A Bushel of Apples

I should be waking up this morning in New England, but thanks to Hurricane Sandy, we cancelled our trip.

Let me first say that I am very thankful that all of my family is safe and they weren’t too effected by the storm.

My heart goes out to the people in New York and New Jersey and I pray that they can get back to normal as soon as possible!

I worked hard on this years costumes for the grandkids and I was so looking forward to the Rag Shag parade and costume contest.

Because I was not going to see some of them until we met up at the parade, I had mailed their costumes in advance. I am so glad that I did that!

However, I was planning on bringing 2 of the kids costumes with me because I was going to be staying at their house. When the Capt. called me last Friday to tell me that the perfect storm was brewing in the Northeast, I quickly gathered the costumes and headed to the UPS store. The package was supposed to arrive on Tuesday, October 30th.

We weren’t sure yet, if we were going, but at least all of the kids would have their costumes.

When I checked the flight status for Monday, all of the flights to the Northeast had been cancelled until further notice, so I called the Capt. and we made the difficult decision to call all of the kids and inform them that we were cancelling our trip on Tuesday.

I kept checking on the status of that package and unfortunately, due to the storm, it was still in Florida as of yesterday.

So, the costumes that I made were:

A fancy witch tutu and a ghost tutu dress for my 2 granddaughters
A paratrooper for one grandson
And an accident victim for the older grandson.
I was taking my costume creating into the digital world with the thanks of the digitaldudz app. Check out this video here.

And for the costume that I think has a chance to win the costume contest, I made the newest grandson a bushel of apples outfit.

When we were trying to come up with an idea for his costume, I came across these very cleaver sack of taters costumes.

That is when the lightbulb went off!

My son in law’s family has an apple orchard so I thought it would be fun to dress the baby as a bag of apples.

After struggling with how I was going to make this costume and keep the baby warm, I decided to make a red hooded cape out of fleece. I put a large stem and leaf on top of the hood and hot glued small apples on the shoulders of the cape.

Then I just made a large sack out of white fleece, hot glued some white raffia for the bag handles and used an iron on transfer to add the farm name. The baby had just been weighed, so I had to add the net weight of our bushel!

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I am keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is good,and the kids can wear their costumes and trick or treat.

And for the 2 that didn’t receive their costumes, they were able to get some store ones, at a discount. When their package finally arrives, they will have awesome costumes for next year!

I think I am really retiring from the costume making business after this!

Oprah Wins Another Award

When I asked my sister if we could dress Sweetie up and enter her in the pet costume contest at her mall this year, she knew exactly what Sweetie should be!

There are several different categories that are judged and the one we entered was the celebrity look-a-like category.

I made Sweetie an evening dress, with cleavage, and with the addition of a black wig, she was a dead ringer for Oprah!

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My sister transformed a red wagon into a chase lounge.

And we added all of Oprah’s favorite things:

Her magazine, Louboutins, pictures of Gayle and Stedman, and her Emmy, along with some favorite toys.

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When we arrived at the mall, we had people wanting to take her picture before we could even register.

And when we got to the judges table, they could not contain themselves. They were laughing and pointing at her cleavage and her wig. One judge even said “ I can see the resemblance“. They loved all of the special effects on the magazine and the pictures, and they thanked us for making them laugh!

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We were confident that Sweetie would be one of the winners.

And we were right, she won 1st place in her category!

Sweetie won a 1st place trophy and a $50.00 gift card to the mall stores.

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We were so proud of her that we went out to lunch, on her, and celebrated the victory

Those Pesky Pets

So, at the end of my last post, I announced that I had retired from costume making right?

WRONG!

As the next year rolled around, I was itching to make some more costumes, I just couldn’t help myself.

So, I turned my attention to the dogs.

My sister found out that her new outside mall was having a big pet parade and costume contest and later we found out that the Petco near her was also having a costume contest the morning of that same day.

I immediately got busy trying to think of a great costume for Marley and my sisters little Pekingese, Sweetie.

Come on, with faces like these, who wouldn’t exploit them!!

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My grandkids did not take the news lightly that I am not making their costumes anymore, but I am making some for the dogs!

We finally decided that Sweetie would be a swatted fly.

I made her wings out of coat hangers and black knee highs and added the veins with green glitter. I also covered the caps from the knee high container with green glitter for the eyes.

After much thought about how to put it all together, my sister attached the wings to Sweetie’s black harness and glued the eyes and pipe cleaner antennae to a pair of kids sunglasses to sit on sweeties head.

The fly swatter was the most challenging part, because it had to be comfortable for Sweetie to wear. I started out with the handle from a real fly swatter and I found a package of plastic flies at the dollar store but I wasn’t sure how to proceed from there. My sister ended up making the swatter out of bubble wrap and shelf liner, gluing it to the handle, adding the plastic flies and cutting a hole in the middle to slip it over Sweetie’s head.

