I was honored to be able to make our annual family costumes. Every year we do a theme for the family (this year it is for all 16 of us – our family of 10, my sister Jen and her family and my parents)… This year, Mazy’s (my dad’s gun and cigar store) has one of the business booths at the community “Trunk or Treat” event put on by the Town of Chino Valley
For the boys, we made tunics and beards, both out of felt. They are wearing sweat shirts and pants under. We made belts as well to go around the tunics.
For the girls, we made knee length skirts and shawls. They are also wearing sweatsuits under their outfits.
Everyone is getting a gnome hat as well.
The tunics are rectangle pieces of felt with ovals cut out for the head openings.
The beards are white felt cut in the shape of a beard with layers of white felt cut with one wavy side and sewn across over lapping. Then, we added a piece of Velcro onto the front on each side at the top to Velcro the beards to the hats.
The belts are just long pieces of fabric tied in the back.
Belt Buckles are pieces of foam core cut and spray painted silver.
The girls’ skirts are just simple elastic skirts and I added a shawl of felt. We also cut and ironed on fabric mushrooms on some of the costumes.
1/2 cup white rice flour (You can use brown rice flour as well – I did when I ran our of white)
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp cooking oil
4 drops Essential oils (Peace and Calm or even lavender – works wonders on my kids)
Several drops of food coloring or 1-2teaspoons of natural dyes made from dried veggies. See Below!
We don’t use processed dyes in our home, however, my sister made us natural dyes from dehydrating and grinding up vegetables. You can add several drops of dye OR a teaspoon of ground dried beets(for red) or dried ground carrots (for orange), spinach (for green). The natural dyes will not be as vibrant, but OH MYYY! SO much healthier. In our photo, we used 2 teaspoons of dried ground beets.
Mix together all ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until it forms a ball. Cool completely before storing in a air tight container.
I get all of my essential oils through Young Living because they are the highest grade that you can get… Safe for my whole family. visit www.youngliving.com/krismazy for more information.
I am always looking for ways to help my munchkins on writing. When I was student teaching, the kindergarten teacher had these COOL SPACEMEN word spacers to help the kids learn to space their word when they write.
You will need a clothes pin, white paint, sky blue paint, a red and black sharpie.
Paint your clothes pin white.
Add a blue semi-circle for the helmet.
Draw your clothes (follow my sample if you need help) using the sharpie.
Repeat on the back side of the clothespin.
This serves as a little reminder that there are spaces between each word while your littles are writing. My 3rd grader just pins it to the top of his paper. My 1st graders use it while they are practicing writing.
To use, have the kiddling write their first word. Please the spaceman on their paper after the word and then start writing their next word. It puts a finger wide space in between each word on their papers until they can remember to SPACE!
I LOVE finding interesting articles online. THANKS AUNT DONNA for sending this to me! This article was on What’s cooking America. Every year we use different items like the follow list to dye our eggs. Looking forward to the weekend to do it again. 🙂
As most of you know, Elwyn is Anaphylaxis to Red Dye – Easter when she was about 15 months old, I fed her jelly beans and she has a reaction that sent us to the hospital when her heart having to be restarted among other terrible things because of the dyes that I fed her. We have converted the entire house to dye-free and it helps my 3 amigos as well (Autism and PTSD & ADHD can also be effected by dyes and processed foods as well).
How to make natural egg dyes:
Wash hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.
You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls) of a dyestuff in a saucepan.
Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff. NOTE: This will be about 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff.
Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.
Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye.
Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color.NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator.
When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer.NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.
For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.
Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.
Items To Dye With
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
Brown or Beige
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Purple or red grape juice or beet juice
Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice Red Zinger Tea
Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Cranberries or Juice
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
Canned Cherries (with syrup)
Cranberries Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Violet or Purple
Violet Blossoms Hibiscus tea
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled) Chamomile Tea
Celery Seed (boiled) Green tea
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffr
Having 8 kids in this house, means that mom needs a “retreat” every once in a while…. While, they still bang on the bathroom door while I am taking my relaxing baths (and that could be Tall Man when he is trying to escape from the kids too! LOL), I still try and get at least one relaxing time for myself every week. … This is so very important for ALL moms out there to have their “me” time.
Homemade Bath Salts
1/2 Cup Epsom salt
1/2 Cup Sea Salt
10 drops of essential oils (I used lavender from Young Living plus 1T of dried flowers – I used lavender from my garden that I had dried)
In a metal bowl, mix the 2 salts together.
Add 10 drops of essential oil and mix well
OPTIONAL: add dried flowers (I just happened to have dried lavendar flowers from my garden, so I added them.
It always amazes me how fast time flies. It’s 2011. How did that happen? Lar had 17 days off in December (love when he actually uses vacation time) then he was called in 4 times over that period. So, we got part of our vacation or rather our staycation.
It was GREAT to have him at home, especially since he helped me with ideas that I had for Berlyn. We are still having a bit of difficulty adjusting to the autistic tendencies that he has. God made him perfect – God made him Berlyn. So we are trying something NEW. Learning the alphabet has been – should I say – a CHALLENGE.
I found a Star Wars scrapbook with paper at Hobby Lobby. (THANKS HL – LOVE that store!!) I found and printed up Characters from the movies that match different letters of the alphabet. We have made it through “D” so far. He is starting to “get it”. Although he was resistant in making each page into ONE letter… so we are going to run out of pages long before the alphabet is done. The fact that God has blessed us with him is more important on how fast he learns specific things. Lar and I are constantly researching and relearning how to teach him (out of our own boxes) and I believe that is the key!
Griffen got up this morning and decided that his bookwork would wait and made a lunch sack owl. SERIOUSLY CREATIVE!!! He would just prefer to do hands on any day than bookwork! HAHAHA That’s Griffen!
El is booking her way rather quickly through 2nd grade – and asked if she could start the 3rd grade on the computer today because she was bored!
Shelby moved her squishy chair in my studio where I snapped a quick photo before she stuck her tongue out at me. OOPS I forgot to take down the Christmas wreath.
I have a list of activities that we have planned out that I can’t wait to share with everyone. Happy New Year to everyone!!