Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Halloween Costume Ribbons

My sister is having an adult Halloween party again this year and we have been searching for costume prize ribbons with no success (previous years walnart has had a cute 3 pack of ribbons). So this weekend while the husband was at a hockey game, after the little monsters were in bed, I decided to try my hand at making some. I think they turned out not too bad, considering I went at it with no real plan, and free hand embroidery, while totally distracted by an old episode of Criminal Minds. I like the skull the best, he's so cute! I make have to make something for my son that is covered in embroidery skulls! The ghost looks pretty buff, but I had no idea how to draw a convincing ghost free hand so I totally cheated and traced a cookie cutter!  Now I need to make a costume. I thought I would just buy costumes this year but after visiting every store in town and trying on a million costumes, and even buying one and returning it I decided to make mine. I bought the kids costumes, the cheap $10 pirate costumes from walmart. I figure I'll start making them costumes next year. Maybe. :)

Oh I should add- I am planning on being a pirate as well. All the store costumes are either a) too sexy. short skirts are fine, but I'm 5'9" and I guess the costumes are made for 5'2" women cuz they barely cover my butt.  Or b) in plus sizes, with floor length skirt, which of course is calf length on me. Not to mention way too big. Sigh. Well, thats my rant. I'm going to go check out the salvation army later for fabric or clothes I can repurse to piraty-ness.

Friday, September 18, 2009

My latest obsession...

Felt Food! Its so much fun to make, and so easy! I'm currently working on a sandwich set for my niece for her birthday, I hope she likes it as much as I do!
Here's my creations so far.
I was planning on doing a whole basket of fruit and veggies but i've just been working with the colors of felt that I already have so I've been a bit limited.

And the sandwich is still waiting on swiss cheese and bologna slices. And the classic brown lunch bag to hold it all. Isnt it precious? I just love felt food!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Superheroes, sunglass cases, summer shirts and my garden!

Heres a few things I've been working on and actually completed this month!

My adorable son, the superhero!
I made this awesome reversable cape from this tutorial  http://pukingpastilles.com/?p=57
which I have had saved to my favourites for 2 years but only just got around to trying! Its a fabulous tutorial, and so easy to sew, and clearly loved by my 3 year old! And, yes I am fully aware that
Superman does infact have a RED cape on a BLUE costume, but I decided since there was no costume to accompany the cape and I already had the blue broadcloth in my stash that my boy wouldnt mind!
I've also whipped up a few of these sunglass cases to keep my sunglasses from getting all scratched up in my purse. And then a made a few more for my sister and my sister-in-law!
And last week I finished this shirt for my little girl. It started out as a pattern from an online tutorial but I ended up changing it all around and making it my own. It also ended up about 2 sizes too big, which is for the best since the summer is pretty much over here! ( I started this back in the first week of july, finished last week of august. Yep, I'm a procrastinator!)
So thats what I've been up to lately. This week I'm busy with the garden, digging up potatoes, harvesting spaghetti squash, roasting sunflowers seeds, and still working through those dang apples! My deep freeze is filling up fast with muffins, cookies, and pies! So with gardening occupying my precious kid-free nap times I dont have time to take on any big sewing projects and have been working on a few random things here and there when I get a chance. Mostly mending, hemming, and the like, but also my latest blog obsession- felt food! I have made strawberries, corn (complete with removable husk) and eggplant so far, just working with the colors of felt I had stashed away. I would love to make a cake with removable decorations for my kids! They would love it! That is what I daydream about while doing daily mundane chores :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Holy Apples Batman!

Yesterday it was hot out. I mean like 35degree, sit in the shade and sweat hot. So brilliant me filled the kiddy pool and water table and while the kids were splashing around in the pool, I climbed the apple tree and gathered 2 big buckets full of apples. I was a nasty, sweaty, leaf covered mess, but I'm glad I got to them before they rain down on us like vicious hail! Ever been hit in the head by a falling apple? No? Well, it hurts!

So now I have a kitchen full of apples and, despite the heat, have been slaving away trying to bake things with them that can be frozen and enjoyed over the next few months. So far I've made Apple Muffins and Apple Cookies, and I'm now contemplating apple pie.

(If you are wondering where this post title comes from- my son is watching Scooby Doo and Batman for the hundreth time this week, and I guess its wearing off on me!)