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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Skull Kid, Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask on: November 03, 2010 10:30:34 AM
Thanks everyone. DD *really* loves this costume. She's been wearing the tunic since Saturday. Just can't get her to take it off! We've been talking of going to a Con now too, since she's enjoying dressing up so much & it would be a good excuse to make & wear costumes more. This is how it all starts right, mwahhahaha Cheesy

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Skull Kid, Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask on: November 01, 2010 09:11:39 PM
My 10 yr old DD is a huge video game fanatic. Her favorite series is, obviously, Legend of Zelda. When asked what she wanted to be for Halloween, she knew exactly, Skull Kid from Majora's Mask. For those of you that aren't Zelda obsessed (or blessed to live with someone who is Cheesy ) here is a description of the character

"Skull Kid really made a name for himself in the sequel, Majora's Mask. In that adventure, the Kid is introduced to us as both villain and victim he's corrupted by the sinister magic of the titular Mask and threatens to destroy the land of Termina."

This turned into a joint family project, with DD working with either myself or her father on our respective parts. All told it took about a week of afternoons to complete.

DD & her dad were in charge of the mask (with some "ideas" from me). The mask is papermache and acrylic paints. It was built over a Mylar heart shaped balloon. The spikes are cut off ends from birthday hats glued in place. We mounted the finished mask to the support from a welding mask. This worked really well & was very stable.

However, we forgot to plan for eye holes & the mask was just TOO COOL to cut into! So she ended up carrying it more than wearing it. We also didn't account for the welding helmet when I made the hat, but she ended up being able to wear it under the helmet. It's just too small to be really noticeable, especially compaired to that awesome mask!

Not bad compaired to our inspiration image!

I was in charge of the clothes, but DD did most of the cutting & even a bit of the sewing on the tunic. The tunic is quilters cotton, the rest fleece. Both have a mottled color pallet which DD says "looked like the woods with light in the trees."

I'm really proud of the shoes although I'm not sure why she told me to make them green instead of orange  Huh I made over sized socks and altered the toes to give them an elf like point. To give them soles, I slipped a pair of old flip-flops inside. All DD had to do was put her foot into the flip-flop and they were both solid & secure for miles of Trick-or-Treating.

She had a great time working on this costume & is already planning which of the Zelda masks she wants to make next! Getting stopped by another video game fan at the Farmers Market and being told she had "the COOLEST costume ever!" was the highlight of her weekend Cheesy

Thanks for looking.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue/Green Color Wheel Quilt on: December 27, 2008 01:31:52 PM

I love the tip of doing the lines all the way across. So simple yet who would have thought of it right?

4  COOKING / Dessert / It was a Red Velvet Birthday on: December 23, 2008 05:34:25 PM
I haven't had a birthday cake (or celebration at all) in over 20 years thanks to being born right on top of the x-mas holiday. I was feeling crumby about it this year & decided to do something special. What better way to celebrate than with a decadent red velvet cake Cheesy

The finished cake

It's smothered in the most amazing cream cheese frosting on the face of the planet. Seriously this stuff is heavenly on nothing more than a spoon. Topped with Christmas red tinted coconut & an unspecified number of birthday candles Wink

Crumb coated & waiting

There are no sliced photos because we devoured it so fast. Enjoy!

5  COOKING / Dessert / Do you Vant a Cupcake? on: December 20, 2008 12:04:41 AM
I made these for a friends Halloween party and just now got around to downloading the photos.

From the recipe at Baking Bites, http://bakingbites.com/2007/10/vampire-cupcakes/

I filled them the quick & dirty way; by poking the tip of my icing bag straight into the cupcakes. My frosting didn't come out as fluffy as hers but still tasted amazing!

The sign was my silly DD's idea Cheesy

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Holiday Pie-Rets (Pie Berets) on: November 25, 2008 06:10:23 PM
I LOVE the heck out of these. I can just see everyone sitting around at the dinner table wearing a different pie for a hat. LOL. Very creative & well made.

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: November 21, 2008 05:18:25 PM
- I toss the clipped threads over my shoulder willy nilly (it's lucky YK).

Only a person without a cat would believe tossing strings were lucky.  Unless of course you consider cat vomit lucky, lol.

Actually we have 6 cats in our house. None of them eat string. Now stealing pushpins off the bulletin board, that's another story!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Remodeled Bathroom with Wall Mural!!! (Tons of Pictures) on: November 06, 2008 08:02:54 PM

I can't help but laugh, as this is exactly what our upcoming bathroom remodel is going to look like. Right down to the nervous breakdown! We're currently in the "these are the crazy things we did to 'make do' for the last x years". In our case it's been 4 & all those make do's are starting to be worse than how it started.

The pay off though. I love the color & the accents with the mural colors. Very cool.

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: November 05, 2008 09:40:25 PM
I <3 my bad sewing habits.

- I toss the clipped threads over my shoulder willy nilly (it's lucky YK).

- I sew with 1 shoe on. Have to have the presser foot foot bare but never take the other shoe off for some reason.

- I sew over pins. Heck, I serge over pins  Shocked

- I don't *exactly* follow pattern directions, when I've bothered to read them at all that is.

- I don't bother with marks for things like darts, pleats or what piece connects with what piece where.

- I save every last teeny tiny little scrap of fabric. I have enough to make several king sized postage stamp quilts (& I don't quilt either!)

- Oh yeah, pins in the mouth. But worse, pins in the arm of the couch or the lapel of my shirt. I never seem to have a pin cushion around when I need one.

10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Sea Monster...for a little girl on: November 01, 2008 09:02:08 AM
I love the seaweed spirals. I can totally see the dancing & arm waving that goes along with them. Very neat.

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