General update-Monster post

I haven’t been able to write a blog post but I have been crafting. I’ve been preparing for my friend’s birthday which has been a little labor intensive.

I decorated goody bags. They were just plain bags from Joann’s and I glued wrapping paper on it to fit her them. They have pixie dust and marshmallow Mickey heads for favors. I wasn’t able to get a picture of the Mickey heads out of their wrappers because they were devoured.



I made the party hats with Mickey ears. The original idea came from here. I adjusted it to include the Mickey ears. All the stuff to make these came from the dollar store. I bought one pack of 8 regular sized part hats ($1) in 4 colors(silver, gold, green, and red), Two packs of headbands, they came four in a pack of assorted colors ($2) and one sheet of black posterboard ($1). I used hot glue to attach the hats to the headband and I used my X-acto knife to cut slits in hat to place the ears.

And I made two types of cupcakes: Orange poke cake with vanilla cream frosting and Cinnamon cupcakes with cinnamon sugar cream cheese frosting.


I helped her make the Pom Pom poufs Saturday night. This is the dining room set up with the poms.

And also the living room decor with poms.

The party was lovely with a 1950’s vintage Disney theme. I will have to get back to my regular schedule now with a daily post. 🙂 I’ll have to post links later.




And here is Kiki while I was crafting Friday afternoon.



Thrift store dress, Part 2

I was excited to finish my dress so, again, 15 minutes turned into something like 3-4 hours.

I didn’t have much left to do so I jumped right in. I pinned the black sash to the top and pinned a black zipper in that I had lying around. If I’d had the forethought to cut out the zipper, as I stated previously, I wouldn’t be using a coat zipper. -_-


I had a little more trouble with the skirt. I couldn’t decide on how I wanted it to hang so I pinned it several times in different ways to see what I wanted to go with. I finally just decided to go with gathered since I was tired of messing with it. After I pinned it the last time it didn’t take long at all before I was done.


I had to fix the hook and eye at the back closure as well. I was going to replace it because I swear I had hooks and eyes in my sewing box but I couldn’t find any! Not a single one.

I kind of wish the sash was maybe a bit longer or the skirt not so long but it turned out well enough and I have other things I worry about.


This has to be the fastest I’ve ever completed a sewing project, which is pretty awesome but I think it would be the same amount of time squeezed into a smaller timeframe instead of being any faster. It was also already finished parts so really it’s a Frankendress.

I was going to post a picture wearing the dress but it’s late, so instead here is a picture of Kiki.


Thrift store dress, Part 1

My friend’s birthday is this weekend. Her theme is vintage Disney/dapper day at Disney so I needed an outfit.

I had something I could wear but honestly I wanted to wear something new but I did not want to pay full dress price since I’m trying to budget for Dragon Con.

So, of course, I go looking at Goodwill for possible dresses. I like thrift stores. Goodwill helps our community and of course I love the prices, and they have a better selection for my size than the other thrift store in town, Value Village. There are certain things I won’t purchase secondhand like pillows and underwear. I like being thrifty but I have standards.

So the first dress I found could work as it was. It was a good fit and I loved the fabric but having the pattern on the entire dress was a bit much for me. I was also not a fan of the elastic waist. I remember my grandmother wearing a lot of dresses like this about 15 years ago.


I looked a little longer to see if I could find something else or a different shirt for it. I found a different dress with a very similar cut and size that matches one of the colors in the pattern.


The top of the green dress was a little tight so I decided I wanted to splice the dresses together using the top of the patterned one and the bottom of the green with a chunky black fabric piece to look like a belt. I cut the patterned dress in half and turned it inside out to get it ready to pin together and I cut the green dress on half, leaving the zipper down to save it. In retrospect I should have cut the zipper out in its entirety but I didn’t think about the fact that I would be using it attached to the fabric already.


Since I was cutting things apart I wanted the skirt to look fuller as pleats didn’t go with the 1950’s look I envisioned (I also don’t really like pleats). I had to iron the thing out and it took a little bit for me to find the right setting on the iron and process to straighten it out.

I had just cut and sewn together the black fabric belt piece when McGee was meowing outside the door. (I have to keep the kitties out because they will eat anything.) I had been working for a couple hours and figured I could take a break to snuggle him.


Hopefully I’ll be able to finish the dress in another day or so. I have to remind myself to take pictures because it is so easy for me to start working and realize later that I didn’t take any pictures. : /