Friday, October 30, 2015
No trick or treater photos because I was sick in bed on Halloween and it was POURING. We are used to rain up here in Portland, but it was torrential downpours. The girls ended up watching a movie, dressing up and handing out candy instead, to the five or so families that braved the rain!
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Every since last Halloween Izzie has said that this Halloween she was going to wear a ballgown. She's designed and described it to me about half a million times. So, I really wanted to make her wish come true. We searched for a pattern that closely matched her vision, because even though, I'm a pretty good seamstress, I still benefit from the use of a pattern. Next came picking out fabrics. I took Izzie to the fabric store with me and we walked up and down the aisles until we came to this pink Chinese brocade with golden accents. She fell in love. Luckily, it was in the budget that I set so we figured out how much yardage we needed and made our purchases. This was a difficult dress to sew, but I had fun learning how to do it and even making mistakes along the way. I'm proud of how it came out and I love how excited Izzie was to see it.
Maddie decided she wanted to be the Wicked Witch of the West. At first she wanted a very basic costume, but then decided to pick one that was a bit more elaborate. I love the sleeves, the cape and the back of this dress. I didn't get a photo of the back, but it's made with a bunch of eyelets that are laced up. I made Izzie's hat, but I bought Maddie's.
Monday, October 26, 2015
After reading a bit about Leonardo DiVinci the girls did some art projects in his style. One thing he was known for is deconstructing objects or inventions and drawing all the parts. So I had the girls bring me one of their more elaborate Lego Minifigs and do just that. Here is Izzie's.
And this is Maddie's.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
We were doing a Japanse Unit and for part of that we took a look at Japanese art and proverbs. We decided it'd be nice to make little cards to send to Grandma and Grandpa to cheer them up after Nanny's passing. Izzie sat down and by studying this picture:
She drew this one: