Friday, November 02, 2012

Happy Halloween!

The big night came and went, just like every year.  Costumes, candy, pumpkins, parties, late nights, rain, tired know, the usual.

But this year was an exciting one for me... I sewed my first Halloween costume!

My 3.5 year old is obsessed with Happy Feet at the moment.  She saw it a month or so ago and has not stopped obsessing about penguins, singing, dancing and Antarctica.  In fact, the obsession only got bigger when she learned there was Happy Feet Two!  Who could dream such a wonderful thing - in her eyes, NOT mine!  Happy Feet is a wonderful movie but when it possesses your child and the songs (Boogie Wonderland?) pound through your head, hour after hour, it's not so fun.

Little L's obsession led me to the idea of making her a penguin costume.  I found this great tutorial on Make it and love it to make the most adorable penguin costume ever!  It was really easy to make.  It is made with fleece, so you don't have to worry too much about finished seems because fleece doesn't fray.  I used felt for the orange parts (all shops were sold out of orange fleece!) and it was just as easy because it, too, doesn't fray.  I made a few alterations but followed the pattern for the most part.  I sewed in one big piece of velcro at the back instead of a zipper and I just made the feet to sit on top of her shoes because I still wanted her to be able to wear shoes.  

She loves her costume!  The great thing about it is that she wears it all the time as she listens to the Happy Feet soundtrack and dances.  It's nice to get more use out of a costume than one day a year!

Little V was a unicorn on the weekend when we went to our friends Halloween/Birthday Party and then she was a chicken on Halloween night.  Two flightless birds!  What a cute pair!  She reminded me of Big Bird with those pants!

Yes, my kitchen is a pigsty!  But you try to get a pumpkin carved, feed two kids, get them dressed and out the door by 6:30 p.m. so you can get them back home in bed for their usual bedtime of 7 p.m.!  As you can see, the chicken's already tired!

The girls and I had fun carving our pumpkin.  Little L loved getting her hands right in there and pulling out the seeds and guts.  Little V was most interested in the peduncle and the lid I cut out.  She kept wanting to take it off and carry it around.  It made for a messy house, that's for sure!

Now that the sugar rush is ending, I'm looking forward to November and getting my mind on Christmas - my absolute favourite time of the year!  So many wonderful sewing projects to do, but oh so little time!!!


  1. This is totally fantastic and it looks like the Little's have had so much Halloween fun! I too sewed my first Halloween costume this year - for some reason I have never had the chance too. I love peeking in on your loveliness again. All the best - Monica

    1. Thanks, Monica! Good for you sewing your first costume too! I wonder what we will accomplish next year?!

  2. Love the costumes !!!
    and the messy kitchen !! It's real life after all.

  3. Hi Corry! L and V are so cute in their costumes! I have been missing you - some of my favourite new people are your friends! Glad to hear the half went well - I'll keep my fingers crossed that I see you out for a run on the trails soon!
    p.s. still want some lunch bags!

  4. Megan! Good to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by.

    Yes, the world is getting smaller!

    Hope to see you soon!