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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Amy Rose Hedgehog Sonic's girl 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!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Bella sara, unicorn, mystical horse 7 yr old craft party! 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..
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / tropical gal 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..

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / toile dress to match mommies skirt 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...
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / toile skirt 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..

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Pixie Hollow room 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..

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / OJ wallet for Cutie cash 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

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / rainbow boy wings 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..
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Flower mama and Fairy child on: February 19, 2008 06:37:49 PM

This is a costume.. I had created for my daughter for ren fair.. but when I was pregnant with my second, I was inspired and decided to paint my belly as a flower to be visited by my fairy girl..  Needless to say.. She thought I was a princess and said I was so very beautiful..   I used acrylic craft paint on the belly and elmer glued the stones on the belly.. and finished with a silver paint pen.. (no contact with the skin as it only touched the paint for emblishment)
My daughters wings were created from  drawing on Tulle netting with hot glue. (on top of aluminium foil.. you could use wax paper as you could draw your pattern on that because the glue will not stick to either). which I then  sprinkled with glitter before drying then.. On the otherside I colored with silver paint pen.. when it was dry..  I  have since sewn on  panty hose for straps..I used a big bow and some flower  sparkle stone stems to decorate the middle of the wings. at the time of creation I had threaded a fancy ribbon and velcro combino to an old t-shirt..   Her skirt was created from ribbon and tulle..
Anyways it was one of my favorite costumes for her to wear about and the wings are still popular..
I am still daysream about creating some adult size one for my self..  
I even had a  interesting photo when my camera fogged up at a ren fair.. she was a big hit with the professional fairies Smiley and I got a picture of them wanting to pick her up.. and the photos ended up being very magical..

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Celtic kitchen floor painted on: February 15, 2008 07:52:24 PM

After 2 months of scraping lino that look like false wood tiles of a orange brown color.. very male seventies look..   I used some strong adhesive remover..jaspers I think..
Then  I gave the cement a primer clear coat.. and purchase 3 shades of blue/  to create a large faux slate.. It looks more painterly in the pictures.. but  It's a nice look of layering and really highlights the irregularities of the cement.. (like rocks are not perfect )
Anyways I took the same color and graphed and took my time getting the tree just right.. (I was going for the tree of life).. but ended up with the tree of love.. notice the hiding hearts in it?    I wanted it to look as if it was carved into the floor.. It looks more carved in person..   all I need to do is seal it with the top coat.. But I am very pleased .. Groat is not my thing and I don't care for lino.. SO I am very happy as this is going to be sooo easy to clean.. Smiley It was also fairly inexpensive compared to other projects that involve floors and  the paint takes  4 hrs to dry.. and if you cheat and use a hair dryer sometimes faster...

Myself on the Floor.. painting .. Shadows..

husband really liked the swirly effect said it made the piece look old.. and artifact

a little over under action.. Also picked one of the heart limbs  to  do a scroll action so that you could follow the whole over under action.. my kids actually  walk on this line and follow it around ...it very interesting how they do that..

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