Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Halloween: Shock, Young Maleficent, and Elsa

Three costumes, now: Shock from Nightmare Before Christmas, Young Maleficent, and Elsa from Frozen. 

The preschooler won't put up with anything uncomfortable and she made me so relieved when she picked a store costume. I knit a hat and added a yarn braid to it to keep her warm. She wore her coat and pants underneath. 

Shock's costume, well...didn't work so well. I accidentally made the hat too narrow for her head, so she couldn't wear it outside in the 20-30 mph wind. The mask is model magic with paper mâché overtop, then painted. The robes were simple. 

Maleficent, oh Maleficent. First my beautiful intricate, PERFECT horns were too darn heavy. That took me a week of work. So I got made and twisted some foil over a headband and tossed black duct tape over then. Much lighter for a 6 year old. The wings? I thought I told my kids NEVER AGAIN after the Weeping Angel wings but I was suckered into it this year. We made a wire frame with fabric base (cheap flat sheet), then hot glued like 30 cut fabric feathers on it. Oh, and leather horn wing tips. The wire wasn't strong enough, so I had to add a disguised feather dowel for her to prop up or change wing direction. I repeat, NEVER AGAIN. 

The dress was easy. I just traced a simple sleeveless dress shape on the best matching fabric I could find and added a Velcro closure. 

Beeswax lanterns take 1

This was an easy, fun project. We used this tutorial: http://www.herewearetogether.com/2011/08/03/waldorf-crafts-beeswax-lanterns/

Then I read this one and the hints are absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend pre-inflating and pushing the bottoms down. http://www.montessoriworksblog.com/2014/02/06/handmade-beeswax-lanterns/

It turned out a lovely milk chocolate color on accident. We were running low on beeswax so we tossed all our little bits and scraps of beeswax into the double boiler. I'm happy with it now!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Halloween 2014: The Oogie Boogie Man

My son went as the Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas. This costume was insanely easy. 

We took a piece of slightly green tinted burlap, folded it in half and my son laid down on it, arms and legs spread some. I traced his body with ample space following how Oogie Boogie looks. We used hot glue to seam the edges, leaving feet and hand holes. Then we cut a hole for the head and a slit down the back. My Velcro didn't stick do well, so that ended up pinned. The hood was made with the scraps. I followed a tutorial on using wire wraps to form the eyes and mouth. We stuffed the hood with plastic bags and my son painted the dark places. He was able to bundle up underneath. 

Halloween 2014: Sally

A little bit late. But we did finish on time. Just barely. 

Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas: 

Snazaroo face paint is magical. But it will leak a little if your eyes fill with tears from the cold. 

After the party (minimal smudging).

She made her own costume. I slightly helped in drafting and figuring out how. She has hand dyed wool jersey leggings and arms because it was just so cold out. We had to make those last minute and a matching pair of stitched wool hands for Trick or Treating. It was really cold this year. 

My messy projects have taken over

Lotion bars: In a double boiler on medium, melt 1 cup beeswax with 1/2 cup Shea butter, 1/2 cup cocoa butter, 1/4 cup pumpkin seed oil, 3/4 cup olive oil, and a few splashes of essential oils of choice. We used peppermint, cinnamon, and threw in some kidney beans for two massage bars. The rest were grapefruit lavender with fresh lavender buds. You have to pour these into molds VERY quickly as it will start setting with seconds of hitting cool air. 

Pros to this recipe: very silky and great for dry skin

Cons: you must use separate equipment because it takes forever to get off of your bowls!! Also, this is pretty waterproof so it doesn't wash off your hands without a lot of soap. This is great for my dey skin, but beware. 

Dyeing yarn with cranberries. We boiled and smashed one bag of fresh cranberries 30 minutes. Then we allowed it to cool, added our Treliske, and we are letting it sit overnight.  We decided not to add mordants after looking at other projects online. 

Gift making part 1

26 days until Christmas? This is the perfect time for a gift making rush. We are largely doing a handmade Christmas this year. Im trying to use what I have and upcycle some things. Luckily I'm a craft supply hoarder. A sneak peak. 

Peg dolls would be a lot easier if my kids didn't dry out most of my paints and brushes. It's a little lumpy. 

Felt boot making. Note: this technique sucks. I apparently didn't get pictures of the technique that *worked*.