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Fun Snack- TEETH!

How fun are these?  I'm thinking of making them for my daughter's preschool for snacks.  You can find the easy tutorial here.
 
-ellen

My Halloween Costume- Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

Here's my Halloween costume I threw together yesterday for a party.  Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games (my favorite books!).  I had a blast making this and luck was on my side.  Made everything for $5!!!!!

I wore black shirt, gray jeans, brown boots, layered two brown belts, and french braided my hair to the side.  I borrowed my husband's bow for a bit at the party (his bow is the reason I thought to be Katniss in the first place).  I made the pin, arrows, and quiver (holder for the arrows) from thrift store finds yesterday!
First I bought this pleather jacket for $3 at the thrift store.  Loved it since it had a belt for the handle.  My husband came up with the idea to cut off the sleeve since it would be the perfect shape for the quiver.
 I took a seam ripper and took out stitching in the seam for outside and the lining.  Tried to machine sew the top, but kept getting stuck and looked awful with puckering.  So I did a hidden stich around the top, putting in the belt at the strap.  I cut a circle from the other sleeve for the bottom and hand sewed that too.  Glue would work also.  Very easy and turned out great!
Found these for 25 cents at the same thrift store!  I mean awesome!!!!!  Looked like feathers to me.
Had nice sparkle too.
Painted them gray and brown using craft paint I already had.  Kept some of the pink and teal with sparkles also for more color.

You can see in this photo that I also added gold for highlights on the arrows.  Then I cut an old swimming noodle to fit into the quiver, covered the top with brown felt, cut slits in the felt, stuck the arrows in, and glued the felt down.  Wasn't perfect but was pretty good, especially considering I had an hour before the party started!  You can see my side braid here.  French braided when my hair was wet (this was after the party).
And THE PIN!  I made this and it really made my outfit.  I think it turned out perfect and everyone at the party recognized me because of this pin.  I saw the costume (shirt and pin) for sale at Target for $25 but I wanted to be creative and didn't want to spend that much money.
So I found the two pins on the left for $1 each.  SCORE!!!!!!  I was giddy with excitement.  So I took them home, ripped off the fake pearls and painted the white bird with gold craft paint that I had.  It took a few coats, then superglued it onto the circle.  It looked awesome (it's only missing the arrow from the real pin, but overall a great replacement).

So if you want to be Katniss this Halloween, hit your local THRIFT STORE and get creative.  It was too much fun, a comfortable outfit, and everyone loved it!

I'll be linking to Saturday Seven Party , Sundae Scoop Link Party, Whipperberry.
-ellen

Corduroy Diaper/Wipes Tote and Changing Pad

 I've been editing photos and relisting items on etsy this week.  Here's my corduroy diaper/wipes tote and diaper changing pad.  It's a perfect baby shower gift for a fall/winter baby!
 Pink changing pad lining and wipes container fits a hard travel wipes case and two diapers and cream.
Wipes case closes with a button and ribbon.  EASY!

-ellen

Halloween Cowgirls

 Cutie patootie girls wearing custom bandana shirts from last Halloween.  I loved making this order for her 4 girls.  She sent me these photos of her cowgirls and I don't think they could be any prettier!
Are you ready for Halloween?

-ellen

Custom Bandana Skirt Sets

No, I haven't fallen off the earth, just too busy this past month.  Everything can't get done, can it?  Well the last month other things got priority like being PTA Co-President, etsy orders, my daughter's mermaid birthday party, cleaning, volunteering at school, exercising, cooking....  But now I'm hopefully back to posting more often.  Keep fingers crossed.
 
 I was thankful to have 5 bandana skirt set orders last week!  So I was sewing away.  Here are two of the custom sets I made.  My customers get to pick what size, color, and design they want.  There are going to be some cute Halloween cowgirls out there this year!
 This one is a unique one since the customer wanted brown and pink instead of the black and white polka dot trim.  I love how it turned out!  I did the stitching on the shirt in brown to tie it in and I think it's adorable.
And a lovely horse head with button eye.  I really love making these sets!  I have some listings in etsy for custom sets 12m-5T here and here.

-ellen

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