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1  Amy Rose Hedgehog Sonic's girl in Halloween Costumes by zenthistle on: November 02, 2009 12:12:52 PM

My daughter wanted to be amyrose.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AmyUnleashed.png  (here is the wiki link)
they don't make amy rose costumes and soo I had to come up with something.. I cut up an old red velvety 1970 robe I've had for about 10 yrs I got from a resale shop.
 and made a circle skirt and made slip over the head type top. I sewed those together (I'm not very good at sewing) but I tried...Smiley then to make the skirt stick out int the jetson type way...  I cut up a foam car visor (the kind that has silver to reflect out the sun from your car) it was stiff enough and soft enough.. I cut triangles and then when I was running out of the size I needed I just stared overlapping the extra pieces and using duct tape.... Then.. I had to create and inner slip and found an old red dress That I called my sorceress dress that I decided to cut and tie and cover up the foam.  I duct tape 2 hangers to the edge for the foam inner skirt to give even more stiff. then I covered that with the inner slip.. over lapped the velvet dress .. sealed it with white duct tape.. as the amy rose's dress has a white stripe around the edge anyhow and (I already had white ducttape)  no way I was gonna sew that edge!
That head piece was a pink cat hat I had bought from Michael's a year ago..thinking pink panther.. well it went unused Until now!  I cut the back piece of.. and removed the eyes and nose.. I use the back pink to create hedge hog spikes.. glued on with hot glue. then I had left over red velvet from the dress to create headband.. used elastic that was left over from a pair of pants. I painted some her fake summer crocs to look like Amy's created white fake socks from an old sheet. and then made a tail out of stiff felt. The best part was I didn't buy anything for her costume.. I was able to salvage and scrounge and work with stuff we already had.

As you can see she has a ninja bro and he's got her back.. but hey.. his is a store bought costume.. so don't let his awesomeness get judged.. we are sticking to the Amy Rose!
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2  Bella sara, unicorn, mystical horse 7 yr old craft party! in Party Planning by zenthistle on: June 03, 2009 09:34:24 AM

The is a computer game/ card trading came for girls called bella sara.. It is created to have nice positive messages.. Anyways.. SO my 6 yr old discovered it.. and I seemed to like it.. although the books are bit mature.. we read two.. 1st one age okay.. had mention of a blue journal/sketch book. (which I recreated) It's supposed to bring what ever magical creature you draw to life. Smiley  When you get a horse card you get to take care of it on line.. you get golden Horse shoes which is worth "money" in the world of bella sara..  I made some out of Sculpy clay.. with holes so I could put them on necklaces..

I used a cotton twine string.. I found in the summer camp section of Michael's  .

 Also the journals came with pens in the dollar section of Michael's.. I recovered them with blue paper..   And the dollar wood section at Michael's came in handy with little stand up wooden Pegasus. unicorns..  I wanted to have a game.. Like pin the tail on the donkey but instead .. I  did place the horn on the unicorn.   Smiley  I told the girls that everyone would win something as long as they didn't touch the mask.. all they had to do was try.. I spun them about and guided them .. after they placed their horn on the poster I'd let them look see how they did.. and gift them with their horse shoe necklace which they would get to bead..  After they all went.  I gifted the unicorn horns which had double stick tape.. They turned into unicorns! and happily beaded wooden beads on.. (have had that set for two yrs now!) 
After they beaded.. I got them back at the covered traintable that was surround with pillows.. For a coloring and glitter glue time.. sprinkled rainbow yarn and sequins all over the table.. they dipped toothpicks into the glue and figured it out just fine.

then we worked on our journals.. I had sticky gems and some Celtic stamps which they could color with markers to decorate

the two little brothers had pirates logs
when they finshed we had Knickerbocker glory's and English fancy sundae..

