Happy Halloween, 2012!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spiderman and this not-so-wicked witch wish you a very happy Halloween!  May your day be filled with treats, not tricks.  Or if you do get tricked, may they be the sorts of tricks that make you laugh and smile.
So, this year's costumes.  Little Brother chose Spiderman.  Because I'm obsessed with the idea that costumes should be as well-made as everyday clothing (after all, this little guy has worn his Batman costume at least twice a week for the past year), and made with the sorts of materials that can be worn every day, I started with Disney pajamas.  I bought a second pair off Ebay and made a hat (I'm crazy like that).  I put together a mask out of some fleece scraps.  But the best part of the costume has to be the shoes.  The kid loves his Spiderman boots.  (Note that this is not the first time the shoes have been the best part of a costume -- remember the viking princess?)

Big Sister, who wanted a traditional Halloween costume this year, chose to be a witch.  She doesn't remember, but she was a witch once before.  A witch princess, to be precise.  She's grown a bit since then.
I'm a bit sad to say that I didn't make any part of Big Sister's costume this year, unless you count her trick-or-treat bag, which didn't even make it into the photos.  But I did assemble a cool costume, thanks (as always) to Etsy. The fabulous patchwork hat was made by Penelope's Costumes. I wish you could see it in person. It's beautifully made, and the fabrics are gorgeous. Bioethnyx Arts made the purple felted spider dangling from the end of the hat. Sew Jewell made the cape.

Watch out for this spooky crew tonight. If you see them, say BOO!


Bat Cape.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Can a boy who loves superheroes have too many capes?  I think not.

We're a bit behind on Halloween preparations this year, but I did find time to sew a new bat cape for my favorite superhero.  I used Oxeyedaisey's Super Bat Cape pattern, which is simply fantastic.  Well designed, easy to tape together (printable PDF pattern), easy to sew.  Love it!

That's black sateen on one side:

And an Alexander Henry bat fabric on the other.

Perfect for my happy little Bat Boy.

But also works quite well for Bat Girl (look closely, can you see it there?):

Speaking of bats, it wasn't long ago that we found one on the side of our house.  It was there one day, gone the next. 


Birthday Fun for Mr. Great.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What happens when a then-kindergartener is unexpectedly home from school on her dad's birthday, with way too much time to fill?  A bathroom surprise party!

What's a bathroom surprise party?  It begins with three trips to the grocery store, each time stuffing the car with helium balloons.  We aimed for 38, since that's how old Mr. Great turned that day.  After losing one along the way, buying an extra just in case, and some counting errors, we ended up with 40. One for each kid, and 38 for the birthday boy.  Perfect!

But where in the world does one put 40 balloons?  In a small place where a dad would least expect to see balloons -- the bathroom at the very back of the house!


Once the balloons were contained, we found all the magazines in the house and began decorating party hats.  I was proud of how much effort Big Sister put into these.  She worked very hard for a very long time, determined to cover every bit of every hat with pictures that would be meaningful for each member of our family.  After what seemed like days, we had four masterpieces, each perfectly personalized.

For Mr. Great, a flag, Longhorns, "HIKES," cereal, Cholula, a full bag of money (I wish!), baby feet, weights, mixed nuts, and loads of other things we thought he would like.

Big Sister chose lots of cute and pretty things for her hat -- puppies, butterflies, pretty jewelry, a cheetah. 

Little Brother got Batman and Spiderman, of course.  And some other masculine things like flags, balls, and dinosaurs.

For me, thread, flowers, babies, and bento lunches.

We all know that you can't throw a party without a sweet treat.  So we baked brownies in a special brownie pan that makes every piece an edge piece.

With little time to spare, my little artist decided that a party just isn't a party without a birthday banner.  

So she quickly put together a banner of swirls and balloons that still hangs in our bathroom today, months later.

After a very busy day, we picked up Little Brother, had him sign the banner, and assembled all the goodies in the bathroom.  Then we closed the door, and we waited.  The excitement and suspense was almost more than we could handle.

To pass the time, we tried on party hats, made sure all the blowers worked, and put on funny disguises.

Finally, after much anticipation, we heard footsteps down the hall.  Quiet . . . quiet . . . SURPRISE!

We definitely surprised him.  Nobody expects to find 40 balloons and a giddy family in their bathroom at the end of a long work day.  Party hats and funny glasses?  Unimaginable.

I'm pretty sure it was the best bathroom surprise party ever.