Monday, October 31, 2011


Happy Halloween! 

I grew up in a house where store bought costumes were rare.  Many years costumes were put together last minute with things around the house and face paint.  

While my daughter is still too young to pick her own costumes I'm having fun dressing her up in whatever I come up with.  Last year she was Rocky Balboa (we already had the grey track suit), and I made a beanie and painted her shirt.  Total cost: $0:

This year I went another direction.  "He turned around fast, and he saw a small Who!  Little Cindy-Lou Who, who was not more than two."
Cindy Lou Who Cartoon image from here.
I found some pink knit fabric at the thrift store (originally I was hoping to just find a nightgown) and went to town.  I used one of her dresses as a guide, and then decided to make a pair of scalloped shorts to go with it.  The dress from the cartoon goes to the floor.  As it's 90 degrees here and Ellie is not a steady walker I decided a cropped gown would work best.  Altogether I spent probably $2.

Kind of random for Halloween, but I thought it turned out cute.  These may turn into a new set of pajamas if they hold up after tonight.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sweater Mittens

I took break from quilting to get some backlog projects done.  

One of those being some sweater mittens that my mom and I started the last time she visited (ahem, in February).  We bought two grandma sweaters at the thrift store and got four mittens out of them (they are two layers thick--extra warm!).  One of the sweaters had some embroidery on it, which turned out super cute on the mittens.

They are a cute grandma chic gift for anyone who is prone to cold hands.  

Here's the pattern I used if anyone should desire to make their own.