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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!!

This year our family embraced the reason for the season!  Instead of spending a ton of money and allowing greed to run our Holiday we had a semi Homemade Christmas.  I say semi homemade because although a lot of our gifts were homemade I still shopped a bit.  It’s the habit I think and really greed that drives us to spend spend spend on Christmas!  I don’t mean the greed like Scrooge in the Christmas carol, or even the give me gifts greed either although there are some like that, what I mean is the greed to HAVE to spend so much thinking it’s the only way to have a good Christmas.  Anyway here is some of what we did to get the most out of the season and the real meaning of it.

First we prayed, a lot!

Then we scoured the internet for ideas!

Here are a couple of things we did!

My daughter and I found these really cool mini crossbows made from Popsicle sticks and barrettes!  so we downloaded the instructions and made one for everyone. We even made ammo and custom colored each one.

You can find the video here. However the instructions are not free anymore but I believe they are under $5 and well worth it!  So much fun!

My daughter is a home schooled senior and this year I decided to do a woodshop class.  So for her first big project she made a beautiful pine cabinet for my husband.

linked here, we altered the design a bit because some of the instructions seemed off and we used pine from the oops wood at our local lumber yard, so we had to change the doors a bit.

Using a dremel she etched a tree into the each side.

Using a dremel she etched a tree into the each side.

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While shopping for materials in our local craft store we came across this batman light for nearly $200! Both my kids loved it, but $200 yeah right!!!

My gears began running and I built them lights for just $2.50 each! That included tissue paper, paint, the light, and the frame. I had the wood.

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I also made several crocheted items I will share later 🙂  A couple of cute sock monkeys, and for some Holiday entertainment an elf on the shelf was crocheted and named Larry, he made his first appearance Dec. 1st. 🙂

We made a gingerbread house from scratch, that was a fun family night!

What did you do to make your Holiday special?

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Masquerade Mask Vol. 1

So as some of you know I have been home schooling my daughter for the past year.  This year is her Senior year, I was a little sad because being home schooled you don’t get the opportunity to go to Homecoming or Prom or your Graduation Ceremony.  My daughter has gone to our local High School for her first 2 years so she has many friends still attending.  I was so happy to find out she can attend Homecoming this year!  YAY!!

This years theme is 1920’s Midnight Masquerade.  The football game will have a carnival the night before!

So we are going to be making masks this week for the ball!

Since we have yet to begin the new masks I wanted to share with everyone some we made previously for her masquerade birthday party a few years back.

Enjoy!

Gothic Style Mask

This is the first of a few masks I’ve made.
Step 1: Supplies

What you will need:

paper I used a red and black filigree and Black textured filigree paper
mod podge
paint brush
5 plume ostrich feathers in multi colors 1 white, 2 black, 2 red
black glitter
multiple size black white and dotted feathers found at most craft stores
1 yard black and jewel ribbon trim found in most fabric departments sold by the yard
2 yards black chain trim found in fabric department sold by the yard
medium/large jump rings
plain mask
hot glue or cement glue
large metal medallion found in the jewelry making department of most crafts stores
ribbon
exacto knife

Step 2: Applying paper to mask

Your mask will have come with an elastic strap if it is in place remove it now.

Using your paint brush apply a coat of mod podge to the mask starting on the bottom right.

Press the black textured paper over the bottom right of the mask over the eye hole and all.

Making sure the diagonal goes over the nose a bit as seen in photo.

You may have to work with the paper adding more Mod Podge as you go and working the paper gently so it lays flat it will work down as you go. Gently press into seams and valleys in the mask until it is smooth and stuck good.

Trim around the edges of the mask with knife.

Cut a strip of red paper to go over the diagonal of the black paper as seen in photo. If your paper tares by the eye it is ok just keep pressing smoothing and mod podging 😉

Trim edges.

Add the last piece of textured black paper following the same steps.

Trim around edges.

Mod Podge over the entire mask allow to dry.

Step 3: Working the Metal Medallion and small feathers

While your mask is drying get your hot glue/cement glue, metal medallion, and small feathers.

Find a few big white feathers, black feathers and medium to small dotted feathers in the bag of feathers.

Arrange them in a spray starting with the dotted feathers gluing them to the medallion as you go. Add in the white and black feathers. You should have a nice looking spray.

Set aside.
Step 4: Cutting out eyes and Adding Glitter

Once your Mod Podge is dry using the knife cut out the eye holes.

