Each year, our church does an all out Halloween party and dinner, and after the kids have had so much fun playing, we all head outside to hand out candy from the trunks of our cars in the parking lot. It's a lot of fun! I think every year there's more and more kids. Holly "gets" Halloween and Greta is definitely catching on! I think I have them convinced to trade their candy for a toy. I have mixed feelings about this sugar-rush holiday.
“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”Deng Ming-Dao
My daughters' mermaid costumes made their big debut at their halloween themed ballet class. I'm so happy with how they turned out! They have great movement and the girls didn't want to take them off after their class. Success! It was fun to be able to sit in the girls' classes and watch and take video and pictures. And I can't believe it's been a whole year since Holly dressed up as Cinderella for her ballet class! I cannot believe how much Holly has grown in the last year in height and in length of hair!
It's no secret that my girls love crafts, no matter how simple the craft is. Last week we painted some $1 pumpkins we bought at the grocery store. Super simple activity, super effective. Their amount of concentration as they smear paint on their pumpkins is awesome. Holly actually painted the top of her pumpkin with copper paint and the bottom with purple. She showed restraint that's unusual for her. That's kind of exciting! Holly has been talking about Halloween decorations that we need to put up. When we've commented that we don't have any, her response is that we need to make them! I guess I'm at "that" phase of life - decorating for holidays. It's not really my thing, but I'm happy to have it coincide with the crafts we're doing anyways! I have a few halloween craft ideas that I've seen on the internet, but if anyone has any to recommend, I'd be grateful!
Holly needed another dress for Sundays, so I made her one and Greta one to match. A friend gave me yards of these fabrics years ago. I made Holly a dress from it and then Greta wore that dress. Since it's been a while since I last cut into this fabric, I decided to use it again for dresses this year. Holly in red, Greta in yellow. I used the Bubble Dress pattern from Oliver and S. I made a few mistakes on round one (because I was trying to modify the pattern but didn't think it through), but round two I did everything right and according to pattern instructions. Only problem is the size 5 I made for Holly is so super short! I didn't even think to check the measurements because I've sewn so many times with Oliver and S patterns, I know they run a little big and I know a size 4 for Holly is a bit on the small size. That's a little bit frustrating. Holly was so excited about wearing this dress. She even put it on the previous Sunday when she had to stay home, sick, from church. It's a solid 5-6 inches too short! I made Greta's in a size 3 and it's perfect. I'm trying to decide if I should make Holly another one (I still have lots of fabric) and lengthen it by 6 inches or if I should just admit defeat and buy her a dress. I really need to get started on my Christmas sewing (and start and finish Halloween sewing!) and I'm unsure if I have enough time to make her another dress. Seamstress problems! Opinions? Should I sew another dress?
To convince Greta to wear this dress, I gave her a little square of chocolate. She let that chocolate sit on her tongue for a long time, over 5 minutes, and for the duration of this little photo shoot. Way to savor it babe!
I've been in the process of working on quilts for my daughters since about August. It's been a long haul and I have done other projects throughout. There has been many moments of despair as I've thought that I'm never going to finish, but the light is at the end of the tunnel, sort of. I have completed hand quilting one of the quilts, and am almost ready to begin quilting on the second. The second quilt top is finished (yay!) and needs to have all of it's layers pin-basted. And then it's time to quilt. I estimate that it took about 12 hours to do the hand quilting. Maybe more. I'm really glad I did it. I knew I wouldn't love what I could do with my sewing machine and I didn't want to pay someone else to professionally quilt them ($$$), and I did want to develop hand quilting as a skill, and I like the way it looks, and I wanted to do something extra special with these quilts... Lots of reasons why. Honestly, I was wanting to quit while I did my first little bit. It was hard and my stitches were so long! I wish I had taken a picture of the first square I did. The stitches were literally 2-3X the length of the ones later on. But I unpicked that first go and re-did it. I watched this youtube video a few times and quilted along with it (the lady is so encouraging!). I hand-quilted a quilt before Holly was born but totally did it my way and did not use proper technique. I wanted to do these ones right! So far, really happy with the progress, but feeling paranoid about shrinkage. Roller coaster ride!!