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1  Farm to Fable... in Halloween Costumes by chez artiste on: November 06, 2013 08:28:06 AM
Hello from the Zuckerman's, er the Zimmer's Halloween.

Here is a smorgasbord-orgasbord-orgasbord of photos of our homemade (and all upcycled) costumes:

Here we have Charlotte, Wilbur, and Templeton from Charlotte's Web, inspired by the 1973 film, which my four year-old, Charlotte, has been watching without end since her birthday this summer.  Not a great photo but totally "t-double e-double r-double r-double i-double f-double i-double c-c-c" costumes, if I do say so myself! Yes, I am that "humble." "Zuckerman's Famous Pig," Wilbur, started with the head, made entirely of a milk jug with some pink paint and goggly eyes.  Then, I found some overalls at a thrift store, which I dyed pink and paired with pink shirt, pink leggings, and pink Chuck Taylors.  A curly tail was also made from milk jug.

Salutations! Here is Charlotte A. Cavatica.  She sure is "some spider." Her web is hand-made from old wire hangers, some tulle, some ribbon, and some old tights.  Here web tutu is an old tutu redone with black tulle and machine-sewn spider webs.  And the spider body is a gray shirt with six extra legs (old tights) attached.  My daughter thought Charlotte needed some spider eyes, so we glued vase pebbles to a headband.

"Chin up, everybody!" Templeton the rat will revive the fainting Wilbur: "Crunchy!" Templeton's costume came from an old hat in my husband's closet covered in a gray garage-sale t-shirt with some of the leftover milk jug from Wilbur shaping the snout.  A ball of left-over tights from Charlotte's arms made the perfect nose, while rectangles of milk jug made the teeth and colored strips of the same milk jug made excellent whiskers.  Wire with leftover gray t-shirt sewn around ended this family tail (tale).
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2  Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by chez artiste on: February 26, 2012 01:49:16 PM
I was thrilled to find a package in the mail with my name on it yesterday afternoon.  I was even more excited to realize that it was from my buddy, sarahj2001!

And the contents were just as lovely:

* A skein of yarn that is so soft and the colors remind me of the hair of some mythical creature.  I love it.

* Surprise! Two hand-made soaps--raspberry swirl and beeswax honey. I'm a bee-lover and delight in all things honey and natural and striped in the apiary colors, so the latter is especially thrilling.  My daughter, on the other hand, has taken to all things pink (despite my encouragement in other directions), so is in rapture at "her" new pink soap from "Ms. Sarah."

Thanks, partner!

Now, I must begin dreaming up ideas of how to use it!


P.S. Sorry...I'm not sure why how to get better quality of the photos, so sarahj2001, if you have better photos, please feel free to post them!
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3  Quackster! My Creative Feathered Friend... in Halloween Costumes by chez artiste on: November 08, 2011 02:16:27 PM
This was my first entry and my first finished art project in quite some time. I was so thrilled to do it and so delighted with the outcome, that I wanted to share it with everyone!  Since I'm a newbie at all of this, you may have to follow the links to see the pictures.

Spread your wings, my little one! I really took this costume and flew, adding tiny felt feathers all over the wings (just felt sewed onto a yellow t-shirt), the tail, and the head-piece (more felt on a few re-purposed dollar-store finds). The duck feet were a stroke of inspiration: car-wash mitts put on her feet!

Shake your tail feather, for sure. I want you to be able to enjoy the full-feathered fun of this ensemble. I made the tail so fluffy that it forced her to waddle like a duck.

Here's the Duck in Action. This gives you the full effect.

You can get an appreciation for two elements of the costume here: a) how fluffy that tail is and b) how well it held up to an afternoon and evening of candy-fueled activity!

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