Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween costume part 2: Peacock Costume

First of all, let me say that I am not a seamstress. I don't make clothes or much else for that matter. I can sew in a straight line, so I have made things involving straight lines, like pillows or curtains. That is about it. This project wasn't complicated at all.

This year for Halloween, Birdy asked to be a peacock. I fretted for a bit on how to make this, but after consulting with some of my friends and family, I finally settled on an idea. This is how I made her peacock costume.

First I made this pattern from a piece of card board. It is sort of an exaggerated neck tie shape.

I cut pieces of blue, green, teal, and purple fabric out in this shape and sewed them together.

I found these cute Christmas ornaments at Hobby Lobby that I had planned to attach to the bottom of the dress, but the cloth I used was so thin and the ornaments were so heavy that the tail just didn't hang right. Instead I sewed the tail to a scarf and attached the ornaments to the scarf to hang from her lower back.
Then I used glitter paint to paint on the feathers to the fabric.

Birdy just wore a black leotard and black tights and I tied the tail around her waist. I found this cute little feather clip at Hobby Lobby also for her hair. I think it turned out so cute, even if it is a little different than I originally planned.

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jdaniel4smom halloween traditions link-up

Friday, October 28, 2011

Baby Play Friday: Easy last minute toddler costume

For this Friday I am just going to show you the adorable costume Bug will be wearing this Halloween. It took me three children to finally learn this lesson, but toddlers don't really like wearing big bulky costumes. So I decided to make this as easy as could be. Here are some photos from Fall Fest of Bug wearing his costume. I literally threw this together the morning of Fall Fest. I drove to the church with the windows down so the paint would dry by the time we got there. Let me know what you think!

I just used puffy paint from Hobby Lobby and painted the words and crown right on to one of his old onsies(I'm surprised I could find one that still fit) and then kissed him all over with my brightest red lipstick on.
I expect the money to start rolling in! I mean, who wouldn't want a kiss?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

This year's Fall Fest was brought to you by...

One of the reasons I started following blogs was that there are just so many good ideas out there. If I ever run out of things to do or activities to try, new inspiration is just a click away. Every year our church has some kind of Fall Fest right around Halloween. We plan a night of activities and the whole church shows up in costumes for fun and fellowship.

In years past we have had a "trunk or treat", where children trick or treat from car to car in the parking lot. We have had drive in movies where the families all bring lawn chairs and blankets and eat popcorn and watch a movie projected on the side of the church wall. This year we had a carnival with games and crafts set up in booths all around the church for the children to participate in. Different Sunday School classes sponsored different booths where there were no classes to sponsor a booth, I was able to step in with activities pulled from all of my favorite blogs.

We had a slime station set up at one table. Birdy helped me make this black sparkly play dough from The Imagination Tree ahead of time and it was a huge hit with the little ones.



The slimy Spaghetti from Hands on: as we grow was also a hit. Bug especially enjoyed it. All the grown ups even reported having to stick there hands in "just to see what it was."


The pumpkin guts from Dinosaurs and Octopuses brought squeals of delight as the kids slowly decided to brave the goo.

And our old creepy crawly sensory tub made a come back as well.

Our Fall Fest also featured the wonderful spiderweb obstacle course from Mom to 2 Posh lil Divas. Children of all ages had fun trying their hand at this one.

In addition to these borrowed activities we also had booths that the Sunday school classes sponsored, like the fishing booth which Big Sis and and my mom, Nana both mastered after some practice...

And the pumpkin pass, where you pass the numbered pumpkins around in a circle until the music stops playing. The person with the winning number gets a treat...
And the doughnut on a string booth, where two contestants raced to finish their doughnut before the other one with out using their hands. This was one of the most popular games of the night. It must be admitted that I tried this one myself but was bested by my husband. He now has bragging rights for a whole year.
Nana and Big Sis had too much fun battling it out at this booth. Nana kept cheating by pushing and swatting at Big Sis, but my girl still won!

Maybe next year Nana!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Take it Outside!

This last summer central Texas experienced the longest heat wave on record. We had temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees far in to the month of September. Going out side was miserable. By 9:00 am the playground was an oven, parks were empty, neighborhoods were ghost towns. If it wasn't for the pools and splash pads we wouldn't have survived. Everyday this summer, I promised myself that we would make it up in the fall. I am happy to say I've kept my promise. Cooler weather finally reached us this month. (When I say "cooler" I mean highs of 90 instead of 110) We have been out daily enjoying it!

Here is one activity that we took out doors. I love these Montessori inspired weaving projects for the fine motor skills and wanted to do one with the girls.


In an effort to take our indoor activities outside, I opted for a larger version. As we went for a morning walk we noticed that a neighbor was trimming some branches on his tree. I spied a perfect one and loaded it in to the stroller. I have to admit the neighbors looked at me a little funny, but I loaded it any way and brought it home for this fun little weaving project.
 Birdy helped me string yarn around the two branches, then when CC came over they both worked weaving the ribbon and string through the yarn. It took a while for the girls to understand what it was that we were doing. CC is a stickler for having her projects turn out just right, and having to work along with Birdy who...well...isn't such a stickler was a bit of a challenge for CC.
 Eventually, however, the girls both learned to work together. I think the finished product is beautiful. I have kept it on our front porch so the girls can add to it when ever they feel like it.
 CC's mother, Mary, and I sit down together and plan out our lessons a month at a time. Doing regular weaving and sewing activities had been somthing that I planned on introducing to the girls, but it wasn't until I found this branch that it occured to me that this activity could be taken outdoors. Doing this weaving activity out in the front yard has made me start looking at my whole lesson plan and think, "What else could I take out side?"
So what are your favorite "Indoor" activities to take outdoors? How do you think the outdoors adds to or changes traditionally indoor activities? Do your children respond differently to them? Are they more engaged? I would love to hear some feed back from other parents and teachers. I really want to make the front yard, back yard and neighborhood parks extensions of our classroom and would love to hear your ideas!
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