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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween 2009! Twice the kids = Twice the sewing! AAAHHHH!!!! on: October 31, 2009 10:24:20 PM
Every year for Halloween my daughter wants to go as Barbie... Luckily Barbie makes new movies every year and the dresses are very cute and fun to make if you can get past the shocking pink of it all. This year Barbie was a musketeer... so of course my daughter had to have to. At first it seemed like it would be an easier year, because at least I wouldn't have to make wings again. Of course it wound up being much more of an undertaking than ever before. I made the dress and cape... my husband painted a musketeer cross on the back in gold paint, but I didn't get a good shot of it. I also took the sole off an old pair of boots and built a new pair that went up to the knee in true musketeer style. I found a basic foam hat form and recovered and shaped it. My fingers are nearly burned to the bone after hours with the hot glue gun....

A very happy Trick-or-treat girl... of course she is fatally allergic to nuts, so she traded in all the candy with me for a toy of her choosing instead.



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My son is just a year old... so I still have complete creative control, although I bet this is the last year. We saw the Tale of Desperaux and I knew it would be perfect for my little guy. The costume was really quick to make and comfortable for him. I attached the ears to the beanie hat I made and he wore it all night. Very surprising because he normally tears hats off.

The fake fur was so stiff the ears actually didn't need any kind of supports.

Close up!

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Doodle the Clown on: July 05, 2009 07:13:13 PM
My community has a small town parade and fiesta each year for the 4th of July. This year I volunteered to make balloon animals. So I made a patriotic clown costume...

I made the wig out of some old acrylic from my stash and a knit beanie.

The white is some old curtains and the rest of the fabric was from my stash... I bought the tulle and my the gloves from an old shirt. I loved how it came out considering I spent about 6 bucks and 2 evenings! The kids had fun and I have blisyers from making 200 balloon dogs and flowers!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Summer Dresses Galore! on: May 12, 2009 08:35:10 PM
I have been on a crafting rampage lately, since my house is nearly together finally and the school year is almost out.

Here are the first of many summer dresses I have cut out, my daughter would rather wear dresses everyday and nothing with elastic, so I make these each summer. This fall she starts Kindergarten, so these are going to be school dresses too. In SoCal, we wear summer dresses until November!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Girls Alice in Wonderland Costume Dress! on: May 12, 2009 08:31:43 PM
Everytime we go to Disneyland I find myself crafting a new dress for my DD. This time she wanted to be Alice in Wonderland. I made the dress out of Tutti Frutti so it would be comfy and wash well..

She had a pettiskirt under, but it got too hot!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Princess Themed Bedroom with Pink & Purple Castle Bed for DD on: April 18, 2009 08:50:53 PM
Hello, I mostly lurk, but I finally got a decent camera and a home of my own, so I can start posting! My husband and I just bought our first home, so I have been busy crafting to fill it. My daughter has never really been able to decorate her rooms in the past (she is 5) because we always rented. I just had a baby boy 6 months ago, so I wanted to make her room really special. Her Nanny and Papa are very crafty and they have helped my it the room of her dreams. It is not completely finished, but I figured it is finally done enough to post and maybe it will keep me motivated to finish it.

It began as just a plain white room. I didn't take before pictures, because... it was an empty canvas.

My father made her a castle bed and he even painted it pink and purple. I helped, but mostly he is the genius with wood.

Another side of the room.

My mom and dad made the princess mirror, My DD and I crafted the crayon holder out of old toliet paper tubes and scrapbook paper.

I refurbished the desk and made her a reading cushion. I am in the middle of finishing spraying her computer pink. You can see the CPU in the pic.

I found her curtain fabric on the clearance rack at Walmart and so I had to get it. I lined it with some old white curtains so they weren't see though and they have a scalloped edge.

Other side of her room. The wallpaper borders are normally really expensive, but I found them on clearance at Lowes for $1 a box. I was short one roll as you can see at the top, but I already found it on E-Bay for 5 bucks and it is one its way here now. I painted the stripes at the bottom just a purple gloss on matte. The pink TV is also my parents doing....

I am almost finished remaking the hanging storage baskets for this, the original ones weren't "pink and purple enough". They now have vinal fronts, so she can see what's in them, plus I labeled them with dry erase marker so I could change them later.

I also made her bedspread and some princess pillows. My mom cross stitched her the kitty pillowcase.

Well, that's all for now. Still on the to do list is her name in those cool decoupaged wall letters and a castle TV armoire from Papa I am hoping that this princess phase lasts for at least a few years. She swears that she is going to keep her bed forever. I am having visions of having to squeeze it into a dorm room!!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / This is what happens when a 4yearold designs her own costume.... on: November 03, 2008 07:04:16 PM
My nearly five year old daughter is very opinionated about everything, and Halloween was no exception. Luckily her Mommy sews, so she could be whatever she wanted for Halloween. She chose everything herself and even helped to decorate it. She was very proud of her handiwork.
She was a "Fairy Princess Rapunzel" She even picked out her own hair extensions.

And for extra measure, but not for the contest.. my 3 week old son decided that he wanted to be Johnny Depp. I think that he was pretty convincing.


7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fabric flowers on: February 16, 2008 04:53:18 PM
Hello! I was once a Project Runway fanatic, and I started a dress based on one of the challanges. In season 2 Daniel V made a dress for the flower power challenge that was a little party dress with flowers all over he bodice. it is in the bottom right of this picture

I have everything done but the flower covered bodice. does anyone know of a way to make fabric flowers? I tried Kamizashi, but they are too chunky and stick out, I want them to be kinda flat because I have a large bust already and puffy flowers will make me look gargatuan on top. I folded the basketweaving middle and it turned out well... it is sad just sitting in my closet with no flowers on top...
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Brea Bag crazy! on: November 27, 2007 09:28:27 PM
I have been lurking for so very long... finally I have broke out the digital camera and posted.

I have been making Brea bags for all of my DH's sisters  (and mom... and aunts)

I am making them out of Paton's SWS. It has become an addiction of mine because with the fabric sides and straps I can make each purse out of exactly one ball of SWS. The striping is always a surprise. So far i have finished three.

The first was out of Natural Plum

Then geranium

Finally Denim

I also have a natural pink one blocking and a natural earth on the needles. I was surprised at how fast these go. I just started a couple weeks ago and have been doing them in between other gifts. Maybe at some point I will have time to make one for myself!  Wink
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Toddler dragon hoodie on: April 16, 2006 11:19:28 PM
Last week I found a link somewhere in the abyss that is Craftster for a pattern for a dinosaur/dragon hoodie for a toddler that had spikes and ears. It was adorable, but I dodn't print th epattern out. Now I would like to amek it but I can't find the link anywhere. Does anyone knw whose patterns this is or where i could find it? I have tried the search feature, but I think that the link was stuck among a topic about something else and It doesn't come up.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cardigan ideas? on: April 09, 2006 03:16:59 PM
Hello All.

My Gandmother is so excited that I hae learned how to knit that I promised her a cardigan. She taught me how when I was young, but still has never learned to read patterns herself. I am looking for a cardigan pattern that uses lightwieght wool (I'm thinking Wool-Ease wieght), but has some laciness to it or smal cables.  I am trying to avoid bulky sweaters, because she wieghs all of 90 pounds soaking wet. I don't want to make the whole thing in stockinet, because frankly, she could just make it herself that way. She lives in Missouri, so I still have all srping to get it to her so she can wear it this season.

Does anyone have any ideas?
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