Monday, October 29, 2012

Who's Behind That False Face?

Who's behind that false face,
Nobody knows but me,
Who's behind that false face,
Nobody knows but me,
I won't tell you, you will have to guess,
If your guess is right, I will answer "Yes!"

Did you do a costume parade when you were growing up?  We would go in a long line from classroom to classroom singing that song when I was in elementary school.  It always runs through my head this time of year.

Here are the costumes I made for Halloween this year:

Remember the tree costume that began like this:



Here it is all finished and ready to hand over at a meetup at IKEA (where I was picking up the goodies for my craft table - yay!) since my friend lives sort of close to the nearest one to me.  I'm still a little bent out of shape that the top and bottoms are so far from matching.  I died the bottom half of the hoodie and it came out lighter than I had hoped.  So then I went to plan B and tried to bleach the pants.  I soaked them in a bleach solution three separate times and nothing.  Zip.  Nada.  No dice.  They didn't change one iota.  I ran out of time and ideas to get them closer in color so it is what it is.


This costume involved quite a lot of hand sewing.  All the leaves on the arms had to be stitched on by hand and I embroidered "VM + candy" inside a heart onto the pants to replicate carving on the tree trunk.  VM is my friend's son's initials.


I was informed in no uncertain terms by Arden that she wanted to be a red ladybug and Hadley would be a pink ladybug.  Hey, she's volunteering for coordinating costumes, so who am I to argue?  Here's what I shared during KCWC...


... and the finished costume.   I made the hat out of fleece with antennae I made from fleece strip pom-pons and a knitted I-cord.  The tights are from JoAnn's and are s-u-p-e-r big on Arden even though they say children's tights ages 3 and up.  Like they're pulled up to her armpits and rolled up on the top of her thighs big.


I still think the wings are super adorable!  I think the kind made from wire and pantyhose are fine, but I think these will stand up to some serious dress-up action and they remind me more of real ladybug wings.  They're also really comfortable and lightweight (not that I'd try on my kid's ladybug wings or anything!).


See - no interference while changing dolly's diaper in household at her preschool.  I could have made the antennae stand up, but I kind of like that they're all dangly.  The fleece hats should be super warm for a Michigan Halloween.  As a kid it was always a battle to come up with a costume that was warm enough on it's own or fight with Mom about having to put a coat on over it.  I have a black hoodie she can wear under this if it's cold, and red fleece pants as well.  


Here's Hadley's pink ladybug costume during construction.


And in action today.  She does this cute knee walk all the time - does anyone else know a kid who did this?  I think it started because she used to sort of ski crawl - she'd find a book or a toy that would slide and just hold her hands still and crawl with her legs.  When she carries things that don't slide or she doesn't want to put down she does this.


I'm looking forward to Trick-or-Treating - we'll probably just hit up a couple dozen houses in the immediate vicinity and come back to hand out candy at our house.

Linking up to many of these great parties:

Mondays Making the World Cuter Monday – Making the World Cuter Made By You Monday – Skip to My Lou Craftastic Monday – Sew Can Do Making Mondays Marvelous – C.R.A.F.T. Market Yourself Monday – Sumo’s Sweet Stuff Creative Me Monday - The Southern Institute Tuesdays I Made It Without My Hubby – Shanty 2 Chic Sew Cute Tuesdays – Creative Itch Take a Look Tuesdays - Sugar Bee Craft Edition Shwin&Shwin Wednesdays We Did It Wednesdays – Sew Much Ado Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice - Seven Thirty Three Show & Tell – Blue Cricket Design Show Me What Ya Got - Not Just a Housewife Your Whims Wednesdays - My Girlish Whims Thursdays Strut-Your-Stuff – Somewhat Simple Make It, Wear It – The Train to Crazy It’s Stinkin’ Cute – Sew Stinkin’ Cute Show Off Your Stuff – Fireflies and Jellybeans Making It With Allie - What Allie's Making Now Pinspirational Thursdays - The ArtsyGirl Connection Fridays Furniture Feature Friday - Miss Mustard Seed Weekend Wrap Up Party – Tatertots and Jello Feature Yourself Friday – Fingerprints on the Fridge Friday Fun Finds – KojoDesigns Weekends Check Me Out Saturday – A Vision to Remember Show and Tell Saturday – Be Different Act Normal Sunday Scoop – I Heart Naptime Sunday Showcase Party – Under the Table and Dreaming A Pinteresting Party - Tutus & Tea Parties Sunday Roundup - A Rosie Sweet Home


