Birthday Boy


I'm a little late posting this, but what's new? Elijah turned nine on Halloween. We had a small gathering of friends at our house for pizza, cake, and trick or treating. Each year on his birthday, Elijah brings together both sets of parents, three little sisters and friends from school with such grace; One moment joking with a boy his age, the next picking up his baby sister.


Loving, funny, smart, and gloriously silly. We love you, Eli. Next year, double digits. Oh my.

halloween day


The day started with a little birthday shopping for Elijah, who  turned 8 (eight!) yesterday. Then we came home for some last minute  Halloween crafting. While I made Elsa's wings, Fiona went through about  15 costume changes. When it was time to take pictures, she was some kind  of adorable, fanciful woodland creature. By evening, she was a fairy again, but I  sure did enjoy seeing everything she came up with throughout the day. Do you recognize her  duck costume? It still fits, just shorter! That night, we gathered with Elijah, his mom, stepdad and sister Sylvia for gift giving, pizza and trick or treating. A good day with family all around.


If you're in the mood, take a trip down Halloween Lane.

early halloween fairy


In a last minute costume change, Fiona decided she wanted to be a fairy this Halloween. Um, yes please! We made these wings together in less than thirty minutes. I will have to put together a tutorial one day because it was so easy and they turned out so cute. Fiona grabbed her fairy wand, we added some pipe cleaner antennas and striped leggings and Fiona was transformed into the cutest little fairy ever.


We went early trick or treating at the neighborhood stores. So fun!


Now we are hunkering down for the next couple days while Hurricane Sandy makes an appearance. Stay safe, friends!

halloween, take two: duck

Fiona loves birds and during our daily walks we almost always see some mallard ducks. I got the original inspiration for the costume on inchmark. Ironing the felt to create the look of feathers is such a good idea!

I made a little jumper out of jersey with sewn rows of felt 'feathers' on it. Then I made the wings and sewed them on at the shoulder.

Fiona wore her costume to Elijah's sixth birthday party (which I'll be posting about soon!), but due to a late naptime on Halloween, we never did make it to trick or treating. I'm a little disappointed, but I learned a long time ago not to wake a sleeping baby. Fiona did get to experience the other end of trick or treating when she woke up. She very quickly picked up on the concept, jumping up and grabbing the candy basket when the doorbell rang.

It might be a little ridiculous to spend this amount of time on something that will only be worn for a couple hours, but the good news is that this past week has totally broken me out of my sewing strike. It had been months since I'd taken out my sewing machine, but with crafting season officially here, I'm excited that the sewing machine is back!

Sweet baby duck.

halloween, take one: farm girl

Fiona's duck costume wasn't quite finished in time for her Friday playgroup... Have I mentioned before that everything is finished last minute and usually very late at night in this house?

Inspired by the bonnet I found at the thrift store the day before (such a fortuitous find!), we put together this farm girl getup. Growing up, I was pretty much obsessed with Laura Ingalls Wilder books, so seeing my little city girl dressed like this made me very happy. She made for a very sweet farm girl. The door behind her in the pictures is my neighbor's sally port door, but it looks a little like it's from an old farm house, no?

I'll be sharing her handmade duck costume tomorrow, so come back to check it out!

Halloween '09

It's Halloween week and I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane. Last year, I made Elijah a reversible cape for his birthday (which just so happens to be Halloween!) and dressed Fiona as his little sidekick. I can't believe how much smaller they both look in these year old pictures!

I'm not quite sure how I found the time to make these intricate costumes, but I'm hopeful this year's will measure up! I haven't been doing very much sewing recently because... well... life happens, so I hope I'm not too rusty.

You may (or may not!) have noticed my posting has not been as regular for the past week or so. We'll be back to regularly scheduled programming after I get over a couple bumps in the road. I'll see you all next week for a recap of Halloween 2010. Get excited, there is a lot of cuteness to come. :)