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October 2013

Rainbow Dash Halloween Costume

So as I have already mentioned my daughter (and myself) have a very unhealthy obsession with My Little Pony. So it’s no big surprise to me that she wanted to be Rainbow Dash for halloween. Most years since she was born I have made her halloween costume and after the purchased one last year ripped twice, it has only made me want to make them myself all the more.

I started out trying to make this myself using sweatpants and a hoodie that she already owned as a guide, but after I did the pants I found an awesome tutorial/sew along over at Sugar Tart Crafts that helped me save a lot of valuable time figuring out the hoodie, wings and tail.

I could go into detail about it all, but lets be honest Sugar Tart Crafts has got this tutorial down, so I would head over there to get all the info on how to make it.  She even has printable for the ears and wings!  Finding this tutorial saved me from probably making best friends with my seam ripper this past weekend and possibly going to the fabric store for more fleece.

I got the cutie marks from Etsy, they are iron on ones, but I just sewed them on, irons and fleece usually don’t mix.

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Like most, I log onto Pinterest and scroll through all of the many things my friends have posted, then start searching for what I actually went onto Pinterest to find…three hours later…I’m still immersed in the shiny object that is Pinterest…thinking to myself…just one more link…or OOOOO-(girlish scream) that look so yummy…

Over the weekend I was searching for Halloween craft and recipe ideas and came across a few entertaining ones. I personally have not made them (the crafts that is)…this whole working 40 hours a week and taking care of my family…ok so it’s two animals and a soon to be husband…but minor detail…well this puts a minor kink into my crafting time…plus I’m still recovering from quilt over load from the past six months…

I wanted to share these gems I found and maybe if you have the time you can make them in time for Halloween…yes I know it’s a day away…but keeping with the spirit…(get it….spirit…ha!)

The first one I came across made me think of Jodes. Jodes has an unhealthy addition with not only craft shows but also with the Wizard of Oz…

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Believe me…you want to click on the link and see the picture…

My next find was the classic crashing witch into a tree… When I was a kid I loved seeing them….yes I was THAT kid…I still giggle like a little girl when I see them…I always thought it would be funny to follow the same structural idea…but have some fun with it…maybe making a Santa Claus or a turkey for the up coming holidays…

My last craft pinterest find was movable mummies…It kind reminds me an elf on a shelf…but not…but think of the possibilities…that mummy could stick around all year-long and hang out and cause trouble with the elf…that lives on a shelf…You could also dress him in a Santa hat for Christmas…or put him in Barbie’s lawn chair, and straw hat for the summer time….

Believe me, I could go on for hours about all the stuff I find…But I’ll leave you with these three gems…

I hope you and your family have safe and fun Halloween!!! Talk to you all on Friday

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Pumpkin Seeds

So growing up, my mother was always big about Halloween and really all holidays and while I try to live up to her expectations of holidays I find that truly there is just not enough time and I really don’t know how she did all the decorations and activities while working full time. During halloween pumpkin carving was always my favorite, especially as I got older and could do more complicated designs.

This year I talked my daughter into doing a more complicated one as opposed to the more general jack o’lantern faces we have done in years prior. Well she wasn’t really hard to convince when I found a Rainbow Dash pattern over at Orange and Black Pumpkins . We got it all carved and it came out pretty cool…..well 20% cooler is the joke we have been saying…..

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After we sorted through all the pumpkin guts, my daughter kept correcting me saying it was pulp, I guess they have been learning about pumpkins in school, and got ready to roast pumpkins seeds.

All you need to do is give them a good rinse, pat them dry and lay them out on a cookie sheet.

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Give them a spritz of cooking spray and season with salt and a little pepper if you like. You could do other seasonings too, but I decided to go traditional this year.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and bake them for about 20 minutes. Then they’re done, and you have a tasty snack while you are waiting for mom to figure out dinner…lol.

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Personally I could have used another day or so to catch up on some sleep. Over the weekend I finally finished this monster truck quilt for Dan’s cousin, they welcomed a beautiful little boy two weeks ago. This was a project I started soon after I heard they were expecting. With Dan working long hours during the summer, I fill my time with projects. Okay most of those projects include cooking…but everyone in awhile I like to mix it up. I bet you can guess where I got the original idea…yup that’s right Pinterst.

