My boys, Kind Edmund and Luke Skywalker. I have to admit I was pretty proud of these costumes, although in this picture Luke is missing his binoculars and lightsaber because they weren't allowed in the bounce house. I mean, a Jedi is supposed to take his lightsaber everywhere, what were those silly bounce house minders thinking? Anyway, I spent a long time looking at pictures from Prince Caspian and Star Wars to get these as close as possible, and I think I did a decent job. I kind of sort of glanced at a pattern for the tops. The rest was from my head. Edmunds pants are actually leggings of mine that I cut all up and altered to fit a five year old. His boots are last years slippers with some pleather added to the top to get that knightly look. Ha. I'm really into repurposing stuff.
My dandelion. Okay, so this costume plus his hair just made me laugh. We've been calling our youngest "dandelion" for quite some time now, because his hair stands up and waves back and forth just like a white dandelion blowing in the wind. So I thought, why not make that his costume? I sewed him some green pajamas sans pattern, and then cut the dandelion leaves out of felt to make a little shawl thingy for the top. At first I was going to sew the leaves right onto the pajamas, but then I thought, why ruin perfectly good jammies? At least he'll get some use out of them after dressing up! So I made the shawl and put velcro on it to attach it in the back. I have to say, although nobody at church could figure out what he was supposed to be (guesses included an elf, a troll, the green giant from the vegetable aisle, and Billy Idol. That was my favorite) he was super popular. Everyone kept touching his hair and laughing hysterically and taking pictures. My husband was the one who brought him and thus was the one who did his hair; he confessed that he'd hung him upside down and sprayed him with hairspray. Ha ha. I wonder if that could be construed as abuse? Although knowing this baby boy, he probably loved it.
Here is the mermaid painting my mom asked me to paint for her about a year ago. I finally finished it. I mostly did it all in two days, then totally got overwhelmed by birthdays and costume sewing and didn't finish the last little bit till last week. Now all I have to do is figure out a good way to mail a big painting all the way to California.
And here is a super lame picture of my little hoop collection, which now lives in the good company of the hoop I received from delightful disarray last week! Aaagghhh, I love it!! (In case you can't figure it out, it's the cute gray and orange star on the bottom. LOVE!)
And last but not least, the Christmas tree skirt I'm working on. It's almost finished and I love it so much! I know it's pretty bright and garish, but that's my favorite kind of Christmas decor. Ha. My mother-in-law said it was "happy." Happy is good.