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Monday, August 25, 2014

Zoltar The Fortune Telling Machine (Costume Tutorial)

This Zoltar costume (inspired by the movie BIG) wasn't just fun to show off at all the Halloween events but was fun to make with my son as well. The best part was that I only spent about $20 in all including the battery lights and fortune teller hat. 

I had to come up with how to make this one on my own but you guys are in luck because I took photos along the way to bring you EMI readers a tutorial to make it easier. 

1. First of all I found some cheap battery operated on Amazon for about $3.00 and the Zoltar Hat for about the same price as that. Next you're going to want to get a box big enough for your kid to slip on and move easily around.

2. Make sure all your flaps are either securely taped or glued down before cutting out your shapes. I like masking tape best because its easy to paint over than the others and holds great. 

As you're going along have your kid try on the box frequently to make sure its comfortable so you can make adjustments as you go along. 

3. Put in the shelf by taping a piece of cardboard across the top area and the bottom. If you are giving our Zoltar cards like we did I recommend adding a little box on the bottom inside shelf to hold the card in for easy access. And don't forget to cut a wide enough opening for the cards to come out of. 

4. Now you can paint! It doesn't show it in any of the pictures but I made shoulder straps to rest the box comfortably on the shoulders so my son could use his hands freely and not have to hold up the costume. I just used duct tape folded in half and adjusted them to my sons height and made sure to leave extra room up top for his hat to fit under. I secured the duct tape straps by stapling them to the bottom of the box with a regular stapler. You can use fabric as well. 

5. Be patient when waiting for the paint to dry. You want to make sure its all dry before adding the details. It should take about 1-3 hours. Let it dry overnight for best results. 

6. For the shiny background of the Zoltar Coin Machine I found some fun wrapping paper at the dollar store for ... well a dollar. And it worked great. I just had to glue it on. It was just that fast. Then it was time to put on the lights. I taped the battery part under the shelf for my son to be able to turn it on and off when he needed. Than hot glued the lights up and around where I wanted them to go. If you want to reuse the lights don't worry about the hot glue the lights come right off with a little tug. 

7. As you can see I added just a few small details that were really fun but added a lot to the costume. I just found some pictures on google for the tarot cards and printed them off. Cut, glue, done. Then my boys had some play coins in their toy box that we added to the side. 

8. I used 2 yards of frilly fringe from a fabric store for the trim and glitter paint for some of the wording in front. You will need lots of coats of glitter paint if you use it. 

And then Voila! I made mine in just one evening (no patients here) so it really doesn't take that much time but I recommend taking your time especially with waiting for the paint to dry. I had to learn that the hard way.

If you would like cards to hand out through the slot in the front of the machine I made it easy for you and included the front and back of the cards I designed for my son and his costume below... 

I would love to see how your own costume turns out so please send me a link or pictures or you can even post them to EMI's facebook page.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's My Birthday!!!

I'm big on birthdays! When someone tells me about a bad birthday they have had my heart just breaks for them. No one should have a bad birthday. NO ONE! I think birthdays are so important to celebrate and its important to celebrate each and every one of them. It's the one day in a whole year where we celebrate that person being born and how happy we are about it. Nothing makes someone feel more special and loved than having a good birthday. When I was a kid we never had extra money but somehow my mom always made our birthday a blast from sun up to sun down they were epic and so full of love. 

 Even though Im turning 31 I still get so excited for my birthday and I hope I always do. Thats not to say that Ive not had my share of disappointing birthdays where Ive ended up alone and sad, Ive had those as well. But Ive also leaned to take a lot of my special day in my own hands and share it with as many loved ones as possible. That being said... I hate birthday parties for myself. Id rather do some big activity or adventure than do the whole cake a presents thing. I hate opening present in front of people. Yuck! My husband on the other hand loves birthday parties and so do my kids and I love giving them to them. 

So far for my birthdays Ive gone white water river rafting, river tubing, ropes course, and hiked into a cave. This year we are taking it a bit more mellow. I did just have a baby. I am going to pamper myself and get my hair done then the hubby and I are off to see an amazing play and a fancy Brazilian dinner afterwards, while my sweet sister watches the kids. One of these years I'm totally going hot air ballooning or hang gliding though! 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scrappy Fox Doll And Matching Baby Quilt

I recently made my first quilt, and it was a baby quilt for my new baby daughter. It was also one of my first sewing projects I ever did outside of home-ec over 15 years ago.  

I loved making it so much I decided I just had to make a matching fox doll to go with it! 

I was inspired by this super cute fox doll by Blue Robin Cottage...

Unfortunately she doesn't have a pattern or a tutorial so I was on my own. Thank goodness I have good friends who know how to sew and who loves me enough help me with project like this. From concept to finish my friend and I made this in one night with only one sewing machine. 

We basically just sketched the entire fox doll project out on paper, cut it out and used it for our template. This is a very simple project, great for beginners like me. 

The hardest part had to be the skirt and sewing with the elastic band for me. My friend sewed the eyes and nose on with black yarn. This fox doll didn't cost me a cent. Everything we used was left over scraps and things around the house. Even the stuffing is from an old pillow. I added some fun accessories later, the necklace and hair clip. The really fun thing is about this is that I can make this fox lots of different skirts and accessories to change out. I also love that my daughter will have something special like this to play with for years to come.