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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Breakfast Princess on: April 25, 2014 09:26:39 AM
My daughter wanted to be Breakfast Princess from Adventure Time for the Calgary Expo. It was a success! She was instagrammed by a writer for the show, which made her so happy.

It was pretty simple to make, circle skirt over a tutu that I added a wire to for structure. I took the wire out of a pop-up hamper. The toasts (2, front and back) are 2" foam that I made pillow covers for out of a polyester suede. I safety pinned them to a tank top so she can remove and keep them as pillows.
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Victorian Lace Collar on: November 25, 2011 12:17:48 PM
I made this for a version of A Christmas Carol that a local improv theatre is putting on.  There is next to no budget, and I had the task of turning a black zip-up house coat (with a v-neck) into a Victorian dress.

I'll post the brief tutorial that I put on my blog - I apologize that it is pretty sarcastic, but my blog attempts to be funny.  It is for an improv theatre, after all Smiley

Ever wonder how to turn a Mrs. Roper style (zip-up) robe into a Victorian dress?  Well, it's your lucky day!

1. First, make sure your robe is black.  They weren't too crazy about colours back then.  If you don't have one... then this might cost you more than $3.  I can't help that.  It's your own fault.

2. Go to Value Village and find a high-necked blouse for $3.  It's a plus if it already has some lacy bits.

3. Rummage around in your drawers (ooooh) for some extra lace.  Remember #1?  If you don't have any IT'S YOUR FAULT NOT MINE.

4. Sew (or glue I suppose if you're lazy) extra lace to the neck so that it's sticking up-like.  I did 2 rows to make it extra pouffy.

5. Stick the blouse on your dressmaker's dummy (or husband) and cut it so that it... it... just look at the photo and you'll get the idea of the shape you need.

6. Sew/glue more lace to the raw edges.

7. I added a ribbon around the neck and a cheap costume jewelry cameo pendant.  YOU CAN TOO.

Et voil... $3* Victorian Dress!  (*if you have the stuff already and find a cheap blouse)

PS - you have to wear the collar over top of the robe.  I didn't mention it because I thought it was obvious, but there's a chance that you're stupid, and stupid people deserve to dress Victorian on a budget too.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Eyechart Art on: March 29, 2010 07:41:39 AM
I found a squashed pair of glasses on the side of the road, and felt the need to make something with them.  A quick spray-paint, a canvas, carbon paper (to transfer eye chart pattern), acrylics, and some glue:

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Freddie Mercury Costume (IMG Heavy) on: October 29, 2008 07:59:57 PM
This year, my stepson wanted to be "Freddie Mercury With The Yellow Jacket" for Hallowe'en.  He has a band with some of his friends, so I wanted to make it so that it can be worn for non-Hallowe'en shows as well Smiley  It's yellow crepe back satin (and about 15 m or so of piping).

I made the jacket, and my husband jazzed up a pair of white pants (not shown).  I had my husband model the jacket for me, as it hasn't been worn by the boy in question yet.  I'll update with the whole ensemble later (including mustache and hairy chest tank top).

Happy Hallowe'en  Cheesy

Here's the final costume:

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "How To" Rabbit on: June 21, 2008 07:17:44 PM
I was looking at the drawings on here, and I thought, "Maybe I can do that."

I looked online at figure drawing - which was a little beyond my grasp.  Then by following different links, I found this step-by-step guide on how to draw a rabbit.  It broke the steps down in a really easy way.

I used a canvas board from Wal-Mart (which I actually bought to make a board game base out of), my daughter's Disney Princesses pencil, and then I went over the lines I wanted to keep with an ultra-fine permanent pen and erased all the leftover pencil.

Neat-o!  I love my little How To rabbit.  I took an art class a looong time ago, but I think I might look into it again - it was fun Smiley  I might raid my kids' cheap watercolour set to fill it in a little.

