Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Joys of October

Just to recap--my trip to Lake Tahoe earlier this month with my sister was wonderful.  I always get so much out of being with her.  I'm reminded of when we were kids and had nothing but time to play together.  The scenery in Lake Tahoe was beautiful.  And my sister's dog, Little Hawk took in every part of it.
The view outside the cabin

Crazy how we have the twins-y hair cuts, no?

Ok, show of hands, how many think this is the cutest dog EVER?


This has been a relatively cool October in Southern California.  I am perpetually confounded by the weather lately, as October, in the recent past, has been extraordinarily hot.  But this year, I’ve been breaking out the Crockpot, wearing sweaters, and driving in the rain—an extreme sport in Southern California.  The weather definitely is getting me in the mood for Halloween.  

Usually, beginning in early September, when the costume catalogs start showing up in the mailbox, we trek on down to the party store, peruse the wall of adorable looking children in cute looking costumes, and the kids point ecstatically, “that one, that one!” 

Down comes the industrial plastic bag with a handle fused to the top, and the kids extract the crappy acetate, shoddily constructed, ill-fitting costume with many ooohs and aahhhs.  From me, it’s more like ewwwws and ooohhhs.  How could this possibly be the same as that picture on the wall?  I don’t know why I’m surprised, but the quality of the packaged costume is never as good as I think it’s going to be.  

That’s why, this year, I worked on persuading my kids to go with the homemade Halloween costume.  Oh, I know this means work for me, and as a mom who has a job that I have to go to everyday, this presents the age old dilemma of how do I find enough time to do this.  Well, here’s my mindset on time lately…..

You can find the time to do anything if you really want to do it.  So I set out to make Halloween costumes in my spare time.  I had to start in September, but I think it's finally come together.

T1 wants to be Voldemort (you know, the most villainous of all villains--He Who Must Not Be Named).  So I figured, easy; some robes, some scary make-up and we're done.  We were going for this:

I made this:

Not to be out-Harry-Potter-ed, T2 decided to be Hermione.  I found this cute photo of the "smartest witch of her age" and decided to copy this:

We had the robe and Gryffindor tie from last year when T1 was the ubiquitous boy wizard.  So it was fairly easy to put together this:

The scarf is tucked behind the shoulder on account of the fact that it is still not done.  Super cute knitted scarf takes a loooong time!

I was having so much fun making costumes, that I decided to keep on going.  What's a few more, when you're already on a roll?  

We had tickets to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland.  It's a costume party, trick-or-treating extravaganza inside Disneyland Park that runs through October.  So really, it's like Halloween night every night.  Our kids literally came home with SIX pounds of candy.  I kid you not.  DG said, with the same tone as the proverbial "walked-to-school-in-the-snow" speech, "When I was a kid, we went trick-or-treating once--on Halloween."  

Well, if you're trick-or-treating twice, you need two costumes, right?  I made us into a pirate family.

DG got the pirate vest and pirate bustiers at the 99 cent store.  I coupled them with striped tights and made raggedy pants and skirts.  T1 didn't want to wear the paper 99 cent store vest, and I can't say that I blame him, so I cut that skull and crossbones from an old, white T-shirt and sewed it on the red one.  He loved it!

I'm still so shocked that I had the gumption to make all these costumes, but now that it's all done, and we're really for Halloween, I am pleased with myself.  Not only did I accomplish something I set out to do, rather than scrapping the projects with a defeatist "Oh well, I didn't have time to do this anyway," but also I rekindled that DIY, homemade part of myself that so rarely gets let out these days.  Being creative feeds my soul, and while there is an element of creativity in my job everyday, it's nice to make something with my hands and soak in the gratitude when the kids say, "Thank you, Mommy! I love this costume!" (No really, I'm not lying--they both said that. *shock*)

Kinda makes me want to get ready for the next project.  Do you think maybe they'll need costumes for the school Holiday show? 


Aging Mommy said...

I am glad to hear you had a good time with your sister. That is a lot of great costume making you have been doing - I am glad you made the time to do it as clearly you loved doing it and the results are some great and original costumes.

LauraJean said...

I wish I could put my "show of hands" right under Hawk's mug. So dang cute. Ok, T2 actually looks a lot like Hermione. I almost thought that was a picture of her! Photos, must have photos of Sunday. The costumes are so cute. WAY WAY better than purchased. Your kids will remember them better, too. Scarf is really coming along. Will it be ready?? tick, tick, tick. ahaha. Just tie it off in a little bow, if not, and tell T2 to be careful because you have to finish it after Halloween.

I had a great time with you in Tahoe, too. Thank you so much for coming. It's the best that we at least get to have that visit every year. Ok, next year some place EXOTIC!!

LauraJean said...

btw - the Disneyland photo is by far THE GREATEST THING EVERRRRRRR!!!!!!! I laughed and laughed. A most awesome photo.

And I saw your twitter about T2's teacher's comment. Yay! gg (good girl). xxx me

Amy said...

Hey, you got all Suzy Homemaker too!!! Love it. Something about the holidays that brings it out in me.

MomAgain@40 said...

It sounds like a wonderful getaway!
I love the fact that you made your own costumes!

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

First of all I just want to say that you and your sis are super cute!! I'm glad you had a nice time together. Your pics are beautiful. And next, I am SUPER impressed by your Halloween costume making adventure. You are super talented. I can barely sew on a button. Seriously. My husband helped to make Nino's costume this year. He was a pirate. Pretty cute too! But your pirate family was KILLER!! Can you make our costumes next year?