Friday, October 30, 2015

Guy and Ghouls Go Out to Dinner

     I ordered this awesome cat fabric,(Above)
 but I got this fabric by accident (below).  So, as any good online-shopper does, I sent it back to receive the correct one. But.....the cat fabric must have been labeled wrong in the warehouse, because I got this one... AGAIN! I took it as a sign, and just kept it. (Or maybe it was just laziness.)

I still might try to order that cat fabric again, 'cuz I lub it!

This one is pretty cool too! And perfect for Halloween!

Super cool close-up!
I had this tank top that I never wear. It has mini ruffles around the edges, and it sat dormant in my drawer for over a year.

I snipped the tank just below my waist. This will be the top part of my new ghoulish dress.

I used the skirt portion of a dress pattern I had, cut out the skirt and sewed the fabric to the tank top, hemmed it up, and voila!

I used the rest of the fabric to make an awesome dress for my girl. I found this free dress pattern from an amazing blogger called Its Always Autumn. I already had some red satin gifted to me from my grams that I used for the bottom of the dress. It worked out perfectly!
She wore a long sleeve top and leggings underneath. It's chilly here!!!

I also made a little pocket square for the hubby. 

I had this grand idea to all wear our matching outfits out to dinner.

So we did.....

I wore my outfit to work. A cardigan, scarf and red sash completed my look!

Strike a Pose!!

Patiently waiting to go out to dinner.
But then she got hangry.....

Once we all got some food, we could enjoy our 
Halloween-y (or is it, Halloweenie?) outfits.

See you next time!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Palette shelf DIY

          So, I found these palettes, and I wanted to get crafty with em'.

And when I say found... I mean scavenged, and offered extra credit
 to any of my students who could get one and bring it to me.

I recieved 2!

I cut off the bottom part of the gray-ish  palette.
 A couple of my students helped me during study hall. 
Better than physics homework I guess? :)  
That made a sort-of-shelf with no bottom,
 so I took off another plank from the side and crudely nailed it to what is now the bottom.
Ta Da!

I borrowed my friend Mandi's electric sander 
(She's the physics teacher... shhhh.),
 and smoothed out those rough spots.
The bottom plank is really crudely nailed in, 
but it is secure, and safe! 
 I liked the rough and rustic-ness of it.
Thank you for your electric sander Mandi!

Then, I sealed it with a low odor clear coat varnish. I loved the way the wood looked after it was sealed. It really brought out the personality of the wood! All the imperfections, and colors!

 I tried to find a good place in my house for this beauty, but I knew it would have a better life in my coworker and friends,
 Kyle and Raechelle's house. So, I gifted it to them!
 (They were in the market for a basement bar shelf!)
Their 2 boys and my daughter are pals, so I will be able to visit the shelf whenever they let me!

They have an awesome basement, and I made their basement that much more awesome with this creation!! 

See you next time!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Photo Tunic Dress

     I have been teaching beginning digital photography for a couple of years now. We are learning about macro (close-up) photography. I have also found a great website that can turn any digital photo or drawing into fabric! (I have talked about before) I combined those two loves, and bought one yard of fabric with a photo taken by yours truly!!! Check it out HERE!

     I was ecstatic to get the fabric, and I couldn't wait to get started! I created this dress the same way I made the Mona Lisa dress.

My photo is of some oil pastels in a bowl in my classroom.
I traced a free t-shirt pattern I found online, and I just extended the length as far as the one yard would let me.
I used light blue thread on the sleeves. I like the way contrasting thread colors look.

I used my seam gauge for the sleeves and neckline to make sure I was
 getting everything even-Steven.

And there you have it! 

O.K. it's 7:15 a.m. and I'm ready for the day.
I'm waiting for students to arrive.
Macro photography here we come!!

Still waiting....

I had fun with my camera remote. Can you tell?

See you next time!