October 31, 2010

October 30, 2010

Hey Scooby!

Where are you?

"Rover Rere!"

Scooby Doo got into the candy and had a tummy ache, so she stayed home.


Not really, but that's what we told all of the trunk or treaters that were asking "Where's Scooby?"

We did, however, see a little guy dressed up like Scooby Doo, but he didn't want to hang out with us to hand out candy.  He was more about getting the candy.

I, on the other hand, can't believe so many kids knew who we were.  I mean, we barely look like the Mystery Gang.  Right?!


Didn't realize my wig was falling off in the photo.  Just didn't think I could pull Velma off with my blond hair.

And yes, I did do that to my mommy mobile!  My kids thought it was "AWESOME!"  It really didn't take me anytime at all, maybe 40 minutes.  Those markers that they make for writing on car windows are the bomb!  I was afraid that I would need a ton, so I over bought and I only needed one for each color for both sides of the van!   Suh Weet!

I will now introduce you to the Gang...


Sorry about the lame photo...I only had my phone with me in the car.

This is CX, aka Shaggy.  He complained all night that his "mustache" was itching.  Whaaa whaaa!

His costume was the easiest by far and pretty darn cheap.  $2 for the green shirt and $6 for the "mustache", with adhesive and remover.  Everything else we already had.


Apologizes again for the photo.

This is Lil' Sis, aka Daphne.  She was still recovering from a fever and soar throat.  Not in the highest of spirits by far.

Here costume was also rather inexpensive.  $4 for the tights, $6 for the purple shirt (I already had the green ric rac that I sewed onto it.) and $3 for the capris turned into skirt.  Remember from here.



Daddy Dearest, aka Freddie Jones.

His costume was super easy.  I found a $2 white turtle neck that I cut the neck off of and then I bought the $4 colored shirt that he wore underneath it.  The ascot is actually the rim from a pillow case that I also found for $1.  He also tried to dye his hair, but his hair is just too dark.  So it just turned it to a soft brown color.  He really wanted it to be blond since next week he'll be hunting and won't really care.  But I didn't get a bleaching kit, just color.  Was afraid I might totally screw up his hair. 


Lastly is me, momma, aka Velma.

My costume was probably the most expensive out of the bunch.  My glasses were $3, my sweater and socks were $3 and $2 and the skirt was $2.  The wig was $6.  Still relatively inexpensive considering what they go for if you buy them from the store. 


Lastly, the mommy mobile, aka The Mystery Machine.

The markers were $3 a piece and I bought 3 of them.  I'm taking the rest back, baby!

I think we look pretty darn good. What do you think?


Yes, CX looks so excited to be at the trunk or treat, doesn't he?!?!
 
He was very impatiently waiting for it to being.  And Lil' Sis was hiding out inside The Mystery Machine.  She was pretty whiny and tired.  But she insisted that she go.
 
So that's what we did last night, what did you do?
 
Thanks for visiting today.
 
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

October 28, 2010

So excited!

I just can't hide it!  I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!

Hee hee!

Guess what?!?  I got a HUGE delivery today!  Seriously, HUMONGOIDE!!!!

Check it out!


What is it you ask and why on earth am I so giddy?!?!!?  Well, this is my new storage unit.  Do you know what that means? 


It means that we get to start moving all of our junk, crap, overflowing pile of poo poo things into here.


And start tearing down walls to begin the remodeling stage in my casa!  YEA!!

I know, it's the little things that make me happy.


Hmmm....smells a little musky in here.  Gonna have to get me some smells good stuff before I move all of my loving things into here.

Had to share, sorry for the dorkiness!  Thanks for visiting, though!


October 27, 2010

Little clutch

Remember this cute little thing?!?!


Well...I had to make one.  I just had to!  And now I think I may have awaken a monster.

If you don't remember this cutie above you need to check out here or here where I posted about it earlier.

Any who, I trotted my happy little rump over to the local leather store in big town and low and behold they were having a leather remnant sale.  Oh happy day!  I was only going to get enough to make one, but the remnants were $5 a piece and I couldn't resist!  I bought purple python embossed suede, green crocodile embossed leather, a lovely textured baby blue leather and a cool textured black leather.  I'm stoked baby!

Well...then I had to come home and make one.  But not until the Halloween costumes are all done.  Finished my Velma outfit.  I'll tell you about that later.  Too-excited!

First thing I did was cut the suede into a rectangle.  I decided on the purple first, dunno why, just did.


This picture makes it look more grey, but I guarantee you it is purple.  You'll see in a second.


See....it is purple!

Then I folded the suede two thirds of the way up and measured where I wanted the flap to be.  Then I angled a cut like Cheri did in her tutorial.  Like this...


Next, it took me forever, but I finally found a plate that I could use as a template to round off the top of the flap.  Ta da!


