Saturday, July 13, 2013

Painted R2D2 Shoes

THe StarWars crafts continue...
I have a few pairs of TOMS that I'd like to paint, but didn't want to experiment on them -- enter a pair of  cheapie knockoffs from CVS :)

 They were super easy to do using fabric paint and sharpie marker -- I decorated the back and sides as well. They were a big hit with my 9 year old, who is a huge R2D2 fan!

I found a great tutorial on iLoveToCreate which details just how to create your own pair of painted R2D2 shoes if you want to make your own.
This is an in progress shot (I also made a pair of Hogwarts/Ravenclaw flats for my 10 year old, they are in progress here as well). 
We'll be going to Disney/Universal this fall, and these shoes will be cute for touring Hollywood Studios and the Wizarding World, I think!
 
Total cost per pair was $3.00, as I used cheap shoes and on-hand paints and supplies. 


I may be brave enough to take on a pair for myself now, with a (slightly) more grown up design!
 

Friday, January 11, 2013

20 minute R2D2 Dress Up Costumes

Star Wars Girls Costumes:

These were fast and easy -- they were both done in under a half hour, ironing time included!
We'll be bringing these to the Star Wars Weekends at Disney World this year for sure :)

Here's how we did it:


For each R2D2  you'll need:
  • 1 white tshirt
  • 1 or more sheets of printable transfer paper (the 5T used one sheet, the adult small used 3)
  • 1 roll of tulle in sparkly white
  • 1 roll of tulle in blue
  •  1" elastic, cut to the desired waist measurement + 2"
  • Scissors

Shirts:
I hesitate to call this a craft at all, it was so easy! I spotted these R2D2 printables awhile ago and have been waiting for an excuse to use them. You can find the printables free on the Serial Mom site -- I used it as is for the little version (and accidentally used it upside down) and made it larger for the bigger size.
Print and iron on following the manufacturer's directions for the transfer sheets you're using. Done!

Tutus:
You can find directions for making tutus here -- I did a tutorial last year. For the R2D2 tutus I went with a longer length and these will be worn over white shorts (not shown here, it was COLD outside!)

Top the shirt with the tutu, and be prepared for happy little girls!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Painted Princess Peg People

A little Christmas gift for our 4 year old:
Finished princesses, with rainbow (missing one piece for this picture, oops!)


I was inspired by this cute Box o Princesses on Lil Blue Boo -- she has a tutorial and some printables to go with it, check it out if you want to make your own princesses!

I made a few modifications -- the source peg princesses are about 2" tall; we have enough little pieces around here, and an active one year old, so I went with the bigger, 4" pegs. I found a great source for them on Etsy.com -- the shop ClicketyClack has them, priced very reasonably -- that's where I picked up  the cute Waldorf rainbow cutout in the back, too.


I included a few different princesses, we are big fans of Merida and Rapunzel, so they had to be part of the set. I also had fun painting a variety of hairstyles :) The ladies and rainbow are finished with the beeswax polish I made this fall.

What did you make this year for Christmas?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Southern Style Hurricane Preparation



We were thankfully spared Hurricane Sandy’s wrath – just a few downed branches and a lot of debris tossed about the yard. Our SC house (the usual target of hurricanes and tropical storms) came through just fine (thankfully, as my parents are staying there!). SC was spared this particular hurricane.
One thing that stands out to me after the storm though is the preparation process. When Sandy was pretty firmly predicted to hit NJ, I did what I assumed everyone did – filled the gas tank, bought supplies and started baking.


I posted this on several networks, including Facebook, and the responses were surprising. Every Southerner asked what I was cooking, if the propane tank was full on the grill and if I had filled up the gas tanks in the cars. Northerners thought cooking up a storm before the storm was weird or surprising, and were mostly fighting over the last loaf of bread at Target. I had just assumed that “everyone” knew what to do when an unprecedented storm came, since they come so often.

But they don’t. Not here, anyway.

Floyd, Bertha, Bonnie, Fran, Ivan…these are just a few of the big storms I remember, prepared for and lived through on the SC coast. But just like our little Southern beach towns were totally unprepared for the very few snowfalls we’ve seen in the last decade , the folks here in NJ had no idea how to prepare for a real tropical storm. For my Southern neighbors, though, that inch of snow meant every adult on our block was out playing in the street and marveling at the snow at 6am – and school was cancelled for 2-3 days.  A hurricane strike here in NJ  has had much more serious consequences.

Obviously you should stock up on the basics like bottled water -- but what else should you do?
 
