Friday, September 30, 2005
I will be gone for the whole month of October. Pumpkin butt and I are going to my mom's to help her out after having shoulder surgery. I went up there the summer before last when she had her other shoulder done so I know that I will have NO time to do anything on here unfortunately. I am going to be using any free moments I have working on costuming!!
I got these towels at target. The towel selection out there right now is really poor so I have a bad feeling I'm not going to be the only one with these towels made into an apron. Making an apron out of a tea towel was so fun...I think I might be using this 'shortcut' again on future submissions. It let me have more time for adding trims and cute stuff rather than dealing so much with making just the apron. This is an apron that I will really enjoy wearing for the whole month of October! It can be worn as a hostess apron or for Halloween night, or for just making some of those cool monster creep cakes from the new MS Kids(shown below)! I made a big pocket in the front to put Halloween treats in (along with a couple of tricks! Like plastic snakes, spiders and rats!)
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Adding glitter to the glue jewels would be neat. I also think that the bracelet could be cut from some sort of plastic container or maybe from a cardboard Pringles containers. Cutting up a metal can only sounds like a trip to the emergency room.
Aluminum foil also could be used to cover objects to be turned into props. For a royal costume a scepter could be made by covering a stick with foil then a small ball of aluminum foil on top, decorate with scraps of ribbon. A crown could also be fashioned from foil pans or aluminum covered cardboard. (Does Burger King still give out paper crowns? If so, one of those could be used as a template or just covered in foil) A chest plate for a gladiator could be made from posterboard (as a base) then covered in aluminum foil decorated with embossing and jewels. Use grey or black duct tape to make the straps.
I am all about making costumes as cheap as possible. When planning a Halloween costume look for things already at hand that with a little imagination can be transformed into a part of the costume. Thrift stores are a great place to get clothing or props. Just add a little trim or other details to spiff them up. There's nothing wrong with buying or renting one key piece from a costume shop (like a Napoleon wig, I saw them at Spencer's and I think target has a knock off) but don't get sucked into buying the whole outfit from there...not that is a hint about halloween costuming for this year...
Monday, September 26, 2005
Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and spices. Wash and cut raisins.(roll in a small amount of the flour mixture.)Cream shorting; add sugar gradually; then eggs, mixing thoroughly. Add flour mixture alternately with soup; stir until smooth. Fold in raisins. Pour into two greased and floured 8-inch layer pans; bake in a moderate oven (375 degrees) about 35 minutes, or until done. 8 servings. Frost as desired.(I used premade cream cheese frosting, which I think kinda helped give the taste illusion of carrot cake)
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
For the cat and pumpkin ornaments make a template that looks like the image in #1 ( the magazine has a template but it looks fairly easy to do without it) Trace the image 7 times onto black construction paper.Cut out. Stack pieces (#2) and punch holes through both ends with a small hole punch; insert a black or orange paper fastener into each hole (the paper fastener they speak of is made of metal and has a round flat head and 2 thin metal tabs underneath, they are always used in kids crafts to make jointed paper people and creatures). Bend stack into a "C" shape (#3); and fan out like a globe. Glue on paper features to create the cat and pumpin faces.
Also shown on the tree are small craft paper goody bags with hand stamped names and matching tags.
Don't forget to add some spiders,as shown, for extra spookiness!
Monday, September 19, 2005
And two awesome hand crafted trinkets. Seen in the tin (that she also specially made). Near the bottom is a cool bracelet made with ribbon and coke can tabs. (I couldn't get it to photograph very well at this moment but I will try again later and post it)
Then! Look at this! A sweater guard! SHE MADE THIS! I think it is soo lovely! It is made from shrinky dinks, ball chain and clips.
I also got a total of $70 in cash and a gift card (to target) from my mom! I got a few Halloween things like tiny plastic bats and rats, some new tees, some toys for my son, and the Roseanne season 1 on DVD. I spent it all at target! I just went there this morning and saw all the Halloween stuff. I was a little disappointed. That stuff they have that looks all country with felt and stitches, is a slap in Halloween's face! And they have too much of it! But there are a few things I like: the cute little vampire, cat, spider and other creatures they have for their Target brand stuff. I also liked the metal bat luminaries (they come in a hanging form and on a rod that gets stuck into the dirt). It's actually best that there's not too much I like because I would be spending money I don't have!
