December Themed Photo: Do you want to build a snowman? A Kyla snowman?

This month, I built my own snowman. Well, I made her about 23 months ago, but I built her into a snowman eh..like a week ago. This month was to say the least, a struggle. Making the costume was pretty simple…actually it involved ZERO sewing. From the tulle skirt, to the shirt and the frosty hat, it was nothing a few knots and glue gun couldn’t handle.  What I couldn’t exactly handle was, the beginning of the terrible 2’s. Let’s just say she did not want to be in that snowman costume. We had a “costume rehearsal” which resulted in a couple snowman meltdowns. BUT, after some prepwork of telling her we’d go to her favorite place–the beach, AND bribing her with a candy cane, we finally got some decent shots of this snowgirl:IMG_3601 IMG_3621 IMG_3634 IMG_3647 IMG_3654 IMG_3671

What Kyla the snowgirl would have literally looked like if she had a meltdown without the tears and tantrum face:IMG_3677

November Monthly Theme: Kyla the Hunter and Gatherer

This month is a reflection of everything that we are thankful for–from our health and the roof over our heads to our families and each other.  Especially each other. Including our 2 rugrat dogs.

Along with the things I’m thankful for, is this little Indian. This month, we decided to make a Kyla a teepee and a little Indian outfit. For the teepee, I followed Project Nursery’s No-Sew DIY Teepee tutorial here: http://projectnursery.com/2014/08/diy-no-sew-teepee/# However, instead of using PVC piping and wood-grain con-tact paper, we picked up 5 pieces of 8′ 1×1 pieces of wood and used them instead. We also drilled holes about 18 inches from the top of the wood pieces and inserted twine through them to keep it all together. We also did not use iron-on adhesives and let the fabric fall in place on its own.  I used whatever left over white wall paint to paint the bottom strip and acrylic paint to paint different shapes on the bottom of the teepee. I swear I took pictures of my DIY process, but 5 years after owning a MacBook Pro, I still can not figure out how to organize and find my pictures on this thing (anyone care to volunteer their time to help me? I’ll add you to my “thankful for” list -_-). Here’s the final product:

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As for Kyla’s outfit, I found some patterned faux-suede fabric from Joann’s that was PERFECT for this outfit. I also picked up 1/3 yard of plain faux-suede fabric to make the fringe and her backpack. For the clever arrows, I used chopsticks and hot-glued some maroon cardstock pieces. We were missing the bow, but you get the idea! :)

Oh and the cute Minnetonka double fringe mocassins she was wearing? I found them used from another neighborhood mom for $15! They can also be found here: http://www.minnetonkamoccasin.com/Products/Detail/double-fringe-side-zip-childrensIMG_3539

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From our family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Wishing you a warm, healthy and happy time with your close family and friends and lots of good food to fill your bellies.

October monthly theme: Halloween from the cast of Wizard of Oz!

Happy Halloween everyone! As mentioned in my previous post, our family went as the cast of Wizard of Oz this year. The TinMan costume was finally done, and the husband was on board with dressing up, silver paint and all. The dogs cooperated and even Chewy our blond Yorkie/Maltese dog got into character for this. Molly, presumed cocker spaniel/poodle mix had been growing her mane since February. Kyla had her ruby slippers ready. And the scarecrow was played by myself. This was probably the most labor intensive monthly theme so far!

Toto:

Our blond Yorkie/maltese was spray painted black using PetPaint (http://www.petpaint.com/)

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Toto (played by our Yorkie/Maltese)

Lion:

Molly has been growing her mane since February 2014!

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Lion from Wizard of Oz (played by Molly, our Cockerpoo)

Dorothy:

Kyla is wearing a homemade Dorothy dress sewn by me. :) Ruby slippers are Toms shoes

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Dorothy from Wizard of Oz (played by Kyla)

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Dorothy

Tinman:

Made from poster board and duct tape. The hat was a spray painted funnel and the gloves are spray painted dishwashing gloves:

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TinMan from Wizard of Oz

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Tinman playing his role

Scarecrow:

I made the green top by tracing an existing sweater, made the hat using felt, and the thing-around-the-neck (what do you call it?) using a natural colored fabric and elastic band.

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Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz(played by mommy Linh)

And our family, er, I meant cast photo:

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Wizard of Oz Cast

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Wizard of Oz family photo

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Scarecrow and Dorothy

Follow the yellow brick road

We’ve been overdue for an October themed outfit, not so much because we couldn’t think of anything. Actually, our dog Molly has been preparing for this since she’s been growing out her hair since February. We’ve had our October themed outfit planned several months back, but this time we had the whole family in mind. We’ve been excited for this day and I would spend days thinking about how I would construct the costumes (sadly yes, this is what goes on in my head during my downtime).

