Happy Halloween!

Well, no Friday Faves today. I’ve been too busy helping prep for our church’s Harvest Party that was last night. It was a blast!

Hubs and I were Charlie Brown and Lucy from Peanuts. We had a lot of fun. I was going for a winter version of Lucy.



Despite the fact that no one got my costume (even with the props…), especially when I was without my Charlie Brown, I did get a lot of questions on it. People were amazed I found saddle shoes.

Charlie Brown shirt
Navy dress
Saddle shoes
Mustard sweater – Ann Taylor Loft
Burgundy hat

There were lots of great costumes, fun activities for the kids, and, of course, plenty of candy!

Hope you have a happy Halloween! What will you be today?


Friday Faves: Halloween!

Only two weeks til Halloween! Instead of internet finds I’m sharing a bunch of old Halloween costumes. Ahh…nostalgia…

  1. For some reason I was a stoplight freshman year in college. Felt circles taped together and taped on a shirt. I have no idea why. I was a freshman. Who knows what they’re thinking?
  2. Oh high school…so long ago. This was inter-dorm trick-or-treating. A cowgirl is pretty simple to put together if you have the right stuff. Apparently I was missing the cowboy boots though.
  3. Sophomore year I was a strawberry. I made a cool hat out of felt and wore a red shirt. Easy peasy.
  4. This is one of my faves – who remembers “Legends of the Hidden Temple?” I always knew I would’ve been awesome on that game show. You can totally buy these shirts online if anyone wants to relive their childhood. Then we spray painted some bike helmets bright yellow, and wore khaki shorts.
  5. Senior year was a last minute costume as a pirate. Cheapo toy sabre, eye patch, bandana, and some striped tights you can’t see. But the real star of this picture is my roomie as WALL-E. Best. Costume. Ever.
  6. A few years later I did pirates right. This was the first intense year of costume-making. I used a pattern, and it was a lot of work, but totally worth it. Add some props and fishnets, and we were set. We still pull these out when we’re short on time and need a costume.
  7. I whipped up a pirate vest for Colby so she could join in the fun too.
  8. I developed my love for Star Trek late in life, but thank goodness it came. These were pretty easy to put together – t-shirts with black pieces glued/sewn on to mimic Next Generation uniforms. Our com buttons hubs made our of cardboard, painted and glued to safety pins. I especially enjoyed carrying around a phaser all night. One year I want to make a retro ’70s Uhura dress.

I love Halloween, the fantasy and fun of dressing up in costumes, and I’m so glad that as an adult I still have an excuse to. There was no time to make costumes this year, and we thought about reusing but I really wanted to do something new. So we bought several different pieces to create our costumes. And I’m excited about what we came up with! Any guesses?

What will you be dressing up as this year? Do you like the traditional character costumes, or clever pun costumes? Do you like to make or buy your costumes?

VBS Week

It’s been silent on the blog front recently because last week was Vacation Bible School at our church. I took the week off work and enjoyed helping teach our 3rd and 4th graders.


The theme this year was Space Probe. Here’s hubs, our Star Commander for the week, talking with the kids. Since I love sewing, it’s always fun to see the costumes, and I got to help make a few. Here’s another of our fellow astronauts.


I loved our space suits! It’s amazing what you can do with some painter’s coveralls, duct tape, spray paint, and a motorcycle helmet.

I still feel like I’m recovering from last week. It was lots of fun, but the change of pace from my normal days threw me out of whack. I had planned to get lots of sewing done last week, but none of that happened. Although, I do have another rainbow quilt and girl’s skirt coming down the pipeline soon, so keep an eye on the store for those.

All photos courtesy Nancy Anderson, our wonderful VBS photographer!