Thursday, 25 August 2016

Book week and a fox

It's book week this week, so we had to decide weeks in advance what we were going to be.

Sophia absolutely loves Fantastic Mr Fox.  She has read the box over and over and also has the movie on her iPad.  She first started to read it with her class at school and has now moved on to the BFG and other Roald Dahl books.

It made perfect sense then, that she would dress up as a fox, and she chose Felicity - Mr Fox's wife.  You can't buy any pre-made Felicity costumes, so I decided that I would make one.  I started with 2 yellow t-shirts.  One a size 8, the other a size 10.  I chopped the top off the size 10 and sewed it to the size 8.  Voila - instant dress.  Then I used a strip of the left over yellow shirt to create a pocket.  I reinforced it with some extra pockets.  These would hold a pair of scissors, brushes and pencils, just like Felicity.  I used puffy paint to create the little apples.  The brooch you see above was made from felt, hot glued together and then sewed to the dress.

For the mask, I bought a plastic half face mask from Spotlight, then glued on the white and orange felt.  I trimmed the edges and the eyes.  I created the ears by layering the orange, black and white felt.  I used a really stiff black felt to help them keep their shape and stand up.  I used a black colouring pencil and my black Copic to shade the inside of the ear.  I added some eyebrows, a black nose, eyelashes and whiskers.  The eyelashes are just cheap ones from the dollar shop and the whiskers are fishing line.

Here is the finished costume.  I'm so happy with how it turned out.  The tail is made from flannelette material.  I just have to safety pin it to Sophia's dress for the parade, and then she can remove it for class and play.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Happy Camper

I'm so excited to present my second camping and outdoors pocket letter!  I decided to do this one digitally as well.

Each card was created in photoshop, then printed on cardstock twice.  I then cut out certain elements to make them 3D.  Finally I added some gems, and Stickles.

This pocket is wonderfully bright and cheerful, and was so much fun to make!

The cards are so much more vibrant in real life.  I glossed the berries on the centre card and the wings of the butterfly so it looks more realistic.  The fires flicker so nicely with the Stickles.

Do you like to camp?

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Bueller Bueller Bueller

It's been 30 years since Ferris Bueller first graced our screens with his wit, charm and advice on how to take a day of school and look around because life just moves too fast!

I love Ferris, the music and the funny quotes throughout the movie, so I thought I'd make a celebratory pocket letter to mark this auspicious occasion.

The jumper is double sided, the paper clips are pictures of bobble heads and the buttons are just pictures that I've glossed up and added sticker paper to the back.

More pictures and quotes from this hilarious movie.

Cameron & Ferris - partners in crime.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

International Photography Day

It was international photography day on the 19th of August - which is when I should have posted this, cause I had just posted off one of my favourite pocket letters to the US.  It was all about photography!  I never go anywhere without my camera, it's practically glued to me, my friends and family know wherever I am - my camera is sure to follow lol  My favourite is macro photography which I am yet to get a really good lens for, instead I get to play with a cheap add-on for my phone.  I love to photograph my kids, their friends, family events and of course my pets.  So of course I jumped at the chance to join in with this swap over at Pocket Letter Pals.  I collected pictures of camera's photography tips and I even found this neat Instax camera bag tag to include in the package.

I had fun explaining what "film" is to my 7 year old, that was a trip down memory lane.  She couldn't fathom a camera without a digital display in the back lol  The clear film you see is from Tanya Leigh Designz.

This is the back of the pocket letter - a little bit of colour and a little bit of black & white.