Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Little Pumpkin

I wouldn't technically call it a costume.  

You see, I don't find costumes at this age too necessary.  Mostly because she will be in bed before trick-or-treating even begins.  Not to mention she couldn't care less what she is wearing.  

But that doesn't mean she shouldn't be cute Halloween day, right?  The whole outfit was put together with stuff I already had.  The skirt is a simple rectangle hemmed and sewn with elastic at the top.  Much like seen on my all time favorite blog, MADE.

The big "thing" on her head is called a "hat-ette".  You'll find the tutorial for them on Delia Creates.  Which happens to be one of my top favorite blogs also.  She has a few more of them that are just as cute. 

 They suit any age.

And can be worn any way.

The goal would be to distract them long enough to keep it on their head for a few pictures.

These cute jars worked for a bit.  

Speaking of these cute jars, the tutorial for them is found on yet another of my top favorite blogs, Make it and Love it.  They are really fun to make, and helped me add to my desperately needed Halloween decor.

It wasn't long though until the "hat-ette" was torn off and forgotten.

Way adorable while it lasted.  

So that wraps up the costumes this year.  What about me and my husband, you say?  Hmmmm.  Not really my thing.  I prefer to dazzle up my children.  

But who knows, maybe I'll whip up a "hat-ette" for myself. 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Snow Princess

I've wondered where she got the idea for a Snow Princess.  Perhaps it was from Dora the Explorer. 

Nevertheless, I totally jumped at the idea!  This was a fun costume to make!

I always dreamed of the white cape for myself.  In fact, I so wanted that for my wedding.  Unfortunately, I couldn't get the lad to propose in time for a winter wedding.  Something about too fast, bla bla bla.  So I had to settle for the spring wedding.  But that is okay, because now I can live my dreams through my children.

And it might be even more enjoyable.

To make this costume, I used Simplicity 2571 as a guide, though I changed quite a few things to fit my dreams.

The cape will be perfect for the falling temperatures around here, just in time for Halloween.

The blue fabric is tricot, if your interested.  My favorite flowey fabric. 

It's super comfy too.

And here is where I run out of things to type because I uploaded too many pictures.  I just kinda think she is cute, ya know.

Though I'll tell ya, I was sweating bullets by the end of this photo shoot. 

This is why.

This kid is a hard one to get to focus.

But I'm sure with a face like that (and that really cute costume, cough), she is sure to get plenty of candy for me.  

I mean her.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Let me first warn you, this is a show off post (then again, what blogging post isn't?)  I have way more pictures than needed to show you this costume. It's possible only the grandma's will appreciate it.  Lets just say I couldn't decided on which ones to post.

The official 5 year old title of the costume this year is actually "Witch Princess".

That was the request, so I made a glamorous witch costume.  A nice break from the Disney Princess's.

The design is original, because I just couldn't find any patterns I liked.  Well, mostly because it's so much more rewarding to design it yourself any way.

She seems to love it.  (I do too!)

Unfortunately, for you, I got way into designing it I only snapped a few pictures of the process.  Thus, lacking significantly in a productive tutorial.  So sorry.

Hopefully it will serve as an inspiration for anyone looking for that sort of thing ;)

She makes one cute witch princess, wouldn't you say?  And just ignore the flip flops - I completely forgot about footwear.

But she is sure to get a lot of candy with this costume. 

I couldn't resist throwing in a picture of where we took the pictures.  It's in my hometown which is near a canyon.  I've always loved this road, however, while I was on a run through it the other day all I could think about was the so called Mountain Lion spottings in that area.  Let me tell you, I spooked myself out then.  Which is what made me think it would be perfect for photographing a witch.

And, solely for spooky sake -

A vintage twist.

Kinda creepy.

And if you didn't think that was way too many pictures of one kid in a costume, wait until you see my other children . . .

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Funny Faces

I'm guest posting over here, as part of her 31 days of Halloween. 

Lots of fun - go ahead and click to see what my girls have been up to.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Handmade Gifts for Kids

We've had a lot of birthday parties for my side of the family around here lately.  It seems almost all my nieces and nephews came around the same few months.  I tend to make over-achiever goals like "I'm going to make all their gifts this year."  Well, it usually comes down to the day of, and I need something quick (yet meaningful) to make.  So I've leaned on some of my favorites I've seen around blogland that are quick and easy.

I've drooled over these boy's T-shirts from the blog, I am momma - hear me ROAR, for a long time.

My husband wasn't too exited about the idea of wearing it, so it's a good thing I had a couple of nephews to make them for.

Another older, and too cool for that T-shirt nephew, got a hobo bag.  Dana, from MADE, shares the super easy tutorial for that.  This one was fun because I made it from my husbands old shirts he doesn't wear.  I was so thrilled that my nephew just loved this bag.  It can be a little risky giving a 10 year old a homemade gift.

For a niece turning 1 year old, and who loves to pack stuff around, I had to make this cushion.  There are some great instructions for this here.  I bought my filling and fabric at hobby lobby.

For a 3 year old niece, I made this simple skirt.  Instructions also found on MADE, with a little tweaking.

It's a good thing all these projects have been quick.  Since the baby has become mobile . . .

I'm finding it very difficult to get anything accomplished.

Haven't even started on Halloween costumes, even with their elaborate plans in my head.  That's another ridiculous handmade goal I've set for myself.

Poor kid.  Always getting poked by my Barbra Streisand nose.
But something inside of me tells me the ones you love the most deserve the best your hands have to offer. 

And even if some might not appreciate handmade as much as others, it always makes me feel better giving them something truly from the heart, that required a little more effort. 

What are your go-to handmade gifts?  Or do you think they are even worth it?  Sometimes I have the thought to reserve my energy just for my kids where I can make them use the handmade stuff :)  

I'd love to hear your thoughts, with the holidays creeping up on us and all.

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