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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Buddy the Elf (girl) Christmas Costume on: November 17, 2015 05:48:03 PM
I made this Buddy inspired costume last year to wear for Christmas

I added the plush fur to the dress. I made the hat, the curly toed shoes and the Etch A Sketch purse (close up here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441651.0 ) I even made a snow globe of my favorite bar as a gift to them (where I am pictured above) AND I smelled like maple syrup!!! =0)

I travel from PA to CT for Christmas eve in costume every year. Last year, it was rainy and cruddy and I almost didn't do it...but I thought that would be when people need the smiles most. While waiting for my coffee at a Rest Stop, I was approached by two tiny little girls in Elf on the Shelf jammies that wanted to know if I worked for Santa. My heart almost exploded.

I had so much fun in this costume, I'm probably going to fix it up and wear it again this year (the shoes and hat didn't make it). People get so caught up in the chaos of the holidays that they forget to smile and more importantly to make other people smile =0)

Bonus photo of me meeting my first niece for the first time (I wasn't ready!)

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Buddy the Elf Etch A Sketch Purse From "Elf" on: November 17, 2015 05:28:12 PM
I made this felt and vinyl Etch a Sketch purse to go with my Buddy the Elf costume from the movie "Elf" that I wore for Christmas last year. It reads: "I'm sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR. I don't belong here. I don't belong anywhere. I'll never forget you. Love, Buddy"

link to costume: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441652.0
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / BBC Sherlock Messenger Bag on: July 14, 2014 02:33:51 PM
I had bought this bag with every intention of adding my own touches to it. I settled on a BBC Sherlock theme. I already had the "221B wallpaper" fabric leftover from lining a hood and I knew I wanted to use it to line my new bag with. I'm not going to lie, I would line everything with this fabric if I could...if I didn't have to sew it all by hand like I did with this bag!  Cheesy
-link to original- http://www.sherlockology.com/props/wallpaper-living-room

I painted a smaller version of "Mr. Blue Skull" for my partner in a skull themed swap and just couldn't resist painting him a second time. Here, I hand painted him onto a solid white craft bandana, cut him out, ironed him on with hem tape and outlined him with sparkle fabric paint for extra reinforcement.
-link to original- http://www.sherlockology.com/props/skull-print

Below is a link to the original bag. It had two inner dividers but one of them didn't connect to the bottom, so I cut it out. I might replace or pad the strap as well but it will probably take me forever to finally get to it  Tongue
I use the ammo loops to hold my sunglasses.

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Charcoal Jack Nicholson Joker on: March 31, 2014 05:39:48 PM
I think that it's been at least 10 years since I last worked with charcoal and it seems that I'm still very much in love with it.

I have been thinking a lot about getting back into charcoal lately. I finally did something about it today. I hope to be producing many more charcoaly things in the very nearest future.

5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Michonne and Her Pets Walking Dead Plushies on: May 03, 2013 06:27:13 PM
I sent these bad boys (and girl) to thehappycrochetchic for the Walking Dead Swap Round 2
It seems I don't have a 100% photo of them all, the pets are missing their chains and Michonne her katana but they are complete in the gallery if you feel so inclined to check it out. Those things really aren't that important. They are roughly 7 inches high and the pets eyes glow in the dark.

and as a bonus, here is the display box I made for them.

They were extremely difficult to ship off. I've been a part of 25 swaps, and these are by far my favorite creations.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / "Little Monsters" Maurice Costume Makeup & Monster Mole Tips on: March 13, 2013 11:39:09 AM
Last year I made a "Maurice" costume from the 1980s movie "Little Monsters" I am very proud of how it came out, especially the makeup.

http://cdn.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/496624/423772.jpg ...and a link to the movie cover for good measure.

The "Monster Moles" were made by squirting fabric paint onto wax paper into little dome shapes and letting them dry completely before peeling them off and attaching them to my face with spirit gum. When you are making the dots, make sure to make extra in case some don't come out right.

