A Tale of Two Gnomes... Our Halloween Costumes 2017!
Wow! What a week. Tomorrow we take off for Country Living Fair in Atlanta, Georgia; we've been working our little behinds off for the past month trying to restock all of our products due to selling out completely of most of them at the last show in Ohio. And then we did something a little insane... we put our house up for sale on Friday! Aaaaah! If you have been following along on Instagram and Facebook, then you know more of this story. For now, all I can really say is that all offers are currently accepted and we are hoping for a move by the end of November. Of course, nothing happens until the day arrives, so it could all be for naught! But we are so excited. Why are we moving? We found a place that has acreage! We are upgrading our homestead and leaving this one behind. What a journey! I am really excited to share more and probably won't until everything is finalized and actually happening. For now, just excited jitters and hoping harder than ever. Please send your good vibes our way!
In light of all things that are motherhood, exhaustion, and the business of life... our Halloween costumes were something that I really didn't even want to think about. For the majority of October I have been asking Tad again and again what he might like to dress up as, knowing that zero of the options will be the choice on the day of trick-or-treating. Two-year-olds, man. They are picky! And indecisive. I love him. So far, he has expressed wanting to be a blue dinosaur, a pink Power Ranger, a firefighter, a kitty, and Spiderman. I have a feeling Spiderman will win the day considering he wears his costume on a daily basis. And I will be arriving home the day before Halloween with little time to spare! Spiderman it is - but first, he had to please his mama with this stupidly easy creative costume. Because I am a mother, and I treasure homemade costumes.
The choice that won for a super easy costume to put together?! Garden Gnomes! We just received our knits from our partner, Fin + Vince, in the mail early last week, and I thought they made the perfect little cozy, warm gnome outfit. How cute are those suspender pants?! I pulled out his little linen vest from Conscious Clothing, rain boots, and knit gnome bonnet that we used to sell. He's wearing the 2-4 year old size. I mean, so easy! You can grab the digital pattern for the bonnet at the end of this post for FREE.
I have been noticing a lot of costumes like this popping up all over the place online: a costume that you already have on hand. And shouldn't that be what Halloween is anyway?! This is such a sustainable costume, if you think of it that way, where we don't throw anything way. It is useable clothing with a little bit of added flair to create something cute, creative, and funny.
I am wearing a top and skirt from Not Perfect Linen, yellow tights, rain boots, a vintage apron from Found Company, and a felt hat that I made in about 20 minutes. Seriously! I loved being able to throw together this costume quickly and add a little swipe of red paint to complete the look. If you are feeling like a lazy mom this Halloween, this may just be your saving grace! You can thank me later.
Oh, this sweet boy! He was such a good sport... for the first twenty minutes. I kind of have a neat freak on my hands, and as soon as he realized the painted cheeks were unusual (strangely about 20 minutes after painting them on) he cried until we wiped them off. Theodore! I realized while uploading these that they may be the last photos we take in the greenhouse together. There are a lot of things happening in the next weeks, including another show in Illinois, packing, daily life, and not to mention Thanksgiving! A cold front has come through Iowa, so I doubt there will be lots of time spent outside, only small bursts. It made me kind of sad, but also excited and hopeful. A new greenhouse will be built at our new home! And the family that moves into our little homestead will get to enjoy the one we leave behind for them.
If you want to try making up a sweet little gnome hood for your own babe, I am giving away the digital pattern for free in our online shop! It comes in sizes 6 months - 4 years. Really easy to make and perfect for a beginner! You can either head over to our shop or click the button below to head straight to the pattern. Because it is free, it won't ask you for your credit card information, though you may think it might. Remember, digital download links from our site expire after 24 hours, so be sure to save the PDF to your computer/phone after opening it. Or else just email me, and I can resend the link! (:
Have a happy Halloween! See last year's costumes HERE.