Finally, Halloween is here! The kids and I wore our Star Wars outfits, of course.  

this was taken yesterday, but we looked exactly like this today, but didn’t take a pic together!

Today we attended a very excellent Halloween party hosted by an elementary school classmate and family. There was BRAIN jello, which was extremely popular with the kids.  
 And adorable (delicious) spider cupcakes!  
And broomsticks!

 Most of the moms dressed up, which I loved, of course.

How amazing is this makeup?!

The kids looked great and had so much fun.

The Wee Boy met many Vaders!

 We went trick or treating on Belvedere Street, which becomes pedestrian-only and most of the houses put on a great show!

This house always has a (movie) theme and puts dancers in costume in the windows.  This year’s theme was Hotel Trannsylvania, and they made a paper mache dracula head- amazing!

I met two other Han Solos, and one was another female Han! I loved that the husband was Leia and the baby girl was Luke. 

too dark for a good photo!

Hope you had a fun Hallowern, too!!


Halloween event #1

One of the fun things about having kids is the number of Halloween-related events, well,  assuming you like Halloween and costumes as much as I do! Today was our first event of many, and we were excited to debut our new, or in Leia’s case, slightly improved, duds.

I got carried away with adding more and more details- I was actually sewing things onto my outfit in the car to and from the Wee Girl’s soccer game this afternoon. 

an important detail


The Boy’s costume is all DIY/regular clothes except for the mask and light saber, which I bought.

little vader


who’s scruffy-looking?


The Wee Girl’s outfit is from 2 years ago, but she insisted on being Leia again. But this time around I bought her some new boots.

I’m so pleased with how this turned out! I thrifted/up cycled/made the entire outfit, and was working on details up to an hour before our event.   
I came up with more details for the belt this morning. Hot glue gun to the rescue!


We met an Ewok at the party!
Darth Leia on the way home.

We have a Star Wars event tomorrow, so we’re excited to wear our outfits again and to see what getups others come up with!

A good day, a day late

Yesterday I forgot to post this:


I sold my first Totoro Quiet Book pattern on Etsy!  Yaaaay!  I’m so thrilled!


And this!


I finished my girl’s Princess Leia dress!  Oops, this photo was before hemming, and I still want to make a better belt, but you get the picture.  The boy is wearing a Yoda backpack.  It’s this hilarious item:


You can pretend you’re Luke Skywalker, training in the swamp with Yoda.


I also finished my first Chasing Snakes sock last night, but I forgot to take a photo.

Wow, three good things in one day!  I hope you had a good day, too!

My favorite princess

Back in 2012, my daughter decided she wanted to be Princess Leia for Halloween.  So I found this vintage sewing pattern on Ebay, bought some fabric, and got to it with a borrowed sewing machine, despite having hardly any experience machine sewing!  It came out great, and I accidentally discovered French seams along the way.

Here’s the pattern cover, it’s so funny (this image is from Ebay, I’m still having photo trouble.)!  Image

I also knitted her Leia buns using a pattern on Ravelry.  The end result was awfully cute, especially since little brother was Yoda (left over from when I made the outfit for my daughter when she was 18 months old).



(His hat is the Felted Yoda Hat http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/felted-baby-yoda-hat, and the sweater is the Baby Yoda Sweater http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-yoda-sweater. Both are free patterns!)

But I digress.  My girl loves the Leia dress so much and has worn it out of the house so many times that it has become pretty sad and worn out.  Yesterday I bought fabric to make a new one in time for going to see this Star Wars exhibit in San Jose.


I can’t wait!  I just wish I had an awesome geeky outfit to wear, too!