Let me first post a throwback from last year:

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Last year’s costume was relatively easy as we already had our existing costumes and only needed to add baby Kyla’s outfit.  And when I say “relatively easy” it’s because of this: This year, I have to think of how to make each one of our costumes, while also including the dogs. So, the theme is Wizard of Oz! We still have to finish making tinman costume, but so far,  here it is:

Introducing Toto, formerly known as Chewy:

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And when I say “formerly known as Chewy”, this is Chewy before:
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Animal lovers and PETA members, don’t worry! His fur was dyed by a purportedly safe dog hair spray specifically made for pets called PetPaint.

Introducing our lion who was, and probably still is (in real life) searching for courage, Molly:

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Molly’s hair was trimmed to have a lion’s mane and tail exclusively for this occasion. Her ears go well to add to the lion look.

Next, is Tinman, whose costume is incomplete and whose role will be played by daddy Lawrence (not by me as pictured):

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Originally, I was thinking of making Tinman’s costume out of silver pleather, but when I went to Joann’s fabric store, someone else had Tinman’s costume in mind and bought all the silver pleather! Luckily, this prompted me to walk around the store, where I came up with the alternate idea of making the costume out of duct tape and poster board. The gloves were dishwashing gloves sprayed silver and the hat, well, it was a funnel. Duct tape + poster board >>> Silver pleather.

The next character is played by yours truly…me! Scarecrow’s costume was homemade with the exception of the $1 brown sweatpants I found at the thrift store. Oh and the boots? They were Lawrence’s. He didn’t know I used them (and stuffed hay in them) for this picture. :)

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Finally, the leading lady, Kyla, who will be Dorothy for Halloween this year:

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Kyla’s Dorothy dress was home made and her shoes are Tom’s! I tried to make her dress as close to the original as possible with the criss cross patterns at the seams and with correct button placement and all.

We have yet to have a family/cast photo with all of us in it together. I’m still finishing up Lawrence’s tinman costume, but stay tuned! Hopefully everyone will cooperate and/or some sort of photo voodoo magic will work so that all the characters can come together as one and skip down the yellow brick road!

 

September themed photo: Chargers Monday night football!

Kyla was born a Chargers fan. Her dad is a Chargers fan, her mom is a Chargers fan, even her dogs are Chargers fans. Not only that, but she was born and (so far) raised in San Diego, home of the Chargers. So in celebration of being a Chargers fan, she (ahem, or we on her behalf) decided to get all dolled up as a Chargers cheerleader and cheer with the dogs.

This photo op however, did not come so easy for us. We had this grand idea of taking these photos at a local high school football field on a Sunday night. We drove up to the high school, parked, had the husband go out to make sure we could get in. Fifteen minutes later, with the sun setting down fast, comes back and says “the gates are locked but we can probably fit through the chains.” “Are you surrrre?” I asked. “Oh yeah, I can totally fit through it,” Lawrence said.

So I got out of the car, grabbed Kyla, our camera, dogs, and homemade pompoms. Got to the gate, took a look at it, and was pretttty skeptical that I could fit through. “I’m not sure if I can fit through this Lawrence.”  “Dude, I can fit through it” Lawrence reassured me. So, determined to prove that I was smaller than my husband, because if he can fit through it, I can too, even if that means I am going to suck every bit of my gut in to fit through it. A few minutes later, gut sucked in and butt tucked in, I got through the gates. Then Kyla easily walked through, followed by the dogs. Then, it was Lawrence’s turn. He stuck his arm through, then, the rest of his body got stuck! After all that convincing, he could not fit through. Ha! Unfortunately for us, we couldn’t get his help and with only a few minutes before the sun set, Kyla, the dogs, all the gear and I ran down the stadium stairs, snuck in a few photos in a span of 10 minutes, and these were the results:

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August themed lemonade stand pictures

August was sort of a hard month to think of a theme for. There are no big holidays that I know of. No celebrations really. I’ve done beach pictures of Kyla. What summer thing can I do? I started to question whether I could pull off continuing this monthly themed photo thing I committed myself for. I turned to Dr. Google to answer my questions…and then here it is, a cute DIY wood pallet lemonade stand:

http://www.thecluelessgirl.com/2013/08/diy-roadside-lemonade-stand-for-only-3.html

So then, I decided just that–this month’s theme will be a lemonade stand photo! Perfect for the summer. I’ve never built anything on my own but I was determined to. I picked up a weathered wood pallet, dismantled it, measured and sawed the pieces, built the frame, nailed the pieces together, made a sign, and whallahhhh, Kyla’s lemonade stand:

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I proceeded to make her a little apron with vintage lace trimming to go with the theme:

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And so last night, somehow Kyla, and our two dogs Molly and Chewy cooperated and these are the results of August’s themed Lemonade Stand photos. Enjoy!

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DIY lemonade stand made from wood pallets

 

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DIY lemonade stand with the dogs

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Toddler sized DIY lemonade stand made from weathered pallets

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My little cutiepie “making” lemonade

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Lemonade made with love

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My happy little lemonade barista