Five things to be happy about {five things friday: link-up #22}

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“But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.”

― Victoria Steele Logue, Redemption

Things are starting to feel extra wintry over here! With frosty cold mornings, the smell of wood burning fireplaces at night and the softest blanket of snow covering the mountain tops. Is it just me or did Autumn seem way too short? Still, I’m looking forward to finding out what this PNW winter is all about!

Wishing everyone a very happy Five Things Friday! xo

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • redwood forests and Spanish moss
  • steam rising from a cluster of casseroles
  • going to sleep with a line through every item on the to-do list
  • mulling spices of stick cinnamon, dried sweet orange peel, cracked nutmegs, and whole cloves
  • a salmon-colored sunset

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy!

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

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*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

Five things friday: link-up #21 {handmade halloween edition – taking the cost out of costumes}

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“It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

 

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Hellooo, November!

Leaves are falling, fog is rising, early nights are on their way and Halloween costumes have officially been retired. I’m mixing things up this Five Things Friday and dedicating my photo-roundup to this year’s handmade Halloween costumes! 🎃👻

First up, here are this week’s five not-so-random things from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • the sky fading to a burning orange, the moon popping out, and eventually the thin crack of light under your door flickering to black
  • guessing the pumpkin’s weight and getting it free
  • buying enough candy for all the trick-or-treaters
  • the Ghostbusters movies
  • When chill November’s surly blast made fields and forests bare. (R. Burns)

Five smiles photo-roundup (costume edition):

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This Halloween, after the littles put in their costume demands requests, I went straight to work with the challenge of costuming a Ghostbuster and a Pumpkin.

To see my handmade Halloween costumes from previous years, click here!

Two things I did differently with costuming this year:
– zero patterns
– ZERO cost

Well technically, the buckets were $3 each making the total cost of the costumes a whopping $6! You guys, fabric hoarding really has its benefits! 😉

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Who you gonna call? This jumpsuit was made from a super thick flat sheet that I scored during a thrifting trip a few months ago (the orange and light gray fabric strips were also from my stash). I used t-shirt iron-on transfer paper from a previous project for the patch and name tag. A pair of 3D glasses with the lenses popped out completed the look.

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My husband was on Proton Pack duty… he made the entire pack from discarded cardboard, miscellaneous unused cables and cords, duct tape, already owned finger flashlights and recycle bin finds (note the k-cups, plastic cookie sleeve tray, vitamin water bottle, twist off plastic bottle caps… etc.). The straps were borrowed from his guitar case.

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Of course, you can’t have Ghostbusters without Slimer… with a little paint, we transformed my daughter’s “Ectoplasm green” colored treat bucket into his much less slimy looking likeness.

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One little pumpkin. This costume was made from an orange vintage sheet that was thrifted last year. It was stuffed with Poly-Fil from my stash and accented with green leaves made from leftover t-shirt remnants from his first Halloween costume a few years ago.

Bonus happy: Because Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a spooky sky view. I snapped this one during the walk up to our first house of the night.img_2873


Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy! 🙂

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

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*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday: link-up #20}

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“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”― W.B. Yeats

Rain on rain on rain, plump pumpkins, long overdue visits with best friends and exploring just a handful of the many hidden wonders of our beautiful city… this was another perfect week with so many things to be happy about!

Wishing you a beautiful week and a very happy Five Things Friday!

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • Japanese lanterns strung between trees, gently lighting the lawn
  • lamb’s wool and angora
  • pastel colors
  • chubby cows eating contentedly on the grass
  • putting on heavy ski socks and a warm bath robe

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy!

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

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*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

 

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday: link-up #19}

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“For as long as she could remember, she had thought that autumn air went well with books, that the two both somehow belonged with blankets, comfortable armchairs, and big cups of coffee or tea.”
― Katarina Bivald, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Wishing you a beautiful week and a very happy Five Things Friday!

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • buttered maple syrup
  • healthful mountain air
  • wreaths of pinecones hanging on heavy doors
  • vending machines with good stuff
  • flipping to the right page of a book on the first try

Five smiles photo-roundup:

Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy!

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

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*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

 

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday: link-up #18}

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“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
—Bram Stroker, Dracula

Rainy nature walks, hidden neighborhood treasures and a little bit of magic. Fall is in full swing here, Halloween is just around the corner and there are so many wonderful things to be happy about!

Wishing you a beautiful week and a very happy Five Things Friday!

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • squeezing one more brushful out of the toothpaste tube
  • sticking with something you committed to
  • all-butter pound cake, ice cream and strawberries
  • the sun coming up over a fog, a warmth of silver light that seems to come from everywhere
  • “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” (Jacques Torres)

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy!

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

FTF pink jpg

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*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

 

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Wicked stitches: werewolves and witches {handmade halloween}

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October is finally here, which means one thing – and no, I’m not talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Well, alright… so two things. But mostly, I’m talking about…

 Halloween costumes!!

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This is hands down, my most favorite time of year. I love the crisp coolness in the air, the beautiful fiery colors of fall and most of all, the creative challenge and the hustle and bustle that comes with a handmade Halloween!

