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October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! From the Frozen Family 2014


Happy Halloween, friends!

Here we are, in all our costumed glory...!
The girls are all excited to go trick-or-treating, and hubs was a good sport to let me dress him up as Kristoff.  I made a quick costume for him out of fleece and faux fur (heaven help me).  We live with a great big Newfoundland dog right now, who we've affectionately been calling Sven.  We might even take him trick or treating with us!  Wouldn't that be the sight??


The girls decided I should be a rock troll, and since the only other suggestion was the big snow monster, I decided rock troll was a bit more manageable!  I have to stick with the fam though, because otherwise, someone asked if I was mother nature ;)  A green cape, leaf necklace and some glow sticks for "fire crystals" are about all that distinguish a rock troll though - plus a little bit of green hairspray, cause...why not?


So there you have it!  Our Frozen Family.  Sans a baby smile.  But honestly, I was lucky to finally get a family picture.  Today was the first time we've been together, in the daylight, with no rain to go outside and snap one!  But Olaf was tired, and did NOT want any warm hugs ;)  Here's hoping a little nap will make trick-or-treating bearable.  


Happy Haunting all!

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October 15, 2014

Felt Trick-or-Treat Bags: Frozen!



For years now, I've been making trick or treat bags for my girls to go along with their outfits.  I really enjoy coming up with a fun design to compliment their costumes, and they turn out so great!  They are a perfect size for their candy, and they get a lot of compliments on the whole ensemble.  


Above are their last year's Mario Brothers bags, and below are the Harry Potter versions from two years ago.



 This year, they chose Frozen!  These bags are constructed almost entirely with felt - and the tutorial can be found on my original post from years ago, here.  All of the embellishment is done before the bag is sewn together, and after that it comes together really quickly.


I have to admit, Anna was tough.  There wasn't a really obvious accessory that came to mind, but I think it turned out great.  Above is the design on the front of her dress.  I simply cut out all the little pieces from felt and sewed them down with coordinating thread.

Below are the things she gives to Kristoff and Sven for them to help her up the North Mountain.  A bit of a stretch? ;)


Elsa needed an Ice Castle, and for the back I got the fancy swirly felt, and made a little cape and gloves flying away in the wind.


Olaf was a no brainer. SUMMER!  Have you noticed that in the move, the ice in Olaf's cup is in the shape of him?  I liked putting that on the bag.


And of course, bees will buzz, so I used little black pom-poms, glued a strip of yellow felt around them, and glued them to some wings which I had already sewn down in the middle (so the edges are free to flap!).  The zig-zag stitch shows the bees buzzing around.  And I used white thread to sew dandelion fuzz, just like the song.


Here are my pretty princesses in their costumes!  Costco pulled through this year with some great Elsa and Anna costumes.





And of course, baby Olaf.  I love it!




So, be sure to check out the easy bag tutorial, and embellish your own felt trick-or-treat bags.  We've kept all of ours, and it is really fun to use them in the dress up box after Halloween.  
Happy Trick-or-Treating!

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