Happy New Year!

Last night we hosted the tiniest Harry Potter-themed New Year’s Eve party.  We had Harry, a witch, a dementor, pumpkin juice, sausage rolls, and a viewing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  It was fun!

Harry Potter themed nye party, complete with pumpkin juice!
 Today we started the new year off by seeing Rogue One for the second time.
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I have also casted on for my Cablepalooza project, Julissa. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/julissa I’m using Miss Babs’s Yowza, and although I only have about an inch done, it’s looking good.
So I’d say that’s a good start to 2017.  Happy New Year!

 

More wee prezzies, and bears!

We had one more weekend birthday party yesterday, but I couldn’t show you our homemade gift in case the parents happened to see my post. The birthday boy and his family are Star Wars fans, so I made some cloth snack bags using Star Wars fabric. 


In bear news, I finished Zuul bear, completing 1) a set of five to send off, and 2) the 26th and last in my series of bears named for characters from my favorite movies!


I have been seriously stash busting with this last set of Bears, using up every last bit of tiny leftover balls than tend to linger in the bear yarn box, getting tangled together…. 

Left to right are Vernon, Westley, Max, Yoda, and Zuul. Can you guess all the movies they’re from? 🎥 

Birthday sewing

The Wee Girl turns eight on Monday, and I decided to make her some pajama pants with Star Wars fabric featuring Rey from The Force Awakens.

  
I also fancy-cut a scrap and zig-zagged it onto a t-shirt so she’ll have a set. I think she’ll be pleased!

And a view from the afternoon- we took the kids to play at Crissy Field for a while. It was chilly and windy!

  

ETA we gave the girl her gifts early- she’s a happy camper!

  

Halloween!

Finally, Halloween is here! The kids and I wore our Star Wars outfits, of course.  

this was taken yesterday, but we looked exactly like this today, but didn’t take a pic together!


Today we attended a very excellent Halloween party hosted by an elementary school classmate and family. There was BRAIN jello, which was extremely popular with the kids.  
 And adorable (delicious) spider cupcakes!  
And broomsticks!

 Most of the moms dressed up, which I loved, of course.

  
How amazing is this makeup?!

 
The kids looked great and had so much fun.

  
The Wee Boy met many Vaders!

 We went trick or treating on Belvedere Street, which becomes pedestrian-only and most of the houses put on a great show!

This house always has a (movie) theme and puts dancers in costume in the windows.  This year’s theme was Hotel Trannsylvania, and they made a paper mache dracula head- amazing!

   
I met two other Han Solos, and one was another female Han! I loved that the husband was Leia and the baby girl was Luke. 

too dark for a good photo!


Hope you had a fun Hallowern, too!!

 

Phew!

We had three events today, which is a lot for our family on a Sunday.  

For this and that reason, I only have one photo for the day:

 

fun with friends in Japantown!

  
And one for the post-bedtime luxury hour:

 
This is my latest hat for the Larkin Street Youth Services. Inching closer to 15 hats in 2015… And stash busting to boot!

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!

Halloween sneak peek 3

Thanks to some sage advice from a reader of this blog, I revisited the pleather I was working on the other night. I had given up on the sewing machine in favor of the hot glue gun, but the result was mediocre at best.  I undid a lot of the work and went back with needle and thread.

  
Of course this was the way to go! It took several hours, and I wouldn’t have been able to finish if the Wee Boy hadn’t taken a fluke nap (big fluke! He fell asleep in my arms!).  At the risk of giving away too much information (I haven’t told you my costume, right? But if you know me even a tiny bit, I bet you’ve guessed!), here’s my result:

  
I think I’ll add just a few more details, but I’m very happy with it! It fits well and it’s even comfortable–I wore it all through dinner (hmmm, did I just prove what a geek I am??), and it didn’t shift or break, so I think I have a winner! Yeah!