Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Here is a "little known fact" about me. I LOVE to sew! I don't get to do it much anymore (in fact I haven't seen my machine in about 4 years) but together my trusty Kenmore and I cranked out some glorious creations, until I somehow ran out of time and creativity.

More than anything I loved making Halloween costumes. In the kids' elementary school I was known as the costume lady and every year I would spend weeks making costumes for my kids, my husband, myself and anyone else who needed one.

The beauty of costumes is that they don't have to be perfect (size is approximate, they fasten with Velcro...) and they are unique. When you make it yourself you won't find anyone else dressed quite like you are. Unfortunately I learned that making costumes doesn't save money. In fact homemade ones can cost more than store bought.

I know Halloween is a Pagan holiday with all kinds of wicked associations but I can't help it, I just melt when I see all of those little children in their costumes! In our house we like to think it is an innocent day when we can all let out our "inner child" and play dress up together!!

I have put together a slideshow of some of our favorites over the years........





27 comments:

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I too like the uniqueness of all the costumes.

You are very talented. Great costumes.

And you look so cute in that cow outfit.

luvmy4sons said...

What a blessing it is to be able to sew! We don't celebrate Halloween but we will got to costume parties and I too enjoy seeing the little kiddos all dressed up! Have a great weekend.

Kristen said...

Darling!

There are wicked associations, but there are also good associations that have been made over the years to turn the tables on the wicked part! It can be a time for fun!

Laurie Ann said...

Your talent is amazing, Kelley! You're a great seamstress. I would love to be able to sew. I loved all these costumes, they were adorable!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

WOW....I must say...you are VERY talented!!!

Have fun with your family tonight.

Chatty Kelly said...

I am always envious of people who are domestic. I am not. You have a real talent. Be blessed!

Runner Mom said...

I think you should wear the Cruella D'Ville costume to She Speaks next year!! You looked adorable--or the cow!! What fun.
Kelly, you are truly a talented girlfriend! I wish you lived closer!!

Happy Halloween!!
Hugs,
Susan

Susan said...

Oh boy, you are very talented!!

Now, tell me, what CAN'T you do Kelly?

It was fun watching you all grow up through the years!!

Blessings♥

Rhonda said...

Wow! What a talent - I am envious. :)

I think that Raggedy Ann is my fav.

Cindy said...

You are a fabubous semstress I'm sure.

Enjoy tonight!

Luanne said...

Love all those costumes. The face painting was great too.

Luanne

Dena @ Green Acres said...

Wow! You are very creative and talented! I'm jealous. I started making a couple of princess dresses one year for my girls, and thank goodness my mom was willing to take over for me. LOL I loved your little elvis in the jumpsuit. Too cute.

Joyful said...

OK...is there anything you can't do? These costumes are AMAZING!!! Where were you yesterday when my son informed me he had been invited to a costume party and needed a costume NOW!! I'm not very creative, but I was able to put together an "Indiana Jones" look, that I must say, came off rather well - and I spent less than $10.00 to do it!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Love & prayers,
Joy

Mom said...

Those were great! The only problem that I had was I couldn't keep track of which gradchild was which!? BUT they are all beautiful (and I am truly not predjudiced)!

Edge of Design said...

Beautiful work on the costumes. I hope you plan to sew more often now. I am just catching up but I did have to tell you that I can so relate to being "over anxious" lately. Sometimes we go through those times of pruning and refining that we forget that they are also necessary processes to our growth.

linda said...

Oh my goodness you are one talented girl...and the envy of the other neighborhood moms I'm sure! Your creations were awesome, each and every one of them!

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Goodness, you really go all out. I should be more thoughtfull....playful in this way.

Thanks for sharing!!

In His Graces~Pamela

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Ang baylis said...

I am SO impressed, Kelley! I was trying to pick my favorite and it was impossible! I love you and hate you at the same time. Perhaps just a little jealous! I loved ALL of them!
You are THAT mom!
Love you,
Angie xoxo

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

I'm seriously impressed with your talent!

Jami @ livelaughlove5 said...

Pretty impressive...no actually INCREDIBLY impressive! :)

Kathi said...

Kelley, I am soooo impressed with your sewing and those darling costumes you made. You did a wonderful job.

Kathi

Carol said...

Adorable!!

Christina said...

You are so talented. I am not much of a seamstress but I always loved seeing the awesome costumes some of my friends could sew. Cruela DeVille is spectacular (excuse the spelling).

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

The jester! The cats! Cruelle De Ville! This array of fashion is incredible. You are too much.

Tracy said...

Wow! Those are some awesome costumes! You are quite a talented seamstress my friend! (And you looked great as Cruella DeVille!) Thanks for sharing!

Lelia Chealey said...

How cute!!! The ladybug was my favorite.
You need to get that sewing maching back out girlfriend..you have too much talent there to waste. :)

love you,
Lelia