I've been busy with Halloween this year for once.  Usually, I'm not terribly into Halloween, but now that I have a child who adores dressing up, Halloween has become a big deal.  His first Halloween, he was a teddy bear.

I just can't wrap my head around how long ago this picture was!

Last Halloween, he was a monkey, which was quite possibly the hottest costume in the entire state of Florida.  This probably bordered on cruelty.  Lesson learned.

This photo was taken before he was drenched in sweat, thankfully.  It was not pretty.

This year, he's going to be the Cat in the Hat.

Yes, I know I could have bought the hat from the party store, but making it was a ton of fun.

He's obsessed with all things Dr. Seuss, especially the Cat in the Hat and the sequel, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.  When we went shopping for the felt to make his hat at Jo-Ann's, he told everyone who was willing to listen that he was going to be the Cat in the Hat for Halloween.  Keep in mind, this was the first week of September.  So far, the excitement's carried through to October.  When he sees the pumpkins in stores and such, he'll talk about trick-or-treating, though he has no idea really what that means.  He just know he's going to be doing it.  And soon.  That is, after Mommy gets her act together and makes the rest of the costume...

Another day of avoiding my quilt WIP

Why am I not quilting this week?  I think I'm just trying to get the kind of fulfillment this week that comes from short projects, being able to fully complete something.  I've got three quilts in progress right now, and I'm itching to start a fourth, but I'm trying to pace myself.  There's too many things I want to sew.  I go onto Flickr and I find a million inspirations...and then my munchkin wakes up from his nap and I have to put all of my quilty thoughts away and be a mom for a while.

I did, however, finish sewing my nephew's Superman cape for Halloween.  I made a matching applique iron-on for his mom to sew on to a blue shirt to finish off the costume, which will hopefully be a breeze for her.  My nephew is way smaller than my son, so he couldn't quite model the cape for me, but he did do a great job holding it up!

I used a pattern from The Long Thread and simply shortened it to fit an 8 month old baby.  Here's hoping it fits, that is, given that he's over 1800 miles away.  Alternations would kind of be a pain in the neck.  I used Kona Cotton for the whole thing, and made a Superman applique stencil out of some line art I found on Google Images.  All in all, this took less than 2 hours to complete, and a good chunk of it was tracing and cutting the applique out.  Definitely a fun, easy project!