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1  Werewolf Family with articulating mask! in Halloween Costumes by disposableactor on: November 02, 2015 05:56:49 PM

Every Halloween we take our son to the costume store and try to see if something strikes his fancy.  He's autistic and has limited verbal abilities so it isn't easy to guess what he wants to be.  This year, the only thing that sparked his interest was a large plastic chain.  So I started working on a costume that could use the prop he picked out.  We decided on a retro werewolf family.  

My son doesn't like anything on his face, so for his costume I made a hood out of fun fur and an old tee-shirt and then sewed snaps into it so that I could attach it to a button down shirt.  I made a tail as well and made it so it could be tied to a belt or belt loops.  We used the chain as a makeshift "leash" for our wolf child.  I tied the end of his belt to the chain to make it seem like we were taking him for a walk.  

I didn't get progress shots of his costume because it didn't occur to me to do that until I started working on my costume.  

I'm 6 months pregnant so I had to make my dress as well.  It's a simple infinity dress made out of taupe jersey and mustard yellow stretch lace.

Since Iggy couldn't/wouldn't wear a mask, I decided that I would.  I started with a blank white plastic mask and cut it in half.
I then built a frame out of card stock (the two smaller bits with the clips at the bottom are ears).  I sculpted paper clay on top of the frame to give it a better shape and strength.  Then I cut out fun-fur and hot glued it on.

I attached the two halves together with elastic so that the mask had a working jaw.  

Here's a link to a video of the mask in action:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMpsUxTYthw&feature=youtu.be

My husband's costume was simple because he had to work on Halloween and only had 30 minutes to get ready.  I laid down eyelash glue across his face and waited for it to dry.  I got out some makeup and painted it to look like skin.  I then took a nail file and made 4 scratches.  This tore the glue and make it look like peeled skin.  I used red and brown greasepaint to color in the furrows and then painted over then with liquid bandage to make them look like shiny open wounds.  After that dried I got out some purple eye shadow, blush, and green greasepaint to give him some bruising.  

I gave his hair some 50's realness and that was it.
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2  Sand Sensory Table for my Son's Birthday in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by disposableactor on: August 17, 2014 05:30:38 PM
My little boy turned seven this weekend.  He is autistic which makes gift giving a little challenging.  He really enjoys sensory play and loves sand.  They make sensory tables for water and sand.  They are normally plastic and not exactly sturdy.  If you want something that will actually stand up up to the rough play of a disabled child, you are looking at spending $200-$300+ and that doesn't include any sand or toys.  Just the table.
And in all honesty, I'm not exactly "flush" with cash and I figured I could build him something that was at the very least sturdy if not the prettiest.  This is what I came up with:

One of the storage drawer tops:

Before the decoupage was finished:
All the work took place in my tiny studio corner of our one bedroom apartment.

Truthfully the wood, paint, varnish, hardware, sand, seashells, and toys totaled about $245 but that's still better than what I would have paid for pre-made. I got Wuba brand kinetic sand which is sort of like sand/modeling clay.  It's 1% polymer and 99% sand (I think).  The sea shells came from the California Sea Shell Company in Seal Beach California and the toys came from Ikea.  The pictures came from a couple of old books that I picked up at The Last Bookstore in LA.
Because of his disability, Iggy doesn't really have friends and we don't have any relatives nearby.  All he has is is dad and me, so I try really hard to make all of his birthday's really special.

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3  Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by disposableactor on: November 23, 2011 05:24:55 PM
What's that little package . . . ?

Open Now!

Now? It's just about now right now.  I better open you.

Awwww yeah!  In shaky cell phone vision.

P.S. It is ginormous and hugamongous (<-- both totally words btw).

Day 1

Cool little note pad.  I seem to have misplaced my quote.  If my little man has found it, we can presume it has gone to a better place.  If not, I will find it and report back.

Day 2

"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true." -Charles Dickens

Day 3

When Iggy opened this I was like, AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I have been coveting these little goldfish soaps ever since MareMare posted then forever ago.  Iggy was very intrigued and will be taking a bath with it shortly.  At that time he will probably try to taste it.  He's on a candle and soap tasting kick.
"I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot." -Author unknown

Day 4

Delicious Ginger Candy . . . Heck Yes!
"A Painter, who lived in Great Britain
"Interrupted two girls with their knittin'
"He said, with a sigh,
"That park bench -- well I
"Just painted it, right where you're sittin'."

