Halloween Costumes 2012

I’ve been ridiculously busy this last month with lots of stuff!

  • I am starting a lot of new items for my shop Bobbin’ Along
  • I finished up the “busy season” of running.  As some of you know, I’m an AVID runner and finished my second marathon earlier this month!
  • I made Halloween costumes for my girls and a little boy (I posted about this earlier).

If you read in my About Me section on this blog, you know that I started sewing when my first daughter was born.  My first real sewing project was her giraffe costume.  I’ve sewn her costumes and now also my youngest daughter’s costumes ever since.  This year was no exception.  Here was my Halloween story:

If others have 2 girls like me, they may find themselves in a similar situation as I did.

Like last year, I wanted to dress my daughters in coordinating Halloween costumes while both were easily influenced by what I’d like them to be rather than them telling me what they want.  I was trying to figure out a movie or TV show that had 2 girls in it.  It. Is. Tough.  Think about it.

Cinderella?  I’m not making one of my daughters an evil stepsister.

Little Mermaid?  No girl counterpart besides Ursula, and that wouldn’t have been nice when I show them pictures when they are older to say “You were the beautiful mermaid and you were a large, villainous octopus.”

You see my dilemma.

Then came along this new movie Secret of the Wings (a Tinker Bell movie).  Sisters?  Both Fairies?  WOW!  This is exactly what I want!  So with a couple of months before Halloween, I started my plan to convince my oldest to want to be Tinker Bell.  It worked (although it didn’t take a lot of convincing since she loves fairies).

So I went to the fabric store and got everything I needed to make these two fairy costumes.

THEN…my little one become ridiculously obsessed with Elmo.  If anyone has a child around this age, you know that’s not abnormal.  What is with that red puppet?  I haven’t met a kid that doesn’t love him.

After all of that trouble finding a coordinating costume for the girls, I switched everything up.  My littlest became Elmo for Halloween.  I have to say, though, that it was the best decision I could have made.  She LOVES that outfit.  I’m getting a lot of use out of it, though!

Here are pictures of my girls in their costumes.  Not matching, but still adorable (at least to their mother).

Halloween 2012

My Elmo

my Tinkerbell

Have a great Halloween!  It’s kind of my favorite holiday because…IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!  Everyone enjoy trick-or-treating as a celebration of my birthday.  It’s not for any other reason than a party for me, right??? haha

Also, check out my facebook page if you want an Elmo onesie like my littlest is wearing.  It’s not just for a costume!


National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month!  As you can tell by my exclamation mark, I’m pretty excited.

I. adore. sewing.

It puts me into my own world where I’m not concerned about the dishes, laundry, or messes that have accumulated around every corner of my house.

I sit down at my sewing machine, and I work on a project that I’ve had my eye on and lose myself in it for 10 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on how willing my children are to play nicely that day.

So in celebration of National Sewing Month, here are some of the projects that I hope to accomplish:

  • Halloween costumes for my daughters (yes…I know it’s a month and a half away.  If you have ever tried to sew costumes for your child when your child is present, it DOES takes a month…now add another costume to the mix…you see why I’m starting early.  I most likely will finish these by October 30th)

    Halloween 2011

  • More hearts for one of my favorite charities A Heart to Hold that sends weighted hearts to families going through pregnancy and infant loss

    Sewn Heart

  • I have a couple of craft fairs coming up, so I get to make TONS of little onesies to hopefully share with lots of people!

In the middle of all of that, I really want to help you all with some basic sewing techniques so that I can help newbies learn how to sew with me!

Have fun with your projects.  JoAnn Fabrics is having weekly sales on different fabrics, so check them out.  At the end of the month they are having a HUGE coupon commotion, so you know where I’ll be!

Back to Basics

I strive to help those that sew on a novice and intermediate level work their way through each of my projects with explaining various techniques that I use.  Through doing each tutorial, I realize that I might have to constantly explain various techniques.  I don’t want anyone to get frustrated with not knowing how to do something, while others may think that they are simple steps that don’t need tutorials.  When you are starting off, nothing is simple.  It does get easier, though!

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all be in our bed sewing like actress Maureen O’Hara? (from LIFE)

In order to not repeat myself constantly for the intermediate sewer but also to help the newbies, I will be making tutorials on basics such as sewing a rolled hem, waistbands, and shirring that you will be able to look back on when you have questions.  You can find these in my SEWING BASICS tab at the top of my page.  I will also attach links along my posts to make it easy to get to the specific tutorial I’m speaking about.

I will still explain each step thoroughly, but I think if you follow me for more than one project, you would be bored with me constantly explaining certain techniques that I prefer to use frequently.

Please let me know if you would like me to add a “basic” technique to my list as I’m here to help you.  We are here for each other!

Funny Child Oufit


One of the movies that I always catch myself watching when it is on tv is Dirty Dancing. I had to have a little fun crafting, so I made this onesie for my littlest. She wasn’t fond of me taking her picture, but I think that made it even cuter!

