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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends on: November 05, 2009 04:19:17 PM
So every year, I usually get roped into planning the costumes at work. (I'm an elementary school art teacher.) Each year I try to think of a theme that the kids will like and will be fun. Normally, I have to start in early September. This year I chose Foster's Home. I made and/or assembled all costumes except for the kid.


 Here's a list of what I did for each costume:


Eduardo: Made the belt, Dyed the sweatshirt, Paper mached and painted the face and horns.

The home billboard: Drew and colored, Added ribbon to tie it on.

Mr. Herriman: Made the face and hat from foam and paper mache, Shortened the men's suit jacket and sewed the parts of the vest inside the front, Sewed "belly panel" T-shirt from 2 t-shirts, Sewed and painted foot spats from felt.

Wilt: Sewed, stuffed and painted head/hat, Made hand from felt, Painted body on clothing, Sewed and painted sneaker spats from felt.

Bloo: Sewed and painted from blue felt.

Madame Foster: Paper mached and painted wig, Put electrical tape on candy cane decoration for cane.

Duchess (Me): Assembled head piece/facial features from foam, vaccuum hose, turby twist towel, brooch, and paint, Cut and painted robe for dress and sewed stand-up panel for collar, Made jewelry from shrinky-dinks and wood beads, Made tail from aluminum wire, masking tape, electrical tape, cardboard, and paint.


Coco: Made head feathers from loopy wire, feather boas, styrofoam balls, a hat, and spray paint, Made beak/neckpiece from floral foam, paper mache, and spray paint, Sewed shirt for 2 color belly panel, Constructed bird body from mini-blind slats, masking tape, hot glue, fabric, and paint, Dyed tights, Paper mached bird feet from ballet flats and painted.

Frankie: Spray painted foam wig, Painted T-shirt.

Goo: Paper mached and painted hair, Shortened overalls to shorts, Spray painted old cowboy boots yellow.

Mac: Glued fur to foam wig, Painted dots on sleeves. (EASY one, haha!)

Cheese: Paper mached and painted head, Dyed sweats.

Whew! I think thats it. Anything not specifically mentioned (ex. Goos rainbow sweater, Macs red T-shirt) was bought and not hand crafted. But it was bought by me (then reimbursed by the wearer). Lucky find on Goos sweater, no?

Anyhow, I was super stoked. This might have been the best year yet! Hope you guys like it!  Grin

OH! I almost forgot! What you can't really see in the picture. I scanned my Board of Ed badge and photoshopped each of the character's pictures and names onto the badge so we were each "official" teachers! lol I think those were my favorite part.
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / The Amazing Chocolatier... on: November 07, 2007 02:36:42 PM
This is my pride and joy.

By far my favorite of all the pieces I've made.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Care Bears (REALLLLLLY image heavy...seriously, like 20 pics) UPDATED!!! on: October 27, 2006 06:51:12 PM
So, clearly I was inspired by this:


But I kinda took this guy's idea, ran with it, and apparently didn't know when to stop. lol I loved his costume and wanted to make myself one so I asked around at work to see if anyone else wanted to dress up with me. Long story short, I volunteered myself to make 16 (yikes!) costumes. So, on to the pictures

Group shot:

Then, I altered his pattern a little to include something I thought every care bear should have....TAILS!!!:

The other thing I should probably mention is that is was pretty much impossible to find all of those different colors of sweats so I had to buy white sweats and about a bajillion packs of RIT dye to mix colors.

The rest of these are individual photos so you can see the detail in each bear. Unfortunately being the dummy that I am, I forgot to get someone to take my picture by myself but I'm going trick-or-treating for unicef with my friend and her godson so I'll get her to take my picture and update this post later.

Wish Bear

Good Luck Bear

Amigo Bear

Tenderheart Bear

Laugh-a-lot Bear

Funshine Bear

Daydream Bear

Surprise Bear

Cheer Bear (haha she was too tall so we had to cut her high waters into capris)

Do-Your-Best Bear

Love-a-lot Bear (my boss!)

Grumpy Bear (although the wearer is not nearly as cute as the original)

Champ Bear

Harmony Bear

Bedtime Bear

So, that's all for now. I'll add myself later. haha, just what this post needs, right? another picture! hahaha


Last, but not least....Share Bear (Me!)

lol Dunno what's with the weird look on my face and the squinty eye......  Tongue

Thanks for lookin'!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Garbage Pail Kids Swap? on: September 13, 2006 05:14:30 PM
Anyone? Anyone?
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Miami Ink/Tattoo Swap? on: September 12, 2006 07:53:21 PM
I dunno if this has been done before but I thought a tattoo or Miami Ink inspired swap could be fun. I've seen a lot of tattoo themed jewelry and crafts here on craftster so there's a lot of stuff for inspiration. Anyone else up for it?
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Cheap Sweats? on: August 24, 2006 03:19:36 PM
Hey, does anyone know where I can get cheap sweatpants and hoodies? Possibly in a large range of colors but if not, plain white so I can dye them. The teachers in my school are talking about dressing as care bears for halloween and we were planning on using the tutorial from here. Thanks!!

7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / I jumped on the shoe bandwagon...(img heavy) on: August 19, 2006 04:06:01 PM
I love shoes and have a habit of buying crazy patterned or brightly colored shoes. In fact, I'm an art teacher and my principal has introduced me to a new student like this: "This is Ms. Coates, our art teacher. You should see her shoes." So I suppose I have a bit of a reputation. Anyhow, I was inspired to create my own patterns by all of the cool stuff I found here in the shoe forum. So here's my start.

My first pair was what I call the "old lady sneakers." They are those white sneakers you can get at Walmart for like $3.50. I cut the strings out to make them ballerina flats and they flopped off my feet so I added a strip of elastic and made them Mary Janes.

My inspiration: A Keith Haring Painting

My shoes:

Action shot:

Then with my second pair, I bought a pair of Keds slip-ons that are shaped like the old school vans. I know this has been done before but I have to say, this pair is MAGNIFICENT! (haha, I'm modest)

My inspiration: Starry Night

My Shoes:

Action shot:

OK, that's all the pics I have for now but I will have more to come soon because I have a pair of Crocs-like clogs that I altered and 4 more pairs of blank "canvases." Woohoo!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Care Dogs? on: August 07, 2006 08:24:09 PM
So, I've been totally obsessed with knitting dog sweaters this summer. I have boy dogs and there's not a lot of cute boy clothes for dogs so I decided to make my own. I've been making a bunch with superhero logos and decided to branch out a little with some care bears patterns. I know the care bears are a little girly but I picked the manliest colors they had.

My boys modeling sweaters in the middle of the summer:

(Don't worry; it's not abuse. I had the AC cranked up!)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I'm on a roll with the hats... on: June 25, 2006 06:42:56 PM
This is my latest. It's a battletoads hat I made as a graduation present for my brother's best friend. This will probably be the last hat for a little while because I started a dog sweater with the superman logo today and I have 2 dogs, so therefore, I'll be making 2 sweaters.

Thanks for lookin'!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / SU-FI!!! on: June 21, 2006 05:45:21 PM
My newest hat is the SuperFinger hat. Any other Dane Cook fans out there?

UPDATE: So, I made a chart using a spreadsheet program. It looks a little funny cause the SU-FI looks short and fat but it's the same thing I used so it'll be taller in the knitting. PM or email me if you want the chart and I can send it to you!
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