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Picking Your Dapper Day Outfit

Picking a Dapper Day OutfitDapper Day at the Disneyland Resort is just a few days away! For those of you who don’t know about Dapper Day, it is the day that you can get really dressed up (usually in vintage style clothing) and go to Disneyland in style! It is amazingly fun to watch what everyone else comes up with for their outfit, and to dress up for a day of fun.

If you’d like to participate in Dapper Day events, you can get complete details here.

For this post, I’ll be breaking down some of my favorite outfits from past Dapper Days, and giving some recommendations on where to start for creating a Dapper Day outfit of your very own! Read More »

Fan girl, Fashion, Lifestyle, Musings

Happy Halloween, You Poor Unfortunate Souls! Ursula DIY Octopus Costume

Ursula DIY Octopus CostumeHappy Halloween! I know this is a little late-coming, but I hope you all enjoy this year’s Halloween costume — Ursula! I made the tentacles and hand-painted the dress, as well as creating the tiara (more on the mermaid crown to come!).

The Little Mermaid is my favorite movie of all time. It has amazing music, a brilliant aesthetic, and plenty of Disney magic. So this year, I decided to be Ursula and add some punk rock vibes to her normal octopus look. Here’s how I did it. Read More »

Crafts / DIY, Fan girl, Fashion

Mary Poppins and the Dancing Penguin: Jolly Holiday Halloween DIY Costume

Mary Poppins CostumeI have always loved Mary Poppins white and red dress from the movie. It’s iconic and beautifully accented with pops of red. I have been hunting for a dress that would be passable for a Halloween costume forever, but Etsy sellers charge over $500 for a single dress — yikes!

I did not have $500 to spend on a replica from the movie, but I came pretty close and here’s the breakdown for prices:

  • Foam core board
  • White t-shirt (from men’s section at Walmart)
  • Red t-shirt
  • Red Ribbon
  • 2 rolls of tulle
  • White fabric paint
  • Red Buttons
  • Faux red roses
  • 2 yards white fabric
  • Lace ribbon
  • White gloves (from Daiso)
  • Lace parasol (optional)
  • Total:                                                                            $47.98
$2.99
$4.00
$4.00
$1.00
$8.00
$2.99
$2.00
$2.50
$12.00
$1.00
$1.50
$6.00 (with Michael’s coupon)

That’s less than $50!

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Crafts / DIY, Fan girl, Fashion

May the 4th Be With You: Lightsaber-Inspired Case for Crochet Afghan Hooks and Knitting Needles + Plush Toy Free Crochet Pattern!

Crochet Light Saber Free PatternAs many of you probably know,  I am a bit of a nerd. I love Marvel superhero movies, Jane Austen, and especially Star Wars. I consider them all epic stories that are pure entertainment from start to finish (yes, that is what Jane Austen novels and superhero movies have in common). So, for Star Wars Day I knew I had to do something to celebrate my love of the movies. Last year, I did a knitting pattern for an ewok hoodie and I’ve also transformed little Casper into a Darth Vader-loving, sweater-wearing heartthrob, but this year it is all about the light sabers.

This light saber case can be used for anything, but I thought it would work well for crochet afghan hooks and knitting needles. I have also provided the details needed to adapt the pattern into a plush toy that can be stuffed. Read More »

Crafts / DIY, crochet, Fan girl, free patterns, Uncategorized

Introducing Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet!

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet crochet pattern

Introducing my newest crochet pattern–Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet! They are now available in my Etsy shop (you can find the link in the sidebar). And to celebrate this adorable pattern, I’m offering a special $2 off coupon code for blog readers.

Use code: BLOG2OFF

Travel to Regency England and the land of Pride and Prejudice with these crochet patterns for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

Elizabeth Bennet has beautiful curls and an empire-waisted gown, while Mr. Darcy has a removable jacket and ribbon ascot.

Supply list is provided within the pattern. Pattern is considered easy+.

Crafts / DIY, crochet, Fan girl, Literary Loves, Uncategorized

Star Wars Dog Sweater from a Beanie: Casper joins the Dark Side!

Star Wars Dog Sweater

I’ve been trying to find a dog sweater for Casper since Thanksgiving and nothing I could find fit him or looked cute enough. While Christmas shopping, I bought this ugly sweater Star Wars beanie as an impulse purchase. It was way too small for my head, but I just couldn’t resist. It sat in my room for a month while I debated what to do with it. Then I realized it would fit Casper better than myself. Read More »

Crafts / DIY, Fan girl, Uncategorized

May the 4th Be With You! Ewok Hood Knitting Pattern

ewok star wars hood May the 4th be with you knitting patternMay the 4th be with you! To celebrate Star Wars Day, I’ve put together a pattern for a darling ewok hood that people of all ages can enjoy.

Supplies:

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Fan girl, free patterns, knitting