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11  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Princess Zelda's Magic Armor on: September 11, 2009 07:30:29 AM
A friend of mine is a huge Zelda fan and knows I love new and interesting craft projects. So he asked me to make him his very own set of Zelda armor which may or may not be incorperated into his Halloween costume as well as into his daily life as much as possible. The whole process took maybe twenty to twenty five hours of work and the supplies (many of which I already had) cost about $20. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself... I'm really happy with the results, and he is exstatic (to say the least). So, without further ado: Zelda's Magic Armor!!!

(The grey vest/tunic thing that he's wearing under the armor he made for his costume.)

The whole thing was made with craft foam, gold spray paint, jewels, and closes in the back with a gold chain so that it can be more fitted to the wearer. I use this tuttorial http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html. Which was amazing, althouhg I did skip a few steps. Any Zelda fans out there, let me know how I did!!

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / A Very Harry Grad Party [IMG: MOUNTIAN TROLL] on: July 13, 2009 09:09:54 PM
So, because I like to make life interesting for myself and closest friends and family I decided to throw a Harry Potter themed graduation party for my high school graduation. As corney as it sounds, Harry has stuck with me in both book and film since I was in second grade, so I figured that HP was an appropriate theme. I alreasy posted my invites (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=308964.msg3543694#msg3543694) and now here's all the other stuff I made for my party:

1. Each guest was invited to wear a house pin and be 'sorted' as they entered. That way, people who ignored the "costumes highly recomended" on my invites still were dressed in HP gear. Each pin is about 1.5 inches and is just foam with a printed out crest and pin back on it.

I set up this sorting hat and cauldron filled with pins and the poem is a bit from book one's sorting poem with "To find out which house you're in, reach in the cauldron and take a pin"

2. I made these 2x3ft house banners out of felt (with some help from my friend) and hung them in my screen porch. I also made two mini-hogwarts banners but forgot to hang them up.

Hufflepuff Gryffendor Ravenclaw Slytherin

close ups

3. Each table under the tent was a house table (plus one staff table) which meant they each had plastic table clothes and mylar star balloons in house colors along with these dollar store candles. Each candle lid was painted black and I added extra crests from the pins and wrote traits around the bottom.

Each table also had a centerpiece chosen accordingly....
Staff Table: books and skull

Gryffendor: Quiddich ball chest (styrofoam and wooden chest)

Ravenclaw: books and ink (wooden book boxes, Standard Book of Spells Grade 12" and "Magical Me")

Hufflepuff: Goblet of Fire for Cedric (large hurricane glass spray painted silver with the champions' names flying out on wire)

Slytherin: Potions setup (cauldron and glass bottles)
Potions ingredients:
"Ingrown Dragon's Toenails" (curved glass)
"Pickled Bicon Intestine" (curly yarn)
not pictured:
"Cornish Pixie Hair" (paintbrush bristles)
"Thestral Blood" (red paint)
"Pixie Dust" (glitter)

all together

4. Also in the "Great Hall" tent, I put paper starts all over the ceiling and floating candles hanging around the edges.


drawing of the candles. Just a tube of paper with a fake tea light and fishing line.

5. My friend had this signpost left over from one of her parties so together we repainted in to be more HP appropriate. The owl on top is a stuffed one I borrowed from my library. Oh, and did I mention this thing was 6+ feet tall?

not pictured signs: King's Cross and Forbidden Forest.

6. Platform 9 3/4 was done by drawing bricks on a red plastic table cloth then cutting it up the middle and hanging it over my front door. Outside there were platform 9 and 10 signs and a sign that said King's Cross Station.

This hung inside the door.

7. Food! The dinner was normal muggle food, but for dessert I set up a little Honeydukes...

The cake was made by my mom, a quiddich field with pipe cleaner rings. The candy was as follows:
Fizzing Whizzbees (pop rocks)
Chocolate Frogs (handmade)
Licorice Wands (Twizzlers)
Lemon Drops (lemon heads)
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (Jelly Belly Jelly Beans)

Hope you enjoyed everything, most of this stuff I'm using again for my HP6 release party tomorrow. I really had a great time and got a ton of comments on everything. People really seemed to like that it was something different for a grad party, and I think it accuratly reflects my personality. Questions and comments are encouraged. Anyone who wants more info on any of the projects, don't hesitate to ask!!
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Honey, the Owl Post is Here!! [Graduation Party Invitations] on: June 12, 2009 07:42:51 AM
Next week, I will be graduating high school. Wow, that's really weird to say... Anyway, for my graduation party, I finally convinced my mom to let me pick the theme and I chose Harry Potter. Why? Because I'm a nerd, and because (as cheesy as it sounds) I grew up in the Harry Potter era, and I feel like HP has been a pretty constant theme in my life, so why not make it the theme for my grad party? Since it's an atypical theme, I mostly have to make everything, esspecially because I don't want to use any of the premade Harry Potter party supplies with pictures from the movies.

