Tag Archives: Holidays

My Feltie Valentine…

29 Feb

Mr. C, once again, stole my heart with felt. I didn’t make him anything THIS awesome for Valentine’s Day. At least, not this adorable. I think he will have to post a tutorial on both of these pieces of cute, because more spouses could learn from his example!

This is the Valentine he gave me, and honestly, this melted my heart enough! I was so impressed that he designed the fox all on his own.

And then he brought out this. If this design looks familiar to you, perhaps you have seen this adorable board book by Joyce Wan: “We Belong Together.” He bought me the book for Christmas, and it is way too cute. Babies should not be the only ones allowed to enjoy it’s squee-worthy illustrations. And now I get a felt version on my wall!

I am a lucky, lucky lady.

(Mrs. A)

Post-Holiday Recap

11 Jan

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Holiday or Festivus, I’m sure many presents were exchanged, much sugar was consumed, and tackiness abounded. At least, that’s how it is in my world! I got out my ugly Christmas dress from last year and sewed sewed sewed! I made this new dress:

A definite improvement on my first dress, but I still think I look like a tree skirt.

I also made some felt house hoops inspired by the artistic genius of Checkout Girl (pictures to come!) and a nerdy hoop for my Star Trek-loving lady friend:

My brother got the pink bunny pajamas from A Christmas Story. You know, the one where the kid shoots his eye out?

"You only need to wear them when Aunt Clara comes to visit!"

And for Mr. C, I did something a little different! Instead of sewing, I painted. I ordered a set of blank Russian nesting dolls, or “matryoshkas,” from this site and painted them like Serenity and her crew from Firefly! He was stunned. At first, he thought I bought them already painted like that, but when I told him otherwise, his jaw dropped.

Firefly Russian Dolls

My favourite is little Jayne.

However, Mr. C had to one-up me by hand sewing me a bouquet of Mario flowers. Most guys just buy them from the florist. And most bouquets don’t have piranha plants!

The work that went into these is unreal. I think Mr. C will have to post a tutorial, because he made the patterns all on his own! I just love them. They are in a place of pride above our Wii.

Here’s hoping everyone had a magical holiday (even though it probably wasn’t as awesome as ours).

(Mrs. A)

NaNoWriSkirt!

21 Nov

So one of the reasons for the lack of posts this month (aside from general laziness) is NANOWRIMO! Or “National Novel Writing Month.” It’s like a month-long holiday for crazy people who don’t like having free time and sanity. The idea is you will write 50,000 words in one month (or 1667 words a day). For most people, a nifty little tool called a word processor tallies up the word count as you type. For me, it means making the approximation that there are 350-500 words per typed page, and going from there.

Yes, I type on a typewriter and it is the greatest thing ever. The keys go RAP RAP RAP RAP RAP when I punch them (and you have to punch the keys, for god’s sake!), and I don’t have to worry about the computer crashing before I have time to back up my novel. Maybe I should worry about a house fire, but if that did happen, I would have plenty of other problems aside from a torched manuscript.

To celebrate this overcaffeinated occasion, I made (what else?) a circle skirt. Embellished with a giant red typewriter and a piece of paper with the words “It was a dark and stormy night.” They are not only the words that Snoopy uses to start most of his stories, they are also the first words of A Wrinkle in Time and a book I have never read called Paul Clifford. I don’t have much attachment to that last book, but I love Snoopy and Madeleine L’Engle, so the words were perfect for my new skirt!

For a template? Honestly? Just look up a Peanuts comic with Snoopy in and and enlarge the typewriter. I’m not doing the work for you. I have writing to do (only 5886 words to go…approximately).

(Mrs. A)

Dining Room Zombies like to dine…on YOU!

7 Nov

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All the adorable zombies made here are from the wonderous book, “Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead” by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate. Pick up a copy at your local library, like we did!

(Mrs. A & Mr. C)

Happy-a Hallowe’en-a!

31 Oct

Hope you are-a having a happy-a Hallowe’en-a!

There. That is my attempt at writing in an Italian accent. I promise there was a purpose in trying to sound Italian. Mr. C and I dressed up as the most famous Italians in the history of Italians: Mario and Luigi!

But we were not about to be some typical, shiny polyester store-bought Mario and Luigi. So we used some power-ups! A few of our die-hard old-school Nintendo friends were peeved that we used power-ups from the newer Mario games, and not some of the classics like Fire Flower or Tanooki Suit, but I care not! We were the adorable Penguin Suit Mario and Ice Flower Luigi! We forgot to make a big cooler full of ice to hurl at our enemies/fellow bar patrons, but it was probably for the best.

Now, rather than take the easy way out and buy an actual pattern to make our overalls, we decided to figure it out as we went along. If we had found a pattern that resembled overalls, that would have been great. And if I had to do it again, I would probably search a lot harder for a pattern. But it all worked out in the end. And Luigi even made himself a super cute felt ice flower, which he pinned to his overalls. It is now stuffed and in our TV room.

