Saturday, October 30, 2010

Feeling Corny!

HAPPY NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY, EVERYONE!!!

 
Symfully Sweet Saturday

I am so excited about the way my project turned out this month!  I know a few of you hit some mental blocks this time, and that is completely understandable.  I'm sure there will be one or two months where I have to bow out as well.  Luckily, I anticipate still having a pretty good turn out, so thank you to all who are participating.  If you're new to my blog...WELCOME!  Glad to have you.

I'm making a conscious effort to try out a different "genre" of project each time.  You may recall that last time was a family craft project that BOMBED.  This time, I took a different route. 
Just as a reminder, this month's candy was: 

I began by gathering up my materials...

I bought a LOT of fleece in yellow, orange, and white, thread and poly fill.  Roon then made me a rough pattern of a candy corn, using Photoshop, with the varying sizes I would need.  I then pinned the pattern onto the various materials, and cut them out, making sure I cut TWO of each shape at one time. 
This is what the pattern looked like after I had cut it out.  The oval off to the side is going to serve as a bottom piece, so I only actually cut ONE of those in each size...in yellow.
Here is what the cut pieces looked like from the material side.  Looks kinda familiar, right?
I took this opportunity to give Sissy her very first sewing lesson.  I noticed that in all the pictures of us sewing, I look really tense.  Probably because I was.  It's really hard to relinquish control of the foot pedal, when it's YOUR fingers that are going to get caught under the needle, ya know?
We corrected little problems along the way, to make sure everything was lining up perfectly.  Sissy did really well.  She can't wait to do it again.  First, we sewed each color strip onto each other until we had 2 complete candy corn "sides" of each size, and then we pinned and sewed the sides together.  After that, we sewed half of the oval onto the bottom. 
Sorry I don't have pictures of every step.  I kinda get tunnel vision when in project mode...


The next step was sewing on googly eyes, but I didn't get a picture of that part.  On purpose.  Quite frankly, I didn't want to sully my reputation by having the choice words I was using during that process visible on my face.  So, let's just say it was a bit of a challenge, and move on...
Next, each of the kids got to stuff their own Candy corn with Poly-fil.  Here is a picture of Boo filling hers.  I let them fill their own, so it was as cuddly as they wanted it to be.  Plus, this wasn't much of a family project, so I let them help wherever I could.
Next, each child (and adult, for that matter) got to draw their own face on their candy corn.  The above example is Roon's.  The original plan was to have them draw it on, and then I was going to stitch over it with the sewing machine to make it more permanent.  Tunnel vision got the best of me, and I forgot to do that before the sides were sewn together.  WHOOPS!
FINALLY, I hand sewed the remaining half of the oval onto the bottom of the candy corn.  That's right.  I'm awesome!
And here is the finished product.  A whole family of candy corn pillows.  A decoration I can pull out each year, that will bring {mostly} fond memories, and the kids can sleep with them all season long. 
By the way, in the picture, only Roon's had been completely finished, so that's why the others look kinda honky.  They've all since been finished, so they look much better. 


So, what did YOU do?  Did you totally kick my trash?
Just a reminder...the rules have changed.  NO MORE VOTING. 
Pay attention to comments left by any of the 4 members of my BRAIN TRUST, or by our guest judge, EMMY MOM.  They are my judges, and their opinions are the ones that determine your fate. 
They are also not above shameless flattery.  Show 'em a little love, why dontcha!


You know how this goes.  Link up your projects, then hop around to see everyone else's awesomeness.  Leave some love while you're over there.  I've made some awesome friends that way. Linking will end October31st at midnight (which I guess would technically make it November 1st, huh?)  Winner will be determined by Tuesday, and will be announced along with November's candy.
Got it?
I don't think I have to say it, but I'm going to anyway.  Any projects not linking back to me, or including my super cute button (one or the other, or both, if it strikes your fancy) will be deleted.  Let's all play nice.  If you were referred by someone, please include it in your post.  Your friend will get an extra 1/4 of a point added to their overall score for every person (up to 4) that they refer.  I'm sure they'd appreciate the shout out as well. 

16 comments:

Mamarazzi said...

those are adorable...like seriously!! really super cute!

Allyson said...

I love your pillows! If I sewed, I would steal your idea.

Also, I know I don't need to vote, but if I did, I'd vote for Brooks. She did so much!

shortmama said...

Love the pillows!

All liked up and still laughing at my own post....yeah Im lame like that

MiMi said...

Those are ADORABLE!!!! :) Me likey. Send em to me. : )

Brooks said...

I really had a fun time with this one. Looks like everyone else did, too...

Melissa said...

Candy corns give lots of possibilities...Brooks and I had fun coming up with ideas!!!

Melissa said...

My sister decided to get in on the fun too but I had to post her skirts since her blog is private!

Myya said...

These are sooo soooo sooooo cute!

Evelyn @ Hanging by a Silver Lining said...

Dee was looking over my shoulder as I was reading this and asked if you were going to send these to us. :D I think it's fair to say they are hit!

P.S. Craziest thing! Before I gave up on trying this month, I went out and bought felt to make little material candy corns. Seriously. Umm...are you stalking me??? Or am I stalking you? Or do we really just think so much alike? Hahaha!

Emmy said...

So so cute! I came up blank on ideas fir this obe. Though I did get a picture of Eric with candy corn up his nose :)

Emmy said...

For some reason I can't see anyones link. :(

Emmy said...

Never mind, found them

CRZN GMA said...

Pretty cute, Bim! So proud of you for letting Sissy help sew! Wow! Are you brave!

Lisa said...

Those pillows are adorable! I love them!!

beckyjune said...

Those are so cute, Sami. You are my hero :D

Erinsgobragh said...

Too freaking cute!!! LOL!