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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: LUNCH wedding shower gift ideas?? on: January 11, 2011 05:19:44 AM
I agree with all of hawkeyes_girl's ideas.  There are a lot of cool lunch containers and mini coolers these days.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: frugal 50s wedding wedding dress and budget wedding on: December 14, 2010 07:16:19 PM
Classy and timeless. 
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Freezer paper stencil disaster, please help! on: October 18, 2010 05:36:04 PM
I think spray paint would be a good idea.

And I would try and salvage the dress by either painting with a brush over the bleed with pink acrylic or making a reverse stencil and spray pink spray paint over the bleed.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi Tenta Kitties! on: October 12, 2010 10:33:09 PM
They're all wonderful but the regular jellies are my favorite.  I can see them dangling from rear view mirrors and ceiling fan chains. 
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween hanging decorations on: October 12, 2010 10:20:08 PM
What fantastic detail in your painting!  I love the skull and the sinister face on the ghost.  I imagine they would look great hanging with twine or leather.  If you've got a bit of chain, you should dangle the skull from it.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: keyboard impalement help on: October 12, 2010 07:57:56 PM
I was at the thrift store today and noticed that there were many fabric belts for sale.  The ones with two sets of eyelets all around the belt. these would work great for a quick harness.

 Wrap 2 or 3 of these around the body....perhaps one around the chest and one or two across the the shoulders and under the opposite arm pit.  Saw or cut the keyboard in half and drill some wholes along the cut edge.  If you don't have a drill take something sharp, pointy and metal and heat it up over a flame and then push it through the plastic ... it may take a few rounds of heating.  If the cut edge of the key board is rough wrap some duct tape around it.  Attach the key board to the eyelets in the belts with small zip-ties. 

This will take a bit of trouble shooting or tweaking so you'd better try it in advance.  It will probably flop back and forth so you may have to first attach the key board to something sturdy that lays flat against the chest and then attach that to the belts. A piece of thick wide leather or a perhaps a piece of plastic cut from the back of the other half of the keyboard.

Get extra zip ties and wait until the keyboard is attached the way and wear you want it before you cut the slit in the shirt.  For comfort put a t-shirt under the belts/harness.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Glitz Child Pageant Cotume--How to make a crown? on: October 10, 2010 12:00:58 PM
If you come across some sturdy cardboard, you could use that as a base.  Cut out a shape and paint it silver.  If you curve it to fit on your head and then paint it with a few coats it will probably help hold the shape and make it less flimsy.  

The wire frame is a good idea too.  I suggest finding an aluminum wire in a thicker gauge and after you get the shape and design you want hammer it so the wire flattens out a bit.  This will make attaching the rhinestone trim easier and it won't roll.  Also the hammering will make the wire harder and less likely too get smashed or misshapen.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Recent Piatas...Death Star and Swamp Monster on: September 30, 2010 05:20:59 AM
Thanks for all the compliments!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Leela from Futurama for my daughter HELP PLEASE!!! on: September 29, 2010 09:23:53 PM
That is so neat that your young daughter wants to be Leela.  I know that I have seen a couple of things online of Leela costumes and I know one of them was very creative and authentic looking.  I also recommend doing a search.  (Warning!!!  When doing an image search for Leela you will come across some seriously pervy images!)

The arm band is pretty simple.  Get some gray fabric (knit, felt, flannel) and sew tube to fit your daughter's arm.  Tapered if it needs to be.   Draw, paint, or sew the 3 shapes on to it, before you sew the tube would probably be easier.  A quicker way to make it would be to find a lone gray sock and cut off the ends and draw on the shapes.  

The gun....I've some across some toy ray guns that could just be spray painted.  I bet you could find one in a costume shop right now considering how popular steam punk is.  Also I've seen raygun style squirt guns.

Are they still selling "Moonboots" because they would be perfect.

I hope we can see some pictures of this.....I wish she had a wee boyfriend to be Fry!

Here's a good link to handcrafted costume that used some recycled plastic packaging for the eye.  Good Luck!
http://kimncris.com/costumes/leela.php
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Some polymer clay boxes on: September 07, 2010 08:11:49 PM
They are lovely! Quite delicate and whimsical.
How big are they?
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