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A Fantastic Halloween and How to Make it

November 2, 2017

Oh my goodness, it’s November already. October was such a whirlwind. I spent a lot of time putting together our fantastic Halloween costumes and trunk for my church’s annual Trunk or Treat, so October flew by. I’ve been super excited to share with you everything that we did for Halloween. With getting married last November,  I didn’t have a lot of time to think about Halloween last year. I was glad to get back to it again.

This year’s Halloween theme was from the  movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. If you haven’t seen the movie, you totally should. It’s not as good as Harry Potter (because what is?) but it’s still delightful and charming and cute. The Hubs immediately took to Newt Scamander, because he is a fellow Softie Towards Animals, and also because his clothes were cool. So we just took the theme and ran with it! 

Newt Scamander’s Costume

Fantastic Halloween 1

The Hub’s costume is made up of a LOT of parts, and we even skipped a few. In total, the costume included:

You have already seen the Hufflepuff Scarf, so you know that I made that. I also made the vest using the Butterick B6502 Pattern.  I say that I made it, but really my mom provided a lot of help. We simplified the pattern by not making real pockets, and we only did 4 button holes rather than 6 to give The Hubs a little wiggle room. The coat and bow tie are both by elope, which you can find either on Amazon or Ebay. The tweed pants were bought off Poshmark, and hemmed. The wand was also from Amazon. The suitcase was a gift from my Grandpa and I have been using it to store yarn. It made a great candy holder on Halloween

I mentioned skipping some parts of the costume, and that mainly refers to the suit jacket that Newt wears under his coat. Some fine sleuths online had discovered that the jacket is in fact NOT the same material as the pants(though still tweed) and we were worried that it would be too bulky under the coat. I also skipped a few embellishments on the vest, due to time constraints.

Porpentina Goldstein’s CostumeFantastic Halloween 2

My costume was much simpler to deal with. I chose to use Tina’s flapper look. To do so, I used:

The dress is an  Adrianna Papell beaded dress off Ebay. I added the signature strappy bits myself using a sequenced elastic that I folded in half and hot glued (because I’m classy light that!). The shoes were on sale at Payless a few weeks ago (and they’re 3 1’2″! Yikes!). The wig is the Skyelar Classic wig from Arda Wigs in Deep Brown. I paid one of my friends who used to be a hairdresser to trim the wig for me. The wand is make from a clearance knitting needle, clay and acrylic paint

The Trunk

Fantastic Halloween 3

Oh gosh the trunk. This is where my crazy really comes out. The trunk actually came out looking pretty close to my vision, and meshed elements of Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter. I spent about a month collecting paper towel and toilet paper rolls to make my floating candles a la this tutorial. They were a little precarious as first, but we found that taping the invisible thread to the sides of the candles helped to stabilize it. I was glad we had our candles, because as the night got darker, they helped us to see the balls for our little quiddich game.

Most Trunk or Treats recommend that you have a game for kids to play at your trunk. This is mostly to:

  1. entertain the children; and
  2.  slow the stream of candy.

We chose to make little quiddich hoops for the kids to throw balls into. I bought a three pack of bug nets and cut the nets off. We stuck the nets into tin flower pots filled with concrete. This worked out really well, since the bug nets could still telescope and we could vary the heights of the hoops. It would also work great for quiddich pong, which I’ve definitely never played. And yeah, we totally used ping pong balls for this game. They can be found at Dollar Tree.

Fantastic Halloween 4

Other trunk additions included in our trunk was a plush niffler on a pile of gold, and some silver occamy eggs.  I also made a bowtruckle using floral wire and tape (also from the dollar tree). The tutorial can be found here. Finally, I included a Monster Book of Monsters, which is more Harry Potter than Fanstastic Beasts, but it was fun to make. There’s lots of tutorials out there, but I used this one.  Most of the other embellishments to my trunk were printed from the internet. 

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Yarn Crawl Prize – What I Won

October 12, 2017

If you remember, I was having a bit of a rough week last week. The Hubs was sick. The world was falling apart. Tom Petty had died.. Well the world is still falling apart, and Tom Petty is still dead, but my little world is looking better. The Hubs has (mostly) recovered from his mystery illness. We never found out what it was, and I never caught it, but thank goodness it’s over. Then, on Friday, in the middle of all his sickness and my worry, I got an email. I’d won one of the prizes from the DFW Yarn Crawl! Silly me, I never remembered to check the website, so they emailed me to tell me I’d won!

DFW Yarn Crawl Prize

I like to think that the timing was not accidental. I found out about my prize on the week that I needed it the most. After a few emails back and forth with Cindy, I was able to pick up my prize the next day. And what a prize it was! 

Yarn Crawl Prize – The Bag

DFW Yarn Crawl Prize - bag

The first thing you need to know about this yarn crawl prize is that it came in the cutest little project bag! It’s made by Diana Couture in her Serena style. You probably know from my Instagram that I’m a fan of the Fringe Field Bags. However, I’ve found that they’re actually a little small for some of my growing projects, like my Find Your Fade shawl. This project bag is just a bit bigger, but not too big to make me feel like I’m carrying another purse. It’s got great pockets on the inside and a cute little place to draw your yarn out of the bag when it’s closed. I’ve transferred my Fade into this back and definitely recommend it.

Yarn Crawl Prize – The Yarn

DFW Yarn Crawl Prize - TO

Inside the (super cute) bag, there was yarn. Oh boy, was there yarn! I was lucky enough to win not one, but TWO skeins of Twisted Owl Lux Sock yarn. I had loved Twisted Owl when I saw the trunk show at Holley’s Yarn Shoppe, but didn’t have room in the budget for it. It made me sad to have to pass it up, but now I’ve got my hands on some! The bright springy colors are so pretty and the watercolor effect of the blending in the yarn. Plus, these are 600 yarn skeins! The possibilities are endless. I love the color names too. One is called Darkwing Duck (love), and the other is Koi Pond (even more love).

DFW Yarn Crawl Prize - Brazen

Even though the Twisted Owl yarn would have been a prize enough, my yarn crawl prize contained even more yarn! I also received 2 skeins of Brazen Stitchery sock yarn, in the Afternoon Delight colorway. Its a great blend of reds and blues that I can’t wait to see knit up. The Hubs saw it and immediately said, “I would wear socks in those colors.” So, I guess I know what that yarn is going to be used for…

Yarn Crawl Prize – The Rest

DFW Yarn Crawl Prize - Thing for String

I know, there’s still more to talk about. Can you believe this is the 5th prize that I won? Not only did this yarn crawl prize come with yarn, it came with roving! It’s a beautiful bit of roving by A Thing for String. The color is a gorgeous purple, and even has a slight bit of shimmer. At first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, because I spin very poorly. Then, I remembered that you can use roving in weaving projects and that idea excites me a lot! 

DFW Yarn Crawl Prize - Shawl Pins

Yarnz2Go included some of their fascinating shawl pins in the yarn crawl prize as well. A chicago screw connects two plastic disks in this shawl pin. You push the screw between the stitches of your knitting and it secures the shawl with no damage to the fabric! It’s so clever. I’m so glad to have these, since they’re basically my first shawl pins ever.

DFW Yarn Crawl Prize

The remaining prizes in the bag includes a book on scarves and shawls and these sweet little designs that someone made. I don’t really know what they are. Cindy at Jacob’s Reward Farm told me that they were potholders, but knowing how we dirty up potholders, I’d hate to use them for that! I’m not sure how I’ll use them yet, but they’re adorable and I can tell that a lot of great work went into them. 

This yarn crawl prize created a perfect end to my first ever yarn crawl. I feel so lucky to have won, and can’t imagine what they other prizes looked like, since this was the fifth prize! It came to me at the perfect time when I needed some encouragement, and I’m so thankful to have won. Now, any suggestions of what I should knit with those Twisted Owl skeins? So many possibilities!

 

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2017 Fall Reading List

September 21, 2017

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall! Sure, it’s still 90 degrees and I killed a mosquito in the bathroom today, but it’s the thought that counts! Recently, I shared about finishing my Summer Reading List. Now that I’m finished with it, I’ve started looking towards fall. I’ve compiled a Fall Reading List to share with you. Fall is my favorite season, so I’ve decided to celebrate with lots of fun fiction. I’m sure I’ll add a few other books, but here is what I have so far.

2017 Fall Reading List

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

While I am aware that the 1921 Tulsa race riots were some of the worst riots in US history, I know very little about them beyond that. Dreamland Burning is a novel that discusses the Tulsa riots and their context today. When a skeleton is discovered in Rowan Chase’s back house, she is plunged into the racially fraught history of her hometown, and struggles to navigate her own place in those same racial tensions. This book was highly recommended by Anne Bogel of A Modern Mrs. Darcy, and so I bought it when the kindle version went on sale.

