Friday, October 31, 2014

Fun Family Halloween Costume: Where's Waldo

Happy Halloween!

We had so much fun last year dressing up as the 101 Dalmations crew that for sure we were going to do a family costume again this year. 

I thought Where's Waldo was brilliant. My kids were iffy on it until I agreed to let them go trick-or-treating in whatever they wanted. In the end though, they loved dressing up as Where's Waldo and got quite a kick out of it--they especially loved looking at themselves with the glasses on. I could hear them giggling an giggling upstairs while checking themselves out in the mirror. :)

And talk about easy costumes!!!

Here's what I did:
1. Hats. These hats are knit. I was planning on knitting them myself, but then my father-in-law got into those knitting looms last winter/early spring (before gardening time took him outdoors). He willingly agreed to make them for me and had them done within a week. :) yay!
2. Shirts. I looked around a lot for shirts but didn't really have success. I found costumes you could buy, but they already had hats, which I didn't need, and frankly cost more than I thought they were worth. So, I went on down to Walmart, bought plain which shirts for dirt cheap, a role of 2-inch wide masking tape and 2 containers of red spray paint. My husband helped me apply tape to all the shirts (took quite a while!) then I sprayed the fronts one night and let them dry. Then I sprayed the backs the other night. So, 3 nights--1 for taping, 1 for spraying the fronts, 1 for spraying the backs. 
I also got some plain white knee-high socks for me and painted them.
3. Glasses. Went to the dollar store and bought some glasses and punched the lenses out.
4. Jeans. easy peasy.

 Fun Halloween for us!
I hope yours was good too.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kids Halloween Craft: Toilet Paper Tube Monsters

 The kids informed me that it had been a really long time since we had done a fun craft. 
Which was true...we tend to do that sort of thing only in the colder months--if it's nice, we are outside!!! 

So, I found some fun ideas for them and they picked the toilet paper tube monsters.
I'm shocked how well it went--even my not-quite-2-year-old participated and enjoyed it.

Luckily we had all sorts of fun supplies on hand: pom poms, pipe cleaners, construction paper, googly eyes, glue, and pre-painted tp tubes (yeah, I realize that is an odd thing to have "on hand" but we did!! left over from other craft projects). 

I started out by cutting out eyes, teeth and mouths and such, but in the end, they enjoyed doing that themselves, so I just let them.

They came up with some creative ideas! I was impressed with their use of pipe cleaners. 

It was a fun afternoon. It was one of those (glorious) days that we were having leftovers for dinner, so that time of day that is usually reserved for chopping and cooking was turned into crafting and we enjoyed it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Girls' Toy Room Embroidery Hoop Project

 Hurray! I finished my embroidery hoop projects and got them up on our toy room wall. 
I must say, they are looking quite cheerful in there. They add a nice finished look to the toy room.

I like the color scheme I used--mostly warm pinks, reds, yellows and oranges with a bit of turquoise.  It matches most of the toys we have for our girls.

 I so enjoyed doing these embroidery hoop projects. I am going to have to think of some other things to do now that I'm finished with them!

Even my youngest likes them. :) 

Here are the links to each of the projects if you are interested. 



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Flower Cottage Embroidery Hoop Project

 And now for my all time favorite embroidery projects: 
The Flower Cottage!
Too cute!

I found this pattern by Ellison Lane and loved it!
I decided to just wing it and not purchase and use the pattern (I'm quite lazy about following patterns), and as you can see, mine is a little lop-sided and not nearly so cute and symmetrical as hers. Oh well. I don't mind. 

It was such a fun project though--there were so many different embroidery stitches to use.

I think my favorite part is this great big pink and orange flower with the french knot center. So cute! Of course, the little girl peaking out the window is great too. I almost didn't put her in, but alas, the house looked lonely and empty without her.

Such a colorful little cottage. 
And now this is my last's time to put everything up on the wall!


 It feels a bit sad to be finished with my embroidery projects. Embroidery has appealed to me for a long time, but now that I have done it, I love it! There is something so fulfilling about picking out the colored threads and watching them transform a plain white piece of fabric. Each stitch adds more color and more shape to your image. I love it! I love how each stitch also adds so much bold color to it. I suppose if you use more subtle colors, that would not be the case, but either way, I like watching my images take form with each stitch I make. And I really like how there are so many different stitches to do. 

Hmmm, seems like I will have to think of something new to embroider. :)