DIY Angel Skirt

  We go to Fall Festival at our church every year, instead of Trick or Treating all evening.  Most of the time we try to dress up in a “theme” as a family, but budget wise, I am not willing to go and buy things for this to happen.

It either works, or it doesn’t.

  2 years ago we did a 50’s Family theme, it was so simple because I already had a skirt from college, Destiny’s 50’s outfit fit Avery, and the boys had the right clothes in their closets already!

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The year after that we did Cowboys, Indians and a Horse, of course.

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   I LOVE it when a plan comes together!!!!  You can see all the pictures here.

  This year, I have thought and thought and thought some more, but the theme thing is just not happening.  Sad smile 

   Avery was given a beautiful Egyptian costume that she will wear, Destiny wanted to be an angel last year already, after she spotted my photo props.  I strongly encouraged her to be an Indian instead, promising next time, she could be an angel.  I am keeping my promise! 🙂

Pax modeled these angel wings and halo for me when he was a baby.  How was this less than 2 years ago?

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I had forgotten how BLUE his eyes were!

More angel pics here.

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  Anyhow, I am not going to tell you what the boys are, because I am super excited about it!  Let’s just say inspiration hit me while looking in their closets. I will just have to wait and show you pictures afterwards!  At least the boys will match “themes” and so will Dale and I. Call me childish, but I just love dressing up for our church carnival!!  

  For Destiny’s Angel outfit to be complete, she needed some kind of dress or skirt to go with the wings and halo. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have anything white lying around for this time of year.  So, I decided to make something. I had my heart SET on a feathered skirt from waist to floor, dragging along as she walked. It was going to be BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  But alas, it was not to be so. {sigh} So, I did a tulle and sparkly tulle version instead.   

Here is what you will need for an angel skirt:

7 yards of tulle, cut into strips  {$7}

2 roll of glitter tulle (24 yards)  {$12}

8-20 feather or marabou boas (optional)  {Very expensive!}

Elastic headband or wide piece of elastic, sewn per waist size  {99 cents}

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  Here is how I did it:

  I was making this for my 9 year old, so depending on your child’s height, these measurements will be different for you.  I just held a piece of tulle up to her waist, making sure it just hit the floor, then double that length.

  For Destiny, I cut tulle into strips 6 inches wide x 4 1/2 ft long. 

  I just folded my tulle bolt, and cut it first in 4 1/2 foot sections, then folded that in half the long way, cut in half again, folded in half the long way, cut in half…..and on and on until I had made strips out of the whole thing.

I ended up with 32 strips about 6 inches wide.

 Next, find the center of the long tulle strip.

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Push it down through the bottom row headband hole, or if you are doing elastic, just wrap around the elastic band, leaving the tulle doubled.  IMG_5197

This creates a loop.

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Now you are going to feed the rest of the tulle clear through that loop and tug tightly.

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In the end it makes a tidy little knot, and you haven’t had to touch it with a sewing machine. Hallelujah!

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Repeat this along the entire bottom row of the headband, or clear around your elastic waist band, until all the tulle is used.  I had almost enough tulle for one per hole.

  Next, I cut my glitter tulle roll into the same 4 1/2 feet lengths and fed them through in the exact same manner.  This time though, I added them to the next row up on the headband and spaced them evenly.

  I wish you could see all the sparkles! Just use your imagination…..    🙂

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  Like I mentioned earlier, if I could’ve found affordable feather boas, my original plan was to make the ENTIRE skirt out of feathers in the same manner as I described, looping through the headband holes.   Unfortunately for me, most of the boas I found were $7.00 a piece and I would’ve had to buy 10+. YIKES!  I found the marabou version online for a $1.25 each, but with a ridiculous $15.48 for shipping, it was still more than I wanted to spend.

  I think even a few strips of feathers throughout the skirt would’ve been pretty. I am bummed that NO ONE has feathers by the roll, but still happy with how this tulle version turned out for my little angel.

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  More pics to come after Fall Fest is over.

~T

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Halloween Or Halloweenie?

   As you know, this blog just turned 1 last week, so here is the new dilemma I discussed with you Friday:

Surely I can I start RE-posting things now that we are at the year mark, right?  Especially as the holiday’s come up?

  I’ve covered everything we do each year once, so I guess we’ll just keep revisiting those traditions each year, as we have new readers now.  A LOT of new readers! YAY!  Welcome, I am so glad you come each week to visit us! 🙂

Without further adieu, I give you last years Halloween post, newly revised:

Halloween Or Halloweenie?

  Halloween is here, and with it comes the moral battle I hear mom’s going through each and every year:

 Do we, or do we not allow our kids to celebrate Halloween? Does it dishonor God if we chose to participate?

Even if we call it, “Fall Festival”, are we participating in an evil holiday that was primarily made to honor the lord of death?

Here are some Halloween articles with varying views: What is yours?

