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Fezzes are cool now…

We have dressed our bunny up for the last two Halloweens!

This year my sisters made him Fez and a bow tie and even his own T.A.R.D.I.S.!! It’s bigger (and gold) on the inside!

Last year he went as Dracula and was absolutely adorable, but I think this year takes the cake!!

He is such a good sport about it all. The bunny is so much more tolerant of being dressed up than the cats are so we tend to take full advantage.

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Monkey Baby Quilt Finished and Posted

I finished my second blue and green monkey and banana quilt. I just love this pattern and these fabrics and the way that the basic quilting looks on it.

I made my first pair of these quilts when a good friend of ours had twins. I had made this quilt and then a similar one with reverse colors inside the nine blocks and pink as the border color.

I made the first quilts on my old machine a $100 Singer from Target and I made this one on my $500 Janome and WOW what a difference!! Such a smooth ride and less struggles with tangled threads and mistensioned bobbins.

Its amazing the difference a good machine makes.

So I am still trying to fill up my etsy shop before Thanksgiving and I just got a new job which I start on Monday, soI think the next four days will have me plowing away through some quilts and Christmas stockings and some more onesies. Ribbon roses are on the list too.

Cheers to four days of productive crafting and blogging! I hope to show you all a little bit more of what I do and love over the next few days!


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Halloween is Coming!

Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays! I love dressing up and making costumes.Last year we had the opportunity to dress up when it wasn’t Halloween. One of our friends had an ABC (Anything But Clothes) Party and I had a lot of playing cards around…

PictureMost of my costume crafting is done very very last minute and without a lot of planning, and yes, that has come back to bite me in the ass once or twice. Although I don’t have pictures of the construction I can pretty much tell you how I made these. I cut out all of my pieces from muslin and ironed on a fusible interfacing. Then I laid out all of the cards in the order that I wanted them and ironed them on. I did this one column at a time and I did it before I sewed any pieces of fabric together. After all of the cards were ironed on to the fabric I sewed diagonal lines in both directions across each card. This kept any corners from peeling and also allowed us to sit in our costumes without worrying about cards falling off.

My outfit consists of an under-bust corset with metal rivet holes in the back and then I made a three piece wrap skirt (three trapezoids). I couldn’t quite find a way to cover my whole top with cards without making a potato sack looking dress, so the t-shirt with strategically placed straight flushes had to do. They were hot glued together and then glued onto safety pins and then affixed to my shirt. We each had a pocket on our clothes made out of an empty card box. Mine was on my skirt and the MANs was on his vest.

I made the pattern from my husbands shorts based on a pair of board shorts. If I did it all over again I might take a little bit more time on the crotch area as it seemed to bunch weird, but he wore it like a champ and won best costume amongst all of the men there. I made his vest and short pieces the same way that I made the fabric for my skirt and corset.

I really loved the way these turned out, and both costumes are sitting around waiting to be revisited.


Sam Adams and SainPicturet Pauli’s Girl – Our forever Bar Hopping Halloween Costumes. I made this set for my husband. I used Butterick Pattern 3072 I used Gabardine that I found at our local discount fabric store for about $3/yard and found the buttons for his vest there as well. I lined the vest with muslin (again, last minute, not enough planning, I wish I would have lined it with darker fabric). I have purchased the wool to make the coat that is shown in the pattern too and oh he is just waiting for me to pick up that fabric again.

I was lucky enough to be gifted a German Dirndl (which I had a friend quickly hem about 18″ off of the minute it was in my possession). I did make the shirt to wear underneath it from a very simple pattern and white eyelet fabric.

 

I’m not quite sure yet what we will be wearing this year, but its getting close and I’m sure I will end up in freak out mode sometime soon here!

What are you going to be for Halloween?


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Brainstorming

Sometimes I have a hard time with the brainstorming process that happens for the onesies. I often feel like I can’t execute my idea the way I want to, or I worry that they won’t be well received. I do enjoy the artistic process and with the pattern making that I have been doing this week I am excited about it again and since I can’t share the pattern I designed I thought that I would share one of my most favorite designs.

I just love this onesie set so much. The fabrics, the designs, all of it! I feel like a lot of the baby boy clothes involve dinosaurs, baseball and trucks… and I’m sure I will make some of those eventually as well, but I like that these onesies just feel different. I had a great time designing them and (obviously) could not be happier with the outcome.

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I think its time for another brainstorming session to vamp up the shop for the holiday season!


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Halloween Paperpieced Block Blog Hop

I am going to be participating in a Halloween Paperpieced Blcok Blog Hop over at Whims and Fancies. I am so excited! I will be posting my pattern on Sunday, October 21. I absolutely LOVE Halloween and am looking forward to being more active on my blog and website so this seems like the perfect blog hop for me to start with!

I finished designing my block late last night and will be testing it on Thursday night at the quilt class/group that I go to. I hope that I don’t have to go through too many revisions but my biggest fear lies in the fact that I took such a later date in the month that someone may produce something sort of like mine and that I will have to revamp it all over again or completely change it and come up with a new idea.  The panicked girl in me is starting to drum up other ideas in my head already, although I am completely in love with this design.

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