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Tink, Peter and a little lost boy


This year Bean was very opinionated about our choice of costumes. I kept coming up with ideas and she kept shooting them down.

Bean: What are you doing?
Me: Browsing Pinterest trying to figure out Halloween costumes. I was thinking Fox and the Hound. Sparrow can be the owl, Sprout can be the fox and you can be the hound.
Bean: I don’t want to be the hound!
Me: Do you want to be the fox?
Bean: No! I want to go with something else. Come up with a new idea, Mama.

Next year Sprout might have an opinion too so this might be our last year of a family theme for costumes. It’s kind of sad for me because Stephen and I have coordinated our costumes every year that we’ve dressed up. It was hard enough trying work with his very strong opinions and now I’m going to have two more to add to the mix!

Oh well, I’ll live it up while I can. I finally figured out something that Bean approved of, though about halfway into making the costumes she completely changed her mind and said she really wanted us to do a Tangled theme. I vetoed it.

Anyway, this is probably too much writing about costumes. Here are the pictures:

For Bean’s costume I used a dress she had that was similar to the shape of the Tinker Bell costume as my template. Then I cut leaf shapes from felt and layered them. My inspiration for this was from the Tinker Bell movie that we recently watched. I embroidered each leaf’s veins with gold embroidery thread and then sewed them together. I layed the whole thing back on top of felt and cut out one solid piece to be the backing/liner (the embroidery thread was “too pokey” against Bean’s skin). I used some translucent sparkly gold ribbon for the straps.


I used a pair of her TOMS to make the felt slippers, but this trial run for photos showed me those things are not going to hold up for Trick-or-Treating. My plan now is to temporarily attach the pom-poms to her actual TOMS.


I bought the wand at Gymboree and the wings I got at JoAnn’s, both were on clearance too. She’s also wearing a pair of green bloomers that we already had.

For Sparrow’s costume I used a Simplicity fleece PJ pattern.


I used one of his hoodie rompers as a template for making the hood. I used ears from the Simplicity pattern to attach to my hood. I also added a tail to the body of the costume.

For Sprout’s costume I used a tutorial I found on Pinterest available here to make the hat and shirt.



For the belt he is wearing one of Stephen’s wrapped around twice. I got the leggings at Gymboree in the girls section (shhhh don’t tell him he’s wearing girl pants!).

I happen to think my kids in my homemade costumes are the cutest things ever, but I am a little biased.


Happy Halloween or Harvest Fest or whatever it is you do or don’t celebrate. We’re really looking forward to it this year.


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Fall Fashion Week – Wednesday

This is me justifying my costume purchases (denoted with a *) as legitimate parts of my wardrobe.

Green tunic, Target clearance $8 *
Bottoms: AE Straight Jeans, $40

Bird necklace, Target clearance, $4 *

Shoes: Nine & Company, purchased at Khols so long ago I can’t remember how much they were.

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The October Daily, 10/26

Preschool costume party today. Since most of the people will be lost on the Harry Potter theme, I put the kids in these hand me down costumes we got from my sister-in-law. Plus Bean has been dying to wear the ladybug lately anyway.

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So yeah, going with a Harry Potter family theme for the costumes. Sprout is going as baby Harry in case you were wondering. Not much to that one just some regular clothes and a zig zag on the kid’s head.

I decided pretty early on that I was going to be Professor Trelawney. I wanted someone kind of memorable looking, yet pretty easy to copy. Plus, Bean got a bouncy ball that lights up and has sparkly liquid in it and I figured that could be my crystal ball pretty easily. I plan to follow the advice of the DIY Professor Trelawney costume site (completely cracks me up that it even exists) I read and predict everyone’s untimely demise throughout the evening at the Harry Potter party we are going to.

It was somewhat important to me to have pieces in my costume that I might wear again (perhaps paired with other stuff) which is pretty easy when the person you’ve picked to dress like kind of dresses like a hippy and gypsy with a little bit of proper English rolled into one.

These are the pictures I found on the web that I was working with:

I knew I would have to make my skirt. I didn’t want to go with wool like this costume maker did, because like I said I wanted to end up with something I’d wear again. I’m not a big wool wearer, especially in Southern California. I still wanted to get a similar textured look to my skirt. So I went with linen.

At first I was going to follow one of the patterns in my skirt book, but I just decided to wing it and use a skirt I already had and loved as my inspiration.

Sort of.

Basically I just laid this skirt down on a piece of tissue paper and traced around it. Then I cleaned up the pattern a bit before cutting my fabric. Then I just attached 1/4 yd wide pieces of the contrasting fabric to the bottom to make the stripes similar to the skirt Emma Thompson is wearing in character.

I’m pretty pleased with it. Long skirts and I tend to have a love hate relationship. Mostly hate because I think they make me look shorter than I am and they are usually too long for me to wear without dragging. I think this one is actually a good length for me. Also, I am kind of obsessed with top stitching and how very neat it makes everything look.

Actually, pretty pleased is a litle bit of an undersell. I am excited about it and threw it on with a t-shirt this morning to run errands in. I really like this skirt. It goes with almost everything in my closet.

So anyway, here is a glimpse at my costume in full, I will be adding some more details like necklaces and frizzed out hair and I may even knit a wrapy sweater thing if I have time, because I felted my other wrappy sweater thing a couple weeks ago. Sad freaking day, I tell you. Also, never again will I trust “washable” wool.

Yes, I am aware I look like a crazy loon and that Harry Potter is nerdy. Think what you will. I like those books and the movies and so do my friends and I’m really not trying to impress anyone that thinks otherwise.


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Wood reached into the crate and took out the fourth and last ball. Compared with the Quaffle and the Bludgers, it was tiny, about the size of a large walnut. It was bright gold and had little fluttering silver wings.

“This,” said Wood, “is the Golden Snitch, and it’s the most important ball of the lot. It’s very hard to catch because it’s so fast and difficult to see. It’s the Seeker’s job to catch it. You’ve got to weave in and out of the Chasers, Beaters, Bludgers, and Quaffle to get it before the other team’s Seeker, because whichever Seeker catches the Snitch wins his team an extra hundred and fifty points, so they nearly always win.”


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The October Daily, 10/13

Twinkle toes

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The October Daily, 10/10

Dumbledore’s hat! Or my interpretation of it anyway.

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The October Daily, 10/8

Pattern pieces for Stephen’s Dumbledore costume. So freaking excited.

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