Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Reveal Part 2

Happy Halloween!

 And here is the costume with its accessories.

He has a large snake around his body, a monkey wrapped around his arm, and he is holding his tiger cub.  Now that's what I call an animal lover!

A surprise message came to me from my friendly librarian.  Her library had just received the newest Elm Creek Quilt book, The Giving Quilt, and asked me if I wanted her to reserve it for me.  Well, yes!!  This was on October 29, the day before its release date.  You could imagine how excited I was when I went in the next morning to pick it up and started reading.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Reveal

Although Halloween is only 6 days away, I am having to finish up my son's costume today.  His school is having their "Halloween Walk" tomorrow morning.  The school faculty takes the students, in their costumes, into town to visit local businesses and receive candy.  He will have tons of candy for me to chose from after school.

Every year, I make my kids' costumes.  I'm hoping to create memories for my boys and I love the challenge of constructing a costume from scratch. 

This year, my son came up with a pretty cool idea.  With the help of a favorite movie and his love of animals, he wanted to be a zookeeper.

I think he was inspired by the movie "Zookeeper."  And with his love of tigers, he has expressed to me how he wanted to save them from extinction.  I believe he realizes that a career in zoology may be the route to take.

I had used two patterns to make the safari shirt and pants. 

I had added the epaulettes on the shoulders and pockets to the sleeves.  I had to opt out on the shorts due to the weather tomorrow.  It's gonna be chilly in the morning!

The costume is finished but it is no yet complete.  There will be more added to it.  You'll understand why when post another photo sometime tomorrow. 

And where's my older son's costume, you may ask?  Well, he may be a little too big to be trick-or-treating, but his basketball practices have replaced his free-time.  Darn it!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Extracurricular Sewing

It's that time again!  After making, what I feel like, good progress with my Kaleidoscope quilt, I am needing a break from it.  I still love the quilt and I will continue working on it, after a short break.  I'm planning on it being the next competition quilt.  I just need to have my fingers working on something different - but NOT another quilt.  I don't need to add to that pile!

So I made a bag!  I had used some fabric I had purchased a year ago.  I still hadn't made any plans for it so I thought a bag would be a great excuse to use up some of my stash.

This bag is from a magazine I had purchased a while back.

And here's my version:

I wanted to make a bag that I wanted when I'm carrying around my quilting/sewing project.  It's a small bag, just big enough to carry an applique block or two, a zippered pouch, and a sewing needle case.

You can forget your supplies: thread, scissors, pin caddy, seam ripper, and needle case.


And ta-da! The extra of this tote is that it is reversible!

The only problem:
I don't do pink.

After raising two boys, pink has pretty much been erased from my house.  If I'm not going to use it, I'm guessing that someone I know may be getting a handmade Christmas gift this year!

And now that it is the time of the year when young ones will be masquerading in their Halloween costumes, I'll soon be showing what my son had chosen to dress up as.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Angry Birds Strikes at Home

The Angry Bird  craze has hit our home.  The boys have downloaded the latest game to play and I'm on the verge of decorating their room in the Angry Bird theme.

It was a while ago ago but my Cub Scout son had entered a Angry Bird catamaran boat into the Raingutter Regatta recently.

Once again, he got First place in his den!  Notice his Angry Birds attire?!

And as the quilt geek that I am, I was thinking of how an Angry Birds quilt would look like.  It would be pretty interesting to design one.

It was recently, I had found a Angry Birds quilts on Pinterest.  This quilt could not be cuter and my boys would just flip (in a good way) if I was able to present one for them.  This quilt was made by Dee from  If I hadn't so many thing already on the back burner, I'd be going out and picking fabric for it.  I'm going to have to add it to my "to do-wish list."