Saturday, October 31, 2009

Handmade Halloween

I love handmade Halloween costumes. I am extremely biased and am notorious for giving extra candy to the kids who are unique or original. For the past 2 years my son has chosen store costumes for Halloween, and it broke my heart. But, I allow him the freedom to make his own choice for this holiday, and I don't argue about it (much). So, when he saw a picture on a pattern envelope at the store a few months ago and insisted he must have an outfit like it, I was THRILLED! Obviously, I tailored the pattern to our unique specifications, thereby creating HELL BAT - HERO OF THE NIGHT!
I made everything he is wearing with the exception of the gloves. I wish I had thought ahead and crafted the wings to be detachable since they are made from felt and not really machine washable. The fleece bodysuit and hood kept my midget warm and toasty on a frigid Halloween night, although the mask only made it a few houses before being removed. I may reuse the hood pattern for some winter hats. It's super cozy, and even fits me!! The hood would have been more snug if I had used a fleece lining, but I opted for the cotton flame contrast instead.
Needless to say, he was the only Hell Bat on the block and NOBODY suspected it was handmade! *pulls muscle patting self on back*
I am really proud of my bear for having an amazing imagination and for trusting his mom to make his vision come true. :)

I hope everyone had a very Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Rockin' the Ribbon Hat

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I have been working on perfecting my hat-making skills for the past week or so. I plan to have a winter hat giveaway pretty soon, but I need to finish some Halloween projects before I can focus my full attention on creating contest prizes.

In the meantime, here is a Breast Cancer Ribbon hat that I made for my mom. It is being modeled by my son, who is proving that real men can rock pink hats. :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Boring T-shirt to Totally Awesome Hat???

I have SO MANY projects to finish right now that I ended up doing what I always do when I'm feeling pressured. I rebel by purposely ignoring my projects and starting something new. Thus, I grabbed a fleece hat pattern that I have and said "Fleece?? Phooey to that!!"

These hats are made from a totally boring blue T-shirt and some scrap flannel I picked up in the remnant bin for, like, $1.
The bill of the hat can be flipped up or down, but it isn't really possible to see with it down. But, it looks way cuter that way, so I say "Phooey!" to unobstructed views. Oh, and the pattern doesn't include a cute button closure, but I threw one on there because I am awesome like that.
I think this orange one almost looks a little rugby-esque and I love it:
My kid was all, "MOM! It's HOT in the sun!! When can I take it off??" And I was all, "Just smile and stop yer whinin' or I'll make you wear it ALL DAY!!" (I didn't really say it like that, but I'm reading a novel set in 1940's Mississippi right now and I'm thinking in southern speak.)
The loop for the button is actually a piece of the tee. Pretty brilliant, right??? ;)
I think I might make some girl hats next with little t-shirt scrap pom pons on top. That's, of course, if I don't get back to the projects already started. Hmmph.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fan Giveaway!! 3 Winners!!

So this time around I've smartened up and decided to offer 3 prizes for this contest!! Woohoo!

Prize #1 is a "More Cowbell" Messenger Bag made from a recycled T-Shirt and a couple of dress shirts. The bag measures appx. 12" wide and appx. 13" high.
It has 2 pockets on the outside (one on either side of the bag) appropriate for a cell phone, MP3 player, or a bunch of pens. And, there are 2 pockets inside - 1 zippered pocket (shown below) and the original dress shirt pocket with no closure.
But, the most exciting part is the fully adjustable strap!! It can adjust from appx. 26" to appx. 47"!! The strap width is around an inch or so, which makes it less bulky when you wear it across your chest ( I was thinking of all of my ample-breasted sisters out there).
Prize #2 is a handbag that I threw together from some scrap fabric. It measures appx. 9.5" square and has some pleating-ish-ness on both the front and the back:
I included a button and loop for some closure since I did not use any interfacing on this bag. Basically, it is fully cloth and completely machine washable!!
Of course, I included an inner pocket since no one leaves the house without their cell phone!
And, Prize #3 is an oldie but a goodie! It is the very first recycled T messenger bag that I made. The "Beach Bum" bag!! For pictures, click this link. This bag measures about 12.5" x 13" and it has no pockets (cut me some slack, it was my FIRST one!!) The strap ties at the top and measures 31.5"
How exciting to be able to have 3 winners this time!!
Here are the rules:
Between Oct. 5th and Oct. 16th "fan" me on Facebook (there is a link to the right of this post) and leave a comment in my Contest Discussion or on my wall letting me know that you want to participate. That's it!! So easy!!
Also, you can gain additional entries by referring new fans to my page. See the discussion board for more info on that.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon...

My girlfriend is constantly giving me grief about how I don't own a makeup bag. The simple explanation is that I don't really wear anything more than eyeliner. Thus, I have NEVER carried a make-up pouch in my purse. I honestly didn't even know that ANYONE did until I was in my 20's. So, I didn't really have much of a need for a little beauty tote before now.

I am going to my in-laws today, and I just needed a small bag for my travel-sized toiletries. I do own a much larger toiletry tote, but it's already filled with the family's crap (from our summer roadtrip), and I don't need all that junk. Normally I would just use a ziploc baggie, but sandwich size is too small, and the freezer bags I have are too big. What was a girl to do??? Make my own, of course!!!
I used some scrap flannel for the lining so that it will quickly absorb small leaks, and I put in a rockin' orange zipper at the top. The bottom has squared corners so that I could stand it up on the sink edge (something not easily done with my other toiletry case). It is cute and small and indicative of who I am! Perfect!
Look at how well my stuff fits in there! (Notice there is no make-up, just some bodywash, shampoo, a brush, and some lotion hiding in the back.) This was my first attempt at this type of project, and I am really proud that I did such a nice job on it. Plus, it's ALL FOR ME!! I needed to do something for myself since I have been working on a bear of a halloween costume for a friend of mine. After a week of fighting with metallic satin, I was very happy to have a project that I could get done in 20 minutes. Yay me!