Saturday, November 13, 2010

Super Hero Day!

Friday was super hero day to kick off the book fair :) Yay for random excuses to dress up! I was Harry Potter.... Trying to contain my excitement for the midnight release on Thursday. I used Brittons Grinffendor Tshirt, a scarf made for a previous book or movie release, glasses from the book release for #7, and a cape from my the year my sisters and I were Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather for Halloween. I made a Griffendor crest out of felt and added it to the cape. I made a super mask for me too, but it was deemed unnecessary :)
Pardon my poor lighting (and my crest wasn't that crooked)
Scott wore his Percy Jackson shirt and I made him a cape and mask to match his Zeus lightening logo.
His cape was made from parts of a black Tshirt and was attached with safety pins... He was headed on a field trip and I didn't know if he would want to wear it all day.

Bat was super Hello Kitty. I wanted her to be excited about her outfit and Hello Kitty is her favorite thing right now.
She had a face mask made out of felt, and I modified a ripped princess dressup dress into her cape.

Happy Bookfair to all and to all a goodnight :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010


I have been making progress in decorating for autumn :) I saw some christmas candle holders with ruffles and decided I needed some for fall. I am quite happy with how they look :) I am usually more of a creator than an artist, but I traced some leaves, colored them in crayon and painted them with watercolor. They are more vivid in person and right now are just propped up in the living room. They totally make me feel happy and in the autumn mood :) Which is saying a lot, we didn't get below 40 at night until last week! It has been a warm summer and fall!
Kam also had a rug she was getting rid of. We needed a new doormat. I painted it brown, cut out the Hi and leaves to make a stencil and sprayed it orange. Yay for a free seasonal mat. :)

This wreath had been long in the making. I tried to make a wreath in the spring out of a pool noodle covered in twigs... it was a fail and had been taking up space in my studio. I finally removed the twigs and covered the noodle in duct tape and then strips of the marigold felt. It finally held its shape the way I wanted. I used strips of felt to make ruffle "flowers" and then spread them on the wreath.
At first I really didn't like it, but then I added some fall leaves/berries/mums that my MIL found and had given me.
I am still thinking it needs a bow? But we are looking quite seasonal. :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

chevron wall!!!

This was also on my yearly goals list. I wanted to get up the guts to paint a chevron wall in my house. I love them right now and I LOVE how it has transformed the living room! We now have a room in the apartment that is not white! :) Measuring and taping took the most time.

Yay! :)

Monday, November 8, 2010


We had a blast this year :) Hope your Halloween was fun! Here is Saturday nights party. Britton and I were both Mario characters. He was a goomba and I was a thwomp.

For Britton's costume I followed a tutorial I found here. I got 2 yards of fleece for under $5 and used felt we had. For mine I winged it using a box Britton brought home from work and more of Kam's gray paint.

I made BAT's costume this year too. She was "Hello Kitty". I made her a Hello Kitty Shirt and she helped me make an awesome pink tutu. I had made a headband with ears and a bow, but Britton found her the hat at target and it was perfect for a chilly evening. She loves it! She had a lot of fun and we hung out over there for dinner/ passing out candy/ sitting around the fire/ trick or treating. It was really fun!

One of my goals this year was to have more seasonal wreaths. This one ended up being a work in progress. It is a form wrapped in gray yarn. Then I made some flowers out of tshirts/fabric scraps and added some plastic bats. It was Ok but needed more substance.

I used black yarn to add a web in the middle and a spider from a plastic spider ring, I very much like how it ended up :)
I also made Derby a pirate tutu. :) What a fun month! Now on to November!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


I used my fall break to be productive too. I really wanted a mat in front of the sink while washing dishes. I bought an ugly "lemonade" mat for $4. I spray painted it black and it was so sticky for days... I was worried it wouldn't work. But it finally dried and wasn't sticky. I then taped it off and sprayed the blue. :) Yay for a monogramed kitchen mat.
This was Britton's dresser from his nursery. I had it from before we were married, it was some wood veneer finish. I was very tired of it. I wiped it down, primed it and then coated it in this grey color (left over wall paint from a friend- thanks kam!) The hardware was gold and I sprayed it black. The kiddos actually helped me on it :) Pardon all the clothes, I couldn't wait to o put them away before I took the picture.