October 31, 2009

Why did the chicken cross the road?

...to go trick-or-treating of course!

I found this costume on Martha Stewart and fell in love with it!  The instructions are so simple but I made mine a little more complicated.  I decided to make some orange pants and also some chicken feet instead of using rubber gloves.  I also made my own hat instead of buying one.  I had to make the thing around his neck because the feathers were in his face and he was NOT happy about it!

It is a great costume if you live somewhere that is cold because of all the layers.  Another modification I had to make was cutting a big slit half way down the back because we couldn't get him in the costume once it was stuffed.  I just put some Velcro on the back so once he was inside we could close it up.  Check out Make It and Love It's virtual costume parade to see my little chicken and get some more great ideas for next years costume.

This is what my floor and pants have looked like for the past month!  We have feathers all over our car and house from this costume.  I don't think even real chickens shed that much!

October 27, 2009

The extent of my Halloween decor...

I still haven't decorated my house so I found it VERY difficult to decorate for Halloween when I don't have anything to put the decoration on.  So after searching through Martha Stewart's Halloween Crafts, I came across several of her crafts that were made from paper.  She includes the templates for her projects.  I used THIS template for most of it and the rest I just found on Google images.  The picture above was taken at night from outside my home and the picture below was during the day from inside.  It is extremely easy and loved by 2 year olds!

In a few days I'll post some pictures of my son's Halloween costume!

October 21, 2009

I'm still here...

I've got a lot of Halloween stuff that I'm working on....will have pics next week!

October 8, 2009

Baby Blanket and Toy

I found both of these fabrics at a yard sale and thought that they would make a wonderful baby quilt when a friend of mine had a baby girl.  It is pink and black stripped flannel with black fleece on the back.  It is so soft and cuddly and will be perfect for the cold weather to come.
I did the baby quilt 30 by 35 with the back 1.5 inches longer and wider so I could us it as the binding.  I then took some scraps and ribbon and made a small taggy ribbon blanket.  I did it 10in. by 10in. with the same fabric as the other blanket and then I put the right sides of the fabric together.  I pinned the ribbon to the edges with the loops of the ribbon between the fabric.  I then sewed it together leaving a few inches to allow me to flip it inside out.  Finally I just closed up the opening by hand with a hidden stitch with a needle and thread.  If you would like a tutorial, go to Melissa Sews.  She closes her hole with the machine and then does an added top stitch around her blanket.
I just wrapped up the blanket and the taggy ribbon blanket together and wrapped it with ribbon and a small card.  I just clued the ribbon to itself and the card to secure it together.  Very simple but still looks nice.