Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Wow!  What a WEEK!!!  I barely have the energy to type.  That is why I will be keeping this short.
Here is one of the costumes I worked on for my friends.  She was going to be a lady bug and wanted a pettiskirt to wear underneath.  Madison modeled the final product for me.  Of course, now she wants one!  It is Black on one side, with red trim, and all red on the other.  I have started putting a layer of liner in between the layers of skirt to make them less see-through.  I really like the improvement. 

I finished up Eli’s Ron Weasley costume.  He wanted the dress robes from one of the Harry Potter movies.  Apparently Ron’s Aunt gave him hers (Don’t you just love cross-gender hand-me-downs :0(  Anyway, Eli won the prize for the best boy costume at our church Trunk-er-Treat.  I was shocked!  I didn’t even think anyone would know what he was :0)

Madison was a punk-rock witch.  She wore her black petti skirt, her new Halloween skirt, and this strange jacket/dress thing we found at Goodwill.  The poor girl is build like her mother (not small) and the jacket was like a size 1, but we were able to widen the arm holes and it worked perfectly!  I didn’t have any face paint, except for Emmer’s Yoda Green, so…I used toll paint (sheepish grin).  Yes, I held my daughter’s eye shut and painted her face with acrylic paints.  It worked lovely and was FREE!!! 
We packed her hair on top of her head, threw in bobby pins of ribbons and tulle, and topped her off with a little candle holder that resembled a very small witch’s hat.  Oh, and we can’t forget the spider web tights.  They were very excitedly received when I came home from a shopping trip with them in my hands.

Emmalee really wanted to be a scary monster. The closest I could let my little darling get to a scary monster was to make her a girl Yoda. There must have been girl Yoda’s, right? I am certain Yoda had to have had a mother, right? We called her Yodette, Yoda’s girlfriend. If you asked Emmalee who she was she would tell you, “I’m a scary Yoda Monster”. It is all in how you present it to the child :0)
Here is how I made her hat. I traced the hood on her one and only jacket/coat onto heavy weight interfacing (non-fusible). 

I cut the shapes and a couple ears out of each: 2 layers of fleece, one layer of interfacing, one layer of batting.  I knew all that would make for a hot hat, but it has been rather cold here in AZ, even in the 70's most of the day :0) so I figured she could handle it.

I sewed two hats together, and the ears.  I turned one hat right side out, and sewed both hats together right sides in. 

I turned all the pieces right sides out and sewed around the edges.  I got a new snap press with the proceeds from all my hair clippies, so I was more than thrilled to pull it out to add some snaps to my Yoda hat. 

Sewn all together it looked a little more like a green donkey, than Yoda.  Definitely "Shrek"-like, but oh well.  It fit her "scary monster" criteria just fine.  We added the hairbows to make it just that much more girly, as well as I made her a brown petti skirt to take it that much farther in the frilly department.  The rest of her costume was composed of two men's dress shirts.  I cut the dark brown one off and hemmed it just short enough for the skirt to show, wrapping a belt around her waist.  The outer robe was a khaki dress shirt, cut off, sleeves cut off, and the collar cut off.  Just a shell remaining of it's original form.  Emmalee loved it!  Again, I was very surprised when people really knew what she was.  We did get one "Oh, here Fiona, have some candy", but only one :0)
Here, here is a Yoda pic for comparison :0)

Along with all the costumes and other activities, I got a last minute order for a pirate cake.  I cranked this out Friday night in between all the hair clippy orders I have been slaving over for the past two weeks.  This last order was half the size of the next one I have to do :0]  I will get started on that one tomorrow!  Wish me luck!  More details tomorrow.

Happy Halloween from the Sew*CakeMaker family! 
Hope you had a
SPooKtaCUlar  DaY!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

They're Back! Kitchen Towels!!!

They are BACK!!! Hanging kitchen towels, Halloween Style!
I made three different towels to spruce up the kitchen. I started on them a week ago, but finally finished today!!! I went for more frilly than the original CupCake Towels, but who can really argue with frilly?

 First we have Mr. Ghost...

I stitched around his body, not with an embroidery machine, but with my very low budget Singer.  Set your machine to zigzag and make the stitch length very small, like 1, and the width at a 2 or 3.  If it isn’t taking your machine FOREVER, you don’t have the stitch length small enough.  If your zigzag is skipping stitches, change the needle.  It is the wonder drug for sewing machines! 
I hand stitched the buttons for the eyes, decorations and some of the ribbons.  If I could get away with machine sewing, I did that. 
Don’t you just LOVE the spider buttons!?! I found a bag of them at Joanns a few days ago and LOVE THEM!!!
I went for more decorations on the towels this time.  Last month I read some rave reviews about “Steam-a-Seam” interfacing.  I ordered it online (then found it at Joanns while I was waiting for it to arrive by mail).  Their claim is that you do not need to sew around it!  Heat n’ Bond makes the same claim, but it sooo doesn’t work.  I still stitch.  I thought now was a great time to test that claim by Steam-a-Seam, I ironed those purple circles on without stitching around the edge.  I will let you know how that one turned out.

