Sunday, November 28, 2010

Halloween Costumes

One of the fondest memories I have about Halloween as a child is working with my mother on making my costume. We would keep all of them and use my old costumes for dress-up throughout the year. Since my son was born I have been wanting to keep with this tradition and for the past two years I have been able to actually do it. Last year my son was Nemo from Finding Nemo. I'm not the best with clothing, so I used an orange sweatshirt as a base and felt for the embellishments.  Have you ever worked with felt before???  After all my years with cotton and quilting it was a dream to work with felt, it was so easy to work with.  I was really happy with my result, and so was Evan - he slept in it for a couple nights :) This year I submitted it to Ohdeeho as part of their Halloween roundup, and was listed on their site! I didn't really take pictures of my process, so for this year, Evan was Buzz Lightyear, I have a tutorial I will be posting about next!

MIA - but I have a good excuse....

I've been Missing In Action for over a month now - but I have a great excuse. I have been in CHINA!!!  Between preparing for China, actually traveling, and then coming back I have had little time to blog.  However, I did come back with some inspiration (see below) and will post more soon!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Who's it from?

Since I started doing gift tags this way for Christmas last year, nobody asks that! To me, wrapping a gift is almost as much fun as picking it out, and I feel like it's another way to show the recipient that alot of thought went into preparing their gift.
Last year, I had the idea to just use pictures in lieu of traditional gift tags. It was alot of fun finding good pictures to use, and we had nearly as much fun trying to guess when the photos were taken as we did opening the gifts!
My littlest niece, Virginia, is about to turn 3 in the next few weeks. She dotes on James and they had soooo much fun together at the beach this year, so I had quite a few good shots to choose from! These were my favorite. I combined them with some fun scrapbook paper I picked up on the Target dollar aisle (a FAVORITE craft supply stop!) for a super-fun, kid-friendly gift tag!