DIY Halloween – Handmade Costumes for Kids

10/13/2010 § 1 Comment

So of course, I’m checking out Martha Stewart this morning and she has an entire spread on handmade kids costumes.  They’re absolutely adorable!! I’m in love with the butterfly, lambs and woodland creatures.

Since she’s awesome, Martha includes easy plans for making the costumes featured on her site.  Most can be made from everyday items you either have or can get on the cheap.  We all know how much costumes can cost nowadays, so why not put a little bit of yourself into it?

I also wanted to check in over at Etsy and share a few kids costume ideas from there as well.

monarch butterfly tutu costume |$55| pigtailsandpearls

yoda costume |$44.95| thegreenhedgehog

super hero monkey business cape |$25| pipandbean

I personally want the Monkey Business cape so I can be Captain Monkeypants for Halloween.  Happy Haunting all!


Oh The Places You’ll Go

06/24/2010 § 2 Comments

Lately I’ve had crafting fever.  I keep finding blog after blog after blog of yummy and delicious projects I really want to make.  I’ve also been working on the wardrobe for my hubby’s indie feature they’re filming here in Wilmington.  (The funny part about that is I don’t sew!)  It seems I’m being drawn towards fabric – I even constructed a necklace with flowers I made from recycled fabrics.  

So, yesterday I took the plunge and ordered my very own Janome!  I did a bit of research and could not find a bad thing written about the brand.  Since I’m going to only be doing light sewing and I honestly haven’t used a machine in 20 years, I opted for the Sew Mini (below pic).  Got a great deal on a refurb, factory sealed in it’s original box.  Now I just have to wait the week it’s going to take to get here!

In the meantime I’m going to scour the net for projects to make once it does arrive.  I have a few so far – including a fabric cuff bracelet, a simple petticoat and a reconstructed t-shirt.  I also have plans for a line of jewelry incorporating hand sewn items – flowers, etc.  I’m super excited and I will be sharing my sewing journey with you!

Cool stuff on the web.

09/18/2009 § Leave a comment

I am constantly scouring the internet for good stuff to use in my crafts or just in my daily life.  Here are a few that I have found worth sharing.

  • Go to Dover Publications and sign up for their free sampler via email.  Once a week you’ll get freebies (clip art, pictures, coloring pages, etc.) to use for whatever you want.
  • You can get free business cards from Vistaprint if you agree to have their logo (small) on your business cards.  For those of us just starting out, it’s not a bad deal!  I believe you just have to pay shipping.
  • If you’re in need of someone to get you motivated to get in shape, check out Team Beachbody and sign up for free.  My great friend Susannah will help you reach your fitness goals!
  • Check out HMN (Handmade News).  It’s a great site to learn new crafts and enhance the ones you already practice.  For Artisans by Artisans.
  • Another great “crafty” site is Craftser.  Jump right into their forums where you can learn new techniques, get great tutes and meet other crafty folks.
  • And of course, who can forget Art Fire!  Unlike Etsy or other sites, you don’t have to pay to list your items.  They also have great tools for marketing and meeting other crafters/artists.

Got any to share?  Please feel free to post a comment!

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