Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jack-O-Lantern Dress

I have been planning on making Miss C a cute little Halloween Dress for several months. 

       **Side Bar:  One thing I have really learned this year.  Make things while you have the time.  You don't have to wait until you need that present/decoration to make it.  I had lots of time this summer to make things, but I didn't make as much as I should have.  Now that time is scarce for me, I don't get to make some of the stuff that I had planned. 

ANYWAY, I bought an orange pillow case from Goodwill this summer with the purpose of turning it into a dress for Miss C.

I cut the pillow case to the length I wanted, plus about and inch and a half to turn over and hem the top to make a casing for the ribbon.

Cut slits for the arm holes (I forgot to do this until after a I hemed my I had to go back and hem some more) and hem these as well.

Now that this is done you are ready to cut out your Jack-O-Lantern's face.  I wouldn't suggest anything scary or too complicated.  I found some cute templates on line, and I am sure you will find a perfect one too.  If you are a good artist I am sure you could draw a face too.  I am not blessed with that talent. 

Cut out the face pattern from paper.  I then cut out my face pieces from black material that I had attached to Wonder Under.  After the pieces are cut, iron them into place on the front of the pillow case dress.  Make sure you don't place the pieces too high or too low.  You may want to pin them in place and try the dress on to make sure everything looks even.

Once the face pieces are ironed on stitch them into place.  I used my sewing machine, but using some embroidery floss or crochet thread would be cute too!

Here is my final product on Miss C.  She didn't want to stand still long enough for me to get a good picture. 

Friday, October 22, 2010


Okay, so I am a little behind, but I have had a busy week, with 3 tests, and one project.  I think my brain is turning to mush!! 

On to the important part,  THE WINNER...

drum roll please...

is #2...The Watts Watch!

Congrats and I hope you find something cool to splurge on!!

Happy Shopping!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Makin' It Monday-Patchwork Pumpkins

First of all, I didn't make these, my kiddos did!! 

On Monday's my MIL (mother-in-law) watches all 5 of the grandkids.  Today they got to decorate these cute patchwork pumpkins!
(by Mr. E)

The grandkids are 7, 4 1/2, 4, almost 2, and almost 1.  The three older kids decorated these pumpkins on their own, and the little two had a lot, if not entirely, of help. 

(by Miss C)
The process is really easy.  Take some colorful (preferably fall colors) tissue paper and cut it into squares.  Next, using a paint brush cover sections of your pumpkin with glue.  Then stick on the tissue paper in random ways.  Cover the tissue paper with another layer of glue.  Let dry, or if in a hurry use a hair dryer.  The kids put a layer of glitter glue on top of the regular glue to add a little extra flair.  They used regular Elmer's glue, but of course Mod Podge would work just fine too! 

Here is Mr. E and Miss C with their patchwork pumpkins (or punkins and Mr. E calls them.  Maybe one day he will grow out of his hick accent :) 

Happy Crafting!!

Don't for get about my giveaway!!  There is a really good chance you might don't forget to enter before Wednesday!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Things to Try Thursday-Fleece Blankets

Have you seen the fleece blankets that you tie together?  We have a couple of these blankets, but I haven't made one yet. 

Mr. E turned 4 last weekend and he got this cool blanket from my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins.  Needless to say, Mr. E LOVES IT!!  He is definitely a John Deere man. 

These blankets are warm, soft, and snuggly.  These are all important attributes for a blanket around my house.  We end up fighting over these blankets at my house.  Now there is one for both my kiddos and me!! 

If you haven't entered my CSN giveaway.  Do so now!!!  You could win $35 dollars toward anything you desire from one of CSN's 200+ stores!!  How cool is that!!!

Good Luck and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

CSN Store Giveaway!!!

Sorry I have been MIA lately.  I have been busy, unfortunately not the crafting busy I would prefer. 

CSN Stores, I know you have heard of them and all the cool stuff they have, contacted me about doing a giveawy for my cool!!  What you will win is a $35 gift certificate good at ANY of their stores.  I am so excited!!! 

I love all the bed sets they have.  With Miss C getting ready to transition from the crib to a big girl bed soon I have been drooling over all of the georgeous furniture and bedding CSN carries.  The hardest part is trying to decide which ones I like best.  Maybe we can just redecorate her room every six months and I can get them all!!  Not sure the hubby will go for that idea, but a girl can dream right!

Now, on to the stuff you really want to to enter.  Just leave a comment on this post telling me what you have been dreaming about splurging on and you will be entered to win.  The contest will be open for one make sure you leave a comment by next Tuesday night, October 19th!  I will be announcing a winner shortly after that!

Thanks for following along, and I can't wait to see who wins!!