Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Dolly for Helena

Like usual when Sarah over at Dolls and Daydreams announced the release of her new Little Sister Mimi doll earlier this month I immediately hit etsy to buy the pattern! 

She is just so cute I couldn't resist the chance to make her!  It didn't take long for me to find a reason.  Good friends of ours are in town this weekend from Pennsylvania visiting with their family, which includes 2 1/2 year old Helena.  I decided that I needed to make her one for an early Christmas present.

I LOVE THIS DOLL!  I must admit that she turned out so cute it was a little hard to give her away.

This time I decided to paint her facial features instead of embroider them.  I love how it turned out.

It was really nice to be there when the present was opened.  So often the toys that I make are mailed to their recipient.  She immediately named her Cookie.

I also made a her older sister Caitlin a soft basketball. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Mermaid for the Birthday Girl

 As mentioned in my last post - I LOVE THESE PATTERNS!!! 
So far I think I have bought 16 of Sarah's patterns.

Mermaid Doll PDF Sewing Pattern Softie 
 My most recent purchase was this beauty
Mary Antoinette Doll PDF Sewing Pattern Dress Up Doll Clothes Skirt Shoes included

So, when our dear friends daughter turned 6 this summer I just knew that I needed to make one of Sarah's cute softies for Madeline.
I decided to make Maddie a Mermaid Doll.
If you haven't already done so, please head over and check out Sarah's blog or Etsy store.

Halloween Cuties

I think I have said this before, but I love Dolls & Daydreams softie patterns!

 When Sarah released her new Skeleton Softie
Skeleton Doll PDF Sewing Pattern Halloween Softie Day of The Dead Stuffed Toy 
And her new Witch Softie(Complete with broom directions!)

Witch Cloth Doll pdf Sewing Pattern Cute Halloween Softie skirt boots broomstick included

I just knew I had to make them!  I showed them to my mom who immediately asked if I could make the pair to decorate her door this Halloween season.  

Off to work I went creating some cuties for her.
 Here is what I cam up with.

The only real changes I had to make was not stuffing them very firmly so they would fit between the doors.  
I also had to add a strap the the witches broom so she could sling it over her shoulder.

By the time I finished up the pair my mom was in the hospital recovering from a double knee replacement.  Before hanging them on the door, I decided to take them to visit her.  She loved them (as did the nurses)!

Here they are taking a break in her bed while we headed off to physical therapy with my mom.

Now, as soon as Ran laid eyes on the skeleton he just insisted that I make one for him.
For his, I made the bones using an ivory wool blend felt.  I let him draw the mouth he wanted and then I embroidered it on.  He was so excited to see what he had envisioned and drawn made into reality.

Monday, October 24, 2011

CD Spinners with Ran

This afternoon Ran and I sat down for a little mother and son crafty time.  We decided to make some cd-spinners that we found in Family Fun.

It was a super fun and easy craft to make together. 
 We have a stockpile of old cds just waiting for some fun craft.  We also scrounged up some spare marbles and bottle caps.
I glued the marbles to the bottom of the cd and the bottle cap to the top, with hot glue. Ran decorated the discs.  There are templates on the web page that Ran colored in and we glued onto the discs with a glue stick.  On two of the we simply colored the discs with sharpie.

 The bottle cap makes it super easy to hold and spin the top.  Ran has already told me he wants to make more tomorrow!

First Halloween Party of the Season

On the 8th we went with our Camp Fire group out to Camp Wathana to enjoy a wonderful Halloween party. It was a beautiful day and the changing colors on the trees were beautiful.

They had tons of fun activities for the kids.
Roasting S'mores in the 80 degree weather!

 A hayride through the woods


And a dance for the kids.

To finish of the night they had a costume contest.

AND the winner is....
Ran the Dragon!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Heat Miser and Snow Miser

Last month I had a friend ask if I could make her a Heat Miser and a Snow Miser shirt, from The Year Without a Santa Claus, for her son's Halloween costumes. They were a ton of fun to make.  

Here is what I came up with.

Heat Miser

Snow Miser

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Halloween Dragon Boy

This year Ran decided that he wants to be a dragon for Halloween, again.  He was a dragon last year, when I managed to make the legs a tad short on him.  Well, when you factor in his growth over the last year it made it impossible for him to wear the same costume again, those pant legs are now about 6 inches short! 

