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21  Swirl hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: September 08, 2011 05:22:29 PM
Made this great hat this weekend!
Love the swirling stripes.
You can find the pattern here:   http://www.tangledness.com/html/spring_2011/lollipop.html

I used size 6 needles instead of 9 and I made 2x2 ribbing for the brim instead of 1x1. 
I think this is my new favorite hat! Grin Grin Grin

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22  My daughter's first knitting project! in Knitting: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: September 08, 2011 05:19:06 PM

My middle daughter (10) completed her first knitting project and asked me to post it on my "craft site"  Smiley
She used super chunky yarn and knitted a neck warmer and we used pretty buttons to attach it.  She did all the knitting and button sewing herself!  Awesome Job!

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23  Royal Wedding hats (homemade, of course) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by alohamom2three on: May 14, 2011 09:31:41 AM
My daughters and I were invited to a Royal Wedding Viewing party by some English ladies where we live...so that means...HATS!!!

Being a crafty kind of person...can't buy them...no, no, no....and raising crafty children....they can't buy them either.  So we broke out the glue gun.

My hat is made from coffee filters and water colors...definitely the best hat of the party (if I do say so myself) and best of all it was entirely made of things I already had.  it's on a wire headband that I made and the circular part is a round plastic canvas piece with jersey fabric glued on.

For my girls, we picked up some colorful round placemats from walmart and they each designed their own.

This one was held on by a wire frame and the flowers are coffee filters which have some iridescent dust painted on (doesn't show up in the picture)

This hat has a collection of feathers I took off of something (can't remember what) and a couple of dipped purple coffee filter flowers.

And my youngest daughter painted stripes on hers and added little feathers to her coffee filter flower.

I was so impressed with their budding design skills!  All I did was operate the glue gun.  We had a great time at the party and everyone was jealous of our unique hats!
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24  Re: Paper Mache Masks :) (Image heavy) in Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: March 08, 2011 10:37:05 AM
These are so gorgeous.  I love them.  What did you use for the base?

They are all made of cardboard.  I created a mask shape with flat cardboard and then cut the dimensional shape and wet it so I could form the cardboard and then I used brown paper for the paper mache.

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25  Paper Mache Masks :) (Image heavy) in Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: March 08, 2011 08:48:12 AM
I was recently commissioned to make 20 primitive style, animal masks for a production of "Children of Eden"  Each of the animals need two masks so that's a total of 10 different animals.  Only problem is that they waited until the last minute!  So, I've been doing designing, cutting and paper mache for hours every day.  I think they are coming out pretty well but I am tired of paper mache...lol!

Here is the collection of 12 I finished and mailed out....8 more to go!

And here are the close ups of each animal with a side view so you can see the dimensionality of the masks.  They were all made from cardboard and paper mache brown paper...I can do a tute if anyone wants it.  Each of the masks are made from at least three separate pieces and then the paper mache turns it into one whole piece.







Thanks for looking!  Back to the paper mache drawing board for another few days!

Unfortunately, I will not get to finish the rest of the mask project since I am dealing with a lice infestation 
Sad  Had to send the rest out assembled but not paper mached and they will finish it on their end...I was enjoying the project but gotta get rid of these awful pests!
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26  Purple Panda and Minion hat! in Crochet: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: January 04, 2011 09:55:03 AM
My daughter is crazy for purple and for pandas...so what better Christmas gift than a purple panda hat?

I did a basic bulky double crochet hat with ear flaps, contrast edge and long twisted cords.  The details I kind of made up as I went along...pulled them out a bunch of times..lol.
I'm pretty happy with the result and she never takes it off...even inside  Grin

For my youngest daughter...I used the same pattern and created a minion hat.  I was running out of black yarn so I skimped on the goggle band.  She won't take hers off either....makes a craftster mom proud.

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27  lots of mini monsters for Christmas! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: January 04, 2011 09:49:37 AM
We had a giant family reunion for Christmas with 23 people all staying in one house...and it wasn't a big house...lol.
I made mini monsters for each of the 9 children attending Christmas.
These are inspired by Alliecat30 and her post "Baby Mosters"
I had fun giving each one a character and it's a great stash buster!

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28  Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland family affair (img obese) in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 30, 2010 02:58:26 PM
FINISHED....wow these were so much fun to do...took about two weeks from start to finish.  I think I'm most proud of the hatter's hat...I think it turned out pretty well.

Here's the group

Red Queen...took awhile to paint all those hearts!  The wig is from an amphigory wig that I teased and hairsprayed into a heart...I'm sad that I ran out of time to make a crown.  Sad

My little white queen...she lost the choker I made for her by wearing her costume to school.  But she's still pretty beautiful.

My great little Mad Hatter.  She is already a crazy wacky redhead so this costume suited her perfectly!

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29  alice in wonderland wig and makeup test in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 25, 2010 08:57:26 PM
Still sewing away on the clothing part of the costumes but....finally styled the wigs and did a makeup test.
My children all want to be characters from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland...a crafter's dream!!

The white queen wig started out as a "lucia" wig from amphigory in ravished red...a whole lot of teasing, tucking and hairspray later...voila...the red queen.
I also used a glue stick to help her eyebrows disappear.

of course, she'll have to wear her glasses...but luckily they're red (didn't plan that...lol)

and here's the back of the wig...

Here's what the wig looked like (but mine was in red  Grin)

And my second daughter wanted to be the white queen...suits her personality...lol

Last but not least is my little Mad Hatter!
Made the hat from plastic canvas, foam core and stretchy velvet.  The wig is a hugely modified clown wig.

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30  My children...budding craftsters! (pic obese) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: September 04, 2010 01:32:07 PM
My girls love seeing what's new on craftster and always want to do something to be on here (they are my models for many of my other projects but they want to have their own project up here)
So I decided we should make some t-shirts!
We bought shirts off the clearance rack...none of them cost more than $4.
We used bleach to create a background and then freezer paper stencils to create the design which we painted with fabric paint. Since I had freezer paper, bleach and fabric paint...we made three shirts for about $12!
The girls told me what they wanted on their shirt and we brainstormed the design...then I drew it and cut the stencils.  They did the bleach spray and painting.  It took about two layers of stencils for each and some detail painting.  The girls did a great job sticking with it and following through!  Plus they got to see how many steps it takes to create a shirt like this.
On to the great projects....

My middle daughter loves purple and panda's so she is over the moon about this shirt...

My youngest has a little big eyed doll that she wanted on her shirt.  The doll laughs when you press it's tummy...so the shirt says:  "ha, ha, ha"

My oldest loves the minions from despicable me and this design came out great!

And here they are together!

Now they have their own project on craftster Grin Grin Grin
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