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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Montreal Canadiens Costume on: November 04, 2009 05:54:37 PM
My Canadian friend is a major hockey fan and he came up with a brilliant idea for a hockey game scheduled right around Halloween: to be the Montreal Canadiens aka the HABS mascot incarnate!  Roll Eyes

He envisioned this
and got to work right away. He purchased two types of foams (about 3 meters of 1inch thick foam and about 1 meter of 3inch thick foam), printed out a huge Habs logo on about 28 sheets of paper, pinned that to the thin foam, and used that to cut the outline out. He repeated the process for the back, and for the red C's, and then painted the blue parts. Then, he used the thick foam pieces to make the sides. The details blur in my mind, so I hope this picture gives you an idea of the time and effort he put into this awesome costume!!

Et voila~
He was of course a huge hit and was on national tv for several seconds! Smiley
Here's a video of him drawing lots of attention Wink

Hope you guys enjoy!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Please help me with my suede yarn hat! on: January 27, 2008 11:34:19 AM
I successfully made the pretty puffs slouchy hat with acrylic yarn and wanted to make another one in a nice chocolate brown. The craft store I went to didn't have the right color brown I was looking for, so I bought the Lion Brand Suede yarn in a gorgeous coffee color. I started on the pretty puffs slouchy hat but after making a "puff", I realized that the puff is not noticeable at all! I stupidly didn't experiment with a puff before crocheting quite a few rounds!

So, I am desperately trying to find a good crochet hat pattern for this suede yarn I bought, but do not want to frog the entire thing as suede yarn is really time consuming to frog! Does anyone happen to know of a good hat pattern for this suede stuff? I have been experimenting with the "cluster" stitch too, to make it look more obvious, but I think I might be doomed to frogging the entire thing unless I find a way to salvage my hat Sad If you can help, I would really appreciate it!!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hat 'n Scarf for my boyfriend! on: January 06, 2008 01:25:27 AM
I just recently re-taught myself how to crochet and am still a beginner, but here is a scarf and hat I made for my boyfriend. I followed some basic patterns I found on various websites, but modified them a little to accommodate the design he wanted.  Smiley The brim flares out just a little bit, although that may be hard to appreciate in the photo. I'm just happy that he likes it enough to wear around!  Grin

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flowering Branch Necklace on: September 29, 2007 08:59:39 PM
I made this necklace out of coral, czech glass, and heishi beads  Smiley It's meant to look like a flowering branch.. did I succeed? Please tell me your thoughts and opinions~  Smiley

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Native American inspired necklace on: June 16, 2007 12:56:27 AM
I just recently moved to New Mexico and have been inspired by the beautiful Native American jewelry, so I decided to fashion a necklace for my boyfriend. It is made with turqoise, silver beads, coral, mother of pearl tube beads, and what I believe are heishi shell beads. Although I used a lot of the traditional beads used by Native Americans, the necklace almost seems Hawaiian inspired as well.  Grin I'm not sure.. what do you all think?

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Naughty/Nice Grab Bags on: November 25, 2006 05:35:05 PM
Hello, fellow Craftsters  Smiley I don't know if this idea has been tossed around or not but I need help! I am participating in a Secret Santa exchange this year but also want to get little gifts for the other girls participating. I was thinking about getting two big bags, one labeled Naughty and the other Nice, and putting things in there for the girl to fish around in and pull out a surprise  Grin

Soo... if the girl says she's been Nice this year, she'll grab a surprise out of the Nice bag, the twist is, the item will be Naughty to bring out her naughty side  Wink I already know what kinds of items I will throw into the bag, such as massage oils, feather tickler (any tutes you know of by chance for this item??), blindfold (tute for this too?)

