Monday, September 26, 2011

a butterfly costume - part 1 - the mask

If you hadnt guessed from this post little pants loves butterflies. She has decided she wants to be a butterfly for halloween. According to Lauren a butterfly costume means:

1. butterfly wings
2. matching tutu skirt
3. antennas
4. "wings on my eyes"

I asked what she meant by wings on her eyes and she was talking about face paint. Except. Lauren and facepaint arent friends. After about 3 minutes her face looks like?? I dont know? Clown who got thrown into a pool? She smears it EVERYwhere. gross. So I asked if a butterfly wing mask was acceptable and she said "sure". HA!  Sooo.... Here it is!  Butterfly Wing Mask Tutorial!

What you need:
*2 printed butterfly mask templates. I found mine here. Really, print 2 it is just helpful.
(if this butterfly isnt your favorite try google image seach. I was more sucessful googling "butterfly coloring page")
*sheet of felt
*coordinating fabric scraps
*wonder under

Not pictured:
*sewing machine and supplies
*hot glue and glue gun 

Step 1: cut out one of the mask templates

Step 2: fold your felt in half and pin the mask template to the felt

You now have this:

Step 4: cut the wing part of the template out of the border and cut out the part where eyes look out of the mask

Step 5: pin them to a piece of wonder under (web side down) and cut

Now you have this:

Step 6: I used my second mask to sort of figure out how I wanted my colors to look. Get fancy with your crayolas. Then I used the crayons to mark the cut template. This will be helpful a few steps down...

Step 7: here comes the tedious parts... cut up the wings. keep the right wing and left wing seperated

OPTIONAL STEP: stop to make dinner for your family, eat with them and clean up. Then switch to crappy flash photography because there is absolutely NO good lighting in your house...

Step 8: I didnt pin these to the scraps. wany too small. I just traced around them with a ball point pen. See, my crayon marks coordinate with my fabric.

Here is the first wing:

Step 8: iron the wonder under to one of your felt pieces

Step 9: peel it up

Step 10: lay out your tiny pieces over the webbing you just ironed on. Use the page you colored as a guide

Step 11: iron the pieces down. this fuses the scraps to the felt

Step 12: repeat for the other wing

Step 13: (optional) applique around the pieces with your sewing machine (sorry no pictures)...honestly if I had some glitter glue I probably would have skipped this step and just traced aroud the edges of each piece with glitter glue.

Now you have this:

Step 14: cut the eyes out of the front of the mask (sorry, again no picture. I was cutting)

Step 15: line everything up to make sure it looks how you like it, nothing needs trimmed, etc. I stuck my 2 pieces of ribbon in the sides to see where I wanted them to go

Step 16: while it was all lined up and sandwiched together I used a silver sharpie to mark where to cut the eye holes from the back piece

back piece...this looks creepy. lol

Step 17: glue the ribbons in place with hot glue

Step 18, glue the whole thing together with hot glue. Be sure to use a pink polka dot glue gun when possible. It makes the burns easier to take.

DONE! Tie it on your pretty princess!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

RAWR! Dino Pattern Giveaway winners!!!

I laughed out loud putting these winners together! I am SO happy to see ALL of the winners like See Kate Sew on facebook!

Congratulations winners!

YAY! Carolyn and Carla, I have passed your email addresses on to Kate! Sisterino! Please contact me! I do not have your email address!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

mighty to save printable

Everyone say a prayer for Hubby! He had a 4th!! interview with a company today! Go Hubby Go!!!

Had to make friends with my seam ripper for my current sewing project so in the mean time here is a brand new printable for you!!

click. print. enjoy!

Monday, September 19, 2011

RAWR! Dino Pattern **GIVEAWAY** from See Kate Sew!

Hi Everyone!!! I am so excited to share this post today. The lovely Kate has graciously agreed to giveaway some RAWR! Dino patterns to YOU! My awesome readers!! WAHOO!

I was having a pity party last week. Sorry about that. BUT September 6th was my 1 yr blogiversary! It has been so fun to blog in the free time that I do have. I know I am not a big time blogger but I am still very much enjoying each of you. Your comments. Your friendships. Thank you all so much for sticking with me.

On to the fun! I posted some cute plushie dinos I made a few days ago and gave credit for all the cuteness to Kate! She is super fun, has awesome tutorials and was so sweet returning my emails! Kate has an awesome etsy shop where you can find ALL KINDS of cuteness!

Like this:
scalloped frayed flower in pink and red buds

or these: (mmm smashed ruffles make my heart go pitter patter)

jumbo smashed ruffle clutch - turquoise and bubble gum

and loads of other adorable things.

