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Halloween Costume Round-up and Link party

::I am re-posting the round up I did last year, and adding a few new ones from this year::

I like to look at the costumes I made from the year before, when embarking on the costume-making journey of this year. So I put together a little collection for you to browse, for inspiration!

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You’ll see there is a theme going here. If you would like to see any of the tutorials or original posts, click on the links below.

Hobbit Feet tutorial,

Merida from Brave

Harry Potter (or just magic) wands

Donkey Head

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Little Red Riding Hood

Grey Wizard Hat/ Witch hat

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Rosie the Riveter

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I would love to see your costume creations!!


Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch this past weekend, as it is our tradition this time of year. And like last year, prepare yourself to be bombarded by pumpkin-y photos.

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We couldn’t have asked for a better day! The sun was shining and it was beautiful Fall weather. The wind was whipping us around quite a bit, but I will take that and a sunny sky, any day. The coyote cardboard cutout was new this year, and was a big attraction (for my family, anyway). The pumpkins are HUGE. My husband told me that it was a good year for them, and we definitely saw that it is true.

The one thing I look forward to is my annual photo of the girls together. I asked them to pose, and this is what I got.

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Finally.

Another year at the patch, done. These years truly fly by quickly. I cannot believe that Christmas is almost here. Yes, I just said that. Both girls have birthdays in December, though (4 days apart), and it tends to sneak up on us every year.

This is the start of the season where I try to stay focused and present and savour as much as I can (as it seems to go the quickest).

What are YOUR Fall traditions?

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?