Because his first Halloween party is on the 8th, I really had to get moving with this costume!

This year I decided I decided I didn't want to buy a new pattern, but last years just wouldn't work since it was to small.  I went through my patterns to see what I could find.  I decided on the hoodie and pants from McCalls 5508, with a few modifications.
I started out sketching out what I envisioned for the costume.  I added spikes to the arms, the back and the hood.  Ran also really really wanted wings.  I designed the tail as a separate belt.

I picked up some shiny purple at the Fabric Warehouse in Warren.  I found some iridescent green and blue fleece at Joanne Fabrics and set to work.

All I had to draft were the spike and wing pieces, but it me a lot longer then I expected.  I had to measure Ran, measure the pattern pieces and the go back and measure Ran again to make sure that it would be the right size.  I made the wings the same way I made the wings in his 2008 Batman costume except shorter.

It took me hours of sketching and drafting.  It took me hours of sewing. The purple I chose for the wings was a NIGHTMARE.  It is the hardest thing I have ever sewed on!
But the end result was worth it.

I am really happy with his costume.  It is nice and snugly warm fleece, so he shouldn't get to cold on Halloween night.    The tail is on a separate belt so that he can take is off for car rides.  Having it a two piece means it will be easier to make those bathroom breaks then in a jumpsuit. 

Ran had a blast last night hamming it up for mom during out mini-photo shoot!  Now I just have to keep him out of the costume until Halloween.

The only bummer is the purple and green fabrics are dry clean only!

Monday, September 19, 2011

I have a confession

I realized this weekend that is had been over 7 weeks since my last post.  Yikes....
It is not that I haven't been doing any sewing or crafting.  There has been plenty of that going on, just not on a weekly basis.  I think one of the things that has kept me from posting is how far behind I got on my weekly posts.  I just knew there was no way I would ever get caught up.  So it is with great sorrow that I must admit my defeat.  Life has just gotten in the way of my ability to do something every single week AND have the time to post about it.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Checking in from Big Wabasis Lake

This week we took a much needed vacation to my aunt and uncle's cabin on Big Wabasis Lake in western Michigan.
It has been an amazing week.  My in-laws came out for a night. 

 Ran got to do lots and lots of frog and toad catching.  

Ran figured out an easy way to fish. He stuck a worm in his bug net,  swished it around in the water and just scooped out the fish.   He caught about 6 fish that way.

I spent my free time reading the new Dexter novel and doing lots of English Paper piecing.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Week 29 - Tiny Monkeys

Challenge - Shrinking a pattern
Project - Tiny Monkeys

Ever since I made the Dolly & Daydreams monkeys for Ran in Week 20  he has been asking for me to make baby monkeys for him.

I decided to finally humor him and set out this week to make him some baby monkeys.
It was a bit of a challenge, but I am happy with the results.

Meet baby Hunk-a-monk and Chunk-a-monk

Instead of trying to scale down the pattern I decided to print the pattern out two pages per sheet.

Once I started sewing I discovered a mistake I had made.  When cutting out the pieces I forgot to add an extra seam allowance, which meant I had to sew with a very small seam .  

The small  arms and legs were a little harder to turn and stuff, but I used forceps with made it a bit easier. I also used very light stuffing in the arms.

Here is Ran's new monkey family.
Now he is asking me to make him a grandma and grandma monkey...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Week 28 - Monkeys for the Birthday Monkey

Last week's project has actually been done for over a week, but I had to wait to post till the package arrived in Colorado for the birthday girl.

July 15th was dear little Lily's 1st birthday!

In honor of her birthday I made her some monkey things.

Using McCall's pattern 6058 I made her a reversible dress and panties.  The monkeys with cupcakes fabric from Debbie Mumm was perfect!
Side A

Side B
Using the Scrappy Sun Hat pattern from Jessica at Running With Scissors I made a matching sun hat.

With removable flower
complete with covered elastic
A last, but not least, I made her a first birthday bib.  I used a pattern I bought from Gergeex on Etsy.
I found the perfect ribbon at Michael's!

Happy First Birthday Lily!