Friday, September 16, 2005
The recipe called for cream of asparagus soup which wasn't being made anymore ( however, I just saw it recently). So I added green food coloring to cream of chicken soup. Looks ever more hideous than the real photo! I must admit i didn't care for it. It was only a photo prop for me. Ha Ha!
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Shown above are "Marshmallow Creatures". These would be really fun for a child's Halloween party. This idea is from the "pack-O-fun" magazine, Oct. 1971. "pack-O-fun" is still made today and I have seen it for sale at Hobby Lobby. Here are the instructions:
"Push marshmallow heads on top of soda straws, about 3" long. Draw on features with a toothpick dipped in frosting, or use frosting directly from a tube. Use frosting for gluing. The devil's horns are halves of candy corn; the witch's hat is the top of a paper cone. Use cone-shaped paper drinking cups for the bodies of the creature, or you can make a cone from a 4" square of fairly stiff paper. Cut the tip of of the cone and insert the soda straw down through it. For fancy, dressed-up creatures, make full crepe paper skirts. To make each skirt, take a strip of colorful crepe paper about 3" wide. Gather along one edge and secure it around the soda straw body with a rubber band or string. From paper, cut out small ovals for the creatures' arms. Cut long, jagged ovals for the owl's wings. Glue all in place."
Monday, September 12, 2005
"My Mother's Legacy" is a 1,000 line poem wood-burned into the bottom of 1,000 wooden bowls. On each bowl is written a line from my memory that reflects a mannerism, advice, or a remark I attribute to my mother. The bowls are piled randomly onto tables, where the viewer must pick up each bowl to read it. The act of lifting each bowl reminds me of my mother, because she had the habit of turning things over to see where they were made.
When my mother died of breast cancer in 1965 she was 47 and I was 13. Over the years, I carried around a lot of memory fragments. But I could not fit them together to fully understand who my mother had been as a person. In 1995, to commemorate the anniversary of her death, I began to write down all the things I did remember.
These are the lines that became "My Mother's Legacy". By artist Sarah Hutt
Sarah Hutt's mother...She looks like a real sassy dame!
Thursday, September 08, 2005
I don't quite know what these are for but they would look cool put together on a strand side by side and hung over a doorway or attach a long stick to the back and jab them in the dirt of a pot of a house plant. Make out of construction paper and crepe paper.
This is a decoration to put on a 'Halloween tree'. Would also make an awesome party invite.
SOOO DIY! Orange glitter, black pipe cleaner with orange glitter on it, construction or crepe paper and photo copy of a spider on a web.
Martha did this silhouette thing a few years back. Cheap wood frames painted black (look at dollar Tree or Thrifts). I think the back ground could be done by rubbing chalk over a brown or black piece of construction paper and then trace and paint in the silhouette. That does sound like lot of work now that I am thinking about it..
Isn't this cute in a strange sort of way? The little boy's expression says "mom, do I have to be a big fat silly clown again for Halloween?, I wanted to be ' insert whatever little boy's think is cool here', (I'm not even going to try~I was going to put He-Man, but that's really dating me)! I want to make one of these just so I can put pumpkin butt's picture on it. I'm guessing styrofoam ball, extra fuzzy chenille pipe cleaners, decorative papers and trims.
I am also in the process of setting up something to sell the trinkets. To get on the mailing list for the update write to me at dixiedollmary(at)gmail(dot)com.
Monday, September 05, 2005
Bottle Cap Pendant Necklaces
Bottle Cap Magnets
Most of the things are made from either shrinky dinks, plastic dice beads or involved bottle caps. I loved making the bottle cap art, it was addictive....Between me and Kat (of the 'Dolls) we probably made about 75 of them (we had about 30 different images from pin up's to vintage sci- fi movie illustrations). Kat also did the resin in the bottlecaps, made some of the earings and together we did the hair bows. We kept having favorites and saying 'I hope you don't sell because I want you!' Working with dinks was a pain in the ass, it took alot of experimenting to find a medium to use on them that I was the most happy with (colored pencils). We also put resin in the bottle cap pendants......Let's just say, resin is not our friend!
I hadn't seen Big Sandy (due to no venue in my town for a few years) since he sung 'happy birthday' to me by a secret request given to him by my hubby a few years back. At that time hubby was a truck driver and wasn't going to be here for my birthday. Hubby just told me today he was going to ask him to sing it again at this show ( my b~day is wed.) but couldn't find him prior to the show to ask. very sweet of him! I did get my picture taken with Big Sandy though! I'm on the left and that's Kat on the right. Rawl!!