Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Super Quick Last Minute Star Wars Costumes

So what do you do when you've been invited to a Star Wars party and realize the morning of the party that you need costumes? You whip up a last minute toddler Jedi and imperial officer.

First you gather a bunch of earth toned clothing for the Jedi. I found some beige/khaki coloured pants and a long sleeved shirt in Axel's closet. I grabbed an old belt of mine and some brown shirts from our clothing swap donation bin.

Last Minute DIY Jedi Costume

I figured this Old Navy shirt that no longer fits Chris would make a good Jedi tunic.

Last Minute DIY Jedi Costume 

The best part about working with t-shirts is that the fabric doesn't fray, so there was no need to worry about finishing the edges.

I cut off the shirt's sleeves and collar, and then cut down the center of the front.

Last Minute DIY Jedi Costume 

Layered over the beige shirt and pants, and with a belt around the center, it was already looking like a Jedi outfit!
The belt has holes all the way around, so I just folded it in half to fit Axel.

Last Minute DIY Jedi Costume

I had Axel try it on and then cut off the bottom of the tunic to shorten it to size.

Last Minute DIY Jedi Costume
The Rey in this photo is Axel's awesome babysitter and one of the party hosts

Chris added an LED to the inside of a bubble wand we had kicking around, and then wrapped the handle in duct tape for a perfect toddler-sized lightsaber.

Star Wars party photobooth

The best part of the party was when they turned off the lights and all the kids practiced their lightsaber skills. It was too dark to capture on my camera, but it was adorable watching Axel wave around his glowing lightsaber!

Star Wars party photobooth

Originally I was thinking of dressing as Leia, but we have these awesome imperial officer caps in our costume collection, so I whipped up a quick duct tape badge and stuck it on a black turtleneck. Instant bad guy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day!

I hope you are having a fabulous Valentine's Day (or an equally awesome Singles Awareness Day).

Chris and I recently designed a fun little project for YuKonstruct's Valentines craft party.

Inspired by some other little Operation games, we made a laser-cut version. I'm especially proud of the arms, which interlock to keep the candies in the game if you're giving it as a gift.

Check out the full instructable.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Yukon Quest 2017

Yukon Quest Start 2017

The dog teams are making record time in their race to the end of the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest this year.

Yukon Quest Start 2017

Axel and I went to watch the start of the race, and it was a much warmer day than the last time it was in Whitehorse.

Yukon Quest Start 2017

It is always great to see all the excitement at the start of the race. Axel loved seeing all the dogs and he was also a big fan of the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers. He was talking about the drums for the rest of the week!

Yukon Quest Start 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Life in Seconds

As I mentioned in my last post, one of my goals for 2017 is to get back into the habit of documenting my life.

I've been using 1 Second Everyday to capture snippets of everyday life at our house.

The video quality isn't great. The camera on my phone is terrible and the lighting situation in our home is far from perfect. But it still makes me incredibly happy to see the compiled video for January.

I realized after a week or so that all I ever filmed was Axel. He's so cute, I don't mind if the finished product becomes 356 seconds of Axel.

Saturday, January 21, 2017


Last January I made a resolution to "stop complaining about it, fix it" - while it seemed like a great idea at the time, it backfired big time. Trying to do everything myself just isn't sustainable.

After learning that lesson the hard way, I've come up with the following resolutions for 2017:

  • Set limits and start saying no (even if I want to do everything)
  • Document the awesome stuff that is happening in my life
  • Take time to focus on home

Setting Limits

I want to do everything. When there are potentially cool projects happening at the makerspace I want to lead them all. I want to MAKE ALL THE THINGS!
I can't. Not while working full time and looking after a toddler.
This has been a hard lesson, but by scaling back on which projects I take on I hope to really focus on doing fewer things really well.
I'm really excited about some of the things I have in the works for the next few months.

Documenting My Life

This will hopefully mean blogging more!
While working on the Instructable Makerspace Contest this summer, I was often looking back at my old blog posts for things I had done in the past and ideas for projects to replicate. It was so nice to have that history to look back on.
This blog has been a little neglected of late, but I'm hoping to get back into the habit of doing more frequent updates.

Using 1 Second Everyday was so fun for the Winterval lanterns, I'm also going to try to film something every day in 2017. So far January is just videos of Axel being adorable.

Focus on Home

Our kitchen renovation is still not done. Axel's nursery was never completed. The master bedroom is a mess and the same awful blue and orange that it was when we moved in. It stresses me out.
By working to improve our little house I think that I will enjoy spending time at home with Chris and Axel more. Making things more functional will make our lives easier.
Hopefully it will also mean I will be able to host more parties. I love throwing parties and haven't done it nearly enough since we moved north!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy Holidays

First skate
Axel's first time skating

2016 is almost behind us. It's been a tough year for many, but we've been lucky to have some pretty great memories from the past 12 months. With Axel it seems like every week is full of exciting new firsts.

Making cookies
Making gingerbread cookies in Oma's kitchen

We enjoyed some time with family over the holidays, baking cookies, playing in the snow and eating so much delicious food.

Thinking ahead to 2017 is a little daunting, but we're ending 2016 on a high note that I hope will carry us through.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Winterval 2016

Building lanterns for Winterval

YuKonstruct was invited to build an art installation for Winterval this year.
The theme for the event was "festival of lights" so Chris and I volunteered to build lanterns for the parade.

We filmed a fun video of the process with 1 second everyday.

We haven't been spending as much time at the makerspace lately, so it was really nice to be back working on a community project. Axel loves helping build things!

Building lanterns for Winterval