The hubz and I love a good Zombie movie, and with Scarlet being 18 months old we figure this is the last Halloween before we get inundated with princess and fairy costume requests. So it’s a family of Zombies for us. I’m sorry but I can’t bring myself to do a big reveal in full… Read more »
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Just because we live in different states (oh how I miss you Jaime) doesn’t mean we can’t get our craft-nerd on together. So this week, I made some doilie bowls too. As an experiment, I used All-purpose Elmer’s Glue instead of the Fabric Stiffener. My husband, Rick, says it’s not an experiment because something about… Read more »
These beautiful bowls are a simple project with an outstanding result. Made with vintage doilies they are both charming and useful. Won’t your morning coffee seem so much fancier when your scones are served in vintage lace? Guess what everyone I know is getting for Christmas? Get the DIY after the jump… by Jaime
Back in high school I ran laps around the Rose Bowl every morning for track practice, so heading there for the flea market is a trip down nostalgia lane in more ways then one. The second Sunday of every month the best vendors take over the fields to haggle and deal over priceless heirlooms and… Read more »
It’s fun to customize a tote for a friend. This was for my sister-in-law who has an adorable Basset Hound with a unique pickle-shaped tail. These are so easy to make, you could make 5 or 6 and give them all to someone as a set, so they never have to use plastic bags again!… Read more »
Making your own butter may seem like a crazy thing to do, but it’s actually quite easy, very delicious, and a good way to use cream that might otherwise go bad. I made mine with sea salt and packaged it in a baby food jar; I would bring this to a dinner party as an… Read more »
I gave Jacinda’s hooded towel how-to a try this weekend. This one is a gift for a BOY and my first boy project! It was easy-peasy and I took some different photos of the DIY that might be helpful if you try your own. And if you do, don’t forget to send it to us or… Read more »
A true zombie becomes undead in regular old clothes which then deteriorate as the former human lies sprawled in the dirt, their brains becoming mush. Then the Zombie’s clothes become further distressed as they hunt the living for delicious brains to eat, spilling blood and brain matter willy-nilly. So the easiest and most authentic way to do a zombie costume is to take some clothing from your kids closet and just tear it, rip it, roll it in dirt, and pour fake blood on it. But I like to sew so I went for a custom zombie dress. The great thing about a Zombie costume is that the quality of your sewing truly does not matter. The more mistakes, hanging threads and bunched seams the better!
All you need is a yard of zombie-esque fabric and a dress from your child’s closet to gauge fit from, and I used some elastic thread, but that’s definitely not required.
Get the how-to after the jump…
While my kitchen was covered in glue this week I made a little Halloween bowl. So easy and fun for the kids to help.
DIY after the jump…
Just because we live in different states (oh how I miss you Jaime) doesn’t mean we can’t get our craft-nerd on together. So this week, I made some doilie bowls too. As an experiment, I used All-purpose Elmer’s Glue instead of the Fabric Stiffener. My husband, Rick, says it’s not an experiment because something about having a “control”, blah, blah. Whatever dude, this isn’t NASA.
So basically, the glue worked well, especially for the small bowl. Very stiff. The large bowl is a little floppy, like a straw hat. Definitely fine as a decoration but I wouldn’t fill it with anything and probably wouldn’t gift it. It may have been the glue but it could have also been the large size and thinness/airiness of the doilie to begin with. Or perhaps it was that I couldn’t stop messing with it. Seriously, they need to dry overnight or even 24 hours. Just leave it alone.
My doilies were from Jo-Ann Fabric.
Learn how to make butter after the jump…
I gave Jacinda’s hooded towel how-to a try this weekend. This one is a gift for a BOY and my first boy project! It was easy-peasy and I took some different photos of the DIY that might be helpful if you try your own. And if you do, don’t forget to send it to us or post it in our new Flickr group.
Check it out and find out where I got the awesome chevron fabric after the jump…
1. I pre-washed, ironed and cut my accent strip of fabric as per Jacinda’s instructions. Then I cut my hand towel (bought on sale at Target):
2. I pinned my strip of accent fabric evenly one inch from the bottom of the towel:
and sewed it in place with a straight stitch:
3. Then I folded the towel in half lengthwise with the strip inside, sewed the right side, then the left side, and then flipped it inside out to get this:
4. Then I inverted the left corner into the right corner to get my cute little hood:
5. I folded my big towel in half lengthwise and put a pin to mark the center, then I opened the hood up and lined up the center seam with my pin. Then I pinned the back edge of the hood to the towel like so:
Then I sewed that in place with a straight stitch.
6. Then I rolled the top piece of the hood back over the seam I just made and sewed it in place so all the edges were trapped inside and all you could see is soft cuddly goodness. This is what it looked like from the front:
and from the back:
All done! I can’t wait to give it to Miles for his birthday this weekend! Sorry if I ruined the surprise Christine…
With the gray towel and the chevron accent fabric, there is something sort of Shark-like about this, no?
-One gray bath towel $4.99 (on sale in Target store)
-One gray hand towel $2.99 (on sale in Target store)