Day 5

"Two things in life are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe." -Albert Einstein

Day 6

A picture frame ornament.  What what!
"I cook with wine, sometimes i even add it to the food." - W.C. Fields

Day 7

I've never had one of these before.  It was amazing.  You may have noticed that this is not a photograph that I took but a product picture from online. This is because I ate it (the candy bar) and have no idea what I did with the wrapper while in a sugar induced stupor.
"The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do."  -American Proverb

Day 8

Mmmm . . . pepperminty.  I haven't gotten to use it yet because I've vowed to helped the boy free day three's soap fish.  He carries it everywhere.  I caught him trying to eat the soap off the fish.  By his facial expression, it wasn't very tasty.
"NOW it was serious.  A double-dog-dare.  What else was there but a triple dare ya?  And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare."  -A Christmas Story

Day 9

Iggy's pretty sure these are the best things that ever happened (next to soap fish).
"There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast." -Charles Dickens

Day 10

Iggy got a little rough with this one.  It's his first pack of cards and I don't think he realized that you are supposed to keep the box to put them back in.  I was able to flatten out the rumpled one for him.  That being said, he spent a full 45 minutes fiddling with them.  I wasn't allowed to play, they're his cards.

Day 11

beads WHOOT
"That's the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me." - Jerry Seinfeld

Day 12

OK so I had this idea that I was going to get this great picture of my husband and me in face masks.  But it turns out that this stuff is way too classy for that.  It isn't all thick and goopy like you'd buy at the store.  It's thin and it feels great.  It's like the type of mask you pay a fortune for when you get a facial.  It's thin and silky and fantastic.  But it doesn't make you look funny.  Just fabulous.  So . . . no funny picture.  Oh, and if you can't tell, I LOVE it.
"You're never too old to learn something stupid." -anonymous

Day 13

Brain-fried husband!  YAY!  Actually the gift was the cute little Cthulhu behind his head.  I believe he is driving my man insane as deep ones are wont to do.  You should have seen his face when he opened it.  He lit up like a little boy and then chased our son around the kitchen with his new toy.
" . . . an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature . . . . A pulpy tentacled head surmounted a grotesque scaly body with rudimentary wings."  -H.P. Lovecraft

Day 14

A Rudolf sucker for my little one.
"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagi fhtagn.  In his house in R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."
-H.P. Lovecraft

Day 15

Today was a gift for Iggy and he seems to have hidden it from me.  It was another cute little deck of cards.
And words by which I live my life.
"You're never to old to learn something stupid." -Author unknown


"A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; it makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small."  -Eva K. Logue

Day 17

Hair clips!
"Once again, e come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice." - Dave Barry

Day 18

Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses
"Forget love, I'd rather fall in chocolate."  -Unknown

Day 19

Pop-rock like candy. I love giving this stuff to Iggy.  He makes the funniest faces.
"It was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.  May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, 'God bless us, every one!'" - Charles Dickens


Gold BUTTONS!  Iggy really liked these so they are currently MIA.  I had better find them soon.  I had plans for them! YAY I found them!
"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." - Author unknown

Gin Rummy cards for my peanut!  My husband and I used to play that game all the time when we were dating.  Iggy stashed them somewhere.  They have those little squeak aliens from Toy Story on them.  I love those guys!
"There was a dear lady of Eden, Who on apples was quite fond of feedin'; She gave one to Adam. Who said, 'Thank you, Madam,' And then both skedaddled from Eden."


Fantastic lotion that smells fantastic!  You can see that there is already a noticeable amount missing.  I've been using it a lot.
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens
A polar bear pez dispenser!  Iggy thinks this thing is great.  He's been taking it to bed with him.  Please disregard my laundry and empty box.

"Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles." - unknown

A pack of AA batteries!  So useful.
"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day.  Don't clean it up too quickly." - Andy Rooney

'Do rags!  Totally cute AND you can see the bracelet I made out of Day 5's buttons.  My face looks stupid because it takes my husband an eternity to take a picture.

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4  Re: Fallen London Swap Gallery (Sendouts 3/1) in The Swap Gallery by disposableactor on: March 11, 2011 11:09:47 AM
Yay!  I finally uploaded my pictures!  Huzzah!

