Monday, October 25, 2010

I've got a Golden Ticket!

I know that you're not supposed to post twice on your blog in the same day, but I do feel a little sheepish that so far all you've seen from me on our newly budding blog is the promise of great sewing and a nose jacket. I have several projects that I've done in the last couple of months, and I will go back through and post about each of those in due time, but this is the most appropriate one for this week being all Halloweenie.

Side note: I do need to take this opportunity to share that Breanna and I are deeply committed to the Holidays, which we have so lovingly dubbed THANKWEENIKAS. There are 4 stages of Thankweenikas, and I'm sure as we get more situated and have some blogsperience we will have some sections for Thankweenikas crafts. Moving. On.

This year we're hosting a Thankweenikas Phase I party, and the theme is Children's Movies. One of my favorite children's movies is Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (the old one), so this year I'm dressing up as Veruca Salt!

I couldn't find a pattern for it of course, but I used the Burda Young 7680 pattern - Dress B. I left off the loops they wanted to add for a belt, and just extended the sleeves to make them long. I have to say that I made many many many mistakes, and a lot of it like the collar and white sleeve caps I added after everything else was done, so they by no means look perfect. I needed to have a little bit more forethought for those, but I think it turned out great. This is the first time I've ever really done a pattern, and I think I altered ok for my first time.

What costume did you make?

You may laugh. I give you permission.

Sometimes I get cold. Sometimes meaning pretty much all time that I'm conscious. This is especially a tricky issue at bedtime, when for some reason I'm pretty sure my body stops pumping blood to my feet all together. I've never been to the Arctic Tundra, but I'm pretty sure if I visited, my feet would not be any colder than they are at bedtime.

This has led to my pre-bed ritual. I turn on my little wall heater about 10 minutes before I plan to tuck in. Then I carefully hold up and toast all my jammies before climbing inside them. Directly after, I dance around in circles in front of the heater trying to make every part of me warm at the same time. Lastly, I sit on the ground and hold up each foot in front of the heater before climbing into bed.

This leads me to the bane of my sleeping existence. My nose. I don't know why, I don't know how, but somehow every once in a while my nose is infected by the ice curse. My nose cartilage can get so cold that it stops me from being able to sleep. I try to warm it under the covers, but eventually I run out of oxygen. I try to cover it with my hands, but my hands get cold if they're not under the covers. It's honestly a no-win situation.

This leads me to my last night's craft creation. I had no plans for the evening, and really was just cleaning around the house, and the nose ice curse infection began. I thought, "Hey, I craft now. I don't have to be at the mercy of this any longer." And so, I created my super horrible looking nose jacket. You know, some fabric, some elastic, and a bottom layer of fleece.

I would be more embarrassed if IT DIDN'T WORK BEAUTIFULLY! My nose warmed, I wore it for a couple of hours, and then took it off just before sleeping and I HAD NO PROBLEMS! Who said that you can't solve all of your problems with sewing?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

craftgasm!!! you know, when you find a project that comes together lickety-split and is completely adorable...this headband is the perfect example!

it took me less than five minutes, and the total cost of materials is definitely less than $.50!

it's so easy you don't even need a picture tutorial....pick out some colorful buttons from your stash in varying sizes and colors. then use your beloved hot glue gun to attach them together in stacks of three. then hot glue the button stacks to a basic wire headband (this one came in a pack of 8 from the dollar store!!) and VOILA!! a totally satisfying craft in practically no time!

(on a side note...i'd like to assure you that the dark root issue present in this photo has been taken care of since the picture was taken!)
this particular craftgasm will get you lots of attention and pleas from your friends to make one for them! what could be better?!

my attempt at the tiered tray

i suppose you've seen them everywhere by now, yes? the DELICIOUS looking cupcake trays being made from dollar store platters and candlesticks? if not, go here for a brilliant tutorial!!

so...since they cost a total of about $5 (not including the spraypaint) i just HAD to try it...too cute!

here's a tip....never ever NEVER buy spraypaint at a craftstore unless you absolutely have to!! i spent $6 per can only to see them at walmart two days later for less than $3 per can!!

this isn't the first tray i made...but it is the first i remembered to take a photo of! i made this for a very special friend's wedding...and decided to also try my hand at making those adorable peg dolls i've been seeing all over the place. overall, i feel pretty great about how everything looks.

ahem...which brings me to....WHAT WENT WRONG! i made the trays using Gorilla Glue, which i have long thought to be the ultimate glue of all glues. i was loading things into my car to leave for the wedding (and, as craft luck would have it, i was already running late)THE TRAY COMPLETELY FELL APART!!!! like....all the way apart. ugh.

so back inside i went to do the only thing i could think glue that baby back together. hey, i know it wasn't the best solution for the long term...but it's all i had. i have no clue if the tray even held up through the end of the reception! but it sure looked awesome on the gift table...and everyone seemed to think it was there to be the recepticle for cards...which is a good sign i'd say!

so...have YOU tried the trays yet?