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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!!

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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!

 

DIY Pet Snake

12 Jun

DIY Pet Snakes

Here’s an easy and fun craft project for the kids. My grandkids and I made these a year ago and they’re still playing with them. I did have to do some mending and re-gluing of an eye or two!

DIY PET SNAKES

cut tee strips

I took an old white t-shirt and cut 2” wide strips, leaving the side seams intact. Then drew the tail and head shape on each end.

stitch_leave opening

Stitch along the edge 1/4”, leaving a 3” opening for turning and stuffing.

turn right side out with dowel

Turn the snake right side out. I used a dowel rod.

stuffing tube

Stuff the snake with batting. I used a plastic tube (cut from an outdoor candy cane decoration) that I inserted into the snake, then stuck in some batting and pushed it through the tube with a dowel rod.

stitch opening closed

Hand stitch the opening closed.

Form head with string

Tie one end to form the head with heavy thread.

glue on eyes and tong

Cut a tongue from red felt. Push in the end of the head with a pencil tip, add some glue and insert the tongue.  Glue on wiggly eyes.  You can also sew on buttons for eyes.

decorate snakes

Cover the work area with an old plastic table cloth or paper, and let the kids decorate their snake with permanent markers.

To make the decorations “bleed”, spray with rubbing alcohol. You can also use a dropper and drip the alcohol onto the marker designs. Let dry.

kids with snakes

Done.  Now it’s play time!

2015 Grandkids Halloween Costumes

21 Oct

This year each of the grandchildren chose their own costumes.

Kylans Astronaut Costume

Kylan wanted to be an Astronaut. His mom found a racing helmet and spray painted it silver and added blue and red tape stripes and foam letters. She also made the backpack from 2 liter pop bottles, cardboard, cups and felt flames. I sewed his jumpsuit and shoe covers and made his rocket trick or treat bag from 2 milk jugs and paper mached it.

Cadens Power Ranger Costume

Caden wanted to be a Green Power Ranger. His mom purchased the outfit. She made his mask from cardboard and black screen and then paper mached and painted it. She did a great job! For his trick or treat bag, his mom spray painted a plastic bucket green and then hot glued on the mask that came with the costume. I only had to make the black and red phone holder for his belt. This was a must along with adding his toy sword. LOL!

Kinzleys Pink Princess Costume

Kinzley wanted to be a Pink Princess…she’s at that stage where everything has to be pink! Her mom found the dress for just a couple of dollars! She found the foam crown and hot glued it to a headband. I made the cape and added the waist addition and front pink section to the dress. I also made her Princess trick or treat bag…

Kinzleys Princess trick or treat bag

Here’s a close up. I glued a foam crown on the inside of a pink bucket she had, sewed, gathered and hot glued on the satin “skirt” and then glued on the rhinestones to the crown and the strip around the bucket.

Mitchell family halloween pic

Here’s the Mitchell family all dressed up to go trick or treating at their campsite.

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.

My Craftsy

3 Jun

If you’re looking to improve your craft or learn a new one, be it sewing, knitting, quilting, cake decorating, paper crafting, woodworking, gardening, painting, jewelry making etc., then you need to check out Craftsy.com.

What or who is Craftsy you ask? Craftsy is an online crafts education company offering free and paid video and downloadable courses and workshops on a whole range of craft categories. The courses/workshops range from $20 to $50, and there’s some free ones as well. I recently purchased a free video course on Bag-Making Basics, because I wanted to improve my purse/bag making skills. I learned a few new techniques, which made me very happy! What else is nice is that the classes never expire.

In addition to the courses/workshops, they also offer community project forums, craft supplies and kits.

Craftsy also allows you to sell your own patterns for free. I’ve purchased a few sewing patterns…there’s tons of them at very reasonable prices, including free ones!

Here’s the patterns I have in my Craftsy shop so far.

Expandable Travel Trash Bag Pattern

My Expandable Travel Trash Bag Pattern – $3.50

CRAFTSY paper craft templates

My DIY Paper Craft Templates – $2.50

Pocket Golf Ball Cleaner Pattern

My POCKET Golf Ball Cleaner Pattern – $4.00

FEED ME Monster Pillow Pattern

My FEED ME Monster Pillow Pattern – $5.00

angry-birds-on-seatbelt-pillow

My Angry Bird Seatbelt Pillow Pattern…this one’s Free!

Check out Craftsy.  I just know you’ll find lots of interesting things to make and learn!

Homemade Gifts For Mom

14 May

Natural room scents

I hope all you Mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  Rather than giving my Mom a hanging plant this year, I decided to make her a few things.

Natural Room (Simmering) Scents

I saw these several months ago on The Yummy Life and wanted to give them a try but never got around to it. Then the other day I thought about them when I saw the fruit on my table and decided I’d make them for my Mom for Mother’s Day. They were really easy and fun to make, and I just love how colorful the fresh ingredients look in the jars.

Here’s the scents, from left to right:

Pine twigs, whole bay leaves and whole nutmeg, pine needle essential oil

Sliced oranges, fresh ginger slices and almond extract

Sliced limes, fresh thyme sprigs, peppermint oil and vanilla bean pieces

Sliced Oranges, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and allspice

Sliced Lemons, fresh rosemary sprigs and vanilla bean pieces

To use, you simply pour the contents in a pan and simmer on the stove, or heat it in the microwave and add it to a crock pot or fondue pot.

simmering scent in fondue pot

Here’s the Lime, thyme, peppermint and vanilla one I made myself simmering in my fondue pot. Mmm, I can really smell the mint and vanilla! For my mom, I had a mini Rival crock pot I gave her because the water doesn’t evaporate as fast as it does simmering.

Tea and water bottle cozy

Tea and Water Bottle Cozy

In addition to the natural room scents, I gave her some “sleepytime” tea, because she says she has a hard time sleeping, and this quilted cozy I made for her water bottles. During my last visit she pointed out the napkin she wraps around her cold water bottle to absorb the moisture when it sweats…lol!

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