Monday, October 31, 2011

My Little Elmo

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Jace has been Elmo obsessed for quite a while now, so choosing a Halloween costume was simple. I used THIS Simplicity Animal Costume pattern to make the body suite. The fur is from Joann’s and I enjoyed using a 40% off coupon for it.

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The pattern called for velcro in the back, but I was worried the fur would get stuck in it. A zipper clearly wouldn’t work either, so buttons did the trick! They blended in so well it’s hard to see them.

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I told you more about his hat in THIS post. He LOVES wearing his Elmo hat.

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I was so excited for a fun photo shoot with him to capture both the suite and his excitement for wearing it. Unfortunately, Jace didn’t share that hope.

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I have no idea what this grimace was for but it makes me laugh!

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We just hit up a few houses in our neighborhood for trick-or-treating, and my child just stared at everyone and the candy.

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Then it was back home to cuddle with Daddy. Poor little buddy got shots today so he wasn’t feeling so hot. Before long, he was asking to go night-night and slept through the doorbell ringing and dog barking all evening.

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I made Nolan a Cookie Monster hat so we could be a Sesame Street family. We had fun!

Check out the absolute cuteness of little Miss Bethany wearing the Juliet costume I made for her!

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This picture just cracks me up! I love it!

What did your kids dress up as? If you post about it, leave me a link so I’m sure to see it!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

I’m Hooked

Thanks to Rachel, I’m hooked on crochet. It started with my Time Out Cowl. Then I made one for my mom for her birthday…

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It’s super soft and will be great for her this winter.

Then I made/started a bunch of baby bear hats using the pattern from Rachel’s shop. This will be great to have on hand for baby shower gifts.

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And then I made a Super Grover and Elmo hats for me and Jace.

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The look much cuter on.

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We had a Family Movie Night at church tonight and showed the movie, “The Incredibles,” and encouraged everyone to come dressed as their favorite super hero (or really, just wear and super costume they might have). Since Jace was already going to be Elmo, I figured I could go as Super Grover and make him be Super Elmo. A lightning bolt and “G” and a cape completed my ensemble.

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And Jace got lots of attention for his total cuteness. I think I need to make a Cookie Monster hat for Nolan to wear when we take Jace Trick-or-Treating. Then we’d be a cute little Muppet family. I love being a mom for Halloween!

Now I get to add yarn to my craft supply addictions. This crocheting business is a lot of fun!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wonderfully Made

*I had scheduled to post this tomorrow, but after having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, I felt like letting it go live now rather than sitting on it. I just have to keep going back to this.*

One of my sweet friends was broken up with the other day. She is one of the most compassionate, tender hearted people I know. As things were starting to come to an end in her relationship, she commented to me that she was afraid she was too weird for this guy, but that she didn’t want to be thought of as the “weird girlfriend.” It hurt so much to hear her define herself in that way. She may do silly things, act strangely sometimes (all in delightful, entertaining ways), but to define herself as weird struck a cord in me.

So when she shared that the relationship had ended, and that she felt sad for him because she’s pretty sure she’s a good catch (which she is!), I remembered a prayer I copied from the book 31 Days of Prayer years ago. It’s a paraphrase of a few different Psalms put together. So I made a very rudimentary graphic to print for her (and found myself thankful for Publisher but dreaming of Photoshop).

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And as I typed this all out and played with fonts, I was struck by how much I needed to read this myself. I’ve been having a hard month full of uneasiness and tension (not in my home… don’t worry!), and so much of it leads me to question who I am. Nolan and I were just talking this evening about the fact that I have a very strong personality and sometimes people don’t know what to do with it. The way things have been going lately has made me start to question if there’s something wrong with me and feel unsure in so many of my relationships. Then I read this. I loved the line, “It’s wonderful to know that You are not the least bit dissatisfied with my inborn talents, intelligence, aptitudes, appearance and personality.” I love how God works!

And, if you aren’t able to read the prayer clearly in the graphic above, it says:
I give thanks to You, O Lord, and I stand in awe of you for I am wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works! Thank You that You uniquely designed and created me with the same care You used in creating the universe. That you formed me in love exactly to Your specifications. That you embroidered me with great skill in my mother’s womb.

I’m grateful that my looks, my abilities and my personality are like a special picture frame in which You can portray Your grace and beauty, Your love, Your strength, Your faithfulness, to the praise of Your glory. I rejoice that You have gifted me for the special purposes You have in mind for my life. I thank You for Your loving wisdom in allowing the things that have influenced me throughout my life—things that have prepared my heart to respond to You and live for Your glory. I might not have turned to You had things been different!

It’s wonderful to know that you are not the least bit dissatisfied with my inborn talents, intelligence, aptitudes, appearance and personality. For Your hands have made and fashioned me. I am one of Your masterpieces!

I worship and bow down. I kneel before You my Master.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Juliet Costume

A while ago a friend of mine asked if she could employ me to sew a Juliet from Gnomeo and Juliet costume for her 7 month old daughter. It sounded like just too much fun for me to pass it up.

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This was the inspiration picture. I started by planning on doing a dress like Made’s shirt dress, but had a few issues with sizing it down and made what could have been quite the off the shoulder, low cut more Renaissance style dress… a tad inappropriate for a 7 month old, I’d say!

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I ended up using a New Look pattern for a baby girl dress and free-styled it with the apron.

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The collar and sleeves were trimmed with white ric-rac since the real dress from the movie is a white top.

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I trimmed the hem with white eye-lit lace to add the illusion of layers as seen under the skirt in the picture.

