HALLOWEEN lessons FROM *USING OUR WORDS*
We satisfied Amy Heinz at BlogHer as well as I started complying with her on Twitter. When the conversation counted on costumes, I asked her to share her Halloween story here. Amy blogs at utilizing Our Words as well as during the daylight hours, she works in advertising at Yahoo!
When my very first son, “Big”, was about a year old, I chose the ideal costume for a Heinz would be a ketchup bottle. My mother-in-law who sews was game. She traveled up from San Diego to assist us get started. We couldn’t discover a pattern, so we had to produce one. We photocopied a ketchup bottle as well as kept enlarging it to try to get the best dimensions as well as utilized a candy corn pattern to figure out exactly how to make it rounded. We utilized foam to provide the bottle shape as well as chose to leave it open on the sides so it wasn’t as well claustrophobic. We utilized the photocopies to produce the patterns for the shield as well as letters””all of which were constructed out of felt (and carefully cut by my incredibly patient, perfectionist husband). I hand painted the other details as well as customized the age as well as weight for fun.
This all needed some back as well as forth shipping, of course. as well as when the significant fires hit San Diego, my in-laws were evacuated. My mother-in-law called crying at 6am one morning to tell me that they’d packed whatever they might into their two cars and trucks as well as were driving north…”And don’t worry, I’ve got the costume!”
As all mothers know, you can pour your heart as well as great intentions into something, however when you’re handling an 18-month old, you’ve gotta be flexible. That’s why we were okay with the truth that he used it for less than 2 seconds…at least we got that valuable picture. And, of course, we had a back-up plan.
Hey look, mom can wear a toddler’s costume!
Now he’s thinking about using it this year…considering…
Curious George as well as the guy with the Yellow Hat
Last year, huge wished to be curious George. My other half was horrified by the concept of a mass produced costume. We compromised. I stated I’d make Little’s. I discovered a white onesie as well as white pants (which occur to have a bit pink heart on them since bit young boys aren’t expected to wear white pants?) to dye yellow. I discovered the ideal brown slippers at Old Navy as well as spent hours at the material store as well as on the internet trying to figure out the essential piece””the signature yellow hat. After going at a styrofoam cone with a butcher knife late one night, my other half suggested I do what I dislike most””ask for help. My neighbor, who’s a whiz with a stitching machine, assisted me make an practically ideal hat. I utilized black material paint to add the tie (not my finest work, I’m afraid) as well as belt, as well as the costume was prepared to go.
Turns out an 11-month old isn’t a significant fan of using heavy, uncomfortable hats. So instead he crawled along side his sibling as well as everybody commented on exactly how adorable it was that the monkey had a banana. Ugh.
Next year, I’m all for getting creative. Without losing my mind (or a couple days of my life).
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