The second delight trailing down the kitchen towel catwalk…Mr. CandyCorn!
Sadly, this was the first towel of the season and it took a little hit due to my poor memory.  I didn’t re-look at the tutorial for the CupCake Towel and apparently forgot a few things over the last few months.  I stitched Mr. CandyCorn to the towel before I remembered I was supposed to zigzag over the top :0) 
Then, I tried to tilt the poor guy.  I don’t think it worked out.  He needed to be slanted a little more, or just left straight.  Whatever!  I still love him!!!

I went for the rick-rack with this towel.  I am an absolute SUCKER for RICK-RACK!!!  I threw that green button in there to throw things off a little.  I was told by an artist once that things look better to the eye when something throws it off a little.  It draws the eye to the artwork.  Kitchen towels can be artwork too, right?  A little stitching or accessory in a different color does the trick! 
Who woulda’ knew!?! 

Finally we have Mr. Bat…
Oh, I guess Mrs. Bat :0) She was tricky to sew around, but obviously well worth the frustration!
I wanted to keep this towel only the two colors... for no particular reason.
 I kept the decorating on the bat a little more simple, but…
Went a little crazy on the towel!  I used the ruffler foot on my sewing machine to sew a pleated ribbon along the bottom, then ruffled some scrap fabric for the fabric flower.  I just can’t stand how CUTE that flower is!
Here is how she looks on my dirty stove. With less time and WAY less energy this time around the photographing-the-towels thing, I opted for lower pictures to avoid having to clean my stove :0)
Disregard the disaster, my kitchen never changes :0) 
I hope you enjoyed my Halloween towels.  Want to make some of your own?  Click on the link to my CupCake Towel tutorial, grab some fabric, and run!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Blog Swap with Kaysi from Keeping It Simple

Hello everyone! I am super excited to be here with you today!!

Let me introduce myself, I'm Kaysi

Keeping It Simple
Here are a few things about me:
I am the mother of three boys, ages 5, 3 and 1 and a little girl on the way
I have been married to an amazing man for 7 years
I love chocolate!!
I love color, green is my favorite but brown and blue are up there
I like to keep things simple, not overdo them
When I get a spare moment, I love to craft or look at crafts

Each day of the week, I have something different.
Motivate me Monday, that's where I have link party and you get to show me all the cute things that you have done.
Tutorial Tuesday, I give a tutorial of a craft that I have done
Whatever Wednesday, this is my day that I put anything up.
Scrapbook Thursday, this is the day that I post a scrapbook idea or give a scrapbook tip
Fridays are the days that I do Blog swaps with other bloggers.

Here are a few things that you can see at my blog:

Thanks for having me today, it's been a pleasure!!

I'm a Cobbler Now!!!

I got this crazy idea to make my own dress-up shoes out of wood.  Wait…I don’t mean “my” own, they are for my two year old.  Partly driven by the fact that those dumb plastic playshoes can be $5 or more a pair, but mostly because I wanted to see if I could do it, I started to sketch a shoe shape on this scrap of 2x8.   
Before I knew it, I had not one, but 5 pairs!!!  Surprised?  Then you don’t know me very well.  My husband is still rolling his eyes at how many pairs of shoes I “had” to cut out!  They really weren’t too hard to cut with my bandsaw.  Then I sanded all my imperfections away with a disc sander.  The little mistakes still there disappeared after a visit from Mr. Palm Sander :0) 
We painted, varnished and sanded. 

Did you know that a simple paper lunch bag works great as sandpaper? When you paint wood, it always causes slivers of wood to expand and bulge. If you rub a paper bag on the shape, it will smooth it right out! I am always amazed that it really works :0)
Now to decorate!!!
I used ribbon for most of the straps.  Being a cheep person, I opted to sew two pieces of ribbon together instead of going to buy the 1 1/2" ribbon I needed for the top strap.  It might have something to do with the fact the clock had already struck midnight some time ago.

I added ruffled ribbon or ric-rac down the seam next to add some Flair.
*sidenote*Loven this ribbon from Hobby Lobby.  Got it 50% off, of course, At$3 and there are 10 yards of it!!!  If you pull on the elastic running down the middle, it gathers making it as ruffly as you want!  If you think you "need" to have some too, you can get it in the wedding section.

I also used knotted fabric as the top strap.  I used 1/8yd of fabric.  I folded the right sides together, sewed the edges, and turned the tube right side out.  After cutting the tube in half, I ended up with 2 10" pieces.  After knotting it, the piece is about 7" long. 

I also made some ruffle flowers for tops. 

Here are all my shoes and the straps ready to be put together.

Below are pictures of them put together.

Black with Red Bow

what I like to call Pink with Spunky Stripe
Hot Pink with ruffled ribbon flowers

Purple Little Mermaid

And lastly, Blue Cinderella.  I planned to put a vertical ribbon on the center of the strap on this pair of shoes.  That way we can put bows on clips (like hairbows) and she could put them on her shoes.  Then the shoes can be accessorized to match Emmalee's swiftly changing wardrobe :0)

There you go!  My shoes!!!...Ahem, Emmalee's shoes!
That was so fun, I am kinda sad it's over :0)  Now I have to wait until morning to see Emmalee's face when she sees the shoes.  She has been walking around with the wooden shoe shape for days, putting them on the floor and trying to walk around, even thought there wasn't a top to the shoe.  Now there are tops...and I am sure she will LOVE them too!