Sunday, October 31, 2010

Our Halloween Costumes (Chess Pieces) won First Place!


As part of our annual Halloween tradition, we come up with a family theme for our costumes. This year we went as Chess Pieces. We entered two local Halloween costume contests and we won first place in group/family for both.

Felicia came up with our theme this year. It started when Michael suggested he wanted to be a knight. After tossing around ideas like "royalty" or "knights of the round table", Felicia noted that the knight is one of 6 different chess pieces. It was a perfect match!

All clothing (apart from my pants/shirt/vest) was sewn by Felicia.
  • The King's costume had a lined robe made of panne and a faux-fur shoulder piece. I strung the livery chain and medalion and constructed the crown.


  • For Rosemary's Queen costume, both the dress and the robe were sewn by Felicia and I made and decorated the crown.


  • For Michael's Knight costume, Felicia made the faux-chainmail hood and sleeves. The tunic and the pants were made out of a soft-faux-leather material. The helmet, shield and sword were painted to match, and then I embellished the shield with the chessboard pattern and the chess piece emblem.


  • Felicia sewed all her Bishop's vestments which included the velvet robe, the white cotton alb, the rope cincture, the stole and the decorated black chausable. I made and decorated the bishop's mitre.


  • For Jason's Rook piece, the structure was made using embroidery hoops, poster and illustration board, a "pleather" material for the brick, and glitter paint for the grout.


  • Finally, Felicia did all the sewing for Amara's Pawn dress and a Juliet cap. The bottom of the dress had a hoop made out of plastic tubing sewn into the hem to give the fullness.



  • Once again, Felicia deserves all the credit for her weeks of sewing and I'll take credit for the construction, painting and decorating. Oh, and did you notice the chessboard trick or treat bags? Felicia sewed those too. Each of us had a bag with our corresponding chess piece. I think that helped people figure out the theme.

    Take a look at our costumes for this year and years past

    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    Jason's 9th Birthday - A Mario Party Theme

    Jason's 9th Birthday 'Mario Party' VideoTo celebrate turning 9, Jason chose a Mario Party theme for his birthday this year. Guests played real-life versions of several of the mini-games from the Mario Party game series including Shy Guy Says, Hot Bob-omb, Sugar Rush and Catch You Letter.

    In addition the children had to guess the number of gold coins hidden in four treasure chests, played Bowser Bingo, bashed a Chain Chomp piƱata and ate a Grand Star birthday cake.

    We put together a fun video of all the festivities. Click on the thumbnail above to see a movie from Jason's 9th Birthday Party.