As for directions for the overalls? When I was explaining to Mr. C how to put all the pieces together, I sounded something like this:

I sewed a hood out of an extra blue shirt, and attached eyes, a beak and a white tummy!

“Just take that piece and then sew it to that other piece, kind of, you know, together. Down the middle.”

So that’s why I never became a teacher. But it is pretty easy to see how all of your pieces fit together, once you cut them out. Looking at a pair of your own jeans helps too, in seeing how the crotch pieces are all sewn together. (Also: is there a more seamstress-appropriate word for “crotch?”)

Click on the picture for the tutorial he used for his hat!

Sew the front pieces together at the center seam and back middle pieces together, to the point where the crotch meets the top of the leg only. Do not sew down the entire leg, or you will end up with a deformed overall dress! Then sew the front and back sides to each other. Finally, sew the front inseams to the back inseams and hem all of the raw edges (or use bias tape).

For the straps, fold the pieces in half, sew down one side and one end, leaving one end open. Turn inside out and press. Attach un-hemmed end to the back of the pants, crisscrossing up and over the shoulder. Either make button holes, or sew directly to bib. Attach buttons!

Template (and I use that word loosely)

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional seamstress, and these pants are pretty unflattering. Sew and wear at your own risk. But I think ours turned out pretty well!

(Mario)

Dragon Eggs (a late Easter post)

4 May

To celebrate International Chocolate-Eating Day, sometimes called “Easter,” we decided to make our own cream-filled chocolate eggs! Even though the amount of fat and sugar in these babies probably rivals that in the store-bought variety, making our own just seemed more wholesome.

We happened to be in the middle of an intense Dungeons and Dragons game over the Easter weekend, so we decorated these eggs accordingly (see the Mister’s lovely d20 in the centre?) and dubbed them “Dragon Eggs.” If only dragons really did lay chocolate eggs…but that’s just fantasy.

Now for the recipe!

1 c. butter, softened
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. vanilla
1 can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle brand!)
10 c. icing sugar
1 tsp. liquid yellow food colouring
1 lb. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
Your choice of decorations! We used coloured molding wafers.

Beat butter, salt and vanilla until fluffy. Add sweetened condensed milk, beat some more, and then start adding the icing sugar. It helps if you have a super-powerful, sexy KitchenAid stand mixer like I do! The icing will start to get stiff, and may burn out a less sexy hand mixer. Add the sugar gradually, beating well after every cup or two.

Set aside 2/3 of the icing. Add yellow food colouring to the remaining 1/3.

Shape the yellow icing into round “yolks” and mold the white around the ball, forming an egg. Let set for a few hours in the fridge, as this stops the cream from melting when you dip the eggs in the chocolate.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or a stainless steel bowl over a boiling pot of water). Dip the eggs into the chocolate and place on lined baking sheets. Let cool at room temperature, then refrigerate.

Decorate!!!

WARNING: These eggs are extremely sugary! Consume slowly, or face the consequences.

(Mrs. A)

Discount Christmas!

11 Mar

This is what happens when the Christmas fabric goes on clearance, and I buy it all.

I really needed an ugly dress to wear at the tackiest time of year. Unfortunately, glaringly hideous patterChristmas Dressned dresses are difficult to find if you are more than 5 years old. So, being graced with a new sewing machine, I decided to make my own! And guess what? You too can make your own holiday-themed attire! Simply purchase any pattern in any style, then pick up some printed novelty cotton when the season is over, and voila! You are ready for next year with a nauseating and festive outfit.

This was my first attempt at making a fitted dress with sleeves, and while it could have been a bit smaller in the bust and waist, it turned out pretty good! Plus, the dress has pockets (also a first for me), which will be especially handy at Christmas time for hiding baked goods and prezzies.

Now I’m left with about 5 metres of this fabric. Gift bags next?

(Mrs. A)

Zombie Cupid

14 Feb

When people say “with undying love,” this is probably not what they meant. This is the second installment in my feltie series “Undead for the Holidays.” We move from a zombie groundhog to a zombie cupid who is impaled upon one of his own love arrows (made out of a red pipe cleaner). I briefly considered doing two love struck lovers but ultimately decided to go with the classic cherub with a few zombie modifications. For contrast I made the body gray and used bright yellow for the hair and black for the wings. This gave him a devilish appearance rather than the typical angel one. In addition I embroidered an eye socket hole that, combined with some red thread for blood, makes a nice little heart shape.  With this little guy on the loose I think some people will be side stepping a few cupid’s arrows this Valentine’s Day.

(Mr. C)

It’s Groundhog Day!

2 Feb

Yes, that’s right! It’s Groundhog Day! One of the most under appreciated holidays when it comes to crafts. That’s why I decided to make my very own and well… it’s kind of unconventional. It is part of a collection I’m creating called “Undead for the Holidays.” Each holiday craft will feature a zombie. I was inspired to do this by the book Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead . They were a lot of fun to make so I thought I would like to make some original ones as well. The first is the one you see here. Note the vacant look in his eyes and his lovely blood shadow. Looks like 6 more weeks of a cold dead winter!

(Mr. C)

Zombie Groundhog