sugar skull mask

this year i was asked to participate in the sugar skull mask show at work. i was so excited. i believe this was the second year the hispanic resource network group put together this show. they have a limited budget, therefore limited masks; so they ask a select number of artists from different departments around the company. i had a couple of ideas immediately, but went with a more traditional look for the sugar skull. i love sugar skulls by the way. i started by cutting off the jaws of the mask (i forgot to take a picture before i cut them off and put down a base white coat front and back.) i painted my design on the skull next and drilled holes at the forehead for the flowers to be added later. at the same time i started making little red and pink resin cast skulls that i put as the center of the roses (you can't really see them in the final piece because of the rose petals, but i still love how the resin skulls turned out.) next i started gluing on all those tiny little gems over my painted designs. originally i was going to cover the entire white part as well in gems, but i stopped because i liked the look with just the colored gems. and finally i glued the rose headdress into place. the show turned out great - we have some incredibly talented people here at work. happy (early) day of the dead (dia de los muertos.)


sneak peak on halloween

i haven't posted anything in a while - i'm either working on gifts, longer term projects, or just outside enjoying the nice summer weather. so i thought i'd give a sneak peak into our halloween. can you guess what alex decided to dress up as? yes, she's going to be princess leia for halloween this year. i still have quite a bit of work to do on the costume - the gown and belt will be movie accurate (but child sized and one other detail that you won't even see but makes it easier to wear.) so here we have the hair. alex has short (well, currently short) blonde hair. she did not want to wear a wig whatsoever. so i crocheted her a hat. it will actually work perfectly since halloween here can be so cold and part of the costume struggle is always how to keep her warm enough. i like the part in the middle of the forehead, which was a little difficult to get right - i think i redid that a couple of times. and i just love the buns. i basically crocheted a tube then stitched that into a spiral. i did want the buns to be bigger so i then stuffed the buns and stitched a circle of felt to close them. i attached the buns right over the ear area which also creates some ear muffs to keep her another level of warm. she says the hat is really comfortable and she can't wait to dress up as leia. now if i can only finish the rest of the costume in time :)


rose pin

i crocheted a rose and turned it into a pin. this will be a piece for one of alex's cosplay outfits for next year's wizards world comicon. i have 3 outfits planned for alex and me: a different theme for each day of the con. one of the days will of course be doctor who. we will match as far as general theme, but we will be cosplaying from different doctors i think. for this upcoming halloween, alex had her choices narrowed down to 3 ideas (she has since chosen.) one of the ideas was rose tyler from the idiot's lantern. that is such a niche idea (and i love it) however there probably wouldn't be a single person at school or on her trick-or-treating route that would know who she was supposed to be. so instead that will be one of her cosplays. in the episode rose tyler is wearing a pink dress with a jacket. on the jacket is a little pink flower pin. so here is that little detail of the outfit. i found an easy crochet flower pattern on pinterest. it was literally two rows of crochet and then sew it in a spiral with the yarn tail. super easy (although i did follow the directions incorrectly the first go around, but that's typical for me, haha.) then i simply glued a pin to the back. it'll be perfect for the outfit. next i need to make a mask that looks like her face has been sucked off into a television set :)


bald gene simmons cat toy

haha, so this happened. i set out to make a baby gift for an expecing girlfriend. i thought it would be cute to make her a gene simmons doll from KISS. i had a plan and started crocheting...and this is what happened, haha. it does not even look like i had in my brain. i cannot give this as a gift - way too embarrassing if the receiver has to struggle to figure out what it is. i originally planned to give him some black yarn hair as well, but i decided to not bother. since i wasn't going to gift this anymore, alex asked if she could have it. but then we discovered that the cat seemed to fancy bald gene simmons. so voila, now it's a cat toy :)


feeling squatchy?

my nephew just had a birthday and he is often looking for sasquatch. so we put together a sasquatch themed birthday present for him. it included an awesome bigfoot metal lunchbox, a bigfoot gentlemen bendy doll, bigfoot bandaids, and this plush ragdoll that i made. you can make one too: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3907165. i made this one out of faux suede which gives it a soft feel and it washes wonderfully. his shirt says "don't stop believin'" haha and there's a bigfoot silhouette on the back of his shirt. he does have big feet and big ears and a funny little tushie. his arms and legs are pretty long making him even sillier. i am working on making a yeti version as well: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3985196.


art deco table numbers

here's another piece of my in-laws wedding that i created. the look of the wedding was art deco inspired. on natural colored tags i hand lettered the table numbers with my micron pens. i used my light table to help me line up each tag so they came out similar and the numbers were relatively centered. and then each card got a unique art deco inspired doodle frame. i really enjoyed making these and love how they turned out. they were then hung on colored mason jars filled with big flowers (i don't know what any flower types are named, but they were pretty) along with pom pom flowers that sarah created.


the wedding book

it's been a year and a half now since my brother-in-law and now sister-in-law got married and i still haven't gotten around to posting about all the different details and designs from the wedding. i probably never will show it all - partly because i didn't think to take pictures of everything. the wedding was an art deco styled peacock-colored theme/design with hand lettering on everything. my process for all the hand lettering went from sketchbook to pen on tracing paper to computer and then print. when all was said and done i took all the tracing paper original pen designs and bound them in a book. i placed the cardstock that was used to print each page throughout the book separating the tracing papers. for the fabric cover: i drew a design by hand; redrew it on the computer; colored it; then had it printed on a linen-cotton blend fabric. i used thin board to build the book cover gluing the fabric to sectioned pieces. i lined up all the tracing paper designs (including every single original design from the wedding: the save the dates, invites, response cards, directions, soap labels - everything) with the cardstock paper and used c clamps and flower press boards to hold them together. i added thin layers of pvc glue along the one edge of all the papers - lots of layers over a lot of time to build up that binding. i then added those little fabric tape end pieces (i can't remember what they call those in the bookbinding world, but they look really nice.) and finally attached the book cover. i was proud of how it turned out and i've always wanted to try my hand at bookbinding. it's a fragile book (the pages could easily rip out like a notebook) but i thought it was a really nice gift to commemorate their wedding.
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