Quick DIY Spider Costume


Halloween is five days away. If you still need a costume for yourself or a little one, here is my formula for a quick, DIY spider costume. Unfortunately, I didn’t take process pictures, but this seriously went so quickly that I didn’t think about it beforehand.


  • Correctly sized T-shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt that is two-three sizes larger
  • Socks the length of your arms
  • Thread
  • Stuffing
  • Felt (optional)
  • Serger (optional)


  1. Serge (or hand-stitch) hems of t-shirt and long-sleeved shirt, making sure the inner shirt is against the right side of the outer shirt. I did right sides together, so the inside of the costume is the outside of the t-shirt. It was unintentional, but it works well if you have shirts with tags to sandwich the tags.
  2. Flip the shirts so the long-sleeved one is on the inside, and whip-stitch the two together at shoulder and under-arm to hold in place.
  3. Stuff between the shirts to create a puffy middle. Hand-stitch the collars of the shirts together, stretching the smaller collar to match the size of the larger collar.
  4. Stuff the socks so they match the length of your arms, or the length you want them to reach. I used a Soffe big boys’ small long-sleeved shirt and Hanes womens’ size 5-9 crew socks and the lengths matched perfectly. If you are making an adult size, you may either need knee-length socks or cut one sock off at the toes and sew it to another sock to get the right length.
  5. Hand-stitch the socks to the sides of the outer shirt, spacing them evenly down the sides.
  6. Take a length of thread, doubled, to connect the arms and tie a knot at the bottom. String through or sew to a small square of felt, or you can sew it to the under side of the bottom sock-arm. Thread it through the first sock, and repeat the process (leaving some space between arms, however much you feel lets it hang appropriately) with the second sock-arm and the underarm seam of the long-sleeve shirt (placing the felt inside the arm if you are using that method). Do this at the middle and end of each side (more places if you are doing a bigger size).
  7. That’s all there is to it. Add some black pants, perhaps a black hat (I’m making one with red felt eyes) and you are a spider.

Inktober 2016 Week 3

There is only a little more than a week to go for this year’s Inktober. Fairly confident I’m going to make it to the end this year. Here’s a look at week 3, and you can go back and see week 1 and week 2.

Day 15: “Relax” – A cozy little reading nook

Day 16: “Wet” – It’s a sink. With water. Not much imagination needed there.

Day 17: “Battle” – Squirrel-saber fight! I don’t know, but Jedi squirrels just seemed hilarious.

Day 18: “Escape” – As the frogs watched and the fish didn’t care, Bob made his great escape from the forest. That is, until he hit the rogue tree branch and tumbled back to the ground at the opposite edge of the pond.

Day 19: “Flight” – Frank bribed the hamsters with the best pieces of his birdseed to make them help him take flight

Day 20: “Squeeze” – Since they are black and white, it can be any citrus fruit you want it to be.

Day 21: “Big” – Got this idea when the tiny giant attacked “baby dump truck and mommy airplane and daddy firetruck” while we were playing before bedtime.

Ten days left! If you want to see them each day when I’m done, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr.



Basically, I have none. I have a ton of things I want to do, but I want to be able to get them done instantaneously and move on. 

It’s why I’ve started my current cross stitch project four times now. I get tired of doing small bits of color and decide that I totally can count ten spaces out from my last stitch and put one in the right place. No, no I cannot. You would think I would stop making that mistake by the five thousandth time, but I’m pretty sure I’m on time six thousand sixty-three.

So, considering I am now on the last strip of this roll of fabric, I am going to use every last ounce of patience I can muster to take it slow. One patch at a time, never more than three spaces in a line or two diagonal spaces between the last stitches and the next. Let’s see how long that lasts.

Apple Time – Illustration Friday


Topic: Harvest

Medium: Marker, India Ink, Dip Pen

Paper: Smooth Bristol ATC

The only thing that came to mind for “harvest” was apples. Seriously, so many things are being harvested right now and the only thing I could think of was apples. So I drew a basket of them.

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Inktober 2016 Week 2

Here’s this week’s Inktober round up. You can see last week’s here.

Day 8: “Rock” I decided not to take this one literally, and instead went for a rock star vibe.

Day 9: “Broken” I had Jewel’s “Hands” running through my head, so I forced myself to draw hands.

Day 10: “Jump” This time I had “If we jump we could fall in love” from The Summer Set’s “About a Girl” running through my head.

Day 11: “Transport” The thought of a snail riding on the back of a turtle always cracks me up.

Day 12: “Worried” Don’t try to tell me Kermit’s face isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of the word “worried”.

Day 13: “Scared” I originally thought to have someone hiding in a trunk, then I thought it would work even better if she had something in the frame to be afraid of.

Day 14: “Tree” Since I had drawn larger trees for a previous day, I decided to do a close-up today.

Almost halfway done, and I’ve still got fairly good momentum. If you want to see them each day when I’m done, you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram where I am posting every day, or Tumblr that is going to catch up in a couple of days.

Zoo Day


Today was a public school “unassigned day” (code for unofficially observing a religious holiday that much of the student population would’ve skipped school for anyway), so I took the oldest to the zoo. I couldn’t remember the last time I had taken him to the zoo, so I knew it was probably long overdue.One of the good things about going to the zoo on a public school holiday is, even though more people are there than during the week, fewer school groups are milling about. That means you don’t have to fight through a mass of fifteen kids from a class to see the animals.We also got to see these two brother giraffes duke it out. If you’ve never seen giraffes fight, it’s pretty interesting. They just kept butting up against each other and swinging their heads into each other’s sides repeatedly.There were also a lot of animals out close to the fences. I think today was the first time I’ve ever seen that elephant that close and not behind a tree.