Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What is an Oma Sock?

Well... it's a long hard to explain definition...

The reason my blog is named Oma Socks is because I dedicated it to my Oma, my German Grandmother who is now living the good life in heaven.

She was an amazing knitter and the reason I took an afterschool knitting class with Mrs. Green in third grade. Then I visited my Oma that summer and she showed me just how wrong Mrs. Green was, and how to knit properly.

Every year my family, who lived half a country away from my Oma and Opa, would receive a box of handknitted goods from Oma. Our favorites being our 'Oma Sweaters' and 'Oma Socks.' Oma lived by the same motto I live by, 'perfection is boring.'

So the socks were silly colors sometimes and the sweaters maybe had different arm lengths, but many times the knitted pieces were beautiful and amazing. I have three afghans that Oma made me that I cherish. I could fill this blog with pictures of her knitting, but I don't' have pictures, so maybe I"ll spend one day taking beautiful pictures of her beautiful knitting. For now I do have pictures of the second pair of socks I've knitted... 

My very own Oma socks. It's really special to me to carry on a tradition with my Oma's knitting needles and patterns. 

This blog was named OmaSocks long before my Oma passed because I wanted to make a knitting blog. Now my passions have turned to handmade signs, painting furniture, and just the general DIY life of a frugal stay at home mom. I am keeping the name Oma Socks because my Oma is an amazing inspiration to me.

She's on the left. She was a beautiful woman who managed to escape Nazi Germany, not unharmed, and make a life in America, have 5 children, lots of Grandchildren, and leave a legacy of smiles, love, and laughter. She is amazing and I can't wait to hug her again in Heaven. 

With my littlest.

So in conclusion, an Oma Sock is a handcrafted present made with love and the ability to not take life too seriously. Through the good, bad, and truly awful to still have the ability to love and give.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

DIY Halloween... DIY Fairy and DIY Elsa

My mom always made my costumes when I was little... now my bar is set high. I don't do it every year for sure, but some years I go buck-wild. This was one of those years :)

Oldie wanted to be a tooth fairy. So this DIY, handmade toothfairy dress fit the bill for both of us! Total cost was around $15ish. Much better than the Pottery Barn Kids fairy costume I was inspired by! 

I think ours is loverly and cute and sparkly and wonderful! I even honed my face painting skills to paint a fairy face. You can't see from the picture just how much glitter was involved in this. There's glitter all over her face and face paint and then I also bought spray glitter for her hair, dress, and whatever else I felt like spraying! 

I happened to find fairy wings at the Dollar Tree a month before Halloween, so that really defrayed the cost for us! I followed THIS blog to make the dress. Except I skipped the alligator clips and glued the flowers directly to the ribbons. 

And Little was going to be Thumbelina for a month before Halloween, then threw me a curve ball right at the bitter end there and let me know her life would truly be over if she didn't join the Elsa crew at school... sigh. 

So it was the 11th hour and I still needed to make games for the preschool party, so it wasn't as amazing as I wished, but I think it still turned out so darn cute! Again, about $13. 

I really just took elastic, put it around her chest, sewed pretty blue fabric to it. Then stitched sheer, sparkly fabric to the top and made it a bit longer to make a cape. Sewed a ribbon on to tie around her neck, and tucked the extra sparkly fabric around her shoulders. 

She loved the way the dress train flowed behind her like real Elsa, and the way it wasn't scratchy :) 

The hair I just braided white yarnand hot glued it in a circle to rest on her head. Next time I will do it thicker like my inspiration hair... 
Elsa Inspired Frozen Princess Play Wig - Silver Snowflakes

Click on the picture for a link to the Etsy shop that makes these beautiful braided wigs :) Of course my 11th hour Elsa concoction didn't have time for ordering  and shipping so I bought a $3 ball of white yarn at Hobby Lobby and went for it. 

She loved loved loved it and didn't want to wear the crown because "Elsa doesn't wear a crown when she's the ice queen." 

Anyway, it was a super fun Halloween this year. The kids had soooo much fun wandering the streets under the stars trick or treating. Success!!!!