And so I began on my craft-venture. First was the invitations. I needed to make approx. 65 invitations for everyone, and since Wizard mail is delievered by owl post and I feel like hiring 60+trained delievery owls would just be too far out of my budget, I came up with this instead:



detail shot (owl head is my own drawing, border is Microsoft clip art, crest is taken offline and tinted blue by me, font in 'magik')

in-progres shot


So these little buggers were a major pain in the butt. All the artwork is hand drawn by me and scanned into the computer then printed on 12x12 scrapbook paper (they didn't have enough gray so I had to switch to silver for about 15, I liked the gray better but silver is what's pictured here). I don't think my hand will ever fully recover from cutting out all those sets of wings...oy vey! Unfortunatly, I've already handed out all of the invited, so I don't have a shot of all 65 of them.

I'm currently crafting my favors and decorations, so I'll deffinatly be posting them here too. Thanks to everyone on craftster, or else I probably wouldn't have the guts to take on such a huge project!! Comments and questions encouraged.

14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Shrubbery?! Spamalot Costumes (IMG: Big Boned) on: June 09, 2009 12:14:18 PM
This year for Halloween my best friends and I were the knights from Monty Python's Spamalot. I handmade two and a half costumes (my friend finished her own, she's in the black/white). The tunics are cotton, the 'armor' is silver sequened, and the design work is freezer paper and freehanded. It took me so long to post because the best pictures we had were taken by the yearbook staff at my school and they wouldn't let us have them until after the yearbook was released (we made the main picture on the halloween page!!).

hiding in the shrubbery (left to right: Sir Robin, the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot, Sir Dennis Galahad, The Dashingly Handsome (me, clearly), & Sir Lancelot the Homicidally Brave)

not a great jumping shot, but it shows the full costumes

the color's not so great, but shows the whole outfits

this is the one that made the yearbook (unfortunatly, not the best shot of the actual costumes, but we still got a ton of complements

The swords are (obviously) fake foam ones (I got a fake plastic real looking one taken away when I dressed up for Pirates of the Caribbean) and the coconuts that I'm holding I also made out of two plastic wiffle balls (my younger brothers were quite mad about that...). I actually clopped them around the school from class to class and got a ton of weird looks... but a lot of people got it and yelled things like 'NI' at us.

Oh and just for reference, these are the costumes from the musical Spamalot that we tried to imitate, you can (hopefully) guess who's who.

Comments and questions welcome!!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mickey Mouse Skirt on: June 05, 2009 08:19:53 PM
So this is just a basic high-waisted skirt I made for my senior class trip to Disney World. It's modeled after one I bought at Target and loved. I never wore it in Disney,  but I'm pretty proud of it anyway. It's made from a light flannel because they didn't have any other Mickey material. I used this tutorial for the pattern...https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107286.0. (Thank you so much! I'm working on a dress inspired by this tute as well!!) So here it is with a basic white tank and belt (not handmade...)

Please excuse the messy room...and my Pirates of the Caribbean Mickey Ears....

16  COOKING / Dessert / HoneyBee Mine Pretzels on: March 02, 2009 06:52:30 PM
So the environmental club at my school did a fundraiser to collect money for research into why honeybees are disappearing (AKA Colony Collapse Syndrome). We made a valentines day thing out of it and called our creations "HoneyBee Mine Valentines." Basically they're pretzel rods covered in yellow-colored chocolate and drizzled with milk chocolate to make them look like honeybees. I think we made 150+ total and it took about three hours, eight boxes of pretzels, four pounds of chocolate, and two trips to the supermarket for more pretzels.

My amazing drizzling skills.

My lovely assistant, dressed to match.


