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Last but not least, possibly my very favorite of our costumes this year– Husband as Flynn Rider.




The main part of this costume is the vest Flynn wears, of course.  I started with Simplicity 4059, view B and made some pretty significant modifications.


I found a woman who made a Flynn Rider costume beginning with the same pattern and blogged about it in 2011, and her documentation of the modifications she made to the vest pattern (she also started with Simplicity 4059) were extremely helpful, as were her detailed notes on the vest Flynn wears in the movies.


We chose a faux suede in a slate blue that I found on clearance+sale at JoAnn.  I bought two yards and spent about $9 on it!  I consider that a good deal.  We pored over screenshots of Flynn’s vest and analyzed and studied it some more.  I added some width and length to the pattern so that the front would overlap and the torso would be long enough for my tall Husband.  I also “drafted” faux yoke pieces for the front and back and we marked out what seemed to be miles of topstitching lines.  To give the vest the loft in its quilting, I padded the main torso section with a layer of flannel (an old sheet!)  and the yoke sections with an additional double layer of flannel before doing the quilting. Husband drafted the collar (my brain was fried)


We collaborated to figure out how to recreate the hook closures.  Husband bought a short length of brass chain at Home Depot and took apart the links– half of them were twisted to form hooks, and we left the other half of the links “whole.”  We devised fabric mounts (for lack of a better word) that involved tiny buttonholes and fabric loops…I was glad to finish that portion of the vest!

Husband wore khaki pants and a white button-up shirt he already owned, but we wanted him to have the rakish adventuring boots that Flynn has–without having to buy much.  Husband had the brilliant idea to turn an old pair of brown pants into a spat-like device that covered boots he already owned to give them to floppy fold-over top (they are also lined with pieces of yet another old sheet!).  We used a swatch of pleather to make Flynn’s spats.  I sewed elastic to the corners to make loops, and we added large brads from my scrapbook stash to look like the studs on Flynn’s.  I didn’t have brass brads, so we used a yellow permanent marker to color some silver ones.  I was amazed what a difference they made!



To top it all off, Husband grew a beard and shaved it to a goatee for Halloween weekend.  Look at that smolder!




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Costumes 2016

Happy costume day!!  Our family loves coming up with elaborate group costumes each year, and this year was no exception! Say hello to the cast of Tangled!


Our almost-five-year-old daughter is really into Rapunzel right now, and our almost-two-and-a-half-year-old son really loves the movie, as well.  So it seemed only natural to choose to “play” characters from the movie for our costumes!  It’s pretty obvious that V is Rapunzel! B is dressed as Pascal, Rapunzel’s best friend and pet chameleon.  Husband is Flynn Rider, and I am dressed as Maxiumus, the royal guard horse.  (I didn’t want to play a kidnapping, conniving, selfish and lying old woman, even if her dress was prettier!)


Starting at the end of this week, and going through next week, I’ll have posts featuring each of our individual costumes, with all the details about how we made them.  Stay tuned!

Flynn Rider

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My eventual plan for my Disney World scrapbook album is to highlight our family’s favorite moments with traditional 12″x12″ scrapbook pages telling their stories.  I have a big stack of photos that I printed from our trip to Disney World, but I’ve used a number of them for the mini-albums I made for my son and daughter to highlight their special memories. That means the photos for some of our special stories need to be reprinted, so I’m working on the stories that haven’t been highlighted in my kids’ albums.  I’m not scrapbooking the stories in chronological order, but in the final album, the stories will be as close to chronological as possible.  I’ll have pocket pages telling the smaller stories interspersing the 12″x12″ layouts.


Even with my big stack of photos, I was still having trouble figuring out what to work on next.  I asked my husband what some of his favorite memories were, and he mentioned meeting Chewbacca– perfect!  That was the next story to work on.  This is the second layout I’ve made for my 2016 Disney album!

I took Shimelle’s weekly challenge– to use her layout for inspiration.  If you click through to see her layout, you’ll see that I actually followed the obvious features of her layout pretty closely– except for the fact that I arranged my photos vertically rather than horizontally.  I chose to change this to make sure that the background paper could still shine through.

Funny thing– I loved every single paper in the Starshine collection… except this moon-over-a-skyline one.  Not that I disliked the image, because it’s very pretty!  but because I didn’t have any idea how I would ever use such a paper in my own scrapbooking.  But my mind has completely changed!  I think it is absolutely perfect for this layout.





I loved the idea of glassine envelopes enclosing tags with the journaling (from Shimelle’s page).  Since I didn’t have individual envelopes, I cut down a glassine bag I’d received in a scrapbook kit and die-cut shipping-style tags with my Silhouette to slip inside.



