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Friday, November 2, 2012


Happy Post-Halloween everyone! I meant to post a little Halloween cheer the other afternoon but as so many of you know, Halloween comes by in such a flash (snaps fingers) that between my last minute decorating and picking up some candy there was hardly any time. I didn’t even finish my new witchy dress and I certainly did not have time to make myself a proper wand. Not that the kids cared. They were just pleased with the bags of candy I think. That’s right, I said ‘bags o’ candy’ because despite my usual ‘one candy per little monster!’ rule I had a bunch of cello gift bags left over from the packaging for the Craftzies costumes. Ed also brought home a bunch of print outs for a free download for Plants vs. Zombies and so two candies and a free video download worked well in the gift bags. I even had some extra creepy skeleton hand hair clips I tossed into some bags to just clear out the Halloween leftovers.

The boys and I were quite pleased with ourselves when one little 4-5 yr old held his similarly aged friend back upon seeing the house decked out and said “eek…I have a baaad feeling about this house…” hehe And then when the candy was delivered through the spider webs on the door (it kept the dogs inside :) it really scared their little Captain America boots off!  The last of the trick or treaters came at 9:20 and they were adults lol. They got a big handful of extra cello bags full of candy and they were super happy & so was I. I have a holiday dress to fit into and it might not be made yet, but it will by the time the holidays roll around and I mean, seriously, take that candy away!

This is my third year making Halloween costumes and I am always amazed by the Halloween rush. I really am. I also realized this year while making the costumes that I don’t necessarily need to limit my costume making just to Halloween. A few days ago I received a message via etsy asking if I could keep some of the gnome costume listings up as they wanted them, but would be able to order in a bit and I had to laugh because at that same time I was pondering keeping custom listings for the Princess Danni dress up because I really like making that dress and quite honestly, it’s not like the Game of Thrones costumes are going to lose popularity. Speaking of which I just had some happy news, my third Princess Danni named Haley received her dress and absolutely loved it so that was some happy news! In some cases the costumes take a while to put together so offering them as custom orders year round will only help me out when the Halloween season is so quickly upon us again.

Here are all of the costumes I have made so far, many of which you may recognize:

Babies and Toddlers:
Pebbles & Bam Bam-

(this is one photo of the Bam Bam Costumes though this costume has been made in different wild animal prints depending on fabric availability).

Little Pumpkin-

Mr & Mrs Potato Head-

Baby Frog-

Little Gnomies-

Junior/ Adults:
Classic Garden Gnome-

Pine Tree Car Freshener-(looking for the images...)

Zombie Bloomers-

Mummy Wrap Dress-

Star Trek Dress-

Magenta (Rocky Horror)-

Little League (Wizard of Oz)-

Mrs. Fox (Mr & Mrs Fox)-

Princess Danni Dress (Game of Thrones)-

 I had big plans of adding additional Game of Thrones costumes, and more baby and toddler costumes such as the owls, pandas, and so many others but there just wasn’t enough time. And so, I am officially declaring that the Halloween costumes you saw in the Craftzies shop this year will now be available all year long because I am just going to make them all year long. That’s all there is to it! Besides, I realized that it is really tough to find decent costumes out there. Now I get it. I have almost always made my costumes but after my sister and I hit one of those Halloween stores I realized why people go a little bit crazy for getting their hands on a decent costume.

I was on the lookout myself for one super fun witchy hat but I never did find one I could settle on. I only found one I considered a possible hat but I was not really feeling like I wanted the giant feather popping out of the top. In the end I made myself a hat and I absolutely love it! I will have my cutie take a photo of me in it but for now here is an image of it on my model. Ohh it’s fabulous. First of all, yes, that nice big brim is made with wire inside so you can mold that to how you want it. Second, the inside is lined with foam to hold that perfectly pointy shape and best yet, it even comes with a cord inside for those super windy days when you’re off flying about. You know the ones…

So, how about a little bit of witchy magic with a hat all your own? Each one is of course handmade by moi, and they are mostly hand sewn so please expect that once you place your order and give me your size/ measurements, your lovely witchy hat will arrive within 7-10 days. If you are international, you can expect shipping to take a little longer, but I will of course use my own magic in getting these made as soon as possible. I just love that wired brim and of course it made me want a big black wire ribbed hat just like this but more of a ‘non-witch’ point if you know what I mean. I am thinking something fabulously dramatic and fashionable. http://goo.gl/uJ0zZ I have a new red wool coat that a black hat will look so perfect with. I can feel a new project coming on…

Until then, as Halloween is over and we are now into the Winter Holidays, you will find I am busying myself with two things, first, custom orders for those of you who have been ever so patient in waiting until the Halloween orders were finished (TY TY TY!), and then inventory for Holiday gear. I am making new Happy Panda items, accessories for ereaders, tablets, and computers. I should have some travel totes, aprons perhaps, maybe a few table clothes, kimono robes. I have a list of new items I have been wanting to make so you just might find a few new items pop up in the next few weeks as I work my way through all of these fabrics I have in the shop. You will see shop updates including the removal of my pattern Madness sale-as soon as I get those patterns I have listed in the shop removed then (with computer voice-‘all the patterns belong to me'). In place of the pattern madness sale you will find a new blog post (coming up soon here) on my digital pattern collection. I am very excited to almost be finished with that blog post as it requires a detailed inventory plus images of all of my patterns. No small feat for sure!

I am off to message a few people and then go clean the craft shop-it is a mess for sure-but in the mean time, here are some fun links I have found, not necessarily in any relation to each other, but I like!

Lindsay ;)

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