Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pinocchio & the Blue Fairy: & Pinocchio Costume Tutorial

Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy! Talk about the perfect costume idea for my littles! 
{For those of you who don't know, because several people have asked, the blue fairy is the one who turned Pinocchio into a live puppet and later into a real boy.}
Sophie was so excited and more than ready to play her part when I showed her this dress! And she already had fairy wings and a magic wand. I also whipped up a headband for her with some ribbon and elastic. Besides that, I can't take much credit for her costume. 
But brandon's Pinocchio costume on the other hand, I whipped up from scratch. And it was pretty simple!
I thought I would share with you the how-to. But be aware that I am a self taught sewer and may or may not do it "right". But what I tell you worked for me! {Wink!} 
Also, remember that this is just for Halloween and it's a perfect opportunity to make something you don't have to take so seriously, to make mistakes, and to learn from the experience! It doesn't have to turn out perfect! 
Overalls: You need about 1/2 yd. or more of red fabric, 1 yd. of embroidered trim, 2 large red or yellow buttons. 
{As far as red fabric, it depends on the size of pants you are planning on making. I recommend taking a pair of your child's shorts with you to the fabric store to measure out how much you need. I only needed 1/2 yard.}
1. Take your red fabric and turn it inside out and double it. Then fold in half again so you end up with 4 layers. Take a pair of your child's shorts and fold in half and place them against the folded edge. Trace 1 inch away from shorts and cut out. Also, don't cut out the top, just follow the line up as illustrated in the picture. You will need this fabric to make the shorts come up over the belly for the overalls. It's helpful to pin your fabric together to hold all of the layers in place. After you cut, you should end up with 2 equal pieces.
2. Take your two pieces and line them up, insides out, and pin the curved edges together and sew. 
3. Open up the  pants and now pin and sew the crotch. 
4. Now trace a semi-circle at the top of the pants and cut out. {I used a paper plate}Then trace a small semi-circle on the sides of the pants and cut out. {I used a paper cup.} Now hem all the raw edges; namely, the top circles you just cut out and the pant legs. 
5. Time to make the straps. Put the pants on your child and measure from the hip bone to the lower back. Cut out a strip of fabric that is 4 inches wide by the measurement you just took. Take your strip and hem the ends. Now fold the strip in half and crease. Open up, and fold each side in toward the middle crease. Then fold in half again so that you have a 1 inch strip. Sew along the entire open edge. Do this 2 times so that you have 2 straps. 
6. Attach both the straps to the front of the pants so that they over lap on the front. I just hand stitched them on. Then criss-cross the straps and attach them to the back and overlap them onto the inside. If you have buttons, you can sew them onto the front straps. 
Check the red overalls off the list!  

Shirt: You need a yellow shirt or onesie. 1/4 yard of white cotton or knit fabric, 1/8 yard of blue stretchy fabric. 
1. If you can't find a yellow shirt, just get a white one and dye it yellow with clothing dye. I used a white onesie and dyed it was super easy and looked great! 
2. Take your white fabric, which is already doubled, and fold in half. Measure the diameter of the neck of the shirt and cut that in half to get the radius. On a piece of paper, trace out a candy cane shape using the radius as a guide for the inside part of the candy cane. Place the stencil you just made with the end of the candy cane on the folded edge. Cut out and open up. You should now have 4 candy cane shapes that are attached at the ends to make 2 collars. 
3. Pin the collars together inside out. Pin and sew the outside edge only. Flip it around to the right sides and iron it flat. 
4. Turn your shirt inside out. Pin the inside of the collar to the neck of the shirt and sew. Flip shirt around and straighten out collar. 
5. Time to make the bow tie. You are basically making what is called a cheer bow. You could simply use a thick blue ribbon if you wanted to. But I think the fabric way looks better. Take your fabric and cut it into a 4 inch by 14 inch strip. Fold it in half inside out. Cut the ends in a slant as shown in the picture and sew leaving a gap in the middle somewhere to flip it right side out. Flip it right side out. Now place the ribbon as shown in the picture. With a needle and thread gather the bow at the middle by wrapping thread several times and knotting it. Take 2 inch by 6 inch piece of fabric and fold it in half inside out. Sew it and flip it around. Now use this to wrap around the middle and hand stitch it together. 
6. Now hand sew the Bow tie onto the shirt right inbetween where the collar meets up. 
Phew...the shirt is now done! 
Vest: You will need 1/3 of a yard of fabric. 2 or more yards of white trim.
1. Measure your around your child for the circumference of their chest and back. This is the length of your vest. Now measure your child from the neck to their mid back. Now make sure your fabric is inside out and doubled. Cut your fabric according to those measurements. 
2. Cut the corners by rounding them out. I used a paper plate to help me get them even. Also cut out a scoop out of the top for the neck area. 
3. Sew the two pieces together and leave a gap so that you can flip it right sides out. 
4. Flip it right sides out and Sew the glap shut. Now sew the trim on all around the vest. 
5. Measure the widest part of the back. Use that measurement as a guide to know where to cut out the arm holes. The arm holes should start where the measurement ends. I just used the same paper cup to make perfect matching circles. You want the holes to be loose and big so it doesn't really matter the size too much. Now sew with a zigzag around the holes to finish them. Or if you have a serger, even better! Use black thread! I just drew the picture with yellow so that you could see it. But You don't want it to stand out like in the picture!
Three down, 1 more to go! 
 Hat: You need 1/4 yard of yellow felt, Blue ribbon, red feather.
1. Take your felt and fold it in half. Draw out the shape shown in the picture. Cut it out and be sure not to cut the fold! 
2. Sew the two straight edges shut. Now flip it out the the seams are on the inside. 
3. Fold over the back bottom part at a bit of an angle so that it doesn't fold in the front. 
4. Glue on the blue ribbon and your feather. 
5. Optional: I put an elastic on it so that it would stay on my little one's head better. 
Ta Da! Now your costume is complete!
Now just find some brown shoes for your little one to run around in! I found Brandon's at Carter's for really cheap and they came with the red shoe laces, which match perfectly. 
Happy Costume making... and Halloween! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Glazed Pumpkin Cookies.

You guys... I baked! If you know me at all, you know it doesn't happen very often. I think my New Years resolution this upcoming year will be to bake more. To say that my hubs will be happy about that is an understatement!
I have this yummy recipe for iced cookies that we all love around these parts. With a few tweaks I managed to turn it into pumpkin iced cookies. My husband was skeptical the entire time I was whipping them up. But they turned out better than I could have hoped and he loved them! {Which is a big deal because he is quite the cookie connoisseur!}
We all loved them and ate them up faster than it took to decorate them. 

Cookie Ingredients: 
2 cubes butter
2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 can of pumpkin 
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon 
1 tsp. ginger 

Vanilla Glaze Ingredients: 
3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 tablespoons butter melted
4-5 tablespoons of milk.

1. Cream butter and sugar well, add eggs; beat, add vanilla; beat, add pumpkin; beat, add cinnamon & ginger; beat.
2. Separately mix together salt, baking soda & flour. Add to mixture and blend well. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. {I like to make them pretty big... bigger than a golf ball. As you can see not very many fit in the pan because I make them big. And they spread a little but not too much. But you can make them smaller, just cook them for less time. Just start with 10 min. and pop them back in the oven until they are firm.}
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Pull the cookies out and pat them. If they are firm they are done! If not, put them back in a little longer. 
4. Whip up the Vanilla glaze by just mixing up all of the ingredients. {For these I added some orange food coloring just because we were making pumpkins.}
4. Place the cookies on a cooling rack...BUT DO NOT LET COOL! Place rack on top of a cookie sheet or  foil or something to catch dripping glaze. Frost them with the glaze immediately while still hot. Extra glaze will melt off and that's ok. Also, any sprinkles must be applied right away before the icing cools and dries or they won't stick. 
*Tip: Store in a sealed container and they stay moist and are even better the next day! 
I actually love making this type of cookie with my little ones because the glaze does not have to be perfect to look good. {unlike sugar cookies and cupcakes etc.} So its a great recipe for kids to help with when it comes to putting on the glaze and playing with the sprinkles. 
Happy cookie making!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween Kiddie Party & Free Printable Masks

