Autumn Collage

Autumn

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”

-Nathanial Hawthorne

Autumn Collage

Yesterday I should have finished up the girls costumes, vacuumed the kids bedrooms, folded the laundry, and photographed the dress for today’s post.

Instead my husband and I took the kids to a local farm…

…where we stayed until we were all frozen, smelled like goats, and the sun had long gone down.  It was a glorious evening and I don’t regret my decision.

Tonight we will be carving pumpkins and finishing costumes….and tomorrow, well, tomorrow will be filled with costume parades, class parties, trick or treating, and late night movies.

But we will be back here on Monday with a month full of crafts, tutorials, and autumn ideas.  Until then enjoy we hope you all enjoy your Halloween weekend!

-liZ

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Disney’s Jane Costume

disney jane dress costume

This year Halloween is filled with lots of firsts and lasts at our house.  Isaac is 4 and so terribly excited for his “first real Halloween class party” and the oldest so graciously informed me that he didn’t want a costume this year.

My kids are at such different stages of life……but I am bound and determined to enjoy this Halloween with each of those different kids at each of their stages.  It’s all so different for each of them.  The youngest can’t wait to march in his own Halloween parade.  He is so filled with wonderment at the thought of “all the kids seeing his costume” .  I will share his costume on Friday (he’s going old school Nintendo thanks to Dad and his “big bro” –that’s what he calls him), Hannie is just excited for all the parties (that girl is a social-butterfly) and the oldest is ”only going trick or treating for the candy.”  It’s the world of growing up, I guess.

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Simon's last Hand Hold

The Art of Homemaking: The Last Time

I don’t usually post photographs of myself.  But this is one I don’t want to forget.

You see, I think it documents the last time my Simon will not be too old to hold his mother’s hand.

Simon's last Hand Hold

Last month we went with my parents to Disneyland.  (Thank you again Mom and Dad.)  I love that place…I’m still 8 years old every single time I walk inside those gates and I love every second of it…anyway…while we were there Simon was dying for me to ride “Screamin’” with him.

So I did.

When we climbed into our seats Simon wanted to take a picture to send to my husband…to make him jealous…because he couldn’t come…because he had to work :(

So we did.

Then as the coaster cars pulled into position and the countdown started Simon said we should hold hands in the air to make sure that we kept our hands up for the “ENTIRE RIDE”.

So we did.

And somewhere during the screaming, and the laughing, and the upside down I realized this may very well be the last time Simon, my baby boy…who’s not such a baby anymore, wants to hold my hand.

Suddenly I couldn’t remember the last time that chubby little hand had been slipped inside of mine and I couldn’t breathe.

Time was racing by faster than the roller coaster ride and I just wanted everything to stop.

Just STOP.

Please, please,  make it stop.

But then I heard Simon laughing and felt his hand holding mine…so much more grown up than the chubby little 4 year old hand that I remember so well..and I knew there was only one thing I could do.

Hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

So I did.

I can’t stop time or my kids from growing up no matter how desperately I want to.  All I can really do is hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

So today I will pray that the ride will be long, ever so long, and full of laughter and excitement…and that we will all be able to hold our hands up in the air together for the “entire ride”.

-liZ

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Create The Perfect Fit

Today we have a fun give away from an equally fun lady. Joi Mahon!

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We had the opportunity of meeting her recently and discovered that she was indeed aptly named. Joi is such a joy and we are excited to share her new book with you today.

Joi has had over 20 years of experience fitting real women and she shares that experience with you in her book “Creating the Perfect Fit”.  We received a copy of it a few weeks ago and it is a terrific resource to have on hand.  Joi knows what she is talking about!

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And today we get to give one of you a signed copy of her book as well! Just leave us a comment telling us….something that brings you joy!

Good Luck and we will see you all back here on Monday!

 

halloween costume collars

Halloween Costume Collars (for lots of different costumes!)

halloween costume collars

This last Spring, we did a project for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for their Fall Lookbook.  For it, they gave us four themes and we brainstormed and sewed four projects up that fit those themes, which we love!  (We really do still love sewing for themes ;)

For the Halloween Chic theme, we decided on some old-school Halloween Costume Collars that could be made with simple collar pattern….so the lion, the clown and the ballerina costumes were born!  And we really do love them….they were so fun to do.   We wanted all the collars to be kid friendly, so not only are they easy to make–they are easy pull off so as to not be a choking hazard–so even toddlers can wear them.

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My Top Ten Favorite Ways To Use Baby Wipes

I’ve had babies and/or toddlers with me now for over a decade.  And I’ve LOVED every minute (I always say that I want to freeze time.)  These little people are my world… but they also are a lot of work!
Holy smokes!  How can such small packages make such BIG messes????
It seems like every time I turn around something is sticky, dirty, or a different color than it used to be which is why I use baby wipes ALL. THE. TIME.  I really do.  They are like my-not-so-secret weapon… I have them in several rooms around the house, in my van, and in my purse.
They come in handy for so many things! I’ve put together a list of my top 10 favorite ways to use baby wipes.
#1.  To use on sticky fingers and/or faces while we are out and about.
#2.  To give to my younger ones to use to help me wipe down baseboards.
#3.  To give to my older ones to help me dust blinds.
#4.  To keep in my car to wipe up messes from off of seats, arm rests, and the carpool kids.
#5.  To have on hand to wipe off the handles of shopping carts.  (Especially during the flu season!)
#6.  To wipe down door handles around the house.
#7.  To wipe down kitchen chairs and barstools.
#8.  To wipe off baby doll hands and faces.  (We actually use them to wipe down a lot of our toys.)
#9.  To wipe down my steering wheel and dashboard in my van.
#10.  And they work as a remover for crayons, pens, pencils, and some markers from off of most surfaces (trust me… I would know… this is what I use them for most of all!).
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Anna Frozen-Inspired Costume (that you can make in an hour!)

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When liz showed our capes last week, there was one more that we were saving to share this week—the Audrey Cape made into Anna’s Cape from the Disney Movie Frozen. I am sure we are not alone in our two houses with the Frozen phenomenon….and in case you are needing an Anna Frozen-Inspired Costume this year for Halloween or even a birthday party….we’ve got you covered. And you can make the whole thing in less than an hour ;) My kind of dress up or costume.

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Alice in Wonderland Costume (Reading)

An Everyday Alice in Wonderland Costume

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

How often do I say I want to freeze time.  Once a week?  Everyday?  All the time?

All of the above.

And I mean it.  Especially with this girl.  I love her exactly the way she is right now.

In so many ways she reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.  Her imagination…her curiosity…her temper…

Alice in Wonderland Costume (Reading)

And just like with Alice I’m afraid one day she will wake up and her days in wonderland will be over.

So until then I need to savor any minute.

-liZ

PS:  I made her this dress a few weeks back….it’s an Alice in Wonderland inspired dress…I wanted to make her something that was totally Alice but also not a costume….something that she could wear everyday….and I have to say it melts my heart more than a little when she wears it…it suits her to a T.