Monday, November 10, 2014

Angel Warrior Costume with Articulated Wings - Halloween/Christmas (video included)

Angel costumes have been favorites for girls during Halloween and then there is always that angel in the Christmas play at church. So I was not surprised when my lovely daughter said she wanted to be one. She changed it up a bit and wanted a bow, arrows, a quiver and some armor. She's unique like that.... not sure where she gets that urge to be different. With those additions, the idea for her Angel Warrior costume was born.

This costume was 100% DIY and handmade, it was even designed in the mind of this very creative 9 year old girl. The three talented people who worked on it is Linda from Living Sew Beautifully, Grace from Uniquely Grace (that's me) and this young beauty (my daughter) in these photos Trinity from You are Tutu Cute (she makes tutu's to pay for her own dance classes) Head to toe you don't want to mess with this deadly combo.

Look here at her quiver, satchel, armor and dress. All were made by Living Sew Beautifully. From nothing more then my daughter's imagination and a artist's rendering.  One of a kind, no patterns used! Linda is awesome like that. Also one little detail look at the bottom of this image, you will see a little red dot. Her arrows have laser pointers in the tips. COOL HUGH?

From behind you can see the cape made by Living Sew Beautifully. Also the bow I designed and my daughter painted. It is inspired by the shape of angel wings. The back of these wings show how large they really are. Each one about 3' in length.

That gives this angel a 7' 8" wing span from tip to tip when they are open. Pretty darn impressive! We love the size of these beauties. Lately my goal with the kid's costumes is to create something that will grow with them or that can be used by an adult even (like me... lol) for years to come.

Now let's see it in action! Here you go!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Handmade for the Holiday's Christmas in a Deployment Box - "Home for the Holiday"

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 Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

 Grab your favorite beverage and sit back and relax... Here is the gift of "Home for the Holidays" for a "Christmas in a Deployment Box"

  1. Get a box from the post office or any box will do.

And find the glued corner joint

Unfold the box.

Cut one side off so there are now 3 panels. Place packing tape or duct tape, I chose white duct tape to go over the vertical folds that are left. (This is for shipping).

2. Print out photos of your Christmas Tree I deleted some of the excess background to keep it from wasting ink. Enlarge it to fill your normal paper. This paper is a shimmer to give the tree some sparkle... lie our overly used is always filled with glitter. Print 3 regular and 3 reverse (all the same size)

Here is the original image:

3. Print out images of your flooring and other home areas you wish to add. I chose our fireplace decorated with Christmas. The flooring is special too. This flooring was designed and installed by my hubby and I . It is special for us so I know this detail will mean something to him.

 Today I am using's supplies. Here is an image of my adhesives, there are some I didn't get to use but I do love them all.

4. Find your placement on the box. I have one tree cut out for here for a visual placement. The tree must go on a vertical fold.

5. Trace your original cut out. Then flip it over and trace it on the other 3 of the opposite printouts.

Then stack them all up so the outlines are suppose to be matching, 3 right side up and 3 right side down. This way they match and line up more clearly, Trees can be hard to match up when hand cut with all those little branches.

6. Choose a color of cardstock for your wall color. I used 4 sheets, 3 hole and one to cut into strips to place over the vertical folds and adhere, I used's E-Z Runner. This color matches the color of our walls in our living room.

7. Cut out the flooring to fit on the 3 lower folded flaps and adhere them with's E-Z Runner. Like I said before this flooring was a project the hubby and I worked on together and we love how it turned out. It's a nice detail to add by using photos of our own floor.

8. Cut out your accessories like the fireplace and wall art. I used's 3D Foam Squares to pop it off the surface a bit. Don't go crazy. Remember it needs to fold up. Keep this one off the vertical folds.

9. Now lets get rolling on our POP UP tree! I am excited about this one! Place one of your 6 trees you cut out in your cutter, WE WILL NOT BE CUTTING! We will be folding. I lined up the bottoms flush with my cutter's guide and then shifted the trees from left to right till the very top of the star was along the edge I was using to help me fold it.

Once lined up I gently worked the cardstock up words until I got a nice fold right down the center point, the top of the star.

Repeat for the rest of your trees. Notice that one side is wider then the other. That is okay because the bottoms and tops will match up I promise.

Using some of's Crafty Power Tape I adhered one side of a tree to the same sized side (reverse print out).

Repeat this until you have them all connected and it looks like this.

10. Presents!!!! The real gift of this is giving some our our "Home for the Holidays" this box is for a deployed spouse who won't be here for Christmas. This gives him images of our actual home. The presents are just rectangles with 1/4" fold at the bottom to adhere them to the floor of the box. They have a cute little bow on the tops of them. This still allows it to fold up.

One of the best things about these presents is we have written things we love about our Daddy on the backs. There are 25 gifts so he can read one a day in December till Christmas. You don't have to do the Advent if you don't have the time to send it that far in advance to your service member or college student.

11) Use Creative Photo Corners in gold, to "frame" your wallet photos on the wall. I have soccer ones in there because we are sending them to him, however before I mail this it will have our new family wallet photos in the box. Nice thing about the photo corners... you can easily switch out your photos.

12. Write your message. Our's is private and will be written with the kid's help once we can sit down. So it's not pictured here.

13. How to fold it up, it's ready to ship! Make sure all your presents are flattened up and slowly close the right section checking on your presents as you close it. When you get to the tree. I laid it down flat and the side of the box goes right down the middle of the tree.

Then fold the left side with the wallets on it over to the right. Do it slowly checking on your gifts and the tree. Tape, label and ship! Mark on the outside of the box 'OPEN CAREFULLY HERE" with an arrow to the side that can be unsealed. My hubby get's our packages and mail in about 2.5 weeks. So if you want to do this for your's plan ahead for the shipping or leave out the advent part.

My hubby get's our packages and mail in about 2.5 weeks. So if you want to do this for your's plan ahead for the shipping or leave out the advent part.

Let's take a look once again:

The beauty of this is it could lay flat and hung on the wall of their quarters or it could have the floor folded up 90 degrees and sit on a dresser or even a windowsill! Little space for a little bit of "Home for the Holidays".

God bless all our service men and women who can not be with their loved ones this season of joy, love and happiness.

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