Ghost Costume for the Little One’s…

Okay so when I was a child I remember my mom dressed me up in the cutest ghost costume decorated in ghosts & pumpkins. I loved this costume. This year when I was brain storming ideas for my sons Halloween costume, I decided to recreate my very own costume from scratch.

These are the tools I needed:

White sheet
White thread
Sewing machine
Tape measure
Pencil
String
Acrylic paints
Paint brushes
Glow in the dark glitter

The costume was fairly easy to create. As all I needed to do was cut out a large circle, a small circle, attach a hood & paint the creatures on. Since I wanted a large circle, the best way to do this was to fold the sheet in half, draw a half circle and cut it out.

Fold the sheet in half

Fold the sheet in half

To ensure the circle was symmetrical I took a piece of string for the length I thought was appropriate for my son & tied it to a pencil(similar to a protractor). I then pinned the string to the center of the sheet & went around making a half circle.

After cutting out the half circle I measured a one inch seam allowance around the edges.

One inch seam allowance

One inch seam allowance

After those were made I cut out an opening for the neck. Again I followed the same instructions with the string & pencil and in the center of the fabric(while it was still folded) I drew a half circle and cut it out(make sure the half circle is one inch smaller than intended to make the alterations for the 1 inch seam allowance).

Small hole for next with 1inch seam allowance.

Small hole for neck with 1inch seam allowance.

Next I ironed the seam allowances to ensure even sewing. Making sure to fold in the raw edges so the seams were fray-free.

To make the hood I simply cut out a rectangle, folded in half & sewed all the edges. I then sewed the top of the hood(or one of the short ends). I then basted the hood & the main piece, synching each piece together for a light ruffly look. Then I sewed the hood to the cape making sure the right side of the main piece was facing up & the wrong side of the hood was facing up(this ensures the seams are are the inside of the costume.

Great now that the costume has been sewn all I needed to do was create the stencils for the characters & paint on them on.

Hand drawn templates to stencil on

Hand drawn templates to stencil on

To stencil these onto the costume make sure the lines of the stencil are drawn on hard with a pencil. Then flip them over & place them onto the selected area of the costume. I wanted the characters to be on the bottom of the costume just like mine was. Then simply rub them on the fabric & the stencil should transfer over.

Once that was completed I painted in the characters.

Creation of ghosts

Creation of ghosts

Creation of painted characters

Creation of painted characters

As the paint dried I sprinkled glow in the dark glitter where I wanted it. Voila the cutest ghost costume for a little one. And the best part is I only spent $3-5 5 dollars on the entire costume.

And the project is finished! So easy, so fun...

And the project is finished! So easy, so fun…

We had so much fun in the costume my heart melted…

How cute is this costume!?!

How cute is this costume!?!

Running ghost

Running ghost

The Journey Continues-Float3

This week my focus is on vulnerability. I want to discuss this as vulnerability affects everyone. According to merriam-websters dictionary the definition of vulnerable is; capable of being physically or emotionally wounded or being open to attack or damage : assailable. To me being vulnerable means allowing yourself to be open, unguarded, showing ourselves completely to the world without the fears of being judged, rejected or  chastised for our beliefs. How is vulnerability and the float pods related. Well for one, when you are in the float pod you are lying naked, exposed to the world. Two your mind is vulnerable to the silence, the cosmos and to our deepest thoughts. Three your senses are vulnerable to everything, as there is hardly anytime that we are surrounded in complete silence.

Throughout the years and with all of the things I have been exposed to I have taught myself to safe-guard myself from the world, making sure that when I am vulnerable I can be kept safe by keeping my guard up at all times. In the past few years it has been a struggle to accept the fact that I do not need to keep my guard up, that it is okay to be vulnerable. Being vulnerable is part of being human, in fact I think it is essential for human beings to be vulnerable this shows the world that are truly human.

Being vulnerable also means binge completely honest with ourselves. The float pods are a great way to explore ourselves, as in the pods we have nothing other than our nakedness, our own thoughts and the truth of what is. The float pods allow us to be completely vulnerable to what is, what has been and what could be.

I want to give thanks to the float pods for reserving a special spot for me to allow myself to be completely vulnerable & utterly exposed to the world…

Until next time Peace be with You…