Thursday, October 29, 2009

Seven Years of College Down the Drain....

Oh my. How I love Halloween.

This is Chadson's costume #1 and may be his only one judging by how fantastic it came out! Just goes to show the power of simplicity.

Now you can buy this tee shirt but the easiest thing to do is track down a blank (this was $7 at Target) and iron on your own letters ($3 at a craft store). It really is that simple!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween: Make it Original

Last year I did a post about my favorite Halloween costumes that people I know have MADE. I am of the school that for Halloween, regardless of your sewing skills, you do not buy a costume. It's the perfect excuse to come up with a crazy idea and do your best with cheap and creative materials to execute your vision.

So this Halloween I challenge all of you to forgo the ridiculous trip to the crowded and crazy halloween/costume shops. Besides, what are you going to find there? For women it's a bagged costume of every animal imaginable only "sexy." For men, it's the line of inflatable penis jokes or a caveman. One word: LAME.

So please: Just Say No to the Un-imaginative. Even if you don't have mad sewing skills (I'm living proof of that people!) you would be amazed at how far a glue gun, a trip to Goodwill and a little creativity will get you!

Take for example my brother. He is stationed in the Extreme North of Cameroon volunteering to make the world a better place. That's Africa people. It takes him 3 days and a series of motobikes, overcrowded bush taxis and trains to get to a major you can imagine, there is no such thing as a costume store and I'm pretty sure anyone who shows up as a "sexy nurse" would be run out of town.

But in the true creative spirit of this fantastic holiday, he and his fellow volunteers threw a costume party. After sifting through the pictures, I'm amazed! With nothing around but a few local weekend markets, the pictures show a Bunny, a Greek Goddess and my brother, The Castaway complete with Wilson the Loyal Sidekick. Awesome.

So again, I encourage your originality. Take a chance and try to make something with your own two hands. Better yet, get your kids involved and have them try to make something with their own two hands. It's the one day a year you can look ridiculous and get away with it....why not be able to take full credit for it?? Poo poo for PreMade. Hip Hip for Handmade!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Sweatshop Makeover: Part 1.

Anyone who crafts understands the constant battle to get and stay organized. I'm usually pretty good at existing within chaos but when I looked around this weekend and realized that I couldn't walk into my craft room let alone finish Chadson's elaborate and totally kick ass Halloween costume, it was time for reform.

Since we've moved in, I've tried numerous configurations for said room and nothing has really worked. My brother calls my crafting space "The Sweatshop" in reference to the fact it always looks as though Martha Stewart ate a fabric store and then did her best Exorcist impression, projectile vomiting flotsam everywhere.

The one thing that HAS worked is my fabric storage solution. The closet in this room has a slanted floor which is ever so practical. So my very handy husband and father installed this lovely Rubbermaid shelving system and voila! A few $2.99 Target crates and on a good day, you can actually FIND fabric. Deeeelightful.
So what prompted this sudden spurt of cleanliness? Well, it was 3 giant plastic tubs of individually wrapped Utz pretzels my office purchased for a fair. Say it with me everyone:

Now I have one for ribbon, one for fabric scraps and one for trims. I plan to track down one more and use it for my sweet little wooden men that will someday become a clever checkers set.
Closet? Check. Scrappy tubs? Check Check. Space for all my books? Darn.

I had another piece of low budget black and silver furniture hanging out in my closet housing years worth of promotional tee shirts. I thought, this piece of crap furniture has a higher calling! Presto: I have a crafty reading nook and the perfect spot to do a little stitching. I need to upgrade the chair but I also need to paint the room...all in good time. The plan is to have it be a lovely steel like grey with sunny yellow accents and a pretty ikea chandelier.
And now my sewing table isn't quite so cluttered. All I need is a shelf in the middle to hold numerous mason jars full of colorful buttons, glue on rhinestones, beads, pearls and anything else that needs a home.
Presto Chang-o....and Eat that Martha!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Blog!

I made it!

That may sound silly but if you look back at my first posting, I was not convinced that I could keep this up. But I have a year under my belt that included becoming an Auntie, decorating a new house, a holiday reflective of the current economic situation, a wedding, several living room redos (the latest of which I have yet to post), LOTS of gifts, LOTS of ideas and my Etsy shop of which I am exceedingly proud. I also just finished my paralegal certificate...yay me!

So today I'm patting myself on the back and reliving a year of crafts. It makes me feel like I've accomplished something! To celebrate, I have a new addition to the Sweet March collection...and I rather like her.

So for those of you following along...thanks. It's been fun and I promise more crafty to come!