Fabric paint will dry all the way through even if it's laid thick, and it's flexible when it dries too.

I've used this method for other crafts as well...they especially made great tiny eyeballs for dolls and some Christmas ornaments I made...

7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Stuffed HOT Cherry Pepper Shooters (Tuna & Sharp Provalone) on: February 03, 2013 01:36:55 PM

My Mom has been making these forever...Since I've moved away, I've adopted a lot of her go to recipes to satisfy cravings of home.

I'm terrible with writing out recipes so I'll just tell you what went into this (BIG) batch and you can half it if you'd like.

~4 - 32oz jars of cherry peppers- I used 3 mild 1 hot and mixed them up
~1lb sharp provalone diced into small chunks
~3 12oz cans of chunk light tuna in water (drained)
~1 small shaker jar of Parmesan cheese
~A few handfuls of breadcrumbs
~1 large bulb garlic diced
~1 large can of black pitted olives, diced (optional)
~Oil to fill the jars, I use vegetable oil but I guess olive oil would be good too
~Container for extra peppers. When you put the stuffed peppers back in the jars, they all won't fit any more, so make sure you have some place to put extras! =0)

Drain the cherry pepper liquid. Reserving at least 1 cup. Dump all the cherry peppers into a bowl.
Wearing a pair of latex gloves (or similar if allergic), cut the top off of each pepper and scoop out the seeds...I use a smaller pair of scissors for this instead of a knife.

Don't throw away all the seeds!! The seeds is where the heat comes from...you don't want to use all of the seeds (though I know some lunatics who might) but save a handful to add to the stuffing after it's mixed, that way you can control how spicy the stuffing is. Put in a little at a time and taste test it.

Mix provolone, tuna, Parmesan, bread crumbs, garlic and olives adding the reserved pepper juice. (It should be kind of like a thick dough consistency)

Pack stuffing down into each pepper and a little on the outside and place them carefully back into the empty jars one at a time so you can fit as many as you can in there. DON'T FORCE THEM! If it doesn't fit, pick another pepper!

After they are all snuggled into their jar, fill the full jar with oil, covering the peppers. There will be left overs! I filled a big gulp sized cup because I had no other containers to use lol If there is any left over stuffing, It wouldn't hurt to eat it straight or on bread like my bf likes it...after all, it is tuna =0)

I've taken this to my favorite bar a few times and people went crazy over them! they are good for cookouts too, just remember that it is tuna and cheese and will need some sort of refrigeration, so don't let them sit out too long! (though I don't think they will...seriously...people go nuts over these...) One reason why it's better to make up smaller jars, you can refrigerate the others and set one out at a time, just to make sure they don't sit, but I doubt they will!

I hope that all makes sense and I hope you try it and like it!

I can also answer any questions if any of that didn't make sense =0)
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Buzz Lightyear and Squeaky Alien on: November 01, 2012 04:13:55 PM
I started conjuring up Buzz Lightyear in August. I researched a TON of home made Buzz costumes, female versions and full armor replicas. Even though I planned so much, it came out way different than I expected...and everything is hand sewn, hand painted and hot glued (except the corset and the skirt)

Craftser - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=394211.0
Coolest Homemade Costumes - http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/buzz-lightyear-costume.html
RPF (Where I got the decal templates)http://www.therpf.com/f24/buzz-lightyear-costume-ideas-89095/

I also watched the movie, I even used photoshop and took a still frame of Buzz and made the exact shape into the chest plate but we'll get to that later...

Alright then...where to begin....

