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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Spongebob (kind of) Squarepants on: October 26, 2009 06:20:44 PM
When I asked my 4 year old in Sept. what he wanted to be for Halloween he told me "nothing, just Quentin"... even after I told him he couldn't trick or treat and get candy as himself he still didn't want to dress up, so I let it go.  We had a time last year getting him into the costume I worked so hard to make him, so I wasn't going to push it.  

When Oct. rolled around I decided to ask again, he enthusiastically told me he wanted to be Spongebob.  He loves Spongebob, what 4 year old doesn't.  So OK, he will be Spongebob and I was ok with that.  
Well I have been pretty sick (at almost 16 weeks pregnant I am only now starting to feel like I don't want to throw up all day), so I had been putting it off.  I decided after last year's heartbreaking costume disaster (with him hating his costume that I worked for like 2 weeks on) that I was just going to buy him a Spongebob costume.  Well that was not going to be an easy task... every place I looked at online (that was reasonably priced) was sold out of his size and NONE of the stores locally carried them (I was able to find 2 places that had sexy girl Spongebob costumes though... bleh).  So back to square one.  

I originally thought I would just make a costume like the store bought ones... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001V6JJ1S/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000J5N7RO&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=15D68HV9E7YCW2AP88ST... would be the easiest, quickest... but I really don't think he would've liked wearing it... plus he wouldn't be able to wear it later and be comfortable just playing.  So I pulled out my patterns and found this one... http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=20693, making a Spongebob jumper, that he could also wear to play in or sleep in and it would be snuggly and soft, made out of fleece.

First I made some enlarged copies of the jumper from the pattern and got out the colored pencils so I could sketch up what I wanted to make... I made to mock-ups, one with socks and one without, my son wanted the one with socks, so away we went.

In most cases I would have the whole week to get this done since Halloween isn't until Sat., but we are going to my mom's church for Trunk or Treat on Wed. so I need to have everything done by bedtime on Tuesday.  So yesterday I cut out the jumper pattern pieces and this morning I got started on the sewing.

Here's the jumper right after I finished it

instead of using velcro for the closure on the back, I just put a zipper in (because I didn't have enough velcro).

And here it is with the bottom half details done...

Stripes on the tube socks are ribbon (sewn on), the belt is strips of ribbon (sewn on) and the tie and collar are fleece with black stitching around the edges to give a little contrast (make them show up better)

And here is the face cut out and ready to be appliqued tomorrow...

Everything will be stitched around in black and then the extra detail work (the holes, since he is a sponge after all... and the red cheeks/chin) will be painted on (the black part of the eyes is actually paint, too).

I am quite pleased with how well it's turning out... just like my picture!  Cheesy
My husband is even impressed, which doesn't happen very often anymore since he's seen me make some pretty cool stuff in the past... he even said that this was one I was going to have to show off on craftster.  hehe.

I will be back tomorrow to post a picture of it finished, and hopefully an action shot, if I can get my kid to stand still long enough for a picture.  YAY!


Finished the costume on Tuesday just in time for Trunk or Treat on Wednesday.

Finished face applique...

Whole finished costume...

Action shot!

YAY! And Q loved it and didn't want to take it off, so all in all the costume was a success!
Thanks for looking!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / visor beanies by the bundle! on: December 09, 2008 02:40:05 PM
My BIL asked me for a beanie with a brim for Christmas, I had a time finding a free pattern and was to the point of buying one, until I stumbled across this one while looking for something else... http://www.steigerbeat.com/patternvb.html

I've made 3 of them so far.  They are a super quick crochet and turn out so cute!  And they can be easily adjusted for size by just changing the hook size.

The first was a red and black one for the COWSwap (I went down a hook size to make it a little smaller for a 13 year old)

Then a brown and beige one (for my BIL, who's 20, for Christmas, though he has already taken it, he loves it) (using the same hook size as the pattern, though I didn't change to a different hook for the brim)

And the a cute blue and green one for my 3 year old (used an I hook, I think)

and an action shot of my kiddo in his hat

I thought I would share, since I had such a time finding the pattern and I know this style is popular.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Little Super Why on: November 04, 2008 05:52:22 PM
So my son has become obsessed with the PBS TV show Super Why as of late, so we settled on Super Why as his costume.  Super Why (Whyatt) is the main character on the show, he has the power to read.  You can read more about the show here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_why, if you want. 
Here's a picture of Super Why from the show.

