Monday, October 26, 2009

Let's get creative!

For whatever reason I decided to try and sew my own Halloween costume this year. I really had no clue what I was doing. I had an idea in mind, I knew I wanted to be a corpse bride or zombie bride. So, without a pattern and little to no knowledge of how to sew properly I set out to the fabric store to see how much damage I could do to my crafty alter ego.

I bought 5 yards of shimmering white satin Halloween fabric, 2 yards of black lace and a couple yards of tulle. Also some ribbon, hooks and eyes and elastic.

Thought I would just use a simple dress I already owned as a guide. So I cut out the dress and sewed it together and put it on. I mean...TRIED to put it on. It didn't fit. The seams were busting open everywhere. And the sleeves looked ridiculous. I don't know what I was thinking....sleeves. Sheesh. Not to worry. I had an idea.

A good mistake. I just cut the dress down the center and added a little lace covered fabric to the center. Which was cool cuz I wasn't really sure how I was going to use it in the beginning. I just knew I wanted to incorporate it somehow. Then I had away with the stinking sleeves. BAH!

Hey, I think I'm on to something here! I'll add some of that ribbon I bought and give it a nice corset look.

This is the back of the top. I had to cut the back of it and sew it up with a cute satin button I had laying around, so that it didn't hide my train on the back of my skirt. I looks funny hanging on the hanger, but it really works when I'm wearing it.

And here is the back of the skirt. A little more black lace in the middle of the bustle.

I knew before I started that in the end I was going to roll it around in the dirt outside and cut it up to make it look like I just crawled out of the grave. I was almost scared to do it after the dress came together. It really didn't turn out half bad. But, it was a detail I felt it needed to have.

So...I hacked away.

And the finishing touches...

I can't wait to see how it looks with some messed up hair (complete with dead leaves) and some corpse-like make up. I think it will be EXACTLY how I pictured it.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A yummy surprise

At the grocery store yesterday I discovered that they are FINALLY selling pomegranates! Way to go, Hornbacher's! I've always wanted to try a pomegranate not in juice form. It was super good. A little bit of a pain to clean but well worth it in the end. YUM!

Eden looks a little scared in this picture but in reality she couldn't wait to try it.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

beautiful girls

I'm sorry. I know I post a lot of pictures of my girls and I go on and on about how beautiful they are. But can you blame me??

I have a hard time deciding which is better between the black and whites and the colors. So I give you the best of both worlds.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thank you, Hanna

This is the shopping bag Hanna made for me when she was in Wyoming. She got a new sewing machine for her birthday (number 2) and she's been having so much fun with it.

What I think is super cool is the little leaf stitching around the edge. If you look closely you'll see it.

And this is my beautiful Hanna. Going to be 12 in 6 days. Where have the years gone??

Friday, October 16, 2009

Gifts from farmor (grandma)

Farmor sent clothes for the girls for their birthdays. I can NOT BELIEVE her uncanny ability to send clothes from across the ocean that ALWAYS FIT PERFECTLY. I can't even shop that good for my kids when they are WITH me for crying out loud! Case and point: all the pants I have recently bought for Emma are officially high waters. She's too darn tall! At least I know who to blame for THAT! Anyway, Eden's outfit is not only super cute but fits her like a glove. A GLOVE I TELL YOU!

....and barnicle poop