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Super Nutkin

IMG_8196IMG_8189Today, more from the workshop.  I continue to work at building a large collection of unique superhero costumes for our next party rental collection.  This little costume was inspired by a little acorn drawing my son did when I asked him what he thought would make good superhero logos.  The headpiece is meant to be a grey squirrel, but since it really looks like a mouse, I think it will end up being a mouse head on another costume and I’ll try another tactic with the squirrel head.

IMG_8190I’ve been asking kids what super powers they think this guy has and the answers are great…one thing they all agree on…this superhero is totally NUTS!

Carnotaurus Vs. Ouranosaurus…Finished at Last!


We delivered our 2 Carnotaurus and 2 Ouranosaurus costumes to the Royal Ontario Museum the week before the new exhibit opened with a mixture of sadness to see them go and total excitement to see them get enjoyed by thousands upon thousands of eager kids.  Before they left, however, we took the beasts to the nearest park and had a DINOSAUR SHOWDOWN!  The plant-eaters held their own, but as usual – the carnivores gave them a major run for their money! If the incredible fun my 4 amazing models had is any indicator – these will be a big hit at the museum! We’ll let the photos tell the story… Continue reading

Carnotaurus in the Workshop

I knew that my Royal Ontario Museum project had to include a big fierce meat-eater with lots of sharp teeth.  Julius Csotonyi‘s carnotaurus image from the exhibit was perfect!  This dino has the fabulous fierceness and sheer size of the more famous T-Rex, but has the added appeal of two big, blunt horns (hence the ‘taurus’ in its name).  I knew the features that I most wanted to give the kids to distinguish the experience of being a carnotaurus, were the huge, heavy tail, the horns and the spindly little short arms. Continue reading

Ouranosaurus in the Workshop

Artwork by Winnipeg's Julius Cstonyi - the direct inspiration for this costume

I just love the process of figuring out how to make a costume perform just as I imagined. Sometimes you end up discovering something better than you imagined along the way…and always, ALWAYS, when I get to product testing, the kids find new amazing applications that I hadn’t thought of. Continue reading