Inspired by Bernie at Needle and Foot‘s Halloween themed linky party last week, I thought I’d share some of my favorite handmade Halloween costumes. The linky party has officially ended, but you can still go over and check out all the wonderful Fall inspired creations.handmadehalloween

If you’ve read my About Me Page, you may remember me mentioning my very first sewing project – which also happened to be my very first attempt at ever operating a sewing machine. It pretty much went like this:

Step 1. Unbox machine. Step 2. Cut out pattern pieces. Step 3. Sew pieces together the most wrong way possible. Step 4. Grab the seam ripper, redo… repeat.

Many mistakes were made and lessons learned during that first project, but I discovered a passion for sewing I never knew I possessed…. and I had one adorable little Tinkerbell to show for it. 😄

Tinkerbell Costume

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Tinker bell – Simplicity Disney Princess #4949

Please take a moment to enjoy the many wonders of my handy stitch work below. Those lines were having their very own Halloween party and it. was. wild!!!

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The Wizard of Oz – Dorothy Costume

We’re not in Kansas, anymore! I’m proud to say that by the next Halloween, my sewing had definitely improved. I also wised up and went with cotton fabrics — life changing!

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Dorothy – Simplicity Wizard of Oz #4024

Masquerade Ball Costumes

That same year, I made three costumes for a Masquerade themed costume party. This was my first time making adult sized clothes. I adjusted the dresses slightly from their original pattern designs and was incredibly happy with the way they turned out, especially given my skill level at the time (pssst… I’m the one in the middle 🙊).

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Masquerade Costumes – From left to right: Butterick Formal Coat #4732; McCall’s Costume Fairytale Dress #M6420; Simplicity Elizabethan Costume #3782

Mermaid Costume

The mermaid costume was the first one my daughter was actually old enough to request. At this point, I rarely did any non-Halloween-related sewing, and although I still made plenty of mistakes, I also started to understand more about pattern reading and overall sewing techniques, which helped make the process a lot less frustrating and way more enjoyable! 😊

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Mermaid – McCall’s Costumes #M5498

Puss in Boots Costume

The next year, my daughter decided she was going to be Puss in Boots. This kid, I tell ya…

I made her shirt and skirt from an upcycled orange t-shirt, some tiger print fabric and black tulle. Her boot covers were made from black faux leather fabric. Her belt was 2″ thick black elastic and I made her hat out of cardboard covered in black felt and approximately 5,001 hot glue sticks. The look was completed by a black cape (not pictured).

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Cheerleader Costume

Next up was the cheerleader costume. This was my first time ever sewing on a yoke, so it felt very official. It also happened to be my second time sewing with confetti dot fabric after I swore I’d never, ever, ever use it again – and if you’ve ever sewn with it, you totally feel me on this because it’s horrible… with a capital H!

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Cheerleader – Simplicity #3689

The Princess and the Frog Costumes

The next Halloween was a special one. It was the year we added a brand new baby frog to our family! 🐸 My daughter wanted to have a dress like Tiana from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog — she naturally had to have a little Frog Prince side kick, right? 😉

The two piece dress was self-drafted and made from satin fabrics with a green sparkly tulle overlay for the top. For the frog costume, I used this baby romper tutorial and two upcycled green t-shirts.

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Funky Witch Costume

The next year, my daughter wanted to be a cool, funky witch. I made her a bright, colorful tutu, added some fun accessories and called it a day!

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Werewolf Costume

Since we already had a witch, we decided to stick with the classic Halloween costume theme and turn this little guy into a werewolf. Terrifying, isn’t he? I distressed a flannel shirt and pair of jeans I found at the thrift store. I added some tufts of fur and a tail that were all made out of yarn. Here’s a great yarn tail tutorial. Easy peasy!

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DIY Yarn Tail

Zombie Prom Goers

This past Halloween was probably my most favorite and fun costume combo yet! A zombie prom queen, by request, and one devilishly handsome prom date. Both costumes were made from thrift store finds. Not wanting to destroy a perfectly pretty dress, I made an apron style wrap out of an upcycled blue sheet. I shredded it and tied it around the waist giving the illusion of a tattered dress. I made a corsage and matching boutonniere from Dollar Store finds. Fake blood splatters, spooky makeup and a whooole lotta hairspray did the rest!

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Halloween 2016…

I’m still not 100% sure what the littles will be this year… they have a couple of ideas in mind. But whether it’s a scary pumpkin and Supergirl or a ghost and a Ghostbuster, I’m excited to get in my last minute sew-zone and gear up for another awesomely fun handmade Halloween!

Edit: Handmade Halloween 2016 has been posted! Click here to read all about this year’s zero-cost costumes!

Anybody else making costumes this Halloween (and do you wait until the last minute like I do)?? 👻

xo.a

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday: link-up #17}

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“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

I hope everyone is having a beautiful week. Happy Five Things Friday!

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • china cups and saucers
  • the gleaming symmetry of a frosted spiderweb at dawn
  • a rickety wharf, its legs stockinged in barnacles
  • screened porches, unscreened porches, glassed porches, unglassed porches, with old wicker chairs, and pots of geraniums, bringing romance to summer
  • knowing the best things in life are free

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy!

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

FTF pink jpg

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*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

 

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