Here is a pic of my new crazy bat/rat friend.  He's carrying important starveling cat information.

And some super saucy mushroom dudes!  I want to let my son play with them but I'm afraid he'll ruin them with his chocolate paws and cheezy face.  They are going to look hot in my living room after I move.   

A Pirate Hat!  As modeled by mu husband.  He took these pictures while I was sleeping since I haven't been feeling well.  I think the hat looks super cute on him.

Everything together!

Thank you Sailorgirlbonk!
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5  Re: Fallen London Swap! Send outs 2/21 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by disposableactor on: February 14, 2011 05:46:12 PM
ponder this

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6  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery in The Swap Gallery by disposableactor on: January 15, 2011 03:06:47 PM
Jexxican rox!
This . . .  is . . . the greatest  . . . thing  . . . ever! 
LOOK AT IT! Cheesy

I know you hate me and that's okay because I would hate you too.

Best TMNT by far and he's cute and he's randomly quoting one of my favorite scary movies.
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7  Oh by Golly we had a Wabi Sabi X-mas in CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES by disposableactor on: January 03, 2011 05:17:20 PM
Because we would really love to travel but we don't have the money, every year my family chooses a different place to use as a theme.  This year, we chose Japan.  To go  along with the theme, I chose to do a gingerbread Ginkaku-ji temple.

Ginkaku-ji (a.k.a. Jisho-ji)  is a zen temple in Kyoto and is considered by many to be the best example of the Japanese spirit of architecture.  Here is a pic of the real thing

Mine stood about 2 feet tall and was 100% edible with the exception of the tinfoil that I used to back the water.
Here's a different angle   This shows the same side as the photo of the real temple but I chose to have the temple shut up rather than open since it is winter time . . . In case the difference between the two needed explaining.

Here is the other side with the zen rock garden   In reality, the zen garden is part of one of the secondary buildings but I really wanted to make one part of the main temple.  And a close up of that rock garden:

The original temple has a bronze phoenix on top of it's roof.  To make mine, I origami folded a wonton wrapper.   Well, two actually.  I made the tail separate.  It wasn't to scale but I feel that it went with the spirit of the piece and it would be hard to tell what it was if I made it much smaller.

Please let me know what you think.
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8  Re: 44 cent round 5 gallery in The Swap Gallery by disposableactor on: December 20, 2010 04:42:43 PM
Got my envelope from Starryeyeddiy.  Here's the loot!

The envelope was cranberry red and had a tissue paper snowflake glued on it.  I don't have a picture because my 3 year old got to it. Sad  I feel really bad.  He is so fast and crazy!
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9  MAMA Clock 1500+ sequins in CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES by disposableactor on: October 07, 2010 10:24:51 PM

Here is my entry. It is a clock made out of a 20x20 canvas, sequins, beads and embroidery thread . . . and clock parts Tongue.
I realized that I'm a pretty lousy photographer.  I can't seem to get everything to look okay in one shot. 

Just mama in sequins before the cross stitch and clock hands.  The colors aren't as true.  They were sewn on one by one with seed beads.

Here's one with the colors looking right but the glare from the sparklies sort of makes her lose half a face.

The numbers are represented by sprites from cooking, gardening and crafting mama.  I got them from screenshots, box art and kind people who know how to rip sprites from games.  I made all of the patterns by printing a grid onto the sprites.

I chose the disappointed Mama face for the center.  

Here's one without the flash
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10  Re: sweat shoppe swap 21 gallery in The Swap Gallery by disposableactor on: December 09, 2009 11:16:23 AM
OK, how did I not know this was here until today?  Shocked  I am such a bimbo sometimes.  I'll be sure to post pictures after my little ones therapy appointment!   Grin


by cyndiq for my mommy.  she LOVED it Cheesy

by sloth003 super awesome tea wallet.  I take it everywhere

by dharma_rebel  I finally have my own stocking!

by Troublet best snowflakes EVER

by gigglygirl ZOMG!!!!! one was for my toddler (we play doctor with him) . . . I kept the red one for me

by ktlady super fun napkins that matched my yellow and silver christmas color theme.  I <3 these

by klum78 One didnh't make it to the photo because it was marking very important info for me

by GatorWrangler for my baby sis (I almost kept it)

more to come . . .
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