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Monday, January 4, 2016

Star Wars Halloween

The force is strong in my family. 


Ok, really, I just humor my grown up kid husband. Or rangled him into participating in Halloween by agreeing to a Star Wars theme. 
 How could I resist? 


Our new station in Belgium doesn't really have on-base housing, so MWR sponsors Trunk or Treat on base. This is our first year to actually get to give away candy instead of just doing the trick or treating. I was pretty excited to participate!
 Our little mini doesn't have much decorating space, but we managed to cram the whole cockpit of the Millenium Falcon in there!
 This is a lot of cardboard and duct tape! Will this rust bucket even get off the ground? 
Head for that small moon. Wait, I don't think that's a moon...


Ethan, use the force....
 The robe is a modified version of the Amy Butler Raincoat. I just made the hood bigger and belled out the sleeves. The tunic probably needs to be done over... but it worked ok. It is a modified version of a Kimono Wrap Dress. And the pants are just traced from PJ pants! Ethan thinks this costume is so comfy, I still catch him wearing it some days. 


Nautolan Jedi
 Haven's character is kind of a combination between these two characters:


Since she has the dreadlocks we wanted to play with them as an alien tentacle feature. Her body paint is just lotion mixed with food coloring! It worked brilliantly! I used the new Wilton color mixer set and followed the "recipe" for teal. It came off of her skin pretty easily, but it stayed in her hair quite a while. She ended up using hair bleach to get the last of it out.


I was Padme Amidala, in one of her costumes from Episode 3.
 Here she is for reference.

Now, she was pregnant in this costume. I most definitely am not. But this costume was the easiest and used the least amount of fabric. I used the Bianca Tunic pattern from Made by Rae for the top. I drafted up a turtle neck of sorts, and then cut it open in the front to form a tall collar. 


Bum bum bum bum bu dum bum bu dum...
Rob can't stand too long, so we had to make him a costume where he could be sitting the whole night. I was inspired by several wheel chair Tie Fighters I've seen on the internet (and once in person at the Star Wars convention!). We made him a lawn chair Tie Fighter! The costume is one of those cheapy onsie kinds. We chopped off the pants and just used the top and the cape. Then we ordered one of those voice changer helments and some nice Darth Vader gloves. 



It's all about the props! 

We wanted to have something cute for the kids, so I made this little knock down the can game. We had some balls, but we didn't want them getting lost in that field in the background. (Actually we did lose one...) So Rob whipped up these meteors out of duct tape! 

 Who's that driving my car????
 The R2D2 trashcan got the most attention, with the Tie Fighter/Darth Vader coming in second. 
This is a plain white trash can decorated with spray paint, painters tape and paint markers. 


We were not in the running for the trunk contest, since we work for MWR, but we got a lot of compliments on our set up. The winners had really awesome trunks, so we'll have to step it up next year! We have already started brainstorming!! 

And for the win - we reused our costumes to dress up for the opening night of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Nerd family for the win!

Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Craft Review

2015 was a very busy year for the Sarles Family. In my last post (way back in May!) I casually mentioned we were moving to Belgium. Yep, that happened. And because of that our life got really hectic. SO this is a pretty short list of things I made in 2015. 

Things I made in 2015

Quilts

Winter's Lane Quilt
Started in 2013, but finally finished in 2015


Twister Quilt
Started in 2012, but left half bound until 2015

Petrina's Double Slice Quilt

Clothes

Apron

Granville Shirts

 Renfrow Top with Cowl Neck


Halloween Costumes

Sweets

Bowling Cookies

 Valentine's Cake


Dream Catcher Cake



Sunday, May 31, 2015

Disneyland Paris

 So we took a few days out to visit Disneyland Paris last week because
 Haven was performing with her choir group!!!!!
The show choir and the jazz band auditioned and got selected to perform on the main stage in front of the castle! It was such an amazing experience!
 
The next day they participated in a workshop led by the Disney Performing Arts team. It was a really awesome experience for all the kids!
 
We went as a family and really enjoyed the park. I have to admit I was really impressed. I figured it would not be worth the high price tag, but I was wrong. It was awesome.
The parade was spring themed.
  
Rob and Ethan were on cloud 9 (or maybe it was the moon of Endor) to visit the Star Wars themed area. 
Every night they do this amazing show at the castle. It was a combination of lasers, water, movie, holograms, fireworks...
It was definitely the most impressive light show I have ever seen. In fact, if you want to see it, someone posted the entire thing here, on YouTube.
If you want to see all the photos from the performance you can view the rest in my Flickr Album, Disneyland Paris.

I know I skipped the whole second month of my trip to America,  but we've been super duper busy. We're moving to Belgium next week!

Monday, March 23, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Boston

As soon as I realized that this trip would coincide with St. Patrick's Day, I knew I would have to spend it in Boston.

I mentioned before that they started celebrating a week in advance. That was no joke. The college kids were out in full force the 7th and 8th, even though the parade wasn't until the 15th, and the actual day is the 17th. Apparently this is Boston's holiday. I've never seen so many AUTHENTIC ginger haired people in my life.


A little disclaimer before getting to the photos - it was very crowded and I wasn't always where I could see. So this is not even half of the groups that marched in the parade. It was 2 hours long!


Ok, moving on. It was a little hard to move foward trying to get out of the subway... I was on the stairs, thank GOD because the escalator backed up and people were getting squished trying to get off. Not injured or anything, just squished.

There were several Miss This and Ms. That's in the parade. I believe this was Miss Massachussets.
Who you gonna call??
GHOSTBUSTERS!!!
Who were totally throwing mini marshmallows into the crowd.



Patriotism was the word of the day.
But there was some Irish (ish) stuff too.

The event is put on by the Veteran's Council here, and every branch of the military was represented.

I belive some of the people in this fire truck were wounded warriors.
These photos are for my hubby.
GAH!!! Storm trooper in a top hat!!!
Pirates? Why not!
Almost missed this guy! Dread Pirate Roberts!

There was a little guy dressed as a leprechaun, but I kept missing him. I missed him twice at the parade, and then I spotted him at Quincy Market later on and still missed him. 
Sneaky little things - leprechauns.
This isn't him.

Fun Irish rock band.
I'm embarrased to show this photo, but I felt obliged. This was the end of the parade. I should have gotten photographed at the beginning! The weather was icky. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
I made my shirt. That's the main reason I wanted to share the photo.


The crowds were fun. That's really what made the parade. People were just having fun being silly.


So I found it odd that a parade to celebrate the Catholic Saint who brought Christianity to Ireland had nothing to do with him or Christianity at all. Just Ireland. And barely that. I would say that really this parade is a celebration of Boston, its Irish heritage, and American patriotism. And it happens to fall on St. Patrick's Day so everyone wears green. 


I guess the Catholic church was having some of the same thoughts because they actually pulled out of the parade and wanted to have St. Patrick's name removed from the title. Interesting, but that's a discussion for another time and place.


Oh, and I did NOT have green beer. I wanted to - but it turned out to be Budweiser with green food coloring. o.O I had my first Irish coffee instead.


Okie doke! I hope you enjoyed the parade!