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1  The Amazing Squid Girl! in Halloween Costumes by neurotic on: October 31, 2011 07:37:52 PM
Amazing!  Alive! 
World Famous!

Straight from the sideshow into your living room...

A real living girl with an arm of tentacles...

Mop cap created from scratch.  Opera length glove painted to match rubber tentacles from Archie McPhee.  Victorian bathing suit is a pair of shorts and a T-shirt embellished with grosgrain ribbon to make it look more old timey.  Knee highs purchased and shoes my own.
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2  Squid Girl and American Gothic in Halloween Costumes by neurotic on: October 30, 2011 06:49:06 PM
So for some reason I am incapable of buying a completed costume.  This leads to much frantic shopping, web research, crafting, and praying before the best night of the year...Halloween!

Behold this year's insanity...

I'm a sideshow freak...Squid Girl!

Check out my tentacles (ala Archie McPhee)...

Made the mop cap, embellished the shorts and shirt with grosgrain ribbon to make them more like a Victorian bathing suit, painted the opera length glove to match my tentacles, made the sash (vinyl letter stickers on satin...no iron on lettering would stick to the satin...doh!), threw on som knee highs and black flats and viola! 


PS...hubby went as the guy from Grant Wood's American Gothic

(The aloof chic he's standing next to is our trusting mannequin Claire)
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3  Re: $4.95 Swap AKA Fill a SMALL Flat Rate Box R3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by neurotic on: March 27, 2011 01:32:37 PM
Just got my package from Valsped.  Check out the bounty!

Crochet patterns...to add to my insanely large collection...and some wool so I can start felting...wahoo!

Look at all the little itty-bitties!  I love 'em...can't wait to start using them!

Thanks Valsped!
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4  Re: $4.95 Swap AKA Fill a SMALL Flat Rate Box R2 Goodie Gallery in The Swap Gallery by neurotic on: June 21, 2010 02:05:09 PM
Got my package from Tangemeenie!

Check out the booty!  Beads, several wire bundles, jewelry findings, mini Christmas ornaments...so much goodness!

Look at all the silver beads and findings!

And some fun little plastic instruments that will be perfect for some dino ornaments!

Tangemeenie also sent this great magnet with an amazing quote on it.  Unfortunately my camera refuses to capture it.  Here's the quote:
Is always bestowed as a gift
Freely, Willingly
and without expectation.
We don't love to be loved;
We love to love.
-Leo Buscaglia

It's such a fitting quote as we just had to put our beloved birdie, Rocky, to sleep.  We loved him oodles and will miss him greatly!

Thanks so much Tangemeenie!  You made my first swap great!
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5  Baby Shower Badges in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by neurotic on: November 06, 2009 07:38:16 PM
I co-hosted my sister-in-laws baby shower and made a bunch of decorations for the party.  These were my favorite and were really popular with the mom-to-be and the grandmas-to-be.

The centers were made out of opaque shrinky dink paper that can go through the printer.  The elephant images are from the baby's bedding as are the sage green and brown colors.

I really enjoyed making them!
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6  Odd Couple--Red Shirt Zombie and a Flamingo in Halloween Costumes by neurotic on: November 06, 2009 07:33:06 PM
Here are my me and my hubby this Halloween:

Star Trek Red Shirt Zombie

Pink Flamingo

Most of our costumes are handmade.  I made his shirt...started out as a basic long-sleeved red t-shirt.  I cut off the cuffs and shortened it so that it looked more like a Star Trek uniform.  I also added a black v-neck to the shirt.  The big hole is supposed to look like a phaser burn hole.  Here's what the wound looked like...

It's basically tissue paper, glue and body paint but it looks sooooo nasty!

For my flamingo costume I made the mask, the headdress and the tutu.  I added featherd fringe to a t-shirt to look a bit like wings. 

All in all our costumes were a hit.  My hubby's wound feel off half way through the night, which was kinda funny, but other than that everything stayed put!
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7  *Roar* in Dessert by neurotic on: August 26, 2009 07:56:27 PM
My dad's a Leo so I decided to make him a lion cake for his b-day. 

He's banana flavored with chocolate frosting...yum!

Visually, he's a composite of several lion's I found on line.

Hope you like!
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8  Wirey Pendants in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by neurotic on: August 25, 2009 01:40:00 PM
Just a couple of fused pendants I finally got around to wrapping. 

I really love the glittery green in the white center of the one second from the right...it will be hard to part with that one!
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9  Kiln Firing before Nighty-Night in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by neurotic on: August 25, 2009 01:37:42 PM
Being unemployed has really freed me up to finally pay some attention to my kiln...it was a kick in the glass so to speak!  Wink

Here's a kiln full of night lights pre-fire...

They were all tack fused--my first time...they didn't soften as much as I would have liked so I think a re-firing is in their future.  For whatever reason I didn't photog 'em after the firing.  The lobster light has already gone to a friend who grew up in Maine.  

Hope these light up your day!  Grin
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10  Comfy Blue Shawl in Crochet: Completed Projects by neurotic on: August 25, 2009 01:33:40 PM
Just finished this one up and wanted to share.  I really like the way the pattern turned out and how well it works with the color. 

...and a detail of the pattern...

Thanks for lookin'!
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