Are you digging it yet?  Wait, it gets better!


Then I opened it all up and decided which material to use as the lining.

 

 I wanted to line the entire clutch, not just the flap.  I decided on this funky stuff.


I then ironed wonder under on the back side of the lining and then to the wrong side of the suede.  I trimmed around the suede making sure that no material was hanging over the edges.  This is what I have now.


Oh, side note...I got a little too carried away with my rotary cutter and nicked my knuckle.  Nice, no?!  Are you starting to catch onto a trend here?  The title of my blog is not just for catchiness...it is totally earned!  If you look a little closer, you can see a burn from the stencil cutter last week.


Man, I have old lady hands already!

Anyway, after I got it all trimmed up, I took my no fray stuff; fray check, and went around the entire edges of the clutch.


Now, I sewed up the edges with grey thread for contrast and around the flap edge.  I did two lines of stitch for added contrast.  Then, the big decision....which button to use.  Hmm...


  
 
Look how big it is on the inside.  Not huge, but not too small that you can't carry anything in it.


Isn't the inside cute, too?  I like it. 

I sewed on a little block of Velcro and then covered the Velcro with the last button.  Lil' sis  really liked it one with the purple.  What are you gonna do?  I kinda liked the big brown wooden one, but she insisted on this one and it looks pretty good.


It is actually big enough to put one of those flat wallet things in it...whatever they are called.  Plus a few other things.





So what do you think?


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October 26, 2010

Lil' Miss Thang

 
After school today CX had a slight drama and I had to help him sort things out and get him calmed down.  He was hiding underneath his covers and sobbing.  Just because he got told on by a punk kid on the bus ride home.  He is so sensitive and I love that about him, but sometimes it just wears me thin.

While I was consoling CX in his bedroom I heard tinkering around in the kitchen but didn't think too much about it.  Well, I came around the corner and this is what I found.

Lil' Sis standing on an upside down trash can and trying to cook something in the microwave.


She was so proud of herself and actually, so am I.  She made her own after school snack; chips, cheese and salsa.  She had already even picked up the mess that she had made as well!  WOW!!!  This girl must have been one hungry gal! 


The only thing that she needed help with was how long to cook it.  She wanted it to be just like how daddy makes them for her.  She did a really good job.  They look just like what daddy makes and she actually made less of a mess making them than her daddy does!  Don't tell him I said that.

Don't they look yummy?!

MMMM!!!!


She's getting to be so independent and confident.  I'm so proud of her.

Thanks for visiting today.  I have a little project that I whipped up today that I am planning on sharing tomorrow.  You'll have to come back to see what it is.  Til' then....ta ta!

October 25, 2010

Parent Letter

CX came home from school Friday with a note saying that he was going to be the "Weekly All Star" of his class next week.  Yea!  He was soooo excited!  Basically, the whole week revolves around them and it is a good chance for the teacher and other students to get to know each other a little bit better.

We sat down that evening and read all the instructions on what we had to do to make the week run smoothly for him and to make sure that all the T's are crossed and I's dotted.  First thing...he had to pick out three small things to take for the sharing bag.  Three things that had a special story behind them.  So he picked out his favorite stuffed animal "Bear" the lion, a tooth that he lost that evening and a picture from when we had our family vacation at Disney World in January.

Next, six photos to be displayed on the bulletin board for the whole week.  Wow, this one took a while for him to pick out.  But he ended up with a group picture of his friends from his last birthday party, a field trip picture from the zoo last year, a picture of zippy, a picture of him playing baseball, a Lego ship that he created all by himself and a picture of him at the Nascar race that we took him to this year for his birthday.

His favorite book.  "Skeleton meets the Mummy".  It's just a new book that he got and thought it would be cool to read to his class since it is so close to Halloween.

A note to have a buddy or parent each lunch with him during his special week.

And a parent letter.  AH CRAP!  Don't get me wrong....I absolutely adore my son and all.  But I am not one to brag on him.  I just don't feel right.  He is worthy of braggyness (is that a word?  It is now!), I just think everyone's child is worthy.  I dunno....I'm just weird.

So, it took my three tries and I am still not happy with the letter.  It is going to be read to the class and I don't want to embarrass him, but Dearest said to just write to him and he will be okay with it.  "He's a strong boy, he can handle it."

Alrighty!  Here it goes...

To my son CX,

Before there was you, I was just trying to figure out what to do with my life.  I thought I knew what I wanted to be, where I wanted my life to go.

Then you arrived and changed me forever.  You made me something I never knew I wanted to be, a mother.  Your mother.  You became my best friend in an instant.  You gave me a new heart to love with in ways I never knew I could.  You gave me a new set of eyes to see the world that I live in.

