Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sonic the Hedgehog Costume for Sale

I am selling my son's Sonic the Hedgehog costume on etsy right here
Costume is SOLD

How I made this costume here

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

How to Repair a Broken Zipper Slider

My son has four hoodies with broken sliders. Now I can fix them with this.
Instruction here from Dritz

Saturday, June 23, 2018

My Roadside Stand

UPDATE: June 30 I will also sell earrings, hair pins and hair elastics.
I am selling my duck and chicken eggs plus dog biscuits that we sell on It is awesome to have a stand. I hope to have pumpkins for the fall.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Kettlebell and Push ups Exercise

I was looking for something like this and ended up making up one myself. I wanted to do a kettlebell swing with push ups. Too many other exercises incorporate so many exercises in a set or exercises that physically hurt me because of injured body parts.

You can do this 3 times to however many sets you want to do.You can do 10 kettlebell swings and 5 push ups. You can switch it to however you like. You can also switch up what type of push ups. You switch up to a double kettlebell swing or an outside body double kettlebell swing.

I really like this one. It kicks my butt. Hope you like it too.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Avengers Hair Ties-Cap, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man

I just made a few hair ties/elastics of the Avengers. I have one of Falcon and Black Widow and I will update this post later with those hair ties. You can visit my site for more hero items including Batman, Star Wars, Superman, Wonder Woman and more.

Iron Man here

Thor here

Hulk here

Captain America here

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Seipei Kata

I was just taught the beginning of this Kata. It is hard to learn this one because it is so different than the others. I have been learning a lot of different Kata's and polishing up on others. I need to practice more and that is the key to learning them.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How to Make a Yoshi Costume

I made this in 2006 so I can't remember complete details but I will try to explain how I did this one.
Fleece fabric in green, red and white
Paper bag to draw your pattern for spikes
costume pattern for body(check out simplicity has they have the most options)

This pattern I did was my first whole body costume alteration. I have done Teletubbies, Monkeys, and a Flower. Even though I did those I never did an alteration to a costume. So I had to figure this one out. So I kept a picture of Yoshi.

Using a pattern like these below

 Costume pattern comes with spat and gloves.

As you can see the patterns are better now and you could alter one of these for it especially the dinosaur one for spikes. You could also alter the front for Yoshi's face which I chose face paint instead.
My pattern included gloves which the first pattern Simplicity 2855 has. I also think that it is the pattern I used.
My spikes were hand drawn on a paper bag cut out in red fleece.
I then filled up with stuffing and sewn on the back. Same way was done for the shell on the back.
               You could also purchase this pattern from Burda(e-pattern only)for a turtle costume for the back of Yoshi.
You could purchase it here

Sorry I can't  better explained but its been 12 years since that costume and that child is now a grown man of 20. Sigh, I miss them being small at times.

Here are some other's Yoshi tutorials
Schwin & Schwin 

Coolest Home Made Costumes
Yes, this one is Epic. Fantastic. Wow.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Wearing History Patterns

This a line of patterns that are from the 1800's to 1950's. They are available in paper(not all of them)or printable form(e-patterns). Nice patterns and they have tutorials to help with making these outfits.
The owner, Lauren, has a blog
here, that gives information about the patterns and tutorials.
Wearing History Patterns available here

Friday, April 13, 2018

Chinte Kata

I just learned this Kata a couple of months ago. I like this one. It isn't as confusing as some others.
I like putting these videos up so I can find them easily for practice.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Seam Fix-Seam Ripper

This looks like a nice way of taking out seams. I checked out these videos to see how to use it. I probably will buy one in the future.

They are sold everywhere - sewing notions are sold. I would purchase it at Joann Fabrics with a coupon.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Sewing with a Purpose

Here's a great article called Sewing with a Purpose

Quote from article

As a non-citizen and a new mother at the time, she didn’t feel safe attending protests, but still wanted to have an impact. So, she decided to embroider protest banners and make a lending library for them, accepting banner donations so those who feel unsafe attending a protest can still participate. “Make a banner, donate it, and someone else can take it out,” Sifuentes says.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Gertie's New Pattern Line

Gertie has released a new line of patterns. She already designs patterns for Butterick but now she also has her own line called Charm Patterns.
Her style is mostly rockabilly and its a beautiful line.
Check out her new blog here
Old blog here

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Super Hero Pillow Cases Los Chiquitos

Currently sold out but more are coming.

Batman Can be purchased here

Captain America Can be purchased here

Star Wars Can be purchased here

I have been sewing up some new pillow cases and I am really concentrating on Super Heroes and Heroines. I love the movies but I was a fan before the current trend. I used to collect comic books and when the local store left, I didn't buy anymore. There wasn't a place to buy them. That local comic book shop came back but now I don't work near there anymore plus it has gotten expensive and I have so many already. I use to collect only female comic books and the only exception was Wolverine. I collected Catwoman, Elektra, X-Men and any short series ones like Storm, Black Cat, etc...

Anyway, looking forward to Avenger Infinity Wars.
You can purchase any of these pillow cases at Los Chiquitos. Plus I have more Marvel Heroes and DC heroes in my shop including the Avengers, Superman and Green Lantern.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Skull Earrings with Erika's Chiquis Jewelry

Can be purchased here
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I have been making a lot of earrings from Fairy inspired to Day of the Dead inspired. I love the bright colors and I love the combination of black and white. I have so many items to put up not only on Erika's Chiquis Jewelry but also on Los Chiquitos , Erika's Chiquis , Erika's Supplies and Dingo Dongo Biscuits.

It will take me months to get all of the items up. I have patchwork skirts, pillow cases, liners, earrings, hair accessories, bracelets and the list goes on. I will also try to keep up with the blog now that I don't have homework anymore.

Keep an eye out for more frequent posts.