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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Donna the Pteranodon on: November 25, 2015 08:48:00 AM

This is my Donna the Pteranodon costume for the library Dinosaur Party.  I know  a pteranodon is not technically a dinosaur.  The kids were cool about it.

It's made from fleece and the head, the feet, and the wings are padded out with foam so they can maintain their shape.  I can see out of an opening underneath the beak that is covered in one way fabric.

I used Ludi's tutorial to make the head based on a miniature plastic model of a pteranodon.

Ludi's tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324988.0

Thanks Ludi!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Miss Universe on: November 25, 2015 08:40:47 AM

Here was a last minute universe costume for our Boo at the Library program.  I made a ball from sections of foam I hot glued together then carved out holes for the arms.  I cut fleece into sections and sewed them together to make a cover for the foam.  I cut arm holes into the cover and added sleeves.  Then I added the stars.  Lots and lots and lots of stars.  I initially was hand sewing them to the costume, stuffing them, and layering as I went.  But as I ran out of time I decided to just start hot gluing them on.

If I pull out the costume again next year, I'm thinking of adding a Miss Universe sash or maybe a smiling head with Saturn-like rings.  Thoughts?
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ursula on: November 05, 2015 06:23:59 AM
This year while my husband popped out to scare trick-or-treaters in our haunted yard, I needed a more child friendly costume to hand out candy.  I went with the Disney version of Ursula.  I knew I would spend most of the time tramping through the front yard down to the end of the driveway to hand out candy to the kids who were too scared to go through the yard, and I needed a dress that was a little more practical that Ursula's va-va-voom bustier look.  So, I went with the fairly straightforward Simplicity 4015 pattern making some bust adjustments as I went along, and opting to make the princessy poof sleeves.  It's made from black suedecloth.

The tentacles are also made out of black suedecloth and purple quilting weight cotton.  I stuffed them with Polyfill, and tried to sew them into the waist seam of the dress.  I realized at the last minute they were too heavy (like 20 pounds heavy), and ended up making a belt, and pinning them to that instead.

Underneath I'm wearing black tights, and a lilac leotard and gloves.  I salvaged an old "mad scientist" wig from a previous costume.  And I mixed lilac and white creme paint for the face makeup.  I completed the look with a pair of purple shell earrings and Ursula's signature light up shell necklace.

And here's one last shot of the yard during the daytime.

Thanks for looking!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pink Fairy Armadillo on: November 03, 2013 05:43:40 AM
I am a children's librarian and this year for our Boo @ the Library program I decided to do an unusual animal costume.  I was hoping to get the kids to ask what I was so I could guide them to a book display on the topic.

After looking through some lists I chose the pink fairy armadillo:

And here's the costume:

Big claws for agitating the sandy ground so they can "swim" through the soil:

Lots and lots of scales or scutes that make up the top layer of this creature's bony armor:

I had a special nametag made for the day that says "Pink Fairy Armadillo."  Thanks for looking!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Day of the Dead Art Quilt on: October 28, 2013 07:22:22 AM
Here is a little hand quilted Day of the Dead piece.  The top is dupioni, some cheapy baby crib batting in the middle, and the back is the same spider print cotton as the casket pieces.  The skeletons are little plastic Halloween decorations my friend found in her amazing seasonal stash.  I made the flower using silver lame and the Bucket List Girl tutorial:


This is my first time hand quilting, and I think I'm hooked!  Smiley

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Viktor Accordion on: June 14, 2013 04:14:45 PM
I call this piece Viktor Accordion.  It is made entirely out of crochet and is true to scale (sorry I didnt have a real accordion on hand to compare).

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween Cyclops on: November 01, 2012 08:05:03 PM
Hey, Everyone.  Happy Halloween!  Here is the monstery cyclops costume I made for our annual Boo @ the Library event.

I started with a base made out of upholstery foam, made a fitted cover out of fleece and set in a pair of sleeves with attached mittens, stitched on the features, made a monster sized necklace, built the paws up with foam and fleece around a pair of bedroom slippers, and rigged a hiking pack with some pvc poles to hold the whole thing up.

Here is a closeup of the face:

And of the claws and the skulls and bones necklace:

Thanks for looking!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mary Poppins Finger Slug on: October 06, 2012 08:59:03 AM
I knit finger puppets that look like slugs and then dress them up - mostly for my own amusement.

For my friend's birthday, I whipped up a Mary Poppins themed finger slug.  Enjoy.

Thanks for looking.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / He-man Themed Slug Finger Puppets on: December 06, 2011 04:51:33 PM
This is what Skeletor, He-man, and Cringer would look like as slugs.  The 80's theme continues!

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Strawberry Shortcake Slug Finger Puppet on: December 06, 2011 04:49:19 PM
I've been on a 80's cartoon theme kick lately.  Here's Strawberry Shortcake as a slug!!

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