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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!
Today I have a FREEBIE selection for you!
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Jewel colors Ric Rac Chevrons!




















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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Diablo 2 Necromancer Costume!

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We love Diablo 2 (and 3) video games!
And we have a 10 year old boy who wanted needs a cool costume!
This is the Necromancer from Diablo 2.
Of course you customize the armor as you play the game...
so we based the costume off our favorite elements!
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Here he is with his little skeleton warrior minion!

Okay, this was a costume my hubby made for himself  for
Halloween 10 years ago!

It was a hit then!  And now our son is big enough to wear it!
 Love that!  (this is why we save costumes right?)

It was made from skull decorations, paper mache,
old computer keyboard keys,
Black leather, chains, rope and a huge spider!  :)

Perfect Halloween Costume for the video game player!
And it will be great if we ever make it to comic con!  :)



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Monday, October 29, 2012

Gravestones from Garbage!

 We made Gravestones for the yard!
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First, we lifted these 2 pieces of styrofoam out of our friend's garbage...

 Drew out a pattern with a sharpie...

And busted out the foam cutter, heat knife!  You need one of these!
Use in well ventilated area, the fumes from cutting styrofoam can be harmful.
We had the garage door open.

We let the 10 and 8 year old's do them...


 The cutter melts the foam like butter--and no irritating SQUEAKY sound!





Then I mixed 1 part paint with 1 part elmers glue and 
told the kids to coat the front and sides with the mixture. 
 This will give it a layer for the spray paint to 
adhere to without melting it! 
 Then we sprayed them black, gray and silver for the perfect headstone!

 Used wooden dowels as stakes and pounded them into the yard!
Fun and Free little Halloween Decoration!






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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Easy Monkey Piggy-Back-Ride Costume!

We made this costume back in 2003 for son #1.
He was 1 and a half...but walked at 8 months.
Because it was the olden days...we have 
very few and very grainy pictures of it!
And no step by step pictures!
Son #2 wore it when he was 1 and a half.
He didn't walk until he was 14 months...
so at this stage, he HATED it.
But I managed to snap some pics in our basement.
awesome red eyes!
  
 
 
 To redeem himself...I forced my 4 year old into the
 suit once again to take some better pictures.
It did not fit...but we managed to squeeze his
 skinny legs in there!

  
 
 Okay here is what we used to make it.
*Stuffed Gorilla/Monkey toy (about same size as child wearing it)
*2 pairs of sweat pants that fit the child
*1 pair of overalls that fit the child
*pair of white child socks
*pair of black daddy socks
*stuffing
*elastic, needle and thread, scissors
  We started by cutting open the back of the monkey toy.
Pulled out it's stuffing...and unpicked its feet.
We cut out the front of the overalls so the body of the child would fit through.
and sewed it to the open back of the monkey...
(I say monkey because that's what we call it.  
You could do this same costume with any stuffed toy)
 
Then 1 pair of sweats was put inside the body cavity
 and down through the monkey legs.  
This is for the child to actually fit inside comfortably.
The black socks were added to the bottom of the monkey
 legs because a stuffed monkey/gorilla toy has very short legs.
The top of the plushy feet were fitted with some elastic
to be worn around the ankle to hide the feet/shoes.
 The other pair of sweats was stuffed with the monkey stuffing
and filled to look like legs and a bum.
(the bum is the critical part here...it has to look like 
the backside of a child in piggy back position)
The white socks are stuffed and sewn into/onto the stuffed sweats...
then those are fit down inside the overalls and tucked
 under the monkey arms...and stitched in place.
Try it out...test it...and watch them go! 
  
The BEST part is watching the RANDOMNESS of a new walker!
The child would take off in one direction...but it 
looks like the monkey just running him around!
Hilarious!  




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