I also wanted to mention, I looked online to see if they had premade costumes, I figured if I could find one for like $10 I would just do that.  Well, the costumes are apparently hard to find (even harder in his size) and they were going for $80 on eBay.   Shocked  Roll Eyes

And now onto my little guy and the exhausting explanation of his costume. 
The entire costume is made out of tshirts and one onesie (my serger was my best friend for this project).  They were the only ones I could find in the colors I wanted to use, and they were toddler sized, so I had to use more of them and be quite stingy with my cutting.  The pants I made with a pattern for pj pants, that I traced onto newspaper and then cut across at the crotch to give that "underwear" look.  The blue shirt is just a plain long sleeve tshirt.  The green shirt I actually had to size down from a 6/6x to a 3/4T, then I printed the symbol onto a iron on, ironed onto a white piece of fabric and appliqued it onto the shirt (there is actually an iron on under the applique where I tried to just iron it on but the fabric was too dark so you couldn't see it).  I also sewed a snap (taken from the onesie after I hacked it up) onto each shoulder so that I could just snap his cape on.  The cape is just cut from the back of a shirt, the edges (except for the bottom hem) are serged and then snaps sewn onto the top corners to snap onto the shirt.  His belt is crocheted, first I crocheted around a big yellow button and then just crocheted a belt with a loop on the end to loop it around the button to hold it on (I actually made his belt in the car on the way to my mom's house on Wed., we went there to trunk or treat at her church, she lives about an hour away).  I had made a mask, though it was rushed, but I knew he wouldn't wear it, so I didn't really worry about it. 
In hindsight, I wish I had just made it out of fleece, it would've been much warmer, he had a pair of thermal pjs under his costume Halloween night and it was very bulky.

Here he is trunk or treating at my mom's church. 

His grandpa (a recently retired Army colonel) told him to stand against the wall, so that's why he looks so serious.

Action shot

A better shot of the cape, though kind of blurry

Another cape/back shot, running down the street on Halloween night

This was his first Halloween trick or treating (he's 3), and once we got past the crying about not wanting to wear the costume (candy helped grease that wheel) he really enjoyed it.  Alright, I think that's everything (TV is distracting!).  Thanks!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Matchbook notebooks for my shop. on: August 18, 2008 04:59:01 PM
I hope it's ok to post these since they are advertising my shop.  But I really wanted to show them off since it took me a week to make all 300 of them and I love how they turned out.  They were for a fair I did this past weekend (they went in the gift bags that they gave out at the door, I wanted to put something that was cooler than just a business card in there).

I used this tutorial (for the most part, I only used a single thickness of cardstock that I printed onto and changed the measurements just a bit so they fit on the page for printing.

Here's the pile of the 300.

A close up of the pile.

The front.

The back.

The inside.

Thanks for looking!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / A few questions about Propay... on: August 06, 2008 03:58:41 PM
I did a few searches and didn't really find out what I was wanting to know.

I have done a few fairs and have done alright, but I feel like I would do a lot better if I accepted credit cards (I have a fair on the 16th, so it's got me thinking).  So I have been looking into Propay (and a few other similar services), but I have a few questions/concerns.

First off, when I was telling my husband about it, his main concern (which I was also a little worried about) was people wanting to give someone their card to put into their phone.  Are people really not concerned about giving you their information?  I mean I am kind of a worrier, but at events like I do, they have been routed to a group (like the local LaLecheLeague), so I think people would be more likely to trust you there (I would, totally), but maybe not so much at a flea market setting.  I just wonder if people are weary of using their card when you just call it in, or if it's not an issue.  My husband thinks people would just think you were saving their info in your phone to rip them off later...

I also am just curious who else uses this service, and what they think about it. 
How comparable are the fees? 
How easy is the phone processing is and also how long it takes?  (I don't want to be standing their for ages waiting for it to go through while people start piling up at my booth and then leave because they aren't getting attention and thus losing sales, though I will have my mom their and she loves to chat up strangers, hopefully she won't scare them away!)