2017 Fall Reading List

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

I heard a lot of buzz about this book earlier in the summer. The full title is Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely. Since all I want for Christmas is some decent self-esteem, this sounded like it could be a good book for me. I’m not expecting it to solve all my problems, but it will probably fall into the Christian Lady Encouragement genre on my bookshelves. Who knows, maybe it will be a great small group read someday, when I have friends…

2017 Fall Reading List

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

This book was also recommended by Anne Bogel of A Modern Mrs. Darcy. I’ve seen a lot of favorable reviews about this book online, so I’m excited to see what the fuss is about. I’m going into this one blind, though, because I have no idea what it’s about or when or where it’s set. The cover art is not particularly telling either. It could be anything! I just know that I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Nest and so I am intrigued.

2017 Fall Reading List

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

My background knowledge for this book is that Ransom Riggs is a friend of John Green, and I like John Green. Also, it has interesting cover art.  I would like it to be acknowledged that I used the original cover in this post and not the movie cover, because original is better. Thank you. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was recently made into a movie, but I haven’t seen the movie yet. It looks a little bit like vintage X-Men, so we shall see. I’ve been interested in this book for years, so I’m finally going to work on reading it.

2017 Fall Reading List

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

You know I’ve got to have a good murder mystery in here somewhere! I grabbed Murder at the Vicarage when it was a Kindle deal (are you noticing a trend here?).  It features Miss Marple, rather than the mustachioed Hercule Poirot, but I have no doubt that it will be equally delightful. For books about murder, the moods of Agatha Christie’s books are always so charming. This is one of the guilty pleasure books of my reading list and I’m excited to dig into it.

2017 Fall Reading List

North and South by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Am I solely reading this book because of the TV series featuring Richard Armitage? Perhaps. I’ve seen enough snippets and gifs of the series to be seriously interested in it. But, of course, I must read the source material first. North and South follows the story of Margaret Hale, a middle class lady from the South of England, who is forced to move to an industrial town in the North of England. During this transition, she learns more about the working class, industrial life, and the brooding Mr. Thorton. This book is pretty much guaranteed to be full of sexual tension of the restrained period drama type, so I expect to enjoy it thoroughly.

2017 Fall Reading List

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beaty

I bought this book a long time ago when is was reviewed on Epbot. Serafina and the Black Cloak is a children’s/young adult book suitable for the 10 to 14 year old crowd (or older, like me!). It takes place at the Biltmore Estate, which I actually visited a few years ago. I thought it was an incredible place, and think that everyone should visit if they can. I can’t wait to see how it works as a fictional setting. Serafina lives in the basement of the Biltmore as their Cheif Rat Catcher, but when a man in a mysterious black cloak starts stealing children away from the estate, Serafina finds that she has much more than rats to catch. 

2017 Fall Reading List

Emma by Jane Austin

I am here to confess that I am a bad Austenite. I have never read Emma before! I’m sorry. I attempted to read Emma once in high school, but for some reason I never got very far. My interest was re-ignited by the Pemberly Digital youtube series: Emma Approved. I loved the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, so I want to watch Emma Approved, but I knew I couldn’t do it without reading Emma first. It’s time. Also, the classic is free to read on kindle (yay, public domain!) so I really have no excuse.

2017 Fall Reading List

All is Grace by Brennan Manning

I had never heard of Brennan Manning before, but his book was a Kindle Monthly Deal a while back. At first, I passed it by, but then he was quoted in another book I read ( I think it was At Home in the World) so I went back for another look. I suspect it is going to be the kind of book that I read slowly. At least, it’s  the kind of book that I probably should read slowly.

2017 Fall Reading List

You are Free by Rebekah Lyons

I actually saw a bunch of girls reading and discussing this book at Panera. They girl were my age and having a deep discussion. It made me curious. I can definitely dig the cover art and style. Again, I suspect this is another Christian Lady Encouragement book, but I figure I need a few of those every now and then, right?

Do you have any exciting reading plans coming up? I was at Knit Night earlier this week and we spent practically the whole time talking about books. I have a ton of new recommendations up my sleeve! What else should I add to my list?