Friday, October 18, 2013

this and that

I rushed to make this jacket because it was starting to get cold here but it has been really beautiful and and warm since I finished it on Wednesday.  But that didn't stop Stella from modeling it this morning in the park.  She was really excited to wear it.

This is the Serendipity coat from Make it Perfect.  The only hard time I had was with the sleeves when I was sewing the lining and exterior jacket together.  I gave up and finished it like it was a reversible jacket.  I was not very patient.  Next time I'll try to get help on doing it the right way.  The fabric is Get it Together Corduroy from Superbuzzy.  I couldn't resist the squirrels and acorns.  And since I was impatient to finish it, I cut the buttons off an old-too small-leather jacket of mine because I did not have the right buttons in my button drawer. Okay - the buttons aren't really in a drawer but spread out in a mess in my cellar.  They are suppose to be in a drawer. 


I made a size three thinking it would be a little big since my daughter is a 2.  It fits pretty good and feels a little snug when buttoning.  I may need to end up moving the buttons a little.


I was also busy Wednesday making Luke's birthday party invitations.  He turns four in November and this will be his first birthday party with friends.  We have only had small immediate family parties up until now.  Our place is small so we are having it at Michaels.  Michaels can only have up to 10 kids including Luke and Stella but I wouldn't want it any bigger.  Luke had many choices but that is where he wants it.  He just loves to make things.  Here is a picture of the invitation which lets you know what theme he picked.

I have a Cricut which I rarely use now but does come in handy at times.  I was pretty happy with how these came out given that I didn't spend too much time on them.  Luckily I only had to make six.

Here is some more random stuff that is important to me this week-

I  tried a favorite new recipe on Wednesday(it was a busy day).  The pumpkin pie milkshakes were perfect.  They are so easy.  I think I should make milk shakes at least every other day.  

My parents gave me their old iphone.  I opened the box this morning.  I am so excited to do Instagram properly,  instead of just stalking people on Instagram on my laptop.  The first two apps I downloaded where Instagram and Pinterest.  I can't say I am that interested in texting or calling people on the phone.  Does anyone know any other good free crafty apps? or recipe ones?

We love decoupaging.  And I love to do patchwork-like projects with paper.  We did the same thing as here but used a pumpkin shape.  Just looking at how young my boy looks in that post from back in February hurts my heart a little. 

Right now I am looking forward to some knit sewing, corn maze wandering, and new recipe making this weekend.  What are you looking forward to?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Halloween Costumes

I think I am back from my break.  Well I am posting today but I still have to figure out a way to balance everything.  I think I just want to accomplish far more than is possible in one day and have to accept that I can't do it all.   I really enjoy having a little blog so that I can connect with other crafty people.  I'll keep trying.  Enough about that and onto the costumes.

I love love love making Halloween costumes.  I am so happy I know how to sew so that I can make the kind of costumes that I want to.  October is really a dream come true for me.

Tinkerbell was inspired from this costume.  Mine is no where near as awesome but Stella and I still love it.  I used the Oliver and S Fairytale dress pattern like the one from the Queen of the Flies blog.  I bought some polyester satin from Joanns.  The seams don't lie real flat but it was fine for a costume.  I kind of winged it making the apron using some polyester organza also from Joanns.  The wings were made with this tutorial from Make It and Love It.  I cased the elastic with the same fabric as the dress so it wouldn't show.

I followed this tutorial from Make It and Love It for Peter Pan's shirt, knife, and belt.  It was easy and I love how it came out.  For the leggings I used the Oliver and S Playtime leggings pattern.  It was easy though it didn't come out perfect since it was my first time sewing knits.  Again I thought it was good enough for a Halloween costume.  I used this pattern for the hat.

On Saturday was the Halloween costume parade at the Harvest Festival in my town.  I think Halloween costume parades were created by moms who make their kids' costumes and want them to be worn more than once and in the daytime.  We had a great time though Stella kept deciding to kneel in the middle street while walking.

Is it bad that I am already planning next year's costumes?

Friday, October 4, 2013

another break

I am just feeling like I am too focused on the computer lately so I am taking another break from my blog, reading blogs, flickr etc...  I doubt it will be for too long.  I can't imagine not sharing our Halloween costumes.