Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Ahh... Halloween morning. All across the neighborhood, in the wee hours of the morning, the beginings of Halloween could be heard from children everywhere....Mom, where's my hat...Mom, I need help...Mom, does this look right? But in the end, when they are all dressed and ready to go, it was all worth it.

Being a teenager, Aaron went for the not really dressed up, but cool dead look as "Morgue."

Josh's costume is a little hard to name, but we found the idea on the Family Fun website. It's a baby attacking a granny. Tonight we'll have to add long sleeves under the dress. Try making a baby bonnet for an 11 year old boy - that was a tough one. At first it kept coming out like a prairie hat, but I think we pulled it off. He used my old dress, a hand me down baby oufit and these old lady slippers and rolled down nylon socks that you can't see in the picture.

When Sara announced that she wanted to be Hermione, I tried to contain my excitement lest I scare her off with my uncool momish Harry Potter fanaticism. I did do a little cartwheel on the inside. Halloween costumes with Sara have not always been my favorite. Her first year she was a store bought Eeyore, after I realized that I wasn't going to be able to start let alone finish a piglet outfit. Next it was the Statue of Liberty - right after 9/11, we dressed the kids up as a solider, a firefighter, and the Statue of Liberty. Then it was Bob the Builder, yes, after many years of boys costumes, my daughter ended up being a boy. She wanted to be a witch but when we got her costume on and she looked in the mirror, it freaked her out and she wouldn't wear it. Last minute all I could pull together was overall and a flannel with that yellow plastic hat. The next couple of years were Belle, then this pink haired cheerleader from some children's show that I can't remember. At least she was happy. But this year....Hermione...(sniff) I couldn't be more pleased. At first I just bought some black fabric from Wal-mart for $1 a yard and I was going to drape it over her, but then my fanaticism and a 99 cent pattern kicked in and I went for the full blown cape with lining. The whole thing including the pattern still only cost $7. Not bad...a borrowed shirt and tie from her brother and we were set.

I love the way her hair turned out too! I have never been a good hair person and Sara's hair is a lot thicker and more unruly than my thin straight stuff. I found this great tutorial on rag curls using freezer bags at Day to Day , so I tried it. Love it! I used the plastic bags that you get at the grocery store and it came out a little frizzy so I slicked it down a little and it was perfect.

The Griffindor patch on her cape turned out cute too, but you can't see it here.'s nice to take pictures in the morning to see what I've missed in the process. I'll be snapping some more tonight.

Have a great Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Sick Pumpkin

I've already posted this on our family blog, but I just had to post it for my crafty friends too. We had to carve a pumpkin for a teen Halloween party and since we were in charge of the fear factor booth, I thought a puking pumpkin only appropriate. The kids thought it great and it one "The Sickest Pumpkin" award. It's now sitting out on the front porch. One nice thing about cold fall weather is that the pumpkins don't get moldy right away.

Oh, I almost could I forget! The brown scrapbag from the last post sold already! Thank you, thank you dear customer!

Off to finish Hermione's robes.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

New Scrap Bag

Here is the latest scrap bag, finished and up on Etsy. I love the colors of this one...I think I said the same thing about the last one, but I love the browns in this one and it is my new favorite. This one has a running stitch along the scalloped edge - it just needed that finishing touch. There are more pictures of it on Etsy if you want to check it out.
Off to carve a pumpkin...

Friday, October 26, 2007

First Etsy Sale!

Can I just tell you how excited I am? Some one, a very dear someone whom I have never met, liked my scrap bag enough to buy it! I'm excited, I'm in awe, I'm sooo grateful. Another scrap bag is in the works and it should be up soon, I've just been sidetracked with Halloween costumes. Have you ever tried to sew a baby bonnet for an 11 year old boy? It kept looking like a prairie girl had. It's finally at a point that it's passable - not up to my craft standards, but hey it's for one day. An 11 year old baby boy? Well, sort of. It's more like a baby attacking an old lady. His head is the baby's head, but his body is the old ladies body. I will definitely post picture when we get it all put together. Anyway, another Etsy shop update is coming soon, stay posted. Thank you dear shopper!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