Monster Truck Pinterst Link

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Okay so these are my favorite colors and the colors I decided to use for the quilt…coincidence?….I think not…

Before I get into the nitty gritty of what I did let me explain one thing…me and straight lines…we don’t get along…so by definition I honestly shouldn’t even think about doing quilts because most of it relies on…yup…you guess it…straight lines…But I’m of the school of either- you fake it until you make or… until I can buy a house…with my own craft room…big enough for a HUGE cutting table…with straight edges. I’m sure most of you would get a giggle out of me attempting to cut fabric on a cutting board… on my living room rug…with the dog trying to sit on my cutting board….and the cat trying to play with the fabric…its a sight for sore eyes.

I first cut everything into 12.5 in squares…or what was supposed to be squares…some came out like rectangles while others resembled more of a triangle kind of shape…(might I add while I was cutting this I was watching every Disney movie I owned…and Dan would come in from the garage laughing at me while I was sitting on the floor, cutting my fabric…singing at the top of my lungs to the Disney movie I was watching…yes I’m THAT girl)

…After I got the squares I needed I cut them into threes, 6.5 in X12.5 in, 2.5 in X 12.5 in and 4.5 in X 12.5 in.

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I then replaced the middle squares with a different pattern. I pinned them together and made squares. I laid them out into this pattern below, changing the direction of each square and attempting to not have the same fabrics touching each other…mind you I said attempted…

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The back of the quilt was just pieces of fabric I had left over. I made it up. I then went out and bought the black and gray chevron for the large panels because it reminded me of tire trucks…that and it was on sale…double score!

For the monster truck, I found one on Google images I liked. I printed out multiple copies on Heat and Bond and put it on each of the different fabrics I wanted to use. I then cut out the part I wanted in the applicable color and ironed it onto the quilt. On my day off, I hand stitched around the truck to make sure it wouldn’t come off…(This was done while watching the new season of Cake boss on Netflix).

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After the front and back were done, there is a local quilt shop that allows customers to quilt their own quilts on either a computerized machine OR a long arm…now going back to the while straight line thing…I opted for the computerized machine. My sister in-law and I took a trip up to the shop and spent most of the day quilting.

For the binding I was lucky enough to a) find a fabric to matched the bright green in one of my patterns and b) for Jodes because she cut the stripes for me…AND I was able to record her instructions on how to do the binding…this saved me many…many…MANY phone calls to Jodes…going WHAT DO I DO?! (Thank you!)

Im very happy with the end result, and Dan’s cousin got the quilt Sunday afternoon- I hope they liked it!…now to find another project…any suggestions?!

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My Craft Fair Confessions….

Alright, so last weekend I took my daughter over to the craft fair they were having at the junior high.  I love going to craft fairs, but I rarely buy much of anything when we go, mainly because I have my “I could make that for less” attitude.  It’s pretty much inevitable that my daughter is going to look at stuff, want it and the “we can go to (fill in the blank, craft store) to get stuff to make it”, will come out of my mouth.  Sometimes I give in, like this time and buy a $4 bar of soap, that’s called “Day at the Beach” and it smells exactly like sunscreen, but ehh, oh well.  Then I get home and start doing research online on the things I saw and without fail by the end of the week or in this case end of the weekend I’m at a craft store picking up supplies to make some of the things I saw.

This years first project was one of those ruffly, sashay scarves.  There has also been some research into making soap, but I made a promise to myself that I can’t start on that till after I finish Daniella’s Halloween costume….yeah I know I’m down to the wire.

I let her pick out the yarn at the store, of course she wanted pink.  Then came home broke out all my knitting and crochet needles and got on youtube.  There were so many tutorials, that I probably watch four different methods to make them before I picked the easiest one, that used the least amount of yarn (so I could get more than one out of the skein I bought, she’s six one is bound to get ruined or lost…lol), and crocheted to my hearts content.  I think if I did it without stopping to do this, then that, I could have made it in less than 30 minutes.

The result:

A very happy 6 year old with a brand new, very pink and fluffy scarf and a mom who saved a few bucks by doing it herself.  I call it a win-win.

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Another side confession…..I definitely have supplies for projects that I saw at the craft fair two years ago that I haven’t completed or even started…lol.

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