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A Big Week!

June 14, 2013

It’s been a big week (or two) here at our house. Starting off: I got a job! And not only a job, but a job I’ve been hoping for, for years! I will be the High School English teacher at Boise City in Oklahoma.

I’ve been absolutely over the moon about it. It’s going to be crazy, I’ll have SIX periods to teach out of the seven a day, but I’m already preparing for the first day of school!!

Second big thing of the week: The Husband got promoted to the Cattle Department at work! His manager had promised him he would be promoted within about six months or starting his job and he kept his promise. He did let him know that he has set a really high standard for himself with his work as a Feed Foreman and that he’s been talked up company wide, so everyone is watching him closely. No pressure, right?

Anywho, it’s been fantastic seeing this move already paying off for our family. For the first time since college, (shutout to my awesome friends at The Cat Clinic of Stillwater!) we both have jobs that we love, at the same time!! Already, I feel like we’re getting confirmation that we have finally made the right move!!

Anyway, needless to say, the cool post I had planned on woven-edge no-see fleece blankets has been pushed to the back burner, for now. Hopefully once I get my head around everything I’m going to have to learn and do in the next few months, I can get it posted!

Hope everyone else has had the same kind of awesome week that we have had!!!

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The cape, the mask, and the happiest little girl here in the sticks!

June 4, 2013

Good Tuesday everyone! Sorry about yesterday, but we needed a recovery day after our very first two-day weekend with The Husband since we’ve moved back to Texas. If you missed it, part one of this post can be found here.

The Bug loved her cape and mask set. She loves running around as ‘Supergirl’ and she loves the way the cape trails out behind her when she runs. I foresee this cape being worn nearly everyday until it’s in tatters, which is the whole reason for it! The Husband said when it gets too ragged we’ll hang it in our closet to save for her when she’s older; I love that idea!

Anywho, we’re going to pick up where we left off on Friday, with both sides of the cape appliquéd and ready to be finished up!

Make sure and add stitches to your appliqué!

Make sure and add stitches to your appliqué!

*Sew on your appliques. This ensures that they will be tough enough to outlast what your kiddo will put them through!*

After pinning, sew the two sides together, appliquéd sides together.

After pinning, sew the two sides together, appliquéd sides together.

Make sure to iron each side really well and then pin together, appliqued sides facing. And now, sew the two pieces together, around the EDGES. Don’t sew the top closed yet!

You need to flip the sewn pieces inside out so that the appliqued pieces are showing and your stitches are hidden, but first iron the seams you just made very well! Once you’ve ironed, pull the insides out!

After sewing the edges together, make sure and iron really well so that when you pull the appliquéd sides out the edges are crisp!

After sewing the edges together, make sure and iron really well so that when you pull the appliquéd sides out the edges are crisp!

Now quickly sew the collar together. This is simple since it’s just two pattern pieces, wrong sides together. Just make sure to leave the top unsewn. (The pattern has you mark two dots; you leave the space between them unsewn.)

Collar pinned and ready to sew.

Collar pinned and ready to sew.

Now, back to the cape. You’ll want to use a zig-zag stitch to go across the top of the cape now that you’ve pulled the appliqued sides out. Once you’ve sewn the top together, you’ll now sew two rows of basting stitches, leaving long tails so you can gather the fabric.

Use a zig-zag stitch on the top edge and sew two rows of basting stitches.

Use a zig-zag stitch on the top edge and sew two rows of basting stitches.

Now this, for me, is the most frustrating part. It never fails that as I’ve nearly got everything gathered, my thread breaks. To prevent this, I recommend using quilting quality thread, which is tougher and shouldn’t break quite as easily. Needless to say, I did not on this project, which is why I’ve got no pictures of me actually gathering anything! I didn’t manage to get a picture snapped because of the pathetically terrible time I was having!

Now is the nearly final step! 🙂 You’ve gathered the top of the cape to fit in between the ‘dots’ the pattern had you make on the collar, or in other words, the unsewn portion of the collar. You need to pin the cape to one side of the collar (make sure to fold your edges under or the top will look a little messy and unfinished) and you will lay the other side (it will be the ‘top’ to you) down, with edges ‘folded’ and sew. You really only want to do this once. If you sew on both sides you will get two separate sets of stitches (I did, which is why mine looks a little messy. When I do The Muffin’s cape I will get this part right!), which looks a little crazy. So pin and set up several times, sew once!

Finally done!!

Finally done!!

The very last step is attaching the velcro, which I have no useful pictures of, since I purchased velcro with an adhesive backing. Seemed brilliant until I realized you could neither machine or hand sew to reinforce them due to the sticky ickyness of the glue. If you purchase self-adhesive velcro, remember that. I don’t think it will really hold up, so once it falls off I will replace it with two sewn-on squares!

And there you are, a relatively simple superhero cape for your little Superman or Wonderwoman!

