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Skirting the issue…

I am a bit excited about our upcoming trip to Disneyland and to Mickey’s Halloween party.   I’ve decided to get a jump on the costumes, especially since last year was a ten day marathon of cutting, pinning and cutting.  I am hoping the preparation this year will be a bit more relaxed.

This weekend I spent some time looking at some different costume ideas.  We’d decided on the pirate theme earlier this year so at least I am that far along.  Of course, you’d be surprised at the different options for pirate costumes, especially given the many costumes featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  We have the added factor of getting on and off of rides at Disneyland to think about when choosing a costume.   I liked different elements of these costumes, which I found at Spirit Halloween.  I like the asymmetrical skirt on the first and last ones and the vest and hat options on the other costumes.  Overall, though my costume will need to be a little less sexy, I want to go more for cute and sassy.  It is for Disneyland after all.

Pirate W1    Pirate W3    Pirate W4           Pirate W5

Fabric Joanns

My plan is to make a skirt similar to the first picture but not as short in the front and not as long in the back.  This weekend I started looking through my patterns and fabric.  I remembered that I bought a remnant of some pretty brocade last Christmas.  I think it will make a really pretty vest.  I originally planned to make a loose fitting corset but even loose fitting boning might be a little painful for the rides.

So, with that I decided on a color scheme; white pirate shirt, the teal/blue brocade for the vest, black skirt and white underskirt.  I will probably make some black boot covers, more on that in a few weeks.

I started on the white underskirt, cutting out a modified circle skirt.   Then I started to cut the skirt into the shape that I wanted.  I’ll be adding about six inches of lace to the bottom edge and another tier above that.

Circle skirt

Trim          IMG_2173

skirt - Copy

I have a lot of lace that my grandmother gave me, it had already been cut into pieces about 10″ x 14″.  I sewed several pieces together along the t14″ side and then cut the whole chain in half to make a 7″ wide strip.  Then I had my two tiers of lace for the skirt.

Here’s the mostly finished underskirt…

Now I just have to work on the overskirt and attach it all to a waistband.

Stay tuned for more costume updates next week!

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Fall festivities…

It might still be summertime here in sunny Arizona but we are already looking ahead to the fall.

Last night I was going through the mail that had accumulated while we were on vacation, we got a flyer from Disney advertising the different events coming up in the fall.  When we were at Disneyland last October we saw a lot of people participating in the Halloween festivities and it looked like a lot of fun.halloween-time

Sully saw the flyer and asked about what dates things were happening.  I did more research online at the Disneyland website.   We discussed dates, checked our calendars and Sully requested the time off work.  So guess where we are going in October?

Mickey’s Halloween Party!

mickeys_halloween_party

We were planning on dressing as pirates this year so it works out perfectly.  It’s totally silly but I am really excited!

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A Fun Fourth…

Flag heart… for us and our pets.

As many of us make plans for our family for the 4th of July.  It’s important that we remember our furry family members as well.  Holiday festivities like backyard parties and fireworks can overwhelm and frighten pets.   There are some easy steps that can be taken to assure that everyone has a fun and safe holiday.

To those of us that own pets already, most of this is common sense sort of stuff.  It’s good to remind people that don’t have pets or that are just starting out with pets the simple precautions we can take to keep everyone safe.

Holiday Prep

1.  Check to make sure your pet’s tags are up to date and fastened securely to their collar.  Check collar for proper fit while you are there.

2.  Take a new pic of your pet.  

3.  Before the parties start play with your pet to tire them out.  The expended energy will help to calm them and a cat nap is always good.

Party Time

1. Space – Having a house full of people can cause stress for some cats and dogs.  If you have a pet that gets overwhelmed by strangers it’s a good idea to let them have their own space.  Post a sign on the door so your guests know that the door is closed to keep your pet safe and sound.  

2.  Food – Keep pet treats on hand for your guests to offer your pets instead of ‘people’ food.

3.  Grill –   Accidents can happen easily, make sure to play with pets away from the grill.  

Fireworks

1.  Keep your pets inside during fireworks.  The loud noises and flashes of light scare most animals.  They don’t understand what is happening and can hurt themselves trying to get away.

*** More pets get lost on July 4th than on any other day of the year.***

2.  If your pet is very sensitive to the noise from the fireworks you can leave the television on or play music to help cover the sounds from outside.

3.  If you are driving the night of July 4th keep an eye our for our furry friends.  Pets and wildlife alike will be frightened by the fireworks and may dart onto streets and roads trying to flee.

Weather

Arizona Flag Heart

I live in Arizona and last weekend the high temperature averaged out to be 118 degrees.  We spent the weekend either inside or in the pool.  Our dog spent the weekend the same way.  In fact, most of the time that we were in the pool he was inside snoozing on the cool tile floor.

We keep a close on eye on our pets and the temperature, even with his doggie pool I make sure he is inside during the hottest parts of the day.  All animals can get overheated, this can lead to heat exhaustion and more seriously heatstroke, which can be fatal without proper medical care.

Hunter

Arizona is also home to monsoon storms in the summer.  Powerful dust storms blow through the valley often followed by thunderstorms.   Ideally all pets should be inside during these storms.  This isn’t always possible, as the storms often develop quickly and sometimes in late afternoon.  Pets should be given adequate shelter to avoid the dust and any flying debris.  This should also protect your pet during any subsequent rainstorms, the sounds and sudden flashing from thunder and lightning can cause the same anxiety as fireworks.  Once our dog is inside he is fine, we have one cat that gets a little skitterish with thunder but the other cats, the rabbits and the hamster don’t seem to notice at all.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!!!

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Week 13…

Week 13 of James Bond Saturdays – Octopussy

Octopossy

This time Bond takes us to India and then Germany.  I enjoyed it because it was Bond, there are Soviets, a circus and a whole gaggle of female circus performers that kick some serious ass at the end of the movie.  Roger Moore’s age is becoming noticeable but not so much that it affects the movie.

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Week 5…

It’s Week 5 of James Bond Saturdays – You Only Live Twice

Bond 5

 

‘You Only Live Twice’ is classic Bond.  It takes place almost entirely in Japan with a few of the normal scenes in England and some in space.   I think the most memorable scenes involve the Japanese Secret Service ninjas invading the cave lair of SPECTRE bad guy Ernst Stavro Blofeld.   Of course, Blofeld himself is iconic in his nehru jacket, eye scar and long haired white cat.  Also, famously spoofed as Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies.