DIY Bump Costume: Painted Jack-O-Lantern Shirt

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At eight months pregnant there’s honestly not a lot of dressing up I want to do, but you’re only this pregnant on Halloween so many times, so I just had to take advantage. Since Mose is a pumpkin, I decided to dress the bump up as a pumpkin as well. This super easy DIY only took about an hour from start to finish, and cost me less than $10!

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I was honestly quite glad I made it to Halloween! After I made my pumpkin shirt I kept thinking I was going to go into labor and not have the chance to wear it. But luckily, such a thing did not happen. Three weeks to go until due date and I’m soooo excited!!!!

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Anyway, on to the DIY. Here is what you’ll need:

  • A baby bump
  • An orange shirt (I got mine from Wal-Mart)
  • Paint brush
  • Fabric pen (a regular marker would probably work just fine as well, since you’ll paint over it anyway)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Textile medium (can be found at Hobby Lobby)
  • Mod podge
  • Black glitter
  • A piece of cardboard or paperboard (such as a used cereal box)

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Mose always wants to help with my DIYs.

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Step 1: Try on your shirt and make marks where the eyes, ears, and mouth should go. This is important if you’re pregnant because your belly is probably not what it used to be and it’s really easy to misjudge (LOL).

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Step 2: Slip your cardboard or cereal box into the shirt and lay it flat. This is so the paint does not bleed through to the other side of the shirt.

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Step 3: Outline your jack-o-lantern face with the fabric pen. I just free-handed it, but if you’re more comfortable using a pattern there are lots of them on the internet.

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Step 4: Mix a few drops of textile medium into your paint. Paint the jack-o-lantern face. Let dry.

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Step 5: As soon as the black paint is dry, brush on some mod podge and then sprinkle with black glitter. Let dry then shake off any excess glitter.

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Step 6: Just so glitter doesn’t get everywhere when wearing it, I decided to go over the glitter layer with one more thin layer of mod podge.

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And voila! That’s it!

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And here is evidence of my excellent selfie skills with the bump. HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

DIY Pumpkin Pet Costume

Bunnies are definitely the cutest animals in existence, but imagine this: a bunny dressed up as a pumpkin. Now that is SUPER CUTE. I decided that this year for Halloween Mose definitely needed her own pumpkin costume, so I took to the sewing machine the other night and whipped one up real quick. This DIY is super easy and fast, and definitely worth it for the cuteness scale.

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While my costume was made specifically for my bunny (I periodically measured it against her to make sure it was going to fit), this same general DIY would work well for any smallish animal. You could even do it for a dog if you have enough fabric. Not that it would be as cute on a dog though.

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Wow, what a super cute pumpkin bunny! Now onto the fun part.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Orange fabric (can be felt; I used this pumpkin patterned calico because it is what I had and it worked great)
  • Fabric for the back layer
  • Green felt
  • Velcro
  • Black Paint

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Step One: Measure your pet and cut out an oval of fabric to the appropriate size.

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Step Two: Cut a hole in the top of your oval for your pet’s neck. Again, I would measure this against your pet. This is essentially like a bib for a pet, so if you know anything about baby bibs keep that in mind.

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Step Three: Using your top piece as a guide, cut out a piece for the back layer of your pet costume. Make sure you place the fabric either wrong side to wrong side or right side to right side as you’re cutting so the edges are perfectly aligned for sewing.

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Step Four: Using your pets girth as a guide, cut out one long strip of felt and one shorter strip of felt. These pieces are for attaching the costume around your pet’s midsection. Mose doesn’t like it when I touch her belly, so it was a bit tricky getting this one done.

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Step Five: Now sew the strips onto your outer piece of fabric, making sure the two strips are evenly placed.

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Step Six: Now it’s time to sew on your back piece. Place your front piece on your work surface pattern side out. Tuck in the felt strips. Place your back piece on top of the front piece pattern side in. Pin if desired.

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Step Seven: Sew along the edges, leaving about an inch-wide opening on the side.

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Step Eight: Trim any excess fabric and then turn costume right side out.

