Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Has it really been almost a month?

Wow.  I do get distracted.  Last time I posted, the current pumpkinhead was just a baby form.  Now it's getting a base coat; photos soon.  I am posting a "How To" for the pumpkin masks on Cut Out + Keep.

Fancy Bat is taking shape.  The only parts left to make are the leggings and the shirt.  I'm still frightened of knit.  I am sewing a practice set before cutting into the actual costume fabric.

I made my first turban and wore it to a holiday party.  I used these instructions in a size medium.
 
Okay, last thing today, a picture of my daughter's room taken while she was in ballet for the day.
She gets the best light in the house.
xoxo,
bmerry


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Catching Up

Mr. Husband left town over the weekend and we had an all lady house (except for one kitty cat man).  We started our weekend by watching Maleficent and then we got crafty and loungey.  The Lady Bean listened to a lot of music and worked on homework (wow).  I decided it was time to pull out old projects and new ones... always new ones.

Let's start with the new!
Pumpkin form
I made progress on the pumpkin mask, but for some reason I don't like using a black bag for the form.  I don't even know why, but it's covered with paper now.

Linoleum block
I finished my first product review for Cut Out + Keep.  A project with a tutorial and final photos will be posted there.  I am not sure when, but I will put a link here when it happens.

I call this "The Louise Pattern".
Miss Bean decided to be Louise Belcher for next Halloween.  I know this seems insanely early, but I enjoy working on the costumes when I'm stuck inside during the winter.  I also realized after years of last minute costumes, it's much more fun to be done with a costume when October hits than it is to be starting one.  The other benefits are better costumes because I'm not rushing and if it's already made, it's harder for her to change her mind 5 times.

Now for the old...
From white to grey.
I pulled out a bag of supplies that I had for a project(s) started two years ago.  I used to feel awful about doing things like this (you know, setting something aside and then just sort of walking away from it), but then I realized that I often end up going back (eventually) and it works better that way.  Sometimes I need to develop a few skills or step away in order to figure something out.  The problem with this method though, is that sometimes you decide you want more of a certain fabric you were using, but you can't find it anymore.  So the photo above is me "making it work" and dying some similar fabric that I already have.  Not what I would liked to have done, but I learned to buy a little extra in the future.

Fancy Bat is back.
That brings us to this, Fancy Bat.  Fancy Bat wears a fancy hat.  Fancy Bat also wears a vest and maybe some sort of a pocket watch, sips drinks with a pinky out, etc. because Fancy Bat is fancy.  FB is inspired by Mary Engelbreit characters, personified animals in children's books, and a bit of the Victorian era.  I drew the original sketches and sewed the hood and cape in 2012.  I was using this piece to challenge myself to sew a complete outfit based on a created character.  At the time, I was planning to purchase a shirt and tights to layer the pieces over, but now I've decided to sew those as well.  If I'm using this as a personal "sew a complete look" challenge, I really should go all the way.  Anyway, the next piece is cut and ready to sew and I've made a few tweaks to the design. I am loving it.  

Does anyone write?  Fancy Bat needs a story.  Maybe someday I'll write one, but that's not really my thing.

xoxo,
b

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween 2014!

It snowed!  WTF?  Snow and ice and rain... aaarrrrggghh.  

A husband and wife pumpkin couple.

The weather on October 25th was like summer.  We spent some time walking around the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival in our home made costumes.  I totes felt like I was in a parade even though we didn't actually stay and join in the costume parade.

The Halloween banner at work.
We did Halloween at work on the 30th and it was pretty great.  I made a last minute banner out of burlap, twine, and paper.  After I hung it up I wondered why it had taken me so long to utilize this big, blank wall.

Halloween night the weather was unkind.  There was snow, and ice. and wind, and rain; and I was so very unprepared for it.  I heard it would be cold and maybe rainy, but I was so unprepared for snow and ice.  I also believe that I was firmly in denial about the weather until my hands were completely numb.  So I ran home and my friend finished trick or treating with the kids.

xoxo,
b

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I forgot something...

I made a wreath for the door.  It's based off this tutorial and uses the Happy Halloween banner from this tutorial.

crow wreath
You can't see it in the night time photos, but it's lovely.  I tied strips of burlap around a wire form and then sewed a few to fill in spots.  I added some wide bird print ribbon for a hanger, pulled the feet off a fake crow, and distressed my printed banner.  I printed the banner on a textured grey card stock and then I did some stamping and painting to make it feel worn.  I added cork to the paper so it would have some dimension.  The original instructions are all in the first tutorial link and just do your thing from there.

Okay, now I think I'm done.
xoxo,
b

Halloween House Decorating Contest 2014

Hello, hello!
Last night was the house judging for the north portion of the neighborhood.  I went with an Alfred Hitchcock "The Birds" theme this year.  I also decided to go all out and make myself part of the display.  I covered myself in fake blood and dropped on the lawn; bird attacked woman of Bodega Bay.
 Oh, Blogger is having some formatting issues!
Anyway, happy haunting!
I hear the book is better than the movie, xoxo
b
Close up of the porch at night.
Me before I took my place in the yard.

Birds as high as I could reach.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Room with a View

(beautiful indulgence and the item I believe will make the room pop)
This rug right here, needs to get under my dining room table.  When it does, I'll have a view in the room.  I have it on hold at the store.  I'm counting down the hours until I can get it.  Then I'll clean up the room and replace the old rug.  EEEEpppp!!!!!
(more budget friendly option)
Oops, got a little excited; this rug is going to get under my dining table instead.  It should arrive next week.  Plenty of time to prep the room, pictures when it gets here.

As long as there are tassels... who cares?  Tassels!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

Photo from Cooking Classy
These doughnuts are baked and beautiful.  I've been wanting to make doughnuts, but I'm kind of afraid of frying.  I do have a doughnut pan though and no fear of baking.  So I tried this vanilla bean recipe from the blog Cooking Classy.  The only thing I changed was substituting soy milk for cow milk (which worked fine).  Dairy, even in baked goods, tends to hurt my stomach so I usually try to eliminate it when cooking.

White glaze
...and, pink glaze
This is how mine turned out; tasty.  There are some other recipes on Cooking Classy for baked flavors which I might try and I might even work up to frying.

nom nom,
b