Wednesday, May 25, 2011

And the winner is...


Congratulations, Sarah!! I just sent you an email requesting your address so I can send you your favorite pin cushion.

A big thank you to everyone who entered my little giveaway, left your sweet comments and chose to follow my blogs. You're all awesome!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Pin Cushion Giveaway!

You really should be sitting down for this.

I'm serious.

Are you sitting?

Okay. So tomorrow morning is May Giveaway Day at Sew, Mama, Sew, where over 300 bloggers are giving away awesome handmade goodies and craft supplies. 

It's kind of like a giant group hug. With presents! Squee!

I couldn't resist joining in on the fun, so I'm giving away a little something from my shop, agentjane.

One lucky winner (open worldwide) will win the pin cushion of his or her choice.

Entering to win is easy!

One entry: Head on over to agentjane and take a look around, then come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me which pin cushion you'd like me to send to you if you win. Please also include a valid email address so I can contact you to find out where to ship your prize.

Bonus entries (2): Become a public follower of my other blog about the secret life of children's toys: If Toys Could Talk. Leave two comments here stating you are a new (or current) follower, and be sure to include your email address in both.

The fine print: 
  • Winner gets to choose one (1) pin cushion from my Etsy shop.
  • Comments without email addresses won't be included in the drawing.
  • Giveaway ends May 25. 
  • Winner will be selected on May 25 using and notified the same day via email. You will have 48 hours to respond to my email with your mailing address. If I don't hear from you by then, I'll draw another name.
Good luck! And have fun checking out all of those giveaways - I know I will!

I'm a guest blogger!

I was recently contacted by the super-sweet Krissy over at B. Inspired, Mama!, who asked me to contribute a guest post to her awesome blog. She had recently seen If Toys Could Talk and wanted to see if I'd be interested in writing a post for her in the same spirit as my posts over there.

I couldn't resist and had so much fun combing through her vintage toy and children's clothing shop on Etsy, binspiredvintage, for photos to use in my guest post.

If you get a chance, hop on over to her shop, binspiredvintage, and her blog, B. Inspired, Mama! You're sure to find something to love!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Darth Bear

Miss C. loves Darth Vader. He's her buddy. Her imaginary friend. And he's got a fun show at Disneyland that we watch every time we go.

Disneyland is a big deal in our house. We spend months planning and talking about each trip, and Miss C. loves to comb over the park maps with her daddy, who also happens to be a huge Disneyland fan. 

Last winter, Miss C. asked me to make a Tinkerbell costume for her... and then promptly realized that her bear needed one too. I couldn't resist, and spent the last few nights before our trip whipping up an identical doll-sized version of her costume for her bear to wear on our trip. 

I hadn't thought much about her bear's wardrobe recently, but clearly Miss C. was thinking about it quite a bit as our most recent trip to Disneyland drew near because just a few weeks before we left she popped the question...

Miss C.: Mama? My bear. He needs a new Disneyland costume.
Me: He has his Tinkerbell costume. Does he need a different one?
Miss C.: Yes. He needs a Darth Vader costume.
Me: You want me to make a Darth Vader costume for your bear?
Miss C.: Yeah. He needs a cape and a helmet. Just like Darth Vader. See? (Holds up Darth Vader action figure to demonstrate.)
Me: Okay, sweetie. I'll see what I can come up with.

I won't lie to you. I secretly panicked when she asked for this. I knew the cape would be a snap, but the helmet. Eek! I've never attempted a doll hat before, let alone a helmet! 

Miss C.'s pattern.
After a few deep breaths, I dug through my stash and started sketching out the cape pattern. At this point, Miss C. took a deep interest in pattern making and decided that she needed to make a pattern for me to use on this project. 

My daughter is a task-master by the way. No sooner had I finished the cape than she mentioned that her bear needed boots just like Darth Vader. I told her I wasn't sure I knew how to make boots and she quickly pointed to her pattern saying, "You can make it, Mama. Looks, it's on my pattern!" Thankfully, I'd just seen a cool baby socks tutorial on Made by Joel that would be perfect for some Vader-esque boots. 

The helmet was on the back burner. Even though she asked about it every day I couldn't bring myself to start it. I was too scared. With the boots complete, though, I had run out of excuses. I made a test version using some leftover craft felt and though it was way too small for her bear's head, it was a start. I took a leap of faith and slowly started cutting and sewing the helmet together, fitting it to her bear's head while Miss C. slept at night. I didn't even make up a pattern... and somehow it worked! My husband suggested a chin strap to keep the helmet in place and suddenly it was done!

Or so I thought.

Miss C. was pleased with the helmet, but then informed me (two days before we left on the trip) that her bear might be cold without a shirt... one like Darth Vader's shirt. No problem! I already have a doll shirt pattern on hand, so I hand stitched a felt buttons and lights panel then added it to the shirt front piece before sewing it all together... the night before we left!

I had so much fun making this new costume for her bear. Miss C. was so pleased she dressed him in it nearly every day during our trip to Disneyland last week. And I'm pretty sure he liked it too.

You can find this project linked up at: