my Halloween Costume + 30 more ideas!

by Dana on October 9, 2015

I think I’ve got this year figured out:

Witch Better Have my Candy shirt

(thanks to my cousin Kam for sharing THIS shirt with me)
Lucy asked what it meant.
And I came up with some literal explanation about hoping that a Witch would have some candy when I rang her doorbell.
And then I went and watched this clip for the 10th time and laughed all over again….and had Rihanna stuck in my head the rest of the day.

But hey, it’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween.
We’ve been pulling out the decor and feeling the “Fall” air….
which in Texas means swimming + pizza parties + ice cream.

Halloween Costume ideas on MADE

So if you’re feeling the true crisp Autumn air in your parts….making Pumpkin Cookies and getting in costume mode, here are some ideas to keep your wheels spinning.

OMG.  Studio DIY.
Do you follow Kelly on her blog + Instagram?
She kills it every time.
If Witch Doesn’t Have my Candy….I’m going as a Cactus. Love it!  Check out her blog for so many cute ideas….like Fries Before Guys.  Haha.

This Van Gogh is amazing.  And who doesn’t need Leia buns?

Genius Mermaid Costume, that you can actually WALK in.  Thank you Make it + Love it!

Lots of colorful Candy from Oh Happy Day….and a cute NO-sew Pineapple by Delia Creates.

And just a throwback to the costumes we made last year at our house (since I’m always posting about them AFTER the holidays are over. Doh)

Owen the Goldfish:

Goldfish Costume
Two little LaLa Loopsies:
Lala Loopsy Costume
Lala Loopsy Costumes
AND….I finally got around to updating the Tutorials Page , so now you can easily find any Halloween Costumes I’ve shared here on the blog.  Just click a button below!
Peace out my friends.
Have a great weekend!
Witch Better Have my Candy


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sewing skirts in Palm Springs

by Dana on October 5, 2015

Palm Springs 1
A few weeks ago I headed off to the annual Girl’s trip with my sisters/cousins. Woohoo!
And the day I flew out, THIS fantastic fabric showed up in my mailbox.
Idle Wild Knits
So the only logical thing to do, was to pack up my sewing machine.
Truck it along to California….
Baby Lock sewing machine
….and in-between this:
Palm Springs 2
and this (thank you Rite Aid)
ice cream on MADE
….the plan was to wrangle the girls into sewing these:
Pencil Skirts!
Pencil Skirts by MADE
And they did it, and loved it!  The skirts looked so great.
And I’m totally in love with these Idle Wild knits.  Adorable.

Pencil Skirt video
I don’t know the exact release date, but Idle Wild knits are coming out soon.  They’re designed by the Pattern Anthology ladies, for Riley Blake Designs.   This is the 2nd time I’ve sewn with their knits and I really love the feel, stretch, and weight of the fabric.  It’s perfect for a stretchy Pencil Skirt…..which yes.  You see me sew these a lot.  But they’re just so easy, and so cute! Every time.

If you missed my How-to-sew-a-pencil-skirt-in-20-minutes video, you can watch it here:

And if you’ve ever wondered about traveling on a plane with your sewing machine (I did)….it’s super easy.   I ordered THIS sewing machine trolley (2 days before my trip.  Typical.  Thank you Amazon Prime!)  It was fantastic.  It’s like a small rolling suitcase/carryon.  I ordered a generic brand, and my Babylock fit in there perfectly.  I don’t know why I never bought one of these before?  It made it through TSA security without a flinch….which in a dorky way disappointed me.  Really?  That sewing machine looks normal to you on Xray??  You’re not just a little curious about it?
I guess there’s a slew of TSA-ers making quilts in their off-time?  Who knew?

So when I got to Palm Springs, I set up my machine in the kitchen and one night we all went crazy…cutting, sewing, and helping each other out.

It was so much fun to sew with my cousins!  Here are Lauren and Debbie, two cousins I don’t get to see very often.  I love these girls.  Lauren (on the left) sews a ton and was a little worker bee, helping everyone else before working on her own skirt.

Debbie (on the right) sews a ton too and has the cutest laugh.  She’s so fantastic to have around.

