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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween Minnie Mouse Costume on: November 05, 2009 06:21:09 PM
My 2 year-old daughter wanted to be Minnie Mouse this year, so instead of being "regular" Minnie Mouse I decided to make her a Halloween Minnie Mouse Costume. She loved it!

Here is the dress and ears.

Here she is with her brother (Bumble Bee from Transformers) before we went Trick-or-Treating.

And here we are at her day care's party.

This is my favorite of the challenges - I love seeing everyone's creativity!

Please note: the ears, shoes and long sleeved shirt are store bought, but the costume elements I made. Also, I had to remove the witch's hat from the ears because they were too top heavy and wouldn't stay on her head.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell and Goofy on: November 03, 2008 09:41:24 AM
Thanks!  I'm really proud of the Goofy hat because I totally winged it and I really like the way it turned out.

My niece and nephews were Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow for Halloween.  I totally would have had the kids be the Lion and one of the witches if we didn't already have this planned.  Maybe next year!

Last year my kids were characters from Monsters, Inc.  Hunter was Sully and I turned his pumpkin into Mike and Autumn was Boo in her monster costume.  Most people didn't get it, but those who did loved it!  I bought Sully, transformed the pumpkin and made the Boo costume (put over a sleeper) without a pattern.  My daughter was not quite 2 months old.  My son was really into Monster's, Inc. when he was 3 and wanted to be ALL the characters so he was - he wore the Sully costume, I made the Mike pumpkin and bought a Boo doll.  The next year he wanted to be Sully again so I decided to make Autumn be Boo.  So much more fun than the black cat costume I bought her!


The may not be super-original, but it's what my son wants, and that's what Halloween is all about for me.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell and Goofy on: November 02, 2008 06:00:31 PM
I LOVE this challenge!  I wasn't able to submit it last time but I am so excited to participate!  I prefer home made costumes - so much more fun!

This is the first time we've dressed as a family.  It was inspired by my daughter's Minnie Mouse costume (which is store bought and not part of the contest, but the inspiration).  I bought this for my niece years ago and was so excited my daughter Autumn could wear it this year (she's 1).  My son Hunter (5) decided to be Mickey (yay!  I was sure I was in for a super hero).  I refused to may $50.00 for a black jacket and decided to make his costume myself. 

Mickey's pants are from Goodwill and I added the white "buttons."  I made his jacket from a black sweatshirt.  I added ribbon trim for the cuffs and collar.  For the vest I sewed in jersey knit and added buttons.  I decided he would be more comfortable if it wasn't a resticting jacket.  I made the bow tie from some yellow cotton fabric I had and sewed it onto the jacket/vest combo.  He is wearing a white polo shirt underneath.  I bought the ears. He's wearing his Hulk shoes (pick your battles!).

(sorry the photos aren't super-clear - I need to replace the camera)

Tinker Bell started as a REALLY UGLY green dress I got from a project I started called Project Prom (we take donated gowns and give them to girls who can't afford them).  We were cleaning house and I saw this dress.  In the photo below I had alreay cut out the lining (the dress was REALLY heavy) before I remembered to take the photo.  It was huge (I took in about 10 inches - although this photo stretches it even more for some reason).

I removed the two gathered rows in the front and the bow.  I had to take it in down the front because it was so large it was almost off my shoulders.  I took in both sides and both back darts.  To make the leafy bottom I gathered both layers.  I added dollar store wings and green tights I had to complete Tinker Bell.

My husband Jonathan was Goofy.  I bought the orange shirt but I made the rest from fleece fabric.  I used a scrubs pattern for the pants but I made the vest and hat without a pattern.

We had a great time dressing together this year and I loved making the costumes.  I hope you enjoy them!
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: represent your city! on: December 31, 2007 10:02:15 AM
I love this idea.  I live in Pittsburgh so there's tons of things to do.

I would suggest that, if the challenge is picked, that you would have to explain if it wasn't obvious.  Non-Pittsburgers would get Steelers, the Point, inclines and Black & Gold, but probably not Yinz, Redd Up, Peroigies, and 'Sliberty, and it's those little "insider" things that would make this challenge so great.

Even if you're from a small town there are certain things that make it unique that could be represented in this challenge.  LOVE IT!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Christmas gift for a 3 year old.. on: December 05, 2007 12:31:56 PM
What about making magentic "dolls" from adhesive magnets?  You can include accessories too and he can play with them on the fridge - or you can give them in a metal box (or paint something with magnetic paint).  Actually, the magnetic paint is a primer so you could get a piece of wood (maybe an unfinished wooden tray) and paint it with the magnetic paint and then paint a scene over it that he can put the dolls on (sorry, action figures).  You could probably decopauge somethings from the book on it as well.

Stickers would also be good - my 4 year old LOVES stickers! Maybe you can do both if there are enough characters.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Grab bag? on: December 03, 2007 06:54:36 AM
Last year for work I made Steelers ornaments (we're in Pittsburgh, obviously).  I've made other kinds in years past for other people too, so you could do snowflakes or anything, really!  I make them from clear ornaments, fabric (with pictures smaller than 2 inches) and decopauge.  Cut out the picture from the facric and decopauge it to the ornament (for Steelers I do the helmet on one side and Steelers on the other).  Tie a ribbon to hang and you're done! 
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gift for friends 3 month old kid on: November 30, 2007 01:51:58 PM
Mrs. Lewis - that's a great idea!  Close friends of our family gave me and my sister an ornament every year until we were 16 and I cherish them.  I now purchase an ornament every year that's meaningful and buy them on vacations. My kids, plus my niece and nephews, get one every year.  I love to pull mine out and remember them from when I was a kid, plus look at the ones I've collected since.  She'll love it.  Be sure to put the year on the bottom so she'll know when she got it and to keep giving her one.  She'll cherish them as an adult.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Difficult Dad on: November 30, 2007 01:44:12 PM
I've had good luck melting chocolate in the microwave 10 to 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between.  Just don't burn it - it really ruins it! 

Peppermint bark is also really easy to make.  Just melt white chocolate, add smashed peppermint pieces and some peppermint extract and lay it (not too think - about 1/8 inch) it in a bowl or pan (I line it with plastic wrap so it comes out easier) then refridgerate it and break it apart when hard.  You can even layer milk or dark chocoalte first and then add the white with the peppermint.  It's so easy and it is so yummy!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Difficult Dad on: November 29, 2007 12:54:11 PM
This isn't much of an addition, but I've done the chocolate covered spoons before and I've added sprinkles, which makes it a bit more festive.

What about a subscription to Mental Floss?  It's a neat magazine he might enjoy (www.mentalfloss.com).  They also have some interesting t-shirts and other gift ideas for "intellectuals" that he might like.  My personal favorite is the "Lady MacBeth Hand Soap" t-shirt.  

The History Channel web site would be good too - www.history.com.

My dad's impossible too - he's a retired plumber who watches TV or sits at his computer most of the day.  There's only so many CDs the man needs!  Good luck!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gifts for the crafty on: November 29, 2007 08:26:12 AM
I saw these neat photo pillows on Decorating Cents (I was on maternity leave and watched a lot of daytime TV).  They used photo transfer paper to create some really nice personalized pillows.

Here's some info on photo transfer pillow projects:

(this is the one I saw on TV) http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/decorating/article/0,,HGTV_3545_2078631,00.html



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