Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Costumes

This year we have a little frog and gnome on our hands.

Natalie has known for months that she wanted to be a frog for Halloween, so I made it happen for her.  

I found the frog head/hood pattern on Etsy and after I found that, I threw the rest together.

I bought a white shirt and pants from Target and then dyed them green.  I dyed them a different green to begin with, but the color turned out very differently than I imagined.  So I had to buy a new pair of pants and try again.  That time it worked out pretty well, but it still didn't really match the frog head I made... SO... I made a second head with yarn that matched.  

I used a darker color of green yarn to make little spots to sew onto the head, shirt and pants.  

I also made her a little stuffed frog belly, and hands and feet.  The hands and feet are just green gloves that I found at The Dollar Tree that somehow matched pretty perfectly.  I bought three pairs of them in case the ones on her feet got ruined.  After three wears (and two more to go) they are still in tact, but filthy.  They still work though!

They are just slipped on over her shoes so we can take them off if she's having a hard time walking.  She walks really well in them, I think partly because if the toes get caught under her foot she can just walk on top of them and they don't trip her up or anything because they aren't stuffed.  Just flimsy glove fingers.  She hasn't tripped in them at all yet, but I did take them off at a Halloween party we went to on Friday.  She's been a champ.

She seriously loves frogs so she is loving wearing this costume, and it makes me really really happy that she likes it.  I think she feels like she's actually a frog and she loves it :)

I like that girl.  A lot.

Now for little Claire Bear's costume.

A gnome was the only idea I kept going back to for her.  I think it's because she's so teeny tiny and only a gnome seemed fitting :) She just makes a perfect gnome in my opinion.  

I used a onesie and tights we already had.  I did buy the jumper from H&M, but she'll wear it other times than this. 

The shoes are just soft shoes I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby and I dyed them red.

I made the hat out of felt and made the leaves and acorns out of felt too and sewed them on.

I also made the apron and sewed on little felt mushrooms I made.

I just can't get enough of seeing her in this costume.  I seriously can't.  She's just the cutest little gnome baby in the world.

 I wish it was Halloween every day.

Claire's Birthday Party

This is only three months late... But it's still worth documenting, right?  Kristin likes to point out when my blog sucks (which is always because I'm boring) and she's done it again :) I have been meaning to do this post, so I figured I'd still do it. 

Here we go.

We celebrated Claire's first birthday party two days before her actual birthday.  We had lots of family and a few friends come to celebrate with us and she had a great day!

She's a great eater, so I was super excited to have a child who would actually eat their birthday cake.  She ended up not digging into it like I imagined, but it was still cute.  I had some serious frosting issues with her cake, so maybe she realized it wasn't real appetizing looking or something.  It still tasted good to me :)  She did eat some, but no handfuls or shoving her face in it or anything.  

We did a donut theme and I had a lot of fun with it.  I made mini donuts and regular sized donuts with two donut pans I bought.  They worked perfectly and all of the donuts came out really well.  Thank goodness I had some help from one of my friends who came to visit, because it ended up taking longer than I imagined.  We got it all done in plenty of time, but it was nice to have some extra hands! 

I had a lot of fun decorating and putting stuff together.  I didn't go too crazy overboard I don't think?  If our house was bigger we'd probably be in trouble, but our dining room is tiny so I feel like I need to control myself somewhat.  I also have issues with clutter and I am a pack rat, so things tend to get a little crazy in here.  

She had a great fun happy birthday and I love that little teeny thing so much.  She is such a good girl and she makes me incredibly happy.  I can't believe she is already one.  And Natalie will be three in two months and that is blowing my mind.  These girls need to stop growing up.

But I'd still like to have birthday parties and holidays.. They can just stay little though.

(Somehow big sister is the one with a present here...)

They are my favorites.