We had a fun little Halloween Craft Party at my friend Meg's house. It was a fun day of "treats,"  creativity and good company! There was cookie decorating/eating, a spooky craft, and some fun masks that the kids enjoyed. 
 Meg made the most awesome cookie pops with plenty of icing colors and candy options. The kids did such a great job making monster faces and gobbled up plenty of candy along the way! 
For the recipe head on over to her blog.  Meg will give you all the "tricks" to this delicious activity! {She also posts a lot of other yummy recipes and some awesome DIY's! So keep an eye out for her!}
Brandon's cookie was my favorite.... notice the tiny bite on the side of the one covered in candy corns.
We made some chalk board tomb stones that were super easy and perfect for adding some spookiness to your home. I found the cardboard tomb stones at Joann's. We painted them with chalk paint and then scribbled on top with chalk.  Like I said easy peasy!  And it left plenty of time to eat our cookies and play with our masks. 
While we waited for the tomb stones to dry the kids went outside to play. They were ready to leave the table and run free for a bit. 
 I die over this little Reese girl and Brandon boy in these masks. Their little faces look so cute! 
These masks are a set of 4.... a witch, a vampire, Frankenstein, and a black cat. 
 To download these masks click on the picture below. 
To assemble... print out, cut out, glue the slits at the top, hole punch and tie some elastic string, and get into character as you prance around with your mask! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Candy Corn Chocolate Milk {or Hot Chocolate... You decide!}

My kids L-O-V-E love milk! Regular, chocolate, strawberry... all of the above! As we were sitting at the table enjoying some candy corns and drinking milk, I had an "apostrophe"... {name that movie!} What about candy corn milk? .... Yes please! 
So my kids and I got to work! It was a spur of the moment success! We basically made a syrup you would mix into milk. {Just like you would mix up your own chocolate milk.} The best part is the syrup just sat there for a few days and anytime we wanted candy corn milk we would just mix some up... until it was gone. 
I have been so inspired by my friends over at @littlesouschef who promote having your kids help with all the cooking. What a great way to be creative at home! If you don't follow them you should! They post some awesome recipes and show how your kids are great helping hands!
 It was really fun to teach my kids about measuring and what's more fun than measuring out candy?!!! Brandon was assigned to measure out the candy corns and Sophie was in charge of the chocolate chips. They may have been eating them along the way too...ha ha! 
When it was time to cook they loved throwing in the candy to melt it and of course stirring their little hearts out. 
This was a great recipe for kids to help with because it's festive, simple, and absolutely delicious! 
Just to add more steps for the kids to help with, we topped the milk with whipped cream and some Halloween Sprinkles. 

Candy Corn Chocolate Milk {or Hot Chocolate... You decide!} 

1 cup of candy corns
1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
2 tablspoons of butter
1/2 cup of milk 
plenty of milk for the drink
optional: whip cream, sprinkles, fun straws 

Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat. Add candy corns and stir constantly until melted. Turn the heat down to low and add white chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of milk. Continue stirring until completely melted and mix in well. The syrup is done. Let it cool down a little and pour some into a glass of milk and mix well. {I put ours in the freezer for a couple of minutes to let it chill a bit.} I estimate that you need about 1 tablespoon of syrup for 1/2 cups of milk. In my opinion the milk is flavored just right but not too sweet. {But it's really up to you how sweet you like it.} Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Drink up! 
You could also make candy corn hot chocolate by just skipping the part where you cool off the syrup and just add it to warm or hot milk. I tried it and it's just as yummy! But it's too hot here in San Diego, so we will stick to the cold version for now!

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