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Friday, October 26, 2012

DIY Counter Height Craft Table

I am so excited about this project!  My husband noticed how much I had to bend over to cut on the dining room cutting table.  It really put a kink in my back, especially when I've got lots of orders for my shop and I'm working every evening.  This table was Dave's grandparents from their Oregon homestead house.  It's survived around 100 years and even a minor house fire set by vandals.  Due to it's age and hardships it's fairly rickety so I've had to take extra care not to harm it further.


This was my craft room/sewing desk/cutting table/Jennuine Design headquarters prior to this afternoon.


There's leftovers from half a dozen projects sprawled across both surfaces as well as some general mess mixed in.  Laser even got in on the chaos as he was in a settle after putting his feet up on the counter to see if he could scam any food from the sink.


I've had this project pinned to my Craft Room Lust board since Ashley at Make It - Love It published it in July.  She used IKEA parts and pieces to build a counter height craft table.  Her version was waay cheaper than any ready made version I'd found so I plotted my trip to IKEA to follow in her footsteps.


So here's my version!  I made a couple of little changes - she bought the smaller white tabletop, but this longer one was the exact same price and I had the space so I went for it.  I also liked the gray to contrast the white cubes and black baskets. 

There's not even a misbehaving dog in the background! 



Here's the products and costs for the parts I used in case you want to make your own:

Expedit cube x 2, $39.99 each = $79.98
Galant table top = $70.00 (the price in this link is $110, but I didn't get the frame so it's only $70 - the price must have gone up since July as the smaller white one was listed the same in the showroom)
Capita legs x 2, $12.00 each = $24.00
Total = $173.98

The baskets were from IKEA as well, but I don't see them online.  They're vinyl woven on a wire frame and came packed flat.  They were about $12 each, so that added almost $100 to the total, but I can't see doing this without a storage solution.

I'm 5'8" and Ashley says she is 5'11".  I'm pretty sure I'm going to be getting the legs that are 4" as this ends up being about 38" high and I think 36" would be more where I should be.  I'm going to work with it for a while to be sure before I change anything.  I also decided not to attach my table top permanently.  I had some Dritz fabric gripper sticky dots on hand and they seem to be working just fine.  I can take the table top off if I want but it doesn't slide around while I'm using it.  I've got my eye on a couple of bar stools that I might get, but I want to see if I think I'll ever want to sit down before I do that.


Baskets slide in and out to hide all my supplies and projects and hopefully to keep pet hair and little fingers out.


Here's my nautical flag banner supplies and an in-progress banner.  That's everything I use except the bolt of duck cloth.  Room to spare even!


I think the contrast is striking.  I was able to squirrel away all the stuff that was strewn over both tables and I still have room to spare.  I think I'm going to clear out one of the file cabinets so I can use the hanging files there instead of waaaay on top of my wall shelf where they currently are.  Maybe I'll actually file my paperwork more regularly if I don't have to haul it down to do so.  I'll probably come up with some cute way to label the bins - after I fill them all up!

Anybody need fabric cut?  Patterns pinned and cut out?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Cuz I've got a crazy awesome cutting table to use now!


This project was featured on:
  Sumo's Sweet Stuff    The Girl Creative

I'll be linking up to many of these great parties:

