What Halloween table is complete without a runner? My dining room table looked a little too bleak with that black tablecloth, and I had all that ribbon practically begging to get used, so I stayed up the other night making this.
Hah! Due to a lot of technical difficulties and a painful lack of fusible, double-sided interfacing tape, I was up till after 2 am before I finished it. And I was determined to finish it before I went to bed, because, well, that's just how I am. :-)
I usually try not to sew or do any big projects during the day because of the kids. Night time is when I can unwind and do fun stuff like sewing or other projects. I know I shouldn't stay up so late very often (I know, dear Mom, it's not good for me!), but sometimes it's too tempting to work late into the night when all is quiet and there are zero distractions.
It started out innocently and easily enough. I had all the ribbon just where I wanted it, pinned in place on both ends, but after trying to sew the first ribbon on straight while the runner and ribbons flopped and pulled every which way, I realized I needed to switch tactics.
Since I either didn't have or couldn't find my fusible tape, I took double-sided interfacing and painstakingly cut it to the appropriate widths and carefully put it beneath each ribbon in a few places. Then, after fusing the ribbon, I tried the sewing approach again and it worked much better. But I quickly realized that sewing down both edges of every ribbon was more than a little time-consuming! I finished it off with a border cut to 3" wide. First I sewed the strips on, then turned under the raw outside edges of the border twice for a finished edge, and finally flopped into bed for a few hours of z's before waking up to get Eliza off to school. (confession: after she left for school, I snuck back into bed until my other kiddos woke up, which was heavenly bliss...I love sinking back into bed for more shut-eye. Doesn't happen often, but it's a welcome luxury!)
So last night, after the kiddos were all tucked in, this black-and-white fabric that has been stored away for about a year kept calling my name, and the leftover ribbon was whining about being left behind.
Since these pillows won't be taking much of a beating due to their short display time every year, I'm not really worried about not stitching the ribbon on. I always stitch the ribbon I use on garments, however, because of how frequently clothes get washed.
I used pillows I already had but weren't being used at the moment, and made a flap in the back of the pillow case so the pillow forms can be removed easily and the cases stored with the Halloween things.
This one is providing a bit of bling for the checkered pillow. I have it safety-pinned on from the inside of the pillow case so I can remove it if/when the case gets washed.
Ahh, my first pie of the season. It's apple, of course (made from scratch, including the crust, yumyum), and I added some toasted pecans which made it extra scrumptious. I'm still getting acquainted with my new oven, it's gas with a convection fan so I'm having some moments of frustration with it (see burned edge, despite my efforts to shield the crust with foil). Electric ovens are definitely better, but I really wanted a gas range and couldn't afford one of those hybrid ovens with gas for the range and electric for the oven - so the gas range won out! I'll just need to fiddle with the oven and rotate things. Anyway, the pie was delicious, although a bit overdone (boohoo for overcooked, mushy apples). At least it hadn't turned to applesauce pie yet, which I have done before!
This one's for Grandma, who sent Hazel this adorable little PJ set complete with a tutu. She wears it night and day, she loves it so much. Thanks Grandma!
My sister sent Hazel the most adorable rainbow glasses and compact mirror case, among other things, which Hazel squealed in delight about. She wore those clear lens glasses everywhere (much better for seeing indoors than the sunglasses she wore a few weeks ago) for days, until her little 2-year-old hands pried the frame apart one time too many and the side pieces broke off. :-(
Guess we'll have to go to Claire's and get another pair! I haven't been to a mall in absolutely ages, and the thought doesn't excite me...give me Home Depot, Lowe's, or HomeGoods anyday! Can't buy nonprescription rainbow glasses at Lowes, though, so I it looks like it's time to figure out where the nearest Claire's is...