Thursday, December 12, 2013

Minion Costume

This past year, Isaac has loved watching Despicable Me and we decided it would be perfect that he be a minion for Halloween.  (By the time Halloween rolled around, we wished I had made the purple minion.  He is wanting to be more and more independent and do what he wants.  Ha ha!) 

My original idea was to buy a pair of overalls and a yellow shirt and call it good. My husband came up with the idea of making it big and poofy.  I loved the idea and made it up as I went.  It took a while to make, but I am so happy with the end result, and Isaac loves it too!  His little sister also likes it!

This is his minion face.  It cracks me up.   Boys are so funny!  

The costume is made of felt, and old pair of jeans, and some buttons.  So, it is pretty simple and very affordable.  I spent around $15 for everything.  Here are a couple more shots of my cute little silly minion!  

I first thought that it would be easier to get Isaac into the back, so I made an opening with buttons, but it turned out to be easiest to slip it on.  (The original plan was to sew leg holes, but it was easier to keep the bottom open.)  If I made it again, I would not make an opening in the back, and have it as a slip-on.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Crochet Minion Hat

Yesterday I posted about some owl hats that I crocheted and mentioned that using the same pattern I made this minion hat.  My son is totally into minions after seeing Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2.  (In fact, I am working on a minion costume for Halloween! His little sister is going to be Agnes so they will be a little matchy-matchy.)

The yarn I found that was the right color was also 100% cotton, but a different brand from the stuff I used to make the owl hats.  I am not as happy with this yarn because it is much thinner and I had to add extra rows.  Next time I will order better yarn so the hat turns out better.

But all in all, I am happy with how it turned out and my son loves it! The first day he had it, he wore it around all day.  He knows how to make this momma happy!

I am linking up here!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Crochet Owl Hats

I have been busy crocheting lately.  I pinned an owl hat pattern on pinterest a while ago that I have been wanting to try.  Repeat Crafter Me shares this free pattern on her blog.  I changed a couple of things for my version: I added brown trim instead of keeping it the accent color (purple or teal) and I didn't add buttons to the eyes because I like them plain.  I used Peaches & Creme as well as Sugar & Creme 100% cotton yarn.  The hats are so soft and comfotable.
 These hats are so fun to make!  In fact, I added them to my etsy store, so if you are interested, check out my etsy shop!  There are links on my header and upper right sidebar as well as here.
 I thought it would be more difficult getting a picture of my 15 month old that my 4 year old, but boy was I wrong!  He is super busy and I couldn't get him to hold still!  Both of my kids love their hats!
Using the same pattern, I also came up with a minion hat, which my son loves!  I will be posting that one when I get a chance!

I am linking up here.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Paper Flower Bouquet

I have been wanting to try making some paper flowers as a spring decoration for the past month.  I was recently asked to make a centerpiece for a relief society dinner at my church.  (Relief Society is all the women 18 and older, and we meet together at church each week, and then have activities during the month.  I love it! Oh, and by the way, it's part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)  

This was the perfect motivation to make paper flowers.  I think it was meant to be, because the past week, Silhouette had all their shapes on sale for half off, so I bought a variety of 3d flowers.  (If you are interested in which ones I used, leave a comment and I will let you know).

I thought this is cute for a spring/summer decoration as well as a Mother's Day gift - the flowers last forever!

I painted a mason jar white and wrapped a piece of burlap and tied a white bow around to hide the floral foam inside.  Each flower is hot glued to some thick floral wire.  I hid most of the floral wire with a pearl bead.

I am loving this, and am excited to get some new spring-y decor up!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Craft Fair

Today is my very first craft fair! I am really excited and will have an etsy shop opening soon a well as a new look! So check back soon!

Friday, January 25, 2013

My Couponing 411

Want to learn to coupon?  I am no expert, but I have made some posts to help you get started! I like couponing because it is a great way to stock up on items for less and it is lots of fun!  If I won the lottery, I would still coupon!  Just because I love it so much!

I started couponing a couple of years ago and then stopped (I don't remember why), and recently got back into it.  Couponing was very overwhelming at first, but I feel like I am getting the hang of it now. It used to take me so long to get ready, but I have figured out a system that speeds up the process for me.

So here is a list of links of the posts I have written.  I will most likely be updating them because there is a lot of information.  Leave any questions or suggestions in the comments and I will respond there/try to improve things!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Coupon Binder Categories

Here is a list of my coupon binder categories.  Feel free to use mine if you want or make your own, there are lots of possibilities!
  • Candy
  • Drinks
  • Pasta
  • Sauces/Dressings (Salsa, Salad Dressing, Syrup, Dips)
  • Easy Meals (Tuna Helper, Microwave Meals, Boxed Potatoes)
  • Soup
  • Fruit & Vegetables (including fresh, frozen, and canned)
  • Snacks (Fruit Snacks, Granola Bars, Nuts, Popcorn, Pudding)
  • Crackers (Crackers, Chips)
  • Cereal
  • Baking (Frosting, Cookies, Oil, Peanut Butter, Crusts, Jello, Pudding Mix, Sugar, etc.)
  • Breads (Bread, Pillsbury Biscuits, Rhodes Rolls)
  • Dairy (Milk, Yogurt, Cheese, Creamer)
  • Meat (Lunchmeat, Eggs, Sausage)
  • Frozen
  • Medicine (Medicine, Vitamins)
  • Pet
  • Baby (Diapers, Wipes, Creams)
  • Hair (Shampoo, Conditioner, Stylers, Colors)
  • Bodywash (I also put handsoap in this section)
  • Feminine (Pads, Tampons, Washes)
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Toothcare
  • Eyecare (Contact Solution, Eye Drops)
  • Makeup (Face Lotion, Makeup, Chapstick/Lipstick)
  • Lotion
  • Fresh Air (Candles, Air Fresheners
  • Storage (Dishes, Ziploc Bags)
  • Paper (Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Wipes)
  • Household (Batteries, Board Games, random things...)
  • Cleaner (Bathroom and Kitchen, Dishsoap)
  • Laundry

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