If you are following the Fuddie Duddies pattern, you will know that there is a little instruction set on triple layered masks. I tried to follow this part, but the material I bought for appliqués and masks just did not work following these instructions…so I cheated. I used the pattern to cut out a small masks from two different materials (one to match each side of the cape), and then I modge podged them together and let them sit, under the full pressure of all my GRE study books, overnight. The result is pleasing, even if not as cool as the patterns’ masks. So then I punched a hole on each end using some of my husband’s leather working tools, laced through some elastic and hand sewed it to keep it in place, and boom! Sort-of instant superhero mask.

She won't tell you her secret identity, but she will tell you how much she loves graham crackers!

She won’t tell you her secret identity, but she will tell you how much she loves graham crackers!

All-in-all, a really fun project that my daughter enjoys SO much. I plan on making a cape for little Muffin sometime this week, though it probably won’t happen until the weekend due to our busy schedule this week. I hope this has inspired someone to give sewing and creating things for their own kiddos a try. I have always seen posts and pins and tutorials that other people have made that I thought, ‘Well that’s too complicated, I could never do that for myself’, but in the end I finally have!

She is so happy!

She is so happy!

If, for some reason, you would like help, have questions or would like me to sew one of these up for your little one, send me a message or e-mail me. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You can do it!!

And to finish off the post, some random pictures of my little superhero and her other sidekick! 🙂

Up, up, and away!

Up, up, and away!

To the rescue!

To the rescue!

Ready for action!

Ready for action!

Supergirl and her sidekick, The Cubster!

Supergirl and her sidekick, The Cubster!

Oh no!

June 3, 2013

Morning everyone! My first day to promise a post, and it’s not ready! 😦

I’ll be posting the complete cape and mask tutorial tomorrow, and today the family is going to recover from Daddy weekend!!

See you tomorrow!

Feeling Super!

May 31, 2013

TGIF! Or at least that’s how it is here at our house. This weekend is The Husband’s weekend off, and also the very first time we have spent one of his off weekends at home. In preparation for the family weekend, I got to work on a really nifty project that he and the girls will enjoy in their together time, Superhero Capes!

The Bug is always pretending that she is either Super Girl or Spidergirl when she and her daddy play together outside, so I figured that a cape and mask set would be the perfect surprise. Best part?? The cape is reversible!! So Bug can be whichever superhero anytime, anywhere 🙂

To create these, I followed a great pattern I purchased on Etsy from Fuddie Duddies. You can find her shop here.

She loves to help!

I followed the first steps to cut out the cape fabric, pressed each cutout, and then moved on to the appliqué. It was my first time doing appliqué AND using WonderUnder, but after much trial and error, I finally got it right. (Also, I’m currently Googling ways to get WonderUnder gunk off my iron!!)

Both sides cut out and ready to go!

WonderUnderCut an appropriate sized piece of WonderUnder.

FusingIron applique to webbing using a hot, dry iron.

IMG_3844Trim off excess backing.

Centered Backing should easily peel off. Center on cape, six inches from bottom.

Iron onto cape piece, using scrap fabric to cover applique.

And voila! Two sides to The Bug’s reversible cape. On Monday I’ll finish up with the sewing steps, finishing, and (my favorite!!) the masks!!!

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

It’s been years…but here’s a sneak peek!!

May 30, 2013

Hello Everyone! It’s been a really, really, really long time since I’ve posted here , but I”ve been busy since I’ve started staying home with the kids. Lots of projects to document and share!! 

 

So, I thought I’d start with this one. Any guesses on what it might be? Come back tomorrow and check it out!

 

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My Paper Crane — Crafting with Kids

October 5, 2010

I discovered a new blog today that I think I’ve fallen in love with. It’s called My Paper Crane.

The blog is full of nifty crafty things that I would love to try if I had the time. Between cakes, studying for my teaching exam, Katie, knitting, work and everything else I’m in the middle of, it’s hard to find time! (Did you notice that I put work last?? haha)

She has a new book called Crafting with Kids. It looks positively fantastic. It reminds me of some of the craft books we used when we were kids on the days we had off from school. My favorite was one that had all kinds of different kids costumes. My favorite costume? The Uncle Sam complete with KFC bucket top hat! 😀

Anyway, everyone should head on over to her site and check it out. They are giving away a free copy. To enter for a chance go to her site and leave her a comment about your favorite holiday.

Or, if you have my kind of luck, just put it on your list to go out and buy a copy this week so you can craft with you favorite kiddos!!

Cakes and The Bug!

September 20, 2010

Hi everyone.

I’m pretty sure no one reads here anymore since I’ve been absent from posting so long, but just in case, I decided to show a few of the cakes I’ve worked on recently and a couple of pictures from The Bug’s first visit to the state fair!

I’m still planning on uploading my sister’s senior pics, but there a quite a few and I haven’t had a chance to do it yet. So keep your eyes open because those will be on their way (before too long, I hope!)

So, here we are. Cakes and The Bug. Could it get any better? I think not.

And here is a link to Emily Anderson’s photography blog where you can view pictures of Baby B and The Bug both. Hopefully there will be more pictures that I contribute cake to in the future on her site!! 🙂

emileeandersonphotography.blogspot.com