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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Farm to Fable... 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).
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Chickie Nuggets + Full Tutorial on: March 02, 2012 01:17:08 PM
Oh my goodness!  These are the sweetest things. Thanks for the tutorial.  I think I'm going to try to start sewing with this project; I'll give them for little Easter presents.  If I succeed in any way I'll share the delight!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Fresh Juice and Berry Striped Popsicles on: March 02, 2012 01:04:34 PM
These look beautiful and delicious.  I think my two year-old and I will have to try these when the weather warms up (perhaps tomorrow for those of us here in the south!)!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 Gallery on: February 29, 2012 06:43:20 AM
Merino, banana, alpaca, even newspaper and plastic bags--so many amazing materials that could be used to make beautiful yarns.  I wish one of my new, creative, hand-spinning friends lived close enough to be my personal guide into the world of spinning. Let me know when you're in town!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 Gallery 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!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: How to make teeny weeny mushrooms on: February 24, 2012 12:19:35 PM
These are the sweetest things I think I've ever seen!  I just made some fairies and fairy houses for my nieces for Christmas.  I used home-grown gourds for the fairy houses, and these little toadstools would have been the perfect addition.  I'll have to make the fairies a summer home, just to try this technique!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 Gallery on: February 21, 2012 02:03:19 PM
Everything is so amazing and clever. I'm a little daunted being in such creative company! I will be eagerly checking the mail every day now.
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 71 ENTRIES / Re: "Midnight in the Garden" Beaded Necklace (PIC HEAVY) on: February 07, 2012 06:50:43 PM
This is stunning!  I am blown away by the detail and intricacy in this piece!  If only...
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 (SU- CLOSED , SO 2/20) on: February 07, 2012 02:24:23 PM
I'm still here, still alive, still crafting! Little hectic with work, as always, and last weekend was eaten by an emergency birthday party crafting session. Ah, kids. If only there were munitions factories that needed your little arms.

If you find that factory, let me know if they have a foreman position open.  My two-year-old has decided in the past month that she is not happy simply bossing around her dolls and the dog, but she wants to wrangle everyone into shape. It sure makes difficult work of trying to sit quietly and turn my inspirations (very plentiful) into reality (still sad and pathetic).  I'm pushing through and LOVE naptime more than ever!

Why is it when I decide that my year is going to be one of completed projects and increased creativity that suddenly everything else gets in the way? Even the weather is fighting me!  I was hoping for horrible, depressing, force-you-inside-to-work-on-projects weather through the end of February.  I know I live in the South, but I thought at least until Valentine's.  No such luck. We've practically been on Spring Break since New Year's.  And when it's lovely out, I have to garden.

("Rocky" theme slowly builds in the background...)

Well, cauliflower and broccoli seeds, you'll have to wait!  Weeds be damned:  I'm on a mission this week!

My first swap and I feel like I'm back in college with a looming deadline and that great paper still in my mind. Well, I just have to finish...finish...finish.  I may have to slide it under the prof's door at the very last minute, but I'll send out something (hopefully genius) to my lovely (and patient) partner!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 (SU through 1/20, SO 2/20) on: January 10, 2012 06:50:01 PM
This is my first swap, so everyday I find myself excitedly checking the posts for new information. I am nervous and thrilled and terrified and inspired. I've been having all kinds of ideas for projects I might do, some beautiful and special thing I'll be able to create for my partner. I am chomping at the bit to get going. Yikes, this is scary! But in a good way. This is exactly the creative jolt I needed to kickstart this year. Thanks Zombie_Queen and everyone else for including me in this adventure...
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