Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fall Fling-o-weens

Last weekend's festivities started at Cutie Face's school. She was lucky enough to attend for a third time (she usually goes twice a week) and see her classmates on Friday for a Halloween party.

She went as Snowrella (snow white top, cinderalla skirt)

The fabulous classroom mommies helped everyone make pumpkin heads


Cutie Face was quite proud of hers. She's punken obsessed to be sure

Her friend was a Barbie Fairy Princess. It was exciting

well it was exciting for most of the kids

having a yummy snack helped make everyone happy!
(note these are two classes combined)

after their sugar rush, they played "pin the face on the pumpkin"
cute idea!

Cutie Face rounded out the afternoon with Miss Shalece & an extra story-time snuggle

The next day, she got to go back to school again!  This time for the aforementioned DHUMP Fall Fling. It was a great time of free and innocent fun

--bouncy castles, trackless trains, 

face painting, 

hair highlighting

craft making, 

and lollipop trees.

Not to mention the playground!

There were multiple highlights but i think the biggest of all was when Cutie Face drove a real fire truck.

She was beyond thrilled!

Finally it was time for the Punken and the Princess to dress up for real! Not only was it Halloween--it was also a costume party at our neighbor's house.

We held a photo-op on our front steps. I was inspired by The Larson Lingo who always takes "important" photos commemorating events on their front steps. I'm pretty sure half the free world does this so why not join along? Only problem...our photo op didn't work so much...

attempt 1


attempt 29
attempt 36...the best one...

Here's our pumpkin...
she's the best poser at this stage in her young life

Once we arrived at the party (which involved walking two doors down the street) Cutie Face was immediately given a lollipop from the host, her buddy "G".

within minutes, she'd been handed two more...
for a total count of THREE teeth decaying suckers

the costumes were pretty impressive--families dressed up together and we saw the Flinstones (with Bam Bam and Pebbles), the Peter Pan clan (with Cap'n Hook, the Crocodile, and Tinker Bell), and crazy butterfly fairies.

Cutie Cakes was content to just take it all in...

and when i say "in", I mean..."in" as, in, she tried to eat everything
especially skeleton toes

while her sister, Cutie Face, was content to keep licking her lollipops

The Cakester and I had to wrap up the fun a bit early so that we could be home for the trick-or-treaters. While she finally ate real food (beets! yum!) we handed out mini Reese's cups.. Delish.

this was Cutie Face's first real attempt at collecting candy from strangers. 

She had a blast, enjoyed seeing other kids, said, "hello!" to all the Monkeys, Princesses, Candy Corns, Bears, etc. she saw; did an awesome job saying "trick-or-treat" before receiving candy; and always said "thank you" once she collected that sacred piece of sweetness.

We have videos to prove it but this post is already long enough! I hope everyone else had a great Fall weekend, too!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

a quartet of crafters

Cutie Face's preschool holds an annual Fall Fling with tons of games, crafts, and activities. They also host an artisan market. Tempted by the low-entry cost, the twin, our mom, and I all decided to rent a table.

As you may recall, the twin set the precedent a year ago when she opened her first Etsy store. I was shocked to find my mom and i following in her footsteps--I don't think either of us expected to be inspired to create and sell!

My mom made adorably cute bracelets for babies and girls. Our girls LOVE them and I really cannot believe how sweet jewelry looks on their little wrists.

Here are a few glimpses into her jewelry making process:

My sister stayed up to the wee hours of the morning multiple nights in a row crafting FORTY  (yes! 40!!!) beautiful pieces of clothing for girls and boys 

(most of which can be found on her etsy store, chickadee chickadee).

And i decided to start sewing on Wednesday to make 10 upcycled dresses made from old (and clean) t-shirts. 

ALL of which can be found on my new etsy store!

now you may have noticed that this post title uses the word "quartet". Who is the missing fourth crafter?

that would be...

my husband...

who busted out my parents' saw
and made us...

our artisan booth!
complete with festive seasonal flair

My sister made the first the booth across from us! 
She sold a headband:

from one of these cute flowers

All in all, the craft part of the Fall Fling was a B-U-S-T. 
But that's okay. 
It was a learning experience that forced me to craft. 
And I liked that!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

2 Tutorials by 2 Cuties...on Tuesday

Cutie Face would like to teach you...
how to lure a cat

1. See neighbor's cat lurking in yard

2. Fetch treats

3. Place one gently on the porch

4. Add a TON more

5. Make a friend for long as you have treats

no lie--this cat and her "brother" can now be found in our yard more often than their yard--and we even had the brother cat sneak into our house through our screen door and hang out under our guest bed for about an hour! Seriously! We call it the cat bed intruder.

and Cutie Cakes would like to teach you...
how to make a bagel disappear

1. Take said it to the world

2.  put it in your mouth

3. wave it around again

4. Inspect it while keeping one eye on it

5. Have your mom inspect it while waving it around, one more time for good measure

6. Consume

7. Finish off with copious amounts of water

don't forget to come back to see us! The Cakes has her eye on you...