Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween 2009, Check...


I have a confession...I have a love-hate relationship with Halloween. Love it because it's the one time of year I regularly get to put my crafty skills to work for the enjoyment of my girlies. Hate...because I have to put my crafty skills to work for the enjoyment of my girlies...and there is a deadline involved. (Which, honestly, is a good thing or costumes would never get finished!)

Out of the 13 combined Halloween costumes the girls have worn, I have made 10 of them...by my choice. OK...more like by my insistence.

The exceptions:
  • There was the year that our oldest used a store bought costume gifted to her by her grand-parents.
  • Last year our youngest recycled this costume which I had originally made for our oldest. (It is by far my FAVORITE costume creation thus far.)
  • This year we borrowed the monkey costume as it just seemed like the smart thing to do on so many levels.

Some years I'm so excited to figure out how to put together whatever is requested by our brown-eyed girls. This year was not one of those. No real reason. I just wasn't as excited as say the year Lexi was the Tooth Fairy and Brea a newborn Tooth. Or the year Lexi was a duck...complete with tie-dyed leggings.

Regardless of the requested costume, you will normally find me the night before working into the wee hours putting on the finishing touches. This year was even worse than that as I found myself madly ironing on the last of the tiger stripes just 30 minutes before we wanted to depart for the neighborhood trick-or-treating walk.

Every year I vow to start earlier...to just give in to store bought costumes...to simplify.

And then, just as happened Saturday night, one of my daughters walks up, gives me a big hug and says "Thanks Mommy for making me a great costume!"

As she bounds away with a giant smile on her face, or every time I hear the proud words "My Mom made my costume!", it's right then and there that I know there is no hope...next year on October 30th (hopefully NOT the 31st again) you'll find me sleepily working away on the final details of different costumes.

And I will hate it...and I will LOVE it.

(BTW, more pics of this year's tricksters can be seen here.)


~namaste~



6 comments:

JenB said...

Every year I read about your costume creations and think "Gee, why don't I sew/create costumes for my girls??" And every September when costumes go on sale, I always take the easy way out and buy them. This year I came closer-I made one of the skirts and assembled the costume parts of my butterflies rather than just buying an entire costume off the rack.

Maybe next year your creativity will rub off on me and I'll be joining you at midnight on October 30th sewing like mad:).

Erica said...

Lovely costumes! And they'll always remember the ones Mom made just for them :)

Marie-Jolie said...

Oh boy, do I hear ya there! I don't sew costumes for my boys anymore (though I did for many years), because these days they want to be cyborgs and aliens and storm troopers. I don't know how to sew such things, or even how to properly put those costumes together! I have to leave it to them and my husband now that they are too old to like being Ewoks, baby dragons, and other cute things. But still, I can completely relate to that love/hate feeling. I remember it well!

~RaenWa~ said...

Great costumes your kids looked great. All the hard work makes it worthwhile when you see the look on their faces.

Meli said...

Your costumes remind me of the elaborate creations my mom used to sew for me when I was a little (and not so little) girl! I found your blog from the "getting to know you" post over at Clever Girl Goes Blog, just in case you were wondering. I'm new to knitting (still working on my first scarf) and I just love it! I hope I can finish it before Christmas, perhaps even start on another. Anyway I just wanted to say hello and I enjoy your writing and knitting, as well as the beautiful leaves you have out there in Iowa. (Ours weren't very spectacular here in the DC area of VA this fall. such a bummer)

-Melinda

Kate said...

I love the costumes that you have made! My favorite Halloweens of the past always involved a costume that was put together creatively. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it, right? I can't get over just how pretty that little fairy is!