Today's Wonder of the World is...the Halloween Costume! And Giveaway Results!
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I so enjoyed all of you party goers ringing my bloggy doorbell throughout the weekend! It was such fun to have you visit--even mummified! And I must say you look even nicer all unwrapped.
Speaking of Halloween wrappings, who doesn't go gaga over a homemade Halloween costume?
Well, my youngest, for one.
Sammy likes his costumes fresh from Party City, smelling of plastic, made of cheap polyester, and accompanied by a rubber mask that makes his mama shiver with fright. He says that bought costumes are fun because when you wear them, it's always clear what you are supposed to be. I think he's still wounded over one of his last Carnivals in France, when I let him design his outfit himself. Try explaining in French to the teacher your three year old is a Power Ranger-Firefighter-Dog. Even I was confused over that one!
But I still remember the days when the Dress Up Queen used to live with me.
No, she's not wearing a Halloween costume there. It's just the bridal veil and pink boa she always wore while mowing the living room carpet.
I started thinking about my Sarah's love of dress up after seeing the latest post of one of my all time favorite blogs--Kathleen Dougherty's Grosgrain.
Actually, when I saw the post, the first thing I thought of wasn't my Sarah.
It was, OH MY LORD, WHERE ARE MY SMELLING SALTS?
I was sure I would faint from JOY!
Do you know of Kathleen's blog? You MUST see it for yourself. Kathleen is a creative genius and designs all sorts of fabulous outfits for her two beautiful daughters. She doesn't use patterns--the girl just thinks them up in her incredible brain and then starts cutting and sewing! She takes amazing pictures of her girls in her creations--she's a photographer too--and then she does something UNBELIEVABLE:
She GIVES THEM AWAY!
To people who comment and link back to her!
(I have no baby girls, sob sob, so I'm not trying to butter her up. I just adore her work!)
Anyway, back to the point of this post.
I thought I was not a terribly bad sewer of Halloween costumes.
But then I saw Kathleen's latest masterpiece.
Are you ready?
Are you positively sure?
Okay, but don't say I didn't warn you when you fall flat on the floor of ASTONISHMENT!
Here you go...
It's Marie Thérèse, Marie Antoinette's daughter. Would you like a closer look? See her blog for more pics.
And just look at her sweet baby bee!
No, I'm not even in the same sewing universe as Kathleen, but her blog did bring back lots of fun dress up memories. All of those princess clothes...
There was the mermaid princess when she was two.
(She's the one with the wig.)
The princess in blue when she was four.
And no, I wasn't snacking on Ben's cuff, although he was sweet enough to eat. (Sometimes.)
And Princess Leia a couple years later.
But we had no hang-ups about buying costumes either. Sprinkled amongst the homemade ones were plenty of bought costumes too. Like those on this doggy and X-man, having fun with friends.
The dress up box was full of choices once Sam came along!
Shiver me timbers, Halloween makes me happy!
So tell me, what were your favorite costumes as a child? Your children's favorites?
Are there any you'll never forget? Any that you wish you could?
Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!
And oh! I almost forgot! The Giveaway!
I used the trusty random.org, and my winners were numbers 17 and 33! (I would show you but I don't know how to copy that page as a picture, and my computer guru just left for work.) Let's see, that would be Felicity and Alberta and Ava! Yey! A old friend of the blog and new friends too!
Please email me with your addresses, and I'll get the prizes in the mail!
Thanks for playing y'all. I had a lovely time!
PS. All this costume talk has me thinking of Let's Make a Deal! Are you having trouble deciding what to be for Halloween? Maybe a minute or two of this might help!