Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!!

Wow, what a fun, crazy month!! I have been crafting away but I feel like I still have so much to do. Here are my 2 final Halloween projects I got finished. (yes this picture is sideways but I can't figure out how to flip it in blogger!)
First is this adorable table topper! I love it! I got the pattern at a class at my local quilt shop. It was puzzle pattern piecing (I thought that was hard!) and applique. It was great for improving my technique but took me forever to finish. I'll be excited to pull this out next year and get to enjoy it all month long!
And my kids Halloween Costumes! They were pretty easy on me this year. They are the pirates from Jake and the Neverland Pirates cartoon. There's Jake and Izzy, and my baby is Cubby, but his costume wasn't much, just a bandana and the right color clothes. :-) My mom came to help me figure out how to make the cool vest and made a pattern for their boots. They are open on the bottom and have elastic that goes over their shoes. They are very cool. I love how it all turned out. Izzy needed a little necklace bag for her pixie dust. A few accessories to the shirts and things and we were ready to go. I love that they picked to be something all together! So cute!

I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween!! Check back for 2 super fun Thanksgiving/November projects this week :-)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Ghosts- Kids Project

Besides finishing costumes (which I'll post over the weekend), the kids and I had 1 last little project up our sleeve for Thanksgiving. We had fun making these cute little ghosts to hang in our tree!

In case you wanted to make some this weekend with the kids, here's the basic instructions.
-White Fabric
-Pinking Sheer Scissors
-Plastic Trash Bags
-Black Marker

-Cut out the fabric. It can be any size, and it doesn't have to be straight. That makes it more spooky :-)
-Crunch up a trash bag (or 2 or 3 if you want to make it bigger), and stick it in the middle of the fabric.
-Fold the fabric down over it and secure it with ribbon right under the bag.
-Take your marker and give it 2 eyes.
-Now their ready to be hung. Use fishing wire so it's invisible and they'll float from the trees.
(I ran the invisible thread through the top of the ghosts head so they would float)
-My invisible thread broke once I hung it, so I have to get some fishing wire tomorrow, but here they are hung with ribbon.
I'll post a new picture when my ghosts get to fly :-) Happy Halloween Weekend! We're all ready to party!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween Trail Mix

Here is a yummy Halloween Trail Mix recipe I got from my mom. It's surprisingly VERY yummy!
1 package (equal parts) of each:
Candy Corn
Mini Oreo's
Roasted Peanuts

It looks so festive on our counter and a fun little snack :-)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Halloween Pillows

I got this project from my pinterest inspiration! I made several modifications but love how it turned out! Instead of using burlap, I used a softer muslin fabric, as I'm sure my family will still want to lay on these pillows and get cozy.
I painted on the letters instead of using spray paint or glitter. My mom tried the glitter and it kept coming off on the couch. I think this look works for my room.
I decided to do piping around the trick and treat pillow and add some accent borders around the or pillow.
I LOVE how the piping turned out. I think it makes it look so classy. The back stripe pillow is Robert Kaufman Dr. Seuss fabric. I thought the wavy stripe lines looked very Halloween-esque!
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Pattern in the Shop!

I've been gone a little bit, but mainly because I've been getting this big, huge tutorial done!! Yeah!! You might remember- I made this adorable 2 inner compartment tote bag, for the gift exchange on Craftaholics Anonymous, see post here.
It turned out so amazing I decided I really had to make the tutorial for it, and voila! It's finally done! You can check it out in the shop.
But here's a few details- It's 19 pages, 43 full color photo's that walk you through the entire completion of the bag. It teaches you how to make:
*2 inner compartments for great organization
*how to have no raw seams or edges
*ways to reinforce your seams
* how to easily adapt to multiple sizes or embellishments
*padded shoulder straps
*how to find the perfect placement for your shoulder straps
*a great way to make gussets for your bags
I had fun finishing up these bag samples this week!!

Now on to Halloween.... :-)