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21  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fire truck costume on: November 04, 2009 02:03:59 PM
My 2-year-old wanted to be a fire truck.
I bought this plastic storage bin that fit over one of his push cars.
My husband and my dad made it into a fire truck.

It has LED taplights for headlights and red reflectors on the back.

We skipped naptime to party in the park, so when it was trick-or-treat time, this happened.
22  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Peanut butter jelly time! Dad & baby bananas on: November 04, 2009 01:52:47 PM
We had a Halloween party to go to on Friday, and had been lost as to what to wear.
My husband told me Friday morning, "it's very important that I be a banana tonight."
He had this:
and this:
in mind.
I stopped at JoAnn's and picked up 2 yards of fleece, and two hours later:

This used an entire bag of stuffing.
I made the top a hood instead of a continuous shape so my husband could pull it down,
since he's a sweaty guy and I didn't want him roasting all night in a thick layer of fleece and fluff
and then sleeping next to me.

Then I figured I'd dig out the bunting I made for my nephew two years ago when his parents were gorillas.

It's no longer a bunting since Coen's older than my nephew was.

He had little maracas too but we left them at my parents' house.

23  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / My 2-year-old's pumpkins on: October 26, 2009 07:09:57 AM
I was frantically trying to finish a swap package (I'm already sending late) and my son decided he neeeeded to decorate his baby pumpkins, which have been sitting around for weeks. I thought about gluing wiggle eyes to them (that's my solution for everything) but I found something else in the drawer with the wiggle eyes, and K was hooked. In fact, he needed to use all six in the package.

They're stuffed animal eyes!
He showed me where each eye should go and I shoved them in.
He told me what kind of mouth he wanted it to have and I cut it from scraps of fabric and paper.
I intended to make the teeth longer but my eyeballing isn't so good.

Aaand the other one.

He had originally wanted two of the little eyes on this one and a sad mouth (lazy Mommy and her Sharpie...)
but took the blue ones out to use for the other one and all I had left was these giant frog eyes.
So he looks kinda dumb but I had to include him.
And here's my little pumpkin.

The thing in his other hand is a smashed-up piece of cheese.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ill-fitting snap-up tee to cute stripey pants (w/mini tut) on: September 22, 2009 01:09:41 PM

Terrible picture! He refused to model and went into the disastrous toy room instead.

I liked this shirt but the sleeves were too big and the length was too short.

Cut off the sleeves and the collar

Cut up the middle & sew each half into a tube.

Put one tube inside the other, right sides facing, and sew the curve. Attach the collar as the waistband.

The closing can go anywhere, I thought this looked best on the side.

Here's the back.
They're kind of girly and almost too short already.
I don't think we'll keep them, but I was pretty pleased with my 15 minutes' worth of work.
I have a tonnnn more shirts like this in my "can you use this for something?" pile, but they're all girly and I have two boys.
Ah, well. There's always the craft shows.
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monster nom'd my needle & thread caddy! on: September 11, 2009 09:07:27 AM

I took an empty floss container,

opened it up,

took out the little bobbin,

wound some thread on it w/my faux Dremel,

stuck it back on the hub,

hot glued in a piece of fleece for a needle,

threaded it,

gave it fur (of course),

and eyes!
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My little superheroes on: July 07, 2009 01:02:50 PM
I made these Captain America shirts for 4th of July for my kids.

I taped off 1" stripes on the bottom half of the shirts and then used my screen instead of a brush.
Did the same with a paper star.

So I guess it's technically silkscreening, but the SS board is... kinda dead,
and also way more detail-y. I'd feel like a n00b.

(Just wanted to show off my lil guy)

My big lil guy (he's mad because I'm holding his toy bus)

Now he has the bus

He thinks he's smiling.

Tired after a long day of fighting villains.

I heat-set these and sent them for a spin in the dryer to soften them up,
but Co's amazing superpower acidy spit made the blue bleed a little into the star.
DH said I'll have to make a new one.
I laughed at him.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I got to make something girly! on: June 21, 2009 01:49:25 PM
I made this outfit for a friend's little girl who turned one.

It's a top and capris that can unroll down into pants.

The top is made with this tutorial - well, I went, saw the pictures, and said "oh, that's how!" and went to it.
Then I came back for measurements, since my kids are 2 and 5 months so I couldn't use them for sizing.
It's a little different, but many thanks for the tutorial!

This cord had been saved for a special occasion because there wasn't much of it.
It's varied-wale and very soft, not stiff like regular corduroy.
I made a little fake fly and added a daisy button.
Man, I should have ironed these.
But it was SO HOT, I just couldn't bear to.

Teeny butt pockets.
The wales match up with the pants, completely on accident.

Here's the cuff.
The elastic hides inside when the cuff is rolled down.

Notice how I still don't like to touch pink.
However, the pants are a little more purpley in real life.
Hope you like!
Maybe someday I'll have a little girl...
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Riding the potty train! on: April 25, 2009 03:05:42 PM
So my son K started showing serious interest in using the potty, so we went with it. I was talking with a friend and K was nearby. He heard the phrase "potty train" and he thought that was pretty darn cool. My kid loves all things trains. I'm not sure how to explain to a 26-month-old that it's not something he gets to ride, but it's still something he reeeeally wants to do. So I made him these.


Some details. I had to use the blue for contrast because the orange thread I have doesn't match.

I am in love with this stitch. The trim is just knit from a t-shirt.

They have the real "big boy" fly, not that he'd ever use it. The kid must be completely naked from the waist down or he can't pee.

I want to find some better-looking underwear elastic. I think I'm going to harvest the waistbands from DH's when they wear out in, ahem, other places.

The little underwear model

I find piles like this all over my house.
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / I may never spounce again! on: April 21, 2009 06:36:59 PM
So I tried the screen printing thing a few years ago, failed on my first attempt, and gave up. I've been stenciling for a long time, and there's one I do over and over and I thought it would be so much easier and faster to have it on a screen. But my chemicals long ago expired or dried up or got lost or spilled, I can't remember. So I started playing around. I grabbed this little guy from my stack of freezer paper stencils I never cut out, cut him out, and ironed him onto the bottom of my screen instead of onto the shirt. Boom, owls on everything! I was able to wash and reuse the screen with the owl still on it. I wouldn't recommend washing too often, though.

managed to catch this pic as it was blowing off the fence, lol

30  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate-drizzled caramel corn from scratch on: April 13, 2009 02:53:02 PM
My dad bought this tiny bag of caramel corn drizzled with chocolate, and it was kind of expensive but so good! His birthday is today, so I thought, I can make him some of that stuff!
Here's what I did:

Preheat the oven to 275 F
Make 1 cup of popcorn. You can heat it a little at a time in 2 Tbsp oil in a pan over high heat, or airpop it, or make two bags of microwave popcorn and take a little out. Remove all unpopped kernels.
Grease a roasting pan or two cake pans, and put the popcorn in them in the oven to keep it warm.
You'll need:
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 regular package chocolate chips, divided in half

Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Stir well, bring to a boil, and continue cooking for 5 minutes without stirring. Turn the heat off and stir in the baking soda and vanilla. Pour it over the popcorn, distributing evenly. Bake for 15-25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

Spread caramel corn out on wax paper. Melt half of the chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until smooth. Dip a spoon in the chocolate and drizzle over caramel corn. Let cool and turn as much of it over as you can (it will be in clumps) and repeat, drizzing the other side. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

with walnuts: add nuts or other additions to the sauce before pouring over popcorn, or else it won't all stick together.


close-up: the chocolate was still melty

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