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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / Teal and Red Gingerbread Tudor on: January 01, 2014 05:10:35 PM
So there's a bit of a back story before I get to my 2013 house.  My family and I have been making homemade gingerbread houses almost every year since 1984 (when I was 1)- so far, we've done over 25 different houses- and in recent years, they've gotten more complicated with my mom designing and drafting houses, my dad building special cutters so that my mom could cut out intricate designs for windows, to wiring the houses for lighting, and so much more.
(Here's all of our old houses : http://handmadeisbetterblog.com/2013/12/03/gingerbread-house/ )

This past summer, I got married and had to move cross country (my hubby is in the Air Force- we're stationed in WA and my family is back home in NJ).  I couldn't *not* make a gingerbread house this year so my mom mailed me her recipe and one of our old patterns and coached me through the art of gingerbread house making.
One of our traditions is to make two houses- one for ourselves and either donate the second one or invite another family over to decorate the second one, so I did just that as well-- we invited over some friends of ours to make the second house.

This year I went with a teal and red theme (do you know how hard it is to find teal colored candy at Christmas? lol).  I may have gone a bit overboard with the decorating, but isn't that half the fun of it?
So for my "first" house, I'm pretty proud of how it turned out!
Without further adu- my 2013 gingerbread house!



The other side

Close up of the roof

Close up of the front

Close up of the side

My husband is a pilot so of course there's a runway on the side of the house Wink

Here's both houses- my friends on the left and mine on the right!

Thank you for checking out my entry! I hope you loved it!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Guess What Day It Is? Hump Day! Camel Costume on: November 06, 2013 03:07:50 PM
Hilarious! I honestly don't think I've seen the commercial, but still, that is a great couples' costume. Even by itself, your camel is adorable Cheesy

Oh my goodness! You absolutely must go look up "Geico Hump Day" commercial on You Tube- the commercial is hysterical!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Guess What Day It Is? Hump Day! Camel Costume on: November 03, 2013 09:28:34 AM
Guess what day it is? Guess. What. Day. It. Is. Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike. Hump Day! Woop wooooop!

Yes, my husband and I went as the Geico "Hump Day" commercial.  I have to give my husband credit though- it was his idea!  I'm pretty sure he was only joking when he said "we should go as a camel" a few weeks ago
The funny thing is, his name is Mike, and every Wednesday when he wakes up, I'm greeted with a big ole "Guess what day it is?!?!", so it only seemed natural that we go as the commercial.

*Note* This post isn't done- these are just some crappy cell phone pictures that I took the night we wore it.  We live in Washington, and it's been nothing but rain and snow the past few days, so as soon as the weather clears up, I do plan on going out and getting better pictures of my costume, so be sure to check back!

I went as the camel, and we made my husband a hump day shirt and Geico hat to go with it.  Here's a quick shot of my costume for the thumbnail pic:

I used fleece and fur and this pattern as the general base for my costume, and then I made the camel hump and head from scratch

The hump was basically made by cutting two "D" shaped pieces of fabric, sewing them together and then sewing them to the back of the fleece "shirt" I made.  Here's an action shot of the hump being modeled by our dog (who obviously wasn't too pleased)

The hump:

For the head, I used the basic "hood" part of the pattern I posted above, and then added the nose from a pattern I created.  The "fur" on top of his head was a simple yarn pom pom, and the eyes, eyelashes and nostrils were felt.  The head is what took me the longest- the better part of one day to design and sew, but I'm pretty proud with how it came out!

For my husband's "costume" we used clip art to design a simple t-shirt and brought it to the mall where they have a store that makes up shirts for you.  I also made him a "Geico" logo and attached it to a hat

I didn't make the whole "jumpsuit" that the pattern called for, but rather cut it off just below the waist, gave it an elastic casing, added a tail, and paired it with a pair of leggings and brown boots:

We were a hit at the costume contest at our local bar!

And just for good measure- we carved a camel pumpkin this year as well  Wink
4  Washington / Washington: Northeast / Re: Any Craftsters in Spokane? on: October 25, 2013 09:19:32 AM
I know this is an old thread, but is anyone still around in Spokane? I just moved from NJ to WA and I'm happy to see there's so many crafters here!  I'm an Air Force wife, so I'd love to meet some other military spouses.
Also, does anyone know of anyplace crafty that's hiring? I do it all- photography, sewing, knitting, crocheting, art, painting, furniture re-do, etc.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Pixar Lamp on: April 01, 2013 07:31:25 AM
This is beyond adorable!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: I Love Lucy (but not THAT Lucy!) on: November 30, 2012 06:16:02 AM
I'm a Jersey Girl as well-- and I know Lucy well-- I visit her often when I go to AC.  What a great tribute to her! (And I'm so glad she survived Sandy!)
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: A message from the Universe :) on: February 23, 2012 04:17:47 PM
I love it <3
This just drives home the fact that Craftster needs a Photography section too!  What better way to capture everyday beauty than with photography!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red Sparkle Vinyl Rockabilly Handbag on: May 05, 2011 08:51:20 AM
I <3 glitter vinyl so much that I have a small collection of it (I always buy it when I see it on a remnant table!)- but I never know what to do with it-- this is PERFECT!
I love the detail on the pocket!
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Pink Lamps of Venice - Batik on: April 04, 2011 07:39:21 AM
Stunning!  I did batik in college, so I understand how difficult it is to achieve such detail, but you totally rocked it! Very precise and awesome job with the quilting- it really adds to it!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flowering Tree Collage...made with a Cricut and lots of glue! on: March 11, 2011 05:39:47 AM
Definitely better than the original!  You both did a fantastic job!

Do you mind sharing which cartridges you used?  Those flowers would be beautiful in scrapbooking!
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