Day of the Dead

We had a full week of celebrations, ending with Halloween mayhem all day at school and after school yesterday.

This past week, though, both girls also celebrated the Day of the Dead (Dia De Muertos) too. They both wanted to wear something special to school on Thursday in honor of it. Falafel wore this dress that I made for her a while ago. The Bee requested a simple skirt made from some Day of the Dead fabric that I had in my stash (I mean, doesn’t everyone have that in their fabric stashes?). I love these requests and never seem to say no. I am happy to whip something up that will bring my girls joy. So….

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One quick, below-the-knee (her specifications) Day of the Dead skirt for my oldest.

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I actually made this with French seams because I find that it makes them hold up longer, and that little extra effort really makes it look so much more professional.

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She made a bunch of skull jewelry to match.

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She is wearing the shirt that I made for me (which looks better on her now).

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Then, upon seeing this skirt, Falafel decided that her doll needed one too.

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OK this one also has French seams, but seriously took a few minutes to sew up and barely any material.

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It was so easy and fun to sew that I really would like to make a whole bunch of these. I just need to think of a good reason now, because after all, how many skirts does one doll need?

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I feel like we just started the season of celebrating. I am limbering up for the next ones.

How about you? Have you made anything this week?

Happy Halloween

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~Happy Halloween~

I hope you all have safe and fun celebrations and get waaaay more treats than tricks!

Frodo and a Halloween Food Allergy Discovery

This year, I figured that I would base my costume on my short haircut and large feet and just be a Hobbit. Frodo Baggins, to be exact.

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The only parts that I made are the cape and the feet. The rest of the outfit was taken directly from Jim’s closet. For the cape, I used a couple of old stained table cloths from my husband’s job, and my cape tutorial. Adjusted, of course, for my adult size.

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Instead of using velcro or buttons, I left the two ends plain (just hemmed) and then put a ring and hair stick over it to secure the two sides {see sketch below}. A leaf pin out of clay would also be a good idea.

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Something like this. Does that make sense?

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For the feet, I used a pair of Jim’s flip flops (which fit me pretty well-yikes) and glued on a diamond-shaped piece of fur to both.

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So there you have it. I am dressed up, but not so far from normal, and I will be warm.

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I also want to share something I just read about and is very exciting to me as a person and a parent of persons with allergies! Halloween for someone like us (and apparently 1 out of 13 kids) can be a nightmare. I seriously dread the food part. Delia over at Delia Creates also has a small person who has allergies, and has written about this new and brilliant Halloween tactic to keep everyone safe while still having that trick-or-treating experience. The Teal Pumpkin Project (which you can find more info on here) is for kids with allergies and for those of us that just don’t want our kids eating all that candy. The Food Allergy Research and Education organization (FARE) are encouraging families that want to participate to paint a pumpkin teal and place it outside so people can see that your house is an allergy safe one. You then offer non-food items to trick-or-treaters so that kids of all kinds including those that cannot even touch the food they are allergic to, can get something too. There is a list on this website that helps you with ideas if you need any.

In our house, our girls have to trade in their candy for something from my prize bin (ie: book or sewn treasure or crayons, etc) which works well enough, but to not even have that candy to begin with (and to not have to get rid of it afterward) would be even better.

If we ever got any trick-or-treaters (which we never have) I know there would be a teal pumpkin outside waiting for them.

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Just something to think about!

BTW: No one asked me to blog about this. I am just really excited to share this brilliant idea with you.

Whatcha Workin’ on Wednesday

This week, my husband carved 2 very large pumpkins for work.

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Every year he does this. You can see a collection of past pumpkins here.

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So what are YOU working on this week?


Storybook inspired sewing: Once Upon a Thread

That seems to be the theme, as of late, of several series around blogland.

I did sew this (in time for KCW), but it has been dark and pouring here for days. I managed to take these photos in two photo sessions (hence the different hairstyles), just not post them in time.

I also had in mind when I sewed this up, No Big Dill’s Once Upon a Thread series!

 I love love love when Katy does this. I have sewn along every year {check out here, here, here, here, and here}.

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This time I chose another Elsa Beskow book. Her old fashioned books translate so well into fabric. At least I think so.

::Princess Sylvie::

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::You can see the raindrops on her dress in this one!::

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My children are such good sports about posing in the rain. I think maybe it is because they were born out here in rain country. It is very natural for them.

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Anyhow, onto the outfit details. I used one of my favorite patterns from Mouse House Creations: The Caroline Party dress {affiliate link}. I have used this pattern quite a few times before (here, here, here, and here), and they all look unique. I wanted this design to reflect the essence of the illustrations and story.

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Princess Sophie is about a little girl in a blue dress. While out in the woods she befriends a bear. A lot of Elsa Beskow’s books include children in the woods making unlikely friends.

