Happy Halloween from our Weeping Angels

Happy Halloween!

Rob had the great idea a couple of months ago that the ladies should be Weeping Angels for Halloween. He’s even been teaching them to play Peekaboo by saying “Rawr!” instead of “peekaboo!”, which they are tremendously fond of.

So I’ve been spending the last two weeks trying to figure out how to make a decent Weeping Angel costume for toddlers. It had to be comfortable and warm so that they could wear it without complaining. And I had a feeling they wouldn’t go for elaborate face paint and wigs, so it had to be limited to just a costume. This is what I came up with:

Weeping Angel Toddler Costume

The costume is basically a grey shirt and leggings (so they wouldn’t get cold) and then an over-dress, and a pair of wings that I painted to look like stone.

Weeping Angel Toddler Costume

There’s Vanessa doing her best Weeping Angel impression.

Weeping Angel Toddler Costume

I didn’t count on how much Diana would love playing with her wings. She was pulling on those all evening, and they needed so emergency repair at one point. πŸ™‚ Fortunately, her grandpa had a stapler handy.

Weeping Angel Toddler Costume

And here’s Diana showing that even Weeping Angels like to get cuddles from daddy.

Weeping Angel costume wings

Here’s an Instagram shot of the progress on the wings. Basically for both the dress and the wings I started with a white costume and turned them to stone by dying them grey, then spattering them with black, white, and grey paint.

For the wings, since I couldn’t just throw them in the washing machine with some Rit, I used fabric paint that comes in a spray can.

We hope you had a Happy Halloween!

Great Day – Happy Thanksgiving!

Phew! I bet you’re day has been just as busy as mine! But we’re home from the parents’, the ladies are in bed, and now we’ve got a bit of quiet time to end the day. I hope you’ve had a great Thanksgiving full of good food and the people you love!

Rob and I both had today off of work, so we spent the day playing with the ladies and getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner. I was commenting to Rob earlier that I don’t even remember Thanksgiving last year – I think I was still in a new mom haze, so I’m glad that this year was much easier. Besides, I have these two little scamps to be thankful for:

Thanksgiving with Little Bean

(Little Bean)

Thanksgiving at the park with Cupcake


We spent some of the day going to a park that was rumored to have the little toddler bucket swings – Success! So we swung the girls, and they had their first opportunity to climb on playground equipment, and do a bit of sliding.

Our assignments for Thanksgiving dinner were a sweet potato pie:

pie crust for the sweet potato pie

Sweet potato pie, pre-baking

Sweet potato pie - All done!

And we also had to bring a squash dish. One of the last weeks of our CSA we got a banana squash, which I’ve been hesitant to cook because I knew we’d have more leftovers than we could handle! So it’s been sitting on my counter for a month and a half. πŸ™‚ Glad I could finally roast it up today with some butter and brown sugar. But first, I had to cut it up.

Butternut Squash for Thanksgiving dinner

This was, to my recollection, my first time eating banana squash. It has a much brighter flavor than I expect from squash, but it turned out quite tasty.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Halloween Costume – Day of the Dead

The big questions of the morning are: 1) How was your Halloween? 2) What did you dress up as? and 3) How much candy did you eat?

1) I’m happy to say that our Halloween was great. Cupcake and Little Bean are still a bit small for trick-or-treating, but we took them over to my parents’ house to show off their costumes:

babies dressed up in dinosaur costumes

The two cutest dinosaurs I’ve ever seen. They’ve even been working on their growling!

2) I got to judge a local costume contest earlier in the week, so that’s when I did my big dressing up. I love the sugar skulls from Dia de los Muertos, and realized that it would be a very easy costume to pull together. It’s all about the makeup – something I have plenty of.

Halloween HiJinks costume judges

That would be me on the far left, with the other two judges. I wanted to show you how easy it is, so I put together a Day of the Dead sugar skull makeup tutorial at the end of this post.

3) We only had two (!!!) trick or treaters, so we’ve got plenty of candy left over. Fortunately, most of the candy are the ones that Rob likes. But I went through and picked up all the Almond Joys, and I’ll quite happily eat one an hour, all day long.

How was your Halloween? And how much candy did you eat? πŸ™‚

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Makeup Tutorial

You probably have most of the elements for Day of the Dead makeup in your cosmetics bag already – You’ll need:

  • Makeup brushes
  • Light colored liquid/creme foundation
  • liquid eyeliner pen
  • cake eyeliner
  • colored eyeliner or eyeshadow pencil
  • white face powder (but you can easily get by with translucent powder)
  • and white Halloween makeup (it comes in color combinations in little trays for a few dollars during the Halloween season)

Step 1 – Combine a few drops of your liquid or creme foundation with a big dollop of the white Halloween makeup. I combine the two because you don’t want to look like you have a heavy white clown face. This way, you can blend at the edges and it looks prettier. Leave your eye sockets bare, but cover the rest of your face, and your lips.

Step 2 – Take the cake eyeliner and use a makeup brush to color in your eye sockets, and draw a rounded diamond on your nose.

Step 3 – Use a colored eyeshadow or eyeliner pencil and draw petals around your eyes. Mine is a very wide stick, so it’s quick and easy to do. The smaller your pencil, the more time this will take.

Step 4 – Use your liquid eyeliner pen and trace around the petals for definition.

Step 5 – Detail work! I like to draw a spiderweb on my forehead, and then accent the rest of my face with curlicues and hearts. You could also do more flowers, dots, and other embellishments – anything that speaks to you! Trace any colored elements (in my case, the hearts) with liquid eyeliner to define.

Step 6 – Finish with your mouth. Draw a line from the corners of your mouth, out to your cheeks. Then draw little vertical lines for the teeth.

