Monday, August 11, 2014

Wonder Woman costume

My almost 7 year old is really into Wonder Woman and wanted to be her for Halloween. I wasn't impressed by the costumes I could find online so we decided to make our own. She has been bugging me since February, so that's why I was thinking about Halloween when it is still summer. I used a variety of pins I found on Pinterest so thought I'd put all the tutorials I found helpful all in one place. My daughter is about 52 inches tall, almost 7. So depending on the age of the person you are making yours for you may need to edit my amounts to fit your requirements.

This is how the costume currently looks, all I have left is to do the golden lasso, once I figure that out I will edit the post to include that.


To make our version of wonder woman, we needed:

- roll of gold duct tape (crown, cuffs)

- large roll of red duct tape (boots)

- sheet of white duct tape (boots)

- foam visor with corded back (crown)

- 3 toilet paper rolls (cuffs)

- gold fabric paint (shirt)

- silver puff paint (shirt)

- red paint pen (crown star)

- red tshirt, washed.

- 1.5 yards blue star fabric (skirt)

- wide elastic (skirt)

- skinny elastic (cuffs)

- gold cording (lasso)

- gold stretchy sequins (skirt belt)

Crown To start with the top, the crown I made by taking the foam visor folding it in half, and cutting to the shape I wanted the crown to be (you will wear the visor upside down, bill up). Then I wrapped it in duct tape, and drew a star. The paint pen I have is a metallic, I need to get a brighter red to draw over the star again.

Shirt The tshirt I washed/dried to ensure any shrinking would happen before we painted, also put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to prevent any paint bleeding to the back. I downloaded the logo here and had it fit a portrait piece of paper. Then I laminated that piece of paper and carefully cut out the outline of the entire WW logo. I then used the laminated paper for a stencil, and stenciled the whole WW logo area in the gold paint. I taped down the sheet during stenciling and took it off immediately after I was done stenciling. I let the shirt dry for 2 days before continuing to the next step.

I cut the logo apart, leaving the little extra "wing" piece attached to one of the Ws. I then lined up one half into the logo where it belonged and traced with puff paint. Then outlined the whole logo in puff paint and free handed the little extra wing section that I'd left attached to the W. Then let that dry a few days undisturbed because I did it thick to hide any imperfections along the edges from stenciling.

Cuffs The cuffs I made by cutting one side (long ways) of a toilet paper roll of two rolls, I then cut another one in half (long ways) and attached one half to each of the cut rolls with some duct tape. I then angled the cuffs so the wrist area is slightly narrower than the arm side of the cuff. Wrapped the entire cuff (both sides) in the gold duct tape. Then punched a hole on each side with a thick needle and thread a small section of thin elastic (can even be a hair tie cut) in and tie. My daughter had trouble keeping the cuffs on without the elastic.

Skirt Our initial plan was to do a blue tutu with white stars glued on. But after thinking about it, my daughter decided Wonder Woman would not be the tutu type. So I headed to Pinterest to find an easy skirt to put together for her. Found this Circle Skirt. Perfect. I didn't have elastic as wide as she recommends, but my daughter wanted the sequins skirt anyways so it didn't really matter. She'd picked the blue star fabric at JoAnns, I bought 1.5 yards since she wanted it about 16 inches long. After I got the skirt built, I lengthened the straight stitch length and ran a stitch around the sequins on the elastic. Hand sewed where the sequins met up.

Boots I made complete boots, that she will wear instead of shoes on Halloween trick or treating. I roughly followed this tutorial on wrapping her legs and shoes in saran wrap then doing the duct tape and cutting off.

But after I cut off I then used the duct tape to make it wider all around. I used the entire large roll of red duct tape on her boots, she has size 1 shoes. I then cut up the white duct tape into 1 inch strips and did the stripe down the front and trim around the leg holes.


- Cut duct with scissors to keep it neat on the ends, you may need to wash your blades to get sticky gunk off after. I kept the length between 3-6" to keep them manageable, duct tape likes to stick to itself. I used a paper cutter to cut the 1 inch strips of duct tape for the boots.

- Don't over stretch the elastic for the skirt, I had to seam rip when I over stretched at first and had more elastic than skirt about halfway thru.

