Thursday, October 27, 2011

Giving Credit Where It Is Due

     I posted a few pictures on Facebook today of Mallory and Lucy in their costumes.  While I did make their costumes, the ideas are NOT mine so I cannot take one bit of credit.  I am one of those nerdy moms that enjoys making her kids' costumes.  The kids and I have a lot of fun deciding on costumes each year.  We peruse the Internet looking for inspiration.  What would I do without the Internet?!  My life's motto is, "There is no need to reinvent the wheel."  Pretty much anything I do in life revolves around this motto!  My secret is out.

     Last month as the kids and I were coming up with this year's costume ideas, I had a hard time nailing Mallory down to something reasonable.  I am not exaggerating when I say two of her suggestions were hair and a digital clock.  I think when I asked her what she wanted to be, she would just look around the room and tell me the first thing she saw.  When I saw this cute little owl costume created by the genius Alphamom, I talked her into it. 

(The inspiration)
     I raided my closet and found a few sweaters I wasn't using anymore and cut them up.  I didn't want her to have to mess with a mask, so I bought a regular sock cap from the dollar store and cut it up and refashioned it.  I love all the cute knitted hats, but sadly, I don't know how to knit.  I stitched the shapes on the hat and sewed it back into this creation.  I must say it looks darling on her.

     Grosgrain Fabulous created the inspiration for Lucy's costume.  It's so soft and warm and thrifty!
(The inspiration)

It turned out really cute.  The material came from a Goodwill sweater that worked perfectly.  Again, I took an existing hat and hand sewed the pieces on.  I'm not crazy about the mouth, but not annoyed enough to redo it.  :)  And Lucy is not crazy about the hat.  It just has to stay tied on at all times.  Sorry, Lucy!

     Our favorite costume that we've done in the past was inspired by this costume from my go-to website,
(The Inspiration)
     Here is our adaptation.  It was so cool!  Obviously the head and legs belong to Ross.  We built a torso and arms for the mad scientist.  It was a lot of fun.

     Family Fun is another great resource for costumes.  This cute little mermaid was the inspiration for Mallory when she was two.  Any costume that incorporates a stroller is great in my book.
(The inspiration)

Mallory - age 2

     Another idea from
(The inspiration)

Drew - age 4

     We don't do blood and gore at Halloween at our house.  It gets kind of hard for bigger boys to look cool at Halloween with those rules, so we have to get creative.  When Ross was ten he was inspired by this man-eating shark costume listed on ebay.  I was a little daunted at his faith in me!
(The inspiration)

     Here is our take on the idea.

    When Mallory was a baby, I fell in love with the baby chicken costume published on Martha Stewart's website.
 (The inspiration)

     Six-month old Mallory in all of her feathery sweetness.

     Another Family Fun inspiration.
 (The inspiration)

Elizabeth - age6

     The kids and I have a lot of fun with Halloween, but I am no where near creative enough to come up with our ideas on my own!  Thank goodness for the Internet!