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.