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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head! Now with more pictures! on: October 24, 2017 09:07:25 AM
My hubby and I like to dress up in couples' costumes for Halloween. This year, I saw some simple Mr. and Mrs. PH costumes online, and knew what I wanted to do!

The body is just a big piece of felt, and I made all the face pieces out of felt as well, then sewed the hook side of velcro onto the backs, so they are removable - you can totally make different faces on the costumes!

Here are some versions:













My hubby wasn't available for the phot shoot, so I played the roles of Mr. and Mrs. PH, but there are two potato bodies along with the various facial pieces. I am still planning to make a couple of bows (for a bow tie and a hair bow) as well as a hat. If you have thoughts for other PH accessories, feel free to give me ideas!

Thanks for looking!  Grin

Edited to add more pics with the added accessories!

New hair, a nose ring, earrings and a hair bow:


Scar, cigar, hat, bow tie!


At the party:


And notice how the Mister's eyes are looking a different direction here:
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Halloween Koozies! on: October 07, 2017 06:38:49 PM
Boo!

Just some fun koozies for the Dads (or moms) to keep their beer in whilst going around Trick-or-treating!

Frankie:


Ghost:


Together:
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Now finished!! Girly's Jack Sparrow Costume on: October 07, 2017 03:43:13 PM
So my daughter (12yo) has an abiding crush on Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Carribbean fame. Not Johnny Depp, mind you, Jack - the drunk pirate. Not so sure of her taste in men here! But, I tell myself that it is a phase and she will eventually pick some reasonable real, non-drunk individual to be her life mate. (Right? Please humor me and tell me I'm right! Embarrassed Undecided)

ANYway . . . She wants to be JS for Halloween this year, and so the crafting begins!

My father, who is very crafty in his own right, made her an awesome leather tricorn hat for her birthday in August, and my mom sewed up a nice rust-colored bandanna.

I made her the vest, the pleather belts, and took a used tea-towel (for those authentic stains!) and took a red sharpie to it to give it the red strips JS has on his sash. The shirt was purchased and dyed with tea, and I didn't get around to making her pants - she just wore black leggings, which looked great!

She did not wind up wearing the bandana - too much stuff in her hair! Here she is in all her glory:


And another pic of her at a neighborhood event with my hubby in his (slightly rearranged) potato head costume:


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Today I made these hair accoutrements:


I made the large bone out of Sculpey (it's a bit bendy, but I think it will work). I took a bone from a plastic skeleton to use for one of the beaded strands - it's wrapped with different kinds of chains and has some beads on it and then below it. I then just used a bunch of beads I had on a leather cord for the other strand, and used various odds and ends (and some sculpey beads I'd made a while back).

Picture of JS to see where these things came from:


I am in the process of making his two wide leather (made of fabric that looks like leather) belts, and then have to make the vest and pants. Bought a pirate shirt and dyed it in tea this afternoon. Will eventually post pics of the whole thing, but here's the starter!

As always, thanks for looking! Grin
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Skellington Keycahin on: September 21, 2017 01:36:42 PM
I was looking on ravelry.com for some easy Halloween-themed ideas, and came across a simple pattern for these cute keychains! Using up some scraps I have of black and white yarn:



Thanks for looking! Grin
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ticker tape doll quilt (bound quilt pic added) on: August 19, 2017 06:51:06 AM
Hi all!

So I've been wanting to try this ticker tape method for a while, since it looks cool and can use up lots of the many, many scraps I have all over the place!

I tried it out on a doll-sized quilt (15x20") first, just to get the hang of it. Here is the top:


Here's the back:


And here's a close-up of some knotted parts that I was hoping someone might have some ideas on how to avoid having happen in the future:


It's not like this all over the back - just in some spots. This is the worst area.

Thanks for looking, and any comments/help is appreciated!  Grin

Edited to add finished quilt:


I didn't leave quite enough room around the edges for the binding. Oops! Lesson learned!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / New bathing suits for the girly! on: July 05, 2017 06:49:34 PM
I have discovered that the bathing suits I have made my daughter over the years have lasted WAY longer than the store-bought ones. For instance, a suit I bought her last year (from Target, so not a high-end place) started to sag in the derrier region after only about 4 or 5 wearings. Meanwhile, she still wears a suit I made her 2 summers ago that looks great and has no sag!!

Guess it shows what using good materials will do for you, huh?

So here are two of this year's three suits (haven't snapped a pic of the third - it's a black and white one-piece version of the red and black one below):

Racerback tankini with polka dotted skirt and polka dots aroud the neck line:


This is a new pattern I got from youcanmakethis.com - it is a pattern for a one-piece suit that I turned into a tankini. I added some length to the top, but not as much as it needed. I think it's cute this way, but I was going for full tummy coverage. Oh well!


Pardon the facelessness - while I think my daughter is gorgeous, I feel a little cautious about posting pics of her online in swimsuits . . .

Thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hufflepuff shirt! on: July 05, 2017 12:37:21 PM
Hello all!

So - I didn't actually sew the shirt, but I made all of the embellishments. If it belongs somewhere else, mods, please feel free to move it!

My daughter is a HUGE Harry Potter fan, and she has determined that she is a Hufflepuff. I did a search to find a HufflePuff shirt for her, but couldn't find one. At least not one that didn't cost an arm and a leg! SO - I decided to do some work and came up with this:

Front:
 

Apparently, the house mascot is a badger, so I found this online and copied it so I could cut it out of fabric and applique it to the shirt. I let my daughter pick out the font she liked and did Hufflepuff the same way.

Also, apparently she had already dripped something onto the shirt during breakfast. D'oh!  Roll Eyes

Close-up:



Back - the Deathly Hallows!


Close-up:


Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bow ties are cool . . . . on: May 08, 2017 08:55:54 AM
So my hubby and I went to a Derby Day party yesterday, and the hubster decided he needed a bow tie. What's a girl to do other than make one (or several)?

Here is the one he wore to the party:


And here is the other one I made, 'cuz if you're cutting fabric anyway, might as well make two, right?

This picture was taken before we figured out how to tighten the knot properly . . .

I then made three more, because they are fun and easy - a Star Wars one, a Batman one and a Dr. Who (of course!). I don't have pics of them now, but they are cool and quirky and really fun to make! I have about 7 others cut out and waiting to be sewn up . . . . I'm on a roll!

here is where I found the pattern:
http://sewlikemymom.com/mens-bow-tie-tutorial/
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / First amigurumi (not counting baby owls) on: February 18, 2017 01:27:14 PM
I got the pattern for this cutie pie on Ravelry.com - it's a free download, and is pretty easy to follow!

No flash


With flash:


The one without flash is truer to the actual colors. He was a fun little guy to make, and I have had requests from my daughter and husband(!) for more!

I should say that I'm not counting my baby owls because they are really just spheres that are stitched across the top to create ear-looking points . . . not much involved in them, cute as they are!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Car trash bag on: February 05, 2017 04:20:38 PM
So I have been wanting something more efficient for my car's trash than I had been using.

I wound up just kind of winging it - I made a couple of squares 13"x13" and used some store-bought binding sewn into the seams for the straps. I also used some 1/4" nylon boning to hold the top open. Here it is with a plastic grocery bag liner.



This is what it replaced:


I may try to lengthen the straps so that the bag can sit a little lower in the car, but I am pleased with how it turned out overall! Grin
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