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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Not just any penguin....THE PENGUIN! on: November 08, 2012 02:46:15 PM
I had a really hard time thinking of a female character to dress up for this Halloween, so instead, I decided to do a genderswapped version of my favorite Batman villain...

The Penguin!

...but not the Batman Returns, sewer-dwelling, flippered, face-biting movie version.  The classy gangster comic version.

I sewed the tailcoat (using this pattern), the gold vest (from Simplicity 4079) , the pinstripe A-line skirt (without a pattern), and the bow tie (from this pattern).  I already happened to have the perfect blouse, so I didn't have to worry about that.  

I also added the purple bias tape to the top hat, and I made the gunbrella using a cheap Halloween Tommy-gun toy and a black umbrella.

I unfortunately did not get very many great photos, but I wanted to show the vest, since it's mostly covered in the other photos...so pardon the mirror shot...

Also, gunbrella...I had fun making this. I had take apart the toy gun, and then make the umbrella handle actually fit inside the toy gun.  My friend and I tried to make it so that pulling the trigger opened the unbrella, unfortunately, the trigger just didn't have enough leverage.

And here's the reference photo I roughly based my costume on....
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" - Ms. Frizzle (Magic School Bus) on: November 01, 2011 06:04:06 AM
You thought of everything!  So perfect - I knew immediately what I was looking at.  Grin
The show is on Qubo now, and my son is just starting to watch it.  I love how what is old is new again.

I'm glad to hear the show is still on the air!  Magic School Bus and Bill Nye The Science Guy were staples of children's science education.  The world was lacking something without at least one of them airing on children's television!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" - Ms. Frizzle (Magic School Bus) on: October 31, 2011 11:54:24 AM
this was my all time favorite show as a kid! Nicely done love it!!! I must know did you make Liz? If not where did you find him my daughter wanted one last Christmas and I could not find one

I did not make Liz, I have zero experience making plushes, so I decided to buy one instead of attempt one this Halloween.

I found it on eBay for $10-$15 and figured that it was worth it, considering how much I love Magic School Bus anyways!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Ewok :) on: October 31, 2011 11:40:40 AM

If you click on your pictures in your member gallery, underneath them should be the URL's for posting links to your pictures.

Also - CUTE!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Ponyo, Ponyo, Fishy of the Sea on: October 31, 2011 11:02:32 AM
That is absolutely adorable!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" - Ms. Frizzle (Magic School Bus) on: October 31, 2011 10:48:03 AM
The Frizz from The Magic School Bus!

Heres my Halloween costume this year.  It was a big hit at the Halloween Party I went to on Friday! Everybody came up to me and told me about how Magic School Bus was their favorite show/books as a kid, or how all they knew about science came from the Magic School Bus!   I wish I could get my hair to poof more like the Frizz....It used to be super poofy when I was back in Humid ol' Illinois, but Montana is so dry!

Anyhow, I found a few yards of the planetary fabric fairly cheap on eBay, and once I saw it, I know I had to be The Frizz!  I made the dress based off of Simplicity 3673, and added the purple Peter Pan collar.  

To give it some poof I made the petticoat (based off of the tutorial at this site
http://sugardale.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-make-petticoat.html).  The little shoe rockets I just made out of clay and attached to my dress shoes.

But I am especially proud of the Saturn earrings.  Theyre just wooden beads painted gold.  I drilled a hole, put the copper wire through, and wrapped it around like the rings of Saturn!  I like them enough that I will probably wear them anytime, not just with the costume.  

And no Frizzle is complete without the Magic School Bus (Shrunk to purse size of course, using the shrinker-scope).  I just kind of winged this one.  A little bit of math, googley eyes, some acrylic paint for the bus details, and some quilt batting, and I made a decent bus-shaped purse!

Essentially, Liz is the only thing I didnt make (I found her online).

And of course - The Real Frizz!

7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Frizz on: September 01, 2011 10:35:05 PM
I love your Frizz costume!  I'm doing a Frizz costume (space theme) for this Halloween.  I've got the dress all made, working on accessories!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Lab Frog on: July 10, 2011 12:26:55 PM
That is precious!  I love it!

 I only first saw the knitted ones on etsy the other day, and then this showed up on the newest projects banner. What a coincidence!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Geocaching / Letterboxing Gallery! (Send Outs 5-16-11) on: May 20, 2011 12:28:56 AM
Woah! All of the stuff looks great. The fox stamp is adorable, and I love the maple leaf bag and magnets!

I received my package from my swap partner, Ekioart, yesterday.  The box was decorated in dinosaurs Cheesy

Inside I found all of this wonderful stuff:

A cowl for cold weather caching (which is nine months of the year up here in Montana!), a travel journal, a bag with a customized geocaching logo, a stamp with the matching logo, a stamp pad, and some dinosaur tradeable items.

The book is really cute, decorated in travel-y themed things.  I love it, and it'll be perfect for recording earthcache information!  There are lots of earthcaches around, what with Yellowstone National Park, so this will be quite handy.

My favorite part though is the customized geocaching logo.  Its on the caching bag, and on the little stamp!  I am studying to be a paleontologist (My username is even Paleontologa), so the dinosaur nomming the geocaching logo is appropriate and the most adorable thing ever!

10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Geocaching/Letterboxing Swap (Signups CLOSED; Send Outs pushed to 5/16/11) on: May 12, 2011 01:35:30 PM
I have everything that I had planned all finished, but I think I'm going to take one more trip around to pertinent shops to see if I get any last minute inspiration.  I should have my package mailed out tomorrow or Saturday.  ^.^
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