Mondays Making the World Cuter Monday – Making the World Cuter Made By You Monday – Skip to My Lou Craftastic Monday – Sew Can Do Making Mondays Marvelous – C.R.A.F.T. Market Yourself Monday – Sumo’s Sweet Stuff Creative Me Monday - The Southern Institute Tuesdays I Made It Without My Hubby – Shanty 2 Chic Sew Cute Tuesdays – Creative Itch Take a Look Tuesdays - Sugar Bee Craft Edition Shwin&Shwin Wednesdays We Did It Wednesdays – Sew Much Ado Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice - Seven Thirty Three Show & Tell – Blue Cricket Design Show Me What Ya Got - Not Just a Housewife Your Whims Wednesdays - My Girlish Whims Thursdays Strut-Your-Stuff – Somewhat Simple Make It, Wear It – The Train to Crazy It’s Stinkin’ Cute – Sew Stinkin’ Cute Show Off Your Stuff – Fireflies and Jellybeans Making It With Allie - What Allie's Making Now Pinspirational Thursdays - The ArtsyGirl Connection Fridays Furniture Feature Friday - Miss Mustard Seed Weekend Wrap Up Party – Tatertots and Jello Feature Yourself Friday – Fingerprints on the Fridge Friday Fun Finds – KojoDesigns Weekends Check Me Out Saturday – A Vision to Remember Show and Tell Saturday – Be Different Act Normal Sunday Scoop – I Heart Naptime Sunday Showcase Party – Under the Table and Dreaming A Pinteresting Party - Tutus & Tea Parties Sunday Roundup - A Rosie Sweet Home

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Modeled: Party Skirt/Fluttery Shirt



Here's the Party Skirt I made for Arden in place of her version of the Party Dress I made for Hadley.  I had grand intentions of trying to make a full dress, but I just couldn't figure a way to make a bodice with the fabric I had - not even if I lined it in a totally different fabric.


So, I just made the skirt part of the Party Dress and added a casing and elastic.  Toss on my label and we're all done.


It seemed to work just right with the fluttery shirt knockoff I made during KCWC.  I really had trouble getting the colors adjusted to be true to life, so without further ado - here's the combo modeled during daylight (albeit a dreary rainy daylight and hence the Hello Kitty rainboots.  Not part of my intended styling, but they're cute!)


It's a super twirly skirt, so once I convinced her that a skirt is nearly as good as a dress she was ready for some spinning.


I love the three dimensional butterflies on the fluttery shirt.  I seem to have acquired a bit of a fascination with felted wool applique (here and here) - the outcome is just so cute!


Most of the time the only way I can get her to pose is to ask her to twirl or jump.  Once she gets into it, she starts freestyling. 


There was a slight posing incident immediately following this shot.  Apparently balancing on one leg is still a skill to be mastered.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

KCWC: Day 7


Yay!  I made it!  I easily completed my daily hour assignment for participating in Kids Clothes Week Challenge.  Today I was able to get these pants inspired by the Mini Boden heart patch trousers drafted, cut and almost complete.  I still need to insert the elastic and the twill tape into the waistband and hem them, but I need Arden to get the right measurements and I need wider elastic than I have on hand.


Mini Boden version: $42.


My version: About $4.  I bought the corduroy on sale at JoAnn's and I had the contrast fabric and the rib knit in my stash.  This was another page I dog-eared from the most recent catalog and Arden approved.  We wanted to make them in the turquoise color shown, but there was only a very fine-whale corduroy in that color and I didn't think it would stand up to outside play.


I had some fun with contrasting fabric on the insides of pockets.


I love the heart pockets on the backside.


And the contrast stitching.


A little more fun on the back pockets! 

Linking up to these great parties:

Mondays Making the World Cuter Monday – Making the World Cuter Made By You Monday – Skip to My Lou Craftastic Monday – Sew Can Do Making Mondays Marvelous – C.R.A.F.T. Market Yourself Monday – Sumo’s Sweet Stuff Creative Me Monday - The Southern Institute Tuesdays I Made It Without My Hubby – Shanty 2 Chic Sew Cute Tuesdays – Creative Itch Take a Look Tuesdays - Sugar Bee Craft Edition Shwin&Shwin Wednesdays We Did It Wednesdays – Sew Much Ado Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice - Seven Thirty Three Show & Tell – Blue Cricket Design Show Me What Ya Got - Not Just a Housewife Your Whims Wednesdays - My Girlish Whims Thursdays Strut-Your-Stuff – Somewhat Simple Make It, Wear It – The Train to Crazy It’s Stinkin’ Cute – Sew Stinkin’ Cute Show Off Your Stuff – Fireflies and Jellybeans Making It With Allie - What Allie's Making Now Pinspirational Thursdays - The ArtsyGirl Connection Fridays Furniture Feature Friday - Miss Mustard Seed Weekend Wrap Up Party – Tatertots and Jello Feature Yourself Friday – Fingerprints on the Fridge Friday Fun Finds – KojoDesigns Weekends Check Me Out Saturday – A Vision to Remember Show and Tell Saturday – Be Different Act Normal Sunday Scoop – I Heart Naptime Sunday Showcase Party – Under the Table and Dreaming A Pinteresting Party - Tutus & Tea Parties Sunday Roundup - A Rosie Sweet Home