More Monkey Love and a Hot Pad

Believe it or not it actually snowed this weekend. Yes, that's right snow. Not just falling from the sky but actually sticking to the ground. Seeing is believing, and I would love to show you a picture, but for some reason (could have been that trip to the mall with the kids to buy much needed winter pants) I suffered another bought of this bronchitis thing and didn't dare step outside for a picture. By the time I felt up to it, the sun was out and the snow was melting. We couldn't even enjoy a nice fire in the fireplace because every little scent or dust mite brings on another coughing fit. From what I've read online, this thing could last up to 8-12 weeks. I'm about 4 weeks into it. As for remedies...use a vaporizer, avoid irritants, drink a lot of water and have patients - hmm. I am happy to report that today finds me much better.

Being "grounded" and avoiding the cold air does have it's benefits. Got the vaporizer, now to get rid of the irritants :) - I'm new to this whole electric stove top thing - really prefer gas, but since that would involve running a gas line through cement floors, I'm sticking to the electric. Anyway, you can't leave your pans on the stove top when you've finished cooking something or the ceramic top could crack. This has created the need for hot pads. Tired of using oven mitts, then not having any left to pull the hot items out of the oven, I pulled out my scraps and set to work on this place mat sized hot pad.

Hand stitching on a hot pad? Yes, I know it's just going to get all gunked up, but it gave me a chance to practice hand stitching and I was able to do it from the comfort of the couch.

Yesterday, I finished up these monkey pj bottoms for Sara and used some of the scraps to make an applique for the front of a hand me down shirt from Josh. Josh's pants just need to be hemmed and Aaron's are still waiting to be cut. Have you ever made these? When I moved her, a friend showed me an easy way to use a pair of pants for the pattern, two sews for the crotch area, and one long one across the inner leg seem, hem each leg and waist, add draw string. It's super easy. I did take the extra time to wash the fabric first and to serge the seems, since that always seems to bite me in the bottom later.

Those bare feet in this cold weather drive me nuts! Crochet some slippers? hmm....

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Lasagna and An Adorable Scrap Bag

I just popped this baby out of the oven! The cheese is still bubbeling - emmm. So as you can see I'm feeling a little better. I made dinner, cleaned the neglected kitchen and finished up a project. All this and yesterday I went grocery shopping - I know, I know, hard to believe, but yes, it's true.

I spent about 3 hours at the grocery store. Don't you hate that? First you get dressed and go to the store which is a huge accomplishment in itself. Then you shop for what seems like hours going over every little thing, watching for bargains, and filling up your cart just right so that everything fits and the heavy stuff is on the bottom, the whole time trying to keep a running tally in your mind. You excitedly rush to the check out only to find that there are at least 3 people with a basket as big as yours waiting in line. After scoping out all of the lines you end up in the first one that you saw, but now there are 4 people in front of you. You make it through the line and show tremendous will power while smelling all of those candy bars. Now you have to unload cart and throw everything onto that conveyer belt counter thingy. You finish just in time to throw up the little divider and run to the other end of the cashier, racing to keep up with her as you reload the cart. As your loading your cart with eggs and bread trying to figure out how everything fit in it in the first place, you realize that all of heavy things that were at the bottom of the cart are now at the other end of the conveyor belt and are going to end up on your eggs, bread or both. $150 later, you thank the cashier, even though you're the one that has done most of the work and head to the car thinking about all of the things that you forgot and dreaming about all of the fabric and yarn you could have bought for $150. You get to the car start unloading the cart (again) and loading the car, where did I put those eggs. You get home, unload the car, drag it all into the kitchen, load up the pantry and fridge (of course this only happens after you spend 20 minutes cleaning out the fridge) and finally crash into a heap on the couch just as the kids walk in from school go to the kitchen and you get what you've worked so hard for....(whining) there's nothing good to eat. And....the best part is you get to do it all again next week.