This is the cutest fly I have ever seen!

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Sweetie won 2nd place at the Petco pet Contest.

We decided that Marley would be a trapped mouse.

I started out by making him a gray jacket with a tail and mouse ears attached to a headband.

For the trap, I used foam board and cut the middle to fit over Marley’s back. I painted it to look like a Victor mouse trap and then attached some soft copper tubing for the arm of the trap.

I hooked the trap to the jacket with Velcro.

He rocked his costume!

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The judges at Petco had a hard time deciding between Marley and Sweetie, but we think it ultimately came down to who wore their costumes better. Sweetie , as cute as she was, looked like she didn’t want to be there. Marley strutted his stuff and that won him 1st place!

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What about the costume contest at the mall you ask?

We are not sure, Marley was not playing nice with some of the other dogs so we left, abruptly, after they announced the winners of each category. Which by the way, neither one of them won.

It wasn’t until the following year, when my sister when back to watch and get ideas, she discovered that they award a grand prize at the very end and we have a sick feeling in our gut that one of these 2 costumes probably won the whole thing.

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But, because Marley was a naughty bad boy, we will never really know!

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Ironman And GI Joe Costumes

When I asked Jake and Cody what they wanted to be for halloween this particular year, they immediately said they were going to pick something that would challenge me.

And challenge me they did!

After that transforming Optimus Prime costume, they knew that they could count on me to make whatever they come up with as true to character as possible.

The new GI Joe movie had just come out so Cody knew right away that he wanted to dress as GI Joe.

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Jake, after giving it much thought says to me ” Grandma, let’s see just how good you are. I want to be Ironman!”

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The first thing I do, with any costume, is to do a google search to get a good picture of what I am creating. During my search, I realized that if I made GI Joe wearing the accelerator suit, that it was actually very similar to the Ironman suit.

I was first thinking along the lines of using sports knee pads and shoulder pads for the costume, but then I discovered something amazing.

Pepakura is the software for unfolding a 3d object into printable parts. For example, if you have a 3d model of a helmet, you can unfold it and print it out to make a 1:1 prop.
You can download the software here.

This is what a lot of the people use that dress up for Comic Con. There was already a design in Pepakura for the Halo character that is very similar to what I needed so I decided to use that. It was designed for an adult so the real challenge was changing the measurements to fit the boys.

So basically, I printed the patterns onto card stock and hot glued them together, following the numbers.

I made a form with the boys measurements to fit the costume.

I coated all of the 3d parts with several coats of resin.

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When everything had dried for several days, I painted it and added the special features.

For GI Joe:

I had to watch a lot of trailers for the GI Joe movie to know exactly how to make the accelerator suit. It had a spine on the back, that basically I printed from a picture, enlarged, cut out and coated with resin. It shot little rockets from one arm and was a rotating gun on the other. I also added some little lights for special effects.

This costume tied for first place, with his sister,the pink flamingo, at Applebee’s costume contest.

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For Ironman:

I used a push light for the chest and found some small locker lights for the palms.

This costume won first prize at the parade and costume contest in town.

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And now, here are all of the costumes that year.

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These costumes drained me, both physically and financially!

After working on these costumes for more than a month and spending a small fortune on supplies, I still had to figure out how to get them to New England safely.
I knew that they wouldn’t fit in my suitcase so I had to pay almost $100.00 to ship.

I announced to the kids that since these costumes were such a big hit, that I was going out while I was on top.

I will not be making any more costumes!

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The Most Challenging Year For Costumes

This was my most challenging year for costumes!

Keep in mind, that all of these costumes that I am making are for the kids in New England and I am here in Florida. So, not only do I have the challenge of making them to fit without being able to try them on the kids but I also have to get them to the kids.

Two of the older boys really wanted to put my skills to the test and I will show you those on Wednesday.

But first, I want to tell you about the others that I made that year.

Connor was still very young so we just used a costume that I had sewn together very quickly when his brother was little. I made this cute dog costume out of an old velvet bedspread and a fleece jacket.

We just put a box around his stroller, added some stuffed dogs and a sign ” free to good home” and he was good to go!

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Emily wanted to be something, this year, that would be easier to trick or treat in, but still have that “WOW” factor so she decided to be a pink flamingo.

This was a little challenging in the fact that I had to find everything in the same shade of pink. I ordered the plume feathers, feather fan, pink boas, and feather mask on line. I attached the boas to the shirt and skirt and added a plume feather to the hood. I hot glued the rest of the plume feathers to the fan and added some pink ribbon to tie it around the waist. To make sure everything would look right, I put the outfit on my scarecrow stand for its final fitting.
This costume tied for first place at the costume contest at Applebee’s.