I thought everyone did the same thing to prepare for a hurricane – but just in case you’ve never been in one, I hope some of this info helps! 

For our Northern friends and neighbors, here are a few things to remember and do before the next Sandy comes along:
1.       Watch the tropics, but don’t obsess: New reports usually come from NOAA at 8, 11, 2 and 5, around the clock. That frantic report at 10am, a full week before a storm is close? That’s based on the 8am advisory. Get your news direct from NOAA – read the actual advisory and look at the models. Look for more frequent updates the day the storm makes impact, but until then, true “breaking” news related to the actual weather is only available at these advisory times. I like WeatherUnderground.com – they seem to be the most factual and least likely to twist reports for maximum news impact. 

2.       Fill up…everything: Head to the gas station and fill up every car you have and a gas can too. You’ll need that extra gas if stations are closed (lack of electricity or unsafe conditions can close gas stations, and keep them closed long after a storm has passed). Fill up the propane tank for your grill – and have an extra handy. You can not only cook burgers on your grill, you can boil water for safe consumption – and coffee! 

3.       Get cash: Don’t wait until the last minute – hit the ATM and get actual cash. If the power goes out, ATMS won’t work – or they can and do run out of cash after a storm. 

4.       Eat the perishables, and don’t buy more: In the days before the storm, eat the perishables in the freezer – steak, burgers, whatever won’t last if the power goes out. I never stock our freezer well in the summer for this very reason. Cook them up and make dinner and you won’t have to worry about losing that pricey tenderloin you’ve got stashed away.

5.       Bake: Why baking? That question is what started this lengthy post! Baking converts perishable items like butter and eggs into nonperishable items like cookies, granola, muffins and more. You’ll end up with more good food on hand, and less to worry about in the fridge.

6.       Distribute supplies: I have 4 kids and several cats (each of whom took one look outside the day Sandy struck and hid under the bed in the in-law suite for the next 24 hours). Due to our large kitty/kid population, I don’t use real candles, so I distributed the lanterns and flashlights at strategic places upstairs and downstairs. I also put a flameless candle in each bedroom, just in case. Even if a storm hits during the day, it gets dark inside! I also pulled together a few books and other items for each of the kids, to be used only when the storm hit.

7.       Babies and Pets: Animals act weird before a storm, not sure why. We rounded up our chickens a full day early and secured everyone in the barn, with two days’ worth of food. I did check on them in the early hours of the storm, before it got too bad, but wanted to make sure they were ok, just in case.  Grab some extra pet food – and if you have a baby, some baby supplies as well. 

8.       Charge everything: Laptops, cell phones, even the kids sadly neglected DS’s -- we charged them all. If it casts light or can be used for entertainment when the power is out, get it charged and keep it charged, you’ll be glad you did. 

9.       Freeze water: Toss a few bottles of water into the freezer – just shove one into any exposed space. They’ll freeze and keep everything in there cold for a while if you lose power.

Hope these ideas help someone (though I certainly hope they aren’t needed anytime soon!)
Stay safe!
Sam

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mechanical chicken!

Here's some more shots of the Trex/Chicken transformation -- and our finished chickie in her costume!
At the school Halloween Parade

Of course he needs a close up!

All chicken/rexes love Vera Bradley!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Costume Update

Busy Day!
Rapunzel's hair is done (and trimmed, at the length we started with it was a hazard to both the princess and the people around her!
2 chicken costumes are complete -- one was super easy, a premade cutie from Old Navy!
Ariel's dress is complete
And our last project, the candy grabbing chicken puppet is done too -- here he is:


He started life as a TRex grabber thingie:
Some airdry clay, paint, fabric and feathers, and he has a whole new look :)

Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Works in Progress

Lots going on right now -- this is a busy time of year here!
 I am working on some new book things and will share when I can -- in the meantime, here are a few works in progress:

Halloween paintings:
We do homemade Halloween costumes, so I started with a sketch for each...the sketches turned out cute, so I decided to paint them out -- here they are in progress (on cardboard, I just used some from the recycling bin, so we'll call this a green project, too!)

Various stages of completion -- I'll share the finished ones (with the real camera, not the iphone!) when they are done!
all together:


Plus, this guy is about to get a makeover to be included with one of the costumes -- This chomping TRex toy will soon be a chicken (hopefully) that can grab candy. Here he is in action -- he likes mandarin oranges apparently...
They say dinosaurs are related to birds...we'll see how he looks when his new paper mache beak is dry!

What's in progress at your house this fall?