Sunday, October 26, 2014

Couples Loofah and Soap Halloween Costume Tutorial

For Halloween this year my husband and I decided to be a loofa and bar of soap. These are two very simple costumes. I wanted to share how you can make these costumes. Please keep in mine that for the loofa costume I do have a tube dress underneath and it can be modified to be more age appropriate for younger kiddos. 

Materials for Loofa:
20-32 yards of Tulle (for reference I am 5'2" I used 32 yards of tulle, I think 24-26 yards would have been a good amount)
Yarn that matches the Tulle
Elastic (1 package)
Tube Dress (color matching tulle)
masking tape

Optional (Bubble Headband):
Plain Headband
Small Iridescent Clear ornaments
Hot glue gun with sticks

When you buy your tulle it will be folded in half. I had ordered mine online so it came on the bolt which made it easier to measure out. Keep the tulle folded in half as it will make it easier to measure out.

You will want to cut the tulle into strips that are 2 yards long.

When we measured it out we taped down the sides with masking tape and looped it back and forth taping each side down at the two yard mark. This makes it easier when you go to cut the pieces.

Next we cut the looped ends so that we had individual pieces.

You will have individual pieces like this:
Now, you will take 2 layers and fold them into thirds and then fold again into half.

Your pieces should look like this:

Once you have folded all your pieces you will want to cut pieces of yarn for each. Just make them as long as the width of the folded material. You will need 1 piece of yarn per piece of folded material. 
Next you are going to bunch up your pieces of fabric to look like bow tie pasta and tie the yarn and knot it as tight as you can.

You will have this when you are done:

Next you will need to tie elastic around your bust and waist and knot it. Tie it tighter that you would think to tie it because the fabric will weigh it down and it could stretch a little. 

Once you have your elastic bands begin tying the pieces of fabric to the elastic. Use the excess string from tying the fabric. 

Now all you need to do is fluff the material. For me I took each piece and separated it pulling mostly at the middle where the fabric is tied in half.

For the bubble headband all you need to do is pull the metal piece of the ornament out and hot glue onto the headband 

Soap Costume:

My husband is 5'11", 34 inch waist. He went to Home Depot and bought a moving box (Large size). It was $2. Then I had bulletin Board paper I had bought for my classroom and I basically wrapped the box. You can make it any brand of soap. We decided on the soap he uses which is Dove men. I used foil for the silver words and bird. Then I painted the white letters. The hardest part was cutting the holes for his arms because we wanted to make sure he could keep his arms by his side. We cut the holes after the box was decorated but recommend cutting the whole before you decorate.

This was before we cut the arm holes bigger.

Hope you enjoy!

Five for Friday on Sunday and What I Have Been Up To

Wow! I have not posted in a long long time. The school year definitely picked up and got a little crazy and stressful. I am FINALLY on fall break and it couldn't have come at a better time.

This week was Spirit Week at our school. Monday was Character Day, Tuesday was Pajama Day (my favorite!), Wednesday was Crazy Hair Day, Thursday was Sports Day and Friday was Spirit Day. It was a lot of fun and my kiddos got really into it. I forgot to take pictures of the kids all dressed up though :(
  Ms. Frizzle from Magic School Bus                                 Pajama Day

    Crazy Hair Day (I put a water bottle in                Representing the Anaheim Ducks :)
    my hair to get it to stick up then tied a 
   piece of tulle around like a headband.

I made a FANTASTIC dinner this week. Of course, it was a recipe I found on Pinterest. Here is the link to the recipe: Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bake There are definitely some shortcuts you could make on it like buying already made alfredo sauce and cooked shrimp. My husband accidentally bought cooked shrimp but it worked out perfect. I did make the alfredo sauce from scratch. It was not difficult at all. 

My mom is in town visiting while I am on Fall Break. She came in to my classroom for the whole day on Friday. She had so much fun and the kids absolutely LOVED her. They asked her when she would be coming back. They are such sweethearts. We had fun, since it was the last day before Fall Break we did some Creepy Carrots activities and Candy Corn Math.

Yesterday we celebrated my step nieces 4th birthday. It was an absolutely beautiful day. 82 degrees at the end of October in Denver?!!! It was awesome! 

