Thursday, October 31, 2013

Harry Potter Accessories

For some reason I made my son a wand.  I'm not sure why he needs a wand to trick or treat, but I had all the supplies on hand so it was free. I used this tutorial, with my kid's air dry crayola clay for the handle.
At least it made him feel special.
I always say I'm going to buy costumes.  But then I looked at the price at Amazon, because heaven knows I'm either buying it at Amazon or Walmart, and I couldn't bare to spend that much when I had a large piece of hand me down black twill in my closet.  I bought the patch for $5, so much cheaper than Amazon pricing.  I didn't add lining, because I figured a black cloak (minus the patch) could be used at Halloween for years, where a black and maroon cloak not so versatile. (But you know in the pictures of the characters from the early movies, they don't have maroon lining.) This is the tutorial I use for the cloak, plus I added a hood.
And here are the matching buttons I made for the boys to wear on their costumes.

So here is a another picture of Ron's Tie.

And well who doesn't want to see another picture of my ginger baby.  He's so adorable. 
(Aren't you glad I don't clean my house before I take pictures?!) 
Turns out that tie is a very effective drool catcher.There are two more Halloween Posts, one more costume, plus the 7 year old actually dressed up.

Halloween Costume #3 -- Dobby the House Elf

Orginally the baby was going to be Ron, but then my kids really wanted him to Dobby.  I think other than Harry Potter, Dobby is my 7 year old's favorite character.  So I made a Dobby Costume, everyone loved it but the baby, he would scream until he could grab the ears and rip it off. So then we went back to Ron for the baby, but I did have a house elf costume sitting around that the big kids loved playing with.  Then my husband needed a costume for a work party, so low and behold:

Dobby the House Elf, with his black sock.

His black sock he found in Tom Riddle's Diary.
Overall don't you wish I had a decent camera? Me too.  We have a nice SLR but it doesn't do well indoors.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Costume #2 -- Ron Weasley

Since my oldest is going as Harry Potter for Halloween, I decided to have my red headed baby goes as Ron. I made him the tie and button badges for his shirt. Since the book periodically brings up these badges. One is a gryffindor quidditch graphic, and the other says Ron is King, I found both on Pinterest.
I purposely dressed him sloppy because it was Ron.  The shirt isn't all buttoned, the tie is loose, he is wearing worn in jeans instead of slacks.  (It also worked out because it was more comfy for a baby.  
I think the tie material is very reminiscent of Mary GrandPr√©'s illustrations. Convenient that his pretzel sticks look almost like a wand.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Princess Rapunzel's Wedding Dress Halloween Costume

This costume was sort of the death of me.  It was a little ambition on my part, it felt a little bit like when Rapunzel first escapes from the tower.  Some moments it went well and I was sure my daughter would love the dress forever, other moments I thought she would run in terror from it screaming I hate it.  (Its not uncommon for her to tell me "I hate it, I will never wear it." When I buy her clothes.)


She wanted a LONG veil.

Close-up of the tiara and veil.  I used this pattern.

It seems like it was worth the time.

This reminds me of the movie Tangled.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sneak peak Halloween

Here is the sneak peak of my daughter's Halloween costume.
I might be done, I'm debating if I'm going to fix something or if the dress is good enough. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Raven Wreath

After spending too much time on Pinterest I decided my wine rack Halloween wreath needed to include a raven.

 And other than the black bird that cost $3, I didn't want to spend any money. This is what I came up with. There were lots of words I could have added for bunting, but I just couldn't shake never more. So it became an Edger Allen Poe wreath. Then I needed Halloween colored flowers. 

Not my favorite wreath of all time but it fit the requirements. Free other than black bird and a raven. 

Monday, October 7, 2013


After years of making dozens of stockings, I finally made a PATTERN!

Hopefully this makes my life easier over the years. Although at least half my siblings are done having babies, and I am definitely winding down so I guess I'm getting near the end of my stocking career for many years, until my kids get married. So bizarre!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bridal Shower

A friend of mine just got married. It was a quick engagement and so it was an even quicker bridal shower. As in I heard about it 5 days before. I couldn't attend, but was thrilled for her and still wanted to give her something. Between nap, and school schedules, and whatever else was on my calendar for those 5 days, I really had no time to shop. (I barely find time to  grocery shop.) So during the baby's nap, whipped her out an apron. Plus it was a second marriage for both so they hardly needed Pyrex. Anyway, hopefully an apron was an adequate present. Thank goodness for fabric storage. 

I had a really hard time taking a self portrait of me wearing it. 
Remember hostess aprons are my favorite.  
Lastly, I know what miss manners says about second weddings, but beyond what do you give for a gift for a second marriage.  I'm all about cash, but a bridal shower is about opening presents, not cards with cash.

Very long time ago

A very long time ago my sister had a baby boy. A not quite as long time ago I made her a blanket and burp cloth.
I really like this bird material. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My birthday

I changed the way I hung my birthday bunting for my birthday. I like it a lot better.
I know a cell phone pic in the dark is awesome.