Freezer Paper Stenciled shirt

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt by Falafel and the Bee: Free Pattern by Sew Much Ado

Yesterday, Abby from Sew Much Ado posted her FREE PDF’s over at Project Run and Play. I loved it so very much that I had to try out a freezer paper stenciled shirt for my girl!

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt by Falafel and the Bee: Free Pattern by Sew Much Ado

My husband helped me out by cutting the stencil for me, because I don’t use exacto blades. Ever. I am terrified of them! But he is quite adept at using them, thankfully.

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt by Falafel and the Bee: Free Pattern by Sew Much Ado

I did the painting part. Since I used this rib knit shirt, the paint just soaked into it. I had to do three layers, and finally added a little white to it for the paint to show up.

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt by Falafel and the Bee: Free Pattern by Sew Much Ado

 We all love how it turned out!

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt by Falafel and the Bee: Free Pattern by Sew Much Ado

I really love that you don’t even have to know about the website to appreciate the shirt. My girl is totally a “project run and play“. I cannot wait to make one for me. Maybe I will add “Virtual Assistant” to mine to make it official.

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt by Falafel and the Bee: Free Pattern by Sew Much Ado

Have you tried Freezer Paper Stencilling?

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Today I have a fun and super practical craft for you, and the best part? All you need is two things for this easy kid recycling project.

Easy Kid Recycling Project

We buy bandages that come in these oval shaped containers, and not all places recycle #5 plastics yet, so I have been hoarding keeping them until I came up with a project. The Care To Recycle® program has spurred me to get them out and make something with my kids. We decorated the containers, and then came up with many practical uses for them. For me, that is key to keeping something around. It has to have a place or purpose!

To decorate your own, you will need:

Easy Kid Recycling Project

A Band-Aid container and washi tape. Scissors are optional (the washi tape rips fairly easily).

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Start with ripping (or cutting) strips of tape and laying them across the middle of the container lid.

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Since our tape was pretty transparent, we did a few layers. That’s it! The great thing about using the tape, is that it is removable. My initial thought was to decoupage them (as I am known to do), which works, but it doesn’t come off so easily if you would like to change it up, or even recycle the container (if you find somewhere that does take them). With this tape, you can change the design as many times as you want, and even take it off completely when you are done with it.

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Now for the fun part. Filling it!!

Easy Kid Recycling Project

My daughter’s dolls had a lot of fun in these portable doll beds!

Easy Kid Recycling Project

You can also make an emergency kit for someone going off to college, or a new driver!

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Of course, you can also make a box decorating kit for someone else to make.

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Some other ideas we had:

  • medical kit
  • portable sewing kit
  • treasure box
  • jewelry box
  • gift box
  • notions organizer
  • party favor box
  • hair tie/ ribbon holder
  • pencil box
  • Mother’s Day gift box
  • car activity box
  • miniature doll house
  • toy bathtub
  • glasses case
  • toiletry holder for traveling
  • bank/ money box

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Here are some tidbits of info for you provided by Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies :

 Parents are an emerging bright spot when it comes to extending in-home recycling habits to the bathroom.

  • A 2016 consumer survey on in-home recycling habits, conducted in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., shows that 60% of parents would be more likely to discuss recycling with their children if it was an activity they could do together and they had more creative, engaging ways to explain the impact of recycling.
  • The study also revealed that:
    • One-third of regular recyclers (34%) admit that it never even occurred to them to recycle in the bathroom!
    • The largest obstacle when it comes to recycling personal care products in the bathroom is a lack of tools and resources; only one in five recyclers have a recycling bin in their bathroom.

 Care To Recycle® seeks to break down barriers commonly associated with recycling in the bathroom by showing that recycling in the bathroom can be easy and fun!

  • Everything from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to soap and bandage boxes can be recycled. To better understand which bathroom products can and cannot be recycled, visit www.caretorecycle.com.
  • The more you know about what’s recyclable, the more likely you are to do it. For tips and tools to become a better recycler, visit www.caretorecycle.com.

Easy Kid Recycling Project

 

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Trashion Show Highlights

Trashion Show Recap

The Trashion Show was yesterday. It was the perfect end to our busy Spring Break! I submitted 4 outfits total. You can see each here, here, here, here, and just the jacket from here. I didn’t get too many photos of the actual show (I was busy running around, and it was dimly lit). But I did snap a few pf my girls outside. Trashion Show Recap

The Bee wore this for the “trashion” category. I made her jewelry out of foam shelf liner that I painted bronze, and fastened on her with safety pins.