Trick or Treat, or Abstain

Exposing Halloween

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

  When I was a kid, we were not allowed to go trick or treating, or even give away candy to trick or treater’s! We posted a sign on our door that said “‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ We do not celebrate Halloween!” You’d be surprised how many candy-hungry kids, still rang the doorbell! It wasn’t a big deal to me, we go to hang out in the basement, watch a movie and have snacks! Cool! (Of course, church carnivals were not so readily available back then either!)

Dale and I choose to allow our kids to dress up in nice, friendly costumes, and go to our churches Fall Festival. It’s a carnival, which means fun booths and inflatable’s! They also get some candy, but you know me and sugar, they can each have a piece (or three) that night, but we leave most of it at the church for the other kids to enjoy……

Ok, ok fine! I admit it!

I keep all the good chocolate candy to indulge in later.

What can I say? It’s great to be the mom! 🙂

Destiny goes to a Christian school, and they don’t even have a day where they can come to school in costume, in fact, the past 2 years there has been no school for Parent Teacher Conferences, genius!  If she was in public school and was invited to dress up, would I allow her to do so, and participate in a celebration of Halloween at school? I don’t know. If I had a guess, I’d probably allow her to dress up.  The next question that comes to mind is would I allow her to stay for the party?  Hmm, again, I don’t know.  I’d probably have to make sure the party games, activities and movies were appropriate before I could make that decision. I remember there were kid’s in my class pulled one year by their parents because of a spooky movie being shown in the library.  I assume my mom didn’t know about it, or I’d would’ve been outta there too!  🙂  I remember hating it, but being to scared to leave without a note.

   What are your thoughts on taking a stand against Halloween?  Does it change it for you when you think your child will be the ONLY one not in costume at school today? Would you pull your kids out of school this afternoon if you find out they are watching a creepy movie, or something you deem inappropriate? Or is it just easier to go with the flow and talk to your kids about what is appropriate or not later on, at home?

  Unless Dale and I feel God is asking us to take a stand in a different way, we will choose to allow our children to dress up to go to the church carnival on the evening of Halloween. No haunted houses, no spooky costumes, no creepy Halloween movies or tv shows will be watched.

  We just explained to our kids, in simple terms, that we feel Halloween is satan’s holiday and we will not participate by going trick or treating or doing any of those kind of Halloween activities. Then we remind them that night also happens to be Fall Festival, and they are welcome to go there instead to celebrate fall, and honor God by being in His house.

To them it’s as simple as that:

Fall Fest = candy and fun at church!

  When they get to be teens, I am sure we’ll re-visit this issue, but for now, we are all good! Besides, if you ask me, once they outgrow participating in the carnival, they can WORK at the carnival! I just don’t want them out and about on the streets that night. Too many creepy people, doing creepy things after the kiddies have all crashed from a sugar coma and been tucked into bed.

What is your stand on Halloween? What are your children allowed or not allowed to participate in?

  Last year, our family dressed up in 50′s clothing. Fun, friendly and fabulous 5o’s! Man I would’ve loved to live back then. 

Look at little Pax! How do they change SO much in just 1 short year??

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This year we are doing Cowboys & Indians!  Dale and I don’t always dress up to match our kids, but if it works out, we LOVE it! 🙂  I’ll post pics tomorrow.

So, baaaa-ck to the topic at hand……Am I a sheep just blindly following the herd?

Or I am doing the right thing by finding a middle ground, and allowing my kids to participate, but only if they go to church that night?

The great Halloween debate continues……

  So, does me not taking a 100% Yes or No stand on Halloween, make me a Halloweenie?

~T 🙂

 

Florida Surprise & Fall Fest

 
Fall Fest was a success and my kids are in bed,  happily sleeping off their sugar high…..
Avery likes sleeping with something special each night.  Usually its a doll or stuffed animal, but nope, not this time.  Her choice? A box of Milk Duds.  I made her put it under her pillow and let me just say, they BETTER all still be in that box in the morning!  
 

  Besides Fall Fest, we had a weekend full of family fun!  Some surprise company showed up clear from Florida!  My brother, Chad and his girlfriend, Lauren decided to come for a short, spur of the moment visit.  Mom and I were the only ones that knew about our special company, and even I wasn’t supposed to be privy to that info. Mom slipped up and told me, but I was glad to help plan for their stay! 🙂

They squeezed into the pantry and jumped out at Dale when I sent him for a bag of chips…..
Apparently, when your name is Dale and you’re super laid back, this is as surprised as you get!

Surprise! The view from the pantry.

 

We had the whole family out for a bonfire, complete with Hillbilly hotdogs and S’mores.  (I’ll try to post the Hillbilly Hotdog recipe tomorrow, they were delish!)  That evening we celebrated Chad and Grandpa’s birthdays, since they are only a day apart.  Dessert choices?  Triple Chocolate Cake, Baked Apples and an amaaaaazing cheesecake by Mark. 

