Sunday, December 13, 2009

Xmas Presents

I've haven't been on my blog lately cause I've been trying to finish sewing and crocheting Xmas presents.
I have 3 quilts, 2 scarves, 3 pjs and two shirts to finish for Xmas.
Plus I am working on Xmas Eve so I can't do them on that day.
I'll try to post a little more this month but I don't think I will have the time.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Big, Big Turkey

This is our 45 lb Turkey we had for Thanksgiving. It weighs as much as my 7 year old. It barely fit in the oven and it took 9 hrs to cook. My hubby did an awesome job cooking this and all the fixings. He's such an awesome cook.
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Wolverine Photos

My cat, Ms. Kitty Died

She died yesterday. She was over 18 years old. I've never had a pet for so long and her being so old , I knew she wasn't going to be around much longer but it still sucks. She was a very independent cat and didn't care for too many people touching her. She would rough house with my husband and purr while playing rough with him. She was dumped 18 years ago near our house and had been with us ever since. So, I really don't know how old she is as she was already an adult when she came to us. She would kill mice and put them on my husband's truck step as a gift. She was a great mouser. She even held up her own against big dogs we had. We have another cat that she hated. She would hide behind the bedroom door and went for the other cat to walk in and then pounce on her . She didn't like other animals.It was funny watching this. Earlier this year she started to go blind but still went all over the house. Totally independent and still hissing at the dogs that came near her. I will miss her greatly but I'm sure she's having fun pouncing on some cats and mice up in heaven.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

NCIS-Gibb's House and Boat

This past week showed Gibb's boat totally finished. You see him always working on them but never see them done. Too bad it had to be cut up. Watch the episode to see before reading anymore. Anyway, something I thought they wouldn't show, which I do like about NCIS leaving certain things to the imagination, was Gibb's living room and kitchen. I loved the living room wall crammed with books. I figured he was an avid reader knowing how he hates T.V. Also, this episode showed Mike Franks' daughter in law and granddaughter and a character from season 4 or 5. Damon, the super soldier who gave the team a few bumps and bruises on that episode.
There's a lot more too but its better if you go and watch the episode instead.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Dead Pool Costume w/Wolverine


Here's the finished Deadpool costume(yes, I forgot the gloves. I'll get them before Halloween).
I even made a double holster for his swords that criss cross on his back. Can't see the belt since its right on his black pants. A lot of work reshaping the hood. I finished this costume right before the school Halloween party. Glad I'm done sewing for Halloween.

Dead Pool Costume

Here's the progress on it from last week. The belt,shirt and hood. My son doesn't want me to make the pants -he just wants to wear his black jeans. I free drew the shirt's black parts just by looking at the toy figure. I did use the pj pattern for the top. I also used my catwoman pattern to make the hood. The belt ,I drew up a pattern and he wants me to add another type of belt thing to his wrists. That's a maybe.

Tribaret Bra

Project Level-Intermediate to Advance
Project List- Underwire Bra
Fabric for the outside and inside
Beads Strung already
Coin Necklaces
Hooks-Real good ones
Beads -glass Beading
Thread Beading Needle
Gold Trim
I've made a coin bra before. To see how to take apart and cover a bra go to people.tribe.net/erikaschi...8bd4791ec9
has lots and lots of links I worked on this bra for about 3 months. After taking apart and covering it, I added the layer of already strung beads to the front. I did an extra stringing of the beads just as a precaution. I then started hand stitching the gold trim on top of the strung beads. After looking at it- it was too empty so I hand beaded glass beads to the trim. I then added the cabachons and hand beded those. This is what took so long to do. I then hand stitched the necklaces on the bottom of the cups. I got those at Goodwill for a 1.00 each. I added the straps after the cups where done. I will have to redo them since I made them too small. I added big hooks on the back. This is very important so your costume stays in place. I can't wait to wear this to a show someday. It matches my Hakama pants too.
Vendors of Tribaret Bras
Tahiya-has made Bras for Ansuya www.tahiya.net/

