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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sally and Jack - 2014 on: November 03, 2014 10:11:39 AM

Under a time crunch this year, but managed to pull something together and finished just in time. Not my best work, but the dress, suit, Jack's head, and Sally's stitches are all handmade.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mr. Peanut on: November 02, 2012 08:55:41 AM
I made my costume and my fiance's costume. We don't really do 'couples' costume, but we only took a few pictures and we're both in most of them. I'll tell you about both, but I'm just entering Mr. Peanut.

For the Ursula costume, I made the corset/tentacles which are stuffed with bubblewrap and coat hangers, styled the wig to make it stand up, and put together the necklace. For Mr. Peanut, I put made the body out of upholstery foam, fabric, and paint. I also made the spats, screen printed the hat, painted a Goodwill cane, and fashioned a monocle out of jewelry findings. The body is a little tight because fiance always waits until the last minute and he wasn't home to try it on as I was making it.

Also - as always, I am sure I borrowed ideas from Craftster and the internet in general so credit is owed but I don't know where at the moment.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / would love ideas for fishing items or interesting toys or anything else on: September 22, 2012 09:57:01 PM
This is long--sorry--but I really hope someone has some ideas I can borrow...

So...I usually half buy half make my Christmas gifts each year for each person. My dad is all-around difficult to think of gifts for which is actually the reason I don't get my mom all of the things I think of to get her--I like to keep them even. Smiley My dad definitely appreciates all of my gifts and does appreciate the homemade ones. I found out once that he was disappointed that he got a store-bought father's day card from me. I won't do that again, haha. But anyway, it is tough to get/make him something that he loves not just 'because I got/made it for him'. Soooo somebody help me out here...please!

He is NOT a tie wearing, golf playing, sport fanatic, technology using, beer drinking, or other stereotypical dad-gift kinda guy. He does love to fish but he does not fly-fish and he is not a sit-in-the-boat-and-drink kinda guy either. He uses his tools but he's too particular about them (and has them all) for me to buy the right ones, and isn't into the 'Mr. Fix-It' type novelty gifts. He's not into the Grill-Man novelty gifts either though he cooks some and does it well. I think I may have already exhausted cooking gifts though. He hunts some-archery and guns. He also just got a new pistol. He makes his own fun pistol targets like his dueling tree. Wall-art is a no go. Since my mom is also a fisher, a gift of wall art is pretty much a mom gift. Basically, if the idea isn't hidden in the dark corners of the internet, then I've already tried or ruled it out, haha. No scarves, no gooey-photo album type things, probably no novelty items that just sit on a shelf somewhere...
For reference, hes in his 40s.

Things I've tried that he liked enough that they're worth mentioning:

welding caps: he wears these for work but you can only buy them in absurd and horrendous patterns and he is not into drawing any attention to himself. He LOVED these.

a magazine about true-but-strange deer which was filled with pictures of crazy antlers, etc. Definitely enjoyed this.

I've made him flannel pajamas that he wears. I got him a case of a hoagie spread he likes but can't buy at the stores close to him. I get both my parents trays of nuts every year. He liked a Kenny (South Park) bobble head that talked.

He likes the comedy of Rodney Carrington, Jeff Dunham, and Steven Wright. I have already given him every CD of their stuff imaginable and he doesn't watch the videos. I've also sent him to see them live. I am debating screen-printing a shirt with something funny on it (but probably as a pajama top because he again doesn't like drawing attention to himself in public). He likes classic rock (but you wouldn't just look at him and know that): Stevie Nicks, Three Dog Night, ZZ Top, and lots of others. I've already done the CD thing.

A small thing I've thought of is putting together a nice towel on a hook that clips to a beltloop for wiping off his hands while fishing. I think this will go over well but it doesn't make gifts to my parents even because mom will want one too. If anybody has ideas for craftable fishing (but not fly fishing) items...I would love to hear them.

If you know of any things that fall into the same category as a yip stick....those would be of interest to me. I can't describe what category that is, but if you know what one is, you probably know what else is like it. My dad is the sort to occasionally get bored enough to make an absurd toy and I think showing him one for a change would be cool.

Another small thing is leather cell phone holder for his belt. I made one last year but couldn't give it to him because (checking on Christmas Eve) his phone didn't fit. (I am 26 and don't live at home so I didn't get to check it beforehand). Might add this in again. Annd a screwdriver keychain so they're always handy. But I need some big things...

Also I can learn just about any craft (except crocheting/knitting) so any ideas are ok there. Also accepting store bought ideas. Thanks!

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Akira on: December 16, 2010 12:49:34 PM
I got my boss for Secret Santa at work this year which can be tricky sometimes, but I decided to paint one of her dogs and I'm so so happy with her reaction. She has 3 dogs and 2 cats--I think--but Akira is the one she always says she would marry if he wasn't a dog. Anyway, I used a picture from her office to paint from and the picture was a little goofy but I think the dog is too so it works. Just wanted to share this--

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / first rag quilt on: November 18, 2010 07:00:51 PM
Hope this goes here--I used my cousin's new baby as an excuse to try a flannel rag quilt. It only took about two hours and I'm pretty happy with it. The color is more accurate in the second picture:

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cruella and Maleficent on: August 27, 2010 10:16:15 PM
A couple quick acrylic paintings of Disney villians--I did these awhile ago while playing around with halloween costume ideas. I've been both now, and probably going with Captain Hook this year.

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / my scrap material elephant on: August 27, 2010 10:11:30 PM
I'm haven't been sewing long, but I did manage to make a dress and a quilt. So, I used up the blue from the dress and the black from the quilt on this little guy. I think he turned out pretty well for what little experience I have--which is probably dangerous since I already have hundreds of stuffed animals. I looove them! Anyway, I used the pattern from this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=28412.msg237233#msg237233

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First quilt! on: August 10, 2010 08:33:13 AM
So I insisted on a sewing machine last Christmas even though the only thing I have ever sewn was an apron in 6th grade Home Ec.. Anyway, apron aside this is my first quilt AND my first sewing project. I know it's pretty simple, but I'm pretty excited that it wasn't so horrible that I had to scrap the whole thing (which is what I was expecting would happen).

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Clay Giraffe on: August 10, 2010 08:21:25 AM
Hope this is the place for this--it's clay but I'm not sure it can be called ceramic or anything like that. Anyway, I got this idea from a giraffe statue my mom and I got at a Ross store. She kept it and I made my own out of clay and mosaic glass. The dried clay is a little brittle though--wish I had used a different brand.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Recent jewelry...and my first post with pictures on: August 10, 2010 08:11:05 AM
So, I've been lurking a while here because I love to see everyone's projects, but I'm getting an urge to trying swapping so I figure I'd better start posting some. Hopefully I do this right. Anyway, here are some jewelry pieces I've finished. I haven't been making jewelry very long at all and I haven't found the knack for photographing it yet but...here goes:

To give credit, photos 1, 2, 5 and 6 were based on things I'd seen in a catalog but I don't know the name of it now. Hope you like. Smiley

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