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1  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.
2  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.

3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES / Oh by Golly we had a Wabi Sabi X-mas 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.
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES / MAMA Clock 1500+ sequins 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
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hand Carved Skull Necklace on: October 15, 2009 10:36:21 PM
A VooDoo/Haiti inspired woven hemp necklace.

Here's the one inch focal bead.  It's a hand carved (not by me) skull

Here's the whole necklace

And here's a shot of the back.  (I'm pretty proud of this part it looks just how I wanted it!

It was hard to get the color of the beads to show.  They are a dark toffee colored glass . . . kind of like a beer bottle.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Funny Bunny Illustration on: March 21, 2009 05:42:37 PM
As an artist I by no means consider this my best work . . . but I do appreciate it for what it is:  a dumb purple bunny with a carrot.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My Easter Themed Pendant on: March 21, 2009 05:33:31 PM
Here's a little pendant I made out of a real quail's egg, copper wire, and an aluminum flower.  On the inside of the shell it says, "As I have loved you, so you also should love one another."

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "The Juniper Tree" themed Hoodie (image chubby) on: October 26, 2008 01:18:32 PM
The image is all my own design and painting was done freehand.  The black and white parts are puffy paint.  Everything in color is stitched.  The stitching took 3 weeks (on and off).  I made this for a friends birthday but I haven't seen him yet.  Sooooo . . . .it's sitting in my closet.
I was inspired by the Grimm's fairy tale "The Juniper Tree.
Here's  link to a version I found online

This is a close up of Marlene.

Here is the detail of the stitching on the bird.  I used split stitch, rice stitch, satin stitch, and french knots.

A detail on the little boy's skull with a flower growing out of it.  Plus BONUS mysterious shadow!

Here's the juniper tree.

And here is the entire image!  (modeled by my hubby)

Let me know what you think!  It's not too girly is it?  My husband says it isn't (in fact, he wants it).  But I made it for a guy friend and I'm nervous that it's going to go over like a fart in church.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ORCA bag for sister's graduation on: August 27, 2008 06:26:29 PM
I dyed some fabric and made this bag.   The embroidery is my own design.  My sister has a thing for Orca whales and the color pink so I thought I'd make her something that incorperated those things.

Here it is!

The little hand belongs to my baby boy.

An here is a detail of the stitching!

I think she liked it . . . at least my mom told me that she did . . .
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My Old China Journal on: June 30, 2008 11:57:44 AM
About 3 years ago, I spent a month in China studying art and art history.  I was super excited and wanted to remember everything (and I didn't have a lot of money for souvenirs) so I made this little journal out of sketchbook paper and some handmade-pressed-flower-paper I found on sale at a local craft store.  It's essentially six little booklets that I sewed together at their spines.  I also sewed little pockets on the front and back cover and sealed it with some decoupage to make it a little sturdier.

Here is the journal closed.  I got that hello kitty pineapple creature at a Mc Donald's in China, the fan is from a tea house in Shanghai, there's a phone card that I used to call my mom and fiance (now husband) and it's all tied up with a length of silk that I got at this Tibetan themed bar.  *Not pictured is a little jade charm that I later found out I totally got ripped off for . . . it's stuffed under the silk somewhere.

Here's the first page.  You can see the littel pocket I made.  Inside the pocket are my notes for my Chinese film class.  On the left is a drawing of the view from the first hotel room I stayed in.  I drew a lot of pictures because my camera broke 3 days before I was supposed to leave and I couldn't find anyone to fix it.

Here's the tail end of an entry, a receipt, a hotel keycard, and maps to two of the hotels where I stayed.

I asked all the people I was traveling with to draw something in my book to remember them by.  Here are two of those drawings.  A couple people were too stuck up to draw in my journal, but I don't want to remember them anyway Tongue.

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