an untraditional Bridal Shower instead of the standard thing.  So we decided to have an adult toy party where we would all donate some $$ and then she can buy what she wants.  My dilemma is how to phrase this in sending out invitations to my co-workers.  I plan to use e-vite, but I'm worried some people might be offended if I say anything related to sex.  I don't want to use "marital aids" or anything like that.  So how can I phrase this so it's fun, people will get the point, and I won't freak everyone else?  I was thinking of a honeymoon angle, something about spicing up their honeymoon, but I know I can do something better than that.  Oh, not inviting some of my co-workers won't work either.  I know they won't go, but they still need to be invited or then they'll be really offended.  Oh, I also need to work in that we're doing a "group gift."

Any ideas would be appreciated!

Thanks  Smiley
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 13 ENTRIES / Momkey - The Mommy-to-Be Sock Monkey on: July 03, 2006 05:58:38 PM
Let me say I had a really good time with this challenge!

I thought about who I admire, and I admire Moms everywhere.  I'm lucky enough to be the mommy of a beautiful little boy, but it's not always easy.  So here's a monkey to honor all of those who begin the Great Adventure that is Motherhood.

Momkey from the Front:



Momkey in her Denim Halter Overalls.  All pregnant women, socks monkeys or not, need really comfy overalls!



Momkey up close.



This is my first sock monkey, and I think it turned out really well!  I'm already enjoying the other entries - I can't wait to see them all!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Carnival Birthday Pary Invites on: June 23, 2006 01:12:20 PM
I wanted to share this invitation I made for a friend's birthday party.  Her daughter and my son are best buds and she is having a carnival themed birthday party with lots of carnival games for the kids and carnival foods.  She said she was having trouble finding invitations.  I, of course, was horrified at the TOUGHT of store bought invitations and agreed to make some for her (mostly because I couldn't allow her to commit such an atrocious act).  (FYI I removed identifying information, but the name of the fairgrounds is the family's last name, followed buy their address, and then of course the phone number was also removed).

This is the Photoshop file:



Here is the finished invitation from the front:



And the side:



I created the carnival booth in Photoshop and printed it on cardstock. I cut out the sides of the booth and the sides and bottom of the awning and folded them to make a 3D pop-up card. The invitation was embellished with carnival games (this one is ducks - there is also one of bears).
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