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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / "Another Alice" on: October 25, 2011 06:09:40 PM
This is my first time sewing a dress. Scary stuff! The wig was created with fat yarn, a crochet needle and a produce bag mesh. She loves it, it hurt less than I thought it would, and I do plan to try my hand at more difficult patterns in the future, now that I have the basics under my belt! Now all I have to do is STYLE the wig and we are good to go.

For anyone who wants to learn to sew from a library book, like I thought I would, I say skip it and call in an "expert"! My mom came to the house and showed me all her little tricks. (Like single stitching, but in several segments, to get an even gathering.) I put the book away and enjoyed the project. Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Little Shop of Horrors "Pumpkin People" on: September 18, 2011 09:51:18 AM
I'm needing a bit of advice for a "competition". Every year for the last 24 years, our local families and businesses build pumpkin people and let the tourist vote on who has the best. We go ALL OUT. This is top secret, so SHHHHH. Don't tell my neighbors what our theme is!

On Tuesday, I am gathering my employees with their miscellaneous "throwaways" to create the Little Shop of Horrors. We have windows, partial walls, doors, flower boxes, the large pot, and of course the pumpkin. We are using a stake through a dryer tube for the Audrey Plant's base. Below is a neckless Audrey, ours will have an actual stem!

Now that you have a vision of what we are up to, here is my question:

How do we create the leaves (cabbage-like) around Audrey's head? This has to be made out of a material that will withstand rain, stay sturdy for a month, and can be left out in hot days or cold nights.

I was thinking of cutting and painting yoga mats, then using glue and wire hangers to create fronds, then stabbing them into the pumpkin. Any other, better ideas you have are most welcome. By the way, in case you missed it, my Pumpkin People Assembly Party is in two days!
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Twofold re: size markers on: May 26, 2010 10:14:29 PM

I volunteer at a free clothing depot and really feel the need to organize. It is not a great feeling to see people who really need something have to waste time searching through the wrong areas. (Yes, I help them but they sometimes put things back in the wrong spot when they can't find the correct section again.)

My question is twofold. What can I use (REUSE) to create new ones and what can I use these old ones for? I would like to make all new ones so they are uniform and well...PRETTY. Smiley

I am sitting here, looking at my old license, thinking it is the right shape and texture, but too short and too personal. Who wants to see my mug on a clothing rack?  Cheesy
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Simple pumpkin craft for kids on: October 25, 2009 09:07:47 AM
May have been done in here but I did look around a little and saw pillow pumpkins and carved pumpkins but not styrofoam.

I am getting ready for a kiddie party for work and this is our craft for that night.

1. Gathered arc. paint, glitter glue and feather yarn as well as pipe cleaner, paint markers and google eyes.

2. used a pencil to push grooves into a styrofoam ball

3. used felt and pipe cleaner on a painted ball as the stem and leaves

4. glammed to my heart's content

I am thinking if I have the balls painted and grooved, the kids could go nuts. Anyone else want to share faux pumpkin crafts? I plan to do other things that night and could use ideas for all skill sets/age levels for these kids.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafty Kid...help wanted! on: October 08, 2009 10:39:52 AM
My 19 month old has flair. I am actually jealous over some of the outfits she puts together and she is very "DIY". She has mad skillz when it comes to decorating her room.

I hear "IDODIT" multiple times per day. That, in case you don't know, means keep your hands off my stuff while I work it out.

Hubby wants to know what crafts to work on when he is with her in the evenings. Mommas: what would you put in her craft bag? What projects would you encourage?

She has yet to master utensils, just to give you an idea of her motor skills, and EVERYTHING has to be tasted so the supplies can't include beads or the likes.

I can't wait to hear what you have to share.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Recycling bits of a costume on: September 09, 2009 10:06:42 PM
My 18 month old was dressed in a homemade fairy costume last year to visit the nursing home. She will  be doing that again this year as she is too young to trick or treat.

I want to reuse her costume but I have to make sure that nothing is pointy or too "moveable" for this visit. It is a safety issue for her and the folks we visit.

I was thinking of a butterfly, but I can't have antennae in the ward. Last year, I created a filmy skirt, wings, and a floral wreath that I put over her footie flannels so she was a fairy. Call me silly, but I want something different. What can I do with those parts, aside from a butterfly or a fairy? Any thoughts?

Hats are ok, but antennae or stingers are not.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / 3D Wall art? Thinking out loud. on: November 19, 2008 03:32:45 PM
I opened a thread about designing a nursery. (See Frugal Nursery) This is a separate issue so I thought it warrented its own thread.

This is really just an added touch I wanted to throw out there to see if anyone has done a project like this. Her room is tiny. I can't put a table or any little statuettes in there. I was thinking of leaving the floor space clutter free so she can move, which means the decorations must be on the walls.

Anyone ever made 3D art for walls? I was thinking of paper mache mushrooms and flowers with invisible shelves for support up on the walls and painting fairies around them. Not sure how to attach them to the walls though. I need it to be pretty sturdy so we don't have art falling down on anyone's head!  Cheesy

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Frugal nursery--suggestions wanted*PHOTO HEAVY* on: November 19, 2008 03:28:04 PM
We have an 8 month old that is finally getting her own room. Our budget is so tight, it squeeks. We have some hand-me-downs and we have painted to spruce it up, but it looks unfinished still.  Here is what we have so far:

1.   Walls are sage green
2.   Shelves are chocolate
3.   The baby furniture has sage green and beige
4.   We took apart the matching bassinet and made a toy box for what doesnt fit on a shelf

With the above items, we only need curtains and decorations. We have things that people have given us, but nothing really matches. We have 2 rust colored, wrought iron, curtain rods with blown glass bulb ends. We have an Asian yellow, bamboo blind for each window. (There are cranberry leaves on it so I can pull it in I suppose) We have an oriental rug that has olive green with cranberry and tan. No curtains so far, but with this grouping of items I was thinking a deep chocolate voile wrapped over the rods might pull some of these items together if I also use another color as a tie backcranberry or beige?

The second issue is with a favorite item that doesnt match a thing. We have an old rocking chair that was actually passed through 3 generations. There are no cushions and the painted design on the headrest is peeling off. The chair is black and the painting is gold. I put it in the room and it sticks out like a sore thumb. Any suggestions as to how to get that chair to work without ruining it? It is almost rustic and very cute but I am not sure it really goes.

I could post pictures if it helps you all to visualize what I have to work with.
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