Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Homemade Halloween

It was a homemade Halloween this year. Most of the costumes my kids have worn in the past were store bought. For several years, we had princesses and either a prince, or a ninja, or a teenage mutant ninja turtle. More recently, the girls have gone with more dark characters, like a dead softball player, or a witch.

Well, this year we had quite a variety. And, they were all homemade. Some more successful then others, but the kids loved it.

My oldest made her own vision a reality of the Black Swan. I think she just wanted the opportunity to do the make up. But after spending an afternoon tying tulle strips to an elastic band, she probably had second thoughts. And, after spending an hour hot-gluing feathers, I know I did.

Our Pixie was a bit easier. She cut and tied the tulle for her own skirt (with a bit of help from grandma one evening). She was soooo lucky to have had her allergies flare up today causing quite a bit of sneezing, hence the red nose. But cute as ever!

Finally, the Mummy. I really didn't think it would take 4 yards of muslin to created this monster, but sure enough, it did. In my effort to age the muslin by wetting the strips and drying them, I actually made a hug mess. They turned into one big ball of fabric tied up with strings, and practically undryable. After it finally dried, I spent free moments at school separating the strips and hot-gluing them end-to-end. Such fun! And it still didn't cover him totally. After he spent a few minutes running through the house, most of the wrapping on the legs had slid down and sagged. He really needed a second layer, but no time for that, we had some candy to gather. So a few more dots of hot glue and they were off.

All in all, a fun Halloween, just wish we had been able to start it all earlier. Next year, I'll have to start in September!

Did you make costumes this year ? I'd love to hear about them.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall Colors Crochet Flower Necklace

Here's an update to the Flower Necklace I posted at the end of Summer. You really can make this one in any colors and design you choose. I'm working on another Fall version with some additional flower styles. These are so fun. 

I also want to spotlight the hardware I used for this. The chain is the same as I used in the Summer version. I found it at Hobby Lobby. I love this line of jewelry pieces. It has a vintage (haha) style and it very durable. The price point is higher than some, but I only pick up what I can with the coupon or when it's on sale. If you plan ahead, Hobby Lobby does make it easy to get good deals. 

For this project, I purchased 2 24" 2mm Fine Ornate Chains, 1 Hook and Eye Clasp, and 4.75 mm jump rings (not pictured). Everything came in the natural brass finish.  I also grabbed 5 more off-white pearls from my stash. Tip: for a better value, pick up a second clasp and 3rd chain for a second necklace. 

Follow the pattern for the Crochet Flower Necklace for 6 flowers. I used embroidery floss in an off white (for 2 flowers), a deep rust orange, a deep yellow, a deep red, and a deep brown. To make the chain, I cut one chain to 21 and 1/2", then cut 2 pieces from the second chain, a 6" piece and a 5" piece. 

Using the jump rings, I connected the ends of these pieces 2 " from the center of the long chain. Then, I attached the clasp. The links in this chain are hard to cut. Be sure to use a good pair of cutters. Then, sew the flowers as in the original pattern to the chain and to each other using matching floss (if sewing flowers together, use the floss color of the flower that sits on top - for the flowers shown above, I used the deep red - as this is shown from the back). Check the balance of the necklace. On this necklace, one side tends to slide down a bit due to the weight of 4 flowers on one side, but I still like the look of it.

Have a Beautiful Fall!

This post has been linked up with: Six Sisters' Stuff, Fabric Bows and More, Positively SplendidAliLilyOne Artsy Mama, Show Off Friday, Night Owl Crafting.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

This Purse was not such a Cinch after all!

The plan today was to make a Cinch-Top Purse in-between my daughter's softball games. But that didn't quite work out. Actually, I got it done, but not quite how I wanted to. Here's the story. I had myself all set up for it, after only 3 trips to the store!  First trip, I picked out the fabric, cord and part of the hardware. Next trip, I bought more cord because I lost the first one somewhere on my kitchen counter (which reminds me I should do an organizing project for you, well maybe someday), and also found the rest of the pieces I needed in the purse hardware section at Joann - who knew it has it's own section?  Then, I sat down to make this purse and found out I needed thread. How can you run out of black . . . really?!  So after the final trip, two days later, I was ready to make it. And here it is!

Now, it may look fine and dandy here, but it's really not so great. Good thing I don't design for a living, I'd be broke. A tutorial on this might be coming in the future if I get it all figured out. I totally chose the wrong fabric for the bottom of the purse. I picked out black gabardine. Way too . . . wimpy? The wrinkle release fabric for the top trim and strap work well. And, I put A LOT of time into making that strap! So I'm thinking I'll try to remove it and reuse it on a different bottom.  That is, if tearing out the stitching doesn't make me want to tear my hair out. Also, on my next round, I'll need to pay more attention when putting the bottom together. This time, I apparently turned the lining wrong-side-out and didn't know until it was finished. Now I have hidden pockets, soooo hidden, I can't use them!

Well, I had to share this with you. Sometimes you try and fail, and that's ok. It's what you make of it that counts. I might use the gabardine to make a small phone holder or cosmetic bag, hmmm . . .

Anyone have a craft fail to share with us? Please do, it will make me feel better!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

How Pinteresting! #2

More Pins I thought were cool!

I really want to try this, just not sure if I could eat them all. Have any of you tried this one?
The image I pinned did not go to a recipe, so I linked to my Pinterest board. Enjoy!

From Decor Pad
Beautiful. I rarely partake of a long soak, but this bathroom makes me want to . . . now!

These are simply laminated construction paper with letters die cut for the color's name. Can't wait to do this in our class. Also with the students' names.

This would be great for my mantle. Hoping to have the time to make this one.

Would love to make a version of this for my home, if the kids don't laugh to hard.

I really do want to do this for the kids. They could end up with a wall of their 1st initial with sweet notes. Would be a great spirit lifter.

Another classroom activity. Now, to find a wall for this.

What did you pin this week that has inspired you?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Letter T in Pre-K

Just a quick idea for studying the letter T with Pre-K. Take a print out of the letter (outline only). Have them color it. Then with a Toothbrush, have them brush on a dab of Toothpaste. A great way to incorporate the letter with multiple applications of it, plus a bonus sensory lesson. Makes the room smell good, too:)

Have a great day!