My hubby and I went to a Halloween costume party last night. We decided to go with a couples costume this year. I was a loofa and he was a bar of soap. I will post a tutorial on how to make the loofa costume in another post. 

Some other fun stuff that I have been up to: 

Let me just say that I was not prepared for school picture day. We don't take out whole group staff pictures or class pictures until the spring. Since I was hired mid year last year I didn't realize that we got individual pictures taken in the fall. OOPS! So they gave us like 20 pictures...what am I going to do with these? I sent some to my grandma, mom and dad. My grandma called me and said I looked like I was 12! I am almost 26!

I love baking and I love making deserts. Our friends invited us over for dinner and asked us to bring over desert. I made Oreo Truffles (the ones with white chocolate on top) and Cookie Dough Truffles. They were delicious!

While most people take a picture of their food at restaurants, my husband took a picture of the plates once we were done haha. We paid off my student loans in a little less than a year!!! We went out to dinner to celebrate. I had a very good chunk of loans but my husband loves Dave Ramsey so we followed his methods and paid them off! Now we are almost out of debt, just 1 car payment and then we are debt free!! 

I had a horrible day at work a few days ago. The kids were bonkers along with everything else. I was stressed out and had to sit through my 3 1/2 hour grad class after a very long day. I came home to this. He is amazing!

Mrs. W

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October Currently

Holy wow! I cannot believe it is already October, I feel like it is just going to fly too. We have THREE. 3 whole days of teacher work days coming up, PLUS fall break! 
Listening: My biggest guilty pleasure would probably be all of the Bravo shows I watch. Now that all the fall shows are back I have pushed my Bravo shows to the side. Since my hubby is working late tonight, I decided to watch them so he doesn't have to suffer through it with me. 

Loving: I love fall. It is my favorite season. Probably because I grew up in Arizona and we never had a fall, then I moved to California. Living in Denver I love that we have seasons! It has been super chilly (to me at least). It is my favorite kind of weather!! It also means that ski season is around the corner!

Thinking: Our apartment is a mess. I feel like we pick it up and then we make is messy again. Its small though, so it probably isn't that messy. My father-in-law is coming to visit this weekend so we definitely need to pick up.

Wanting: I want candy corn and Reese's, however I will resist because I have finally started working out again after ....well a long time of not working out.

Needing: I need sleep. I am so exhausted. I'm tired of working 12 hour days, plus we had 3 weeks of conferences (1 night per week). It's exhausting though. I was actually on a roll, all of the parents had shown up except 1 and then tonight only 1 out of the 5 I had scheduled showed up. I am just plain tired. Plus it is harder to get out of bed now that its getting chilly!

Treat! I would love a treat, however, as previously stated I must resist!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Five for Friday on a Sunday

I am linking up again with Doodle Bugs Teaching for another Five for Friday, but on Sunday. 
Last Sunday me, my husband and his parents went to the opening day game for the Broncos. It was y 2nd Broncos game but this one was full of so much energy! It was so much fun and we won!

The weather this week was absolutely insane!!! It started out nice and warm and then by the end of the week it was snowing!!! Luckily none of the snow stuck to the ground. It was so cold, but now I'm totally ready for fall!

Speaking of fall...we were in the mountains yesterday and today. It's beginning to look like fall! I love Colorado and that there are actually seasons here. I moved here from southern California and I am originally from Arizona, so fall is really exciting for me!

We went to Grand Lake with some friends this weekend. It was beautiful. They showed us around town and took us to watch the elk. It sounds boring but it was soooo cool. The elk all summer hang out together (all the males together and all the females together). Then for about 3 weeks in September they all split up into groups and it is mating season. However, for the males who do not have groups of females they often fight to take over/ keep their group. I guess its the most active the elk are. So at dusk and dawn the male come out of the trees and gather all the female and move them to a new spot. The male also bugle. It was so interesting. This male was running around like crazy. There was also another male who approached but ran off. 

I got my September Jamberry Style Box in the mail! I can't wait to put them on, but I broke a few of my nails os I want to wait until they grow a little.