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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tow Mater truck from the Disney Pixar movie Cars on: November 04, 2010 08:41:13 PM
I made this costume for my 2 year 9 month old son. It is Tow Mater, the tow truck from the Disney Pixar movie, Cars. He LOVES "Car Movie" more than anything else in the world!  I used this post ...  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204690.0 ... as inspiration, but I mostly made it up as I went along.  My son LOVES his costume!  He continues to wear it, even though Halloween is gone.  It's soft and billowy, like a pillow.  BTW ... He originally wanted to be Lightening McQueen, but I was all out of red fabric. Undecided

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Children's Art Center (on a closet door) on: August 16, 2010 08:48:29 PM
My son's room had an ugly lacquered closet door right next to his drawing table.  
My husband and I came up with this solution.  

I covered the door with Dry-Erase/Whiteboard contact paper. ($3.50 per roll from Christmas Tree Shoppe)  

We attached 6 metal bars ($2 each from Ikea) to the outside of the door.

The blue pocket chart is holding flashcards. (both available at Target for $1 and $2, respectively)

We used plastic hooks, buckets, a metal basket.  ($1 - $6 each from Ikea)
He's only two and a half now, so we filled the buckets with some toys.  The buckets will eventually hold his crayons, markers, paints, brushes, etc. 

I don't know if I'll ever tell him that it's a whiteboard.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Elegant Gauntlets on: January 11, 2009 10:09:28 AM
I made these gloves for my sister-in-law.  The pattern is from the book The Knitting Experience - The Purl Stitch by Sally Melville.  I used Bernat Berella on size 4 DPNs.  I had to modify the pattern.  I'm so proud that I actually finished the second one.

It's very difficult to photograph your own arm.

4  COOKING / Dessert / Cookie Monster Cake on: January 11, 2009 09:48:13 AM
My son Jonathan turns 1 today! He loves Cookie Monster, so naturally I made him a Cookie Monster cake for his first birthday.  It's very small.  I made it in a ramekin so it's only about 4 inches in diameter.  Just the right size for him to destroy and devour.  I'll post the carnage later. 

Here's the damage.

5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / MEMORY GAME made personal! (now with pics) on: December 05, 2008 09:29:06 PM
Here is a simple game of MEMORY.  Instead of the traditional Farm Animal version we all had as kids, I used photographs of Joshua's friends and family.  I just printed out the pictures (3" x 4"), glued them to some scrapbooking paper, and laminated them.  Enjoy!

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pee Wee Herman & Kermit Paper Dolls on: September 06, 2008 07:10:20 PM
Check out http://www.cubeecraft.com/.  They have a ton of characters on their site for free.  You just download, print, cut, and fold.  I glued mine, but you don't really have to. 

Be sure to "Print Preview" to make sure you have the entire character on the page.  Poor Pee Wee is missing an arm and the left side of his head.  For Kermit, I copied the pieces and pasted them in MS Word.  Then I was able to shrink it to fit on the page before I printed it. 

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knit Entrelac Purse on: September 05, 2008 07:55:58 PM
I finally did it!  I figured out the entrelac pattern and I made a purse.  I'm so proud of myself.   Cheesy  I used the Danica pattern on Knitty.com. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTdanica.html  Then I just sewed up the sides and made it into a purse.  The handle is made from the same yarn.  I felted it to give it a different look from the rest of the purse.  The yarn is SWS by Patons in Natural Earth. I lined it with some fabric scraps and a strip of velcro. 

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Baby's First REMOTE CONTROL on: September 05, 2008 07:11:59 PM
My lil' guy is obsessed with the remote control for our TV.  I didn't want him slobbering all over it, so I made him his own.  I went on the Verizon website. They had a great picture of the remote.  I simply printed it (in mirror image) onto Hanes Transfer Paper.  I ironed it on some fabric and sewed it into a plush toy.  I added an empty baby wipe package to the stuffing.  (Baby wipe packages make a great crinkly sound.)   Now he's happy to have a chewable remote of his own, and I have a slobber-free one for myself.

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / SWOOPY chair on: June 04, 2008 03:54:33 PM
I have no before pictures, but it was $5.00 at a yard sale.  The old owner said the chair had been hanging around their house for decades.  It was upholstered in brown shag carpeting.  You could tell that it was home to the hairy, smelly dog for quite some time.  It was covered in dog hair and grime.  Hubby didn't want it, but I did!

Here's the cleaned up version.  We bought a velour blanket to reupholster it with.  I also tried button-covering and tufting for the first time .  It went well.

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Electric Sex Gleaming in the Window on: May 01, 2008 03:06:48 PM
This lamp was inspired by the leg lamp in the movie A Christmas Story. I rescued the plastic leg from my parent's garage sale.  Once I saw it I knew what I had to do.  I drilled a hole in the bottom to thread the lamp kit through. I dresses it in a sexy fishnet stocking. I attached it to a wood base.  The shade was white, so I painted it and hot glued the black fringe on the bottom. My husband found a FRAGILE sign and we stuck it on. "Hmm...It must be Italian."  I made this lamp about 6 years ago.  It stays in our living room year round. 

We are still searching for the right shoe.

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