Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween Costumes

I know I already made my daughter an Alice costume, but looks like we're going with Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Sweet Pea instead.

I used this idea for the Olive Oyl collar:  The ribbon stuff I used on the sleeves would have been too stiff for a collar. I originally bought it for the collar, forgetting I needed ruffles on the sleeves, too, so it actually worked out.  Here's a gross tidbit: the knit fabric I used for the collar was from the sides of the In-N-Out shirt I took in.  Ok, that's not so bad, but I really don't think I washed the shirt before I took it in; therefore, the collar was the sides of my sweaty workout shirt!!!!!  I haven't told anyone that . . . yet!

She noticed on the movie cover that Olive Oyl had red earrings; hence, non-matching buttons on thread around her ears.

She also wanted black hair, so we splurged on $5 black hair spray, which, I might add, put a nice black ring around the bathtub when we washed her hair out!

I learned how to make the sailor collar here:  It turned out a little shorter in front than I expected, but I was able to still get it to work without re-making the front of the shirt.  I think I can do a better job next time.

I can't remember where I read to get some stockings and stuff them for Popeye arms.  I found some microfiber (I think) knee-highs that I cut the toes off of.  I wrapped quilt batting around his arms, then put the socks over and tucked the ends under.

I used a $1 sale baby costume pattern for the red Sweet Pea outfit and snagged the collar off of a 30+ year old sailor dress of mine (it was so conveniently buttoned on).  I wanted to make a new collar for the baby, but I think I've run out of steam.  I like the red suit because we can use it for Christmas, too!

Made a new hat!  I think I feel a tutorial coming on!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

4th of July Cake

For combined YW/YM's tonight, they had a cake decorating contest.  My husband's teachers were given the 4th of July theme.  This is what they came up with.  The boys actually frosted the cake themselves.  Evan brought all the printouts to cut out and stick on.  They put pictures of the democratic presidents on the left.

It had sparklers on the top; hence, the burn marks.  They also played the national anthem while the cakes were being judged.  They only got 3rd place!  (out of 6).   Rip off, they said. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Photo Blocks

Made a new one of these at RS last night for the baby to match the ones for the older kids.

What I don't like about canning . . .