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

KCWC: Day 6


I gave a little hint yesterday about what I was planning to work on today.  I pulled a couple of pages out of the latest Mini Boden catalog and showed them to Arden.  She wholehartedly approved this "fluttery" tee with butterfly appliques all over it.


Pardon the grainy and harsh photos - picture taking at 10 pm does not lend itself to beautiful images.  I had thoughts of making a t-shirt out of my "to be refashioned" bin, but I found a simple pale turquoise tee at Target and saved a step.  The rest was pretty straightforward - cut out little butterflies from felt (thanks again Ellen!), and a few from orange denim, and then sit down where I could with some DMC floss and a needle.  A couple of french knots on the antennae and it's all done!  I'm not sure without seeing the Boden version in person what their butterflies were made of, but likely a thinner weight felt; the denim looks closer to the image.


Hopefully, I'll be able to grab some modeled images in the next day or so...  I've got another Mini Boden knockoff planned for tomorrow, let's see if I can whip it out - this one involves drafting a pattern as well as sewing it up.

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Linking to these great parties:
Mondays Making the World Cuter Monday – Making the World Cuter Made By You Monday – Skip to My Lou Craftastic Monday – Sew Can Do Making Mondays Marvelous – C.R.A.F.T. Market Yourself Monday – Sumo’s Sweet Stuff Creative Me Monday - The Southern Institute Tuesdays I Made It Without My Hubby – Shanty 2 Chic Sew Cute Tuesdays – Creative Itch Take a Look Tuesdays - Sugar Bee Craft Edition Shwin&Shwin Wednesdays We Did It Wednesdays – Sew Much Ado Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice - Seven Thirty Three Show & Tell – Blue Cricket Design Show Me What Ya Got - Not Just a Housewife Your Whims Wednesdays - My Girlish Whims Thursdays Strut-Your-Stuff – Somewhat Simple Make It, Wear It – The Train to Crazy It’s Stinkin’ Cute – Sew Stinkin’ Cute Show Off Your Stuff – Fireflies and Jellybeans Making It With Allie - What Allie's Making Now Pinspirational Thursdays - The ArtsyGirl Connection Fridays Furniture Feature Friday - Miss Mustard Seed Weekend Wrap Up Party – Tatertots and Jello Feature Yourself Friday – Fingerprints on the Fridge Friday Fun Finds – KojoDesigns Weekends Check Me Out Saturday – A Vision to Remember Show and Tell Saturday – Be Different Act Normal Sunday Scoop – I Heart Naptime Sunday Showcase Party – Under the Table and Dreaming A Pinteresting Party - Tutus & Tea Parties Sunday Roundup - A Rosie Sweet Home

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Friday, October 12, 2012

KCWC: Day 5


I'm kind of a big deal in certain circles.  Those circles being my friend's son Victor.  He requested a cow costume for Halloween a couple of years ago and has since named me his personal costumer.  He wanted to be a tree this year, which seems a relatively easy request - sort of. 


This is how it all began.  A grey hoodie, two boxes of dye, and some faux fall leaves.  I dyed the bottom half brown and the top half green and then started pinning leaves all over the green parts.  Easy enough, except of course I can't use the sewing machine to attach the leaves on the arms.


So, I've spent a couple of chunks of today's available sewing time hand stitching leaves to a sweatshirt.  It's a good watching the girls play and later relaxing with some television task.  I've still got to figure out how to make the pants match the brown on the shirt since it didn't take the dye dark enough and there's a fun detail I have yet to add.

Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to get to some non-Halloween sewing.  Arden approved a couple of looks from the latest Mini Boden for me to try and knock off, so I'm looking forward to that challenge!

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