Why I enjoy Halloween

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Believe me, I’m not going to get all philosophical on you.

THAT IS SO NOT MY THING.

You can read a ton of other blogs on how Christians “should” view Halloween, or how Halloween was started out as a pagan holiday and all the rest of the “you decide” type of blog posts that get you thinking about something that’s supposed to be something fun in America, that in my opinion, some people take way too seriously.

That’s not what I’m about so I’m just going to get to the point:

I really enjoy Halloween.

What I don’t like about it –

Zombies, bloody corpses of any kind, and things that imply our individual, impending death, etc.

What I do like about it –

Kids thinking about all the things they could be.

Kids dreaming about being someone else, even if it’s for just one evening.

Planning and preparing and getting ready for just one special evening with my kids.

Okay, I really LOVE the last one!

My oldest probably has three, maybe four years left to go trick-or-treating before he gets to old and believe me, I remember this every year!

Happy Halloween from DeAndrasCrafts

Halloween 2013 of DeAndrasCrafts kids.


 We’ve been preparing for Halloween at our house.

I start Halloween talk in late August after my birthday by simply asking my children what they want to be for Halloween.  Usually and thankfully that leads to all kinds of discussions, mainly about characters that are “in” right now, and what might make a good costume.

Since the time that each of my children were three years old, I have asked them individually what they would like to dress up as for Halloween.  My oldest, now eight and almost nine, has picked out his Halloween outfit since he was almost three.

He’s been Darth Vader, Yoda, Iron Man, Boba Fett, Han Solo and last year he was Two-Face or Harvey Dent from the Batman series.  I made that costume and the link takes you to the Instructable that shows how I did it.

You might see a trend in his choices of costumes and I will say that my husband and I have always been a huge influence for the choice….

This year he has decided to be “A Jedi.”

Just a Jedi. I cheated  a little and bought a pre-made outfit to start with, but am in the preparing & creating phase to make it a better costume.

Don’t tell him but I’m pre-planning a FB post to my friends and family before he goes trick-or-treating to ensure that he is just going to be a Jedi, not someone in particular.

 Here’s the Jedi Robe I made one Sunday in September. Jedi RobeI got the instructions from Instructables – Sewing a Jedi or Harry Potter Robe.

My daughter, now almost five years old, has been Star Wars Child’s Deluxe Princess Leia Costume, Small, Queen Amidala, Hello Kitty, and last year was Tinker Bell.

This year, she’s planning on being Queen Elsa from the movie Frozen.  Thankfully that was an easy purchase for the costume from Amazon.

(Believe me, I have no shame in saying that.  I am just too busy to try to make a really good copy of the outfit.)

My youngest, at three-years old, had a hard time deciding what to be for Halloween this year.  He started out thinking he wanted to be a purple minion from Despicable Me 2.  It was going to take some work, but that was a relatively easy costume that I could put together.

Well, he changed his mind and wanted to be Super Mario instead.  This was after a discussion that he couldn’t be Darth Vader AGAIN.  (He was Darth Vader last year.)

Here’s a photo of the Mario Hat in progress. Mario Hat in progressI made this hat from an Instructable as well!  I will post the link of my Instructable when it’s complete.

Hopefully I’ll update this post with the instructions as I make the pieces of the costumes, but for now, enjoy the photo of my babies from last year’s Halloween.


The DeAndrasCrafts Contest on Instructables – Results

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I can’t believe I haven’t shared with you the results from my DeAndras Crafts Instructables Contest.

Wait no further!

I couldn’t have been more pleased with the entries and the winners.  There was a total of forty-six (46) entries and it was difficult to narrow down the list to the 10 winners you see below.  That was one of the things I had to do!

Prizes were listed in the previous post about the contest if you would like to see what they’ve won.

Grand Prize

Mixed Media Festoon Pendent by watchmeflyy
Mixed Media Festoon Pendent by watchmeflyy

Judges Prize – The best charitable project entry in my opinion.  I got to pick the winner!

