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Monday, September 30, 2013

Duct Tape Gun Holsters to the Rescue!

 My 5 year old son is such a man.
He only wants to be a part of things that are manly and tough...
and has a hard time joking around.
Don't get me wrong...he's super adorable and loves his mommy...
and can get into an uber silly mood.

But generally he is very stoic...serious...and all boy.
In the past we've made him jet packs, bandolier bullet vests, tool belts,
Bounty Hunter jet packs, and utility belts...
this time...he needed gun holsters.
He found these 2 wooden guns that my hubby made years ago for a costume party...
and wanted them to be his Jango Fett guns.
 I love to see his little mind thinking of solutions to his problems.
He was wearing his reflective running belt and tucking the guns in them...
but if he leaned over the guns would come out.
He approached me with his problem and asked if I had any ideas.

My first thought was that I could sew something...
or dad could make some holsters out of leather...
Then like lightning hitting my lightbulb...I remembered why
I love duct tape so much!
Quick, easy, cheap, replaceable, customizable!

Duct tape holsters in 5 minutes:
You'll need a belt and duct tape.

 Double over strips of duct tape to fit the desired width of the belt.
 Wrap them in a loop...tape down.
Add another loop going the other direction...

Cover the back of the tape so there is no stickiness.
 Doubled looped and ready to go!

 Make 2...if you have 2 guns.

 Slide onto belt!
 Take them out for a test drive!
I love nothing more than seeing his pure joy when he feels ultimately manly.

Quick on the draw!
And they are the perfect compliment to his Bounty Hunter Jet pack!
He looks like Jango!  :)



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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Doctor Who Party Week: Wrap up!

 The after party!
I count this one as a HUGE success!
We had several "Best Party Ever" comments as kids were leaving.

To be fair...I took care of any leftover food that night...
and then the decorations stayed up all weekend...and we took
them down right after I took these pictures 4 days later.
We partied hard...for a 5 year old Time Lord that doesn't take naps.


If you are just stopping by this week,
here's what you missed:

Doctor Who themed BIRTHDAY Party
Doctor Who themed FOOD for party
Doctor Who themed GAMES for party
Doctor Who themed CLOTHES for party
Doctor Who themed DECORATIONS for party






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Friday, September 27, 2013

Doctor Who Party Week: Invitations and Decorations

 For the perfect Doctor Who Themed Birthday Party...

 You'll need some great invitations!
Here's the one we made...
You could even use a homemade stamp!


You'll also need some great decorations!

Dalek
No party is complete without one!

 I took a fabulously sketched Dalek image from Okum Arts.
I opened it up in photoshop and cropped it into printer page
sized pieces and printed all 9 of them out.
(The process was just like the Cassandra I did for the games)
Then I colored them with gold and silver colored pencils.
And cut them out carefully and then laminated them in my desktop laminator!

 After they were laminated,
I pieced them back together and used clear packing tape to secure them in place!


The only problem was how crappy the stun gun lined up...
and how I colored it wrong!

 So I printed off another piece...did the same
 process and just taped it right on!
 Much better!
I mounted it on some foam core board from the dollar store
to keep it standing upright.
But you could tape it up on the wall or a door too!

 Here it is, piece by piece...just right click to save off
and print on regular paper!  Personal use only!
 

Vincent Van Gogh Inspired Art:
The Pandorica Opens
 These paintings were a blast!...and I was jealous I didn't get to do one myself.
So, we homeschool, right?
We did a whole day studying Vincent Van Gogh.
We read all about his life and tragic end.  We studied his paintings.
We watched "Vincent and Amy" and "The Pandorica Opens"
And then we set to work.
We found these 2 canvases at the thrift store for $1 each...steep, I know!
 I used spray paint to get the blue going...

 Then the kids set to work, daubing paint swirls and a shattered Tardis!

 They loved it!  And it was challenging...
It was hard for them to just daub on the paint and not
 try too hard to make it look perfect.
Abstractness is a talent for sure!


 And the final pieces:



Here's the reference from "The Pandorica Opens"
I think they did pretty good! 

We walked through the Untempered Schism to enter the party!


We got the Tardis/Dalek silicone mold
and made plaster figures for decor

 Once they dried, I just spray painted them!
I am sure they will make a comeback when I get ready for the
Doctor Who Themed Christmas Tree!


We hung up quotes and other original artwork done by my kids!
My daughter even did a My Little Pony Doctor's Companions picture:
I think she did great capturing Rose, Amy, River, Martha, Clara, and Donna!
I love the details like the snowmen, the beetle on
 Donna's back and the "my little Doctor"!
Budding little artist!

Most of the decor was the games too!
Check them out if you missed them!



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