The directions I found were at http://drawsketch.about.com/od/drawanimalsstepbystep/ss/drawbunnyrabbit.htm

I did end up painting it:

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Animal Amulets Oracle on: December 27, 2007 09:30:39 AM
My friend and I decided to do our own craft swap this xmas... I got a FABULOUS oversized, polar fleece robe (she is a seamstress extraordinaire).

For her item, I wanted to make something "witchy", after learning that she is into tarot, etc.  I made her a set of animal amulets based on the Major Arcana of Tarot cards.  I googled different animals, and matched their metaphysical "meanings" to corresponding cards, and then burnt their images into little wooden circles.  I also made a drawstring bag (http://happythings.typepad.com/happythings/2006/04/dsb_301_better_.html), and a book explaining the meaning of each amulet.  I forgot to take a picture of it all together.

The part that took the longest was cutting up the dowel and sanding each one... but the funnest part was the actual woodburning.  The images I took from photographs from google images, and simplified tracing with carbon paper.

It was my first time, and now I'm looking for more wooden things to BURN!

Cards with Animals go as follows:
0 The Fool = Badger
1 Magician = Swift Fox
2 High Priestess = Raven
3 Empress = Grizzly Bear
4 Emperor = Bighorn Sheep Ram
5 Heirophant = Great Horned Owl
6 The Lovers = Doe & Stag
7 Chariot = Ant
8 Strength = Cougar
9 Hermit = Whooping Crane
10 Wheel of Fortune = Monarch Butterfly
11 Justice = Red-tailed Hawk
12 Hanged Man = Bat
13 Death = Phoenix (not a real animal, but whatever, it's a scary card!)
14 Temperance = Coyote
15 Devil = Mountain Goat
16 Tower = Snake
17 Star = Orca
18 Moon = Wolf
19 Sun = Ladybug
20 Judgement = Frog
21 World = Dolphin
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Nightmare Before Christmas Napkin Rings (complete w/photos) on: September 11, 2007 12:55:32 PM
I think this falls into the Xmas category, but could be Halloween too!

I made some Jack Skellington napkin rings out of shrinky dink material for the Tim Burton Swap Round 2.  Napkins were made out of the most perfect fabric find ever (just at the local Fabricland, no less), silver Xmas trees on BLACK.

I read about how to make round napkin rings out of shrinkable plastic in the book "Super Crafty", which had 75 equally amazing craft projects - it was hard to choose one.

The one crappy thing is that I used sharpie, and when I tried to seal them after, the image ran horribly and I lost one Sad  Anybody know of a different type of marker that won't run???
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Felting Project on: September 10, 2007 11:41:00 AM
This is a project I did for the Tim Burton Swap 2.  It was supposed to be a felted changepurse, but turned out to be the exact dimensions for a glasses/sunglasses case!  I didn't use a pattern, but knitted until I had used up the last of my Lamb's Pride worsted.  Afterwards, I added some Nightmare Before Christmas buttons and little things to jazz up the solid grey.

The front:

And the back:

Now I want to do more felting - and I have learned the importance of the test swatch.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Pee Wee Herman!!! on: September 10, 2007 11:27:22 AM
This is my first crocheted doll, and also first swap item!  It was for the Tim Burton Swap 2, and I just got word that my partner received, so it's safe to post.

Behind him is a mini-poster decoupaged onto canvas, as a backdrop.  And, the lovely rockgarden my 3 year old designed this summer!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Glaze made it funky, and not in a good way on: August 16, 2007 08:43:42 AM
Hello!  I'm working on a swap right now, and one of the items is watercolour paint decorating a store-bought papier mache item.  When finished painting, I sprayed it with an "all purpose spray glaze", and now it looks like there is a white film over certain areas... a blotchy film, not uniform, but it pretty much covers the area where the design is and isn't on the solid coloured areas.

Can I save it by coating it with something like modge podge?  Will that seep through the white cloudy filmy part so the colours will be vibrant again?  The can of stuff I used says "contains petroleum distillate" and is a matte finish.

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