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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Temporary insanity?

My friend Hilary is the ultimate Halloween mom. Every year she decides on a theme for her family and then she makes all their costumes. Yes, I said she makes them. You can see some of her awesome creations on her blog: Superheroes and Star Wars. Plus, she's always done way before Halloween. In fact, I think she's already finished with this year's set of costumes.

When Bria was three I made her Halloween costume. But after that, I bought them. Last year, though, Hilary inspired me to at least try my hand at a theme and a little bit of handmade goodness. So I compromised and made the tutus and bought the fairy wings.

Well, we got the Halloween catalog from Oriental Trading the other day. Chloe adores looking through those dang catalogs. She has a million birthday parties planned out of them, in fact. Of course she was thrilled to have the Halloween edition, and immediately started choosing out Halloween costumes. She got stuck on a particular costume for Joel, and then (it's so fun to watch her mind work!) she realized that it was in a movie we have recently seen. A movie that she had fallen in love with. And then, before I could bat an eye, Chloe had decided on costumes for everyone-all characters from that film.

I was totally on board. Bria was totally on board. Sophie doesn't care, and I'm sure Joel will eventually be convinced (he isn't much of a Halloween fan, I'm afraid). However, doing a quick online search of the needed costumes, I realized it was going to cost us a small fortune to buy them.

Since small fortunes are somewhat difficult to come by these days, I bucked up and bought fabric and patterns for the girls' costumes. I will figure out Joel's and mine once I'm done with the girls'. I'm not a bad seamstress, but I'm a little concerned about the time commitment this is going to be. Especially since I tend to be too impatient to pay real attention to the instructions. They're so hard to understand that they may as well be written in a different language. Oh well, at least I have 2 months.

Here's all the fabric I bought. Anyone want to take a guess at what movie our theme is? Or what characters everyone is going to be? (If I've already told you, no fair guessing!)
I'm very excited, even though this project is completely crazy. Now I just have to work on getting great Halloween decorations for the house, since last year I was accused of not being a good Halloween mom. No worries, though. Chloe has them all picked out from Oriental Trading.

18 comments :

  1. Well, now I feel all guilty for just buying Spencer's this year. I suppose I'm still "making" Conner's... but it's not much of a stretch.
    Good luck to you, my insane friend.

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  2. Looks like Wizard of Oz to me!

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  3. Fun! Good luck. . . I wish I could sew! Being from Kansas, I think each one of my sisters was Dorothy at one point or another. I can't wait to see the finished product!

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  4. I'm guessing Wizard of Oz! My aunt and mom usually make the kids costumes. This year I think I am going to give them a break and let the kids pick some out from the store. Not sure yet. Can't wait to see how your costumes turn out.

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  5. Wizard of Oz? Am I right?! :)

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  6. I also think Wizard of Oz. That blue and white checkered one seems to call that out.

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  7. My guess was Wizard of Oz too!! So cute. Let me know if you need any help.

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  8. We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz. hehe I used to make costumes for my kids, that is until I had number 3. I like to sew, but not that much. Good luck! I'm sure they'll be adorable.

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  9. I think the blue and white fabric gives it away! I'm impressed that you found all that fabric! Happy sewing!

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  10. I think it's the Oz. If it is we have a Dorthy outfit size 5-6 or 7-8 if you want it short. Mckenna didn't want to wear it and I bought it long so I wouldn't have to buy a costum for 3or 4 years. O well if you would like to have it call me I can mail it to you.

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  11. Wizard of Oz! How fun. :) My Mom used to always make us costumes too - with 6 kids, not sure how she ever got it done, but she did. I'm with you, pattern instructions may as well be written in another language - I do no understand them irregardless of the # of times I read them. Anyway - good luck. Can't wait to see photos. :)

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  12. As soon as I saw the blue and white checked outfit, I knew it was Dorothy. That will be so cute. I can't wait to see the pictures.

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  13. Wizard Of Oz is my guess....

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  14. It does sound like the Wizard of Oz. You are very ambitious. My sister is the same way making great costumes every year and outdoes all the rest of us. I am sure they will turn out great.

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  15. Definitely Wizard of Oz. Those will be awesome! I'm sure Joel got his lack of Halloween excitement from my Mom. We were lucky if there was a pumpkin on the porch.

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  16. Looks like there's a Dorothy, Glinda, Tin Man and a Lion....so Wizard of Oz. How fun! Good luck on the sewing!

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  17. a) Yes, you are crazy
    b) During lessons I usually cross my fingers and hope my kids will get along. By the end of last school year they did a good job of staying upstairs in the toyroom and not coming down to bug me. On days when I had four or more students I hired a 10 or 11 year old girl to come over and play with them while I taught. I didn't pay well (only $5 for the two hours), but they liked it and it was good experience for them. I don't have a young girl this year and Jaren is in peak "bug his sisters" form, so I don't know how it will work. I can already tell that it is going to take them a while to get back into the lesson groove. Last year I also taught all five days, for less time each day. But I hated not having any free afternoons. I felt it was a better overall option with Jaren being so young, though. This year I am only teaching three days, for a bit longer those three days. I think it's going to be a Catch 22, though. I really do love teaching, but on days like today I have to remind myself of that...

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  18. Oh man - I am so jealous. I try every year to get my family to agree to being a theme. Dustin will never dress up and Ellie always wants to be something random. Nate wants to be a ghost this year, so I totally tried to talk everyone into a spooky theme and Ellie wants to be some random Barbie. AUGH!

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