I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Here is a picture of our tree – it is HUGE! :D We have really tall ceilings so I try to get the biggest possible tree every year. I think this one was 10 feet tall! It smells heavenly. I wish I could keep it forever. Notice all of the tinsel on it? My mom was very anti-tinsel when I was a kid so I make sure to always have tinsel now that I’m an adult. :) My kids love it too! Haha!
We don’t usually do elaborate gifts for the adults in my household, but my husband got me the sweetest gift. I’ve been wanting a proper teapot for a while now so I can feel like a fancy lady when I drink my tea, so he went down to our charming local tea parlor and got me the most beautiful teapot and two teacups to go with it – blue and gold with little songbirds on it! He knows just what I like. <3
My bestie also got me a gift card to Sephora, so I have some fun things on the way! I loves me some makeup.
My own kiddos got everything they wanted, which was mostly electronics and video games. Since the are now pre-teen boys, I can’t really make them handmade gifts. So I made some cute things for my best friend’s kids instead, who are younger. I spotted this adorable coat pattern a while ago – McCall’s 6828. I didn’t want to make any of the animals included in the pattern, so I adapted the design to suit the kids I was sewing for. The little girl, Camilla, is 8 years old and has a white cat doll named Angela that she loves. She likes to dress up in a cat ear headband and paint her face to match Angela. I decided to make her coat out of white fur with a cat face on the hood so she can dress up like Angela. Her little brother, Thomas, is 5 and he really likes robots. He pretends to be a robot all the time, so I thought a robot coat would be perfect for him. Here’s a picture of the coats together right after I finished them -
I think they turned out sooooo cute! I followed the directions that came with the pattern loosely. I did my own thing when it came to putting the lining and the shell together, since they called for a lot of hand sewing that I thought was unnecessary. I also eliminated the top snap that they called for and just put 4 buttons on each coat. For Camilla’s I removed the cuff and just gave the sleeve a 1″ turn back and made the lining the appropriate length. I also left the tail off because it seems like it would drag in the mud quite a bit. I made a size 8 for Camilla and a size 4 for Thomas, who is a little guy. Thomas’s fit like a glove and Camilla’s is a little big on her, which is fine, however it seems quite long to me. I might shorten it up if I was to make it again. I ignored the instructions for how to applique since I’ve done it before, and just did my own thing. I made Camilla’s coat out of white faux fur with pink satin lining, and white fleece for the front and lower bands. Thomas’s was made out of metallic coated tricot that I got off of Ebay, with grey satin lining and black fleece for the front and lower bands and cuffs. I used fusible weft interfacing for the front bands, lower bands, and appliques. I found that the actual jackets were very easy to sew, aside from the fact that I chose some of the most difficult and annoying fabrics to work with! I was cursing to myself under my breath frequently as I wrestled with the slippery satin, annoying long pile fur, and oddly gummy metallic plastic fabric. I even busted my sewing machine finishing Thomas’s coat! I was sewing over some really think layers and knocked the timing way off. Luckily, I was able to finish up on a backup machine and my awesome local repairs shop got her fixed up in just a few days. Anyways, it was all worth it, I think they came out really well and the kids love them. Here’s some more photos!
It was super hard to get pictures of Camilla since she was very busy playing with her toys and wanted them to be in the photos as well. :)
I like her white cat paws too! Thomas was really easy to get photos of, he is a good little poser! He requested I put pockets on his jacket to put his hands in after I gave it to him. It was a pretty quick fix to make some patch pockets lined in satin and sew them to the front of the jacket. Luckily the way I had constructed it, I had flipped it right side out through the bottom lining and had a section that was slip stitched together that I could unpick to sew them on. Annoyingly, it is very hard to sew the metallic fabric neatly, since it sticks and grabs at the sewing machine foot and also the needle doesn’t like it. I could have probably gotten them on a tad neater with a more forgiving fabric, but Thomas was happy with them so there you are.
Thomas is the official spokesman for cuteness, btw. Alrighty, other things I did over the holidays – I finished coloring one of the drawings I shared in my last blog post, and I can also share the one I made for my friend’s birthday now, since it has passed and he has gotten it.
These were drawn on tanned paper and colored in with Prismacolor colored pencils. Um, I also painted my room BRIGHT CORAL!!! Here’s the before and after – it was a medium sage green before.
I still have to finish putting up some art and find drapes, so I will post more pictures of this when the room is all done. I also painted my bathroom teal – again, more pics when it’s all done. But I just love that color! It’s soooo vibrant and cheerful. It is Behr brand in Cool Lava. I got the paint with primer inside, and it still took 4!!! coats to cover the green! I’ve never had that happen with that brand of paint before.
And last, but not least, I have a new hair color! I’ve cut it very short again and bleached it out. Now it’s platinum blonde – one of my very favorite hair colors. I used to have my hair this color in my early 20′s and I always loved it. I like to think of it as snow fairy hair!