 and went outside to knock a poor defensless unicorn pinata about .. to get out the candys, and jewels.  I then had some bella sara card which I turned upside down and told each girl to draw one and said they were responsible for that horse and to take good care of it..  ALL in all it was a very fun party.. and insanely enough we did all that in 2 hrs....
My Daughter drew a massive side walk chalk drawing of a horses head.. and tons of little mystical horse for decorations.. I didn't get pictures of them Sad however I managed to get lots of others..
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3  tropical gal in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by zenthistle on: August 04, 2008 07:00:20 AM
daughter and I found fabric at resale shop.. I made this dress without a pattern.
 Thought I would try to do a bandana type dress out of it.. Basically I made a big square and turned it into a diamand.. folded the corner down to make the apron of the dress.... attached an elastic covered with fabric so it would have a little strech..   the skirt was a circle skirt .. It was originally to big to a folded it in on it self.. then I  attached ties so it would tie in the front.. looks like a cute wrap skirt...I sewed it to the dress..
Daughter did not want he back exposed sooo... I made a  racer back from all the left over material.. the looped it over the neck piece..  which I sewed also to the side of the dress for a tighter fit
I think it turned out very nice.  one day I will use patterns.. but for now.. this is kind of fun..

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4  toile dress to match mommies skirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by zenthistle on: July 21, 2008 09:11:07 AM
the other day I made a skirt from toile.. I had basically made my own pattern from another skirt.. 6 or 8  pieces similar to triangles with the ops cut off.. in a curve and the bottome curved.. any who..  My daughter kept asking why I was wearing it all the time and asked for  a dress out of the material.. I have never made her anything to wear..  so .. i thought what could I possible do.. I  made up the bottom of the skirt just eyeballed the whole thing,, using another dress of hers to manage somewhat right size...   I tried doing it to the top as well I wanted it to be sleeveless as well as easy to put on. (she wears a dress everyday because she says it super easy to get dressed. no worrying if the top matches the bottom....)  anyways.. so I had to figure out how to match the top part of the dress to the skirt.. I did it tucking the shirt to inside out part of the skirt.. (i am sure there is a tutorial for attaching the tops of a dress to a skirt somewhere here..
Anyways.. I had a old satin sash/belt that came with a pair of jeans and I used a leafy stitch for the first time o my sewing machine.. I thought It came out cute.. I also  made pink bias tape for the first time of out a pink satin I think (my friend had given me some of her scrap material when she moved ...)   I used the same leafy stitch to attach it to the bottom of the dress..  I think the dress came out really cute.. I Had to cute the top of the back and  create button holes.. (That was a new experience for me..)  and it works but of course  I got a long way to go..  (I hate measuring and math...)  Anyways.. I know if I took time to do that I could actually  pull off a professional project.. but for now I think it decent.. and on to the pictures!

back of dress

toad visiting ... um back of dress


Mommy skirt  that started it all...
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5  toile skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by zenthistle on: July 01, 2008 07:47:06 PM
I have had this toile material about 10 yrs.. originally bought to line a cloak I never made.. anyways I have envisioned as a skirt or a dress for five yrs..  I don't sew much and am not very good at it.. but when inspiration leads the way...   I have skirt I am addicted to as the cut is just right.. needless to say I used my favorite skirt and did my best to recreate a pattern from it.. using crafting paper .. I folded my favorite skirt.. (it made basically of 6  rounded triangles with the narrow end chopped off for the straight waist)  and then there is a thick band that hides all the top seams and helps rest better on the hips.. since I don't know much about sewing thats the best I could explain.. I did have extra waist band material and instead of snipping and sewing I opted to make it a little tie knot .. I am using little hooks for now but will be getting a zipper sometime soon to tidy up the closure part..
I don't think I have seen toile anywhere on clothes except maybe sound of music....

I did happen to make it even more fascinating minor accident looks cool.. I  alternated the pattern form right side up to upside down.. Anyways .. wala..