If you are interested in this funny onesie, visit my Facebook page Bobbin’ Along!


Just TRI it!

Over the weekend, I was not as active in my sewing adventures because I had an extremely busy weekend filled with everything TRIATHLON!  How and why would someone do a triathlon?  Well, I’m glad you asked…

Finishing my triathlon with my prima ballerina cheering me on at the bottom

After I had my first beautiful daughter, my sister and I started to embark on fun little activities as a sort of challenge to ourselves and a bonding experience.  We used to run in the Firecracker 5k every year as a tradition, but never really trained for anything beyond that.  I have no idea why, but I said one winter that I’d love to do a triathlon and my sister agreed (I’m not sure if it was reluctantly or not, but I don’t think she was mutually excited).  We joined the local YMCA and found a beginners triathlon class for the biking and the swimming.  We were going to take this course for 8 weeks and then go on our own.  Why would we need to keep taking classes?

We asked questions from the other attendants in the class and the instructor.  Then we started talking about everyone’s lives, every day activities, etc.  Something odd started happening…friendships!  I enjoyed going to class every week to talk with these people. 

They talked my sister into a half marathon.  I thought, well that’s silly.  Who would run 13.1 miles?  I went to cheer everyone on and had such a great time, admittedly a little jealous that she achieved this awesome goal while I sat and watched.  We were hooked into this group and stayed in the class.

Daily I went home, telling my hubby about the people in the classes, the next events, and the conversations that left a certain VERY UNDERSTANDING man biting his lip on several occassions in what I can only think of as embarassing to listen to (women – if you have ever cycled, you know what I’m talking about).  My hubby kept hearing about these people and decided to join in on the next Firecracker 5k that the group did.  All these people who only really knew him as my husband, now supported his journey from the sidelines to the finish line.

Then finally came my day.  My FIRST triathlon.  I was nervous.  Swimming half a mile, biking 12 miles, and running 3.1 miles.  My sister ended up unable to compete, but she came at the crack of dawn, along with my cheering section, to wish me luck.

some of my cheering section


I ended up doing 3 triathlons that year, 1 last year, and will do 2 this year.

Triathlon Group-Kenosha

More than that, though, I made AMAZING friends in all of this.  2 1/2 years later, a great deal has changed in my life.  That triathlon class has turned into a terrific group that supports all sorts of activities called Triathlon Group-Kenosha. My husband has turned from a person that thought anyone doing more than a 5k was crazy, to running in marathons and completed his first triathlon last year!  I kept up exercising throughout my second pregnancy (which I definitely did not do with my first) and had my second child, got back into training, and completed the Chicago Marathon 5 months after having her.  Yes, me, who thought my sister was silly for running half of that only a year earlier…  And now someone that is a crafting machine that started her own little business.

I am so grateful for people in my life now.  They have pushed me to becoming someone I never thought I would be or COULD be.  Someone who can TRI!  If it’s a race or a sewing project, I’ve learned that anything in life is possible, if you just TRY.

Summer Fun

Summer is finally here! 

While I love the holidays (even my birthday is on a holiday in the fall – Halloween!), my favorite season is the summer.  Pools, fresh air, running outside, gardening, picnics…oh the list is endless. 

To celebrate my favorite season, I made an adorable “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” onesie for my littlest lady bug.  Hopefully I’ll get some cute pictures of her in it this weekend.  I’m not holding out much hope, though, because she is quite the stinker when it comes to taking pictures.  She’s completely opposite of my prima ballerina, who like a moth to a flame when it comes to cameras.

Well here it is…

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Also, I wanted to share a little photo of my girls and I at a run this past weekend.  You can kinda see my little one in a minnie mouse inspired bikini onesie…but of course she is camera shy.  It was so amazing to be outside in the sun, running with so many of my friends, enjoying the great weather.  I seriously need to move to a warmer climate…

My girls and me relaxing in the sun

Happy Summer!  I’m going to get the most of out it, because in Wisconsin the saying goes, “don’t like the weather?  Wait a minute cuz it will change.”

Boy, Oh Boy!

At my little shop Bobbin’ Along, I had been getting many comments such as “Your stuff is so cute.  I have a boy, otherwise I’d be all over these tutus!”  I was starting to feel bad for my audience that felt that they couldn’t enjoy my shop because they had a boy.  I have my two girls, so it’s easy for me to overlook the boys.

One of my favorite thing about little boys is when they dress up for special occasions.  To see them in a little tie or vest makes me want to run to my hubby, asking him to agree to trying for a boy.  Luckily, some of my best friends have been having boys lately, so I’m able to get my fix of babies without our household getting more overwhelmed than it already has gotten.

I love ties and suspenders for boys, but I know how difficult it is to dress up little babies that either get too hot or take off all their layers.  That’s why you can have the best of both worlds with these tie shirts!  I have a lot of different variations, but I wanted to share a couple of shirts to give you a peek.  Hopefully this is the start of a bigger line of boys’ stuff!