Friday, October 29, 2010


So lets talk about Halloween. Last year we skipped it b/c I have issues with how commercial everything is anymore. But this year I let the girls pick out some cheap costumes. (read they needed to come up with their own costumes from what they had) 
So the Bub found some fairy wings at the dollar tree and decided to become a fairy. Luckily I just finished the pants I was knitting her and they match rather nicely. The pants were a test knit and I really love the pattern. (go check it out) Then I figured for her costume to be complete she'd need a mask. Not to mention I've always wanted to go to a Halloween party where you wear masks and people have to guess who you are. So I made her a butterfly mask. (since she's a butterfly fairy) I had to make up the pattern as there wasn't much to go off of on ravelry. Not a big deal, it was really fun to make. So her costume is complete. 
The bead on the other hand, her costume was easy. She found a shield and breastplate at the dollar tree and already had a sword. She wanted to be a how to train your dragon viking. To complete her outfit she needed a viking helmet.
I was able to find a pattern for it but had to adjust it a bit to fit her. She loves it and wore it for like 3 days straight. So her outfit was complete, just in time for our trip to the Zoo
We went on the Zoo Boo event so the girls got to dress up and "trick or treat" through the zoo. It was fun, but really crazy busy with people. Luckily we bought a family membership and we'll be returning on a not so crazy zoo day. My fave part is the aquarium and walking UNDER the sharks and polar bears. 
Now we just need to find a trick-or-treat time around here that fits with our schedule. 
Later Gaters

Monday, October 4, 2010

It's all craziness I tell you!!!!

I guess with the start of school and all, I have been so crazy busy lately. So an update is in order.
The coolest thing we've done lately, (in my opinion) was we went to our backyard and picked some apples and I made some apple butter. If you follow that link you'll find the recipe I used. The girls had a lot of fun picking the apples as you can see. We used a ladder and everything. (as the bead explained to my DH when we were done) I am really overjoyed at the idea of getting apples from the tree out back. Don't ask me why it just makes me all kinds of happy. (yes I'm a dork)
The next coolest thing I've been doing is sewing. I found some great t-shirt surgery tutorials and I tried one of them on a tie-dyed t-shirt. I think it turned out really interesting. It's definitely something I'm going to have to try again. Basically you take a large t-shirt or one with a stain or hole or even one that's too small for you and get out your scissors and cut and sew it into something you actually want to wear. I took that plain old man's XL t-shirt and turned it into a girly and sparkly v-neck (something definitely showing off the girls better) Here's another link to some tutes for you (if that type of sewing interests you)

I also spun up some angora for a friend, crocheted some squares for a comfort blanket, Knit some death socks and worked on a test knit. (that I'm still working on but almost finished)
Oh and I also made this crazy cute Owl key chain or zipper pull that I'm going to/HAVE to write up a quick pattern for. (or so I'm told)
And did I tell you that the girls got a new pet? It's a hamster. 
I think that's about it for an update... as usual you're most likely to find me over at ravelry, in the HPKCHC group
I've got another blog post running through my head so I'll be back sooner than later!