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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Ice mask for Hercules titans performance on: October 06, 2014 12:51:25 AM
Every year my BFF and I make the costumes for our annual "Childrens Day" event. This year the performance was Hercules. (Of course...Disney). I made the Ice costumes. The body is just a white long sleeved t-shirt. I sewed long strips of tulle of different shades and textures along the top of the shoulders. The masks: I took white simple masks from the craft store and "made" icicles with hot glue. Painting some with silver spray paint and others with blue glittery glue. Made some snow flakes with got glue. and took a clear plastic water bottle, cut thin strips. Heated them over a small flame and wound them to look like an icicle. Then glued them all on to the masks.

I also made the "stone" masks. Black foam glued around a mask in blocks. I made a hole in two and added lights to look like eyes. When they were on stage I was very happy with the results of the "eyes" because there was a "smoke" haze and the eyes really glowed.

Some of the materials for the stone mask:

If I ever find the pictures of them on stage I'll try to post.
Thank you for looking.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Easy Peasy Barbie in a Box costume on: October 05, 2014 11:45:38 PM
My BFF and I donated making a costume for a local fundraiser. The "winner" wanted a Barbie in a Box. We googled it since we'd not heard of that one yet and came up with this.
(Sorry. We were so pressed for time that no progress pics.)
We found a large box. Cut out the front leaving the parts for the decoration. I had some clear vinyl  left over so that was the front....took us forever to find barbie pink wrapping paper. We made two handles inside the box so it wouldn't just sit on her head. We also decided to open the top of the box for light and closed it off with more vinyl.
Happy girl---happy me.
Quick, easy and the best results...she won a prize.

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Little girls Peacock Costume on: October 05, 2014 11:36:24 PM
A friend of mine asked me to help her make a peacock costume for her daughter for Purim last year. This is the result.

Here are some in progress pictures.
I took a fleece blanket (from her Mom) and cut out a neck hole and rounded out the bottom according to the little girls size.

Got my "feathers" ready:

Cutting out my patterns then the felt:

Cutting Looooooots of feathers:

Then hot gluing them together:

Then hot gluing them to the "blanket" body:

Creating the "body" of the peacock in front. Blue felt with some patterned, shimmery tule I had.

After three attempts.... Front:


I sent the Mom three "feathers" for a headdress if her daughter wanted one.

Result: One happy little girl and that's all that's important.
This was the easiest yet most time consuming thing I've ever sewn!!!

That smile says it all!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kitchen window makeover on: August 30, 2012 01:09:34 AM
I got really bored with the window in my kitchen and decided to do something about it.


Done with glass paints, a roll of lead, inspiration from the internet and too much time on my hands.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Hypertufa elements or playing in the mud on: August 30, 2012 12:09:49 AM
Summer is finally winding down now and all summer I've wanted to play with some Hypertufa. While looking at pics in my computer for ideas, I noticed that I never posted my pots.
Ever since I started to make hypertufa pots I've looked at plastic containers differently.  The results:

Thank you for looking.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Sleep Masks or how to block out the light while camping out. on: August 29, 2012 03:09:06 PM
When my DIL finished at her job she wanted to give her co-workers a little gift and the thing that all could use or said they wished they had were sleep masks that block out the light when they do over nighters (They do snappling, camp site stuff in short) So she asked me if I could help.
They were all made with fleece and elastic for the band. DIL gave me great feedback from them. They said they were very nice on the face and blocked out the light totally. It was fun to do and I was happy to help out.
A pic of what they looked like:

All sewn together. Ready for just a bit of buckwheat filling.

All ready!

I even made her a bag so she can carry them all to her farewell party.

Thank you for looking.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Pfaff 138-6 Mini Review on: July 25, 2012 12:58:19 AM

Brand: Pfaff


Year: I believe the 60's

Cost: second hand machine. Got it cheap cause it didn't sell on the web.

How long have you had the machine? About 3 months

Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? Industrial machine. Straight stitch and zig-zag.

What are your favorite features? That it's a good industrial. Speed. Has it's own table and that it can sew effortlessly through numeral layers of fabric.

How well does it run? Like "butter" sews like a dream. Anyone not used to an industrial may not get used to the noise from the motor easily.

Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself? No yet but I had a technician check it out and oil it.

What are your least favorite features? Don't have any as yet. I knew what I was getting and am thrilled with it.

Would you recommend this machine to a friend? Absolutely but they are pretty hard to find and it's now a machine for everyone. Most can make do with a regular home sewing machine.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Angry Birds (Yet again) Joke gone bad! on: June 28, 2012 03:09:28 AM
To be "funny" I made a red bird for my eldest who is a computer geek and well, works in the computer industry. Anyhow, I thought I'd be funny and make one for him..It exploded and I had to make over 35 of these things...not including the "eggs".

Here is a pic w\the black bird (and you can see why I got an industrial sewing machine...It was murder sewing these things) I still haven't sewn the beak on.

I gave these to the kids in three's.

Gosh! When a joke backfires.
The patterns I got from:


Thank you for looking!!!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hand Warmer on: June 28, 2012 02:52:36 AM
Don't really know where to put this so please excuse me if I've made a mistake.
I have been wanting to make this little bunny for years and finally found the right fabric I wanted. I got the pattern off the internet but they have since removed the pattern. Luckily, I downloaded the pattern years ago and went at it recently.

I just think it's so cute that I had to make one.
With the little bag filled with Flax seeds.

Thanks for looking.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cow Boy Bed on: June 28, 2012 02:04:36 AM
My GS recently received a little "boy" doll. So he asked me to sew some clothes for him. (Forgot to take pics of that) But then I found a doll bed that I'd had for a while and decided to surprise him with it. I started off with a bent up bed. straightened it out as best as I could, added some wire between the bed poles (Mainly so he couldn't put his foot through if\when he stood on it).


Then I took some batting I had in my stash and went to work:

Hot glued some stash "cow" fabric on the "mattress". (The kid loves cows)

Made a blanket and a pillow and.....

Thanks for lookin' ya'll!!
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