Hi there! Sierra here! Are you getting excited for Halloween?! I wanted to drop in and share a fun costume idea with you today! As of late, I've been testing some super rad patterns which I will be sharing on the blog shortly as well as putting a sewing dent in the hundreds of pdf patterns I've accumulated over the years. I've been planning on making a fox Maggie dress for a while now and I finally got around to it this past week. I was pretty happy with how it turned out:
Hi there! Sierra here! I feel like its been forever! But don't worry! I haven't traded in my crafting for good! As it turns out, being a mom, preschool teacher and pulling all nighters at the sewing machine have made for a busy/exhausting life with not very much downtime.
Mother's Day is just around the corner...eep! So I've compiled quite a few of my favorite mothery items in a gift guide as a thank you to you for being a wonderful mother all year. :) Its also a splendid way to find the most perfect gift for your own mother.
To all of you lovely mothers...thank you for all that you do!
I've been so inspired by all of these pretty gold tipped feathers floating around Pinterest, that I decided to make some myself...
They are so simple to make! I made a bunch of them in under an hour. How much do you love a craft that stays within that time frame with active children running around? Yes please!
All you need to make them are: white turkey feathers (found at Michaels), Gold glitter (Martha Stewart Gold Florentine Fine Glitter also found at Michaels) and Gold Metallic craft paint (Plaid Craft paint Found at JoAnn Fabrics)
I painted the tips with the gold paint and sprinkled glitter over the wet paint. This is something your kids could totally help you with. My daughter is a great glitter sprinkler. ;)
I then attached the dried feathers to a piece of jute string and hung them up above my faux chalkboard picture frames. I thought it added a nice touch... :)
P.S. The faux picture frames are an awesome option for you renters who don't want to make any permanent holes in the walls. Plus your kids will love changing up the pictures by adding some of their own artwork.
I made them by painting some cheap Walmart card stock paper with chalkboard paint and adding frames by tracing them onto brown wrapping paper. I just love chalkboard paint, don't you?
Around this time of year, we have the pleasure of hearing the leaders of our church speak to us in something we call General Conference. As you can imagine, sometimes its difficult to keep children quiet/busy while the parents try to listen to the two - 2 hour long sessions. :)
This year unlike years past I was actually prepared with a special bucket for Miss E filled with activities to keep her busy and another little something that she was pretty excited about...
Dress Up Fox!
Why is it so fun making little clothes??
To make the felt board: I first drew up a fox and clothes patterns. I then cut out and sewed the fox to a long piece of felt and wrapped it around a piece of sturdy cardboard, gluing it into place. I inserted the felt board into one of my daughter's old picture frames and cut out some outfits out of vintage fabric backed with felt.
I added a small pocket in the back that Miss E could put all the little pieces in when she is finished playing because lets be honest, those little pieces would totally get lost in a heartbeat if I hadn't.
(Be sure to sew the pocket on before gluing down the felt piece to the back)
It's sure to keep your little one busy for at least a little while... ;)
Sierra is the author of The Blue Robin Cottage, mother of 3, lover of vintage things, Preschool teacher by day and crafter by night. She was recently published in The Huffington Post, Pop Sugar Moms, Haute Handbags and Romantic Homes. When she's not blogging, you can find her pulling all nighters at her sewing machine, creating vintage style dresses and dolls for her girls or for her Etsy shop: The Winking Apple.