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Halloween Dresses Modeled

My niece Caitlin came over on Saturday morning and it gave me the perfect opportunity to get some photos of the girls modeling their dresses.  Caitlin didn’t want to sit still, but I still managed to snap a few cute shots of her.  Evie, on the other hand, was posing and grinning like a pro.  They both looked adorable in their dresses and matching headbands though.





I love these dresses so much that I bought more fabric lastnight so I could make a few more.  Aren’t they just adorable (the models and the dresses)?

Halloween Pillowcase Dresses

After finishing up my Halloween Trick or Treat bags (which you can still buy here), I had a bit of fabric left over.  I debated over what to use it for, then decided that it would make some adorable little dresses.  I’ve been finding tutorials all over the place for pillowcase dresses and since I was dying to make one I decided to whip up a Halloween version.  I figured as long as I was using scraps I wouldn’t mind so much if I screwed it up.

Halloween Dresses

I used Leslie’s Pillowcase Dress Tutorial for the basic steps but adapted it for size.  I left off the frills and didn’t have any bias tape for the armholes so I just turned it under and top stitched.

The first one went so fast that I went ahead and made up another one for my niece.  I haven’t had a chance to try them on the girls yet, but I held one up to Evie and it looks like the size came out just right.

I discovered that I definitely need to work on keeping my stitching even, but I think for a first attempt these look pretty good.  I also decided that I like the thicker ribbon used on the candy corn dress so I’ll probably go switch the ribbon on the other dress before I give it away.  Once I finish up the matching headbands, I think the girls will look just adorable in them!

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And The Winner Is…

Ok folks, the contest has come to an end and one lucky winner has been chosen.

I used a very scientific method to choose the winner.  I wrote out all the names of everyone that entered, either by comment, tweet, or stumble.  Then I cut the paper up, separating all the names, folded them up, put them into the bag and shook it up.  Then I found an assistant to help me choose a random piece of paper out of the bag.

And the winner is…APRIL!!!

April (who is blogless) accidently posted her entry on the wrong post, but I still let her enter the contest because I’m just nice like that.  April, please e-mail me your mailing address and I’ll get the bag sent out to you.

If your name isn’t April, don’t be sad.  You still have time to order your own Halloween totes over on Etsy.

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest!  I really enjoyed your comments.  It was nice to see some new names around here!

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It’s A Halloween Giveaway!

I’ve been hinting around for a while now about my big Halloween project and it is finally time to show it off.  It took a long time to get everything ready, especially since Evie’s sleep patterns have been extremely inconsistent lately.  I discovered that it is very hard to sew with a baby in your lap!

But, today I’m finally ready to share two big announcements.  First off, I have opened my very own Getting Crafty Etsy shop.  I’m a huge fan of Etsy and I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time.

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The first items up for sale in my shop are these super cute reversible Halloween Trick or Treat bags. I wasn’t sure they would ever get finished in time, but I finally have enough to open up shop. There are currently two different patterns available – the sweet Pumpkins and Candy Corn or the spooky Ghosts and Goblins.

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That isn’t the best part though.  One lucky person is going to win a bag of their own! There are three easy ways to enter the contest.

1.) Leave a comment telling me what you (or your kids) are dressing up as for Halloween.

2.) Post on Twitter about the giveaway (you must include @deew27 so I can find it).

3.) Stumble this post and leave a comment here letting me know that you did.

All entries must be completed by 5:00 p.m. (Central) on Thursday, October 9, 2008.  One winner will be randomly drawn from all entries at that time.  The lucky winner will win one reversible Pumpkins and Candy Corn Trick or Treat bag, perfect for toting around all those sweet treats the kids will be collecting.


Night of the Tantruming Toddler


Halloween was fun, but I have to say I’m glad it is over. For one thing, I now have a huge bucket of candy to dig through that is sure to satisfy any sugar cravings I may have for the next month or two. For another thing, I’m absolutely exhausted.

For Zach, it was a very busy day. At school, he had a field trip to a nearby retirement community where he got to Trick or Treat and have a little party with the residents. Then, that afternoon they had a costume parade and got to Trick or Treat through the church offices. I managed to get off work a little early so I could be there for this. It was really fun to see all the kids dressed up in their costumes. After the parade, they went back to their classroom and had a little party where Zach scarfed down an entire cupcake while his classmates licked at the icing on theirs. His teacher commented that everyone really loved his Buzz Lightyear costume.


After the school party was done, we picked up Hubby at home and headed up to my sister’s house. We had a quick dinner and then got the kids dressed up to Trick or Treat around the neighborhood. Dylan and Ryan were very into the Trick or Treating, while Zach was lagging behind a bit. He was actually more interested in checking out the stars in the sky than rushing up to the next door.

We were hoping to go by my dad’s house as well, but it seemed like things kept happening to slow us down. By the time we did a quick walk around the neighborhood the kids were pretty worn out.

When we got back to the house, Hubby put Toy Story 2 on and Zach and Ryan were glued to the TV. Zach hadn’t seen the 2nd one before and was completely mesmerized. There was no way he was going to leave until it was over, so we stayed while he finished the movie and then headed home.

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Unfortunately, the ride home was not very pleasant because Zach spent the entire drive throwing a massive tantrum. He had been playing with Ryan’s Woody and Buzz toys and really wanted to take them home. I finally convinced him that he needed to leave them with Ryan, but when we got to the car he started screaming. He wanted a BIG Woody and Buzz like Ryan’s (he has some small ones but they apparently aren’t good enough). It was at least slightly humorous to listen to him scream, “I want a BIG Woody!”

The night pretty much went downhill from there. Zach did not want to go to bed and ended up in bed with Hubby and I. He spent most of the night tossing and turning and having the night terrors. It is so hard to have to sit there and watch him go through that. I feel so helpless and it is hard to remember that he’s not actually awake when he is screaming and thrashing around the way he does. I have learned over the last couple of nights that when it does happen, I need to just sit back and wait it out. If I even try to touch him, he gets more hysterical. If I just wait it out, eventually he’ll settle back down and be fast asleep. The worst part of all of it is that no one in our house is getting much sleep and it is starting to show. We’re all a little crankier than we should be and that isn’t really helping things much.

So, to make a long story short (or at least a little bit shorter), Halloween 2007 started out very fun and ended with massive tantrums and night terrors. I’m just hoping that when I look back on it later I remember the good parts and not the bad.

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