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Run for Your Lives

z1Saturday morning the girls and I headed to the RUN FOR YOUR LIVES 5K in Brooklyn. It was cool because it got us in the Halloween spirit and it was a fundraiser for Brain Disease Research.  We were Stumblers, so we manned a section of the race as zombies.z2The runners would approach and we would try to grab their flags so that they would die.  It was hard to get the flags- they were so fast, and by the time they got to us, they had learned a thing or two about dodging zombies.

z3Lolly got really good-I think she ended up with 25 flags. One runner said:” I can’t believe I just got killed by a 9 year old!”  We had a great time. I was so sore the next morning—who knew grabbing for flags would be a great upper arm and buttocks workout!  I am regretting putting the glue on my face, my forehead is still pretty irritated several days later.

Halloween 2013

hallow 2This year was all about Duck Dynasty. It is Jason’s favorite show.  It was his idea, and a great one it was!  If you are unfamiliar, click on over and get familiar already. please.

This is Willie:

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This is Willie:hallow 3

This is Willie with Korie:

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So is this:

halow 7This is the whole clan (the girls wanted to play the GRAND KIDS in an episode where they go out hunting, Pickle did not weigh in, I decided she would be a duckling–too cute to shoot!)

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She was so cute, she had many boys kissing her and asking her to dance…she was VERY popular with the boys.hallow 5

She loved all the action, and I was SO HAPPY she kept her costume on, as getting it ON HER, if filmed, might have been excellent blackmail material for me.hallow 6

Trick or Treating went well until she discovered this red lollipop, then it was all over.hallow 8

We love Theme Costumes….way better than just doing your own thing:hallow 47Thank you Martha for the costume tutorial and Ravelry for various patterns that I pieced together for the hat, and ebay for everything else.

 

I Sew: Halloween Skirt

I got this ridiculous Halloween fabric on sale at Gem Fabric Store (which has since gone out of business ….boo) and finally I knew what to make with it!

A skirt for Pickle! I also had some pom pom trim left over from a pom-pom scarf I had made, so it was made even more festive. I followed this tutorial!

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Fabulous

It was so much fun seeing the fruits of the little seed Carrie and I planted back in September. Are there more of you out there?  I want to see!  Send me your pix!

How cool is that my friend got the REAL REAL jacket?  And how cute is that Mckayla?

I think the Fab 5 would be proud.  Way to go!

Latest Submission:

Look at these CUTEST EVER Phelps & Lochte:

Book Witch

I invented the Book Witch back when Phoebe was in kindergarten.  I really wanted Elphaba-green for my makeup, but Alcone (the broadway source for makeup) was all out, so I had to get the next-best shade.  It’s SUPER green.

This time around my Book Witch had a Billy Ray Cyrus wig, instead of black spray for my own hair and I added some glitter and also some pink skull jewelry for breast cancer awareness.  I also decided against the warts.  I made sure Pickle watched the entire transformation just in case she freaked out a little (I once saw a baby freak out when his Mom was revealed after her EXTREME MAKEOVER), and didn’t recognize me. She was totally unaffected.

The little ones sometimes get scared of the Book Witch, so I wore my little baby critter in the bjorn and spoke with a sweet voice and told them I was a mommy…only a few were moved to tears.

I read at Malu Ice Cream Shop!  It has the best ice cream and I got “paid” with a pint!  Bonus!  Lots of friends came to see me including about half of my Sunbeam Class!  So much fun to see my little ones in a different context!

Halloween


I love how our Halloween Costumes turned out.  It was a great way to honor our new status as a family of 5.  We discussed Halloween possibilities with my parents over the summer and my Mom kept saying: “I’ve got it!” and then followed that revelatory statement with like a band from the 60′s that none of us had ever heard of.

She did, I think, get us on the road to thinking about the Olympics though…we picked up the conversation the next month and at first decided to each be an Olympic ring, but eventually started googling images and were inspired by those of the Fab 5 Gymnastics Team.

Technically, Jason is cross-dressing, but that’s ok…he is surrounded by girls, so it ought to happen once in a while.   I couldn’t find a scrunchy small enough for Pickle, but did manage to get her hair back in a proper Gymnasts ‘do.

Please note our Trunk for the Trunk or Treat decorated with a yarn-bombed Olympic Rings and photos of the Fab 5 altered by pic monkey.  I am especially thrilled with how the Gabby as a Demon on the bars turned out.

My trunk gave out markers, little mini tape dispensers that had tape with all different designs, and some Annie’s Honey Grahams.  Jason’s trunk gave out a variety of chocolate candies. His was decorated with American Girl dolls dressed in Halloween Costumes.

