21 Oct

10 Days of Halloween

Creeper Costume done!

Mom's Costume

The Creeper costume, and my Candy Corn dress are done. I had to add one more thing to the list (I forgot to get a black turtleneck for my daughter to wear under her Dalek jumper), but the to-do list is still getting shorter!

Buy interfacing, a hula hoop, little plastic cups, bronze spray paint, and a plastic hardhat
Cut out and interface fabric for Dalek
Assemble Dalek dress with straps and hula hoop for shaping
Attach balls to Dalek dress
Cover stiff interfacing hoops for helmet
Paint hardhat helmet
Attach hoops, headlamp, and cups to helmet
Cut fabric for Candy Corn dress
Sew Candy Corn dress
Buy tights to coordinate with dress
Gesso box for creeper head and cut out eye holes
Paint Creeper head with green grid
Paint green hoodie with some green squares
Buy black turtleneck for K

The Dalek dress is mostly assembled as well, so that’s even more progress. I am not sure if I want to add Tusken Raider to the list or just leave that in hubby’s lane. He did set aside a paper tube and order a bunch of ACE bandages, so maybe we have that one pretty well covered after all.

24 Feb

Good Mail

The mail has been good to me lately. First, I couldn’t help myself. I HAD to buy Sandra’s Viking notecards; and while I was at it, I decided I might as well get the adorable mobile too.

Since I’m new to Hawai’i and don’t really know what’s here, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to subscribe to Hapa/Hale’s blog feed. It’s mostly fashion stuff that doesn’t apply to me, but I still get a feel for what’s going on outside the strip malls and big box stores. So, when Sasaki Creation’s bags popped up, I knew I had to have one. This is an Omiyagi Bag, but I’m probably keeping it for myself. Now that I look at Barb’s blog though, I might need a Kukio bag (scroll down the sidebar). They’re all very Hawai’i without being typical and touristy (IMHO).

(The interior fabric is even coffee bean fabric!)

The best mail though, was the surprise from Nic. Since I joined the mushroom swap and she is a mushroom and kitsch aficionado, I guess she figured she had what I needed. Really, I have no idea what triggered her generosity, but I’m not complaining. Look at all the Pimpinellakram (“Stuff” from her line, Luzia Pimpinella) she sent me:

Not only does this include mushroom, gnome, and owl ribbon hot off the presses, but also a Pimpinella keychain featuring one of her brand spankin’ new mushroom embroidery designs (if I had the embroidery module for my sewing machine, I’d be buying all of Nic’s designs for clothes for my daughter. I’m not though because, like scrapbooking, that’s a whole can of worms I don’t want to open). Anyway, there’s Little Red Riding Hood ribbon and the deer in the woods one I’ve been eyeing but not yet bought, plus sweet matroishkas and hearts too. And stickers! Cute overload! Thank you, thank you, thank you Nic! The ribbons will be so much fun to sew with.

I love my mailbox (even more so in that all this mail goodness comes to my door — I don’t have to get myself to the mailroom on post [after 11:00] to pick any of this up!).

11 Dec

How to Make a Snowflake Fairy in 20 Easy Steps

Not being one to say no to my mother, or homemade elk jerky (never had it, but the concept sounds good), I made two more snowflake fairies today, and documented the process so that others can make their own as well.

Mis en Place

Step 1: Gather your supplies. You’ll need: a wooden bead for the head (approx 3/4″ in diameter), cloth covered wire for the body and appendages, white felt, optional tulle, seed beads, a silver pipe cleaner for the wings, wool roving for the hair, black, white, red and pink paint for the face, paint brushes, glue, white thread, wire cutters, sharp scissors, and a small needle.

Step 2: Cut two pieces of wire: one 3 1/2″ long, and the other 7″ long.

Step 3: Fold the long piece in half. Using the wire cutters, bend “hands” on each end of the shorter piece. Place it over the folded wire and wrap the folded end all the way around to form the body and neck.

Step 4: Cut two pieces of felt: one 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and the other 1″ square.

Step 5: Wrap the rectangle piece of felt around the arms and, using a ladder stitch, sew closed.

Step 6: Cut two “armhole” notches in the square felt. Wrap it around the body and sew closed. Make a few stitches over the shoulders to keep it from sliding down.

Step 7: Cut out a paper snowflake with a radius of about 2.”

Step 8: Using the paper snowflake as your template, cut a snowflake skirt out of felt. You could also skip steps 7 and 8 and use a starched crochet snowflake instead.

Step 9: Embellish snowflake as desired.

Step 10: Slip the skirt onto the fairy body feet-first…

Step 11: Sew the skirt to the body with a few small stitches.

Step 12: For the optional underskirt, cut tulle 11″ x 2 1/2.”

Step 13: Gather one long end of the tulle and sew it to the body below the snowflake.

Step 14: Slip beads onto the legs and bend “feet” at the ends.

Step 15: Bend the silver pipe cleaner into wings shape.

Step 16: Sew the wings to the back of the body (best done before you add the head, unlike in the picture).

Step 17: Put a dab of glue on the neck and slip on the head.

Step 18: Wrap the roving around your finger and make into a hairdo. You could use a felting needle to form it into shape if you’d like. Attach to head with glue. Add a few beads or other embellishments as desired.

Step 18a: She should look a lot like this now.

Step 19: Prop your fairy up in a spool of thread or a small cup and paint pink cheeks, a dot for a nose, and black eyes.

Step 20: Paint a red mouth and white highlights in the eyes.

Let dry and she’s done!