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Mitchell Zoo Animals and Zoo Keeper Halloween

26 Oct

Zoo animal and zoo keeper Halloween Costumes

Well, here’s the finished Halloween Costumes that go with the animal trick or treat buckets I made. How awesome are they! My daughter, Katie (the Zoo Keeper), made the elephant, tiger and Zebra masks from patterns she bought from Wintercroft.com.  You need to check them out!

Their decorated campsite won 1st place at the Dayton KOA and Richmond campsites they stayed at!

elephant and tiger costumes

Her husband, Dave’s Elephant costume was a BIG hit and even won 1st Place during their Richmond Halloween event! At the Dayton KOA, little kids ran up to him and hugged him…oh, it was so sweet!

tiger costume and crocodile basket

Here’s my grandson, Kylan’s Tiger Costume. He loved it and never took off the mask!

tiger halloween costume

In fact, he would hide behind a tree at their campsite and peek around it when the hayride drove past. That may have helped them win 1st Place.

pink pumpkin pigs

And don’t you just LOVE these pink pumpkin pigs! I just think they’re sooo cute! Katie worked really hard making all the masks and campsite decorations. Good job Honey!

Cheetah Halloween Costume

Here’s my granddaughter, Kinzley’s Cheetah costume. Isn’t she just a cutie! You should have seen her dancing at the Monster Bash. She could have danced all night, LOL!

Zebra and Zoo Keeper Halloween Costumes

Here’s my grandson’s, Caden’s Zebra costume along with his mom, the Zoo Keeper and dog Rocket, the Lion. Katie used a boa for Caden’s mane, which gently flowed behind him when he walked. Rocket got lots of compliments too and he never tried taking his costume off the whole time we were out walking.

grandkids halloween costumes

Here’s the three grand kids…with Kinzley showing some “attitude”, hahaha!

My husband and I had so much fun walking around the campground with them, looking at all the great costumes and campsite decorations.

Another successful Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

2016 Halloween Trick Or Treat Baskets

26 Oct

 

2016-halloween-stuffed-animals

This year my job was to make the grandkids Halloween baskets to go with their Zoo Animal theme.  Their mom, Katie, is making all the Halloween costumes…boy is she doing an awesome job!  I can’t wait to show them to you.

rhino-halloween-basket

This Rhino trick or treat basket is for Caden.  He’s the first one I made and I was very happy with the results.  I kinda just winged it.  The head is a template I found online and increased the size.

crocodile-halloween-basket

This Crocodile trick or treat basket is for Kylan.  He too is made from felt with rick rack teeth and scales down his tail.  He is made from a sewing pattern I downloaded and adjusted for the basket.  

flamingo-halloween-basket

Lastly, this Flamingo trick or treat basket is for Kinzley.  It’s perfect because she just LOVES pink and I found out that her Halloween costume has no pink at all!  Like the other baskets, this one is made from felt.  I made all pattern pieces. 

2016-halloween-stuffed-animals

I also made the Giraffe, Hippo and Moose heads (shown above) to decorate their camper/campsite.  I had the felt and just couldn’t help myself!

Hope you all have a very Happy Halloween!

 

Shopping Cart Grocery Bag Sewing Pattern

6 Jun

In Shopping Cart

I have to tell you, I LOVE THIS Grocery Bag! 

I designed it to use at the new ALDI store that recently opened in our area. This grocery store requires you to bag your own groceries, so this Shopping Cart Grocery Bag does the job wonderfully, and the large size helps get the groceries into the house a whole lot quicker too!

The bag quickly and easily attaches to a standard shopping cart and has a large and small front pocket to hold a notepad, pen, coupons, your purse/wallet and so much more.

Made from durable Outdoor Pro-Tuff Fabric (sold at Walmart), this bag is nice and strong.  The backside (bag interior) of this fabric is 100% PVC, so it’s easy to clean and eliminates the need for a lining.

When not in use, simply fold and store it in your car or truck so it’s available when you need it.

cart_truck_home

For more photos and information about this Craftsy sewing pattern, click here.

UPDATE:  

The other day I got caught in the pouring rain leaving the grocery store. Boy was I happy I used my Shopping Cart Grocery Bag!!!

Shopping cart bag Caught in the Rain1

Shopping Cart Bag Caught in the Rain2

Here it is after I brought it in. It was filled with 5 plastic grocery bags plus four (4) 2 litters.  It was heavy, but I just heaved it out of the cart and into the backseat. Thankfully it only took a few seconds. My hair and shirt didn’t far as good…I looked like a drowned rat when I got home. LOL!

The rain never soaked through the Grocery bag (because of the PVC backing), and the rain that did get inside was easily wiped dry with a towel.

Ohio State Shopping Cart Grocery Bag

Here’s an Ohio State one I made for my daughter from the grey Pro-Tuff fabric. I printed the side logo on dark iron on transfer paper.

USA  Shopping Cart Grocery Bag

And, here’s one I made from the Blue Pro-Tuff fabric. With the Fourth Of July just around the corner, the blue went perfect with the red, white and blue ribbon trim on the handles and front pockets.