As always, our crew was decked out and we had so many great costumes there–so much eye candy!  I took tons of photos.  I won for Sweet and Scrumptious chili even though 80 percent of it spilled out of the pot ONTO THE FLOOR OF MY CAR when I slammed on the breaks to avoid hitting a car while going about 10 mph.  That was awesome…but only about 4 of my cookies were lost and those were a big hit (ALL HOMEMADE, NOT fresh direct and all the decorating materials and cookie cutter courtesy of my aunt who noticed i am a fan of the Sugar Skull).

I really must start thinking about next year already so that I can put together some more great costumes!  Happy Halloween!

Fab 5

So I put it out there for all to love on and I have one taker so far!  My friend Jenny, her daughters and nieces ran with the Fab 5 idea! Don’t they look grand!

She said the best part of this costume is that the girls made it all themselves!

It’s not too late for you to be a fab 5 too, and if you are, I would LOVE to feature a photo of the finished product(s) on my blog!  Just leave a comment and I’ll email you where to send the pix!

Thanks Jenny and the Fab 5–you look FAB!

Spirit of the Season

I’m always a sucker for online Halloweenishness.

A Coven of Cousins:

Hungry Vampires:

And a Pickle:

Thanks Miggy for reminding me about PicMonkey.

DIY: Olympic Gymnast Costume

I cannot believe I am revealing this year’s Halloween Costumes for the Posse, but I HAD TO so that you had a chance to make your own version, because it’s just that good!

Finally there are 5 in my family, so of course we will be the Fab 5 this year!  The inspiration of course are these lovely ladies:

I’ve teamed up with my awesome BFF, Carrie from This Mama Makes Stuff to show you how to make your own Olympic Gymnast Halloween Costume. <—This is the most patriotic picture I have of us. (Lady Liberty, 2004)

I digress.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own TEAM USA Olympic Gymnast Jacket!

Grey Hoodies
Rit DYE in pearl grey
black bias tape
Flag Patch from Fashion Art Projects, 1 per jacket
2 packs of letters per jacket from Fashion Art Projects
TEAM USA Patches (1 per jacket)
fabric glue

Okay, it seems like a lot, but it is totally doable in a few afternoons.

JACKET:

Step 1. Dye your heather grey/white hoodies to a darker grey that matches the Fab 5′s jackets.

I used the stove top method.  I tried to make one package of dye go a long way. That is a mistake. I’d suggest one pack for 2 kids hoodies maximum.  Each adult hoodie should get their own batch of the dye bath, or else  you will have the baby hoodie end up like this (It has a marbly effect, with some areas being like the original hoodie and others dark grey and patchy.)

Stir constantly, making sure your garment has enough wiggle room to get fully dyed.  I would have liked a bigger bucket/pot than what I used.

Step 2. After properly treating/washing/drying the jacket, iron on the official USA olympic patch (if you don’t want to buy the real thing, you can use printable iron-on fabric), the American flag patch on the arm and the letters on the back of the jacket.
In case you’re wondering, that IS what’s on the back of those jackets the FAB 5 are wearing.

Step 3. Glue the black trim to the cuffs, sleeves, pockets, zipper and chest, as pictured on their jackets.  For the zipper, I cut my bias tape in half vertically and glued one half to each side, so that when it was zipped up, it looked as thick as the other black strips.

Optional Step 4 (for the Craft-Warzy Detail Geeks like me): Grab some white nylon ties, glue on black and red yarn/string (I used the red and black from the BEACH Lion Brand bon-bon pack) to each end, and tie on the zipper.

GOLD MEDAL:

I chose to crochet my medals out of gold yarn.  I picked up some Berroco Glint in Golden Fleece in Chicago before I knew about this project, but thought that a mix of Vanna’s Choice in Mustard mixed with Vanna’s Glamour in gold would do the trick too.  I used this pattern with a few modifications to create my medal, but the sky is the limit with how you could creatively make a gold medal.

If crocheting isn’t your thing, check out this tutorial for a quick, easy and glittery foam version.

FLOWERS:
Dollar Store flowers mixed with craft store flowers, white puff paint on the purple ribbons.

FINISHING TOUCHES:

Grab some sneakers & black pants then check out Carrie’s tutorial for “blinging” out a leotard and making a “winners” bouquet. Finally, slap on your Gymnast Makeup & hair that you learned to put on from this 5-minute Fab 5 Makeup Tutorial:

Happy Crafting!

disclosure: I was provided product free of charge from FashionArtProjects.com.
The opinions and ideas expressed are all my own.

Princess

Look, I fantasize about playing a Disney Princess at Disneyland. And yes, I have been an official Disney Princess, and it was extra special because it was an original princess.  However, I still long to STILL be one still.

 

 

 

And the one I am to be has finally arrived on the scene:

When I saw Tangled, I was completely surprised by the glorious ending! And now, guess who I want to be for Halloween.

Well, to be honest, it’s between post-haircut Rapunzel and an Oompa-Loompa.

Votes?