Book Giveaway + Halloween Wrap-Up**

First of all, Stash Books is holding a giveaway for a free copy of my book!  Details here.  Winner announced tomorrow, so head on over!

Now...almost half-way through November and I'm just getting around to summing up last month's fun. We've been busy!

October was full of the usual activities...

The hay maze out at the pumpkin patch on the coast (south of Half Moon Bay)...

pony rides...

and pumpkins.

We watched and cheered through a month of baseball - and were quite happy with the result!  


As far as Halloween costumes, I didn't do a whole lot this year. My oldest was Alice (store-bought) and my youngest was some sort of pink and purple confection**.

My middle daughter wanted to be a pirate.  So, I made a really, really basic skirt and sash for her out of Sarah Jane's Out to Sea fabric.  Paired with boots, a pirate hat, an eye patch, and a hook and sword - and she was all set. The blouse she's wearing is one that my mother made me 30+ years ago!  It was part of this Gunne Sax outfit ( I actually still have the skirt and vest, too!).  It's an antique :-P.

And when your 7 year old asks you to make a matching pirate costume for their doll...it's hard to refuse.  I know all too well how quickly she'll out-grow this stage.  So, I also made a quick matching skirt for Noelle and a shirt (shortening and slightly narrowing the basic dress pattern included in my book).  Because it's a pirate shirt...I just used pinking shears to finish the sleeves and neck line, too.  Easy!

We couldn't leave out Humpty.  He sits perched up there above my sewing table.  His little pumpkin costume adds a bit of Halloween whimsy to the pink room.  

And yes, he's getting a Santa Suit next month :).

 **Just in case you think it's all sugar-and-spice around here (it's not!), or that I'm done talking about Halloween, I'll have an upcoming post about some ZOMBIE DOLLS that the girls and I made last month.  Watch out :)