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I sewed my second halloween costume last night. My first was a football costume (you know, egg shaped, brown, with stripes) for wee baby boy who is slumbering in my bed upstairs. He wore it again tonight, ripped a Spartan S apart on it, and I took it off and let him play in the football jersey and pants underneath. It has a hole for his head and parts of the side and the bottom are unsewn to let his arms and legs out.

This year, I sewed cat ears and a cat tail for Miss Peanut, also slumbering in her bed (thankfully, not mine). I must say, in all my years of trying to carry a baby long enough to be born alive, I really wanted to make halloween costumes! That’s high praise, I’m usually a pretty selfish seamstress. Part of that is because I have always felt my projects were not perfect enough. And if they were for me, well, I’d accept less than perfect. I’m pretty good, and over the years, I’ve discovered a great pattern designer, with well-tested patterns and superb instructions makes me look like a professional!

So saying I love sewing halloween costumes is a big statement. I really do love it. This solo mama weekend involves a lot of extra work. The kitchen presently is a mess – but we didn’t eat dinner here tonight, so I didn’t make more dishes than there were last night or this morning. There is a stack of dirty diapers in plastic bags on the floor in the laundry room (my desk alcove is in our laundry room, but I don’t have to look at it, I face my desk ;D) There’s a diaper pail full of more dirty ones upstairs. I probably have enough to get through the morning or even afternoon. Being eco-chic, we cloth diaper, and the babe is presently in a diaper called “starstruck”, which features glow-in-the-dark stars on it. I never put jammie bottoms on him when he wears this one (generally at night). Climbing in to bed, seeing his bottom in the air, feet tucked under him, stars all aglow is one of the sweetest things. I’d catch a photo if it were possible.

There is a pile of laundry on the couch – folded, and will be put in a basket at least in a little bit. The dog is outside on the chain surveying her domain and sniffing the October air, with all it’s hidden treasures of woodsmoke, squirrels busying up for winter and dry autumn leaves.

I could go sew, but that’s too much for tonight, it’s 10:29pm. I could go knit, or even do needlepoint, but what I will probably do is sketch some ideas for projects. I like to sketch even though I know darn well I might never get to them all. Still, putting them to paper, it’s amazing how many actually get done at the end of the journal year (which is a little more than calendar year).

I’m incredibly grateful for having little ones to sew Halloween costumes for. And go to an amazing kid-friendly halloween party, complete with band, puppet show and a plethora of food that isn’t good for my kids to eat (but I let them anyway). They didn’t come home with a lick of candy, I’ll have to remember to thank my hostess!

By paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

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