- Do multiple tries of the boots on as you are adding duct tape to avoid them from getting too tight.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I've been sucked in...

To Pinterest. Follow me if you want :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bread Pudding

I was cleaning out my inbox and found this bread pudding recipe that my cousin Ruth made. She omitted the coconut flakes and substituted more milk for the coconut milk, and only made half the sauce. But it was divine :) I found this blogger has it all typed up so I'll just link you here. New Orleans Style Bread Pudding
(yes I see the irony in linking a New Orleans recipe when the Detroit Lions lost to the Saints yesterday).

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Omlet biscuit cups

Since 2.0 was born we've been a fan of these for breakfast. Easy to make and they reheat well. Can customize to how you like your eggs. :) I made another batch this morning. Now if I could just get to eat one... I have a baby wanting to sleep on me or take 10-20 min naps again today. recipe. posting from my iPhone, so hopefully my HTML skills made a link back there. ;)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies

These are pretty much the easiest peanut butter cookies ever.  My Grandmother's recipe. Makes about 3 dozen if you do 1 inch balls. 

Preheat to 350

1 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla

Few tsp of flour for fork. 

Mix ingredients with hands until combined.  Roll into in inch balls and put on cookie sheet a few inches apart. Flatten with floured fork (make criss cross pattern). Bake 10-12 min. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

quick & easy stroganoff

I made a basic beef stroganoff for dinner tonight. It wasn't as yummy as the kind Mom used to make (sadly I don't have that recipe) but it fit the bill of beef and hearty. I used the base of this recipe from all recipes, Simple Hamburger Stroganoff, and tweaked it to what I had on hand. Overall impression is "meh", needs more flavor, even more than what I added to it. I had to add more garlic pepper and was tempted to add salt too while I was eating it (though I crave salt lately so its probably fine). Won't go out of my way to make it again but for a quick hearty dinner it was good. And I have leftovers for a few more meals since my hubby and Dad are both out of town this week.

Simple Beef Stroganoff
6 servings

1 (16 ounce) package egg noodles
1 pound lean ground beef (I used 96/4 and it turned out well)
1 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy mix
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
2 ounces water
1/2 cup milk
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed golden mushroom soup
minced onion & garlic pepper
1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2.In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until no pink shows; drain.
3.Mix brown gravy, cream cheese and mushrooms with hamburger until cream cheese has given the mixture a whitish look. Add milk and mushroom soup to beef mixture, season with garlic pepper and minced onion. Add sour cream to noodles and mix. Toss hamburger mixture with pasta until combined.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pot Roast

This is how my Mom made pot roast. It's yummy, and pretty easy. My sister got the recipe from me at Christmas and then dropped the card behind her gas stove. I e-mailed her a copy but figured yet another place to store it would save me from copying it for her a 3rd time. You need an electric fry pan like this to make this, or you can attempt it with a large dutch oven or covered dish in the oven.

Pot Roast
Serves 4-8 (depending on roast size)

Round bone pot roast or larger boneless roast
Garlic pepper
Minced onion
Pinch of salt
1 tsp kitchen bouquet
Baby carrots
Red potatoes quartered/diced
4Tbsp flour
1 cup water

Pam electric fry pan, set to 350*
Place meat in pan, season with spices. Brown. Flip and season again. Brown meat.
Turn heat down to 200-225* (slow simmer). Add at least 3 cups of water to pan (surround meat with water) and cover it. Keep an eye on water level and let it simmer a few hours. Add kitchen bouquet to water, add baby carrots. 30 min later add potatoes. Simmer about an hour. Take out veggies and put in bowl, remove meat. Tent both with tinfoil.
Make gravy in a gravy shaker or a jar. Add flour to cup of water, garlic pepper & basil to taste. Shake so that flour & water mix. Slowly add to base in pan until it thickens (slow boil). May need to turn up heat to thicken.

Alternate oven directions: Brown meat as directed. Place in dutch oven and cook at 325* for 2-3 hours. Add carrots & potatoes (watch liquid level) during the last hour in the oven.

If we have leftovers we usually toss in some peas & corn with the gravy, cut up meat, and leftover veggies and eat it as beef stew. It freezes well.