October 31, 2012


I hope y'all were dying to see boatloads of pictures of my kid in his Halloween costume- 'cause that's what you're getting! Little Smith decided to be a fish-y this year, well actually I decided for him because we already had a great knit fish hat- but he has been very obsessed with fish lately so it was meant to be. I can not sew. Despite the fact that I did get a sewing machine for Christmas last year and did promise myself to tackle sewing in 2012, my portfolio of projects consists solely of a single flashlight cozy (how practical!)... maybe next year.

My mother used to make my Halloween costumes as a kid and I really wanted to contribute something to Little Smith's this year, so I decided to pimp out a black hoodie with some felt fish scales and eyes to match the hat. It seemed like a simple little project that would be easy enough to hand sew, but it took me an insanely long time to pull this thing together.

I had to finish it almost a week early so that Little Smith could wear it to costume day at the baby class we attend, and when we showed up I am fairly certain the other mommies thought I had way too much time on my hands. The teacher mentioned that she had been up until 10PM the night before making her own son's costume and I was too embarrassed to admit that I was up until nearly 3AM... stitching felt like a nut job!

No matter how ridiculous, once I commit to a project, it's going to get done. Just ask Big Smith, who has tried to talk me down from the ledge time and time again. I'm stubborn, it's probably my best and worst character trait all rolled into one.

My mom thinks he looks more like a bird than a fish (she's got a bit of a critical eye- the apple doesn't fall far). Luckily he is too little to care this year, he's just happy that the hoodie is comfortable and the hat is easy to remove!

We'll be setting up chairs on our porch and passing out some candy this evening- we get a lot of kids so I hope we have enough treats for all those tricks. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

*We are grateful that the storm was fairly mild in our area and we can enjoy some Halloween fun today. Most of my family is in New York and still without power, but happily all safe and doing great. Hope everyone else is faring as well and a swift recovery to those who were hit the worst.


  1. Aaaww i love his fishy outfit! Its so cute!

  2. Very relieved to know you guys made it through the storm ok & that your fishy is safe & ready for trick or treating. Adorable costume & gorgeous pics!

  3. Great job on that costume!! I so wish I knew how to sew. Maybe I'll make that my 2013 project. HA!

    We don't get ANY trick-or-treaters in our apartment (locked building) so we may have to go for an evening walk to see some little kids in cute costumes. Happy Halloween!

  4. Oh, this came out so darling! I love every felted scale. I just wrote about the same thing on my blog this morning :) I think when our own Mamas make our costumes with love, we like to pass that along.

  5. Oh my gosh, he is so cute! I think you did a really great job on that fishy costume! I especially love the picture where he's sticking out his fishy bottom! I just want to snatch him up in a great big hug!

    Also, really glad that you guys are okay!

  6. ahh! what a cute idea crafty lady! He makes a darling fish. I'm impressed.

    Happy Halloween to you and your clan! Hope your evening is swell.

  7. Oh, he is so adorable !! I love his costume

  8. He is quite the adorable fish! I love the one where he's sticking his little booty out. And nice work on the costume! I understand the feeling of being too stubborn to stop, but it usually pays off in one way or another. :)

    Now, I can't wait to see what kinds of things you sew up with that machine in 2013. ;)

  9. gee, after seeing last year's photo, i didn't think he could get any cuter...but i have been proved wrong!

    all i can say is WOW! that costume is super cool and to think that you made it yourself AND sewed it all by hand...that's pretty impressive!

  10. that hat! and that cute baby butt with scales! So beautiful. I'm with you on the stubborn front - as in, I'm stubborn too, and I think that it's also my best and worst character. Also - is that pumpkin real?!?! (is that a stupid question??) haha. x

    1. Yes, that beast of a pumpkin is real... a whopping 48 lbs too! :)

  11. That fish costume looks great! Your claim of not being able to sew is proven invalid by these great photos of his super rad costume. He looks so cute in it, and it's so great when little kids like costumes because they can dress up any time of the year and nobody cares. So all that hard work potentially could get a lot of milage.

  12. How flipping adorable!!!! My favorite was the booty shot. Must save that for when he's 18!

  13. I think your hard work paid off because I've never seen such a cute little fishy. And even though it was a crazy amount of work the pictures always make it worth it!