Trashion Show Recap

I also had her wear these feathers in her hair.

Trashion Show Recap

She looked like she was straight out of Mad Max, and loved every minute.

Trashion Show Recap

My Falafel actually wore something made by a friend of mine, and I made an outfit for her daughter, since that jacket doesn’t fit my Falafel anymore.

Trashion Show Recap

That is the face she made the entire time she was walking the runway.

Trashion Show Recap

I also took photos of this magnificent creation (which won the grand prize) made by Sue VanDuine. There were over 1000 magazine pages used to make this.

Trashion Show Recap

Trashion Show Recap

Trashion Show Recap

One of the best parts of being in this trashion show was meeting new people. I was so inspired by their creative use of recycled materials. I think we can all learn something about reusing things we normally would throw away.

Trashion Show Recap

On another note, both my girls did a fantastic job modeling their outfits. I am so proud.

 What have YOU reused today?

Comicon 2016

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

As you may know, I took our girls to Comicon on opening day. My poor husband had to work, and missed out on all the fun. Luckily I did end up taking a few photos.

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap: Weta Workshop crew

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Above in the photos, that was one of the nicest Storm Troopers ever. And those paintings? Made from jelly beans.

This was the first time we had ever gone to Comicon, and I think the best word to describe our experience is “overwhelming“. There were thousands of people and the convention center is huge. When we arrived, The Bee was impressed by the giant sign they had (and it was written on our passes) “Cosplay is not Consent“. It seemed to ease any anxiety she had about being out there in a tight costume. You never know what to expect from a large crowd of people. But what we got was respectful behavior from everyone. Seriously. I think the people were one of the highlights. She also had a lot of requests for photos! About every 5 feet or so, I would look around, and she was posing with someone else (so keep an eye out for her on social media everywhere). Even my Falafel was getting requests, especially from the little kid crowd. It was completely adorable. I got lots of compliments on my costume, but I was the designated pack mule for the day, so no photos of me. Believe it or not, there were three other Lady Thors there!

One of the highlights for me, personally, was seeing some of the weta workshop crew. They are just amazing, and in my book, are complete rock stars of the movie magic world. I was frozen in awe. My kids were laughing at me.

Overall, we had a very memorable day. This Spring Break has been so much fun!

Have you ever gone to a Con?

Kid-friendly Cosplay Wonder Woman

Today I am sharing the kid-friendly Wonder Woman cosplay costume I made for my youngest:

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

See inspiration pin here

When I say “kid-friendly”, I mean age appropriate. No boobs or butts here. And I don’t think the costume is any lesser for it!

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

I will start by saying that my Falafel takes this role very seriously, and told me that Wonder Woman “does not smile”. So with the exception of this photo above, really she is a stern-faced super hero.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

OK let’s get down to the details. For the shirt, I used the same one I made for her Astrid costume (which was made using Sew Much Ado’s Skipper Top), only for this one, I cut off the sleeves. I also took some gold vinyl and cut out an eagle and zig zag stitched it on.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

For the skirt, I cut up some of my husband’s old jeans. I started with Momma Quail Patterns Abilene Skirt (like the one I made here) only I stopped at the crotch. I cut the yoke part into a “v” and then sewed piping around. I made it with a flat front and an elastic back. I made sure to top stitch any pieces I had to join together, so they look like jeans.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Then I made those arrow panels to mimic the ones found on a gladiator skirt (I believe they are called lappets- Thank you Craftingcon FB group!). They are lined with navy cotton fabric. I top stitched with denim thread (that gold stuff) and then sewed each one onto the skirt yoke, individually. I painted the white stars, freehand.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

I love that the denim panels ended up being different colors (because they were from different pairs of jeans, after all).

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Her golden lasso of truth, was not forged by the gods, but instead began as a humble braided curtain tieback that I unwound. I then used simple twist ties to hold the strands together. I created a loop to hook on her belt (which was found at a thrift store, and I painted it gold) with a hook and loop closure.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Her headband and wristbands were self drafted, made from that gold vinyl, and all are adjustable with velcro closures.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

I also made her a faux cape/shawl out of fleece because it has been slightly chilly here, and I just found out that it will be 80 degrees the day we go to Comiccon.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Oh well. One less thing to carry.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Needless to say, she loves it.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Oh this girl.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Looks like we are all ready for Comiccon. The real question is, are they ready for us?!