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Isabelle is all about the Disney Princesses, so she wanted to be Ariel, the little mermaid. I really thought that this was going to be the easiest costume to make but it proved to be a challenge as well. First of all, I had to find a long sleeved tan shirt and that was easier said than done! Then, this fabulous material that I bought at JoAnn fabric was very difficult to sew, the little shinny things were stuck on the fabric and gummed up the needle of my sewing machine, so I had to sew this one by hand. I also got several different shades of tulle and made a seaweed boa that attached to her arms.

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Gavin loved Star Wars and after going back and forth as to which character he wanted to be, we agreed on Yoda. I cut the sleeves off of a green hooded sweatshirt and used them to make the ears and stuffed them with card stock for support. I also hot glued some fiber fill to the hood for the hair. I made the brown underneath suit out of felt for warmth and the cape was made out of unbleached Muslim. I happened to luck into a package of monster nails at the Goodwill so I used them and green kids gardening gloves to make the hands and feet. I ripped the seams from each finger section and resewed them to make three large fingers, I added the monster nails in the tips. For the feet, I stuffed the fingers and hot glued the ribbing of the glove to a pair of brown slippers. I made a belt to hold his light saber and a necklace to match the one that yoda wears. For the cane, I just taped several empty paper towel rolls together, rubbed it with some walnut stain, bent it to the shape that I wanted and then put several coats of resin on it.
This was not the most original costume, but it was one of my favorites and it drew a lot of attention.

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Wednesday I will tell you how I made Ironman and GI Joe in an excelerator suit.

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Optimus Prime and Hannah Montana

Hannah Montana was really popular with the preteens that year, so that is what Emily wanted to be. I really liked the costumes people did where they were a Barbie doll in the box, so I talked Emily into being a Hannah Montana doll in a box. Her mother got a box and painted it pink. I printed out stickers and decals to decorate the box. We used a clear plastic shower curtain for the front and attached a brush and microphone to the box for the accessories. I cut out handles on the side of the box and attached some shoulder straps from an old backpack so that she could wear it. I also had some CD labels so I printed out a label that said “Hannah sings and talks, press here” and stuck it about chest level on the shower curtain. She dressed in her Hannah Montana gear and looked adorable.

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Cody was all about Optimus Prime, so he wanted to be a transformer. In my quest to find information on how to make an Optimus Prime costume, I stumbled on a YouTube video of a guy making a costume that actually transformed. He showed step by step how he did it, so I enlisted the help of the Capt. and together we started making this costume. This was very difficult to do because Cody was not here to fit it on him so we were just going by measurements and hoping for the best. The heaviest part of the costume where the legs, they had to be sturdy enough to hold him when he transformed, so we used spare pieces of laminate flooring. The body was made out of cardboard and scraps of plastic and PVC pipe. I used little mirrors and reflectors for the lights and printed the logo on decal paper for the back.

When Cody walked in the room where the judges where, all eyes were on him. When he was in front of the judges, he began to transform for them and you should have seen the other fathers jumping over their own kids to see the transformation.

The wheels on the side where fake, but the Capt. put real wheels on the bottom so that it could actually roll when transformed into the semi truck.

Needless to say, this costume won 1st prize.

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Although, these two costumes were amazing, they were very cumbersome for the kids to trick or treat in.

Here is the whole gang!

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I can’t believe that I brought all of these costumes, excluding the box, with me on the airplane.

That in its self was a challenge!

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A Chick, Rocky, And What Happened To Your Head Man?

By this time, we had moved to Florida and were planning on taking a trip back East to trick or treat with the grandkids.

I made all of the costumes and brought them with me on the plane.

Needless to say, it was very difficult to make these without being able to try them on the kids first.

Isabelle wanted to be a chicken, so I sewed a white sweat shirt and a t shirt together and stuffed it with fiberfill, then I wrapped it with feather boas. I added a red comb and wattle to a white knit hat along with some more feathers and she was the cutest little chick in the parade, and she was a runner up in the costume contest. What you can’t see from the picture is that her treat bag was a KFC bucket.

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Gavin decided to be Rocky when I stumbled upon this costume at Marshall’s.
I called him to see if he would wear it and he said only if I put “Rocky” on the back and he could wear a black wig. We also painted is face to look bruised and I made him a championship belt to wear.

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Jacob likes to challenge me. He wanted to be a headless man. This was fairly easy to make. I made a paper mâché chest and attached it to a backpack which also strapped around his waist for stability. The neck was an empty Ben and Jerry’s ice cream container that I filled will spray foam insulation and then painted red. I bought 2 black capes at the dollar store to make the long coat. I also made the fake arm out of a clothes hanger and pantyhose. This costume did not win a prize, but it had the “wow” factor and it got so much attention that I was very happy.