My cute sister-in-law Sara just moved to Texas this year, so it’s been fun hanging out more with her.  She’s more of a beginner when it comes to sewing with knits and she did an awesome job!  I love her skirt, in the floral print.
How to sew an easy Pencil Skirt
And this just made my day when Debbie and my other cousin Karis walked out wearing matching skirts.  “Is it too much?”
And they headed off to go shopping in their Idle Wild skirts.  Love it.
How to make Pencil Skirts
All together, the group sewed 8 adult pencil skirts, and 1 teenage skirt.   It was the perfect mix of relaxation and project-making.

Thank you Riley Blake for the cute fabrics!
knit pencil skirts on MADE


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Lunar Eclipse from our Texas deck

by Dana on September 28, 2015

Holy cow!
The Harvest Moon + Super Moon + Lunar Eclipse combo last night was outstanding!

And we caught it just at the right moment, on a bit of a whim.
Like the first time we saw the Austin bats….just hanging out on a deck and looked up to see a stream of black, painting the sky.

We thought the eclipse was going to be later around 11pm/midnight.  But around
9:30pm Central time, Casey walked out on the back deck and he immediately knocked on the window for me to come out.
And there she was, all gorgeous in her red gown….like she was going to Homecoming or something.

So I grabbed my camera and tripod and snapped as best as I could.
It was hard to grab focus because the moon itself was so dark.  But here you go.  From our Austin, TX backyard.
Canon 60D, 300mm zoom lens, f 5.6, ISO 800
I especially love the little scatter of stars.

How vast is our universe.  How small is our own little world.
Another great reminder of the larger picture.

And just like that around 11pm, it was back to white.

And I hate to sound so silly by simplifying the obvious….but Space is truly amazing and fascinating!  Just like the internet.  And the human heart.  And cotton candy.

Were you able to see the moon last night??
I loved the shots from the west coast, with a pink moon floating in a pale sky of blue.  So cool!


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red + aqua Texas Dress

by Dana on September 16, 2015

I never understood the whole Texas Pride thing until we moved here.
I’d always heard about it.
I’d always wondered about it.
Everyone told me everything’s bigger in Texas—(which might be true, especially the square mileage of dusty brown land).
But once you come live here—or even just visit—you get it!
It’s not an ego thing, or feeling like it’s better than somewhere else.
And it’s not because of that pretty brown grass I know you’re jealous of below.   Believe me, I miss California grass and ants that don’t bite, every day.

It’s just that Texans really, really love where they live!
And they want everyone to know it! —and to come join the fun if you want!
And if not, no problem.  We’ll eat an extra pound of brisket for you.
Every Friday at my kids’ school, after saying the Pledge of allegiance, and the Texas pledge, and having a moment of silence, they sing a version of “The Stars at Night are Big and Bright”.  I love it!  My favorite line is “living is fun in the Texas Sun…clap, clap, clap, clap… at our schoool in Austin!”
Because it is!
We have loved living here in this big land of Texas.  And I’ve written multiple posts about it here.

There are waterholes for fishing and swimming, football games for cheering, wildflowers for loving, and tons of great music and food for enjoying and date-nighting.

And I love that my kids get to learn all about Texas at school.  I remember doing a similar thing in California—learning about the history, early settlers, the California Missions….and then making our own 3D mission from sugar cubes and cardboard.  Please tell me they still do that in school?

So for Clara’s first “Texas Day” at preschool I gave her my own little version of the Lone Star State:
I’m vicariously gaining citizenship through my kids.

This is a variation on the First Day Dress, which I never seem to get tired of.  There are so many ways to mix it up!  I often think I should put together an “add-ons” package to go with the pattern….with more sleeve options, collars, etc.  Yay? Nay?

Changes I made to this version:
• front and back necklines are cut lower.
• puff sleeves with bias tape binding and elastic strung through the binding.
• gathered skirt, rather than the circle skirt included in the pattern.
• back ties, rather than button closure.

All fabrics are from Joann Fabrics.  And I know.  Gingham was a little cliche.  But who doesn’t love a picnic tablecloth on a tiny body, mixed with aqua and wildflowers?

Then we threw it together with red boots, which I bought at a thrift store years ago, and which she insisted on putting on herself, and which totally fell apart at school so I glue-gunned the sole back on the boot for our photoshoot.
But the best part about the dress is that she loves it.
And wears it almost every week to church.
Happiest compliment a little cowgirl could give me.
Have a great week my friends!

And thank you, thank you for your kind and honest words in the last post.  It’s taken me a couple weeks to shake things off and get back in my groove.  So I appreciate your sweet thoughts.

In the words of Tim Riggins,
Texas Forever.

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