What Superhero would YOU be?

Stroll through Tulip Town

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

The other day, our family went to see the tulip fields in the Skagit Valley and took a stroll through Tulip Town. I took a little over 100 photos, and narrowed it down to 55 good ones. It is going to be really hard to narrow it down even further for this blog post, so brace yourself for an onslaught of tulip beauty.

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

I held back. Really I did! You can see just how very beautiful it all was. So difficult to control myself.

Well, it was windy, and crowded (even on a Monday!), and muddy with mini lake-puddles, but that field full of flowers was instant happy, and the perfect backdrop for our photos. Especially with that glorious light. And really it looks like only my hair was doing the mad scientist thing. Ha!

Anyhow, we did have to pay to get in, although, I will say I thought it was worth it for us. I got about 55 great photos out of it, and our girls had a fantastic time admiring all that splendor. We had such a great time walking around, dodging the large puddles, and looking at all the incredible varieties of tulips. It felt like we landed in Oz and they turned on the technicolor.

After we were through here, we did travel on to visit Decpetion Pass, and the town of La Connor, but those photos will have to wait for another day.

What have you seen this week?

Thrifting treasure for my teen

Thrifting treasure for my teen

My 16 year old loves to thrift shop, and a local high end boutique shop was having a moving sale. Since we both cannot pass up a good deal, AND it fit her like it was made for her, we bought this thrifting treasure!

Thrifting treasure for my teen

I am not one to focus on looks with my daughters. I believe it is so very important to encourage many strengths. Being kind, being intelligent, being thoughtful, being creative, being fierce. But sometimes, I think we all need to feel like a pretty princess WHILE being all those things.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

And ohmygosh look at that back?!! I really respect the work that went into making this dress, from a sewist’s perspective. Beaded fabric is not the easiest, and neither is organza! This one has two layers of organza on top of satin fabric lining. It has amazing twirl factor.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

And this teen is not too old to twirl.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

Her friend invited her to a formal dance that her church is putting on. Even though we are not part of their religion, she wants to go. I think this will be perfect!

Thrifting treasure for my teen

She just wants to wear it everyday to school.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

I think she belongs in a fairytale!

Thrifting treasure for my teen

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this one already. I think she looks like a superhero. When I asked her why she was making that face, she replied “you make this face all the time!”. And I have to admit…I do. Sassy child.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

What makes you feel like a pretty princess?

Lady Thor Cosplay

 Remember the Mjolnir purse I showed you last week? Well, I finally finished the rest of my Lady Thor cosplay outfit for Comiccon!

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

I used the Ava dress pattern by Victory Patterns like I did for my 1940’s look here.

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

I actually sewed up the wrong size the first time around, because I used a tracing I did when I frankensteined two sizes together a few years ago. Lesson learned. Always measure and check. You would think I would know that by now.

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

The fabric was all from my stash. The grey is a stretch denim, the red is a linen blend, and the black is vegan leather (pleather). I was going for a nod to Thor, not an exact copy. I can not compete with those abs. Or that beard.

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

My kind husband made the freezer paper stencil for me (because I am just a mess handling exacto blades). I used it to create the front armor. This was my very first attempt at freezer paper stenciling, and I have to say, I LOVED it! I have always been a little intimidated to try it, but it was much easier than I thought! Now I don’t have to free-hand it if I don’t want to.

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

I am such a goof.

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

I paired it with the Thor’s Hammer purse I made, and it looks like I am ready to go to the con!

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

My girls are both super excited since this is the first time any of us are going! The Bee is going to wear her Black Widow costume that I made her for Halloween.

DIY Black Widow cosplay

Remember this?

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

I will share the costume I made for my Falafel, this week! You know the family that superheroes together, stays together. Uh, or something like that, right?

It is Spring Break here, and I think this will be a definite highlight.

 Have you ever attended a Comic convention?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week we have a book on our shelves that Falafel has been waiting for:

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A vision of shadows

Warriors

The Apprentice’s Quest

by Erin Hunter

You can click on the affiliate link above to take you to buy your own copy, while earning me a few cents!

Well, a new Warriors series coming out is huge news for our 10 year old. She absolutely LOVES these books (I would even say the word “obsessed” is appropriate) and a new one to read (??!!), well that feels like Christmas.

This is a continued story from Bramblestar’s Storm*also affiliate link*. Same characters, and new story.

She is thrilled to just sit and read!

How about you? What is on YOUR shelves this week??