happy halloween

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Halloween has come and is almost gone! I was able to do a few little projects, but I still have things that will have to wait for next year. Oh well.

Here’s what I made:

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Some little softies, because why not?

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A scrappy mini fall quilt.

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Costumes! I felt really compelled to have bear versions of my costume this year. I bought Duffy’s costume and made Shellie May’s Alice ensemble. I adapted McCalls M6233 to accommodate her extra fluff.

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My boyfriend and I were also the Mad Hatter and Alice, but the only sewing I ended up doing for our costumes was my apron. My sewing machine is in dire need of a tune-up, and isn’t really up to the task of Ā apparel sewing. Once I get it repaired though, I’d like to make more ruffly aprons!

We had a bit of a rainy Halloween. Only two trick-or-treaters made it to my house šŸ˜¦ But it was a cozy and quiet evening, and those are my favorite.

Happy Halloween!

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axes femme for fall

It’s been a busy month so far. Lots of fun little trips for concerts and ballets. Lots of housekeeping too…

So I haven’t had as much time for sewing as I’d like. Perhaps I’m taking a rest before the holidays begin and I go into serious sewing, knitting, and baking mode.

In the meantime, I’ve become quite fond of the Japanese brand called Axes Femme. Their clothes feature romantic details and old-fashioned charm. Layers of ruffles and lace can keep you cozy (and pretty) this fall.

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There were some nice images in this month’s Steady magazine.

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All the Axes Femme pieces I’ve been wearing this fall.

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Some of my favorite Axes Femme items… these silky pouches with tiny little ballet slippers!

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In other news, I’ve been making pink witch hats, of course!

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Just a bit of sewing– making some fabric baskets to organize my never-ending collection of bows.

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At least my Line Play avatar is hard at work sewing.

Oh well! See you soon with more fall and halloween projects!

hello october

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Wow. I can’t believe it is already October! This time of year flies by so quickly and there is always just one project after another. But fall is also my favorite season, so I try to savor the coziness. IĀ have been working on some autumn sewing projects, but I’ve found it a little challenging to mesh the harvest color palette of fall with the rest of my world.

I did, however, make up a new banner of burlap and lace using a bit of spiced pumpkin colored trim. I tried a few other projects, but was still uninspired until I read an article in Romantic Homes magazine about decorating for fall with pastels. It had been my original goal to incorporate some lighter colors, but I was unsure about how to go about it until I saw some of the ideas in the article.

Firstly: Pink Pumpkins! Yes, I have a bit of a reputation for painting everything in my house either pink or white. So it should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I spent the first day of October in my backyard spray painting and glittering pumpkins.

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As per the article’s suggestion, I tried painting a few leaves, and rather liked how they turned out. So I’ll probably do a few more after I get some mini pumpkins and gourds at the pumpkin patch to glitter and paint.

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The inspiration photo. Adding a teacup candelabra to my wishlist!

My other little project is one I like to do for all holidays: Mini Wreaths. I have a weakness for small things and love anything miniature. These tiny grapevine wreaths can be purchased for less than a dollar at the craft store and can be embellished with just a few scraps of silk flowers or ribbon. I always like to include a little message as well. Birthday wreaths make a personal gift-topper and make nice mementos.

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Hope to be back soon with more fall projects! Have a lovely day!