Friday, January 6, 2012

Homemade Lego Cop Halloween Costume

I fell in love with the idea of being a Lego Cop for Halloween 2011.  So I went and bought a few things and completed it in 3 days.  I wore it to a Halloween Costume Contest out with my husband (adults only at a bar) and won first place!  I really enjoyed making it and having fun it!!

I took foam the kind you have left over from siding and made the circles for the head, 2 larger, 2 slightly smaller and then used 2 pieces of poster board from the dollar store.  I used yellow paint which worked out well for me because I had it on hand.  The eyes I used duct tape and the mouth I trimmed with electrical tape.

The body and legs were from boxes I got from my children's school.  The legs specifically were 2 copier paper boxes.  I bought 2 cans of black spray paint for under $2 a piece.  I sprayed the body and legs down 3-4 times each drying all the way in between each spray.  With white paint I had on hand I painted the white circle on the main body.

The lego hands I used 4 layers of the foam like I used for the head and bought caulking glue and glue them together just like the head pieces.  I used a drill saw to shape the dried foam into a pac man like shape and then again so it's kind of pac man but not, hard to explain, but you get the idea. Then I painted them yellow as well.  I wore dark blue jeans and a long sleeve black shirt with it.  The mouth is what I could see out of when I wore the full costume.  

This was easy to make, lots of fun and fun to wear.  The kids got a big kick out of it too on Halloween night!!

No Sew Tutu

Having a girl has definitely been a journey for me.  I was never, ever girly.  I never had pink in my wardrobe or appreciated anything in that genre for that matter.  Well my daughter is definitely a girly girl.  She struts around in shoes whenever she can, which usually means she's mesmerized whenever she is at someone else's home because I only own 3 pairs total, 2 of them are Skechers! lol 

My daughter demands to wear pretty approved clothing by her, to include her socks and she is only 2!  She has a very good sense of style for a 2 year old, lol.  So about a year ago when I sensed this coming I began looking at tutus.  OMG was I stunned at how beautiful these little wonders are!! Along with that shock, was my shock at the price sticker.  I wanted to have her 2 yr old party theme Terrible Tutus - however this particular themed tutu cost $85.00 for a tutu that could only be worn for 6 months and that is if she actually wore it everyday.  Are you kidding me?

So thus began my search for the ability to make her one myself.  Now, I can be crafty.  But for some reason I have never possessed the ability to sew.  Not by hand nor by machine.  I am just sew an idiot, lol, sorry couldn't resist that one.

So I found the no sew technique, got 2 colors in shades of purple and pink to cover most of everything in her wardrobe, found tulle on sale when I want to Joann Fabrics and bought a 2 inch thick ribbon that sized up for a 4 year old's waist.  That way, I could tie it tight until she is that waist size and won't need to make another until she hits size 4 or needs them in other colors.

All and all, I spent just about $10 and it took me about an hour (and this was long compared to most averages - I am a perfectionist especially if I have never done it before) to create my daughter's tutu!

Sew Fun!!

Sweet 16

So when my older niece was about to turn 16 I lent a very helping hand in planning the party with my SIL.  My SIL was gracious enough to allow me to be so much a part of this party.  After spending hours scouring sites with my nieces I was able to see what she would like and want.

I was inspired in so many directions and if I had an indispensable amount of money I could have made a display fit for royalty.  However, both our pockets were limited so here is what I came up with:

As you can see, the theme was SWEET.  I used a site called to print out some free printables.  That is where the labels came from that are on the vases.  I then bought 2 packs of Pink sparkly alphas and made the words on the labels.  I also bought self adhesive bling to add to the labels.  I bought the different sizes of vases from the dollar store.  I made the chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate covered pretzels myself.  

I also made the hand made chocolates in the YUMMY vase, around the marshmallows along with the hand dipped marshmallows and I made the chocolate hearts on the sticks.  Then I bought  the pink with black polka dots 12x12 paper and altered 2 Whitman's Samplers chocolates bottoms of the boxes with it.  I also bought blinged out numbers which you can't see in these pictures of "16" which are on both boxes.  I took the 12x12 paper and fashioned cones out of them simply using a piece of tape to hold them together leaving a small opening at the bottom.  Inside the chocolate boxes I used foam, like they do for planters, and place paper on top of it.  I then placed skewers on the back box in various places as well as different sized skewers.  I then place then cones onto the skewers and filled them with freshly popped popcorn and filled the bottom of both boxes with M&Ms.

Then I used a site called to create these personalized candy bar wrappers for each guest to take home.  

It was a fun way to do something extra special on a budget and it was easy as well!!  Everyone enjoyed the sweets table!!

Tricycle Diaper Cake

Long before I seen this on Pinterest I had already found it on my own.  Being the person I am, naturally I wanted to give my BIL and SIL a gift at their baby shower that was unlike any other.

So I made this Tricycle Diaper Cake, it's fun and easy too!  In fact, the hardest part was gathering up the right ingredients.  Anyhow, I used a new package of Pamper's Newborn Diapers, 2 bibs, 2 receiving blankets, 1 bottle, a pair of socks, girly ribbon and topped it off with a multicolored Bear and set of keys!!

It was quite a hit and this picture doesn't do it justice!!  Lots of fun, easy and a great way to give new parents the items they need in a great presentation!!