Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up in Arizona it was still pretty warm outside so you could dress up as anything you wanted as a kid without having to layer a bunch of jackets and carry an umbrella. Living in the Pacific Northwest for the last six years that is a different story, but we still make the best of it!
Last Halloween was my son's first Halloween where he could walk, so the excitement to find the perfect costume consumed me early on. One day while scrolling through my feed on Instagram I came across a Blogger Who posted one of those beautiful Blogger pictures where she had a beautiful braid, sat in a beautiful room, behind a beautiful sewing machine, and made a beautiful costume. Her caption read "one of the best gifts my mother ever gave to me was putting love into handmade costumes every year, i'm excited to get the opportunity to do this for my children" very sweet! That day changed the entire month of October for me...
Handmade costumes??? I can't sew a button, I don't own a sewing machine. I work full-time and run a business. How the heck am I going to give this wonderful gift to my child of making him a costume?! That weekend I decided I'm going to give it a try! I went to Joann fabrics, I walked in stood in the middle and looked around aimlessly, a sweet lady that worked there came up to me and said "how can I help you?" I immediately began crying, she hugged me and asked me what was wrong. I explained to her that I wanted to make my son's Halloween costume but I didn't know how to do anything like that! She asked me what I wanted to make I said I wanted to make a Thor costume, the hammer the outfit everything! She walked with me around the store as we gathered all the things, I wiped my tears and I headed home on a mission!
I spread out all my crafts on the table and I began to work on the hammer. A piece of foam that I would shape into the large rectangle that is Thor's hammer, tinfoil to make it shiny and a dowel for the handle that I would wrap in leather. I went at it... after shaping it wrapping it I looked down and again started crying, my husband asked me what was wrong and I held up what looked like a chipotle burrito. After a nice peptalk from my husband telling me that Thor doesn't even need a hammer (he's a good husband) I got to work on the rest of the costume I'm going to make a long story short here and add the picture of the final costume. Headwear from Amazon, Blue pajamas, an inside out graphic onesie, felt lightning bolts, his cape, and a fresh pair of vans. It wasn't perfect I cried a lot of tears, but my son had a great Halloween he loved being Thor he loved touching the lightning bolts on his inside out red onesie 😜
I realized I don't have to be the perfect mom with the perfect braid in a perfect room making a perfect costume for my kid to have a perfect Halloween. There is so much pressure on moms to be perfect and it sucks. But just know the way to measure how "perfect" you are, is The smile on your children's face when you tried your best. Now if you'll excuse me I am going to get to work on trying to make this Curious George costume, I can't wait for you all to see whatever he ends up actually being 😂
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