I used the tear strips from the paper pad (sheets I’ve already used) and  strips from the cut-apart sheet, then added strips of washi tape for even more layers above and below the photos.  To emphasize the translucency and texture of the glassine bag, I added some unevenly pleated tissue paper, as well.


The title ended up being the hardest part of the layout for me.  I knew what I wanted it to say, but I had some trouble figuring out which alphas to use and how to make them visible.  In the end, part of the title is on the paper strip layers over the glassine bag, and the main word (“Wookiee”) is in glitter alphas on the dark blue background so that it would stand out.



patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine 12″x12″ paper pad
embellishments: Shimelle Starshine ephemera, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, Studio Calico wood veneer cameras, The Paper Studio enamel dots, Bella Blvd washi tape, The Paper Studio washi tape, tags cut with Silhouette SD
alphas: Shimelle Collection Fitzgerald Thickers teal glitter foam, Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup, Glitz Designs Uncharted Waters aqua stripe teeny alphas
other: glassine bag, tissue paper, Scotch ATG, Therm-O-Web foam adhesive, Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen


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This is another layout that I started planning while I was pregnant with my daughter.  In the months/weeks before we had her, I knew that I needed to take notes about many of the things that we’d done “before kids” so that they wouldn’t be forgotten.  I went so far as to write out journaling and sketch out layouts (including planning photo sizes and printing them!) for the stories I wanted to add to my albums.  I didn’t know when I was going to get back to those stories to scrapbook them “properly.”

In 2011, my husband attended a collaboration meeting for the research project to which he contributed as a postdoc, and he went by himself.  Ever the scrapbook-y wife, I requested that he take photos for me!  He complied, and did even better!  He saved me not one, but two city maps, as well as his nametag and lanyard.  When he got home and told me about the things he’d done while in TX, I took notes on one copy of the map.


my original plan for the Austin, TX layout, as “designed” on June 15, 2011.

Originally, I planned to use the whole map in a landscape orientation.  When I was planning the page, I even took a photo to show how I intended everything to look!  But when I pulled out these photos for this week’s challenge at Shimelle’s blog, I realized that it would drive me crazy to have the map on its side.

I hemmed and hawed, and finally chopped off a portion of the map so that it would be oriented vertically on the page.  I pulled out a patterned paper pad of Pink Paislee paper (“Pen Pals”) that I’d purchased more recently (I don’t buy that many scrapbook supplies! This is something that hopefully will change in the near future) on a great sale because I loved the color palette and patterns but that I’d never yet used in my scrapbook projects.  This is my “new” product.  I combined it with embellishments that seem to have been in my stash forever (the little bat sticker from a Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween collection; round epoxy stickers from a MAMBI scrapbook kit given to me years ago; the brads that I used as map markers, which were Christmassy, but I have no idea where they are from; and a very old sheet of dark red patterned paper to mat the map) to satisfy the “old” product criterion.


please note that in “real life”, the background patterned paper is nice and straight.  The map *is* tilted on an angle, and so is the bottom dark blue chevron strip and the red/pink patterned layer.  I have to work on my skills at photographing 2-page layouts from above.  It’s tricky!





This was an interesting challenge for me, since to many people, everything in my stash is probably “old!” Haha.

In order to add the journaling, I cornered Husband and had him tell me everything he remembered.  I think I must have intended to make this page sooner or later, because I hadn’t written anything down in 2011.  Thankfully Husband has a good memory (and was able to look a few things up), and so I basically took dictation of what he told me!  The page is in my handwriting, but it is his words.  The journaling card is from the Jade edition Project Life kit, and the labels by each set of photos are modified from a Silhouette store label set I’ve had forever (and love).

When I finished the layout and showed him, Husband admired it, but I thought the highest praise was when he said to me: “I’m touched that you scrapbook memories that aren’t even your own!”

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This handsome fellow was a surprise Christmas gift for Husband.

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern


His name is Qubit, and he is a squid.  Or SQUID, if you are a physics-y kind of person.  😉

Indulge me while I share some more beauty shots.

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern

I used the simply fantastic Menagerie pattern by LiEr at Ikat Bag to make this handsome sea creature.  He is made from two shades of solid-colored fleece that I bought on an extreme sale (it turned out that when I had to buy a spool of lighter green thread for matching topstitching on the eyelids, I spent more on it than the fleece!).

He came together so quickly!  I absolutely loved using the pattern.  Every step was well-explained, and the amount of information provided is fabulous.  I am really looking forward to the chance to make more animal variations.  I highly recommend this pattern to anyone who wants more whimsical animals in their life.

