Halloween parts 1 and 2

Yesterday was our first Halloween event, a carnival at the Girl’s school. I dressed in a school uniform, which went over really well with kids and adults alike. There were many double-takes, and many of the smaller kids who I hadn’t met yet thought I was one of the big kids. ūüėā


I only managed one goofy selfie. 

Today was the Halloween party at the Wee Boy’s school, where my Dalek costume made its debut.


The Wee Boy was the Fourth Doctor from Dr Who, and the Girl is Rey from The Force Awakens.  Most people thought I was a ladybug, but a handful of parents recognized Tom Baker and a Dalek. 



I plan to do a post soon about how I put my costume together- with ideas I would have found useful. 

Two events down, two to go!

Halloween event #1

One of the fun things about having kids is the number of Halloween-related events, well,  assuming you like Halloween and costumes as much as I do! Today was our first event of many, and we were excited to debut our new, or in Leia’s case, slightly improved, duds.

I got carried away with adding more and more details- I was actually sewing things onto my outfit in the car to and from the Wee Girl’s soccer game this afternoon. 
 

an important detail

  

The Boy’s costume is all DIY/regular clothes except for the mask and light saber, which I bought.

little vader

  

who’s scruffy-looking?

  

The Wee Girl’s outfit is from 2 years ago, but she insisted on being Leia again. But this time around I bought her some new boots.

  
I’m so pleased with how this turned out! I thrifted/up cycled/made the entire outfit, and was working on details up to an hour before our event.   
I came up with more details for the belt this morning. Hot glue gun to the rescue!

 

We met an Ewok at the party!
  
Darth Leia on the way home.

We have a Star Wars event tomorrow, so we’re excited to wear our outfits again and to see what getups others come up with!

FOs

This morning at my sock knitting group, I made myself focus on sewing up my Splatterdash mitts before working on any other projects. I was able to finish them in time to have a friend take some photos!

   
 Having decided that the yarn is busy enough on its own, I didn’t sew buttons on.
The same friend also took photos of my Giants cowl. My favorite is this grumpy one. Apparently the Giants lost a game today, so I was probably mad about that.  

Last but not least, we took photos of our April/May KAL, the Mini Mania scarf.   

 I love all the different versions, and I love that our new meetup spot allows for fun new photo ops!
In Etsy news, I added Star Trek and Star Wars project bags to my shop today, and sold one right away, thanks to my most loyal customer. ūüôā

   
 
I didn’t have much time or great lighting for the photos, but you get the idea. 

I hope you had a good Sunday too!

Etsy and Gloria

From being mentioned on the Yarn Harlot’s blog last week, my Etsy shop suddenly had a lot of traffic and even a few new orders. ¬†It wasn’t the best timing, stock-wise, as I had been away for over a month and hadn’t been able to make the new project bags I’d wanted to have in stock. ¬†Today I spent some time at the sewing machine and was able to stock up the shop a bit, but there’s still work to be done. ¬†The new project bags I made are Dalek, Tardis, and Star Trek-themed!

Exploding Tardis!

Exploding Tardis!

EXTERMINATE!!!

EXTERMINATE!!!

That would be illogical.

That would be illogical.

My Etsy shop is https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarissaMadeIt, if you or someone you know has geeky/sci fi taste and needs a new project bag!

In Mother Bear Project news, I found my Gloria Bear among many bears with their new owners in South Africa.  Love!

Gloria!

Gloria with her smiley new pal.

I finished knitting my Giants cowl at knit night tonight, but then I messed up the kitchener and have to redo it. ¬†I learned a lesson– if you know you’ve messed up the kitchener, stop and fix it! ¬†Don’t try to keep going and just make more work for yourself. ¬†:0

Best Sunday ever.

1. We saw Star Wars (A New Hope) in the theater! I made a new skirt for the occasion, and the kids dressed up, of course.

 

waiting around. yeah…. we went to the wrong theater at first because there are 2 within like 3 blocks and we chose the wrong one. still made it on time!

  

easy, easy cosplay!

 

2. The kids both mastered their pedal bikes (the wee boy just got his yesterday!), and there were dandelions.

those cheeks! those dimpled hands!

3. The husband and I went out! Without kids! At night! We saw the Kids in the Hall live and it was amazing. If you’ve never heard of them, check them out.  You won’t regret it.
 

photographic evidence

  

mark has just crushed his cast mates’ heads. if this means nothing to you….. go look up Head Crusher amd be prepared to giggle!

 Our weekends aren’t usually quite this epic, I’m still reeling from all the excitement!!!  How was your weekend?

2 FOs, 2 happy campers!

First FO: In case you missed it, late last week, my brother in law asked me to knit him a Jayne hat for Halloween.  Long story short, I was passed an almost completed one, and made short work of it.  Before I sent it to him, I added a letter.

You've got mail!

You’ve got mail!

If you’ve seen the Firefly episode in which the Jayne hat makes an appearance, you might know what the letter reads! ¬†If not, here’s a peek.

Aw, a letter from Ma!

Aw, a letter from Ma (hubby thought brother and sister would be a nicer touch, so I went along with it).

I was super excited about my idea, but wanted him to receive it before I wrote a post about it, in case he’s reading this blog! ¬†Well, today I received a text with this photo:

One happy Jayne hat recipient!

One happy Jayne hat recipient!

He’s super happy with the hat, and as you can see (if you’ve paid attention to the show), the t-shirt is also from Firefly. ¬†And if you haven’t watched Firefly, get thee to Netflix and watch away! ¬†You will not be disappointed!

By the way, if you like sci-fi, my brother-in-law has a really interesting sci-fi blog! ¬†It’s communications written in the first person, describing the antagonist’s space-travelling adventures… Check it out!¬†http://iwasborninspace.com/

Second FO: ¬†I (pretty much) finished the German-style dress I’ve been sewing for the wee girl’s school’s Cultural Heritage celebration this weekend. ¬†My ancestry is 50/50 Norwegian/German, while my husband’s is more varied, Norwegian/Irish/Italian/Portuguese, but as I’m the Maker around here, I went with German. ¬†Getting a Norwegian Bunad together was out of the question, but a little dirndl-type dress, no problem!

Finish up those ties!

Finish up those ties, Mom!

We experimented with a Heidi-style braids, but her hair is still a bit short, and obviously I lack the right hair accessories to pull it off attractively.  Loopy braids might be the answer.

Back view.

Back view.

I’m so pleased that it’s roomy enough to last for years of Cultural Heritage celebrations!!!

Side view.

Side view.

I’d read that small girls’ dirndls can be made of non-traditional fabric, and can be more whimsical so I went with that feel. ¬†Also, this was the best ribbon I found at JoAnn’s, so I chose the fabric to match the ribbon, and this was my favorite combo.

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Oh, she is so pleased with it!  Sometimes it can be hard to get a photo shoot out of her, but she sped right outside to take pictures.  Ja!  Das ist gut!

This one pretty much says it all!

This one pretty much says it all!