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ischemgeek:

Some strategies for wearing costumes

realsocialskills:

Some people like to buy bagged costumes for costume stores, but that isn’t a good option for everyone.

Some reasons bagged costumes are not a good option for everyone:

  • Bagged costumes are often really expensive
  • They tend to have unpleasant textures, fabrics, smells, and seams
  • It might be hard…

ischemgeek said:

Shopping at used clothing stores  can yield good pieces for making costumes on the cheap, without having to sew your own if like me a total lack of fine motor coordination makes sewing hard-to-impossible.  You have to be flexible with what you’re going to go as, though. Once, I lucked into a beautiful white, embroidered, hooded coat at a used clothing store . It had a coffee stain which I was able to remove with spot treatment, bleaching, followed by lemon juice and sunlight. Because it was stained, they gave it to me for $1.

I combined this with some white on-sale, discount scrub pants I found at the dollar store ($1) and a pair of white boots a friend was willing to give me since she’d bought them without realizing they were the wrong size and they’d been sitting in the back of her closet for a year. A spare banister end from a friend (free) and a wooden dowel ($2) with a screw (nickel) made a staff, which I painted (I had extra white paint on hand, and spent $2 on toll paints for the rest of it).

It made an excellent - and warm, which is important in Canada if you’re going to an outdoor halloween event like I was - white mage costume, which all together cost me about $5.05. A lower-quality and not warm at all costume for the same concept was going for about $30 in stores.

If I’d been really hard up for cash, I could’ve just grabbed a prop on hand from my martial arts stuff and eliminated the staff, which would’ve given me a costume for $2 and some stain-removal work. If I didn’t get the white boots, I would’ve gone with sturdy hiking boots I already had on hand, under the reasoning that a white mage adventurer should have sensible shoes. :P

livingalifeoflearning:

realsocialskills:

do you know of any resources for art things for disabled or poor folks? (poor because lack of resources to get a hold of most comercially sold art supplies, disabled because I have Things I Don’t Have a Name For that make it hard for me to…

livingalifeoflearning said:

I don’t know what sort of art things you’re into, but temporary art can generally be done for free and can be quite pleasing, especially if the process is your focus, not the product. These things can require a very low level of fine motor skills and might be easier on stiff joints.

Things like:
- Drawing in sand/dirt with a stick or your fingers
-Sidewalk chalk can be cheap and makes all hard surfaces your canvas
-Building sandcastles or other earthworks
-Arranging stone towers with rocks around your house
-Arranging flowers

You can also take a picture of any of these if you want to keep something of something you made.

ada-adorable:

realsocialskills:

do you know of any resources for art things for disabled or poor folks? (poor because lack of resources to get a hold of most comercially sold art supplies, disabled because I have Things I Don’t Have a Name For…

ada-adorable said:

I’ve been making things out of cardboard and paper lately! Because I have a lot of cardboard boxes and stuff around and it’s easy to just throw things together with tape. I’m not sure if this would be super helpful for everyone, but I like it because it’s a lot easier to work on projects when I don’t have to buy or choose fancy supplies. It’s a lot easier to just try stuff out when you’re literally working with scraps of cardboard that would otherwise go in the trash.

chavisory:

realsocialskills:

do you know of any resources for art things for disabled or poor folks? (poor because lack of resources to get a hold of most comercially sold art supplies, disabled because I have Things I Don’t Have a Name For that make it hard for me to…

chavisory said:

If you live near a Michael’s craft store, they have REALLY affordable (like around $5) sets of things like watercolor paints and oil pastels.