Friday, October 7, 2011

Second Stitch to the Right and Straight on 'Till Morning

I have always loved Halloween. Even as an adult I hope for a party or an event to dress up at. As a mother of small children I like to find fun ways to dress up together. For my sons first two Halloweens we went as a big mouse (me) and a little lion (him). Last year my daughter was only a week old and my plan was to go as the princess and the pea. (I’ll let you figure out who was who). I made a little pea costume out of the same green fleece that I used for Christmas last year (as was mentioned in My Handmade Christmas) My son wanted to be a frog and that fit.
This year we all agreed we want to go trick-or-treating as Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Wendy. So, the first thing I did was go to goodwill and had a look around. I found a dark green ladies top with little brown beads on the collar, light green kids stretchy pants(meant for a girl I’m sure) and one big square satiny scarf with pink and green flowers. Now here’s how it all came together.
I cut out the back of the green Shirt between the back of the sleeves and sewed the ends together. With the spare fabric I sewed a little pointy hat and cut zig-zags around the ends with pinking shears. The kid pants flared out on the bottom so I sewed them tight against the leg. Add a braided belt, a little autumn leaf garland and a dollar store gold knife and I’ve got myself the cutest little Peter Pan this side of Neverland.
As for tinkerbell, I simply cut holes in the scarf for her head and arms, put a drawstring around the collar and added dollar store fairy wings. When I loop the elastic straps of the wings around her waist it holds the scarf together like a whimsical fairy dress. I may or may not fluff it up with some tulle. Either way it would be perfect for any fairy baby. Now I just need an adult size nightgown and we’re set. Then again, I might just skip that part.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts

So I figure I should actually post about the bazaar we'd been talking about. It was on Sept 2&3, so on Sept 1st I packed up my kids and my products and headed down to Southern Oregon (I live in Salem). It was a great trip visiting family. Oh yeah, this is about the bazaar. Well it was less than successful. I'm not sure how well advertised it was. There weren't very many visitors and I didn't sell anything. Oh well, I'll not write it off as a complete failure, it was a learning experience and I had fun hanging out with Shanna and Kate.

Our booth, Shanna and Kate had such a cute set up.

Mine was a little...blah!

Some of my favorite booths.
Live entertainment.

My favorite part,food. Italian Ice was so good.