Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Witchcraft-ing :) Did you see what I did there?

Last year I had the girls design their own Halloween costumes and we ended up with the cutest Princess Leia and Ariel, two princesses with VERY different aesthetics.  Luckily, My Baby let me get her a princess nightgown and call it a costume, and My Oldest was cool getting creative with an outfit that Leia could possibly wear, even though she doesn't in any of the shows.

princess leia costume
And then I got busy with my bad self and gave them some wicked awesome face painting.

This year I'm going to have a couple witches on my hands and I had them design their own hats and let them pick out some tulle for witchy skirts.

homemade witch hat

My Baby wanted to go with a, mainly skull and spider theme with a few gorgeous gems thrown in and a purple, sparkly veil with one big flower in front.  I wielded the hot glue gun with authority and she pointed and directed.  She was very excited to place one of the tiny skulls in the flower.

crafty witch hat

My Oldest decided on a few additional spooky touches, bats, skulls, rats as well as gorgeous flowers and a turquoise, spotty veil.  She was particularly happy with the rats climbing over the skull and having placed some of her bats upside down, they are resting.

This was a fun project because it allowed them to pick a few crafty embellishments and get creative.

apron tie tulle skirt
Their puffy witches skirts.  I let them each pick 3 colors of tulle and some satin blanket binding and got these skirts made up in a couple of hours.  So, if you need a quick tulle skirt idea, this is it.  It's so simple because it ties in the back like an apron!!  I tried to figure out where this genius idea originated, but no idea.  If it's yours, I love it.

Here's a super basic, picture tutorial on how I made them..

tulle witch skirt

I had nine yards of tulle per skirt and that was too much. I cut the tulle into 6 inch strips and layered, oh, about 4 pieces of doubled up tulle together and then just alternated the colors.

Happy Halloween!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

A deer gift

The Mister recently went on a business trip to Tennessee, where he didn't even TRY some Nashville Hot Chicken.  I mean, come on!  If you're somewhere new and fancy (not sure Tennessee counts as fancy), then you try the local cuisine.  One of his lovely co-workers, out of the goodness of her heart crocheted me this gorgeous cashmere, cowl-neck scarf.  LOVE IT.  I feel so Claire from Outlander when I wear it.

outlander cowl scarf
So, I want to send her a gift, one crafty lady to another; and The Mister, who is a hater, says she will not know what to do with it.  I say pshhbbttt.  So my question is this: is it wrong to send somebody a crafty, hand-made gift if you're not sure it'll go with their personal style.  Because, I guess quilted deer heads might not be for everybody. le sigh

deer head wallhanging
Naw!  I really do feel that a quilted, miniature wall-hanging of a deer head can go anywhere.  Even if it's just in somebody's closet.  Or, if she really feels it'll clash, she could re-gift it....or, let's be honest, trash it because I doubt I will ever find out.  And if I ever do make it to her house and start wandering around searching for it, she can just tell me she lost it in a house fire.  Who am I to know differently.

deer head quilt
Tell me true, friends, should I send this to her, assuming as I do, that she'll at least think it's fun to get something in the mail and find it interesting at the very least, or should I listen to The Mister and make her something else?

It even has a little bit of French on one of the fabrics because she's originally from Quebec.  Come on!  I think it's a good gift.  She likes that my kids are learning French.  That reminds me, must have kids write her a thank you card on my behalf en Francais.

Let me hear it.  What's your opinion on this dilemma.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Another one bites the dust...

Au revoir mon portable.  That's French for, see ya laptop. At least that's what Google Translate tells me.  I could probably ask my kids...

What I'm really trying to say is this: My laptop bit the dust.  Hard.

Mad Baby
Kid, I feel your pain.  So that means I'm using The Mister's POS computer that he bought simply to experiment on.  See, he's in school for computer-y stuff and needed something we wouldn't feel bad about if it started emitting sparks and smoke.

I thought I'd give you a quick peek into what I've been up to even though it pains me to use this computer any more than necessary...

If you've ever wanted to see what happens when a chicken molts.  Yeah, not a pretty sight.  I had no idea how many feathers these girls actually  have.  They are absolutely everywhere!

It's alright, Dolly, all the ladies will have to go through the change sooner or later.  You're just an early bloomer and all the other girls will be jealous of the cool, heroin-chic look that you're bringing back,  The 90's are so in right now.

It's only going to get worse from here.  She's looking pretty good, still.  I'll keep you updated on the molt situation.

 Thanks to my ladies, I've had a surplus of eggs.  That means frozen quiches.  Yum!

nine patch in nine patch
 Oh, and this, my worst quilt idea ever resurrected into something I sorta, kinda love.  Resurrection...quilt style.

My Oldest in her first ever swim team competition.  She's at the far side of the pool.  So much fun to watch.

What My Youngest wants.  I love seeing her figuring out how to spell.  Do you notice she wants a unicorn...right, I'll get right on that..  A cat, The Mister has something to say about this: No.  An earring.  Just one? I wonder if she's turning pirate on me.  A hors, see unicorn because it's just as likely she'll get this as that.  And a tevey.  We have two teveys in this house.  One that has actual TV, and one that's just hooked up to a DVD player in the basement where I send the girls to watch Monster High for the 800th time, and we are capped out on numbers of teveys allowed in this house.

I think the only one she's got any chance at, is the singular earring.

 I'm adding pockets to things for very important reasons.

 I made this and maybe had my praises sung from the rooftops.

bread salad
 I made this and sung my own praises. Bread Salad.

Persian-style Quilt
And I made this.  Which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!  And The Mister hates.  I think it's a sign that he doesn't really love me.

I am probably going to be stuck with this computer as I made the choice to not get a decent one....yet. I'll try and resolve myself to just get over my hatred of it, pull up my big girl panties and just use the dang thing.  We'll see.

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