I did finish the final touches on a project today. An adorable trash/scrap bag. It hangs on your sewing table or the arm of your couch and catches all of those little threads, yarn bits or trimmed fabric. I just love mine, so I decided to make a couple for Etsy. This one is going to be hard to part with, I love the colors. Well, off to finish up the dishes and the evening. Apparently in a moment of weakness I signed up to go on a field trip with Sara's 2nd grade class. Actually I do remember signing up but had no idea I would still be feeling out of breath. I was going to back out but when I mentioned the field trip she got so excited and reminded me that I was going. She excitedly told me that it is supposed to rain, but I shouldn't worry because she will share her umbrella. How can I pass up an offer like that?

Friday, October 12, 2007

Book Bag

Just catching up with a few projects and a few pictures. This bag was inspired by Melissa's quilt over at soulemama's typepad. I just loved the chick.

Fall Vests

Believe it or not, I'm still not feeling well and am trying to push through this cold turned bronchial thing. For the most part I've been staying indoors, breathing steam and taking hits off of my hubby's inhaler.

Today I did jump back in the saddle and finished up two fall vests that were half done. I love the first one that I made, but since I don't have anyone in the house small enough to model it, I did make one for Sara. The material was already quilted and the pattern is super easy. It's basically one piece of material (plus lining on the gray one) and binding. I seriously only had to sew two seams. I'm thinking about adding two ties on the front to keep it closed and to just add a little more detail. Don't you just love the embroidered bunny?

Sara's is a just the bare bones, but it is still warm and fuzzy. This fabric was was already quilted and had purple on the reverse side so I didn't even have to line it. I finished this one in about 2 hours. Again, most of the work was just listening to an audio book and hand stitching the binding. After modeling it for the photo shoot, she wouldn't (and still hasn't) take it off. The options on this vest are endless, patchwork, stripes of various fabrics, more animals, ribbon, buttons...hmm, maybe one in an adult size? I did take some additional tutorial pics and am hoping to post the tutorial on my blog soon.

We (Sara & I) did manage to make a tutorial on the spinning button toy. It's super easy and so much fun. Don't you just love homemade toys! It's posted top right of the bog - check it out!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mommy, What's a Gay Dog?

Here is a fun thrift store find. It is a vintage pack of miniature Animal Rummy Cards. There is no date on the package or the cards, but the do have a Whitman logo and say made in the USA by Western Publishing Company. I'll have to do a little research to see if I can find a date on line.

Sara and I were playing a game of rummy (more like go fish) with the cards today and the pictures are adorable and they have cute litte names. We did run into one little snag when Sara wanted to know what a Gay Dog was. Of course I explained the dictionary definition of gay.

Monday, October 8, 2007

My New Shop

I'm so excited! I just opened my new shop at Etsy. The items that are now available are posted on the right hand side of my blog. Check it out!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Sock Monkey - or Sick Monkey

First let me explain that I have a wonderful head cold and I make no promises to the clarity or quality of this post. That being said...what an adorable sock monkey! I picked up this free crochet pattern the other day along with the brown and cream yarn to make up a couple of monkeys as christmas presents for the boys. My first mistake was showing them the pattern. After all, why go to the trouble if they are not interested. Who knows what preteen and teen boys like from one day to the next. Sometimes pink is bad, sometimes its good, sometimes its "sick" whatever that means. But I digress...I started with the cream color at the top of the head and it was huge. Doesn't it look like a cute little monkey? I looked at the pattern again, and the finished size is about 22 inches! That's two feet of monkey! The cream color was the size of a baby beanie. I also struggled with the increases. Add 6 stitches evenly around. Now on a normal day with a normal brain, that might not be so bad. Doped up on cold medicine, my fuzzy brain couldn't handle the math. Just tell me where to add the extra stitches and I'll be fine.

I finally gave up and took a nap. Now, while I can still appreciate the cuteness of the monkey and feel the monkey love, I'm over wanting to make it. The problem is that I've shown the monkey to the boys and they really want one. When I explained the problem...two feet of monkey... their reply..."awesome...tight...sick". thoughts exactly. I think it's time for another nap.