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wire Stuff

Here's some of the stuff I've been working on. First picture is of coiled wire earrings.
Second picture is of the pirate wire earrings I've worked on for last couple of weeks.
3rd picture is of my Tribaret polymer clay coiled wire necklace that took me awhile to make.
4th picture is of my Tribaret beaded polymer clay choker with handmade by me lace crochet and sewed patchwork fabric with decorative varigated thread stitches on it.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Marvel Halloween Costumes




My boys have decided on their costumes. The 7 year old wanted to be Wolverine so sadly it is easier to buy the costume than make it. I even bought him some claws for it. This is the yellow comic book costume.
The 11 year old wants to be comic book Deadpool. Why? Wolverine movie or maybe the Wolverine cartoons we have. I was surprised because he doesn't know the character very well. (I do but that's because I'm a comic book fan).I will have to draw up a pattern and make his costume from scratch. No pattern or costume for Deadpool is available.
So I already bought some red knit but will need to buy more. I will probably use a pj pattern for this too.
Oh boy now they will have a reason to fight.
 
Now if I could only get the 17 year old to do Sabertooth from the movie.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Drapeau's Costumes of Maine-Need a Costume?

This is just a small portion of the shop-Pirate Section
Isn't this dress gorgeous? You could be a princess, Cinderella or anything else you desire to be in this dress.
Need a costume for Halloween? Well there's a great costume shop located in Lisbon Falls, Maine. It has a Huge variety of costumes. From Super Heroes, Pirates, 20's Flappers and Gangsters, Cowboys, Renaissance and more.
Not only great costumes but all the fabulous accessories a person needs to make their costume really awesome. From wigs,weapons, shoes, gloves, etc. Need a great costume and don't want to make it or buy it but still look awesome?
Check them out. Not only a great variety of costumes but personal customer service to find that right costume.
Drapeau's @
20 Main Street, Lisbon Falls, Maine 04252 Telephone: 207-353-2216
Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday10:30am - 6:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm Closed Wednesday & Sunday Hours website

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Vampire Etsy Jewelry

Add to your costume some beautiful jewelry.

Vampire Etsy Clothing






Check out these great costume pieces.



Mata Hari Costume

This is the Mata Hari Costume that I have been working on since 06. It sits in my sewing room waiting to be finished. I wanted to show you some other extremely talented costume designers who made a Mata Hari Costume themselves. Not only are their costumes beautiful but these lovely ladies are fabulous dancers.
Natalie Brown -http://www.nataliebrown.net/
Maral-http://sarcasm-hime.net/bd-photos.html
Sarah Skinner-http://www.shakemyday.com/
Mata Hari
Update
 
This is my Mata Hari Costume waiting to be finished.
 

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hakama Pants





Project Level - Easy to Moderate Easy
Project List-
1.Depending how tall you are 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 yards of your choose of fabric.
2.2 1/2 inch wide elastic
3.Measuring tape

Pattern measurements-List on bottom
I wanted a new look for pants besides harem/pantaloons and add some martial arts look to a costume I was going to wear for a bo staff belly dance piece. I found these modified Hakama pants pattern that would be great for my new costume.

What are Hakama pants?http://www.japanesekimono.com/japanese_pants.htm
 
Traditional Japanese Hakama pants are worn today by Martial artists or in traditional Japanese ceremonies,etc.
I saw this pattern here and modified it.
It has this long tie around which I took apart and redid an elastic waistband instead.
The waist band is about 3 inches wide with 2 1/2 inch wide elastic.

I also sewed it up on the sides where traditionally the sides aren't sewn all the way up.
They are quite easy to sew up and the pleats on this modified one are easy. Traditional Hakama pants have a back board on them.
 
I wasn't interested in getting this technical with it. I just omitted this and I think this pattern doesn't even have a section to add to it.
 
The pleats are easy but they also mean something.
http://www.kendo-usa.org/reference/hakama_meaning.htm
I plan on making another pair sometime.
 
Patterns to make Hakama pants
Where to buy already made Hakama Pants
Custom made Hakamas
How to put on and tie Hakama
How to fold Hakama pants