David of the Gnomes Halloween

I love dressing up for Halloween and my husband always grew a beard for deer hunting, until we struck a compromise. Now, every other year I have the challenge of coming up with costumes that work with a beard. I started searching online and Pinterest for bearded characters and stumbled upon David the Gnome!

I loved this show when I was in kindergarten :) I set to work planning out the important elements/how I was going to make them for the costumes and searching for the perfect shade of blues for each part.

I created the hats out of tag board and added a stretchy chin strap. I used a circle punch on a stickie note and used make up to create little cheek spots. I made the belt pouch out of felt. I made a simple beard out of chunky yarn. Otherwise, David's outfit was a purchased sweater and khaki pants. I picked up a skirt pattern for JoAnn's and I sewed the skirt (first time ever sewing with a pattern and it didn't turn out perfect but it worked). I borrowed my sister-in-law's wedding dress kremlin to puff out the skirt. I added felt decals to a white shirt with felt and found a purple hair hanky to complete the Lisa outfit. 

I think we turned out pretty darn good and we won best couples costume at the party! The effort was all worth it. :)


Star Wars Quiet Book

My latest obsession is quiet books! I'm looking at them thinking how great they are because it will help my son develop motor skills and keep him away from electronics. Electronics aren't currently an issue but I'd like to stay on top of that.

Of course I have to stay true to form and my first book is Star Wars themed! I found a bunch of pages through Pinterest or Etsy that I thought looked great or were a good idea, from there I ran with it and translated it into Star Wars characters. I haven't finished them yet but here is a little sneak peak at some pages that are pretty much done. It took quite a bit of planning and trial/error to figure out the layers of felt and how to piece things together. It was a challenge to take on this project with no prior knowledge or template of quiet books but I'm happy with the results!

Chewbacca taggie

Han Solo zipper vest - complete with chest hair!

Yoda belt tying

Luke Skywalker flight suit buckling

Princess Leia removable hair buns

I have more pages planned out and just need to find the time to work on some more. My goal is to get these ones grommeted so I can put them together for my son to start playing with. He's only one right now but I'm looking forward to creating more if he likes them!

More to come!