Our Yo Gabba Gabba Halloween – Muno, DJ Lance, Plex, & Foofa

November 3rd, 2013

Growing up my mom always made our costumes. I don’t think I even knew you could get costumes at the store until I was grown up. So I guess thats just where my mind goes when it comes to halloween. I’d love to just buy costumes and be done with it, but for me, making the costumes is part of the fun and challenge of halloween.

I don’t think I’ve posted pictures from the past two years – I’m all about the experience first and the photo taking second, so excuse these poor photos (I don’t even know how people get their kids to hold still for photos?!?). Anyway when ollie was 7 months old I decided he would be the cutest little gnome (we love gnomes in this house). Ollie always loved wearing hats so I was pretty sure he could pull off wearing a hat as the main part of his costume. He did not disappoint and kept the hat (and beard) on all night long. Here he is *not* looking at the camera.

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Because this was my first time making a costume, I kept it pretty simple.  A felt hat just rolled into a cone with a button sewed on for decoration. I used some pillow/drapery fringe trim for the  beard which was sewed into the inside of the hat.

I sewed the blue felt shirt using one of his shirts as a guide for a pattern, and then made a quick belt with some black elastic and a belt buckle. I also attempted to sew some pointy pleather shoes which looked cool but didn’t really stay on.

Here he is trying the hat/beard on as I was making it. Isn’t he just scrumptious?

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Such a cute little baby! Look at those kissable cheeks and lips.

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The next year I was feeling a bit more confident. We thought he would make a cute little Domo Kun and so I bought some fuzzy brown fabric and just went to town making a 3D rounded rectangle. It worked out great and he was so cute – although he still didn’t quite get the idea of Halloween. Pictures this year were even harder – this is the best one I have!

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This year – he totally got the concept of halloween. For the whole month of October he kept asking if we could “get in the car and go to halloween” haha. I kept asking him what he wanted to be for halloween, he didn’t really seem to have a preference, but when he watched Monsters Inc. for the first time, he immediately said that he wanted to be a “firefighter” (actually a CDA agent whom he calls fire fighters) for halloween. So I thought, hey cute… he can be a CDA guy and Leo can be Mike Wazowski and they’ll be super cute. So to go easy on myself, I ordered a yellow rain coat and pants, and figured I’d make a backpack with tubes etc. A few days later it comes in the mail and Ollie would NOT put it on. Not even get close to it. And now he did NOT want to be a “firefighter” not even a little bit.

So back to the drawing board. I kept asking him what he wanted to be and he would say random things/characters/people etc. But he always said a different thing every time.  So I never pulled the trigger on anything. About 2 weeks before halloween I asked him what he wanted to be and he said Muno! For a whole week he kept saying Muno (and added that he wanted daddy to be Plex and mommy to be Foofa). So I told him no changing his mind and I promptly went to the fabric store. I bought fabric for Muno, Foofa (for me), and Dj Lance (for Leo). For the Muno costume I googled Muno costumes (imagine that), and found someone who sewed an awesome Muno costume and had some basic instructions online. This helped me a lot in building my Muno costume though I did a lot differently than they did. The whole time I was cutting/sewing/glueing Ollie was so so so excited about being Muno. I finished the headpiece at night and the next morning when he woke up told him that his costume was done and he could try it on. He was like a kid at Christmas – practically jumping out of his skin and so happy to get to BE Muno.

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He kept dancing and saying “wiggle wiggle wiggle stop!” haha I should have taken video!! I did get a cute back-shot when he held still enough to look out the front door.
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The balls are styrofoam balls cut in half and covered in fabric and hot glued on.

When Halloween came 3 days later, he couldn’t wait to get his costume on that evening. Here he is posing and dancing. theprojectgirl-muno-costume-montage

And outside getting ready to go!

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Not to be too outdone I also threw together Leo’s DJ lance costume.

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For both costumes I purchased this simple halloween jumpsuit pattern:

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It was actually my first time ever sewing from a pattern (those things are HARD to read!), but the pattern was super simple and  the jumpsuit part of each of their costumes took less than an hour to sew.

Here they are both with Grandma who came over to see them and pass out candy while we took to the streets.
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Did I mention that Ollie wanted me to be Foofa and daddy to be Plex? So I bought pink fleece and put together a quick outfit (used pajama pants as a pattern, and then just made a bodice by measuring myself). Once Spencer saw all our awesome costumes, he wanted to dress up as well. So the day before Halloween, I ran to the store and bought stuff for his Plex costume and the morning of Halloween, started his costume and finished it a few hours later. It would have been nice to have a little more time to work out some of the details, but I think he turned out great, and the neighborhood kids LOVED seeing a big robot running around.

