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DIY Goomba Costume for Baby

Friday, November 7th, 2014

This year, I made a DIY goomba costume for Truman and a goomba costume on a baby is just about the cutest thing ever. The only think that could have made Truman more adorable on Halloween was if he could just walk and he was toddling around like a drunken goomba. The goomba, for the uninitiated is a small mushroomesque character in the Super Mario Brothers video game universe.

The Goomba

There are some really cute tutorials online for a full goomba costume, but that seemed like a lot of work for a costume that was really just for some photos and maybe a brief stroller outing. For a party or something I might have gone a little more all out. Also, by doing it on a body suit, he can wear it later.

DIY Goomba Costume

DIY Goomba Costume

My method of choice for custom shirts is always the iron-on transfer, preferably the dark fabric kind (because then the design doesn’t have to be reversed). This concept would also work as an applique (either sewn or glued).

To make:

  1. find design: I used an image search and chose one that didn’t need much resizing. Baby shirts are pretty small.
  2. find shirt: I was limited to shopping online and I found one at American Apparel and one by Rabbit Skins. I went with the Rabbit Skins creeper (via amazon because of free shipping.)
  3. size design on regular paper before printing on transfer paper: you always want to print transfers on regular paper before printing out your transfer. This one doesn’t need to be perfect because only part of the design is used. I ended up using print size 5X7 on paper size US letter 
  4. print on transfer paper:  I used Avery dark fabric iron on transfer sheets.
  5. cut to size (see note below)
  6. follow iron on instructions: the instructions that come with the sheets are clear and easy to understand, but thr basic gist is print, cut to size, peel backing off paper, place on shirt, cover with transfer tissue (enclosed in package), iron, wait, peel of tissue. It’s a pretty quick process once you have the design printed.


Goomba Costume from Super Mario Brothers

The bare legs look a little more goomba-like.

NOTE: I did hit one spot of trouble and had to use two transfer sheets. I cut the eyes and mouth out separately because the color wasn’t close enough to leave the center of the transfer. It looked cute, but the pieces ended up being too small to be able to remove the backing from the transfer without tearing the printed design.  The second time, I cut out the center part of the goomba face, removed the transfer backing and then cut out around the eyes and mouth and then proceeded with the directions. Be sure and handle the transfer as little as possible when cutting out the design after removing the backing.

I had a few people ask how I decided to do just the face instead of a whole goomba on a shirt and the inspiration is a t-shirt found here.

Disclosure: This post is not associated with Nintendo in any way. The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links.

Homemade Lemonade Base

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

This is a super simple idea (and not mine). My mom taught me house to do this, mason jar and all, in girl scouts and they were the troop mother’s day gifts one year. It’s a great hostess gift for a party, too because it doesn’t take up that much room in the fridge and will survive a few hours on the counter if it ends up sitting out. It’s also a clever thing to bring as a gift when bringing kids to a mostly grown-up party. This also doubles as a cocktail base.

It is lemonade in its simplest form: simple syrup + freshly squeezed lemon juice. Ginger, lavender or mint could be added to fancy things up. I even like a few drops of peppermint essential oil for a super refreshing drink.

Homemade Lemonade

Lemonade Base:
Makes 1 Pint
lemons, freshly juiced to make 1 cup (about 4-5 small)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

  1. Make simple syrup by putting sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring periodically.
  2. Once sugar is dissolved (everything in the pan looks like a clear liquid), cook for two more minute
  3. Then pour in to a jar to cool in the fridge.
  4. Meanwhile, juice the lemons
  5. After the simple syrup is cooled, pour lemon juice in to jar through a strainer. Unless you like super pulpy lemonade, then just pour it all in unstrained.
  6. Keep the lemonade base in the fridge for up to a week or so.
  7. To make lemonade, shake the lemonade base in the jar, pour 1/4 cup of lemonade base into a glass, add 1/2 of water and ice. Stir.
  8. The ratio is 2:1 for water:lemonade base, expand at will.
Making lemonade from scratch

Safety first! Kid likes his helmet.

Straining lemon juice in to jar

Straining the lemon juice in to the jar


Homemade Lemonade base

DIY Chrome Pinecones

Monday, December 10th, 2012

I got the idea for chrome pinecones from a combination of the Ebpot Nutcrackers and the fact that half of the holiday stuff at Target this year is super shiny. Now that I have chrome spray paint in my hot little hands, I fully plan on chroming all the things.

Side note: don’t make jokes about christmas tagging when buying silver paint. The cashier was not amused.

DIY Silver Pine Cone

This is more of a guideline than an exact tutorial because the instructions are basically buy paint, gather pinecones, spray, dry, spray, dry, enjoy. I used pinecones that Spencer gathered (legally) and Valspar metallic spray paint in chrome/silver. I think it was about $5 and the pinecones were free, so this was not a spendy craft project at all. The results, however, look pretty expensive.

How to make Chrome Pinecone

In process!

I don’t trust myself to mix my good camera with spray painting, so I only have this one process shot. I spray painted outside on the grass (when Spencer wasn’t home or I would probably have a chromed toddler) so I just spread some newspaper out then put a paper grocery bag on top for my work area. It’s important to practice safe spray painting, so please use it in a well ventilated area and read the label warnings carefully.

I found that two light coats gave the pinecones enough coverage. I just sort of nudged them around and over with my finger between sprays. The coats were light enough that it worked fine. I used quick sprays of paint rather than long sweeping sprays, seemed to get in the nooks and crannies of the pine cones well.

These pinecones are shiny. Very, very shiny.

How to make silver pinecones

The hardest part is deciding just where to put them in my house. I currently have them nestled into a bowl with some greenery, but they might migrate to the mirrored shelf. I think they need to be up a bit higher because Spencer keeps grabbing and petting them. He called them his shinies and things got a little Gollumy.

Silver Pine cone

The chrome – it blinds!


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