I feel like I had other questions, but I am drawing a blank now.
Thanks for all your help!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Thomas "ChooChoo" Curtain for my Son's Room on: June 06, 2008 01:39:43 PM
When we moved into our house in January we put miniblinds up in my 2 year old son's room, but in less than 2 months he had broken all the slats that he could reach off, so we trashed them and while I was digging through my fabric my son pulled a Thomas the Tank Engine Panel (for like a baby blanket, I guess, it's pretty small) out and demanded that I put it in his window.  So I safety pinned it to the miniblinds hardware and it stayed up until this past weekend.  It didn't keep the sun out very well and looked AWFUL from the road, you didn't notice the house at all, you just stared at the Thomas in the window, haha.  So in an effort to make the house a little more presentable and try to encourage my son to sleep in past 7am (I am NOT a morning person), I made a curtain for his window using some other Thomas fabric I had in my stash.  He would've thrown a fit if he didn't have "ChooChoo" in his window. 
So anyway, I got out the other Thomas fabric, and it just happend to be the right size across for the window, so I cut it to length and then using what was left I cut the edges off and used the side borders to make a border for the bottom (I had to sew 2 pieces together, you can see it in the picture on the bottom right).  It also is "lined" with some plain white cotton in the photo, but since I took the pictures I have added 2 more layers of a royal blue cotton to block a little more light (and also the image from the being so obvious on the outside, because you could see it quite well through the white).  I don't know that's it's helping keep him asleep longer (he was up at 6am this morning, I blame the birds, they were VERY loud VERY early this morning), but it's really cute and he likes his "choochoo window".  Also since it's just a pocket curtain on a rod he can duck his little head underneath it to look out the window without having to destroy it.
Sorry for all the rambling.  Here's the curtain in all it's glory.  My sewing isn't crooked/slanted, the fabric is printed like that, the train blocks slant towards the middle for some reason.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Shorts and such for my little guy on: June 06, 2008 11:25:41 AM
I have been looking for some pjs short sets for my little guy for a little while now, but couldn't find any that I liked that were less than $15, so I decided to just go ahead and make some.  It's not like my stash isn't OVERFLOWING with cute little boy fabrics or anything.  Wink
So I grabbed my favorite PJs pattern in his size (I will look up the number if anyone wants it, but it's pretty basic/standard).  I made the flannel pair with cars/trucks/buses first and then since the little guy liked them (I made them Wed. and he's worn them both nights since then) I went ahead and made 3 more pairs (2 in cotton and 1 in cotton/poly knit).  The cotton ones he can wear for either pj shorts or for everyday wear.  I made a couple of matching shirts too (I only had 2 plain white shirts in his size in my stash). 
I serged all the seams and the hems, so it hardly took any time!  (I <3 my serger!)

I also whipped up these fleece pants (same pattern) to match the ones I made his daddy for his birthday (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248569.msg2755583#msg2755583).  I will have to get a picture of the two of them together.

I also had a little bit of fabric left over from making a curtain for my son's bedroom window (I will be posting it next), so I appliqued a Thomas onto a tshirt since he loves "ChoooChooo".

So that's what I've been up to this week!  I love weeks like this, when I have a bunch of stuff to show for it.  Who needs a clean house when you can keep your kid in shorts for the summer (but seriously I need to clean the house).   Tongue

*Oops, I forgot the action shot of my little guy in the flannel shorts
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fleece PJ pants for my husband's birthday. on: May 28, 2008 08:49:29 AM
My husband's birthday was on the 23rd.  I had been so worried about making his cake (Red Velvet from my grandmother's recipe) that I completely forget about a present for him.  Since he pretty much buys himself whatever he wants, it's hard to gift to him (plus for our anniversary in March I had used up my awesome gift idea, I got him a coffee roasting kit, he LOVES it).  So the day before I had a panic attack and then remembered that I had bought a TON of KC Chiefs (his favorite NFL team) fleece because it was on sale and I had a gift card.  So I pulled it out and whipped up a pair of PJ pants since he only has one pair and he always is talking about wanting me to make him more.  I got a serger in April, so I have been using it every chance I get, the pants took me less than 2 hours to make, including cutting (which takes me FOREVER for some reason).  I love my serger, it makes sewing happy and super fast.  I ended up just serging the hems on the bottom of the pant legs because last time I hemmed them too short (my husband is SUPER tall).
Ok, enough talking, time for pictures.

Fabric closeup

Pant legs serged on the bottom
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Square Cloth Napkin becomes a Craft Fair Apron on: May 28, 2008 08:39:51 AM
So I needed something I could wear around my waist to keep my money and a pen and my receipt book all handy for a craft fair I did in April.  So I searched my stash and found a single square cloth napkin that I got on clearance at Target (it had been separated from it's pack).  I did some measuring and started cutting, pressing and sewing.  I used only the napkin (every bit of it) and ended up with this fabulous little waist apron with 3 pockets.  It was just perfect for the fair, suited my needs just right.

I didn't get a before shot, but it was just a square cloth napkin, pretty self explanatory.

10  COOKING / Dessert / Red Velvet Cake and Margarita Cupcakes on: May 27, 2008 09:45:16 AM
My husband and I had some friends over for a Cinco de mayo celebration (that we actually had on the 4th since everyone would be working on monday), I had been wanting a reason to make some Margarita cupcakes with Lime Glaze (using the recipe in "Cupcakes Galore"), so I whipped up a batch.  The were SO good, I will definitely be making them again.
And look how pretty they turned out... mmm....

For my husband's birthday he wanted a Red Velvet cake ("with buttercream, not cream cheese, frosting" he told me), so I got my Grandma's recipe from my dad (well he got it from his sister for me) (my grandmother died of cancer when I was in elementary school, but she was well known in for her homemade cakes) and tried to figure out the cryptic recipe.  I must have gotten it right though, since it was delicious, even if everything in my kitchen including myself and my son ended up red.  My husband did not want to share any of it (we normally end up with half a cake leftover since we can never eat a whole cake, this one was gone the next night) he said it was so good, haha.

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