Friday, October 29, 2010

Taylor Swift and her Guitar

Happy Friday everyone! And happy Halloween weekend! I love Halloween...who doesn't? It the one time of year when you get to dress up, eat a lot of candy (without feeling guilty) and carve pumpkins. Every year around the beginning of October people begin to ask, "What are you going to be for Halloween?" This year Carson had a tough time deciding who she wanted to be. It was really the first year she has had an opinion. She changed her mind every day depending on what her cousins/friends were going to be. She has wanted to be a witch, KiKi from the Fresh Beat Band, Ariel, Taylor Swift, a Kitty Cat...and the list goes on.

The other day my sister asked me to make a Taylor Swift costume for my niece. I got to work and made the pink, sparkly dress.

Well, Carson saw me making it and immediately asked where her Taylor Swift dress was. So from the leftover fabric I made her a dress too. She then asked, "Where is my pink, sparkly guitar?"I should have known...If you give a little girl a pink, sparkly dress...then she will want a pink, sparkly guitar to go with it. I felt like I was dealing with the pig in "If You Give a Pig a Pancake."

So I got to work making her a pink, sparkly guitar. Well, I didn't make the guitar per say. I just made over one we had. I taped it off, spray painted it, and then added glitter glue.
Viola! A pink, sparkly guitar to go with a pink, sparkly dress.

She was excited about her new Taylor Swift ensemble.
Now, I have to get to work on Clara's costume! What are your kiddos going to be for Halloween?

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Fun for Kids

Carson loves file folder games. I had a few from when I taught kindergarten and she plays with them all the time. So I thought I would make her some pumpkin games and poem plays. We made a counting game using these pumpkins. I took the pumpkin and saved it to my photo library. Then I uploaded them to Picnik and added numbers to them. I printed them out and saved them! You can download the pumpkin numbers for the games Here.

First we colored our pumpkins...

Clara really enjoyed trying to eat the crayons!
Then we cut them out and glued them to our folder.
For the Pumpkin Counting game we are going to count seeds and place the correct number of seeds on the corresponding number.
For the Five Little Pumpkins poem I just glued the poem to the front of the folder. We are going to laminate the other set of 5 pumpkins separately. This will allow us to be able to play with them when the poem is read.
We used pocket folders because that's what I had on hand. I like them because you can stick things inside them for storage(and they don't slide out), but they do not laminate well. And I like to laminate them so they are durable. You can also use regular manila file folders which work better with the laminate.

Here they are laminated...
I ended up tearing the lamination off the counting game. It had bubbled up in a couple spots.
Here is Carson at work...
When you are finished you can put the seeds in a little baggie and store them inside the folder.
For the Pumpkin Poem we used this removable putty to put on the back of the laminated pumpkins so we could stick them to the wall for our poem.
Here she is acting out the poem. Every time I read about each little pumpkin she took it off the wall. Then when we were finished she put them back in number order.
Happy Counting!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Party and Hostess Gift

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Halloween is right around the corner and we were able to celebrate a bit with friends this past weekend. My friend, Lindsay, had a Halloween party complete with a mini pumpkin patch where kids could chose a pumpkin to take home! Such an adorable idea. It also made a fabulous background for pictures. I took some of the girls in their costumes. Carson chose to be Ariel (this time) and Clara was Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell is my personal favorite and she is not yet at the age where she has an opinion of what to wear. So I took full advantage of the situation and dressed her in what I like:)

Later Carson decided to dress up like a Native American just like her friend, Taylor...
They had a great time chasing each other around and around and around. I was dizzy just watching.
When we go to a holiday party I like to take a hostess gift to thank them for having us and all their hard work. So I made our little hostess a pumpkin tutu onesie.
I used a Carter's onesie and nylon chiffon which I cut a 10" inch piece and folded it in half to give it a little bubble affect. Then I attached the skirt to the onesie. If you are interested in making one I have a tutorial on how to make a skirted onesie. You can find it HERE.

I used orange and white stripped fabric scraps for the appliqued pumpkin face. And a zig zag stitch to finish it off.
I wrapped it up in one of these...
I love these little pumpkin trick-or-treat buckets. I found ours at our local CVS and you can get them for about $2. I bought some for my girls and personalized them using Sharpie paint pens. I also put a little glow-in-the-dark paint on the eyes, nose and mouth. So their buckets will glow when they are trick-or-treating.
Here is the adorable hostess modeling her new pumpkin outfit. Isn't she is the cutest pumpkin in the patch!?
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and a fun time dressing up!
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