I am constantly amazed by this girl's creativity. She made another awesome, low-budget costume this year.
Moya made her costume out of two white t-shirts purchased at Michael's ($2.50 each) and some brown Rit dye ($3.50). We looked for brown t-shirts, but couldn't find any, no matter, the dye worked great!
For the tunic, Moya cut the t-shirt sleeves into fringe. To make the top fitted, she cut both sides of the t-shirt into strips and tied the corresponding front and back strips together. She learned this technique (to make large t-shirts form fitting) from a friend I think, several years ago. She also cut the crew neck into a v-neck.
She found a video on YouTube to make the skirt from a t-shirt, and put her own spin on it. (I'll share the link once Moya emails it to me. I think the video shows how to make the top and skirt with one t-shirt, but the top is cropped and the skirt is mini. Moya chose to go a more modest route.) Moya cut the t-shirt right below the arm holes and used the bottom portion for the skirt. *Update: I was wrong. It wasn't a video. Here's the tutorial Moya used to make her skirt.
Cut about one inch off the the top of your skirt to use as a belt. Cut slits about half an inch from the top of the skirt to run your belt through.
Moya used the top portion of the t-shirt to cut strips that she looped through holes around the bottom of her skirt for some fringe.
She went with a single french braid for her hairstyle, adorned with a couple feathers. Moya has been infatuated with all things Native American for years, so she has quite a collection of Native American made jewelry and even some moccasins, which of course worked perfectly with her costume.
Recently...this girl had a birthday. Her fourteenth. I can hardly believe it. My beautiful baby girl has grown into a beautiful young woman.
Recently...this little critter visited our back door. He's kind of pretty and creepy all at the same time. I'm not sure what type of insect he is. Do any of you know?
Recently...I made garlic hummus, and boy was it garlicy! I've been using packaged minced garlic and just switched back to raw garlic and mincing it myself. I was a little off on how much garlic to put in. The packaged stuff is apparently less potent. It was still yummy though and I love to eat it this way layered with tomato and cucumber slices. Makes for a healthy and delicious snack, appetizer, or light lunch.
Recently...I picked the last of our tomatoes and pretty close to the last of our peppers.
Recently...I was greeted by this gorgeous fall sunrise. I love fall skies. So beautiful.
Recently...Elijah bought a skateboard. His review of this sport, "It's a lot harder than it looks." So true Elijah, so true.
Recently...I started my Christmas gift knitting. I'm making good progress. I think I started early enough that I'll get everything finished on time.
Recently...we saw Disney on Ice and it was pretty cool.
Okay, so we're not actually growing spider webs, but, at this point, we seem to be finding more of them than actual produce in our garden.
It's been over a month since my last garden update. Since then, we've harvested tomatoes, one cucumber (they did not do well for us), and several green peppers. Now that the nights are getting colder, I think our garden is winding down.
The tomatoes are smaller and taking much longer to grow and ripen. We have several still on the plants and I'm hoping they make it.
Our peppers seem to love the cooler weather. They are thriving! I counted over sixteen of them between our three plants.
And one more bunch of bok choy. Photos taken October 8th.
This gardening thing is tougher than I had hoped, but I'm not giving up. I learned some things and hopefully next year will be a little better. This is probably my last garden post for this growing season. I'm sure I'll be back with more in the spring.
I have a couple more watercolor sketches completed in my Ludington vacation journal.
Sketches of my two favorite guys enjoying time at the beach. The house rental had Lake Michigan beach access. So awesome. We took the kids down for a swim the first night we were there. I love how the sketch of Elijah turned out, but not so much, the one of Allan.
I used some graphite to further define Allan's face and wish I wouldn't have. It was hard to blend on top of the gesso and ended up looking gritty. I don't mind it on his jawline and chin as it gives the suggestion of stubble, but I'm not lovin' the gritty look on his forehead. Next time, no graphite.
I did really enjoy creating these sketches. There is something about drawing people that I've always loved, especially people that I know and care about.
My mission, given by Elijah, was to make him an afghan. After eight months of crocheting triangles and sewing them together, I have finally completed Elijah's afghan. He is one happy boy, which makes my heart so very happy. I love that my kids love handmade stuff. Stuff handmade by their mama. That makes me happy too.
I made it quite large. He can actually use it on his twin size bed if he wants. I was going to make it smaller, but he was concerned that he might be really tall when he grows up, and it would be too small then. So cute.
I kind of like it on our couch, but I was a good mom and let Elijah take it up to his room. You'll find yarn and pattern information in this previous post.
Hi there! For those of you that may be starting the hop here, welcome to the CK Mixed Media Scrapbooking, vol. 2 blog hop. We are each sharing a layout or project that focuses on a specific section of this special issue.
This special issue is full of gorgeous layouts and fun ideas to add mixed media elements to your own scrapbooks.
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I have two layouts in this issue. This layout, Big Lake Lovin' is in the Fabric section.
I created three fish using canvas, hemp, gelatos, sequins and a marker.
You'll find step-by-step instructions in this special issue.
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I finished my flowers by outlining and adding details to them with a
black Sharpie. I did not add alcohol to the black markings as I wanted
the outline and details to stay crisp.
The Sharpie website says, "After your shirt is completely dry (alcohol is flammable, so don’t use
heat on a damp shirt), set the colors by tumbling the shirt in a hot
clothes dryer for 15 minutes." I tried this and the flowers still bled a little in the wash. So I'd suggest washing your shirt alone until you are certain the ink is indeed set.
I really love this technique and will probably come back to it again.
Moya is working on a Sharpie tie-dye pillow case. Photos to come when she completes it, although, I'm not sure when that will be now that school is back in session.