Add a generous amount of mod podge around the eyes and along the diagonal red stripe. Glitter away… 🙂

Around the eye put some mod podge next to what you have glittered already feathering it out around the eyes as seen in photo add more glitter. Let dry completely before moving on.

You can mod podge over the glitter if you like, if you choose to, mod podge over the entire mask again.

Allow to dry
Step 5: Embellishing

Using hot glue or cement glue add the black jeweled trim around the right side of the mask and the right eye.

This is a daunting task. I found that doing a little bit at a time works best.

Using the knife poke 3 to 5 holes in the bottom left of the mask.

Cut 3 to 5 lengths of black chain varying lengths.

Put them on the jump rings and put the jump rings onto the mask in the holes you made with the knife. SEE PHOTO 2

Once your embellishments dry turn over the mask and use the knife to cut open the holes where you took off the elastic strap.

Tie your ribbon in each side making sure it is long enough to tie.
Step 6: Ostrich Feathers and Finishing up

Take your white Ostrich feather and glue it the to middle top back of the mask so it stands tall and the feather hangs to either side.

Next glue the two red Ostrich feathers so the natural bends of the feathers make them hang down on each side.

Next repeat for the the two black feathers.

Once this dries (you may need to use a clip to hold them in place till dry) flip over the mask and position and glue the medallion as seen in photo.

Allow to dry and you are done! 🙂

Till next time keep it crafty!

 

stay tuned for vol. 2

 

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Repurpose an Old Furry Coat Vol. 1 Furry Leg Warmers

Furry Leg Warmers

Whew Halloween is over…. Wait that means its only 55 days till Christmas!

Before we start really thinking about that…

My daughter has this furry black hat with red devil horns on it.  This year she decided she wanted to be a devil girl for Halloween.  We love making our own costumes… they are much nicer than most store bought.  I remember a few of my old costumes from when I was a kid… There was the witch… it was by far my favorite!  The only thing I had store bought for that was the hat and the broom.  We had found a long black skirt turtle neck and this awesome black cape! it was satin with  silver stars on the trim all the way around the cape.  My mom had these really cool vintage owl necklaces which added that last touch I needed to make it perfect!  When I got older I had put together a punk rock costume out of 80’s clothes I found at a thrift shop.  Now I love making costumes. My fave is a couple years ago my husband and I were alice and the hatter from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in the Um Dress and the Mad Hatter. I created my costume from scratch. I had to order the white material and I painstakingly added the black stripes and hearts to it. My husbands costume was a mix between homemade repurposed and altered thrift store finds. The top hat was made from scratch along with the hat pins. I even made the arsenal of thread from scratch.

Last year I was an Umbrella Corp. Chief Scientist in the Bio Organic Weapons Dept.

I found the skirt and shoes at a thrift store. My husband was working in a hospital and salvaged the coat and I made the name badge and used iron on transfer paper and printed out the umbrella symbol.

So anyway, My daughter needed some leg warmers to complete her costume.  I had this old vintage furry coat in the closet not being used and I thought I could use this for those leg warmers :).  Now you may be wondering what the Vol. 1 is all about.  Well I will be making more stuff with the remains of the coat. For now here’s how to make the warmers.

What you will need:

Furry Coat

Seam Ripper

Needle

Thick thread in the same color as the fur

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Jump rings

Ribbon

elastic

Step 1  turn the coat inside out and remove the lining from around the sleeve.  Next detach the sleeves using the seam ripper.

Next you want to remove the rest of the lining from the sleeve by cutting it off around the bottom of the sleeve leaving enough to tuck under and slip stitch in place.

Lay the sleeve flat with the bottom seam up and cut even across, as seen in photo below.

cut across where the scissors in the photo are.

Measure your leg or the leg you are making this for from the bottom of the knee down to the ankle. In my case it was 15 inches.  fold down the top of the sleeve to so it measures all the way around the measurement you came up with.

Next take the elastic and put it under the fold leaving the ends hang out.

Over stitch around the fold taking care not to go through too much of the sleeve.

when you get almost all the way around tie the elastic making it so it tightens a little. you dont want it to cut off circulation. Then finish stitching.

Next take your jump rings out and decide how many to use.  I chose to use 5, placing them 2″ apart.

Find the seam and lay the sleeve flat with the seam up.

Line the jump rings on either side of the seam. This will help you decide how many to use.

Sew the jump rings in place.  I looped around them twice and tied them really tight.

Last step..

Thread the ribbon through the rings.

and enjoy!

the kitty loves them too! 🙂

Until next time Keep it Crafty! 🙂

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