Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Outfit

"What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
The Grinch

While creating and sewing these comfy black corduroy overalls for my granddaughter, I tried to add
"a little bit more love."


I created these  overalls using Kwik Sew pattern K3948 and added a few design elements of my own. I had so much fun choosing just the right coordinating fabrics and notions to make
my ideas come alive. 

First, I began by prewashing the black corduroy as I wanted to eliminate any future color bleeding problems.

 The fun began as I changed the size of the pockets to highlight the Grinch holding his bag, and the town of Who dancing around the Christmas tree. My next post will be on the trick I use to obtain smooth rounded edges on my pockets.

Inside one of the diagonal pockets is the Grinch who peeps out to see if anyone is noticing him or not. The other diagonal pocket features Cindy Lou Who emerging from the opening. 

On the yoke of the overalls, I used covered buttons that had different "Centered Grinch faces."  I let Cailyn choose which ones she wanted me to use, because she thought two  of them were a bit "mean." The headband also uses one of the covered buttons on it too.

"I'm glad he took our presents. You can't hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor, because it isn't about the... the gifts or the contest or the fancy lights. That's what Cindy's been trying to tell everyone... and me. I don't need anything more for Christmas than this right here: my family."
Lou Lou Who

As I stitched and created this outfit, it was my way of nuturing and showing my love for my granddaughter. I would find myself smiling with  pure JOY as I thought of all the fun she would have in this outfit and how special it would make her feel.

 IS that what you feel as you create that special something for the family that you love? It sure is for me.
Deborah Devine

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

One and a Half Pies...

It started out with, "I just want to make sure it tastes good enough for company." And then my granddaughter chimed in, "I wish I had a piece of that pumpkin pie...sigh. I've been chasing dragons all day and it makes you really hungry."  Ella continued the saga with, "I love your pie. It's just the best." So now we have 1 1/2 pumpkin pies to take for Thanksgiving tomorrow. 
So I decided to make another French Silk pie, as that is Lucas's favorite.
And Berry Crisp, as Dawn like fruit deserts that are healthier.
Don't you just love Thanksgiving?
Happy Thanksgiving to One and All

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cherry Top with Button On Apron

Here's my little cherry top in her newest outfit. The cute button on apron just made this top pop!  It was fun to create because I enjoy putting different fabrics together to create an overall feeling. 

Since we live in the Chicagoland area, I'm planning on extending the use of this outfit by adding a long sleeve t-shirt.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Adding a Bit More Color

I went back to the store and bought a few colorful picks for about $1.00 each. In order to raise them to the height that I needed, I made these wire extensions out of coat hangers.

I covered the twisted metal coat hanger with electrical tape to give it more strength and so it would also blend into the pine branches.  Next, I twisted the pick onto the top of the covered wire, and then recovered that exposed wire again.

 Now, I have more additional color and at a reasonable cost.  I even found some little red sparkly birds that I wound around the tops of individual branches.

Here is how the completed planters look on my front porch.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Evergreen Branches Filled Planters for M y Front Porch

Today, I've been creating some evergreen planters for my front porch for Christmas.  I use the earth from my summer planters as the base for the evergreen branches. I made them in the garage today and will be watering them until the weather is cold enough for the earth in the planters to freeze. Usually I am running outside in the cold from pine tree to pine tree cutting and gathering my greens.

I just love using things in nature from my yard to make my evergreen pots. I used four different kinds of evergreens.  I will probably add a few large red and green plastic ornaments to give them a bit more color.  Last year I found these sparkly red cardinals on clips and I add two to each planter.  You can't really see them in these pictures, but I also wired pine cones to wood shim sticks and inserted them into the greens also. 

I make two planters for my front porch as I like symmetry. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Reason Behind My New Blog

I've been following the blog, "Project Run and Play." This blog has periodic sewing/designing contests just like "Project Runway", but for kids. I've been so inspired that I decided to create this blog so I can join this awesome community of sewers/designers.  Following the creators of the projects that were shown in Season 5 lead me to new blogs, new fabric and notion suppliers, and new enthusiasm for sewing again.

They are having Open Auditions for Season 6 beginning on December 6th, 2012. Each hopeful competitor will load one photo of a children's creation to a linky party. Then the judging will begin.

I'm going to submit a photo of my new sewing creation for my granddaughter on my new blog and say a little prayer!

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