Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Penelope- ONE year old!

I've been putting off this post all day...because while I'm thrilled that my sweet baby has a birthday today, it is also sad. No explanation needed- am I right?!

Anyway, we love her so much. She is such a joy to raise and watch as she grows. Happy birthday Penelope Lynne!

I feel like I get lazier and lazier with these photoshoots. This is what was on the OTHER side of the camera :D And if you look close she is playing with a dirty diaper. That's how we roll, folks!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Rainbow Fish Penelope

Eeeek!! I am beyond thrilled with how little Penelope's costume turned out. We weren't sure what to dress her up as but I had some leftover fabric from C's costume, and I really wanted to have the girls "match" somehow. One day we were reading my favorite childhood book, and suddenly I knew EXACTLY what P should be. It was too perfect!

I will go into some details, but first...

A Fisherman's Tale:
(I am literally making this up as I write it, so it's not perfect poetry!)

There once was a fisherman who lived by the sea.
He was a happy lad, but also lonely.
Until one fine day when he cast his line out,
and out came a fish!! Salmon, or trout?

She was neither of those- but a special little fishy.
One who was sparkling, sweet, and squishy!
Her scales boasted purples, blues, and pink-
And in her tiny mouth, a drooly BINK BINK (that is what I sometimes call her binky..ha)

She was better than anything the fisher could wish-
because at his feet, sat the Rainbow Fish!

She glanced back at the ocean for just a pause,
and longed for what could be- not what was.

Because she knew that the fisherman up above,
had something much better to offer- LOVE!

Now best friends with a marvelous tale,
she baby-fish babbled, "Want one of my scales?"

 haha! I coudn't resist. They are just so cute together.
a few details about her costume: the scales are felt, and because I got lazy at this point in costume-making, I simply hot glued them onto the onesie (with cardboard in between the fabric layers). I sewed the scales to the back loosely by hand, and then the dorsal fin. The tail is scales glues onto more felt :) And those fish eyes! That is a styrofoam ball cut in half with black felt circles as eyeballs. Pretty easy!

I had to get some shots of the girls together. Ocean buddies!

Happy {early} Halloween!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mermaid Charlotte

Over the summer, Charlotte fell in love with all things mermaid. So I knew that making her a mermaid costume for Halloween would just tickle her pink!

She kept telling me "No, I want to be Ariel." I love Ariel, too, but I snagged some sparkly sequin and fish scale fabric from Joanns over the summer and I wanted to use it! She remained unconvinced...UNTIL she put it on. She couldn't stop smiling, giggling, and twirling her hair :)

This costume was somewhat tricky. I had no idea how I would do the tail...so I just started cutting, stuffing, and sewing and this is what I came up with. It's basically an elastic-waist skirt that is shorter in the back (I wanted to be sure she could walk!). The tail hangs down in the front, and underneath she has fish scale pants. Her top was less complicated, I just sewed the sequin fabric to one of her tank tops, and then some fabric flower trim at the neckline. Her floral crown truly took about 3 minutes- it was so easy! Just measured her head with some thick floral wire, then wrapped the flowers and hot glued them in place. I really love blues, purples, and pinks together.

Anyways, back to my cute mermaid!
Here she is sitting alongside "the ocean", dreaming of what it must be like to have feet ;) (Ignore the very obvious feet sticking out from her tail, HAHA...)

Every proper mermaid brushes her hair with a dinglehopper!

Grammaw gave her a shell necklace a little while ago, and we used it to make a sweet little shell bracelet! The perfect mermaid accessory :)

^^^ my favorite. ^^^

Here she is singing "Ahh-ahh-ahh..." hehe...

"Look, those birds in the water!" I know what you're thinking...there are no swans in the ocean. This may be true, but I didn't tell her that ;)

 Can you tell just a little bit that she loves her costume? haha. Love my sweet fishy-tailed girl.