Monday, November 18, 2013

My World Lately

Boy howdy!  Feels like I haven't checked in over here in quite some time so I thought I'd wave, say hello and give a little update with what's going on in my world!  

I finished my teaching semester last Wednesday and was sad to see it end.  This particular group of students just really sang to me and inspired me in so many ways.  I'm hopeful that I'll have many of them in my classes again next semester :)  The second the semester ended, I shifted all of my focus on Alliday which is in, gulp, 12 days!  Holy cow!  This is our fourth go at it and I truly do think it will be the best show yet!  Usually, the show is the weekend before Christmas but this year, we've moved it up and will be sharing our wares the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend which is November 30th!  As always, it's totally free to attend and this year, we'll have crafty demonstrations, music and other exciting things going on all day!  Oh, and my sister will be in town for it so there's one more reason to come!  I haven't really been blogging here much at all because I've been busy blogging for the show which you can read here!  If you want to be privy to giveaways, artist specials and more, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram too :)
So every naptime, every minute after bedtime and all of my conversations as of late are about the show, naturally!  When I'm not obsessing about Alliday, I'm busy hanging out with the kid who is just getting more and more awesome and hilarious by the minute.  She's pretty much walking 100% of the time now, barks a lot, isn't afraid of her outside swing any more, gives some really good and frequent hugs, and is more of a dancing machine than she's ever been before. I'll give a proper Rio update after my world has slowed down a bit :)
My shop is still open but will closing later this week for holiday shows so if there is anything you've been eyeing, now is the time to snag it!  Free shipping with the code YOURESPECIAL.  I miss you guys and look forward to getting back into the swing of things over here in a few weeks!  I always appreciate every single comment you share with me and just can't say thank you enough for your constant support :)   

Friday, November 8, 2013

Perfection is Overrated

Sometimes I feel like blogs and the online side of people in general is too perfect.  We are able to select what we share, can edit photos to our liking (although I really have no clue how to do that!) and often only talk about the sunny side of life.  I do it, I know.  It makes sense though because we want to remember and reflect on the positives but at the same time, it paints our lives in an unrealistic light.  So today, I'm sharing a glimpse into the normal, every day NOT perfect side of our life.
Rio cries, even though I only show happy, smiley faces.  She makes messes that I sometimes wish I could erase from my memory.  Our cats sometimes eat our plants, promptly puke and often get into places that we'd rather them not be.  I've scooped more kitty litter than I could ever begin to measure.  The mutt occasionally gets sick which is traumatizing for me (ahem, 90 lb dog getting sick is GROSS) and he slobbers when he eats which means our kitchen floor is never clean for long.  Laundry sits in piles as much as I boast how clean and organized we are at home.  By the end of the week, our house needs a good talking to just as I do about over committing.  Some days I don't get a shower because I just don't flat have time.  Like today.  I'm looking forward to tomorrow's shower.  I get frustrated with the kid when I can't decipher why she's crying which in turns makes me frustrated with myself for being inpatient. Brent and I are human thus don't always see eye to eye and we tend to argue over who changed the last dirty diaper ;)  I get easily frustrated while driving which means I'm probably teaching Rio some terrible words daily.  On that note, I have the mouth of a sailor.  We live a far from perfect life.
But here's the deal.  I love it all.  The bad moments, the frustrating moments, the busy moments, even the gross moments.  All of these moments are the ones that make life worth laughing at.  They are the moments that make my little family's life perfectly imperfect.  I love our imperfection.  I love it so much that I don't want to hide it.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Split Personalities Costume(s)

Over the past year or so, I re-watched every single episode of Wings.  I know, I'm pretty cool.  Right at the beginning of October, while I watching the final season, a Halloween episode aired.  During this particular episode, Brian Hackett was a half man/half woman.  I notoriously choose my Halloween outfits last minute (1, 2, 3) but this year was a hair different! I decided to do something along those lines.  Perhaps different decades or something like that.  That's about all I knew at that point.  

Fast forward to the week of Halloween.  I realized that my parents would be gone which meant we had no babysitter for the night of our friends' annual party.  Well, Brent isn't much of a costume type of a guy so we worked things out to where I would go to the party and he would stay home with Rio.  Score!  I called up my best friend to try and talk her into going with me.  She was down but didn't have a costume.  Not a problem though!  Since I was already cutting two dresses in half to make my costume, I offered to use the other two halves to make her a costume which then created our Split Personalities costume!