For the rest of my costume, I just wore black clothing, bobby-pinned a black scarf in my hair, and then glue-gunned a bunch of fake flowers to a headband. Super easy, and quite fun to show off your makeup skills!

Jungle Safari Peekaboo Quilt for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival

It’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival time again! Wahoo! I love having the opportunity every six months to spend an insane amount of time looking at other quilts, all collected in on space, so as always, Thank you Amy for organizing!

At first glance, this might just look like a bordered nine patch quilt:

Jungle Safari Peekaboo Quilt, animals hidden.

But this quilt has a secret:

Jungle Safari animal quilt, animal surprise

May I introduce the Jungle Safari Peekaboo baby quilt, designed for these two little ladies:

Cupcake and Little Bean play with the Jungle Safari Peekaboo quilt

It may be hard to believe, but this is the first quilt I’ve made for Cupcake and Little Bean. They’ve been so interested in animals and playing peekaboo lately, I figured it would be a fun project to combine the two! I had this leftover animal fabric, so I fussy cut nine different animals, then put borders until they were all the same size.

Jungle Safari Peekaboo quilt, alligator

Jungle Safari Peekaboo quilt, panda

Jungle Safari Peekaboo Quilt, lion

Then added the little flaps to cover up the animals. Before the ladies were born I picked up this fabric that I used for the sashing and backing. I like the animal words, however, one of them is mis-spelled… which is probably going to drive me crazy. πŸ™‚

Jungle Safari Peekaboo quilt, tucan

This quilt is about 36″ square, and I machine quilted it. It was all straight lines, so it went pretty quick.Β  Jungle Safari Peekaboo Quilt, perspective

So far, they’ve loved playing with it! I’m looking forward to the day when they can identify all the different animals.

Cupcake playing with the Jungle Safari Peekaboo quilt

Little Bean playing with the Jungle Safari Peekaboo quilt

Thanks for visiting my blog! You can see some of my previous Blogger’s Quilt Festival entries here. And some of my other quilt projects here.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 36″x36″
Special techniques used : folded fabric.
Quilted by : me!
Best Category : Baby Quilt

Tagge’s Famous Fruit CSA, Week 5.

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA, Week 5.

Yes! Victory! A cantaloupe!


  • bunch of carrots
  • bunch of turnips
  • corn
  • zucchini
  • yellow squash
  • two peppers I found hiding down at the bottom… I think there’s one anaheim and one jalapeno.
  • basil
  • fingerling potatoes
  • peaches
  • plums
  • blackberries

We had our first adventure of letting the little ladies try some blackberries. Oh, messy! They love them, though. πŸ™‚

Cupcake enjoys trying blackberries for the first time.

Little Bean enjoys trying blackberries for the first time.

The Best 5K in Utah – Run Through the Lavender

Hands down, the best 5K in Utah, perhaps in the United States is the Run Through the Lavender in Mona, Utah.

Run through the Lavender 5k at Young Living Farms, in Mona, Utah. July 2012


It takes place at the Young Living Farms, an essential oil farm and distillery, which is also the largest herb farm in the world.

Run through the Lavender 5k at Young Living Farms, in Mona, Utah. July 2012

Unlike some 5K’s where you have to run on sidewalks and worry about traffic*, the Lavender Run 5K route is a dirt road through 200 acres of lavender plants.

Yes, it smells amazing.

View to the East. Run through the Lavender 5k at Young Living Farms, in Mona, Utah. July 2012

View to the West. Run through the Lavender 5k at Young Living Farms, in Mona, Utah. July 2012

Run through the Lavender 5k at Young Living Farms, in Mona, Utah. July 2012

Yes, the views are awe-inspiring.

Run through the Lavender 5k at Young Living Farms, in Mona, Utah. July 2012

Yes, we did it with 20 pound babies strapped to our chest.

Run through the Lavender 5k at Young Living Farms, in Mona, Utah. July 2012

Little Bean, giving the camera the stink-eye.

Run through the Lavender 5k at Young Living Farms, in Mona, Utah. July 2012

Exhausted, but proud of her medal at the end.

The Run Through the Lavender happens every July in Mona, Utah! See you next year?

*You have to cross a country road to get from one field to the other. But there are police, so it’s no big deal.

Babies, Princesses, and Ballerinas.

I found these super cute ruffled skirt rompers for the little ladies, that I adore:
The little ladies, dressed in frilly skirted onesies.

So cute, right?
We took the little ladies to a picnic this weekend, and everyone commented on their outfits:
“Oh, you look like a little princess!”

Mulan, Snow White, Aurora, Cinderella, Belle, and Ariel - Disney Princesses.

Disney Princesses, obviously copyright Disney.

“Oh, what a cute tutu!”

Dancer Taking a Bow, Impressionist painting by Degas.

Dancer Taking a Bow (The Star), by Degas.

All very sweet, but really… my little ladies? You’re talking about two babies named after warrior women; I’m not steering them toward ballgowns and tutus yet. No, I got the outfits because they reminded me of Cyndi Lauper:

Album cover of Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual

Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual, copyright Portrait Records.

With that said, here’s the Girls Just Want to Have Fun video:

Yes. I’ve been a bit absent.

So, you may have noticed that I haven’t blogged for approximately ten months. I’ll be honest, I haven’t had much time to quilt lately. I’m attributing it to these two:

Yup, I went and got pregnant and had twins. Now that I have adjusted a bit, I think I’ll have a little bit of time for quilting again, so look for posts in the near future.

Also, you may have noticed that just about all of the pictures on my blog disappeared lately. All my blog pictures have been hosted on my website, and due to a problem with domain registration and hosting, they were deleted. But don’t worry, they’re all up again. πŸ™‚