Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween costumes (part 1).

The first of 3 costumes this year is done, thank you very much! With two days to spare before the class Halloween parties! I have to say I am pleased this year that all of my kids decided (well, more like agreed) to have at least a portion of their costume handmade. I am a big fan of pulling together a costume with what you have, not so much by going out and buying a prepackaged get-up. Don't get me wrong...we've had plenty of those (Thomas the Train, Mr. Incredible, Minnie Mouse, Superman, The Cat in the Hat, I could go on...). The prepackaged ones were actually great when they were littler - easy to put on, the effect was instantaneous, and it was, well, easy. Not everything can be easy with 3 kids all just 2 years apart.

Anyway, this year we came up with some good ideas I think. Lauren is going to be a zookeeper, which fits well with her love of animals and her current second-grade ambition to become a zookeeper someday. The costume was SIMPLE! I spent a grand total of $2.50 at Goodwill for a khaki shirt (which is corduroy, luckily she didn't care) and a greenish-khaki bucket hat. She has a laminated name tag from a zoo camp she did this summer, and plans to carry her favorite stuffed tiger, "Cubby."

The final piece of the costume? She requested patches for the shirt. Hmmm. I considered going to the zoo and looking in the gift shop, but at the last minute had a brainstorm to see if I could make patches myself. Here's what I did:

Got online and found images of several logos for our local zoo. I then copied them over to a blank document in Publisher, and included a khaki-colored box behind the image (my first attempt didn't include the box, but then the "patches" ended up being too white). I printed the images onto "inkjet fabric sheets" (purchased at Joann's awhile ago, so I had these on hand), then followed the instructions to make the ink colorfast. Next I sewed each image onto a piece of fusible interfacing, then trimmed and ironed onto the shirt. The final touch - a tight zigzag stitch around all edges to firmly attach to the shirt. I think they turned out well, and I know my little zookeeper will love the extra detail!

The great thing about these patches is that you could adapt this to a lot of different costumes. Flags or NASA images for an astronaut comes to mind, or anything that needs a logo to look more "official." If the inkjet fabric is too complicated, you could easily print it out on paper and run it through a sticker machine to adhere to the could even sew paper or cardstock onto the costume. Just remember that if you use a logo, it truly has to be for personal use - not for anything you'd consider reselling!

OK, one down, two to go...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

More minky to share.

Kudos to Chelsey Brakke from Itzy Bitzy Baby for creating this gorgeous Minky blanket! I love the addition of the loops along the fun for a baby to play with! And I am seriously loving the argyle print with the lovely chocolate brown. It's a little known fact that I am a sucker for argyle! Check out her shop, she has lots of goodies for babies including more of the minky "loveys," headbands, bows, and super-cute leggings. Thanks for the photos, Chelsey, you did a fantastic job!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The big dig.

Construction has begun. Hooray!

Minky blanket.

Check it out, Tamara in Kansas City made this gorgeous Minky blanket for her niece! Excellent job, what a lucky girl to receive this!

As I've said before, I would LOVE for you to send me photos of your creations, either from a tutorial or from fabric you've purchased from me. I'll post the photos and link to your blog or shop as well!

I'm pleased that so many of you have found my tutorial helpful. I have a few other tutorials in mind, including a zippered pouch, a simple tote bag, and an easy strap for a bag. What do you think, which would you like to see first?

Monday, October 12, 2009


I remind myself that I am lucky. I sit here in my pajamas, coffee by my side, snow outside the window (again, sigh), while conversing through my laptop with a woman in Ukraine about a fabric order. Later I will cut and package an order to be sent to France, another to go to Singapore. Am I really a worldly woman of international business? Or just a gal in pj's with some fabric to sell?

I love this little business of mine. Yet, with all three kids at school and a college degree sitting dormant, there is a part of me that is feeling left behind. I've been looking into re-entering the official work force and truthfully, it scares me! I have been home for almost 10 years! I feel like a 34 year-old dinosaur with very few qualifications. I can make a mean PB&J, and I can predict how high a fever is quite accurately with just a kiss to the forehead...but I don't think those skills will translate well to a resume.

I am lucky. I know this. I don't have to find a job today, and I can be picky in regards to what I want to pursue. And in the meantime I can sell some fabric, all from the comfort of my pj's.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

For real?

Last time I checked, it was still October...but it looks like December decided to make a surprise visit in the night!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Coffee break.

i brought the Starbucks, he gave me a tour of the remodeled bathroom. then, we talked houses and jobs. love spending time with my dad.