With desserts like that, how can a girl be expected to choose?  I had no choice but to try a bit of each.  I figure the first dessert was for Paxton, the next for me, and the 3rd, for us to share.   🙂  

Chad put together a beautiful picture frame of he and Grandpa’s shared birthday parties over the years, the first being age 2 and 57, the last one taken for the 17th and 72nd birthday’s.  A photo from the party will fill the empty slot representing their 26th and 81st birthdays!  How special! 

 Destiny had no school Thursday, Friday and Monday, for parent-teacher conferences. What a total God thing that Uncle Chad’s trip correlated with her time off!!!!! We had such a great time,  just hanging out with them, and playing games till 2 am.  Lauren and I kicked some butt at Tribond.  Well, actually, the guys won, but only because we let them. 🙂  My only complaint was the weekend went too fast!
Here are some pictures from the weekend…… 

I am off to do laundry and make a menu & grocery list for November. 

Guess, its back to real life again! 

May your day be blessed with happy kids, who NEVER beg for the candy you stashed on top of the fridge, who have cavity free teeth, and who do not whine and fuss all day from an overly busy, super-duper exciting, sugar coma kinda weekend……and may you not be caught as you sneak the chocolate from the kids’ candy stash!

Happy Monday!  🙂 

~T

Bye, Chad and Lauren, come back soon.

Halloween or Halloweenie?

  Halloween is rapidly approaching, and with it comes the moral battle I hear mom’s going through each and every year: 

Do we, or do we not allow our kids to celebrate Halloween?  Does it dishonor God if we chose to participate?

Even if we call it, “Fall Festival”, are we participating in an evil holiday that was primarily made to honor the lord of death?

 Here are some Halloween articles with varying views:  What is yours?

http://www.focusonlinecommunities.com/blogs/Finding_Home/2009/10/28/halloween-trick-or-treat-or-abstain

http://www.exposingsatanism.org/halloween.htm

http://www.gci.org/church/holidays/halloween

  When I was a kid, we were not allowed to go trick or treating, or even give away candy to trick or treater’s!  We posted a sign on our door that said “‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ We do not celebrate Halloween!”  You’d be surprised how many candy-hungry kids, still rang the doorbell!  It wasn’t a big deal to me, we go to hang out in the basement, watch a movie and have snacks! Cool!  (Of course, church carnivals were not so readily available back then either!)

Dale and I choose to allow our kids to dress up in nice costumes, and go to our churches Fall Festival.  It’s a carnival, which means fun booths and inflatable’s!  They also get some candy, but you know me and sugar, they can each have a piece or three that night, but we leave most of it at the church for the other kids to enjoy…… 

Ok, ok fine! I admit it!  I keep all the good chocolate candy to indulge in later.  What can I say? It’s great to be the mom!  🙂

  Destiny goes to a Christian school, and they don’t even have a day where they can come to school in costume. In fact, we aren’t even in school on Friday this year, so it’s not something we deal with!  (maybe they do this on purpose every year and I just haven’t noticed)  If she was in public school, would I allow her to dress up and participate in a celebration of Halloween?  I don’t know.  If I had a guess, I’d probably allow her to dress up, but would I allow her to stay for the party?  I’d have to make sure the party games, activities and movies were appropriate before I could make that decision.  Is it worth all that?  I doubt it, it’d just be easier to pull her out at that point.

  For you public schoolers thinking about taking a stand against Halloween, does it change it for you when you think your child will be the ONLY one not in costume?  Would you pull your kids out of school for the afternoon if you find out they are watching a creepy movie, or something you deem inappropriate?  Or is it just easier to go with the flow and talk to your kids about what is appropriate or not later on, at home?

  Unless Dale and I feel God is asking us to take a stand in a different way, we will choose to allow our children to dress up and go to the church carnival on the evening of Halloween.  No haunted houses, no spooky costumes, no creepy Halloween movies or tv shows will be watched.  We just explained to them, in simple terms, that we feel Halloween is satan’s holiday and we will not participate by going trick or treating or doing any of those kind of Halloween activities.   Then we remind them, that night also happens to be Fall Fest, and they are welcome to go there instead, and celebrate fall, and honor God by being in His house.  

To them it’s as simple as that: Fall Fest = candy and fun at church! 

    When they get to be teens, I am sure we’ll re-visit this issue, but for now, we are all good!  Besides, if you ask me, once they outgrow participating in the carnival, they can WORK at the carnival! I just don’t want them out and about on the streets that night.  Too many creepy people, doing creepy things after the kiddies have all crashed from a sugar coma and been tucked into bed.  

  What is your stand on Halloween?  What are your children allowed or not allowed to participate in? 

     Next Sunday night, our family will be dressing up in 50’s clothing.  Fun, friendly and fabulous 5o’s!  Man I would’ve loved to live back then.

So, am I a sheep just blindly following the herd?  Baaaaa! 

Or I am doing the right thing by finding a middle ground, and allowing my kids to participate, but only if they go to church that night?

 The great Halloween debate continues……

Does me not taking a 100% yes or no stand on Halloween, make me a Halloweenie? 

~T 🙂