Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Husband and I LOVE Halloween and have been celebrating all month with treats, parties with church friends, and pumpkin carving. By the way isn't our grandpa's old victorian house great for Halloween!

Preview of our Halloween costumes. Can you guess who we are going to be???

More pictures of tonights adventures to come! Hope you have a great Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween--Thrift Store Style

So today I will be doing my first guest post, who happens to be one of my favorite people in the world, my sister! Every year my sister comes up with the most creative costumes for her cute family of four. So this year I asked her to share her secrets on how to make the perfect Halloween costume on a budget.  Enjoy!

Hello all!

Many thanks to my awesomely-stylish-wonderfully-talented sister for letting me encroach upon her blog to share our DIY thrift-redo costumes. While not as brilliantly beautiful as her usual blog posts, hopefully this guest post will fill you with some Halloween spirit and give you some inspiration for next year's costumes on a tight budget.  Or this year's, if you're the last-minute type.  But if you still don't have a costume, you might want to forgo reading this and spend time finding your Halloween attire instead! J

So my handsome hubby and I have been watching Doctor Who, which if you haven't seen it (check it out on Netflix streaming), you're truly missing out on some good, clean fun.  It's a campy British sci-fi show about a time-traveling alien (that looks human but happens to be 900-years-old and have two hearts) who never dies, but just regenerates into a new body, meaning new actors all the time.  We decided this year we had to go as the 10th Doctor and Rose Tyler, one of his human companions.

As Mackenzie would say, here's the inspiration:

So, I went armed with these ideas to our local thrift store (LOVE Thrift Town).  I ended up with these lovely items for Ben:
 The coat--$3.50
Brown suit jacket--$3
While the suit coat worked with his brown dress pants, the Women's (yes, women's) Trench needed some help.  First, I let down the sleeves, then removed all embellishments.  Then, it was on to my favorite part.

THE DYE!!!   

For an authentic-looking David Tennant's Doctor coat, I used Cocoa Brown Rit dye.  You need a LOT of boiling water for Rit dye.

Like every pan and microwave safe dish full.

Here are my girls while I'm neglecting them to work on costumes.  Yes, they're still in their PJs at 11:30am.  And yes, the older one is eating Neccos candy for breakfast.  I'm an awesome mom.

I'll reveal the final coat at the end, but let's just say, Cocoa Brown is very reddish and WAY too dark.  But here's a little trick.  If you dye something too dark, you can use hydrogen peroxide to lighten it.  Just mix a bottle of peroxide with hot water and soak your item.  I used a large bottle of peroxide and about 4 gallons of water in a bucket.  I did that 4 times, and I got the shade I wanted!  Hooray!

For my Rose costume, I found these beauties at Thrift Town:
Can you say early '90s?
Overalls--$1.50  Hoodie shirt--$1

With some work, here's the final look!

The Doctor
Coat: $3.50
Suit Coat: $3
Dye: $2
Bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide (my bad!): $3
Pants, tie, shirt: Free! Closet Shopping
Converse: Okay, so he technically didn't have these before, but I convinced him that a man in Chucks is extremely attractive, and he actually did need new shoes...he caved. $25 at Ross
Total cost (minus the shoes): $11.50

Rose Tyler
Overalls: $1.50
Hoodie Shirt: $1
Ridiculously Large Hoop Earrings (that you can't even see!): $1.50 at Forever 21
Leggings and Boots: Free from my closet
Total Cost: $4

Happy Halloween everyone!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The perfect proposal

Over the weekend, I asked my beautiful cousin Katie to do some modeling for my blog. During our modeling session, my cousin's boyfriend (who happens to be one of my husband's best friends) surprised her and popped the question!

The sneaky helpers

Aren't they the cutest couple EVER! 

P.S more pictures of my beautiful cousin and her modeling skills to come.

On a side note, two years ago today, my cute husband proposed to me. We have had so many wonderful adventures together, and I cant wait for Katie and Jack to start creating those wonderful memories together as husband and wife! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Aspen Gove

Skirt: Thrifted $3.50
JCrew Inspiration
The lovely 90's shirt dress combo

To save this lovely 2 piece ensemble, I left the shirt as is, which you can see Here, then I hemmed the skirt to give it a more modern look. Another quick fix for those old clothes in the back of your closet, or  those cheap garage sale items. So get out there and start sewing!

For years I have been hearing about the Alpine Loop, and the beautiful aspen groves of Utah, so this weekend, husband and I ventured up the canyon to witness the golden glory they call the Aspen Groves. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Over The Weekend...

We had a fabulous weekend full of General Conference, family, friends, cuddling, and lots of good food! Can't wait to do it again in another 6 months. Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!
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