I need help on the Naughty bag.......what can I put in there? I was throwing around the idea of perhaps a "Suzy homemaker" style apron or cookbook, or maybe even a gag "50's article" on how to treat your honey..I remember seeing that article in my email box but unfortunately I can't find it now, so I'll try to search for it on the net...any other ideas y'all can think of? I would appreciate any ideas for either grab bag!!!  Kiss
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A Swarm of Fairies! on: October 20, 2006 09:19:19 PM
My friend and I decided to make our own fairy wings so we could dress up for the Renaissance Festival this year. I vaguely recall seeing someone else posting their fairy wings on Craftster but I couldn't find it Sad Thank goodness for Google  Roll Eyes Here's a link to the tutorial I found online. http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_kid_crafts/article/0,,HGTV_3256_3751334,00.html

Ours aren't quite as professional looking but we got many compliments and we're extremely proud of our wings  Cheesy We have all hung ours up to display and will probably take them down for Halloween this year  Smiley

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / beaded macrame bracelet (img heavy) on: July 22, 2006 06:57:06 PM
 Smiley here's a beaded macrame bracelet i made for my boyfriend one day while i was bored. i just started learning how to macrame bracelets so i am not sure if this has been done/tried before. i just took these beads and put an eye pin through them so that i could attach them to the fake hemp. the clasp is magnetic, so putting the bracelet on is a breeze for my bracelet challenged boyfriend  Wink if you have any questions/comments i would love to hear them!  Grin

modeled on my wrist (no, my boyfriend is not hairless  Cheesy)

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / ~~I made a cat tree!!~~ *pic heavy* on: May 11, 2006 11:47:25 PM
 Grin I hope this post works! This is my first post as a crafter although I am a long time lurker  Smiley

Soooo... after weeks of planning, drawing out plans, making a cheesy little cardboard model, and scouting around for building materials, etc. my boyfriend and I finally did it! In fact, tonight we finally placed the grand finale, Racer's bamboo pagoda/hut on top of this monstrosity we came up with!  Grin It's a bit larger than we imagined it would turn out to be, but I love it!! We made the "trunk" with four 1x6 planks of wood, formed his tunnel, cradle, and part of his hut with concrete tubes (made out of cardboard, not concrete!), fashioned the platforms so that they actually penetrate into the trunk and can be removed if necessary, and spent hours hotgluing and stapling the carpet, sisal rope and bamboo to embellish! I still have work to do, such as decorating the trunk with perhaps cut-out paw prints in a contrasting carpet and attaching some fun toys, but I just had to show off my boyfriend's (and partly my) hard work  Cheesy

aerial view of the entire structure, you can see the roof is barely inches from the ceiling!

racer playing on his new playground

just a close-up  Tongue

I would appreciate any comments or suggestions on how I should spruce up this cat tree. Thanks for looking!!

Grin He is still loving his palace! I'm so glad that he still appreciates it, it's his own hideout when he doesn't want to be disturbed Smiley

That is amazing!  I've been thinking for a long time of doing the same thing. Any hints before setting out? Thanks.

Well, here are a few hints I can come up with offhand before setting out~~

1. If you call up your local carpet dealers, they may sell you a cut of their leftover carpet scraps for cheap. Some places will sell them cheaper, so call a few to compare. One carpet dealer was kind enough to tell me that you can actually go to dumpsters and salvage a lot of still good quality carpet (just that new homeowners prefer to put in their own when they move in). Unfortunately I was too impatient to wait around for the darn rain to stop before dumpster hunting Roll Eyes

2. The same day I bought a piece of scrap carpet, I found that the business next door had thrown out quite a few large pieces of wood (I think they were a sign making business) so I grabbed those and was able to make the platforms and base out of them. If you drive by businesses especially on Saturday morning before the garbage trucks arrive, you can find scrap wood.

3. We bought a circular saw, jigsaw, drill, electric stapler (very useful with this project), screws, liquid nails all-purpose construction adhesive, a concrete tube (I think ours was 12"), utility knife to cut the carpet (be sure to get the platinum blades for this purpose, they last longer because carpet is pretty rough to cut), and various wood pieces to build the trunk and hut at the top of the tower. Hot glue gun is always helpful with gluing on the decorations (in our case, the bamboo mats that I bought at a dollar store)

4. This project took a bit longer than I had anticipated, but that was mostly because we didn't fully organize everything before setting out to the hardware store and/or we came up with different ideas to put things together. Planning is key Wink

5. If I had to do this all over again, I think I would have bought more sisal rope to wrap around more of the trunk. Racer loves to scratch on it, but I think it would have been possible for him to actually climb up if it was fully wrapped in sisal. Be sure to wrap it very tightly!

I hope these hints help! They are very basic, but you should check out the links I posted above. They have some amazing ideas and it is so much fun to mix and match to your own taste!!
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