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81  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Monster Cupcakes for Halloween on: November 06, 2006 11:11:55 AM
Last year I got Martha Stewart Kids magazine at Halloween time and they had these great cupcakes that I just had to try.  I made them again this year and I think these turned out much cooler.  The homemade frosting is the bomb as well.

Here's an example:

Go here to see the rest: http://static.flickr.com/118/287989761_f14df4cc84.jpg?v=0

I used Red Velvet for the cupcakes, dark chocolate M&M's, gumdrops, gummy worms, Good & Plentys, strawberry whips, marshmallows, chocolate chips (whole and melted), black sprinkles and gel frosting.  I halved the frosting recipe and still ended up with way too much frosting for 24 cupcakes- when I made it last year I had 3 tupperware tubs full of frosting and had to throw most of it away!  I didn't eat any of these but my husband's co-workers tell me they were delicious!  Smiley
82  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Fallen Angel Wings on: November 06, 2006 11:01:11 AM
I just finished getting all my stuff from my parent's house this weekend (I officially haven't lived there for 3 years, you know, not like when I was in college and lived there sometimes) and I found this awesome thing I made about 6 years ago which I thought I would share!  They are wings for a fallen angel costume I made for a Masquerade when I was in the SCA.

So, first I made a framework out of two old wire coat hangers.  Then I covered them in old pantyhose.  Then I dyed some feathers with black Rit dye- this didn't quite work like I was hoping but turned out pretty cool in the end.  The marabou feathers were black though so they were nice and dark. There were several types of feathers and some of them were red, yellow and blue because I couldn't find white ones in that size and they didn't take the dye as well.  You can see the red ones.  The white feathers turned out more purple.  I think this gives the feathers a pretty tonal value though.  I glued the feathers down in layers trying to approximate a real bird wing as much as I could.  Not sure how well that turned out but I still think they are nifty. They look much cooler in person then in these photos (harsh flash does nothing for blacks).

Here's a picture of them in action from 3 years ago.  This wasn't the costume I made them for either but I hate the pictures of my masquerade outfit so you're getting the pseudo Sora costume instead.

Those of you that know Kingdom Hearts will recognize the mask- I made that from cardboard, construction paper, paint and permanent markers.  I love Halloween Town Sora! I don't have much better pictures of the wings so I hope you can see what they look like ok.  Thanks for checking this out.
83  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lulubean's Version of the Mad Hatter (4 pics) on: November 06, 2006 10:28:28 AM
Greetings fellow Halloween nuts.  This year I was inspired by Simplicity 4015 to be the Mad Hatter, however, that pattern is for the sexy version and I'm not about being the sexy version of anything so I just used the hat and bow tie from that pattern and I made a vest from Simplicity 4079.  It was tons of fun finding fabric for my girly Hatter!

Here's the whole outfit.  I made the hat, vest, tie and mouse.

Here's a detail of the cute buttons I picked out.  They're white rabbits!  Get it!

Here's another picture of the hat a bit closer.  I didn't use the foam suggested in the pattern because I couldn't get it through the sewing machine.  Instead I used heavy interfacing and it worked like a charm.  I couldn't find thick enough ribbon for the hat band so I glued together two pieces of ribbon I had lying around.  The sign is card stock that I wrote on with permanent marker.

Here's my buddy the Dormouse whom I sewed to my vest.  I used the Stitch & Bitch Nation Cat Warming Set mouse on bigger needles using Red Heart.  I made the stripe a little bigger too so it looked like he was also wearing a vest.

It was a big hit with the parents at the Haunted House I worked at, most of the kids were too young to understand ^_^ Thanks for looking, I hope you guys like it.
84  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: my fancy ottoman buttons & questions on: October 27, 2006 07:26:24 AM
Those buttons are awesome!  Did you use some kind of mold to get the texture or is that just paint and not really texture?  That antique effect is great.  I personally would seal them with some clear varnish from a spray can just to make sure the gold doesn't get rubbed off from use.  I have American Tradition "Ultra Clear" Protective Acrylic Finish that I pretty much use on everything I've ever had to seal and it does great.
85  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns on: October 26, 2006 06:36:42 PM
Just finished mine up.  I couldn't think of anything (other then what I always want to do- Sora's mask from Halloweentown in Kingdom Hearts- which I've done before) so my husband suggested Trogdor but I liked Strong Bad better.  I got the stencil from www.homestarrunner.com.

86  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tulips from Knitscene Fall 2006 (4 pics) on: October 25, 2006 11:27:20 AM
Going yarn shopping now. How many skeins did you use? When I get around to it, I'll probably make both the sleeves and the bottom longer.

I believe I used 12 skeins of the Sonata.  I had actually bought the yarn for something else but couldn't get gauge so I tried it with Tulips and it worked great... I'm not positive about how much I used though since I can't remember how many I had to begin with.  Heh, sorry.

Thanks for the comments everyone, I'm glad you all liked it!
87  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tulips from Knitscene Fall 2006 (4 pics) on: October 23, 2006 07:01:15 AM
Hi! I made Tulips from the Fall Knitscene in Elann Sonata Coffee Bean.  Sorry about how yucky the pictures turned out- it must have been the lighting.

It's very comfy.  At first I wasn't sure about the shortness but I kinda like how it looks now.  It was very easy.  I'm not sure I recommend cotton for it though- it feels a bit bulky in some places because of it.  However, over all, I'm happy with it.  Yay!
88  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: An army of Indian/Paki teenagers. on: October 18, 2006 06:36:41 PM
Another way to possibly play up your ethnicity is to go as Hindu gods- even if you aren't that religions it would be fun.  How cool would being an elephant with four arms be?  Then again those have the potential to be very elaborate costumes, what with all the crowns and face paint... and arms.  Heh. OR you could totally switch it up and go as Norwegian or Roman gods. Or Rainbow Brite characters?  Or Care Bears?  Strawberry Shortcake?  (I'll stop being nostalgic for my youth now)  Star Wars characters and aliens?  I also like nicegirl512's suggestions of Justice League and Harry Potter.  The world is open to you!  But that might be the problem, right?
89  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: chun li costume on: October 18, 2006 06:25:14 PM
Google "Chun li cosplay" and you'll get tons of pictures of people dressed as her.  It's kind of hard to tell what some people made theirs out of but I saw fabric covered styrofoam with aluminium foil looking spikes, poly clay glued to fabric wrist bands.  Somebody had some serious looking real spikes going on but I have no idea where she would have gotten those- the hardware store maybe.  Something that worked well for me in the past is paper clay.  I made a shoulder guard for a Fuujin (FF8) costume; it was very lightweight for its size and I just velcroed it to my jacket.  You could probably make cuff bracelets out of that, paint it black and attach silver sculpy spikes with hot glue or super glue?  Hope I kind of helped!
90  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Costume-a-long on: October 17, 2006 06:57:55 PM
I think I'm going to throw my hat into this one... and it's quite literally a hat- I'm going to be the Mad Hatter.  I'm having a bunch of fun making this crazy costume!  I'll be finished some time this week so I'll wait to put up pictures Smiley  I love Halloween and making costumes, yay!
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