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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Quick n Dirty Batman on: March 25, 2012 03:22:24 PM
this isn't a halloween costume, but I figured this was the most appropriate board, nonetheless...

My son is turning 4 (in a week!!!) and wanted to have a superhero themed party this year. He has asked that his friends all come dressed as their favorite superheroes, too.
We have been working our butts off to DIY as much as we can to prep for next weekend's craziness. Up until Thursday night, he has wanted to dress as Spiderman, and I was at a loss as to how to get a costume done in time with everything else, or where to buy one this time of year without shopping online. Well, Thursday when we were talking about it, I had suggested he wear his Spiderman jammies, but then he says he never wants to be Spiderman. He wants to be batman.

Glad I never started making a Spiderman costume  Roll Eyes

Anyways, I sat down and tried to think this out, because he also has Batman jammies, but wouldn't wear those either.
We went to pre-order balloons, and they had a plastic batman mask for $5, so I bought that thinking I could throw a towel on him dressed in black and call it done.
Well, then it hit me! Batman has MANY different costumes over the years, and one of my personal favorites was the gray costume. This past halloween, DS was a gargoyle https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=394104.0, and I made him a gray jumpsuit with a removable tail, wings, etc.
I know I have a good 4m of black jersey sitting unused in my sewing room, and I HAVE to have something yellow, somewhere in this house that I could cut up.

Upstairs, I pulled out a dingy, stained yellow t-shirt, the black jersey, last years costume & some felt. I cut a tube from the bottom of the shirt to make a really quick (utility) belt. I skipped the utility part, and just sewed a tube, then turned it rightside out & topstitched it to keep it flat. I cut out a large rectangle of black jersey, rounded the top off, cut a oval for his head, and split the front for ties. I made jagged cuts like Batman's cape. I then used the cut out oval as the base for his bat symbol, and made a matching oval out of yellow felt (sturdier than the jersey) Cut out a bat symbol and stitched the black in behind. I hot glued another piece of felt on the back, then some safety pins with small strips of felt & more hot glue.

He was skeptical of everything I was doing, and kept a VERY close eye, so Mommy didn't mess anything up, but when I had it all done (about 45 minutes from start to finish), I had him put it on & test it out. HE LOVES IT!
He's running around the house in full gear, and won't take it off. He wants to wear it to bed...  Roll Eyes

We decided to skip the gloves/bracers as he will be busy playing games & running around with his friends. He also didn't like the idea of "underwear on top of my pants - that's silly Mommy!"

I know there's lots of room for improvement, but this was such a quick, simple solution!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Plea from the Children on: March 14, 2012 06:54:52 AM
Last night was a busy night. Amongst my many endeavours were these cute shirts for a friend's daughters.
These are entirely based off a shirt that I made for my son, which in turn was based off some image I saw floating around the net long ago.
When she saw the shirt on DS, she lost her mind, going on about how cute it was, and what an important message it was. She asked if I could make some for her girls, who are 5 & 6. I got their sizes, and wanted to get these done right away, as they are only in town for March Break.

Cheap white kids T's from Wal-Mart, some hot pink glow in the dark dimensional fabric paint, and blue & green eco-eflt (made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles). A small amount of patience & sewing, followed by some quick painting & drying time.

What do you think? I have my hubby asking if I could mass-produce these (which I definitely think I could), an order for a man's XL & a set to be made for a co-worker's twin neices.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Krafty Kids? on: March 13, 2012 11:33:18 AM
I know there have been TONS of themed swaps for those of us blessed/cursed with tiny minions, but I don't know if something like this has been done, and thought it might be fun!

I was thinking of a 5-7 point swap, with ample stalking/crafting time wherein we would create for our partners kids:
  • An outfit, clothing article, or toy
  • A craft kit to teach the child a simple craft (age-appropriate)
  • A small bought item? Maybe an extra for Mom/Dad?
Maybe open to a little more interpretation, but basically, something cute for the kid that they will enjoy, and a way to pass on our crafty spirit & foster that same love of creating to the young minds we are responsible for shaping.

Would this interest anyone besides myself?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Pandora's Sweater on: March 13, 2012 06:15:44 AM
About a month and a half ago, my husband, my son & I decided to adopt a puppy.
We found a Irish Wolfhound, English Mastiff, Lab, Rotti cross. He was too old for anyone to want him anymore, gentle as all get out & just amazing. We fell in love & brought him home with us.
He was sad & depressed without all the other dogs around from his farm home, though. My husband decided a month later to get him a puppy. His friend had a dog that was raising her own litter, as well as fostering an abandoned litter of sharpei/pit bull pups.

We brought one of the fostered pups home with us. She's a lot more work than our laid back, gentle giant. But she keeps things interesting, that's for sure!

