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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: SHARKNADO!!! HECK YES! on: November 11, 2015 08:52:56 AM
This is genius
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Werewolf Family with articulating mask! on: November 07, 2015 03:55:59 PM
Lovely ensemble. I'm so impressed with your homemade werewolf mask.

Thank you so much.  Cos-playing youtubers really helped.  I watched so many different kinds of masks being made before I started mine.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Werewolf Family with articulating mask! 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.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sand Sensory Table for my Son's Birthday on: August 18, 2014 01:08:22 PM
Thank you for all the compliments.  Iggy really does seem to like it a lot.  He sits on it when he plays some times, so I'm really glad I decided to make it so resilient. 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sand Sensory Table for my Son's Birthday 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.

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: January 01, 2012 12:21:26 AM
Very cool calendar Myrdda!

Disposableactor--I'm so glad you like the head scarves! Silly me didn't realize until I was almost done with the green one that it stitched together rather than having an adjustable tie. I was just kinda hoping it would magically fit your head Grin

It did magically fit my head which is AMAZING because my head is stupid and nothing ever fits it.  It's ridiculously cute too!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: December 28, 2011 07:40:36 AM
This was so fun!  Thank you so much MareMare!  The boys and I love all our gifts.  My head scarves are awesome and I wear them all the time!  I'm hoping to relocate those last couple items so I can post their pics soon.  They had attracted Iggy which means I have to find the dragon horde.  Since he's autistic, his ability to hide things is above average.  It's like living with a naughty squirrel.  I'm planning on launching a two man search party tonight while he's asleep.

HEY!  I just thought of something.  I will also post a picture of my calendar with all its ornaments!  I just realized I only took a picture of it nekkid.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: December 25, 2011 07:34:32 PM
It's been crazy here.  The power went out and we had to have falafal at the Greek place down the street instead of the Christmas dinner I planned.  Other stuff happened.  Long story short, I'll be posting the rest of my pictures either tomorrow or Tuesday.  I didn't forget!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: December 24, 2011 12:40:54 AM
Disposableactor~Day 17 isn't tape, I just re-used a tape box Cheesy Open it!
Oh my gosh, I'm such a dork.  I was all, "I can use this for wrapping presents."
I'll update the pics when the man gets home with the camera.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: December 08, 2011 11:54:44 PM
The green ornament is origami paper. Given the texture of the reverse side I think it may have been washi. You make it by folding a bunch of squares in half and gluing them together A side to B1 side and A1 to B2 etc.  Sort of like you're making a book but then you glue the first side A to the last side B to make a circle. Then you cut out the shape.  There is a hole through the center that you can string it on when you're done.
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