Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Maleficent Costume

easy DIY maleficent costume made with duct tape and aluminum foil by Cuckoo4Design

This is one of those posts where I get so super excited about hitting the publish button. Even giddy!

I was dragging my feet with a costume for our daughter this year because I just didn't know what she could handle. If you have ever dealt with a kid with sensory issues who is especially struggling with clothing (click HERE, HERE and HERE to read about her) then you know that store bought Halloween costumes are especially awful for them. The texture, the seams, the tags and velcro.

Last year she was the sugar skull (click HERE) and she wore a plain mumu-like dress that I had bought at H&M, this one HERE* is similar. I managed to come up with an idea for this year where she can wear the same dress again but the look is completely different. And that's all thanks to amazing face paint (I bought paint called Snazaroo*, best money ever spent) and some black Duck Tape*.

Thankfully she doesn't mind wearing things on her head most of the time. And since last year she loves being something a little more scary. She used to only want to be a princess or fairy and I'm so glad she loves playing along with different characters now.

So here is what we did. And sorry for the cellphone pictures but that's how I roll when I'm DIYing ;)

  1. I used cut up grocery bags to line her head, so the tape doesn't stick to her hair. Be very careful! I taped the shape of her skull over the grocery bags.
  2. I took it off her head and cut out the front triangle piece/widows peak. (Later I taped a piece of alligator printed craft felt onto that peak for a little added detail.) I also cut around the edges to get rid of the overlapping grocery bags.
  3. Then I put another grocery bag on her head (always tell your kids to not do this on their own) and put the cap back on. This is to be able to tape more on the bottom back part of her head and over her ears.
  4. To ensure being able to easily take the piece off and on, I cut a slit in the back of it
  5. It's time for horns! I used aluminum foil to shape the horns and taped them to her cap.
  6. I made sure they are both bent the same way.
  7. I used two toilet paper rolls for the bottom of the horns but you don't have to. It works just fine with only aluminum foil. I then kept taping around the horns until they were all covered and felt solid.
  8. And viola a finished costume. 

I know, I know sorry you want to know how I made her stick, right? I used one of those Squishy Ball* things that my kids had. It blinks. I cut it open, removed the blinking gadget. I had some green thin upholstery foam that I used to wrap the blinking gadget and then I taped everything to a stick that I found in the woods. Now if she taps the stick on the ground it blinks ;) She loves it.

The make up was very easy to do too. And the cape is an adult sized short vampire cape. You can, of course, add more detail to that as well but I think it looks fine just the way it is. Don't you agree?

I only had to buy the felt and 2 rolls of tape. Not bad!

In the photos above she is wearing the same type of dress ;)

It's unbelievable how much she likes to model though. She gets right into character and has an awesome time with me taking photos. I'm sure you can tell that she enjoyed herself!

Sensory issues and Halloween costumes

Halloween costume for child with sensory processing issues SPD

And here is her costume from last year with the same dress (click HERE to read more):

Our son went for a store-bought headless horseman this year.

I'm glad I got this out of the way and both kiddos are happy.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Living Pretty With Your Pets: brittanyMakes

Hi animal lovers, it's that time of the week again. TGIF and Living Pretty With Your Pets!

And today I'm sharing someone I have been crushing on for a very very long time. If you don't know Brittany yet from brittanyMakes then I have to tell you that you are totally missing out. She is super talented, outspoken, adorable, funny and of course loves her dogs...bulldogs that is. She recently got married, had a baby and bought a house but her dogs are still playing a major role in her life.

Lets say she is my kinda girl:

Hello everyone! I'm Brittany from the blog brittanyMakes where you'll find me journaling my daily adventures in DIY and home design. If we haven't met before, you might be interested in my current projects! We're undergoing a kitchen renovation, and simultaneously I'm making over our bedroom. You can say I like my plate FULL. I'm not here today to talk about my projects, I'm here to share with you my pets! In a nutshell, we're a bully family. Bully's are one of those breeds you either think they're ugly or you think they're the cutest squishy faces ever! I could seriously kiss those scrunched up noses all day! We have 3 bulldogs, an English Bulldog and two French Bulldogs. I feel terrible! I actually don't have a "family" picture with all our dogs, but let me introduce you to our pups anyway... Meet Trixie! My husband got Trixie a year before we met, she and him were a package deal. Trix ate all my heels when I came into the picture. Apparently she wanted to be the only woman in his life.

Trixie has an old soul. She loves to lounge around, sleeps in all the sunny spots in our house, and generally acts like Eeyore. This year she's going to be Eeyore for Halloween. I found her the perfect costume :)

Meet Rocco! He's a stud. He's been the baby for his entire life (of 4 years), until this last Spring when we brought home his future wifey. Rocco loves to play fetch, chew on bones, and pretty much destroy every squeaky toy within seconds. Like all Frenchies, Rocco loves to love and loves to please. His favorite treat is an ice cube, and his favorite spot to sleep is on my lap.

Now, let me introduce you to our little firecracker, Olive the Frenchie! We found Olive through Maria of Dreamy Whites, Maria and her daughter breed Frenchies (they have a new litter too btw!), and it wasn't but 3 weeks before I was about to give birth that my husband and I decided to bring Olive home. Show us some Frenchie puppies and we lose all our inhibitions, lol! So yes, we are legitimately crazy. We brought home a puppy and a newborn at the same time. Olive has the funniest personality of any dog I've ever met. She loves to do the things she's not supposed to do, like sprinting around the dirt in our back yard (that white fur turns black so fast!), eating bark and rocks, barking at the neighbors, hiding socks under our bed, chewing on Trixie's feet... The list is long! Rocco and Trixie are so relaxed in their age that in comparison she acts like a toddler with a sugar high. I'm not going to lie, raising a puppy with an infant is not something I recommend to the faint of heart, but the hardest part is over and heck, in hindsight it wasn't that bad.