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Step Nine: Iron and then sew a finishing seam along the edges.

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Step Ten: Cut some leaves out of the felt and pin them to the neckline of the costume. Sew.

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Step Eleven: Pin and sew down velcro. Make sure to place them on the correct sides of your strips.

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Step Twelve: Paint a jack-o-lantern onto top.

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Step Thirteen: Put costume on your pet, whether they like it or not! :’D

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If you’re dressing up your pet this halloween, post a pic on instagram and tag @peelsandposies! I’d love to see what you come up with. 🙂

I’m So Glad I Live in a World Where There are Octobers

Happy October, everyone!

October Bookmark by Peels and Posies on Etsy
October Bookmark by Peels and Posies on Etsy

Since all my flowers are dead after that freak winter storm a few weeks ago, the area around my front door was looking depressingly barren. So with the ushering in of October, I decided to get some beautiful…PORCH PUMPKINS!

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Grant and I meant to go to the pumpkin patch outside Sheridan on Sunday, but we were foiled by the rain and cold. Instead we picked out these beeyoooteeeful pumpkins from Walmart. I love the blue and white combo because it takes a step back from the stereotypical Halloween decor while still being festive. And of course miniature pumpkins have always been my favorite. So tiny and cute.

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In the meanwhile, I’ve also made some limited edition tribal print pumpkin fridge magnets, available in my Etsy shop just for the month of October! Get them while supplies last. 🙂

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Limited Time Only Pumpkin Fridge Magnets by Peels and Posies on Etsy

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Apple Green Tea Cake with Apple Roses

Hello, world. I am here to report that the treetops are a steady shade of yellow now and a murder of crows has taken residence in my neighborhood. In other news, I made a pretty cake for my grandma’s garden club meeting the other day – Apple Green Tea Cake with Apple Roses. 

Apple roses are a relatively simple way to make a beautiful and edible decoration for a cake. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Slice the apple reeaaaaally thin (leave the peels on for that hint of color). 
  2. Boil the apple in 4 cups water, 1 cup sugar for about five minutes. Drain. 
  3. Mix up whatever batter you are using, and fill prepared truffle or mini muffin pan (spray generously with cooking oil so nothing sticks) half full with the batter.
  4.  Form apple roses and place in batter. 
  5. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Turn oven down to 200 and bake for 2 more hours.

It makes for an impressive (and impressively simple) cake. For the fall season and upcoming Thanksgiving festivities, apple roses are the perfect thing to have up your sleeve!

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Onto a tangent…before Thanksgiving comes, we must celebrate the frightfully delicious Halloween. Halloween is a fantastic holiday – dressing up in creative costumes and parading around the neighborhoods for candy…what could be better?

Working at Target really makes me realize how into Halloween people get. Starting at the beginning of October people were buying skeleton erasers and gummy eyeballs and pumpkin rugs. This week, the thing has been costumes for kids. I’ve seen princess costumes, Iron Man costumes, witch costumes, and minion costumes, just to name a few. Here is my issue – these store bought costumes are sooo cheesy! Sure you can be a witch, but I grew up with the firm understanding that for Halloween we made our costumes. If that meant trolling Goodwill for a few hours to find the perfect black lace ball gown that was waaay to big, then that is how it was. Home-crafted costumes will always be better than the kind you get at places like Target. There is just no creativity in pointing and buying, and isn’t Halloween really just a passive celebration of creativity? I think so. 

But anyway. Perhaps I will make some Halloweenish recipes for y’all. Also, pumpkin carving is a definite must for this year. Pumpkin picking first, though. ❤

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Apple Green Tea Cake with Apple Roses

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups whole wheat flour (for a less nutty flavor, use all purpose)
Contents of 2 bags of green day
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 finely chopped apple

METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray bundt pan with cooking oil. Combine flour, contents of green tea bags, baking powder and soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, mix Greek yogurt, applesauce, olive oil, milk, and brown sugar. Add eggs and whip. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and mix until well incorporated.

3. Fold in chopped apples. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Top with your favorite cake glaze. 

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