I have the top over a black leather corset. The top is made of a sweatshirt, the sleeves were cut off and turned into leg warmers (The wrist cuff is at my knee, I have white leggings on too) and a turtleneck was sewn underneath. The gauntlets were bought but I cut the fingers off and attached a laser to my right wrist (you can see it peeking)

All "decals" were hand painted. The chest plate is made of a thin foam yoga mat. I made a pattern directly from a still of Buzz in Toy Story. I cut out 3 identical pieces and layered them with hot glue. Everything is covered in fleece. The buttons are wood, my laser button is beer bottle caps....
The wings.
If I couldn't get these wings, I wasn't going to bother being Buzz.
http://collider.com/toy-story-3-at-toy-fair-take-a-look-at-the-toys-disney-pixar-will-sell-you-later-this-year/16677/toy-story-3-buzz-lightyear-deluxe-action-wing-pack/ They open and close with the push of a button, they light up and they talk.
They are also extremely expensive. I was lucky enough to find a pair on Craigslist for dirt cheap. I was so excited...until the voice mechanism immediately gave out.

I had to rerig it anyways because the chest plate was child size, but at that point I also had to take the whole thing apart. Turns out I just had to shorted the speaker wire because it was shredded inside. I soldered for the first time! I used soldering paste, but I did good! here is a back shot of the wiring all electrical taped. The speaker was tucked into the green part but I took it out to show it off to you guys.

I made new straps from purple ribbon and covered that halfway in green fleece. The button to open the wings was originally on the chest but I had to move it to my shoulder because it wouldn't reach. I mean it was built for a child so...

Here is a closeup shot of my Pizza Planet Alien. I patterned it after a winter hat he wears and hand sewed it. The eyes are made of cat toys and hot glue. The antennae is glued to a headband which the hat hides, so that it will stand straight up.
I painted the Pizza Planet logo on this shirt which houses a squeaker. He isn't as high tech as Buzz, but a simple piece to a dog toy really made it that much more special.

...Oh, I almost forgot! I was going to make my gloves but they were too bulky and I didn't want to waste this painting, so I made it into a small purse =0)

I slaved over this buzz Lightyear costume...but the fun I had in it was incredibly worth it. People who were already in awe that I made them myself nearly exploded when my wings came out by themselves.  Grin
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Blood Drips Tips Manicure in Time For Halloween Season! on: September 18, 2012 03:52:27 PM

I've seen similar paint jobs around the internet, and I've been dying to try it! I say in time for Halloween for normal folks...but I'm the type of gal to rock this look all year long!

It's best to start with a nude base - I grabbed mine from the dollar store, a bottle of Color Mates in "French Pink" but I think white or even black could rock with this design...

The red is also a dollar store score - Nail Art by Diamond Cosmetics in "Red Shimmer" I think whatever nail art style of red polish would be good for this, the thin brush was perfect and it dried fairly quickly considering I glopped it on...so it would be slightly 3D

I wish I could have gotten a better picture but my phone battery DIED gah!
I love it regardless and it was super easy to do!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Devil tail from Liquitex and tulle handmade fabric. on: July 14, 2012 08:47:06 PM
There is a horror convention every 6 months very close to where I live. I'm planning a great devil outfit to wear when I go made from things I have acquired over the years. I wanted to incorporate a tail, but I didn't want just any old stuffed lump of fabric. I also recently quit my job so I have very little money to have executed this project.

I had made up some latex material similar to this when I made my sloppy joe costume this past Halloween, so I knew what I had to do. My budget was much tighter this time around.

I bought a small bottle of red Liquitex but everything else I had.

materials used:
small bottle red Liquitex
outdoor mod podge
hot glue
small section of a wooden skewer to make the vein in the point

I made the fabric by mixing Liquitex and outdoor mod podge (When I made the sloppy joe I mixed Liquitex and liquid latex but I couldn't afford it this time around).  I slathered it onto a table and painted on layers of tulle to make it sturdy but still flexible. I trimmed off the extra to create a log strip of fabric which I rolled and hot glued together inch by inch while stuffing it little by little with tulle. The hot glue seam is on the underside...it's not very neat looking but I coated that with more red liquitex to try to blend it.

the point is made from a separate square of the same fabric which I folded and cut to a point. I hot glued a wooden skewer to the end of the tail and sandwiched the point over it to create a vein. The seam connecting the two was coated with more hot glue and more red liquitex.

It's exactly how I wanted it...not too heavy and fairly long...
I just need to figure out how to attach the darn thing!!!

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