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14 Different Homemade Halloween Costumes!

I love dressing up, Yall. Love it. Today, while at work, you'll definitely see me sporting something new. Be sure to check out my Instagram feed for a peek at my costume. I just might be rocking a faux-hawk!

gypsies Since dressing up is so much fun, and I've done more than my fair share over the last several years, I thought I'd share just the Halloween costumes that my family and I have worn. All but two of them were completely homemade. I love piecing together the costumes on my own...I think they look a bit more authentic that way. ūüėČ

Last year in 2012, Riley and I were Gypsies together.

We pieced together stuff we had in our closets...adding big earrings, scarves on our heads and dark eye makeup.

It definitely spoke to my inner-gypsy. I felt so natural in this costume. Ha!


Tay was a nerd and her shirt was so stinking clever. I love it. She added pink duct tape to her shirt to make suspenders and then went nuts with her markers.

2011 was one of my favorite costume years. 

I got lucky and had two opportunities to dress up.

The Black Window Bunko Party that I hosted was a blast. We all dressed in "funeral" garb. Again, I pieced together stuff I had in my closet. The only thing I ended up buying was the bird. The Mummy costume that I ended up making for our Halloween party is still one of my favorites ever. It was soooo comfortable and super easy to create. I used an old white skirt, ripped strips of it off, and then sewed them back on to create length and give it a "mummy" look. The awesome thing about it is that I didn't have to be perfect!


Lucas was a monk.. He was awesome. He even shaved his head for it!!! This is one of the two store-bought costumes.


The girls' costumes were a particular fav of mine that year. They're so creative. (Well...I did help.)

Riley was in love with the newest movie version of Red Riding Hood, and Taylor was very into elves that year. I whipped up a cape for Riley and dressed her in some loose, over-sized clothes of mine. Turned out perfect. And Tay re-used my white "fairy" dress (you'll see that a few more times below) and added some of her own stuff to make it look elvish. She even made her own bow and arrows from sticks and vines she found in the yard. I sewed up her quiver and boot covers using some old brown scraps that I had.

girlies  2010 Homemade Costumes 

I was a beer wench that year...and I loved the costume...but that Halloween goes down in history as the boob-Halloween. So I'll spare you the pics. The girls did a great job again. This time, Riley is sporting the 2nd of the two store-bought costumes...but we put our own flare on it....cutting up the skirt and sewing on strips of red cloth to the top and bottom. Taylor's Mad Scientist cracks me up. This was a super easy homemade costume. We used things we had around the house and she pulled it all together and rocked it with her amazing personality!


 2009 Homemade Costumes 

In 2009 we spent Halloween back in Texas. My younger sister and I dressed as witches (my first time ever) and tried to emulate the Sanderson Sisters a little bit. I don't have a pic of our skirts, but they were amazing. I shredded up scraps of black fabric and pinned them to a band of elastic. These things were huge!! We pulled black tops out of our closets, added some cheap hats... fun, easy, homemade.


The kiddos were trying to be scary that year. We bought a couple of black wigs, added some crazy makeup and they became Frankenstein's Bride and a Vampire. Taylor's white dress was an old hand-me-down and Riley wore some black clothes under a cape that we whipped up from some extra fabric my grandma had.


 2008 Homemade Costumes 

That year, Lucas and I dressed as vampires. You'll see me in that same white dress that Tay wore in 2011. We rented out a VIP booth in a San Francisco club with some friends who also dressed as vampires. The white dress was a re-use for me that year and the black girdle thing was something I'd had from years and years before. The boots were hand-me-downs from my baby sister (they're the same boots I wore for the Black Widow Bunko costume.) Lucas just wore his own black clothes...and I still cannot believe that I was able to convince him to paint his nails black. Ha!! Our teeth were clip-ons and looked so real! Makeup bite marks finished things off.


 2007 Homemade Costumes 

'07 was the first year that we rented the VIP booth with our Cali friends. That year was the first that I wore that white dress. My girlfriends and I were Earth, Wind, Fire, & Water fairies. My wings were I got the dress at a costume shop and tossed everything else that went with it. Maybe it was a bride costume originally? Or an angel? Anyways... I added some flowers, my curls, flowery trim up my leg... and became the "wind" fairy. The great thing about that costume was that went I took the wings off, it doubled as a spartan lady to go with my hubby's spartan warrior get up.


The list goes on and on as almost all of my parties are dress up parties. It's just too much fun to create different characters.

I already can't wait for next year!!



Hey yall!! I thought I'd just pop in here and let you know that I'm still alive. I've definitely had you all on my mind lately...tonight I was actually coaching a friend of mine on the fine arts of starting up a blog and all the good stuff that goes along with it. I didn't realize until tonight just how much information I much I've retained... about blogging and it's technical intricacies. I hope I didn't overwhelm her. =) Anyways... after the info dump, I also realized that I definitely want to make writing/blogging a priority again. I know I can't commit to daily-publishing yet. But once a week is a great start.


So... to begin...I thought I'd give you a mini-ish update on what I've been doing...

I've been pouring a lot of my free time and energy into something completely new that I am so excited about.  About a month ago, my mama and step dad approached me about opening up a letterpress studio online. My step dad, Shawn, has 30+ years of professional printing experience under his belt. And he just happens to own an amazing letterpress shop in Houston.

So, to make a long story short, he asked me to be the creativity behind the tangible product. I accepted, because it is AWESOME. And...

Cottonberry Letterpress was born.


It's a baby website right now. I'm still working out kinks and pouring content into its pages. I'm learning Adobe Illustrator (and the entire Creative Suite in general). And it's coming along. I'm definitely already "open" for business, but the grand opening is forthcoming.

Lucas and I started juicing....   ish.... 
It's good. I love it. But holeee crap is it expensive. 

A few weekends ago, we went RV camping (I know that's not really camping, but dooood, it is awesome) with a bachelor buddy of ours (who's family owns the RV) down at Jellyston Park (think: Yogi Bear) in Luray, VA. It was so fun. Floating down the Shenendoah River... drinks and 4 wheelers and dough boys (that must be of God) and fireflies and a pretty chill time all around. Love.


Lucas and I had a double date night with one of his diving buddies and his lady. I discovered Pisco Sours and my new love of Peruvian food....

And I am still gaga over this man... yall... omgeeeee.


The girls and I spent a few different weekends with my sister and my nephew. Walks around the park, impromptu photo sessions, ducks, kissing the fat bebe. Love.


Then it was the 4th of July. Our first, after an 11 year streak, that was not on a military base. I'll admit, I was a little sad about it. My heart really does bleed red, white, and blue... and Texas... and Lucas...


And then... 4 days later is was Riley's 11th birthday. Little nut.


And then... 4 more days later... it was Taylor's 13th birthday.

THIRTEEN!! I have a teenager. OMG.


I can't believe how big they are, how much they've grown. I love the people that they are becoming. They are so amazing. I am so blessed to be their mama. So blessed. My sweet, precious, little dorks.


And now... I'm finishing off my 2nd lemonade mai tai. And it's time for me to log off... because during this season of my life, Chinese checkers with the little dorks and their daddy is much more important than my blog. But yall, I've been missing you... Until next time.. I'm taking this next swig for you! Xxo



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