Thursday, October 30, 2014

Satyr Costume Tutorial


": one of the forest gods in Greek mythology who have faces and bodies like men and ears, legs, and tails like goats" -(source)

A satyr is what my son wanted to be for Halloween this year.  He was inspired by the books written by Rick Riordan.  We were even lucky enough to snag a signed copy of his latest book!  Exciting!

living with ThreeMoonBabies | signed Rick Riordan book

Here is the finished costume and how we made it...if you would like to create a similar one yourself.  It pretty much consists of a hat, shirt, pants, and shoes.
living with ThreeMoonBabies | Satyr Costume

You will need a hat, orange t-shirt, sweat pants, slippers, fur fabric, Sculpey Ultra Light Polymer Clay, paint, hot-glue, a strong glue (like E6000), and inkjet iron-on transfer paper.
living with ThreeMoonBabies | Satyr Costume: the supplies

 1. the hat: My son had the great idea of attaching the horns to a hat, instead of a headband or something like that.  We couldn't find a "trucker" style hat while shopping, so we made one by painting a black hat.  I sketched and painted the word satyr on the white painted portion of the hat to get a graffiti look.  I made the horns using Sculpey Ultra Light Polymer Clay.  It was my first time working with it, and it really is super light!  It felt like taffy!  I made the bottoms flare out to anchor them in the hat.  After I baked the clay, I painted them and sealed them with mod podge.  To attach the horns to the hat, I made an "X" like slit where I wanted them in the top of the hat, pushed them through, and hot-glued them in place.  You can use a stronger glue too.  I also hot-glued felt over the exposed clay on the inside of the hat to make it more sturdy and comfortable.  
living with ThreeMoonBabies | Satyr Costume: the hat

2. the shirt: This was easy, and I'm sure there are multiple ways to do it (like using a freezer paper stencil).  We just found an image online and printed it on inkjet iron-on transfer paper, then ironed it on the shirt.  Camp Half-Blood is from the Rick Riordan books.  It's "a state-of-the-art training facility for young demigods"-(source). 

living with ThreeMoonBabies | Satyr Costume: the shirt

3. the pants: We used gray sweatpants.  I cut two large circles from the fur fabric (purchased at Jo-Ann Fabric), using a plate to trace out the shape.  I also cut long rectangles to wrap around the bottom of the legs, using the pants as a guide.  I cut out a small circle, cut it in half, and folded it to use as the small tail.  I attached the fur to the pants with hot-glue, but also stitched around the edges to hold in place.
living with ThreeMoonBabies | Satyr Costume: the pants

4. the shoes (hooves): For the hooves, I also used the Sculpey Ultra Light Polymer Clay.  I shaped them to fit around the slippers we purchased.  The fake ugg type slippers would work well too.  We lucked out and found the perfect slippers in gray to use, so we didn't have to cover the entire slipper with fur, just the front.  I baked the polymer clay hooves on glass bowls, so they would keep their shape.  After they cooled, I painted them, sealed them with mod podge, and glued them (with a strong glue, like E6000) to the front/toe portion of the slippers.  You will also want to rough up the underneath of the hooves, so they adhere better to the slippers.  I used a plate to trace and cut a circular piece of fur fabric for the tops of the slippers and cut a slit down the middle, then hot-glued in place.  They turned out so cool and are really comfortable!
living with ThreeMoonBabies | Satyr Costume: the shoes (hooves)

Oh, and we purchased pan pipes for him to carry!  I forgot to get a photo:/

Overall....both my son and I were really pleased with how the costume turned out!  Plus, he has a shirt he can wear after Halloween!  

Feel free to email me with any questions!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sneak Peek: Halloween Costumes 2014

We've been having fun imagining and gathering stuff for the kids' Halloween costumes!  I hope to share a tutorial for my son's costume soon.  Can you guess what they are dressing up as from the pictures below?

Living with ThreeMoonBabies | Tinker Bell costume
(Tinker Bell...yes, this giant t-shirt will be transformed into a cute little strapless dress!)

Living with ThreeMoonBabies | Satyr costume
(Satyr...or goat boy)

Living with ThreeMoonBabies | Dorothy costume

More pictures coming soon!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nathan Earrings Beading Pattern

Here is a new beading pattern!  They are pretty simple earrings, but the endless possible color combinations can make them stand out and WOW!

