October 13, 2008

The Costumer

I'm not sure if we're going to dress B up this year as we will be camping with the family & there won't be many people to see him in all his first-costume-glory. On the other hand, I feel like the making of costumes is like a rite of passage in motherhood - my mom made the best costumes. We were like her four little crazy fashion designers & she was the seamstress who was supposed to make our dreams through her sewing machine. Just a few that I remember are lobster, ladybug, tiger, cat, zebra, Sara from the Little Princess, and one that was pretty awesome, but that I was not so grateful for...

The Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cone! She even embroidered the words "Dairy Queen" around the top of the cone. That's how good my mom is. And notice that my head is the cherry on top. Why am I not smiling in this photo & beaming with pride over the talent of my amazing mother? Because when we got to the harvest party at church I was surrounded by cheerleaders to my right, little dutch girls to my left & more cats & princesses than I could count. I felt...not cute & not girly at all. So then of course it was all my mom's fault even though I am sure I said "I want to be a Dairy Queen soft serve cone" & she went to the ends of the earth to make that happen for me.

Anyway, moral of the story is I was not thankful for my mother's talents all the time, but she was/is so talented & I want to be that for my kids too.

I was looking through an old Martha Stewart Baby & saw this blue bird costume. So cute!

Looks pretty easy & he already has a blue hat like that, so we'll see. This may be the only year I get to pick what he dresses up as considering how particular I was about my own costumes as a kid. What was your favorite costume & what was your "bad idea that seemed so good at the time" one? Like my ice cream cone. I would love to hear!

12 comments:

keely steger said...

My sister and I were punk rockers so many years it's almost hard to remember much of anything else. But I do remember the year I won the best costume award at our church festival- I was Aunt Jemima! My dress and apron were stuffed to make a bit more...bountiful, my face was painted, and I carried a wooden spoon. The best failed costume was actually my best friends- she wore a bright green sweatshirt with the letter "P" on it and had one eye painted black. She was a black-eyed pea! I still love it!

faithsalutes said...

This year will be my best yet.

Fall festival! HAAHAH...yup went to those.

You should dress B up like his Aunty Faith.

Anonymous said...

My mom used to make all my costumes, too...bless her little heart. ;o) I think my favorite was the ladybug...a black leotard and tights with a plush ladybug shell worn like a backpack. The worst was when I went as a burrito. I tied an old foam eggcrate thingy around myself, and had to waddle everywhere! And FORGET about going to the bathroom...there was no way out of that thing! --Kitty

Shiloh said...

All the kids on my street shared costumes year after year. One year I got stuck with the Christmas tree costume. That's right, a Christmas tree. This huge cardboard cut of a Christmas tree. I think I had the same face as the Dairy Queen outfit face.
My most favorite was pretty lame, but we had so much fun. We were dead students. Basically wore our normal clothes, backpacks, and white make-up. I told you it was lame, but good memories attached to the lameness.

idreamicanfly said...

My favorite was the football player. My brother had used it in previous years, so I wanted my turn. From the front, your standard football player complete with helmet, black under the eyes, and shoulder pads. From the back - a waist-length ponytail that I would swing when I walked away. I loved that "Hey! It's a girl!" as I sauntered off with my candy.

LollyChops said...

I made a princess costume when I was a kid. I played sick from school and worked on it all day using my moms sheer curtains. I did not sew anything - it was all tape and staples. Fortunately I was wise enough NOT to staple her sheer curtains. Phew.. I think that might have been the end of me if I had.

AmandaMay said...

hi! I just found your blog and I have to say, that ice cream cone is amazing!

nichole said...

I was the tin man from the wizard of oz once. The costume was so cool, but the silver paint on my face melted off onto everything and everything!

...love Maegan said...

that's awesome! My mom always made my costumes and hopefully I will be able to do the same for my children. It's just better :)

Team Garaway said...

classic picture! you're mom is awesome and you've definetly followed in her footsteps! can i have some of your energy and inspiration!?

kelli said...

My mom made my costumes several times when I was a little kid. One year, when I was four, I was a bucket of movie popcorn. She even adorned my head with a wig of strands of popcorn. In the only photo of me in that costume, my eyes are puffy and red and my face is wet from crying so much. I looked so pathetic. Now as an adult, it's one of my favorite childhood photos.

Moira said...

I just found your blog through sfgirlbybay. It's great! This post, especially, made me smile. My mom was the same way. And I was not always beaming with pride (for whatever reason) either. That costume is genius!