Qubit is now at Husband’s office, overseeing his work there, and providing some squidsperation.  I hope he gives Husband a laugh or smile whenever he sees him!


P.S. Happy birthday today, Husband!  I love you.

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I have to admit, I was just plain excited to make a big, floofy queen gown for myself for our family costume.  I am playing the part of Queen Miranda, Sofia the First’s mother.  (And it was really fun to get to wear my bridal crinoline again with this gown!)



The dress is sewn from brocade and gold costume satin using Simplicity 1728.  It truly took three yards of boning to structure the bodice!!  In sewing the gown, I learned how to insert a lapped zipper for the skirt (THIS tutorial is fantastic!) and a separating zipper for the bodice.



A little backstory about the fabric.  The pattern calls for a whopping 8 1/4 yards of 45″ width fabric for the entire gown (assuming a one-way design/nap).  I really didn’t want to have to purchase that much, so after seeing the brocade (45″ wide) in the store, I came home and set about laying out the pattern in the most fabric-efficient way possible–disregarding any directional qualities to the fabric.  I also shortened the skirt length by 3″ on all of the pattern pieces.  I knew that I wanted to do a contrast panel in the front of the bodice and the skirt, so I was also calculating the yardage necessary for the second fabric as well.  I had everything laid out and I wrote down my numbers (4 7/8 yards of the main fabric plus 1 1/3 yards each of the main fabric and the contrast fabric to do the skirt insert) and got myself back to the store.  I made a beeline for the brocades, and I discovered that in the few days since I’d been there to do “research,” quite a bit of the fabric I’d wanted had been purchased.  Uh oh.  When I got to the cutting counter, there was exactly 4 7/8 yards left on the bolt! It was amazing–exactly the number I’d written down for myself.  I had to change my plans for the front insertion, but it turned out to be just fine.  I just replaced the entire front panel of the skirt with the contrast fabric–much easier, and it looks just as nice (or nicer) than my other plans.

I think this dress represents the most efficient use of yardage I’ve ever accomplished.  The scraps are tiny– and I even pieced the skirt’s waistband so that I could fit everything onto my 4.875 yards.

The front gold panel is interlined with white cotton for stability (costume satin is pretty flimsy), and the whole bodice (not the sleeves) is lined with that same white cotton– more upcycled bed sheet!  I used yellow extra-wide bias tape from my stash to finish the bottom edge of the bodice.


Husband strung beads on wire and attached them onto an old headband of mine to create my crown.  I wish I had a closer photo of it!  It is really pretty.

Speaking of Husband– he, of course, was in costume, too!  We are re-using Husband’s Mr. Darcy costume and adding his old FFA and speech medals from high school to transform him into King Roland.



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Thank you for indulging me and looking at three separate spotlight posts about our costumes!  I’m very proud of the work that I did for them.  And as an extra bonus, I was so surprised and honored to be chosen as the winner of the 2015 BurdaStyle Costume Contest!  Thank you, BurdaStyle!

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We made a Prince James costume for B (James is Sofia’s brother on the Disney Junior show “Sofia the First”).


I made the jacket by modifying this lovely free jacket pattern from House of Estrela to make it less feminine and more like James’ suit coat.  First, I widened the front panels to create a double-breasted effect.  Next, I enlarged the collar by making it wider (and a tad longer) and exaggerating the points a bit more.  Finally, I added rectangular tails with a small pleat.  I was really impressed with the quality of this free pattern!

The only thing I bought for B’s costume was the buttons!! They are just for show: there are three snaps to close the coat in the front.  The outer fabric is an upholstery-weight fabric I had in my stash (thanks, Mom!), and I lined the coat with the leftover lining from my own red coat that I made this summer.  Yes, my 16-month old son has a leopard-print lining in his prince jacket.  Ha!


To give a more princely look, B needed a little medal, so Husband hunted up some of his old awards.  B is wearing a band medal that Husband received in high school!

Husband was an awesome help on this costume as well.  Since we were pretty limited on the amount of time that we had to actually make the costumes (and I was busy keeping up with the PhD ornaments at the same time!), Husband willingly did any task he could so that I could focus on the sewing.  In fact, while I was working on some other aspect, he laid out the jacket lining pieces and cut them out for me.  I’m telling you, I just need to get him to sit down at that sewing machine….

I used an old pair of his khaki pants and hemmed them shorter to encase elastic and create a breeches effect.


Now, we need to find more occasions for B to wear this little jacket!!

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