Hey guys!! I’m Melissa Montgomery, owner and designer of Georgia & Jane, a handmade accessory shop! Even though I’m not an official blogger, Erinn trusted me enough to take over for the day. So, let’s talk all things Halloween!
When I was young, my mom always made my Halloween costumes. As with so many of the things she did for me, it is really important to me to continue tradition for my little girl, Savannah.
Last year for her first Halloween costume, I took inspiration from the popular tribal trend.
I attached brown suede fringe from Hobby Lobby around the arms of a onesie. This tutorial helped in making the tutu. I used a pack of feathers from JoAnn Fabrics to make her headband and to jazz up her tutu. Cute moccs from Gap (purchased last year) tied everything together.
I’m guessing that next year when Savannah is two and a half, she will start to have an opinion about her costume. Just in case this truly is my last year of having control, I wanted to make her look…well…completely ridiculous and over-the-top. Insert: mass amounts of feathers. Wish us luck on Thursday, because the test run didn’t go too well…
I used one white and two blue feather boas from JoAnn Fabrics and basically just smothered a blue shirt in hot glue to make them stay. Actually, I tried sewing at first. Key word: tried. Let’s just say I won’t be joining Erinn in whipping up any teepees anytime soon.
The gold tights for her little bird legs are from We Love Colors. For the headpiece, I took an alligator clip and attached a rectangle of blue felt to make a base. I then glued a leftover piece of a blue boa to the back of the base, glued two felt eyes, and attached a beak. The beak was made using a rectangle of gold felt. I folded the corners in to make a triangle at the end, and pinched the other end to form a beak shape. And don't mind the bird feet, the test run proved those to be awful. I'm sure I'll come up with solution by Thursday!
As for Halloween décor, I kept my mantle simple but spooky. I framed one of J&Paper’s chalkboard prints and surrounded it with an antique-looking gold frame from HobLob. I also added a vase of stark branches for some height and a black feather wreath from Pier One.
My absolute favorite part, though, is the bat garland! If you’d prefer to buy one, this etsy listing will do the trick! Or, if you’re like me and think, “How can I make that?” whenever you see something crafty, follow these instructions: Google “bat clip art” and find a plain outline that you like, then print it out in the size you prefer. Trace the bat on black card stock and cut. Finally, attach the bats to twine by threading or using hot glue, which is what I used…because I hot glue everything in life. It’s the women’s version of duct tape, is it not?
As for Halloween baby fashion…it’s all about the headbands, duh! Instead of spending a bunch of money on holiday outfits that Savannah would probably only wear once or twice, I usually just dress her in simple clothes with a festive headband. (Dear husband: Does this make me “frugal” at all? Are you impressed?)
Although my Halloween headbands are no longer available, it’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas! ;-)
Erinn, thank you for allowing me to act like a blogger for the day on your awesome blog! I hope you all enjoy a fun Halloween! Now let’s just hope the Montgomery house is stocked with enough candy for the big day. Last year I ran out by 6:00 p.m. and seriously contemplated passing out Lean Cuisines and rolls of toilet paper.