Category Archives: Celebrations

Rosie the Riveter

When The Bee announced what she wanted to be for Halloween this year, I may have jumped for joy.

I LOVE that she wants to be Rosie the Riveter for so many reasons. One is that she is a strong woman. Real or fictitious, strong is strong. So many costumes for teens are so short they cannot bend over without revealing themselves for all the world to see. This one is the opposite of that. SO much.

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The other reason is that I didn’t have to actually MAKE most of it. I do enjoy making things for the girls, but when they both request intricate costumes for Halloween, my head wants to explode (just a little).

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I found her coveralls thrifting, and luckily they fit well enough I didn’t have to alter them at all. I did make her bandana, but it took me all of 30 minutes to whip up.

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I took a square of red fabric that I had in my stash, and hemmed all four sides.

Then I grabbed a circle sponge and some white acrylic paint, and got to stampin’. Tossed it into the dryer to heat set the paint, and it was done.

My fair redhead has ultra light eyebrows, so I drew them in for this.

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I may draw them a little lighter for Halloween, though. She said that she felt like Groucho Marx.

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The coveralls do have a Naval patch (USS John C. Stennis) on them, and I was on the fence about picking the whole pocket off, but The Bee said she doesn’t mind it, so I think there it will stay.

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She kept cracking up between photos. Silly girl.

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We had a lot of fun with this one.

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Another brilliant aspect of this costume is that she will be warm! We live out here in WA state, and almost every Halloween is chilly and raining. It is always a challenge to get anyone to wear a sweater or coat over their costumes (“Aw Mom. It will cover it up!”).

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What are your kids going as for Halloween? Do you make costumes or buy them?

 

Harvest Fair time of year

You may remember the Harvest Fair that we attend every year. If not, that is OK, I have the link here.

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My husband gets asked to judge pies each year, and we go and watch him.

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This time around he had 29 to taste! That is a lot of pie.

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He takes this position very seriously.

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While he was busy judging, the girls and I walked around and enjoyed the sights.

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Of course, they ditched me every chance they could get. But that just gave me more time to photograph.

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It was a good day at the fair!

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Wedding flowers

I did the flowers for a wedding this past weekend. These are the only photos I managed to snap!

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How was your weekend?

Turning 42

Every year, we celebrate my birthday with a grand outside celebration, and I choose a theme. Because really what fun would it be to get older without dressing up in costume?

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For my 42cnd Birthday I chose to have a Rockabilly bash!

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It was truly a blast! We had a booth set up where The Bee was painting on tattoos. By the end, Falafel had a full handle bar mustache and beard and almost all the guests were painted with fun tattoos.

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BTW, you won’t see any photos of Falafel in this post, because she is wearing an outfit that I am not allowed to post about yet! Top secret, you know. But I assure you, she was there, rockin’ alongside us.

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There were giant bubbles.

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A hula hoop AND a limbo competition.

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Plus crazy good food, and special Italian butter cream GF cupcakes that my honey made for me. *drool*

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AND some great tunes!

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It was so much fun. I really do appreciate all of my wonderful friends humoring me, and participating in my eccentric parties.

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I actually look forward to getting older every year. Although, I will say, the limbo nearly broke me.

Preparing to age…with bubbles

This house is full of busy people preparing to celebrate another trip around that ol’ fireball in the sky.

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And of course there will be bubbles.

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Fourth of July Recap Part 2

If you want to see the sneak peek and part 1, click on the links.

I saved the whimsical ones for last.Prepare to be bombarded by fantastical fun (and a lot of it) Enjoy!

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How was your celebration? Does your town have a parade?

Fourth of July recap Part 1

After going through my 235 photos from our Fourth of July parade, I narrowed it down quite a bit, but not as much to fit on just ONE post. Ha!

 I rounded up the more serious photos for you today. Brace yourselves for a whole lotta red, white, and blue.

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Come back tomorrow for Part 2.

Fourth Recap

We went to our town’s Fourth of July parade yesterday, and I took 235 photos.

Needless to say, I didn’t get through them all yet. I will just give you a peek at one of my favorite groups to photograph…I think you can see why!

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Oh my goodness they were fabulous! The colors and movement and the enthusiasm from the teens. Just brilliant!

I will be back on Monday with a full post of photos. They are too fun not to share!

How was YOUR fourth?

GF and EF Carrot Cake

We had such a lovely Easter celebration yesterday filled with food and friends. I laughed so much that my face still hurts. I call that a good day.

Amongst the bounty was this treat that I made from a recipe found here: The best Gluten Free Carrot cake recipe by Yammie’s Gluten Freedom.

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Since it was made with dairy (there is cream cheese frosting), I couldn’t eat it, but everyone who did LOVED it. I even substituted the egg with an egg replacer!

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Definitely a recipe I will use again!

What did you make for your celebration?

Top O’ the Mornin’ to you

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I had a request from my little leprechaun catcher this year, to make her a green dress for this holiday. Not only a green dress, but one she would design herself!

I couldn’t refuse such a fabulous idea.

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I give to you….the Limerick Princess Dress!

There once was a girl dressed in green

who never ever ever was mean

She always was nice

like sugar and spice

Just like her sister the teen.

HA!

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I started with dyeing another sheet. This time, shamrock green. She designed the one gather in the front, along with the special tulip-esque sleeves. I just happened to have a enough of the gold left over from the vest project to use, along with some gold tulle in my stash.

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I had never done any sleeves like this before, so this was really a test. I had to design the shape and figure out how to put it all together. I think they came out quite cute. She loves them.

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I added the design to the collar (which I also drafted), and the sash. The zip is not quite invisible, but I am OK with it.

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This was a fun one to do.

My sweet girl was so excited about this, and now she has croup (AGAIN)! What the what? I have no idea why she has had such a difficult year when it comes to germs, but I told her to stop licking her hands….and her classmates. That made her giggle.

Also to not take the whole “being green” thing so literally.

Wishing you all a Happy (and healthy) St.Patrick’s Day!

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