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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: there's something furry going on down in the ocean.... on: November 05, 2010 09:07:59 AM
thanks guys!! 

Yep, the tail is tied to my wrist with fishing line. 

I didn't have any real face paint so I just dabbed my wee paint brush in water and used eyeshadow.  It stayed on pretty well.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / there's something furry going on down in the ocean.... on: November 05, 2010 07:16:12 AM
it's a MERBEAR!

I was sitting around a bonfire at my friend's house and had my boyfriend's chicago bears blanket wrapped around my legs.  A girl I didn't know kept calling me mermaid because of the way the blanket made my legs look like a tail.  I said, "nope, i'm a merbear!" (on account that it was a bears blanket).  Hence the idea for merbear was born!

I bought a couple yards of the darker brown fleece, a yard of the light brown (shoulda just bought half a yard), drew a couple o sketches and voila!  I made cute wee gloves with some extra fabric.  I had on aqua coloured tights that I pinned on a bunch of felt to look like coral and seaweed and a fishy swimming around, so that my legs were the ocean floor.

The only problem was that people didn't even look at my legs when they saw me, they just asked if I was a bear or a mouse...grrrr!!!  But once I pointed out that I was a merbear people thought it was purty funny Smiley

what I though was really frikken funny was my best friend's costume, Sexy Weird Al!!!  She's so stinken hilarious!!!  Last year she went as Sexy Abe Lincoln!

here you can kinda see the little gloves I made

a closeup of the makeup (I also made the scarf!  took me almost a year and half to finish....not because it was hard, but because i'm lazy!!)
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Help!! I HATE our Christmas tree! on: December 17, 2008 02:05:10 PM
Yep, get rid o that tinsel!  I think you should perhaps add more balls, and add garlands.  I was thinking it would be kind of cool to get those thin feathery boas to use as garlands!  Like these but in a nice contrasting colour:


And definitely a tree topper, perhaps also made of fabric.  You could make a plushy star or angel.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mad at the world? Make a VooDoo Doll! on: November 29, 2008 08:27:10 AM
Huzzahhh, mento bug!!  Thanks for the uber fab idea!  I was struggling with three different costume ideas and this one seemed the most do-able in the short amount of time I left for myself.  I wish I could've used burlap like you did, I thought that was one of the best parts, but I didn't have any and, frankly, I hate lining dresses!  heehee...So thank you for your inspiration!!

And about wearing the same costume in different years, I made a bjork swan dress costume three years ago, and I've managed to wear it at least once these last three years!  This year I wore it to my fave karaoke night at my fave bar, the Ravari Room, and I sang the only bjork song they have on the list.  It was so much fun!

(shameless costume show-off)

Kingfrancebald, I used wire hangers so I have no idea what gauge the wire is...very stiff though, which was best I feel, so the wire doesn't sag as you walk around.  I wanna see your deer costume!!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Androgeny scarf on: November 17, 2008 05:59:50 AM
This is fantastic!! Grin  Love the colour choices too.

I know a guy who is obsessed with ties that would love one of these. If only I knew how to knit...
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Silly, silly birthday gift... on: November 08, 2008 03:50:34 PM
This is a FANTASTIC idea!!! Shocked  How imaginative!  I know your brother and his family will LOVE receiving this!

Perhaps you could include some home-made games.  Do they have a pet?  You could make a "Pin the Gills on Goldie" mini-poster.  Or get a small gift and wrap it up ten times for a game of hot potato.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 18th century noble woman for Halloween. on: November 08, 2008 06:59:31 AM
This is absolutely beautiful!  I love it when more realistic fabrics are used in the construction of olde time clothing.  Very wel done!  And your hair is lovely, I've always wanted curls!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Beetle-Juice Receptionist on: November 08, 2008 06:38:13 AM
I was going to go as Miss Argentina too!!!  But changed my mind at the last minute...You look awesome, love what you did to the wig, and your cape is quite marvy too!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mad at the world? Make a VooDoo Doll! on: November 07, 2008 11:49:40 AM
Ashleyjustine, everyone loved his costume!!  He's 6'2" so he really stood out.  And he stayed in character the whole night, talking like those old ladies on Monty Python!  It was grand... Grin  He wore my mom's dress and my grandma's sweater and purse.

Thanks for the tips, ratface!  I'll have to try olive oil next time...

mikehunt, I made up my own pattern.  Didn't think I'd be able to find exactly what I was looking for.  And I was on an intensely tight budget, everything I used was already in my uber messy stash.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mad at the world? Make a VooDoo Doll! on: November 05, 2008 05:59:19 PM
thanks guys! Grin

I like this, I am curious how did you get the 'pins' to stay sticking out like that?

like so!

I twisted the wire at the base into a spiral, so it would sit flat against my chest.  I pinched a hole only in the red heart, so the pins were sitting between the heart and the dress layers.  Then I sewed them into place (only on the underneath layer, so you couldn't see stitching on the heart) for extra stability.  One of them wasn't cooperating very well and had come loose and fallen out after a couple of hours o dancing.  But apart from naughty one, they sat quite well and didn't jiggle all that much!
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