Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How Did I Get So Busy?

That’s the name of the book my Young and Gorgeous counselor recommended that I read.

So I got it and…

I’m too busy to read it.

Sound familiar.

This time of year I always load my plate to overflowing. I expect it of myself.

So I’m moving and grooving and trying to get basics done, and a Lady retreat, birthday and blog party all done in the next to days.

Plus last week I started the task of moving gravel from the old play area to a side hill I’m trying to level. Hopefully this area once it’s free of the pebbles and had good fill dirt added will become part of our future hu-mongo garden next spring. Thing is, I only work about 1 hour a day and only get probably a 4x4 foot section cleared. That’s it. So I figure I’ve got another month of 4x4 days still ahead of me.

Oh Thrill! At least I'll be getting a good upper-body work-out.

I’ve decided that I’m only going to have the girls of OZ done by Saturday. The men folk will have to wait. Plus the pint-sized princesses are super thrilled about the whole thing and the teenagers are ho-hum. But I thought I’d give you a sneak peak on some of my finds. These are strictly before pictures, but I’m ubber excited because I totally think I can come up with all the costumes and still be under my $100 goal.

The future Dorothy started out as a full-sized duvet comforter cover $4.99 and the Ruby Slippers $1.99 both from Value Village. (Total $6.98)

Glenda was 3.99 in fabric dye (craft store). I don’t count the muslin because I already had it lying around the house. So anything I already have on hand I’m not adding to the total. Glenda’s hat will cost the most because of the sparkle paint $3.98 (craft store) and two bendable cutting boards $1 (Dollar-tree). (Total so far $8.96) I don’t know whether or not I’m going to get netting for the top layer or not?

My Munchkin started out life as a sheet $2.99 and a large woman’s hot pink (even though it looks red in the photo) shirt $2.49 (both thrift store). And slippers $1 (Dollar-tree). Around the house I had everything I needed for her apron, bonnet and puffy shirt. (Total $6.48)

The Wicked Witch – sorry no pictures. Shirt & Skirt and a black sheet all from the thrift store $7.99. O.K. here is my one splurge. Hauntingly cute black pumps $4.98 (70% off) from Fred Meyer. I figure since the Wicked Witch of the East had those darling ruby slippers her sister from the West might have had good taste in shoes too, right? (Total $12.97)

So for half our herd the cost so far for costumes is $35.39.

You'll have to tune back in Saturday for our Halloween blog party to see the after pictures.

And when it's all over maybe I'll get a chance to read that book.


Sara said...

I can't even imagine making that many costumes. My idea of halloween is searching through the dressup stash on the 31st and being creative and desperate.

MommyJ said...

I'm with sara... I am totally awed by your craftiness.

Trena Doll said...

Ummm, with three strong adolescent males in the household, not to mention a buff PE, why are YOU hauling gravel alone? Sorry - does not it a new fitness regimen?

Can't wait to see the costumes!

fawndear said...

Both P.E. and Abner work from sun -up-to-sun-down outside the home. Evo-man doesn't know how to work and I'm afraid I'd need more therapy if I tried to get him to discover it. T-rev watches the girls so I can actually get out of the house and work in the yard. Yard work is my stress-relief, my hobby. Once it comes time for actual garden work they will all be enlisted.
Also I married computer genius genes not farmer genes. Abner got a little of the farm stock in his blood as did my girls - but the rest of the family is wired electronics.

Treasure Ann said...

Wow, you do have a lot to do. I thought I was busy. Love the deals and everything is cute.
By the way you've one a prize over at my blog. So drop me your address via e-mail at so that I can mail those prizes out to you. Thanks for visiting my blog. I may do another give-away soon or maybe a craft swap or something.

Susanne said...

Awesome deals! I can't wait to see the finished costumes!!!!!

AwtemNymf said...

I'm Blog Hopping from Vanessa's "A Fanciful Twist" Party <{:O)
I have you bookmarked so I can see the pics. I can't wait to see! Looks like you've got everything under control!

Stop by my place too... I'm having a couple of give-aways!
Have a bootiful day!
Be Enchanted!

Laume said...

That sounds like a title I need to get my hands on. Too Much To Do is my middle name. Er, middle NAMES.

NyteRayn said...

I was just hanging out over at a Fanciful Twist’s party and I thought I’d check out your blog! Amazing stuff here!!! :)

Sandra Evertson said...

Love the costume!
Happy Halloween!