Camping Shower Totes and Toiletry Lanyards

7 Jul

Shower tote and toiletry lanyard with text

My latest sewing project (and Craftsy Pattern) was making shower totes and shower lanyards for my daughter and her family for when they go camping.  For the totes, she wanted it large enough to hold a bath towel, flip flops and a change of clothes.  For the lanyard, she found this idea from thepopupprincess.  

Toiletry Lanyard pic

We both loved the idea, but wanted to be able to add more items like a razor, tooth paste and tooth brush, so I designed these clip on mesh bags.  Here’s how they look hanging from the campsite shower.

Katie, the three grandkids and I went fabric shopping and here’s how everyone’s tote bag and lanyard turned out…the kids picked out their own fabric (in their favorite color) and couldn’t wait for me to make them.

Cadens Ninja Turtle Tote and Lanyard

Here’s Caden’s Ninja Turtle Shower Tote bag and lanyard. We found the clip on bottles at Joanns for $1.00 which had hand gel in them that she replaced with her own shampoo, bath gel and cream rinse.  I have to say I liked Caden’s the best…love the vibrant green!

Kylans Super Heros Tote and Lanyard

Here’s Kylan’s Super Hero Shower Tote bag and lanyard.

Kinzleys Pink Princess Tote and Lanyard

Here’s Kinzley’s Pink Princess…had to be pink…Shower Tote bag and lanyard.

Katies Purple Tote and Lanyard

This is Katie’s purple Shower Tote bag and lanyard.  

Daves Blue Tote and Lanyard

Lastly, here’s Dave’s Shower Tote bag and lanyard.

Totes Hanging in camper

Here they all are neatly hanging in their pop up camper, ready to go!  The lanyards are kept in the inside zipper pocket.

Family Off To The Showers

Here’s the Mitchell family at Cedar Point KOA campsite heading for the showers with their new tote bags and shower lanyards.   Katie said they worked out great, having everyone’s shower stuff in one place.

I have to say I really enjoyed sewing these!  They were really easy and each one turned out so nice.  Katie (and the kids) did a great job picking out the fabrics.

To make your own Shower Tote and Toiletry Lanyard, visit my Craftsy Pattern Store.

How To Make Pine Cone Fire Starters

5 Jul

Pine Cone Fire Starters

I just finished making these pine cone fire starters for our next camping trip. They’re hugh, thanks to my daughter, Chrystal.

Georgia pine conesDuring our visit at Chrystal’s who lives in Georgia, my son-in-law saw all these pine cones laying round her yard and asked if I wanted them for fire starters…of course I said yes! So before we left he bagged them up for me. Pine cones make great fire starters because of their high resin content. They catch fire quickly and sustains a hot burn.

fire starter suppliesI gathered all my supplies: dryer lint and used softener sheets (we save them just for this purpose), a jar candle, some old taper candles, newspaper and string.

drip wax onto pine coneFirst, I lay out some newspaper to protect the table, and another layer for the fire starters.

 

Then I light the jar candle and use it to light the taper candle and let the wax drip all over the pine cone. This is so much easier and faster than melting and pouring the hot wax over the pine cone…and safer too! Melted wax is very hot and highly flammable (which is why it’s used to make fire starters)

stick lint and softener sheets into conesThen I stick in pieces of dryer lint and softener sheets into the pine cone. The lint is very flammable and the softener sheets also have wax in them.

wrap in newspaper and secure with stringLastly, I wrap the cone in the newspaper and tie the end with string.  That’s it.  I’m ready to sit around a nice blazing campfire!

 

New Addition To Our Camper Storage Unit

26 Aug

Camper Storage Unit

This is the storage unit my daughter and son-in-law made for our pop up camper last year.   It really comes in handy and holds a lot of stuff.   After my husband and I went camping with them this past June, I found that we could use some additional storage space…

kitchen items in bin

for things like these…cooking utensils, cutting boards, foil, paper plates, bowls and cutlery.   So, I put my thinking cap on and…

kitchen items stored in caddy

came up with this fabric storage caddy for the left side of the storage unit.   It has a top shelf that measures 16” X 9” X 5” (with a removeable foam board bottom), a pocket that measures 9” X 8” X 2 1/2” (with a foam board front) and a detachable (Velcro) cutlery holder that measures 9 1/2” X 6”.   The back measures 16” X 22” and is made from two pieces of heavy canvas with stiff interfacing in between, and edged with bias tape.

empty storage caddy

 To attach the caddy it to the storage unit,   I added three grommets at the top and used clips to hang it on the back of the top metal shelf, and fabric strips (with Velcro) at the bottom to wrap around the metal bar to keep the caddy stationary. The caddy’s shelf sides fold over the metal shelf rungs and secured with 2” Velcro hook and loop pieces. 

The detachable cutlery holder is great because you don’t have to worry about pulling out what you need.   Simply pull the pocket off the caddy and take it to the table.

camper storage unit caddy

Here’s how the storage unit looked with the new fabric storage caddy during our camping trip a few weeks ago.   It worked out GREAT!  

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