Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

I know -- Halloween is almost over, only another 1/2 an hour but it's been a good holiday here in the cornfields. The rain and cold front we were supposed to get in time for trick or treating didn't show up, and dd LOVED going around to the houses in the neighborhood to get her candy. ("I LOVE candy mommy!" -- which is fine, love it all you want sweetie, you only get one piece per day) And she LOVED her costume (enter the tears and fight to get her OUT of it at the end of the night).

It made me feel all warm and happy inside that she loves it so much, and a little less guilty that it is the same costume she wore last year. (I know BAD mommy -- but, well, I may have spent a bit more than I intended on last year's costume -- and it fit again this year -- and um, I just hadn't gotten over the trauma of trying to gather and put in three layers of tulle in the underskirt, or working with sheer fabrics -- let alone sheer fabrics that had little "sequins" that were part of the fabric and a royal pain to work with all for a Tinkerbell costume that didn't look like a stiff wind would make it fall apart -- and she LOVES it, really).

I may have also gone a bit overboard on those wings as well. See, the original pattern (Simplicity 4949 Disney toddler princesses if you really want to know) said to make the wings out of wrapping paper. Um, don't know about you folks but wrapping paper wings -- for a toddler. Yeah, right. Especially since last year this time my darling was going through her "if it's paper I must rip it" phase. *shudder* So -- well, I may have improvised a bit on the wings and used materials that were a bit more sturdy (let's hear it for fusible fleece and Heat N Bond lite shall we? And yes, you can, if you are careful, fuse sheer fabrics). And, um, there may be a little bit of quilting in there as well. We won't even mention what using an iridescent nylon thread to do the edge zigzags and the eyelet buttonholes does to your sanity. Yeah -- a bit overboard describes it but getting two years of wear out of them kind of makes it seem reasonable. Kind of. Of course, next year I will probably do it all over again :0).

Anyway -- it's getting late, and while I do have more to share (lots of fun stuff while Mom was here, including one my top reasons to love living in a small town and some crafty goodness including a finished project and some new purchases) I'm going to get some sleep. I'll leave you with visions of cavities waiting to happen -- and happy pumpkins set out for display (though not by me). Hope your own Halloween was happy!

12 comments:

Samantha said...

A costume that fabulous surely deserves an encore year :-)

Suzanne Earley said...

Oh! She's adorable!!! Tinkerbell is my favorite.

And no guilt trip here, my boys wore Tigger and Eeyore 2 years in a row -- I made them big so that they could! After all that work, one year wasn't going to be enough....

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Your daughter is so cute!

My boys wore their costumes only one year. The costumes got passed on to their cousins for the next year.

andsewitis Holly said...

Sweet little girl in a sweet costume! My kids wore costumes more than once and my daughter often wore my son's hand-me-down costumes after he had worn them several years.

I love the fabrics you used for your "cause i can't crochet" quilt. It turned out beautiful. I always dry mine in the dryer because I love that wrinkly crinkly look too. No harm done.

The Wooden Spool said...

What an adorable little girl in her adorable costume! You are so amazing! Love the quilt, too! You've been sew buzzy!

margot said...

I quite often cycled Halloween costumes right into the dress-up box. My kids and the neighborhood kids spent many happy hours playing dress-up.

Nan said...

The costume you created for your little sweetie pie is adorable! You out-did yourself with those wings - what a good mama you are! And, two years for a costume that she loves? Perfect!

Kairle said...

I'm SO far behind on my blog reading, but I wanted to stop by and make sure you're staying out of trouble. Check.

The Tinkerbell costume is so sweet.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Oh, you definitely had to get a second year out of that, it is divine!!!
And I love candy too, and I would like to eat all the time as well!!!Tracey

Morah said...

Adorable costume on an adorable daughter.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

your daughter is darling. great job on the costume. I can see such a fun quilt made using it. you could applique it straight onto the quilt! (maybe taking some of the seams apart first so you only have one layer of costume)

Valerie said...

she's so darling !!! :)