With the really bad weather forecast for today, I decided to let my girls go Trick-or-Treating a night early. We put short candles in their Jack-O-Lanterns and lit them. Everyone grabbed a big plastic pumpkin pail and headed out. The street was full of children in costumes.....
First one group arrived....a ladybug, a pretty princess, a pirate girl and a little elf....
No sooner did I fill their pails with goodies, but a second group arrived.....
It's a good thing I let them go out last night, as it's pouring rain outside, and just supposed to get worse this evening. What is it about Hallowe'en and rain? So many times when my kids were little, it rained. I found a photo taken 24 years ago, on another miserable Hallowe'en night. I'd made clear plastic capes to cover their costumes, and covered their hats with plastic as well. Even so, just look at those drenched, droopy feathers on the front of Mikey's turban! He looks about as fed up as his feathers! There's going to be lots of drenched kids again tonight.
Today is Hallowe'en, and all the little ghosts and goblins will be out Trick or Treating. This is the first year my little girls will participate, as it's the first year I put any effort into costumes for them. I made a purple witch costume from scratch for Lonnie, and made some costume accessories to turn Erzulie's pink party dress into a princess, and Elin's Jennet outfit into a pirate.
I made a ladybug costume for Byuri, but Nami had to wear her Christmas elf outfit...
I felt bad for Cinnamon and Tillie, so whipped something together for both of them. Tillie
dressed up as a little Indian maiden, and Cinnamon became "Bride of Frankenstein"
...and everyone all together.....
I spent the entire afternoon taking photos, for Hallowe'en and other things. We are expecting some really bad weather tonight and tomorrow all day, so I figured I'd better take my photos while I could. It's not going to be very nice for Trick-or-treating tomorrow, so one of my mice decided to go a day early. I was surprised he was even given some candy!
Today is "Carve a Pumpkin Day", and the girls finally had the opportunity to turn their
pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanterns. Lonnie, being the oldest, did all the initial cutting.....
It was the little girl's job to clean out the insides of the pumpkins. Elin used a big spoon...
Nami got out a bowl to hold all the seeds and pumpkin guts, but there was just too much...
..finally, she just gave up trying to be neat, and seriously started to dig in....
When they were all done, they had five scary Jack-o-Lanterns
With that messy job done, everyone got into their costumes. They looked so nice,
but I felt bad for Cinnamon and Tillie watching sadly from their spot on the shelf.
So today I will try whip something together for them as well.
Today is "Internet Day", and the girls are busy enjoying their new Mini Mac,
and pulling up photos of themselves.
So, today is the day to be thankful for the Internet, and send someone an email.
Some little witches have a cat, or a bat, or a raven, but my Lonnie has a big purple octopus.
I finally finished her Purple witch costume this morning, and have been waiting all day for some clouds or shade to take her photos outside - but with nothing but a bright blue sky, and not a cloud in the forecast today, I finally gave up, and set up and photographed her inside.
Lonnie's witch costume was inspired by one I made for my eldest granddaughter when she was just three. At first I had intended to make it the same colours, but with it being "purple" week, I decided to make it all purple. I can always do another one next year.
Tomorrow is Plush Animal Lover's Day, so I'm a day early with my girls and their animals....
When my daughter was visiting two weeks ago, she pulled all these adorable little stuffed animals out of one of her boxes stored in our basement, and I asked to keep them out so I could take a photo with them. I figured it was a unique opportunity to be taken advantage of, since we'd recently had a Teddy Bear Day, and I didn't want "Plush Animal Lover's Day" to be almost the same. So, each girl chose her favourite animal to pose for a group photo - with Elin struggling to hold up the big brown bear. I thought the gorilla and giraffe were especially cute.
Today I had planned on posting this week's colour - which is purple - but I'm not finished Lonnie's purple Hallowe'en costume yet, and I have to go out for the rest of the day, so there's no way to get the outfit done and a photo taken today anymore. And the rest of the week is full of back-to-back Special Days, so I figured I'd bump Plush Animal Lover's Day up, and leave tomorrow open for "Purple". Hopefully it will be ready then.
While I was raking up all the leaves, the girls thought it would be fun to play in them.....
They had a lot of fun burying each other, and rolling in the leaves.....
Afterwards, it took me a considerable amount of time to remove all the leaves and plant debris stuck in their hair and sweaters.
The package with boots from Mimiwoo arrived yesterday. Poor Owen, who has nothing at all to wear yet, quickly put on a pair to keep his feet warm, and he also donned the pirate hat I made. As a special treat, knowing my dolls are always forced to be historical or fantasy figures not in touch with the modern world, I ordered a Mini Mac Book. Owen was impressed. Who cares if he has nothing to wear, now he has a brand new computer to amuse himself with.
Owen has the new Model body, and I have to say, that even in the bit of posing he did for this picture, he poses a lot better than Kyle who is on the old muscle body. I've not brought Owen and Bonnie to Charie yet, as she's crazy busy until the end of next week. So I figured I'd just hold onto them, and maybe Bonnie can even go Trick-or-Treating with her friends on Hallowe'en.
Today I'm working on a little purple witch costume for Lonnie. I made the witch hat and pirate hat yesterday. My living room is piled high with boxes of satins, brocades, tricot, and ribbons, all of which needs to be cleaned up tonight before my grandchildren come over tomorrow. I'm making two little Hallowe'en costumes from scratch, and the others will have to use existing outfits this year. I figure if each year I make a few brand new ones, everyone will eventually have a Hallowe'en costume. Of course, that's assuming I don't get any more new dolls!
We are well into fall, with autumn and Hallowe'en decorations popping up everywhere. Even with night temperatures nudging the freezing mark, there's still a few flowers holding on. I've noticed that Byuri seems very drawn to flowers, as she's often holding a bouquet in photos.
I can relate. Flowers have always been very important to me too. In many very early photos from way back in Holland, I'm seen holding a bouquet of flowers or pussy willows. Many of my earliest memories are also of flowers; a forest floor covered with trout lilies in spring; wild irises growing along the stream out front of our farm; strawberries blooming in the back country. All from when I was just five. So, maybe I'm channeling my early childhood onto Byuri, or maybe it's just because she has a "holding" hand.
*Edited to add a couple of super old photos, as per Marianne's request....
First, at age four, with younger sister and baby brother, examining the dandelions....(or clover?)
In the spring of 1960, with my grandmother, in a final group photo before immigrating to Canada, just before my 5th birthday. That's me proudly posing with the pussy willows.
Martha Boers is an award-winning Canadian doll maker and costumer specializing in fantasy and historical-style costumes.