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When we went out for the second time to photograph this outfit we saw a beautiful Buck in our yard, just sitting there. He sat there when we approached him, and didn’t get alarmed until I raised my camera to catch a photo of him. It was then we noticed that he was hurt. He limped away into the forest, but my own little princess was so saddened that she thought about him the entire time we were out there. It actually felt like we stepped into on of these books.

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I made this dress from a scrap of blue cotton fabric I had in my stash, along with a strip of left over lace that I had dyed blue, and a bed sheet that was given to me by a friend. She said that it was her Grandmother’s and about 35 year old. I think that is close enough to vintage for this dress.

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It is fully lined, and has a blue zip in the back (I didn’t have an invisible one, but like it just fine).

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There is so much inspiration to be found in books. The hardest part is narrowing down which one to run with!

What book would you sew a garment from?

Happy Birthday to our very own Strong Man

Ever year, on his birthday, my husband takes a photo, holding our girls. Both at the same time.

This may sound like nothing special to you, but at almost 15 and almost 9 our girls are not that easy to hold anymore!

Plus, you know, he ages every year too. Heh.

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BTW: The girls also make him a special crown every year too. This year’s was my favorite. It has a pretty little bow.

You can read about past years here, here, and here. Those are so fun to look at and see how these photos get more and more fun every year.

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To make things even MORE interesting this year, it was pouring down rain while we took these. If you look closely, you may be able to see the drops in some of the photos.

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Happy Birthday to you, my love. Each year you amaze me with your feats of strength.

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On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, in honor of my husband’s Birthday (yesterday), we have a book that was Jim’s favorite when he was a child:

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Mouse and Tim

by Faith McNulty

This is such a sweet story about a boy finding a tiny mouse to care for after his Father swept out the barn. But what is even better is that it is written from the boy’s perspective, and then the mouse’s on every page. Brilliance.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

An Update and a Flicker

Although it has been quiet around here this week, so much has been happening behind the scenes. I have been thoroughly enjoying all of the incredible Halloween costumes popping up in my Link Party. Really fantastically creative people out there! If you have one to add, there is still time! Link it up. I really do love seeing what you all made too.

On another note, I have a Scary Pre-Halloween story for you. The faint of heart, squeamish, or fearful: skip this paragraph and photo.

Thursday I was making a treat for a friend of mine whose birthday was this month, and I felt a tickle on the front of my neck. I scratched a bit and looked, but nothing was there. I kept on going, and felt it again. This time, when I flicked at my throat, something fell to the floor.

It was this:

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THE SIZE OF MY PALM.

Holy cranberries. I. FREAKED. OUT. I ran around the house screaming and shaking my head and body (after trapping it, taking it’s photo, and then sending the photo to my husband at work so he could tell me if it was poisonous or not). I also obsessively checked myself the rest of the day. BTW: Not poisonous. He informed me that these are the spiders that eat the Hobo spiders. I guess this one didn’t get the memo that I DON’T HAVE ANY HOBO SPIDERS ON ME. Uh, at least I hope not.

It must have dropped on my head when I went out to the recycling right before I started to bake. So I am letting the recycling pile up by the back door because I am just not ready to go out there again, yet.

That was enough to keep me from blogging for a day. Gah. I still have chills.

Here are some photos of a Flicker that was in our yard (to wash your eyes from that spider photo).

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This bird is amazingly beautiful. AND big. It is a little smaller than a chicken. Apparently, we grow everything big out here in WA!

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Flickers are a type of woodpecker that eat bugs in the grass. It was totally doing that.

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This is my husband’s favorite bird. And coincidentally, his birthday is today!

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Happy Birthday Jim!

Add in sewing Halloween costumes, review clothing, and KCW outfit, along with running people to lessons and rehearsals, and functions, and doctor appointments. We have been so very busy.

I will be back tomorrow with a book to share for On-Our-Shelves Sunday.

What have YOU been up to?

Halloween Costume Round-up and Link party

::I am re-posting the round up I did last year, and adding a few new ones from this year::

I like to look at the costumes I made from the year before, when embarking on the costume-making journey of this year. So I put together a little collection for you to browse, for inspiration!

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You’ll see there is a theme going here. If you would like to see any of the tutorials or original posts, click on the links below.

Hobbit Feet tutorial,

Merida from Brave

Harry Potter (or just magic) wands

Donkey Head

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Little Red Riding Hood

Grey Wizard Hat/ Witch hat

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Rosie the Riveter

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I would love to see your costume creations!!


Pumpkin Ponderings

As always, a few photos didn’t make it into yesterday’s post. But today is a different story!

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I love this photo because it shows the anguish of the decision-making process. Too. Many. Choices.

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You can see it, almost as much, in this photo as well. Our girls take this pumpkin picking very seriously.

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I can’t believe that I forgot to put this one in. It is my favorite. I was waiting to put it in last, yesterday, and then simply forgot. Sheesh.

What have YOU photographed (or forgot) today?