In my example, I used primary colors and turquoise.  I was going for a tribal look.

living with ThreeMoonBabies | Nathan Earrings Beading Pattern (finished earrings)

This pattern was completed using a combination of ladder stitch, two drop brick stitch, and fringe.  A foundation row is created using a ladder stitch with two beads in each row (9 rows).  The rest of the beadwork is completed using a two bead brick stitch.  It's a good pattern for a beginner because there are no complicated increases or decreases.  I used round, size 11/o seed beads for the earrings pictured above, but feel free to experiment with the pattern using various sizes, shapes, and colors of beads. 

You can get the PDF download for this pattern HERE.

living with ThreeMoonBabies | Nathan Earrings Beading Pattern

Please let me know if you have any questions!

(P.S.  This pattern was named after my cousin Nathan.)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Love is in the Air!

Most of my orders have been for wedding cake toppers or engagement ornaments lately, which leads me to believe LOVE must be in the air!

Here are a couple of my most recently finished orders:

A custom lovebird wedding cake topper: | custom lovebird wedding cake topper | custom lovebird wedding cake topper

 A custom diamond Ring ornament: | custom diamond engagement ring ornament

If you would like to order your own custom cake topper or ornament (they make great gifts!), 
check out my Etsy shop!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Tweets in Love: Mint, Teal, & Mustard

Here is a lovebird cake topper I recently finished:

tweets in love polymer clay wedding cake topper |

tweets in love polymer clay wedding cake topper |

I really love how this one turned out!  The color combo is so pretty!

Congrats on your upcoming wedding Adeline and Andrew!

Would you like your own, unique, custom cake topper?
Check out my Etsy shop!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lost Wax Casting

I recently finished a lost wax casting class.
Here is my finished pendant!
(Yes, it was Georgia O’Keeffe inspired.)

cow's skull with rose pendant (Georgia O’Keeffe inspired) | living with ThreeMoonBabies

I think I'm in love:)
It was such a fun class!
P.S.  I'm thinking I can recreate similar pieces using metal stay tuned!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Easiest Ice Cream Cake Ever....

Want to know how to make the easiest ice cream cake ever???

My oldest recently celebrated her 12th birthday!  She is not a huge fan of cake, but LOVES ice cream. I had seen an idea for a cake made out of ice cream sandwiches on Pinterest and thought this was the perfect time to try it was SO GOOD!  I'm thinking of making another very special occasion needed!

The Easiest Ice Cream Cake Ever....|  Living with ThreeMoonBabies

All you have to do is stack up ice cream sandwiches.  We bought a box full of 12, so our cake was 4 layers tall (with 3 sandwiches in each layer).  I criss-crossed each layer.  I also added a thin layer of hot fudge ice cream topping between each layer.  To frost, you just use thawed out cool whip!  I finished it off with toppings of M&Ms and hardening chocolate shell ice cream topping.  Oh, and my daughter picked out mint chip ice cream sandwiches.  With all the different flavors of ice cream sandwiches and ice cream toppings, the possibilities are endless!

Sorry I didn't take step-by-step photos but if you do a quick search on Google or Pinterest for an ice cream sandwich cake, you should find plenty!

Hope you enjoy your ice cream sandwich cake as much as we enjoyed ours!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Come In, We're Open!

I re-opened my Etsy shop!

I'm only taking limited orders right now, but have re-listed all of my most popular items (including my custom home ornaments and tweets in love wedding cake toppers).

We're Open! |

You can find my etsy shop here:

Thanks for your patience!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Notebook Paper Thank You Notes (free printable)

You probably don't remember, but I went through a bit of a "notebook paper" crafting phase a while back...

Here's proof!:

Well, I recently created a notebook paper themed thank you note and thought I'd share!

living with ThreeMoonBabies | free printable: Notebook Paper Thank You Notes

You can get the free printable here:

It's a PDF file, so you will probably need Adobe Reader to open and print.  
I also printed on white card stock.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Website Trends 2014

I know many of you who read my blog are artists and bloggers too.  You might even manage and maintain your own website.  If so, I thought this post I did on my other blog about the website trends of 2014 might be of interest to you.  Also, if anyone is looking for help with the design/development of a website, feel free to contact me!

You can find the blog post here:

Oh....and Happy New Year!!!