Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Capes for Christmas

So these capes really didn't make it in time for Christmas. I decided less stress was better than trying to frantically finish them Christmas Eve. But originally, I had meant them to be Christmas presents along with their princess dresses. To be truthful, I still haven't finished them completely, I have some hand sewing still to do.
Side view. The sewing pattern I used, McCalls 4703, isn't even meant to be a costume. It's more a fancy dress cape and capelet pattern. But I lengthened the capes out to floor length so that they could wear them longer and because really, doesn't everybody want to dress in a floor length velvet cape at some point in their life???!? If I had one, I'd probably wear it to go grocery shopping. Hee. Hee. Wouldn't that be fun.

Isabel doesn't much care for her cape. I bribed her with chocolate to put it on. But they've warmed up to their aprons, so I'm sure the cape will eventually get good use.
Back view and you can see the fullness in Isabel's.
Silly faces. I love these two crazy girls.
Elena LOVES her cape. Remember how she doesn't wear her princess dress? Well, the cape is a whole different story.
As soon as I showed it to her she put it on and in great melodramatic fashion whisked it around herself, and said in a scary voice, "I'm Mother Gothel, and I'm stealing the baby!" Above, you can see her as Mother Gothel singing to the golden flower. She insisted on this picture.
She also pretends to be Belle, because Belle wears a cape in Beauty and the Beast. Good times. I think they turned out great. They're exactly what I pictured when I first saw the $5 velvet curtains at a garage sale last summer. :) Makes me happy to have something I pictured when I first saw the fabric come to life. Too bad they ended up being a bit more than $5 as I couldn't resist the 6 yards (each!) of trim and then of course I had to botch it by cutting out a piece wrong on each. That cost a pretty penny because real velvet at JoAnns, even with a 50% off coupon, is not cheap. Errr..... But I love them (maybe more than my kids) so it's all okay. :)

Saturday, 28 January 2012

29 photos

Yeah, I know, 29 photos is a lot. But it's that or do our taxes or proofread Leo's thesis.
I went with the photos.
I know that nobody really cares to see all these photos except my in-laws. So these are for you Martha and Orlando.
Anyway, it was a beautiful sunny day the other day, and Elena was dancing and wanted me to take photos.
So I did.
Plus, I think I was putting off doing the dishes. It was a win-win.

In other news, I'm going to the RootsTech Conference this week. That should be good. Not that I have any of the fancy gadgets that they're talking about. Oh well, maybe someday.
Elena's been really sweet this past week. She always wants to surprise us by cleaning up her room and she is constantly coloring, cutting and gluing, and giving me the results.

Isabel has actually been rather helpful of late too.
She's mostly her crazy self though.

This is Sebastian upset because he didn't want me taking photos anymore.

He was really mad by then.

But tickles helped.

Elena dancing.
This was her crazy dance. As you can see, she changed her clothes to the dress, because that was better for dancing. I think Pumped Up Kicks was playing.
Sebastian was dancing too. That boy loves to dance.

And eventually Ana came home from school and I convinced her to let me take her picture to show off her new glasses. Thanks Uncle Derek and Aunt Brooke!!!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Latest Project

I have nothing to really write, but I'm kind of tired of my blog only having photos. So story of my life right now, I feel great in the morning, alright in the afternoon, tired by dinnertime, and throwing up at bedtime.
I was tickling Isabel.

Silly picture of Sebastian, but I do so love his big brown eyes.

He was hiding from me.

Sebastian's way too big. Good thing I have another baby coming soon.
And more tickling.

Peering into the camera.
Normal Sebastian.
Goofy smile Sebastian. And yes, he found a marker earlier that morning and I never bothered to wipe it away.
And here's my latest project. I finished one on Monday, and made the other on Wednesday. I thought they were so cute. But the girls could care less about them.
I had to bribe them just to get them to put it on for the picture.

Now, should I go sew for an hour? Or work on homework for an hour? ---Yes, I still have one class I'm taking, but I only have to attend one more time because the professor gave me a different syllabus and assignments since I've already had his much more in depth class on the same subject.