Wolfgang (the gentle giant) is a big fuzzy teddy bear, and she stays as close to him as possible to keep warm, as her hair is about 1/4" long and we've had some bizarre Canadian spring weather here.

To help her cope with the temperatures without feeling the need to be attached to her "big brother" 24/7, I threw together this little sweater made from an old sweater that I no longer wear.

What do you think?

The belly's a little loose on her, but as she's not even 3 months yet, I wanted room for it to grow with her throughout the spring.
When she's done growing, I plan on turning Wolfgang's sheddings into a crochet sweater for her...  Grin
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Secret Santa Swap Party Round 3 Gift Opening Party December 18 on: November 29, 2011 06:23:15 PM
Get ready to post your packages, pretty wrapping paper, and teaser shots!
Then, get ready for the best part - on December 18th, carefully save each piece of tape, paper, bow & fabric, or just rip those suckers open with gleeful abandon!
We will gather around the Craftster yule log & share in the warmth of the season with well-wishes and totally awesome hand-made goodies; as well as the big reveal - who sent you all this awesomeness?

original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391775.0
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Little Gargoyle on: November 02, 2011 03:40:29 PM
So, for the first time in his very short life, my son has chosen his own Halloween costume.
He started off wanting to be a scary monster, with wings & horns, made of stone. Thus, gargoyle. He looked at pictures online & confirmed, so I got started in the planning & making process.
Here's the finished product:

I previously posted a tutorial for his wings here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391123.0
Well, we painted those navy wings gray & I made almost everything else.
The jumper (one piece) was made from a ribbed gray knit I got almost a full bolt of for $10!! I made simple two-piece pants with inside seams only, and a top with an open back & mock-neck collar, then attached the two at the waist. No pattern, just used existing clothing to get the right sizing.
The tail was a large triangle sewn up with a circle on the end, stuffed with some poly-fil & elastic attached for his waist.
We tried & failed, several times, to make a suitable mask, so opted instead to use some light-weight foam clay (I think it's called Model Magic) to form horns which I attached with elastic.
I also covered a pair of crocs in the same fabric, but his feet had a growth spurt in the short time between finishing them & trick-or-treating, so we had to wear our boots instead.

The belt was bought at the dollar store, and the axe was from his Dad.

Add some black & white face paint, and some blue hair spray (his request) & all was complete!

All ready to start knocking doors!

This costume was a huge hit in our neighborhood & got lots of comments/compliments Smiley He had a blast!

So, what do you think?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Couch Caddy on: October 02, 2011 01:09:28 PM
A couple years ago, my step father was diagnosed with diabetes. He also has large & small vessel vascular disease.
Sadly, over the past couple of years, he has had to undergo several amputations & other surgeries. Early this year, they took (what remained of) both of his legs above the knee, leaving him with about 6" stumps.
He has had to remain on the main floor in a hospital bed for quite some time, in the living room. He has his bed right beside the couch, so often places things on the end of the couch so they are within arm's reach. He also has a small table for drinks & the like. But he sets things down, and then they slide out of his reach, which is very frustrating for him as the only way he can reach them then is to get his wheelchair, pull it to his bed, get out, roll around & pick things up, then get back into bed & put his chair away. It's quite an ordeal.
I was asked to come up with an organizer for the arm of the couch that can hold remotes, a cordless phone, a couple pieces of mail, his meds & a couple other miscellaneous needs.
My mom's request was that it stick to the couch or be weighted.

I went to Len's Mills & scavenged within the remnants bins, pulled out a yard of gray polar fleece (which sticks nicely to the fabric of my mom's couch) & some woven houndstooth.
Here is the finished result:

And a close-up of the fabric I used:
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Secret Santa Swap Party Round 3; Signups CLOSED; Sendouts Nov 25 on: October 01, 2011 08:38:25 AM

GALLERY! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=397028.0

Swap name: Secret Santa Swap Party Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jezebel_1982
Co-organizer: tcmatteson
Sign-up date range: October 1 - October 20
Date to send item by: November 25
Date to open package on: December 18

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Age requirement? 16 and over, please
**As this swap is time sensitive, I will not accept first-time swappers, or people that get consistent late sender feedback.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 16 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: N/A
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This is a SECRET Santa swap!
Your partner will not know who you are until they open your package! In turn, you will not know who will be sending to you.
You will receive your partner's info, and you will stalk them!  You must NOT contact your partner and let them know who you are! (go through your group leader if you have a question that must be answered!).

This is a small swap to ease time and money constraints around the holidays. You will craft 1 small and 1 medium item based off of your partners questionnaire, wist, and what else you find while stalking them. You will also purchase 1 item worth $3 - $5 USD this can be an ornament, candy, a candle, or anything else your partner might like (you will be sending three items in total). Be forewarned that you may not get the things you asked for in your questionnaire wish list depending on your Secret Santas skill set, but we will try to match everyone up as best as we can!