You are so inquisitive about everything.  You try to be the best that you can be at in all that you do.  You are the funniest when you aren't trying to be funny.  You are so protective of your little sister, even though she drives you crazy.  You make me so proud of you each and everyday.

When I look at you now, I still see my little man who loved wearing his Spider-man backpack everywhere that we would go.  The little guy who couldn't say his F's, so everything was always "Punny".  My little buddy who put a cookie on his head because he thought it would make his ouchie feel better.  My shopping partner who would tell me how cute something was.

No matter how tall you get or how old you grow, I will always be your mother and you will always be my baby boy.  I will love you no matter what you may or may not do.

So please, please, lets learn how to tie your shoes!

I think that should embarrass him pretty well and I fully expect a hit on the arm when he gets off of the bus.

  Oh well....our parents embarrassed us growing up.  Now it's my turn!

October 23, 2010

Soccer

Today was the last day of the soccer season and we just had to end the season with both of the kiddos playing double headers.  Nothing like spending all morning at the soccer fields.

It really wasn't that bad...just long, especially since the kids were pooped out for their second games.  But it's over now until spring, so YEA!

Since soccer is ending...there of course has to be celebrations.  And we had two today to go to, one for each kid and then we also had a Halloween party to attend and a birthday party.  Jeez!  It is almost like it is Christmas time as busy as we were today.

Here's some pics from Lil' Sis's soccer party.


Sorry about the picture.  You can never be too careful as far as I am concerned.  Unfortunately!



Thanks for stopping by today.  I'm off to work on Velma's skirt and Freddie's shirt.   Til next time!


Velma

So, Halloween keeps getting closer and closer and I keep getting farther and farther behind on our costumes.  But that's okay...since I'm at home with Lil' Sis today, I will be able to hopefully get something done.  Yeah, I know, I'm funny!  She's home from school today, sick and throwing up.  Yea for me!

Still....I should be able to get something done.  And I did!  Check it out.


I bought the knee highs at Target for $2 and the sweater at the D.A.V. for $3.  Then, I had to buy RIT orange dye.  Cuz Velma likes her some orange clothes!


Have to tell you...dying clothes or anything for that matter is oh, so fun.  Standing in front of a big pot of orange goo, stirring constantly for 30 minutes or more is not my idea of a good time, but it is better than hunting hours and hours for an orange turtle neck.  Oh wait....I did that already and opted on the white instead.


The turtleneck didn't turn out as dark as I had wanted.  But I was reading the directions on the dye and realized that I was trying to dye a 100% acrylic sweater...which they don't recommend doing.  I stuck that sweater in the dye for an hour and this is as dark as it got.  And yes, I got to stir it for an hour as well.  The socks on the other hand only took 30 minutes.  I think since I am only wearing it for halloween most people with get the idea.

Now....off to try to make the skirt.

Thanks for coming by today. 

October 21, 2010

Poltergeist?

Okay, my Pops is probably going to be a little perturbed, but I have to share this photo.  He is so stinking cute in his little gardening hat.  He has had skin cancer on his face, so he has to be very careful in the sun.  Hence the hat.


Well, my Mim thinks that he looks like a hillbilly.  Well, he is living in the right state for that I guess.

So, get this.  I think he kind of looks like the creepy preacher from "Poltergeist 2".  I think I was traumatized by this image of this creepy old man walking around looking for a little blond girl singing "God is in his holy temple."  Yikes a bean!



It must just be the hat.  Now that I see the two together, I don't really see the resemblance.  All my Pops needs is a funky tie and a coat and he's got his Halloween costume done for the trick-or-treaters coming to his house this year.


I think he looks pretty good for being 80 years old!

I love you, Pops!

Thanks for visiting today!

Lil' Daphne skirt

Halloween is only 11 days away and I have got to get moving on these costumes.


Yes, my family is going as the Mystery Inc. Gang from Scooby-Doo.  Lil' Sis is going to be Daphne, since she loves purple.

I found a cute pair of purple capris at Target on clearance for $3.  Cheap-O!  Can't buy material for that price.


Then I was informed that Daphne doesn't wear pants.  Duh, mom!  She wears a dress.  We compromised and I am going to make a skirt out of these capris.

Are you ready?  Here we go.

First thing I did was rip out the seams on the inside of the legs. 


Then, I laid them flat on the side so that I could cut a straight edge on the legs.


Here is what it looked like after I made the cuts.



Then, I removed a little bit of the inseam so that I could pin the legs together to form a skirt.


Back view


Front view

I stitched the seams up and put a small hem on the skirt.



I thought it needed just a little something extra.  So I had some extra ric-rac left over and sewed it onto the hem of the skirt.


I think it looks pretty good.  Only 3 bucks, about 30 minutes and I don't have to spend 40 dollars on a costume.  Suh Weet!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a great day!

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