She also has a brand new Big Cartel Pattern Shop you can visit here

She is one busy girl!

Kate has so graciously agreed to give away 3 RAWR Dino PDF patterns to 3 of YOU!! :)

You will love love love making these sweet dinos. They are addicting!



I just know you want to win this! Here is how enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post wishing me a happy blogiversary (required. cause yeah, that is nice! :) )

2. For bonus entries you can:

a. visit See Kate Sew the Blog become a follower there (if you already follow kate that counts too!!
b. be a follower here at taidye original! new and current followers!
c. like See Kate Sew on Facebook here
d. follow Kate on twittier here

Leave a comment for each thing you "do". PLEASE be sure to include your email address on each entry! Kate will be emailing PDF patterns direct to the winners. We need that address!

Entries will be accepted until Friday September 23rd at midnight (EST).

Thanks everyone! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

rawr! dinos

On with the show!

Happy hump day! A few weeks ago I got SOOOO excited to see this adorable pattern from see kate sew. Kate has one of my favorite blogs EVER! Her sewing tutorials are my favorites and I refer to them allllll the time. You can find them in her sewing 101 section. You should go check out her blog.

I bought this pattern as soon as I saw it. LOVE!! Let me say these were so easy, fun and fast to make. I love them and so do the kids.

I am not even getting paid for the PR here. I just love Kate! Her style is awesome!

What do you think of my creatures?

Kate has been super generous! I emailed her like 3 times about these and now she probably thinks I am a stalker! But she is so sweet! She has offered to give away a few of these patterns to my readers!! YAY!!  I will post the giveaway in the next couple of days so keep your eyes peeled!

p.s. I am giving away 3 dino pattern PDFs from see kate sew here

Monday, September 12, 2011

the real deal

Welcome to the HAPPY TAI SHOW!! ...yeah. I have been avoiding posting lately. Why? Because I like my bloggity blog to be happy, fun, inspirational and nerdy. And lately? I havent been feeling it. So now? I come clean. time to confess...

the good. the bad. the bummers.

The good:

Little started Kindergarten and he loves loves loves it.

and it is fall. not technically but yeah. i am calling it fall because honestly, i am ready to put this summer behind me.

little pants started preschool! she is AWESOME and loves it! (dont look at her hair. I was so sick on her first day I could barely hold my head up. I managed these pony tails with a 102 fever)

And she is a ballerina now. just ask her.

We went on vacation. Our favorite spot in the smokey mountains. It was heaven.

The Bad (no pictures of the bad):

I have the plague. Not really. But I aint good at being sick and I felt gross lately. I am over it. I made a new formula for it:

stress + allergies + bleh = plague.

The Bummer:

My hubby? He lost his job due to downsizing. It has been 7 weeks. I hate broadcasting it like this but I am asking that you pray for him to find work soon. He is really ready to go back. Plus the severance is up know. pray please

And worse? My daddy is being deployed to Afghanistan. He is in training now and will be gone in a few weeks. So prayers for him too. And us. Especially my big boy. He is really going to miss his Pop Pop.

Yes this is my dad (now you know I got the geek honest):

MY major problem.


Yes, I posted it in the good section. It is great for him. He loves it. He was ready. Me? not so much. I am a mess. It isnt because of the obvious cliche reasons either. I am not sad he is growing up, going to school and being awesome. Did it go fast? Yes. But that doesnt get to me.

It is a ME problem. I am allowed right? Sometimes I am allowed to make it all about me right? I am? I think the right word is grieving. I am grieving for the time I lost with him, with both of them, that I cannot get back. I work full time. I dont have a horrible job. I work for a good company with good benefits. But I dont want to. I dont want to go off to work everyday and leave them. I hate that. I have always wanted to be a SAHM and it just hasnt happened for us yet. I could go on about this for a while but that is about all I can stomach to write down. The hurt is deep. I have not had a choice but to work. I work very hard and I am passionate about my work. I always try to do my very best while I am there. I know that God wants me to do that. And I will keep on waiting. I wont quit hoping and praying to stay home. I cant give up my dream. so yeah. That is it. That has been my issue since preschool graduation in the spring. I am a mess inside.

But dont worry! Cause tomorrow we are back to the happy. the awesome and the rocking like fraggles. I wont bring it down for a while. promise. Thanks so much for listening. I feel so much better now that I wrote it out. Even if it isnt the whole story. Love you all.

Look at my precious! When did he get so big?

i heart faces: back to school

You might recognize this photo from a few weeks ago but I just had to upload it for the I Heart Faces Challenge this week "back to school" !

So here he is! First day of Kindergarten!

I Heart Faces - Photography Challenges and Photo Tutorials
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