Toro T7

you know. like ya do.

Halloween costuming season is drawing to a close. I haven’t even put one toe in the waters of my own kids’ costumes yet, instead being quite involved in creating gear for kids around the North Americas. Today, sent out in the mail:

A TORO T7 LAWN SPRINKLER. For a five year old.

You know.

One of these:

Toro T7

Here’s a close-up of the top. I was told I had to be pretty accurate for this part. Like so:

Toro T7, Top

I finished the costume a little while ago but I was hoping to get a five year old to model. Still, I needed to mail it and five year olds were scarce, so my nine year old son stood in. Unfortunately his head is a little larger than the client’s, but I think you can get the general gist:

Toro T7 For An Extra-Spooky Halloween!


Toro T7 For An Extra-Spooky Halloween!

Not Real Water.

Toro T7 For An Extra-Spooky Halloween!

A close-up of the sprinkler housing. All papercraft – attached to a pleather “skirt” with side and back vents for comfort, and wire in the hems for shaping.

Toro T7 For An Extra-Spooky Halloween!

The top of the sprinkler… I didn’t want to make it uncomfortably tall for a five year old. Lined with a little pilot cap hat that snaps closed and is quite cozy!

Toro T7 For An Extra-Spooky Halloween!

A closeup of the water “spray”. Clear tubing and adjustable wire for the right arc.

Toro T7 For An Extra-Spooky Halloween!

100% cotton shell pilot cap and snaps!

Toro T7 For An Extra-Spooky Halloween!

The top. This is the part I’m crossing my fingers on. Hoping the little client is pleased enough with it!

Toro T7 For An Extra-Spooky Halloween!

A little card and some care instructions. The costume cost one billion dollars to ship on account of its size – it went off to CA today.

So yeah, I have a 100% return policy for all my stuff. I’ve been joking about this costume that if the customer, God forbid truly, does return it, I can always sell it to someone else.


From Russia With Love (1963)

“One of these days we must invent a faster-working venom.”

So first: today, I sent out a pair of Monstrer Booties, including a homemade card and gift wrap. Ralph and I plan on perfecting the monster boxes (three kinds of monster) and will post here for download. So much fun! Papercraft + knitting, w00t!


I was raised on the Bond movies. So live-tweeting a group viewing? Hey I like that, Johnny, I’m gonna use that!!! (0:49)

From Russia With Love (1963)Connery’s bond is modest with the towel length, less so with his shorts inseam.

Tomorrow night at 6 PM Pacific Standard Time, my friend @court_anonymous & I will be tweeting the second in the Bond film installments – last week we did #DrNo. ┬áIf you’d like to join in, Get your copy of From Russia With Love (1963)*, and queue it up. The moment the film fades from the lion-roaring MGM logo, pause it again. Precisely, at 6 PST according to this site, press play. You can join in under the hashtag #BondBFFs on Twitter (Ralph put together a streaming site page here at

* (My advice? Buy a legal version, and download/torrent it to put the file on the computer through VLC or some such, so streaming internet doesn’t make viewing stutter.)