Thursday, October 31, 2013


There be a pirate in the house! 

Another halloween is in the books and so is another successful costume. It came together pretty quickly with the 2 thrift store items that I bought a few weeks ago. The most difficult task was altering the extra large woman's shirt to fit a 3 year old. I now know that I suck at reattaching sleeves. Oh well, it all worked out in the end. The pants were from his closet and I bought some red fabric for the sash.

My favorite part of the outfit was the hat. Since we'd gone on a Disney cruise at the beginning of this year we had some pirate bandanas. I could have left it at that but I wanted to give him a hat as well.  Some craft felt, a skull patch and some basic machine embroidery and voila ~ a cute pirate hat!

My son loved the costume (despite hating the various fittings that I inflicted upon him) and thoroughly enjoyed himself trick-or-treating!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Why I'm Not Sewing

{If you're looking for the Great Wolf Lodge giveaway, click here.}

I have a laundry list of things to sew:

  • Put the finishing touches on my son's pirate costume
  • Finish the backing for my Accuracy quilt top.
  • Baste & Quilt the above mentioned quilt top.
  • Sew a charm pack into 80+ half square triangles
  • Make a table runner for a holiday gift
  • Make a quilted advent calendar

But am I getting any of these things done? No, not really. Why? Because a new Lego game came out this past week. Now I'm not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination - put a game controller in my hands to see just how coordinated I'm not. With that said though, I love the Lego games. They're easy enough for me follow along (most of the time) and they're just so much fun. Some of my favorite Lego games include Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean. The newest one that just came out is Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Give me a week and I'll be back to sewing in no time!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Great Wolf Lodge Giveaway!

As many of you know, beside my love of fabrics & yarn, my family loves theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks. I was so honored earlier this year to be selected as an Ask-a-Mom panelist for Great Wolf Lodge and I was so thrilled when they contacted me asking to host a giveaway for a one night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge of your choice!

If you've never been to Great Wolf Lodge, the holidays are a great time to go! Howl-o-Ween runs through Thursday, October 31 with nightly costume parades, trick-or-treat trails, and the Monster Bash family dance party on the weekends.  Snowland begins November 30 – January 4, 2014. The tree lighting ceremony and Santa's arrival (at all properties) will be on November 30. Guests can also make reservations to eat inside a life-size gingerbread house for a $20 sitting fee that will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Contest Details
There are some important things to know before you enter:

  • The complimentary stay is for a one-night stay in a Family Suite with one breakfast for 4 people. Two days of waterpark admission are included.
  • Valid at all Great Wolf Lodge properties in the U.S. (excludes Niagara Falls, Canada.)
  • The gift certificate is non-refundable and non-transferable. Reservation is based upon discount availability, valid every day of the week. Blackout dates do apply.
  • The certificate does not carry cash value. Recipient must be at least 21 years old.
  • The winner will also receive a $50 gift card to be used at the property at the time of stay (the gift card does not expire)
  • The certificate expires December 31, 2013. Yes, December 31st of THIS YEAR so you need to act fast!

Enter to Win!
Simply use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Accuracy Quilt Top Finished!

I'm so excited to share the finished quilt top for my QAL! I actually finished it Sunday night but have been waiting for some better lighting to take some pictures, not that it mattered since they all sort of came out the same. The quilt top is just a bit too big to easily photograph even with me standing on my cutting table. The finished size came out to 58" x 82.5". I'm attempting to do a scrappy pieced back but despite how easy it comes to other quilters, I'm struggling a bit. Maybe my OCD personality can't handle it.

Linking up to any of these parties this week.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Newest Love Affair

Thanks to the quilt along I've discovered a new love - half square triangles. There are so my possibilities for these little babies! I've been holding onto 2 charm packs from Moda (Mill Book Series 1835 and Crossroads) just waiting to whip up some HSTs. I've gotten the Mill Book squares done using Kona Bone as the coordinating color. That's 84 squares waiting to be trimmed down (using my awesome June Tailor ruler of course). Now to tackle the Crossroads pack; then comes the challenge of figuring out how to lay them out!

Monday, October 14, 2013

My Mission, should I choose to accept it...

I'm not sure who I feel like more - Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible (or maybe just that Brit from Dinner Impossible) or MacGuyver. I went to the thrift store this morning to find some things to make my son's pirate costume. Spending a whopping $6.68, here's what I came home with:

The white long sleeve shirt is a woman's extra large and the black sleeveless vest is a woman's small (but I think it's mis-marked as it was huge on me). I've already started altering the black vest. It's a faux suede and easy to work with. I've removed the buttons, taken off the collar, and cut it off just above the pockets. All I really need to do now is take it in under the arms (about 2 inches on each side) and hem it and it will be done. The white shirt is going to be the bigger challenge. I just think the frilly front just screamed pirate to me. Obviously I'm going to shorten the sleeves and length but not sure what else beyond that. Still wondering if I should cut the collar down a bit or remove it completely. I have an idea of how to attach fake boots made of felt onto some pants but it seems my son has outgrown most of his long pants (it figures). A sash around the waist and a bandana on the head will complete the outfit. No hooked hand or eye patch for this 3 three year old. He already hurts himself enough without giving him weapons or making him half blind.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween Horrors

Halloween is a mere 18 days away and I need to get my act together and whip up a costume for my son. I love autumn but always dreaded Halloween, especially the older I got. My earliest memory of Halloween was dressing as Caspar the Ghost, wearing one of the nylon parkas with that god-awful plastic mask - you know, the one with the cut-out eyes, 2 nostril holes, and that piece of elastic that goes around the back of the head. I HATED those costumes. The only other costume I remember was being a gypsy in which my mom had made the skirt.

I always struggled to come up with a creative costume and it only got worse as an adult. Having a career in theatre and the performing arts, everyone expected me to have a kick-ass costume at adult costume parties. They just assumed that I had access to the theatre's costume shop and had my pick of the litter. That was not the case and I would have so much anxiety over having to dress in costume at parties around Halloween that I just stopped going to them.

Now that I'm a parent I don't want to just pull something off the rack for my son to wear. So now I've traded in my anxiety over what I will wear for Halloween to what my son will wear instead. Great. I try not to let it get to me since I know that Simon isn't really going to care if it's not perfect, but I set a pretty high standard last year when I made an adorable sheep costume using a men's sweatshirt, a fleecy hood from a thrift sweatshirt, and some synthetic poly-sherpa fabric.

That was the year of Word World, better known as "Sheep & Dog" at our house.  This year Simon is really into Disney Junior shows, thanks to us having to have cable for the first time in over 2 years. Our cable DVR is almost completely filled with Chuggington episodes. He also likes Jake and the Neverland Pirates. My main criteria for a costume for Simon is that it be comfortable. I really can't think of any way to make a train costume that he would be willing to wear so I'm going to attempt to make him a pirate for Halloween. Now comes the mad dash.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

A Thankful Finish

Seems like it's taken me a while to get this done because life has seemed to get busier suddenly but since it's not even mid-October I still consider myself ahead of the game. Autumn Thankfulness is bound and ready to hang.

Now I can get back to finishing up my accuracy quilt top. The goal is to get that finished by the end of the month. I also want to make a Christmas wall hanging and one other big holiday gift. Let's see if I can stay on track.


Linking up to these weekly link parties.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Vote for Me!

The host of the aiming for accuracy quilt along also hosts a weekly quilter's show and tell. The theme for this week was Fall's Glory so I decided to enter my current project, Autumn Thankfulness.

Check out the quilts that are posted and please vote for mine if you feel so inclined. Click here to go to the website - mine is the last one in the top row (the sixth quilt in the voting list).  Thanks so much!