All I have are in-progess shots, but after we made them we packaged them two to a bag, tied them with yellow ribbon, and put on cute little honeybee labels that I made on the computer. Needless to say they sold out on the very first day. We sold over thirty bags to teachers alone in the first half hour (man those teachers really love valentines day...).
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Jonas Brothers Concert Poster on: February 16, 2009 01:07:22 PM
I don't know if this is the right place to put this or if this type of thing even belongs on craftster but heregoes...

So, backstory: My best friend and I went to a Jonas Brothers concert over the summer, and there was a Chevy/Jonas Brothers poster contest. The winner got four VIP seats and meet and greet passes. So here's the catch. We found out about the contest the night before the contest. But....being the creative, no-sleep-needing teenagers that we are, we decided to give it a shot. The only guidelines were the poster had to incorporate Chevy, the Jonas Brothers, and an overall theme of 'going green.' After ten hours of work (ending at 4am the morning of) this is what we came up with:

'Living the Dream' is the title of their mini-series on Disney channel, so we titled our poster 'Living the Green.' The letters are made from a reusable grocery bag that is made from plastic bottles and everything else is posterboard.

The boys as Capt. Planet-esque superheros. They are propped up so they look like they're flying out of the poster. Original artwork.

This is the new Chevy hybrid SUV (no, its not an oxymoron) which is pretty much what the contest was to promote. It's attached to an arm and can spin around the 'world.'

This is probably my favorite part, but the least noticable. All around the 'world' are altered road signs with 'green' messages. The other ones read "STOP global climate change," "YEILD to hybrids," "CO2 LIMIT 55"(speed limit), and "PEOPLE WORKING together."

And one more for size reference:

Personally, we were pretty proud of our poster and when we walked over to register everyone else made all these 'whooah' impressed kind of noises...but sadly, we didn't win. Haha, better luck next year.
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / O-so-tiny-bama on: February 02, 2009 07:58:17 PM
This is just a quick freehand block print I made with lino left over from an art project. Since the election's over and all I don't really know what to do with it...

with quarter for size reference:
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Legos, Keys, and Monopoly, Oh my! on: February 01, 2009 06:39:15 PM
So this weekend I finally got around to using my newest toy, my craft drill. I can now make a necklace out of virtually anything! Here are some of my first creations. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out...

Lego Necklace

Lego Cell Phone Charm

Key to My Heart

Monopoly Bracelet

Purple Heart (My current favorite) For this one I didn't actually use the drill, I salvaged parts from a ruined necklace and a set of earrings

Feedback welcome!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / FrankenBag [PICUTRE: MONSTEROUS] on: November 22, 2008 12:07:19 PM
So my best friend recently was the stage manager for our schools production of Frankenstein the Musical. We were the first ever highschool to perform it, so it was kind of a huge deal. For publicity, they printed 5,000 (apperently it was cheapest for this many...) postcards with the date and time of all the shows, ticket prices etc. However, because most people are jerks, the cards ended up EVERYWHERE. Halls, parking lots, cafeteria, classrooms, football stadium. I had a running tally of how many were littering our student parking lot...

Exhibit A: The Cards

Anyway, two weeks after the show closed I found a random pile of 25 cards under a random desk behind me in Biology. Sneakily I grabbed the stack and shoved them in my backpack. I had been thinking of a congradulations present for her, since I made her one when she student-directed a play last year (a scrapbook). Then I waited for inspiration to hit...

WHAM! It hit me. And so was born the FrankenBag:

Exhibit B: The Bag

Constructed with duct tape, packing tape, and the postcards, this one of the kind bag will be the envy of everyone in the theatre department. It had a reienforced bottom that is strong enough for textbooks (trust me, I checked) and is made of exactly 25 cards (approx 3''x5''). In total it took 1 roll of black duct tape and about a roll of clear packing tape plus 2.5 hours of work. The handles are cards cut in half and the sides are creased to make it smaller. Between the cards and tape is a layer of thick but flexible posterboard and the bottom is tape and two layers of rigid matboard. Total cost: less than $5

DAY 1:

11:27 The Creature's Limbs are being assembled.

12:02 It grows late, my laboratory is littered with pieces of my creation

12:30 The creature makes a frial attempt to stand; needs support

12:38 The creature makes its second attempt to stand on its own.

12:46 The Belly of the Beast

Day 2:

The Creature's joints (AKA side creases)

The creatures arms (handles)

Comments and critiques welcome. This is my first duct tape-ish bag, so I played it by ear...
Oh and please ignore the dirty room that is in the background of EVERY picture. I'm a slob when it comes to crafting...
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