(By Time
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less)

Everyone MUST have a wist or pinterest with at least 25 items...and please try to make sure that the majority of these items are craft-able (not all furniture, electronics, books, etc!!)

Please make sure to fill out the questionnaire fully, and include all the information for your secret partner that you can. I am giving a long sign-up period so that you can take your time in filling out the questionnaire. Please take several days to think of a full comprehensive list for your partner because your partner will not be able to ask you questions, so make sure you give lots of info.

The kicker to this swap is that you must WAIT to open your package! Put it under your tree or have your SO or roommate hide it from you ^_~ Well have a party of opening and posting our gifts on the 18th of December.

If you are in the United States, you must get a DC# for your package and if youre outside of the United States you must be able to send an electric copy of your postage receipt. The other requirement is that you need to write Secret Santa Swap Party somewhere on the package! This way no one gets accidentally confused and open up their present early! You will PM all of your sending and receiving info to the person in charge of your group and NOT to the person you're crafting for!

Communication requirement: I expect everyone to post at least once a week on the thread or send a message to your group leader. If you havent posted in a week, we will PM you. If you dont respond to the PM within a week of that, you will be considered a flaker. If youre going on vacation, or you know that you wont have internet access for a while, let us know! I want this swap to go as smoothly and as fun as it can. I also understand that there are some more quiet people who only like to read. For your post just give an update. Still researching my partner at this time is an acceptable post (or whatever your status might be at the time). Also, if you skip 3 or more weeks (non-consecutively) in posting, it will be marked as bad communication in your feedback. Please only sign-up if you know that you can follow through to the end!

If you want to participate, fill out the information below and send to jezebel_1982:

Name of swap: Secret Santa Swap Party Round 3
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (yes/no)

your wists url:
any other websites that can give your partner hints:
Please list any aversions or allergies (smoke, pets, etc.):
Please list allergens found within your home:

What holiday(s) in December does your household celebrate:
Are you willing to craft for someone who doesnt celebrate the same holiday as yourself?
Do you want to receive holiday related/decorated stuff or not?

List your top 5 or more wishes: if any specific measurements or color preferences are needed, please supply them! Please try to keep your wishes to medium or small items and you must have at least 5.

List 3-5 small bought item wishes:

What type of crafts are you really good at:
What type of crafts do you enjoy doing:
What type of crafts are you learning and want more practice on:
Any crafts you particularly admire (ie, sewing, knitting...):
Any crafts  you really aren't into:

TV Show:
Cartoon Character:
Anything else you love?

Anything else you dont like?

Do you:
   keep a journal/sketchbook?
   have a mobile phone, MP3 player, etc?  Kind/Size
   need a project bag/tote/purse?  Size?
   collect anything?

Is there something that you would love to learn to do?

Jewelry (do you wear):
     bracelets/cuff?  wrist size?
     necklaces?  length?
     metals you prefer (gold, silver, copper, brass)?
Would you like clothes made for you?
   bust measurement?
   waist measurement?
   hip measurement?
   foot measurement?
   inseam measurement?
   head measurement?
   arm measurement from wrist to elbow?

Anything else you'd like your partner to know?  

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Secret Santa? on: September 30, 2011 06:57:29 AM
I believe these have been done before, but anyone up for a secret santa swap?

Maybe a 3-5point swap? This idea just came to me not 10 minutes ago, and I had to look into it & post about it.

Let me know if there's any interest, and I will start one up Smiley
Or if you have any suggestions as to what you would like it to include.

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pulled Pork Tacos on: September 25, 2011 03:47:48 PM
A fairly low-impact dinner to make, that went over BIG here, so I thought I would share it here.

DH came home & told me about something he saw - pulled pork tacos on wonton shells, which sounded interesting & worth a shot, so I went out & bought what was needed.

I cheated with this, and used a lot of store-bought stuff.

The pulled pork:
Mid-size pork tenderloin
1 packet Clubhouse slow cooker pulled pork seasoning (which requires cider vinegar, ketchup & brown sugar)
Cook pork tenderloin in seasoning as per packet directions. Shred.

Taco shells:
wonton wrappers
small amount of vegetable oil
I heard somewhere that you can bake wontons instead of deep frying them. This source indicated that the shells would be malleable when removed from the oven. WRONG. My first batch became wonton chips because of this.
Drape your wonton wrappers over the edge of a baking dish & brush lightly with vegetable oil. Bake at 300* until bubbly, then turn up to broil to brown the shells.

shredded cabbage (red & green for colour)
shredded carrot
dressing (mayo, whole seed mustard, seasoning [paprika & celery salt], pickle juice [or vinegar & sugar])
mix dressing, then pour over slaw & mix.

Put shredded pork in taco shell & top with coleslaw. YUM!

(Mine were served in individual bowls with wonton chips on the side & some sliced havarti baked inside wonton shells)
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