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falcon

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

Halloween is not my jam. I think I’ve said this before . Somehow it’s made worse because I sew. I could just go to the thrift store and let them pick out whatever they want, but then a cloud of guilt follows me around until November. So I ask them what they want to be, and after all the “I want to be this! No I want to be that!” I put off the costume making. I know I am not alone on this.

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

I have to admit though, I wanted to make this one (the pirate and Sensi Wu on the other hand, I am blowing off until Thursday night). If you don’t watch the Super Hero Squad–and you shouldn’t, it’s mostly booger jokes with some superhero stuff on the side–then you might not know that this is Falcon!

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

That is pretty much all I know: his name is Falcon and I think he shoots things out of his wings. Obviously, I am not versed in superhero. But I can sew a superhero, especially a superhero with wings. I have wanted to make wings like this for a long time. My kids only rarely use the dress up box, so giant wings are not in high demand.

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

Giant wings are so fun to sew! And so easy!  There is a tutorial on Llevo el Inveirno, but really you could just wing it (ha! thank you, I’ll be here all week).

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

I had zero red fabric–weird I know, but I don’t care for the color (or as my kids would say, it’s my worst favorite color). Luckily, my friend hosted a clothes swap last week and I grabbed a red linen shirt and red polyester pants. They worked perfectly. And KCW was perfectly timed to get me to sit down in front of my sewing machine and sew.

I sewed the wings to some cuffs I cut from an old t-shirt and whipped up that mask in 5 minutes flat. There you have it, one happy 5 year old superhero!

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

 

oliver + s school bus tee

school bus tee on elsie marley

I am guest posting over at Oliver + S today. Super exciting! I’m talking a little about me, a little about KCW, and a little about sewing. I’ve even got a printable t-shirt design for you! (more…)

bunny at the door!

bunny at the door! a tutorial by elsie marley

We don’t have many easter decorations: a few eggs, some bunnies here and there, maybe some flowers, but that’s it really. We needed something easter-y…and fast, because easter is this weekend! I came up with this giant easter bunny peaking in your front door. It’s like Kilroy Was Here got together with Donnie Darko and made an adorable bunny.  You can make one too–in the next 10 minutes even!

BUNNY AT THE DOOR TUTORIAL

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posters for baby’s room

DIY black and white nursery posters on elsie marley

A year or so ago I was invited to join a facebook group filled with mothers, bloggers, sewers, bakers, and makers of all types. The idea behind the group was to have a place to talk about blog things, get support when we needed it, and have a sounding board for new ideas. The group is absolutely amazing, and the women in it doubly so.

DIY black and white nursery posters on elsie marley

Two of those women, Carla and Lacy, are pregnant and due any day now! We’ve come together to throw a kind of virtual baby shower. Some people make decorations, some people make the food, some make gifts, and then we send it all to the pregnant ladies. It’s like an awesome party via post. I signed up for decoration duty. Right away I knew I wanted to make large-scale posters. We peeked in their pinterest boards and discovered Lacy was digging a cloud theme, and Carla was more for the moon and stars.

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lucky buttons tutorial

lucky buttons tutorial on elsie marley

One of the odd, unwritten blog rules is “thou shalt not blog on weekends,” but I’m crazy like that I guess. Besides tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. And one of the unwritten rules of having school age children is “you must participate in every holiday no matter what.” Pi day? Talk like a pirate day? 100th day of school? Grandparents day? Crazy sock day? I have celebrated them all.

lucky buttons tutorial on elsie marley

I have also prepared for all of them frantically the night before or the morning of said holiday. If you are nodding in agreement, this craft is for you. If you are throughly prepared with crocheted red beards and cardboard leprechaun hats or if you are genuinely Irish and have been corning your beef for weeks (or however it’s done) then you don’t need me and my slap dash craft.

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