Monday, November 30, 2009

Silhouette Coin Purses and Mirrors

These little coin purses and mirrors have been my babies for the last couple of months. I made them for the New Moon Experience in Salt Lake City. Each vinyl zippered coin purse is lined with fabric that corresponds with the character. The eyes and eyebrows are all stitched on by hand. The two vampires' faces are stitched with sparkly thread.

My favorite one is the first one pictured, Alice. She reminds me of an old-fashioned silhouette that used to hang in my grandmother's house. She also looks a little like Snow White.

A few of the Alices and Bellas I made into mirrors instead of coin purses.





Here is my setup at the event. I had a fun time trying to decorate it, but now that I look at the picture it looks a little busy. I came up with the ideas for the setup at 5:30am on the morning of the event when I was too excited to sleep. This was practically my first attempt at selling my crafts, so I was a little nervous. But it was fun and a good experience. (Notice Bella's hair was too big to fit into a frame!)

(The other shelves in this picture are from different vendors. I like the way they all looked together)

I had also planned to make some rectangular zippered pouches with the silhouettes stitched onto the fronts, but unfortunately I ran out of time. These cutout ones are so much fun, though. But boy, they sure took a lot more time than I had initially anticipated! I bet my family is glad not to have tiny little vinyl scraps all over the carpet anymore.

I still have a few of the coin purses and mirrors left over, so just let me know if you are interested in purchasing one and I'll let you know if I still have the one you want. Along those lines, I was also thinking of opening an Etsy shop. I have a few ideas of some other things I'd like to make to sell, as well (For example, some variations on the Little House play set I made for niece last year). There are so many different things I like to make that I fear the contents of the shop would be constantly changing! If you have any feedback or suggestions I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Also, not to give too much away, but you just might want to peek back here December 2 for the Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day.

Finally, here are a couple of related items I've made in the past, in case you're interested:

Saturday, November 28, 2009

In Honor of Thanksgiving

Here are the Native American costumes my kids and I made for homeschool. We used a Simplicity "Historic" pattern for these and costume fabric from JoAnn. I couldn't tell you what tribe they are supposedly representing, but I still think the costumes look cool, regardless. Plus the boys love wearing them.

I had them wear their costumes for Thanksgiving, and took these pictures on our post-feast walk. We've actually had the costumes since early October, but I hadn't gotten a picture of them yet.

It was impossible to get both kids smiling at the same time. It was really bugging me that my oldest little monkey was covering his mouth for the only picture where my little one smiled.

The view here is so pretty. That's Utah Lake and Mt. Timpanogos in the background, on the left.

Monkey One

Monkey Two

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

So You Think You're Crafty

If you're not already following So You Think You're Crafty I suggest you take a look. "10 Weeks - 10 Crafters - 10 Challenges. Who's the craftiest? You Decide!"

My amazing friend Dana is one of crafters. She won last week's challenge, which was "Harvest". This week the challenge is "Leaves." The projects are all so inspirational. And how fun to make it into a game!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Ghost of Halloween Present

...One of the Little Green Men from Toy Story!

You already know I'm a big Toy Story fan. This year I added this little alien to our family's growing Toy Story costume collection.

Here's my youngest little monkey, looking adorable, even with a third eye.I'm surprised he let me put it on him!

"The Claw!" "The Claw is our master!" "The Claw decides who will stay and who will be chosen!"

The fabric is super soft and plush on the inside and out. Perfect for snuggling a little Martian. Or a former resident of Pizza Planet.

The alien head is a little big on him, otherwise the antenna would stay up straighter, like it does when his brother wears it. I used the monkey pattern I told you about before to get the shape of the head. The ears and antenna I made up as I sewed.

Speaking of the brother, here is our little friend with his big brother Buzz Lightyear (a purchased costume--only my second ever). Together this duo will conquer the Universe! Or at least their Halloween candy.

...Which was collected in these personalized flannel Buzz Lightyear Trick-Or-Treat bags.

For the jogging suit I used pattern pieces from this old pattern from 1985. My mom must have used it to make some fashionable baby clothes for my youngest sister. If only Toy Story had been around back then!

Only 7 1/2 months until Toy Story 3 comes to theaters. Are we excited?

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