Monday, September 19, 2011

The Learning Process...

Oh, boy.  What have I gotten myself  into?  Did I mention I am a total novice at sewing?  I am taking on a rather large project for Halloween.  Max from Where The Wild Things Are. 

Well, the pattern and fabric has been delivered.  I'm using Kwik Sew pattern #3712, 5 yards of oatmeal colored fleece, and  1 yard of long brown faux fur.  I still have to get color coordinated snaps but that can wait a little bit.  Looking at this giant pile of fleece makes me nervous.  What if I mess up?  Make a bad cut? I'm dreading setting in the sleeve.  It's very intimidating.  I want to run to my mommy and make her walk me through every snip of the fabric but I am determined to do this on my own.  Now, that's not to say I won't ask for advice.  That's totally acceptable.  I got to pick my sister's brain today and skim through a sewing book I had.  Good thing too, because I was going to take a nose dive into the pile and start cutting away.  Apparently, it is a good idea to wash the fabric before breaking out the shears and iron the pattern paper to get out the creases.  Really?  Why didn't I think of that?  Duh!  See?  I am totally going to mess this up, just like those shrunken curtains hanging in my windows!  I am not the smart person who reads instructions before jumping in to something.  I am the person who has no patience and just wants to get her hands dirty and hope for the best.  Bad, bad, bad.  Well, it's time to change that.  Fleece has been washed and is currently in the dryer.  I'm going to make little check lists of all the supplies I still need and things I need to adjust in the pattern to make it my own.  Who knows?  This could be the start of a beautifully sewed wardrobe.

Wish me luck!  I'm going to need it!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Let The Wild Rumpus Start!

Halloween is around the corner, people!  Have you got your costume planned?  I do!  It took me a while to come up with something.  I toyed with the idea of Rainbow Brite, but that would would require a wig.  I've done the wig thing.  No good.  It's hot, uncomfortable, and it hurts.  I had the biggest bumps on my head after wearing my Slash wig and hat.  My hair is currently short.  I had this predicament last year as well.  My short hair, last year, was the perfect excuse to bleach it platinum and dress up as Link from The Legend of Zelda.  Done.  Now what?  This year my hair is still short.  It's also dark brown and bright red (or hot pink depending on the day of the week, thank you Manic Panic!).  What's a girl to do?  hmmm........  Be a boy!  Not just any boy!  MAX!  From Where The Wild Things Are!!  Good thinking there, Ace.  Yes, that's right.  I am officially in planning of Max.

I just purchased a footie pajama pattern along with 5 yards of fleece and 1 yard of faux fur.  So now all I can do is go to the front door, peak out the mail slot, and wait patiently for the mailman to arrive.  I'm very excited.  I must admit, however, I am not a spectacular sewer.  (Why is sewer spelt the same as the place where my poo goes?  Ew.)  Sew-er.  My mom walked me through my Link costume last year.  Every time she would walk away from me while I was cutting or sewing I would have a mini panic attack and whine like a 3 year old for her mommy.  Well, this year it's all me.  Wish me luck.  I'm gonna need it.  Big time.
Here is a list of costumes from the last 8 years (all hand-made or styled by me with help from mom):

  • Cheshire Cat  from Alice in Wonderland 2003
  • Slash from Guns n' Roses 2004
  • Fairy 2005
  • Alice from Alice in Wonderland 2006
  • Zombie 2007
  • Clown 2008
  • Medusa 2009
  • Link from The Legend of Zelda 2010
What are you dressing up as?  Share with the class!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Panic And The Clean.

I haven't finished anything just yet.  You would think with all that free time during hurricane Irene I would've gotten more things done.  Truth be told, I almost crapped my pants out of nervousness.  I couldn't sit down and knit!  I had to clean!  Clean, you ask?  Yes, clean!  Apparently, when I'm terrified I need to scrub pots and pans and a dirty toilet!  It must be clean for Irene's arrival!  New York shuts down and I get the urge to dust and organize.  I made my Go Bags and folded laundry all while watching the Weather Channel for hours and hours.  Thankfully, we had zero damage.  The lights stayed on and there was no flooding in my basement apartment.  We did lose a bunch of apples off our apple tree in the yard, but they're rotten anyhow.  Considering how devastating Irene was for others like in New Jersey and Vermont, I am a very lucky little lady.  And I got a clean apartment out of it!
So here are some things that are in the works:

This is the Jared Flood Rock Island Shawl that I restarted.  The first attempt was an epic fail.  Weird mistakes that I some how made.  So I ripped out that sucker and started fresh!

In all its newborn glory!

Uh oh!  Forest found it!

Oooohhhh.........  This yarn is so soft......

Next up, embroidery!  I drew out this little tree flailing in the winds (of hurricane Irene maybe?).  I chose this blue material with little stars adorning it from my mom's stash.  I'm only using black DMC floss so it's more of a silhouette.

Starry Night.
I hope everyone else is ok on the East Coast!  Does anyone else clean out of nervousness or am I the lone weirdo?  Happy Stitching!!

I Declare This Day CUPCAKE DAY!!!

This Labor Day weekend turned out to be a lot of fun.  With back to school inching closer, my husband and I thought it would be nice to have his 7 year old (soon to be 8!) niece, Joli, over for the day.  We declared it CUPCAKE DAY!!  Devil's food cake and a whole bag of dark chocolate chips!  Yummers!  Joli requested that we draw out the designs for the cupcake decorating on paper first, so I broke out the crayons.  The icing colors of choice were red, orange, yellow, blue, pink, and purple.

Icing colors selected.
Joli's designs.
My Designs

Decisions made!  Now the real fun begins!  With so many cupcakes, we must have been sitting there for at least an hour icing away!  Of course, most of those cupcakes went home with Joli or I would've surely been in a sugar-induced coma and wouldn't have been able to share these treats with you.

Joli piping away.
Cupcakes complete!
Mini cupcakes.
That yellow one with the brown squiggle is a mustache.
A red bow tie for Pee Wee fans and a HP for Potter fans!
Joli's special mini cake.
More goodies.
So many cupcakes!!!
My hubby's sports-related designs.

Don't you just love cupcakes?  The chips give them bursts of dark chocolate in every bite.  The icing was fun but I actually prefer whip cream.  Our niece has already put in requests for the next fun-filled day.  We are to make chocolate covered strawberries and bananas.  Yum!

Hope everyone's Labor Day weekend was fun!  And for those of you who don't celebrate that holiday, I hope you had a fun weekend anyway!