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I was so thrilled with these costumes and it was exciting marching in the RagShag Parade!

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I will show you the rest of the gang on Friday!

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The First Four

The adult halloween parties fizzled out but that was OK because I now had grandkids to make costumes for!

I used to call these guys the Fab Four, but since the grandkid count has doubled, I now call them the ” First Four“.

The two little ones were easy, they just wanted to be Bob the builder and Spider-Man.

The two older ones were a bit more challenging.

Jake wanted to be a ninja turtle. I knew lots of boys were going to dress as the turtles that year so the challenge was to make his costume stand out from all of the others. It was actually Jake’s mother’s idea to use a seat cushion for the shell. We added some knee and elbow pads and a few extra touches here and there and the costume was a hit!

Now Emily had a pair of frog feet slippers , so it was a given that she was going to be a frog. This was the most challenging because I had no idea how I was going to make a frog costume!
I searched the thrift stores and luckily I found a two toned pair of bibbed ski pants. They were dark green with a light green bib. I also found a dark green fleece pullover jacket that would match the ski pants. After a little cut here and sew there, she had an adorable ” one of a kind” frog suit.

Oh yeah, with the scraps of material from the frog suit, I was able to make turtle feet for Jake’s costume!

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I love this last picture so much that it is still displayed in the den Marley’s room.

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Skeleton And The Grim Reaper

The last costume that I made for the Capt. and myself ended up being very time consuming.

I had no idea what we were going to be for halloween that year until I came across these neat masks that you actually paint yourself and then stick to your face with liquid latex.

We are going as the grim reaper and a skeleton.

OK, now that I knew what we where going to be, how in the world was I going to make them?

The Capt. was the Grim Reaper and that was these easy one to make. I just used a pattern, can’t remember which one though.

But for me, I didn’t even know where to begin.

I finally decided to dye an old jumpsuit black for the base of the costume. Then I laid out a piece of white flannel and hand drew a skeleton. I cut out all of the pieces and sewed them to the black jumpsuit and black turtleneck. I made a cap for the head out of left over material from the Capt.’s costume and added some white flannel.

The really neat thing about this skeleton costume, and the pictures don’t pick up on, is that the bones glow in the dark!

I used some glow in the dark cream that I got in the Halloween section of a department store and coated all of the flannel bones and also the bones that I had painted on my gloves and black sneakers. When the lights where off, all you saw were a green glow of bones, it was awesome!

Over the years, that costume has been passed around and has gotten lots of use and I am told that it still glows in the dark. Amazing!

So here were are, in our final costumes to date:

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Have a blessed weekend!

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Monday LinkUp Party at Making The World Cuter
I Gotta Try That
it’s So Very Cheri
Cupcakes and Crinoline
Design Dreams by Anne
Setting For Four
Three Mango Seeds

Tuesday

Get your craft on at Today’s Creative Blog
Take a look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts
Show me what ya got at Not Just A Housewife
A Bowl Full Of Lemons
Tout it Tuesday at Claiming Our Space
home decorating and organizing link party at Organize Your Stuff Now
Uncommonly yours at Uncommon Designs

Wednesday

Look what I made at Creations by Kara
Lil Luna link party at Lil Luna
Wildly Original Roundup at I Gotta Create (7pm)
whimsical Wednesday blog hop at Random
Whimsy Wednesday at The NY Melrose Family

Thursday

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage (Wed night)
Hookin up party at House of Hepworths (Wed night)
Dog gone dirty craftin at Rhinestone Beagle
Made you look at Made in a Day

Friday

Frugal Friday at Shabby Nest (Thur night)
Friday flair at Whipperberry
Friday fun party at Craftionary
Fancy this Fridays at Truly Lovely
Freedom Fridays at My Turn (For Us)

Alien And Astronaut

One of my co- workers decided to have a Halloween party at his house. I was so thrilled because I had made this super awesome alien costume for my daughter ( she won 1st place) and I had a chance to wear it as well.

That was the year that the bright neon colors where so popular, so I bought a bright neon green sweatshirt and knit pants for the body. I used paper mâché for the head, added some foam ears and painted it green. I had some hologram eyes from a cereal box so I used that and an empty soda bottle to make the eyes. The Capt. wired some little lights on long springs for the antennae and I was able to control the lights with a hand switch.

It just so happened that the Capt. had a bright neon yellow one piece ski suit so I made him a paper mâché helmet and he went as an astronaut. What you can’t see is his air pack on his back. It was made with a box and some pool hose.

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Needless to say, this was a big hit at the party!