It took a while but about two months ago Rocco and Olive finally become best buds. If you're thinking of introducing a puppy to your dogs, just keep in mind there is usually an adjustment period where the pup needs to be 'initiated' so to speak, before they're accepted into the 'pack'. We learned this the hard way and had to be patient as Rocco adjusted to no longer being the baby. Usually a puppy has to mature a bit before understanding what the 'rules' are at home. Rocco's rules were "toys are mine!" and all Olive wanted to do was be all up in his business, chewing on his leg or his ear. The best thing lately is our 4 month old son Zano is becoming more and more interested in our dogs. He watches Olive sprint around the back yard and giggles when she licks his feet. It's so cute. So anyway, the real question is, how do we 'live pretty' with our pets? Honestly, it's tough! I would say, just like any mess, you have to remove it from the blog content. I can't be posting pictures of raw hides, puppy crates, and funky dog beds (oh wait, I did!).

I have to kick aside the stinky dog bed for photo shoots, there's just no other way.

I tried sewing a pretty dog bed from a vintage grain sack one year, and it looked nice for like the first 5 seconds after I gave it to our pups. In the end it was just a waste of a perfectly good grain sack. We share our home with our pups, which means there is always a mess or a bone or a chew toy lying around. I can't complain about the pups because, to be fair, I generally have a few loads of laundry to fold or dishes to put away! Lord knows what our pups would be saying about us, lol! Thank you Julia for having me!

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So adorable right? I love their faces too, how could you not?!

Love her even more for being able to raise a baby and puppy and accepting the mess the pups create.

And Brittany is always creating, or should I say "making" some serious eye candy. I'm still dreaming of her fabulous bedroom:

Head on over and check out her blog if you haven't seen it already by clicking HERE.

Have a great weekend my friends.



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Organize Me Pretty

I'm not going to lie, I was a little scared of participating in this series and I told Ursula that I'm not sure I'm the right person for this. While my house always looks clean, I'm not going to ask you to open my closets and drawers. Some are more organized than others.
And my life has felt really out of control lately so committing to an organizing tour is a little out of my comfort zone. But what better way to feel like you are gaining controlled again than to organize things? It does make you feel better for sure.

So big thank you Ursula for asking me to participate.

While I didn't get everything done that I wanted to, I did get my daughter's room more organized. I have been talking about her a lot lately (HERE, HERE and HERE) and with her issues, she likes nothing more than spending time in her room doing crafts.

Yup, it was somewhat of a mess! Her old set up of a toddler table and chairs didn't work for her anymore. She turned eight and was ready for a big girl desk that she could grow with. 
Unfortunately we were restricted in size, since she has closet doors opening into her space. But the Ikea Besta Burs desk fit the area perfectly.

So this is how I organized the space for her:

Ikea Besta Burs desk

The sleek Ikea desk has room for her to grow and possibly get little crafting organization underneath in the future.
And she has storage for pencils, markers and other little craft supplies. 

I bought the "paint by numbers" at a Goodwill last year and never found the perfect spot for them until now. (I staged them in THIS dresser makeover, do you remember?)

Ikea Besta Burs desk

The vintage tulip chair is perfect for her desk. I bought a set of 4 chairs and table last year at an auction for $75 and I love one of the chairs in her room.

I used two of my milk glass vases for her pencils and markers so she doesn't need to open the drawers nonstop.

Click HERE to see the headboard tutorial.

I also finally found the time to paint her shades grey, remember they used to be black and white stripes? I used my curtain tutorial for that (click HERE).

(more cuckoo clocks HEREHERE and HERE)

This drawer organizer I got at Target HERE* fits the drawer perfectly:

Ikea Besta Burs desk

Her drawers probably won't look like this for long, but I tried ;)

Since she loves to paint I set up the other side of her room to display all her art projects with Ikea Dignitet curtain wire which makes it easy to change out the always changing pieces of artwork.

Below her artwork display are two old Ikea Expedit shelves with baskets and lots of books. (click HERE to see how I painted the thrifted lamps on her shelves)

Isn't her artwork great? I love it and hung some pieces around the house as well. Click HERE and HERE to see.

Click HERE to see how easily you can make one of these pictures yourself.

And I have another closet that I'm proud of and it is one that guests actually do get to open to hang their jackets into. I did keep the wire shelving. I know it is hated by many but I just didn't see a reason to throw it out nor did I have the budget to do so.

And my make-up station is pretty organized as well:

Read more about my bathroom HERE.

I'm currently working on a little makeover of my tiny walk-in closet. Here is a sneak peek:

But I wasn't finished to share it today, so stop back soon for a closet update. It's a classic work with what you have case again, which I usually do.

Monday, Oct. 6th | Home Made by Carmona 
Tuesday, Oct. 7th | A Thoughtful Place 
Wednesday, Oct. 8th | Primitive & Proper 
Thursday, Oct. 9th | Oh Everything Handmade 
Friday, Oct. 10th | Up To Date Interiors 
Saturday, Oct. 11th | Delineate Your Dwelling 
Sunday, Oct. 12th | Life On Virginia Street 
Monday, Oct. 13th | with HEART 
Tuesday, Oct. 14th | The Blissful Bee 
me ;)
Thursday, Oct. 16th | Place Of My Taste 
Friday, Oct. 17th | A Home Full of Color

Make sure to head on over to my friend Aniko's at Place Of My Taste tomorrow. 


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