Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Grinch Inspired Holiday Decorating...

This is my second year decorating my family room in one of my favorite holiday characters. This is a picture of my mantel this year. Very Grinchey!!!

I used to make and sell these Grinch's that you see above. They were a tremendous amount of work so I am glad that I saved a couple for myself!
This is our very colorful Seuss Inspired Christmas Tree this year!

Cindi Lou Who tops our Christmas Tree. I made her last year from felt - very quick project!
I hope this inspires someone else to have colorful Christmas! It makes me smile each time I look into the room.
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rescheduled Halloween Party....

If you have been following my blog, then you know that after all my hard work on the costumes, a snow storm to beat all snow storms caused us to miss our party. Luckily, we found a rescheduled party last night to go to. Had a blast dressed as the peanuts!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Couple More Halloween Costumes I Made...

My son and his friend share the same birthday. This year, we decided to do a joint-birthday/Halloween party. His friend has two little brothers that are identical twins. Since, they would be coming to the party too, they needed costumes. One of the twins is named, Frank, and I happened to have a Frankenstein costume that I had made my son years ago. (If you scroll down a bit in this blog - you will see a tutorial on how to make it). The other twin wanted to be a Mummy, so I figured that I could  up whip a costume for him too. This costume took just a few hours to make and was very simple.
Here are the results:
The glasses were added to the picture via to hide his identity.

Again, the glasses were not part of the costume.
I made the Mummy costume by ripping muslin strips (about 3 inches wide) and tea dying them. Then I just let them dry, I wanted them to be a little wrinkled. Next, I sewed them onto a long john set. The important thing to remember is to stretch the material when sewing on, so that when the costume is on - it will be big enough. I did open up the leg and arm seams and then sewed them back up when the strips were sewed on. Sew the strips on using different angles and leave some  strips hanging a bit , like he's becoming unwrapped. I sewed strips onto a white knit snow hat for the head (again stretching the fabric as I sewed). I left a couple of long pieces hanging so they could be wrapped randomly around his face and pinned back to the hat. He LOVED the costume and looked so cute.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Disappointing Halloween....

Well, after almost 3 months of working on our Halloween costumes this year.....a huge blizzard hit our part of the country on Halloween weekend. We NEVER have snow this early...EVER! The roads were so bad that we could not go to our party. I felt like sitting down and crying after all the hard work. Turns out we ended up losing power for 3 days and I am happy to say that power has been returned and I guess, if I look at the glass half full...I am all set for Halloween costumes next year. Now I just have to find somewhere in my house to store these huge Charlie Brown and friends heads until next year.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Toy Story Halloween Costumes

If you have been following my blog, you know that I have written mini- tutorials on how to make all the costumes in the picture below. Just wanted to share this group picture of us all together. You can see each individual post if you scroll down the blog.

Time To Think Halloween (Week 8) Alien From Toy Story Movie

My final Toy Story group costume that I made was the Alien! This costume was pretty simple to make.
This ended up being a last minute costume. My friend, Celina, wanted to be the slinky dog from Toy Story, but after weeks of working on it - I just couldn't get it right. So, with a week to go, I talked her into being the Alien. She agreed and I got busy with the paper mache' head. I used a small size yoga ball and covered it with paper mache'. After it was dry I cut out the mouth and covered the whole head in green felt. I covered some ping pong balls to make the three eyes and added the green antenna on the head. (As you can imagine, this part of the costume stirred up alot of comments - *wink, *wink)
The suit was just a matching sweat suit that I hot glued the felt decorations on and it was done! It actually was a very comfortable costume to wear.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Time To Think Halloween (Week 7) - Mrs. Potato Head Costume from Toystory

This week I am featuring one of my all time favorite costumes that I have ever made....Mrs. Potato Head from Toy Story! I absolutely loved how this one turned out and my friend, Amanda, had so much fun wearing it!
This costume was fairly simple. I purchased brownish fabric and made a big sack. I sandwiched cotton batting in between the outside and the lining to give it some "body". It required a couple of fittings with my friend to get the arm holes just right. Then for the eyes, nose and mouth...all made from felt. Toughest part was the nose. I had a hard time getting it just the right size and shape.
The shoes were purchased clown shoes, but they worked well with the outfit.
Her hat was key for the costume to look like Mrs. Potato Head. I paper mache'd over a small size exercise ball. I believe it was 36" in diameter. I then covered it in red felt, made a flap for the visor and cut a hole for her to look out. To make this hat not so heavy (it actually came right down over her shoulders) I cut a round circle (about 18" in diameter) out of the top of the paper mache, but not the felt. This way the top of her head fit into the hole, taking a lot of the weight off her head and it rested on the felt. This also helped to steady the head, so that it wasn't wiggling all over when she moved.  I did put red netting over the hole for her face, but you could still see her pretty well in the bright lights.
She received LOADS of compliments on her costume and our group did win first prize!
I will be featuring the final Toy Story Costume next week....the Alien!

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