Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

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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Monday, September 29, 2014

Painted leopard pumpkin

Painted leopard pumpkin inspired by my new favorite shoe that is actually what the headline should read :) and it also probably shouldn't be an entire post because it was so easy and fast.

In our tiny house I don't have room for a collection of large pumpkins and it honestly always irks me to buy them and then have to see them rot and then throw them out.
So I usually go for small pumpkins.

And since I have a new favorite pair of leopard wedges that I can't stop wearing, I thought that the simple leopard pattern would be perfect for a tiny pumpkin. It's a simple leopard pattern, meaning it's only a plain beige background (no variations) and the simple dark brown spots.

I started out with painting the little pumpkin a beige-brown with acrylic craft paint:

After it dried I just used a small hard bristle brush to paint in the uneven spots. It's uneven, not perfect and I like it that way. It was a fast and easy little project that added a little touch of fall to our tiny little kitchen.

You could even just use a black sharpie for it too.

See the fur isn't even and perfect either. 

The shoes are really pretty too, right? Oh and you can buy them right HERE
if you would like to have your own pair

I love the little fella!

And that's it for today.


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DIY heated igloo for outdoor cats

So ladies, did I get your attention with the cover photo? I would sure hope so, ha!

Today is the day before Thanksgiving and it's time to be "oh so thankful". My motto is to be thankful all year around! I'm not big on Thanksgiving at all and it might have to do with the fact that I'm German, I don't know, because we only have "Erntedankfest" (basically thankful for the harvest).

I used to really like the night before Thanksgiving though. That was before we had kids, when all our friends would be home to see their families. We'd go out into the early hours and then be really hungover and eat ourself into a coma. 
Well, times have changed. We have kids, I don't like to stay up late anymore and have hangovers. I hate eating myself into a coma. And I don't get to see my family either. So there it is! I'm not a fan.

Every night (and I really mean EVERY NIGHT) when I put my kids to bed we say amongst other things what we are thankful for like our health, our family, food, our home and our animals. 

Cue word: Animals! They are my area where I'd like to give back. I adore people with passion in their heart for a cause and I believe you don't have to go far to be able to help. It can be just outside your door or neighborhood and I wish more people would see this instead of choosing to look the other way.
My husband always tells me "you can't save them all" which I know, but I can try to save the ones I see and come across. And if everyone would do that there would be a lot less suffering.

So this is where James Franco comes in. I saw him on Ellen two weeks ago (I loved him before) but when I heard him talk about his adopted rescue cats and his family's cats, I just loved him even more. The above photos were actually photoshopped by one of Ellen DeGeneres' staff members.

family reunion with cats

While my hubby would not be caught dead in the first mock up photos, I do frequently see him with our cats like James is snuggled up in the second photo below. As a matter of fact our white cat Lucy waits for him every night to watch TV in the man cave and then she goes to bed with him to snuggle on his chest.

I adopted two of our cats (Harry passed away this spring) and my husband also adopted two. (you can read more about our cats by clicking HERE) They are all ours but it is amazing how much they can remember on who saved them. I just love that.

I so love a man that snuggles with animals. 
Where is this going you are asking?

Well since I mentioned giving back just outside my front door or neighborhood, I have been asked a lot of times by readers to share what I made for our stray porch cat to survive the winter.  (And yes I have even tried to carry the kitty inside and stay with it in the basement but it is scared to death and wants to go back outside)

So here is what I did:

I bought the Extreme Weather Kitty Pad with Fleece Cover  (12.5" x 18.5") from Amazon when it was still warm outside to get a great price. And I found some styrofoam coolers at a yard sale for 50 cents each that I thought would work great for building a shelter. You see, there is a group that I'm a fan of on Facebook called "The Guardians of Rescue". They do amazing things for cats and dogs that are outside. They build shelters for stray and feral cats and showed numerous times how to build one.
This is an article on "How to Make Thermal Boxes to Save Feral Cats' Lives in Winter. It is NOT true that they will survive. A lot of times they will freeze to death without our help.

I googled and searched the internet high and low to find a styrofoam box for sale like mine, but couldn't. I think you'd have to search locally for one like I did. Walmart is a great place to start searching. If you find one online, let me know and I'll add it.

{Update: I was told by a reader that you can find some FREE styrofoam coolers at pet stores that sell tropical fish. They get their fish shipments in styrofoam coolers and throw them away after delivery. I guess it doesn't hurt to ask if they have any, right?}

outdoor heated pad for stray cats

Since the box for porch kitty is (well, wouldn't you say) on the porch ;) I didn't have to put the plastic tarp around it, but I put a brick on top so the styrofoam doesn't blow away. I also wanted to be able to still open it because I put a blanket inside too. By coincidence the heated pad fit perfectly into the bottom of the one styrofoam cooler. It was as if they were made for each other. I only had to cut a hole for the cord and a hole for the kitty to crawl in.
I put the box on top of my bench to keep if off the floor. There are some other strays that mostly come at night to eat and I don't want them to fight porch kitty. Kitty is safe and off the ground from where he can watch the other cats.

insulated box for stray cats
I used a drywall saw to cut out the entry hole.
insulated box for stray cats with heated pad inside

insulated box for stray cats with heated pad inside

insulated box for stray cats with heated pad inside
I know it doesn't look that pretty but I don't care.

He/she has been using the heated box and really likes it. If you have been following me for a while then you know that I call it porch kitty. This is the 4th winter that it comes around. The past years it was so scared that it only came at night and always ran the minute it would see one of us. This summer the kitty started to accept me and actually cry for me while sitting in the bushes. It now sometimes lets me pick it up. My neighbors told me that it waited by my house for 5 weeks when I was in Germany. So I guess it's staying since nobody wants it. I would love to bring it inside but our 3 indoor cats are not to happy and neither is porch kitty. There isn't any accepting going on between them.

insulated box for stray cat with heated pad inside

I have grown really fond of my porch kitty. The trust it now puts in me melts my heart. And it waits for me every morning by the door for some wet cat food.

insulated box for stray cat with heated pad inside

insulated box for stray cat with heated pad inside

insulated box for stray cat with heated pad inside

insulated box for stray cat with heated pad inside
You can see in some of the photos that there is something wrong with the eye. Porch kitty is blind in one eye.

{UPDATE: You can read more about porch kitty by clicking HERE}

I also made another weather proof box for the side of the house in case one of the other strays wants to use it but so far they have not.

If you liked this post and my cat craziness, then I would appreciate it sooo much if you'd show a fellow cat lover some support and like my facebook page. Head on over by clicking the link below or HERE.

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You might also like my outdoor cat enclosure (click HERE
or my litter box vinyl decal (click HERE)

I wish you guys a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful time with your friends and families.

Talk to you on Black Friday! Yes you've heard right. I have a post on Friday.



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