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The apron is what pulls it all together, though. The top is made from black material with a  rolled hem around the edges. The skirt is just a wide rectangle of fabric, gathered and sewn to the top of the apron. Then I made a long tube of white and sewed it to the center of the apron and around back to the parts of the straps that goes over the shoulders and hangs down. Gold ribbon and buttons were used for the corset look.

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The apron skirt was trimmed in red ric-rac.

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The gnome hat was cut to shape, back and front sewn together and then elastic sewn into the back.

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The elastic should help it stay on her head.

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It was a lot of fun sewing something for a little girl and I can’t wait to see pictures of her in it!

On another sewing note… I bought fabric for the Anthro-inspired shirt on my 12 by 2012 list for only $2.25/yard on clearance at Joann’s. It’s brown with small white polka dots. I’m just a little excited. I’m also looking forward to using some cute, slightly stretch black lace for another cute top. I’m itching to make something new for myself!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

WIW: Finding Fall Pieces

I’m discovering that my wardrobe is either very spring or very black. I don’t have too many fall pieces. So this week I played around with finding fall looks from my spring stuff.

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Sunday
I felt somewhat morbid wearing all black, but convinced myself it was sleek and had fun accessorizing.

Shirt: Kohls. Pants: Old Navy. Necklace: Maurices. Bracelet: ??? Nolan bought it for me last year for Mother’s Day when I told him I wanted something sentimental. He thought this was prettier than getting Jace’s actual birthstone.

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Wednesday
I actually dressed up for work! I love this top but haven’t worn it in a long time for some reason, so it was fun to pull out. I like to add some color by wearing red heels.

Shirt: Maurices. Pants: Old Navy. Shoes: Steve Madden.


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Wednesday
And after looking cute for work, the first thing I do at home is change to be comfy.

Shirt: Refashioned turtleneck from Target. Jeans: DownEast Basics.



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Thursday

Pants: Maurices (years ago… I haven’t worn these pants since more than a year before I got pregnant with Jace). Shirt: Maurices.



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Saturday
This was one of those spring to fall outfits. Adding the brown jacket seemed to bring out the fall-ness in the colors of the shirt.

Jacket: Not sure. It was in a bag of clothes from a coworker’s daughter. Shirt & pink tank: Maurices. White Cami: American Eagle. Jeans: Vigoss from Maurices. Boots: Maurices.


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Momma Go Round

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Lacy Lamp Makeover

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When we rearranged our living room I found myself needing another lamp. I found a lamp base pretty quickly at Goodwill that had the shape and size I was looking for. It was an ugly dark teal green and lacked a shade. But it was only $5, so I figured I’d hold onto it until I found a good shade, and if I found a better lamp, it wouldn’t be a big loss.

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I few days later I found this lamp and shade at St. Vinnie’s for $4. The lamp wasn’t big enough for the space and the cord wasn’t in great shape, but the shade was perfect. So I gave the Goodwill lamp a few coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and left the shade as is for 2 months while I figured out what I wanted to do.

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Then, the other day, I remembered a roll of lace trim my MIL got me at a thrift store. It’s not recommended for clothing, so I had just held onto it, not knowing what I’d use it for. But it, some Fabri-Tac (I didn’t want to use hot glue since it would show through the lace), and a little grosgrain ribbon, and I had the perfect shade transformation.

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I started by wrapping the lace around the whole shade, one row at a time, but the lace started puckering. Instead, I cut strips the lengths of each section of the shade and glued them down. I was a sticky mess, but it was worth it! The ribbon was added last. I think it would look pretty with some rosettes, but Nolan’s not a fan of that idea. I love how subtly pretty the lace is.

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And when the lamp is on the color of the lace almost disappears and you just see the pattern of its details.

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I can’t wait until we actually paint this wall so it isn’t just the blah builder’s grade white paint. This is where I plan on doing the frame wall I mentioned in my 12 by 2012 list.

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It’s amazing how a finished lamp can really pull a space together!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tutorial: Disney Princess Finger Puppets

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A few days ago I showed you the Disney Princess finger puppets I made for my niece.

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She needed a bag to carry them in, so we made it the shape of a castle.

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They really were so simple to make, and oh-so-much fun to play with. And since I already put the time into making pattern pieces, why not share the with you so you can make them too?

You can download the PDF patterns here. It’s a document with five pages that look like this:

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The supplies you’ll need are: Various felt colors (white/tan, pink, yellow, green, purple, red, dark blue, black, light blue), hot glue, ribbon.

Each page tells you the princess’ name and each piece you’ll need to cut and from what color. It also labels whether each piece is for the front or the back of the puppet.

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Cut out your pattern pieces and then you’re ready to glue them together! I started by building the front of the puppet. For example, when building the Belle puppet, I started by gluing the layers of the skirt, then gluing them to the body (the rectangle with the rounded top). Then I glued the front and back body pieces together by going around the sides and rounded top, leaving the bottom open. I then covered the back of the head in glue, overlapped the body at the bottom of it, then glued the front of the head on, followed by the hair. You can add any extra accessories or extra dress details that you’d like.

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For the castle bag, I cut out two pieces in pink and a piece of pink ribbon. I also cut out a piece for the entrance to the castle and glued down rosettes on either side. Then glue around the outside walls of the castle, and glued the ribbon in between the front and back at the tops of the two towers, leave the middle portion open.

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Then enjoy how proud your little lady is of her puppets!

If you make a set, I’d love to see them! You can either leave me a link in the comments or email me at nolanandjill {at} gmail {dot} com.

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