I sacrificed a little black dress that I've had for over a decade.  It was faded and had gotten TONS of use over the years so I figured it was time for it to be retired.  The second half was one of those random vintage dresses that I have in my 'to sell' pile so I didn't really have any attachment to it. 
This was really so simple.  I literally just cut two dresses in half and sewed the opposite dresses together.  On the back of mine, I had to add some filler fabric but Rachel's fit just fine.  I did have to put in a zipper on hers though so she could get in and out of it!  I did toil with how to deal with the collar on the white dress but finally just decided that one dress would have it and the other wouldn't.  I originally planned to have the non-collared dress attach around the neck with a gold chain but once it was on, that just didn't seem necessary.  I did sew a few gold buttons down the non-buttoned dress and that was that!  We wore the same shoes, same earrings and did our hair and make-up together which made me feel like we were sixteen again :) 

For the two of us, it really was the perfect costume.  Those who know us will tell you that when we get together, it's like we're sharing a (really hilarious and inappropriate) brain.  Why can't Halloween happen more than once a year?!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Rio as Maggie Simpson

Two days before Halloween I was slightly panicked because I had no idea what Rio was going to dress up as.  Last year she was only a few weeks old, wore her monkey outfit for about five minutes and promptly puked all over it.  Brent suggested that we just buy her a costume and not worry about it but if you know me and Halloween then you know that is NOT an option!  So in an exhausted effort to figure out a costume we could pull off, I started to think about famous babies.  My first thought was Pebbles Flintstone but after a quick google look, it just wasn't right for Rio.  That's when Brent suggested Maggie Simpson.  THAT was doable!  And easy!
So the night before Halloween, I pulled out one of my older blue gap t-shirts to sacrifice, some darker blue felt for the bow, her only headband, some yellow burlap-like fabric for the hair and the first baby item I ever bought to use for sizing.  Using that sweatshirt as a sizing template, I just cut around the edges of that but left the original bottom so it would be long like Maggie's gown.  I didn't finish the sleeve ends or the rough bottom because I figured after Halloween night, I would fancy it up just a bit more so it can be something she can wear for a while.  For the purpose of the costume, it just needed to be a long, blue nightgown :)  
My original thought for the hair was something that could wrap around that headband so it would be easy to get on and off of her.  Well, I tried and tried to pull those flowers off but they weren't budging so I knew they would have to stay.  I just cut out some triangle shapes out of the yellow fabric, snowflake style and sewed them up!  I stuffed each point with some fluffed out quilt batting and sewed along the bottom of each triangle.  I used some yellow bias tape to actually make it a headband.  Let me explain.  I decided that I wanted to be able to use the headband as is again and I wanted to make the hair usable for anyone who wants to borrow this costume in the future, baby or adult!  Basically, I made it so it just ties on your head!  You can see how it fits my head (without the headband) below.  For Rio though, I just wrapped the excess bias tape around the headband, smashing the flowers, so we could just slip it on her instead of having to tie it.  Make sense?  I cut a little blue bow and actually sewed it onto the hair at work yesterday!
The red pacifier?  Well, Brent had the great idea of just covering it in red electrical tape which he already had on hand.  None of the tape is on the side of the pacifier touching her skin.  I grabbed a pacifier that we were getting ready to throw out anyway and just covered it like mad.  I think the paci really sells the look ;)  Done and done!

Truth be told, she wasn't much into the upper portion of her costume.  It was nearing bedtime, the witching hour, and her patience was running thin.  We were able to get a few shots of her at my folks' but the majority of those photos are of her trying to pull off her hair!  
All in all though, I'd say it was a successful costume and a successful Halloween.  We DID go to the house with the 22' tall tornado out was insane.  I've heard of people going to other neighborhoods to trick or treat before but have never done it myself.  That neighborhood was FILLED with parked cars and literally hundreds of people walking around.  It was awesome but also a little overwhelming all at the same time!  It totally reminded me of what you see in the movies.  Maybe someday when she's a little older, we'll do that again and hang out a bit longer (and keep our full costumes on!).  

I am still working on the two adult costumes for Saturday....I'm very excited to share those as well!
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