Here we all are together as an awesome Yo Gabba Gabba ensemble. I’m so glad we got a great group picture and everyone is actually LOOKING at the camera and HOLDING STILL!

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Here Spencer & I are in a quick selfie while trick-or-treating.

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And a quick shot at Muno and Plex.

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And I cant forget our very adorable DJ Lance! He did so great while we were out. Perfectly happy to be on a walk with the family and actually kept his hat on until the very end.

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After making those 4 costumes I feel practically like a pro! My sewing machine saw more hours than ever before, and I feel way less intimidated to sew anything including clothes. I also learned just how easy it is to sew pajama pants or comfy pants for kids, so I may just pick up some fleece and sew a bunch of elastic waist pants for the boys this winter and save (a lot) of money.

The whole night was magical and really just wonderful happy moments watching Ollie so confidently run up to doors, knock, say “trick or treat” pick a candy and say “thank you”. He was the absolute perfect age for such an event, and was grinning ear to ear and dancing all the way. We all had the most perfect evening and are already looking forward to Halloween next year, and planning how we could make our costumes even better.

Have you attempted sewing your own/your kid’s halloween costumes? Did your mom sew all of yours like mine did?

Halloween Decor DIY – Paper Decorated Pumpkin

September 17th, 2013

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Katie made another cute halloween project for my blog. I provided her with the My Mind’s Eye Happy Haunting line, and she did all the magic to make this adorable pumpkin! The best part is that she started with this crazy green pumpkin that she bought on clearance last Halloween.

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I got the pumpkin from the 80% off sale at hobby lobby last year, spent $1.80 on it, knowing i wouldn’t keep it green. In preparation for decorating the pumpkin, I painted it black

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The stem wasn’t big enough to wrap ribbon around so I cut two holes to fish the ribbon through.

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Then I grabbed all the cute MME Happy Haunting papers & embellishments and played around with them a bit.

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I decided to keep it simple and cut strips of the striped paper and wrap them around the pumpkin.

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I used the enamel brads to stick the strips down with. and just fanned out the paper till i covered the whole pumpkin.

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I put some hot glue on the bottom of the pumpkin where the stripes fell so they would stay down in place.

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I wanted to decorate the top so I got some Basket Box and Bag shred from the Dollar store, and hot glued it to the top for some fun texture.

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For the tag i just found the skull base that i wanted and just started adding from there, all MME stuff from the Happy Haunting line.

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Then I assembled it all and tied the ribbons up top. A super simple project, but an beautiful halloween decoration.

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Thanks Katie!! I adore this pumpkin and just had to place it on my Halloween table:

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Here’s the rest of my table – This will probably be my only Halloween decorations this year due to our temporary housing situation. But next year I’m totally going all out!

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Halloween Decor DIY – Stenciled Tea Towel

September 14th, 2013

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Being in (very) temporary housing with almost everything we own in storage it’s kind of hard to get the motivation to create projects and decorate for holidays. However, I just can’t stand the thought of not decorating at all for Halloween, Fall & Christmas. And I definitely want to do some fun (and easy) bloggy projects for my readers as well. I’ve mentioned my crafty landlady Katie who previously created a father’s day silhouette project for me. She has been so kind as to help me create projects and she’s back again with an awesome Halloween DIY project. She made this amazingly cute spooky Tea Towel which I am considering just keeping because it’s pretty sweet. Here are the few quick steps:

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All you need is a Tea Towel – this one is from IKEA (awesome), a tree branch stencil (Hobby Lobby), black fabric paint and paint brushes.

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Using washi tape (or any removable tape) to position the stamp just right, I carefully painted in the stencil using a small detail brush.

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Once the stencil dried I peeled it off, and extended some of the beaches so they didn’t look like the stopped so suddenly.

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I just eye balled the trunk, and wanted more branches off to the side so i made sure the stencil was dry and placed it over my tree so i could make some more beaches coming off the trunk.

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Once it was all done I wondered about putting a saying on it like, Happy Haunting or spooky, but I loved how simple it was so i just added a small stamp from MME that said Happy Halloween!

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Such a cute way to bring halloween decor into your kitchen or table.

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Well I hope you enjoyed Katie’s project. She also created an adorable pumpkin, and I’ll feature that in a few days.

Here’s my last year’s Halloween Apothecary Mantel and my Decopage Pumpkins DIY if you’re looking for more Halloween inspiration.