First Prize Winners (3)

My notes: The hat is amazing as it uses a chain stitch glued onto a hat.  What a simple yet effective idea.  I also love the flowers in the kusudama and may make those for other reasons!

 

Crochet Kusudama by ChrysN

Crochet Kusudama
by ChrysN

Runner Up (5)

Out of the five patterns below, I think the crocheted whale is the cutest!  I love how the author incorporated little felt pieces as part of the face.

Crocheted Whale by Little Dragon and Company

Crocheted Whale
by Little Dragon and Company

  Embroidered Vintage Wall Clock by lindarose92

Embroidered Vintage Wall Clock
by lindarose92

 I hope you get to check out some of the Instructables above.  My passion for opening up the conversation about using your talents to serve others is ongoing.

Please let me know if you have a yarn-craft pattern that you would like to feature here on this site that you can share with others to give away for charity.  Have a blessed day!

 


The DeAndrasCrafts Yarn Craft Contest

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UPDATED: The contest is now closed and you can see the results here.  This post shows all the prizes that the winners received.  If you read this blog post and you were an entrant, I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU!


You know that feeling you get when you are both proud and excited?

Hopefully you do because it’s a pretty cool feeling.

I would like to present to you, along with Instructables.com, the DeAndrasCrafts Yarn Contest.

DeAndrasCrafts Yarn Craft ContestThe Contest itself was presented to me a little over two months ago, and I got to pick the prizes.  When I proposed the yarn craft contest to the Instructables folks, I was able to add a brief description of how important I believe using your talents for charities are.

In my case, and what the contest was able to reflect that was important to me, was two different charities.

The first charity is Senior Paws Elder Dog Rescue.

This is Jafari. Jafari from Senior Paws Rescue in FresnoHe is our foster dog from Senior Paws.  He was found on the street and was guessed to be about 10 years old.  He is completely blind and bumps into things more than I would have imagined.

But, he’s the sweetest, softest dog I have ever met.  I believe that taking care of this animal is part of my service to the Lord Almighty.  I know my own parents would disagree, but it’s how I feel.

I will write up a separate post about my experience of being a dog-foster mom soon!

The second charity that I got to mention is called Threads of Love.

The church I attend has a description of all the items that we accept, and small blankets to cover the babies are no exception. The site link is: College Church of Christ, Threads of Love Mission.

I wrote an Instructable on how to crochet the blanket you see here. Mini Square BlanketThe blanket is relatively easy to make due to its size, and I try to make one every month.  (I used to be better at it so I emphasize the word TRY.) Granny square style Threads of Love blanket example.I know there are so many charities that will accept handmade items, and although the contest is specifically for yarn & thread craft, I know many charities will accept sewn items.


A run down of the prizes is as follows:

Grand Prize includes:
Samsung WB250F 14.2MP CMOS Smart Digital Camera

Transcend 32 GB Flash Memory Card

Case Logic DCB-302 Compact Case for Camera

The Grand Prize, the Judges Prize and the First Prize winners also get:

Chemo Caps & Wraps
(Crochet Patterns)
Crochet Lite Hook, Size H & I, that you can find over at

I hope you check the contest out and please feel free to message me on Instructables for a free digital gift!



It’s a Major Award!

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I have always wanted to say that…and mean it.

My blog post on Aloe Vera Gel, my favorite self-help website, and my 15-minutes of fame.

My blog post on Aloe Vera Gel, my favorite self-help website, and my 15-minutes of fame.

I won a Kindle.

No, really, I did!  I won a Kindle from Instructables.com.

My mother-in-love gave me the idea to make homemade Aloe Vera Gel from my prolific aloe vera plants and sure enough, the Instructable was featured, featured in the newsletter, and as of the date of this post, had over 21,000 views!

Yay!

Or should I say “YAY!

It’s only 15-minutes of fame – but it feels good.

I got the shirt too and after losing some recent body fat (that will be another post) it actually fit me.  Double “Yay!”

Here’s the cool Kindle I got.  I can’t wait to use it.  It’s not the kids either, it’s mine, all mine. =D