First Halloween

Even though Conor is only a month old, I felt like I would be a bad Daddy if I didn’t celebrate his first Halloween.  R took Conor out for the day Sunday to run errands and visit his cousins Aaliyah and Maxim and Auntie Erika. This time allowed me to dip into the fabric stash and make the little man a Halloween costume.  This year he was a Garden Gnome!! I chose this because well its cute.. and also Garden Gnomes are rather stationary, kind of like Conor.

He was pretty cuddly and irresistible 

It wasn’t so difficult.  First I used the red felt to make both his hat and his boots.  The key is to measure the circumference of his head, create a tall cone and then sew the straight edge and turn it right side out.  The tutorial I followed is here. It is very good to give you a base to work from and can be used for any size.

Now everything else I basically made up.  I sewed his blue jacket, and didn’t have yellow buttons so I painted buttons to look a bit more magical. I used a soft fleece for his jacket and sewed it in a size that was about twice what he needed. This allowed me enough room to belt the jacket and create the Gnomey over sized coat.

The finished product. 

Rather than sewing pants, I opted to use a pair of pants that currently fit Conor.  I could have made him pants.. but the reality.. they are just pants, use what you have.

I made a basic black belt  by sewing black fabric into a rectangle, and made it about 4 inches longer than what Conor’s waist is, and added Velcro for the closure. This was so that I could adjust according to his waist etc as needed. I then embellished the belt with yellow felt to create the buckle. I cut a square the same height as the width of the belt, then folded it in half and cut out the middle. (like making a paper snow flake). Rather than sewing it on I hot glued it.  That is what is great about using felt, it glues really well. Technically the hat could have been glued too rather than sewed.

I wasn’t going to buy boots and paint them, and well.. he is only a month old, he doesn’t walk.  So I used the same red felt that I made the hat with, and created his red booties.

I had white faux fur that the fabric store called “rabbit fur”. I used that to make the beard and eyebrows.  The great thing about the beard is that once I hand stitched each end to the red hat, the beard actually becomes the chin strap to hold the hat on.  I opted to hot glue rectangles of the fur on to the hat to act as Gnome eyebrows.

That was it!  Easy peasy. It probably took me an hour and a half…

We only went trick or treating to a couple of houses, just to say we did. He went to Auntie Jenn’s house and our other neighbours.  Can’t wait until next year, he’ll be a year old and we can hit a few more houses!!

Happy Halloween!!


Shot Gun Wedding is Well Underway..

It has been a whirlwind two weeks since my last post.  Where has the time gone?  I feel like I have been neglecting my updates!

Since we last spoke, I have basically finished organizing the entire wedding and marriage licence is in hand.  Yaaay me!  My last few days have been spent shopping, and more shopping.  Which is just fine with me, I love to shop and R hates it.  So with a specific look in mind for both of us, I hit the shops.

Several hours in, and many many stores later… Success!

My inspiration photo for our boutonnières
My inspiration photo for our boutonnières

We have our outfits from head to toe.  We are going for a spring/summer looks and rather than a traditional full suit we will be wearing navy blazers, beige pants and yellow coloured ties and pocket squares.  So we aren’t so matchy matchy, R will be in a traditional tie and I’ll be wearing a bow tie.

That brings me to my last remaining project.  I haven’t been able to find a bow tie in a pattern I like.. so I will be sewing my own and a matching pocket square.  Yes, folks I couldn’t possibly have a wedding without at least one DIY!  I found a fabric I love, so I couldn’t resist.

The one unusual thing that I will be doing, is making Doggie%20Ties-01neckties for the dogs to match our outfits.  They’ll be attending our wedding, so I don’t want them to feel left out.  If they don’t end up being neckties.. they will at least have bandanas to wear. Who doesn’t love a dog in a necktie??

Now the last thing I have jumped into, is running.  I have been inspired to drop a few pounds so I can look a tad bit slimmer for my photos.  What it has evolved into, however, is I have registered for the Manitoba Marathon.  When I take things on I tend to jump in straight to the deep end!

We are in the final stretch to the big day!