Trick or Treat!

Fall is here in Montana!  The mornings are cool, but the days are still pleasant (thankfully).  Somehow all of September and October have flown by, and here we are on Halloween.  My kids are sleeping peacefully as I write, tuckered out from some mid-day trick-or-treating on the walking mall.   Our downtown businesses are so hospitable, opening their doors during the afternoon for the youngsters.  The kids had a blast playing outside, collecting treats, and walking a few blocks.  It was great.

This Halloween, I thought I was going to have it easy.  Our oldest (still obsessed with firemen) wanted to be a fireman.  We already have that costume.  I thought it would be cute to have his brother be the firehouse dalmatian.  My assistant even loaned out her dalmatian costume to us.  It was too big for our youngest, so F tried it on and decided he’d rather be a dalmatian, too.  I thought that would be fine, I’ll just make a dalmatian for his brother.  Easy.

I went to JoAnn’s and bought a pattern I could modify into a dalmatian.

Simplicity 1351The fox was an appropriate choice.  I only had to modify the ears to make a cute little dalmatian.  I bought the polar fleece and notions to get it done.

After awhile, Finn was asking if I was going to make him a dalmatian costume, too.  My sweet boy loves it when I make things for him.  Of course I’ll make him one, too.  How can I refuse when I know in a few years he probably won’t want anything I make for him?  So back I went to JoAnn’s to get more polar fleece and another zipper.

I had good intentions of starting these costumes in early October, but after a couple of work trips and CE classes, I was down to the last weekend before Halloween.  I was able to start and finish BOTH costumes the Sunday before Halloween.  My hubby was so awesome to keep the kids occupied while I worked away like an elf at Christmas.  It only took 8 hours (THANK YOU SIMPLICITY PATTERNS) on and off that day.  AND, it felt so good to just get them done.  No staying up until 11 or midnight the night before just to finish costumes.  They were so easy, and turned out to be pretty darn cute.  The kicker?  Guess who had to be the fireman…

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They’re not perfect, but they’re warm and Finn couldn’t wait to wear his this morning.  So awesome!

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It’s not Halloween without a pic of at least one kiddo crying!

Happy Halloween!

~Ingrid

Baptism Bear

Super-sweet bear that I made for our godson’s baptism.  I hadn’t made a stuffed animal since I was a kid, so it was kind of a new project for me.  I scoured Pinterest for stuffed animal patterns, but came up empty-handed.  I went to the quilting store, and didn’t see anything I liked there.  Finally settled on this pattern (5461) from Simplicity to make the bear:

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Of course I had specific fabric that I had in mind to use.  Remember the baby quilt I made a while back?  Well, turns out I had enough of the gray minky material from the back of the quilt for the bear,

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and enough of my leftover bridesmaid dress for the ears and soles of the feet!

It turned out to be a much simpler project than I imagined.  In fact, it was down-right quick and easy to sew this bear together.  And I LOVE (LOVE!) the way it turned out.  So sweet.  IMG_0583

I think the hardest parts were hand-embroidering the nose and the extra embroidery I did on the soles of the feet.  But I love it.  And I should probably make my own boys a teddy bear, but they already have their stuffies!

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Cheers to Sammy!

~Ingrid