New Dress!

9 09 2010

A few months ago I made a comment on how my daughter has tons of clothes but only a few dresses and how, of course, she’ll only wear dresses. Well my fantastic friend, Jenn of Paper & Clouds, decided to help the cause and whipped up this fantastic little dress for Eleanor. Here’s her post about it because you really need to know that she made it from t-shirts and was all sneaky and painted the orange slice on there while I was in another room!

She gave it to me a week before we went down to Florida (which is one of the reasons I’ve been absent from this place for so long).  I figured what better place for Eleanor to wear this beauty for the 1st time than on a Florida beach. Don’t you agree? Luckily, there’s plenty of room that she’ll be able to wear it next year too!

Eleanor thinks it’s a pretty swell dress too. Here she is trying to protect it from the waves. Silly girl.

Super Seth!

15 11 2009

To tell you about Seth’s Halloween costume I have to take a step back to July for Seth’s birthday party. Which is good because I’ve been having mommy guilt over the fact that I never posted about it. He wanted a superhero birthday party and that’s just what he got. There were only 3 activities, one of which I completely forgot until 2 days later. The thank you gift was part of the 1st activity – superhero dress up. The 2nd activity was a water gun fight, which I have conflicting feelings about. I don’t allow play guns in the house, but somehow can’t say no to water guns on a hot summer day. The 3rd activity, which I forgot to get out, was decorate your own super hero mask. Unfortunately, I had gotten the masks so far in advance I had to hide them because Seth wouldn’t leave them alone. I apparently hid them from myself too. Out of sight, out of mind. The kids didn’t seem to mind. And although it was unseasonably cool and therefore the water guns weren’t used much, they didn’t seem to mind that either. Besides there was cake.

So why did I need to tell you this in order to tell you about Seth’s halloween costume? Well, the dress up portion, of course! Steve and I freezer paper stenciled each child’s first initial onto t-shirts. Honestly, Steve did most of the work with this one. I found cheap t-shirts on sale, each a different color and size. Would have been easier to do all the same color, but the huge size differences in the kids made that impossible.

While Steve was stenciling I was making play silk capes. I kool-aid dyed more silk scarves as before only in a slightly smaller size. Then I made 2 folds on one of the edges and sewed a longer strip of  bias tape to make the collar edge. Love pre-packaged bias tape, all folded and ready for you. I was nervous about the sewing as I always am with sewing but it was a breeze and no-one could tell or would even mind that I can’t sew a straight line. Finally I added a little strip of iron on velcro to the ends of the bias tape. Easy on, easy off and no potential strangulation possibilities – just how I like it. They turned out great, if I do say so myself. And as a bonus they pack down really small for putting away at the end of the day. Or shoving in a corner as the case may be.

This all made for a very colorful backyard of kids.

Seth had no problem picking out his halloween costume this year – a superhero. He was set at least a month if not 2 before and never wavered in his choice. Whenever he was asked what he wanted to be, they always followed with the question “which superhero?” To which Seth gave them an odd look and either ran away or stated defiantly “Super Seth!!” He doesn’t really know a lot of the traditional superheroes, so to him this was a ridiculous question.

I finished off the outfit by dying one of those masks I had set aside to match his cape. And since t-shirts don’t fly in Minnesota at Halloween we added plenty of warmth with long johns, sweats and gloves. Unfortunately, although Seth liked the mask I made him it and wore it on several occasions, he couldn’t bring himself to wear it trick-or-treating. He found his swimming goggles much more appropriate.

Of course, even those didn’t make it the whole evening.

Ode to Jen

26 08 2008

Jen is so creative

Without her I’d be vegetative

I am in her debt

Without regret

For she sets us up

And fills the wine cup

For a crafty night

Full of laughter and delight

Never failing to inspire

Nor showing a hint that she’ll perspire

Forever a rock star she’ll be

I think we all agree

Here are some projects I did at Jen’s last pARTy. I got to do three different types of printing in one night, if you can believe it.

First, I finished off a freezer paper stencil. This one I actually started at home as Seth chose the subject matter and color (if you didn’t guess), Hubby drew the image and then I cut and painted the stencil.

Next up I tried my hand at creating an acetate stencil. Open book images for a library book bag. They ended up a little more in a diagonal pattern than I had originally desired. I was wanting something a little more random, but I’m still happy with it.

Lastly, I did some leaf printing on a dish towel.

I’m not completely hooked on textile printing. Seriously.


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