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6  Re: Paint for wall mural? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by zenthistle on: July 01, 2008 06:22:36 PM
I use the premium acrylic Craft paints.. at michael's  no more than  2$  but avoid the 50 cent bargin paints ..
I like american delta, apple,  be sure and shake them well and take the lid off to make sure they are the right color.. sometime they seperate and you want to check before you buy..   I like my walls a basic flat color.. then you can thin down  the acrylic real good for  sky or clouds...  or go thicker..   anyways 
I even use the glow n the dark craft paints...  for fun..    I like to use sea sponges.. also have a rag to wipe away drips wuickly.. you can also use glaze medium to mix so you will have more time to blend...   The paints go a long way....

my favorite muralist is in uk.. do a search for sacred art murals  and you will find him.. he has some great tips..on creating great  art pieces

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7  Pixie Hollow room in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by zenthistle on: June 30, 2008 01:11:53 PM
I am in love with Pixie hollow style of painting.. in the tinkerbell books..
My daughter is too... and needless to say her room has been going to the fairies...

her Ikea bed is getting a makeover with purply vines and flowers.. (I'm not showing the whole things as it has her name on it)
but I just used acrylic on the plain paneling..  I might glue ribbons to the plain wood.. not sure yet..

this is mother dove.. I have her under a  a vine window.. my daughter can pet her at night if she wishes...

her is tinker bell come to visit mother dove

My daughter's boyfriend ;P

He's right above her bed..  I hope he doesn't fly off with her!

I am not finished with it and do have more recent picture where the background is more improved .. but I thought I would share a little bit...  I painted glow paint around the trunk of the tree and the limbs.. then  I painted glow paint on the leaves of the tree...  so it is very magical after the lights go out..  Also I did paint sparkle giredesent paint on the tree leaves as well... Anyways I will update as time allows.. thought I would share..

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8  Re: Ocean Wall Mural (Pic Waterlogged) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by zenthistle on: June 19, 2008 03:28:26 PM
Cool beans! yeah for spouse encouragement...  Home murals are soo fun Smiley  I use  the painted house book and sacres art murals as inspiration both give lots of tips on how to add the color...   Be brave it's your home!  feel
 free  to see my under water turtle who hangs out under the bathroom..
Keep us updated on more of your work.. I am a major fan of murals!  I  Like the simplicity of the black n white.. it's realistic in a comic book way .. but I aniticpate to know if you will fill them in with color or leave it plain?

here is my turtle

this is the web sight to the sacred art mural guy...


I also paint the back of doors as well.. So they also lead to an more interesting place... 
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9  OJ wallet for Cutie cash in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by zenthistle on: March 31, 2008 07:40:44 PM
I saw the soy milk wallet idea over on the recycle forum...
I was inspired.. We have orange juice cartons.. and We have been collecting cutie cash for a long time.. (my daughter has a thing for cutie oranges .. adnthe stickers on them.. so we have been cuting up the labels that come with cutie oranges..  (I am sure to see major projects with that soon)
Anyways I thought of how perfect it would be if she had something to carry her Cutie cards/ cash in...  OJ wallet.. 

I love how the lid is what closes it..   I did use white water proof medical tape  to seal edges or tape some pockets I thought was a bit loose..   I may not have followed her tutorial perfectly either as I didn't look for my ruler...

anyways.. She liked it .. and I am tempted to make a few more for the other girls in her cutie club.. Tongue

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10  rainbow boy wings in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by zenthistle on: March 27, 2008 01:29:04 PM
I actually have made some mommy wings and when I get pictures to add I will....

but so far..  I have my boy with his little dragon fly wings..  I drew on the material that was thin enough and sealed it all with hot glue.. no sewing..    I stuffed clothes hanger inside and hid them with yarn..  used some  panty hose to hold them on.. anyways..  Thought I would share

in the second picture the two back children I created the wings.. (both with my hot glue tequnique)

 the green ones in the middle were store bought..
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