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We’re now on Day 9 of camper ownership, and my crafty energy is all camper, all the time, until we get this thing in the woods for the first time. But we’re having tons of fun already, right here at home! The photo above is to compare to my primer picture, below.

Here’s me on the unpainted side of the camper, rocking the schlumpy paint clothes look and inspiring my 4-year-old to beg for a hair bandana. 🙂
And the painted side! It’s red! Embellishment to follow…
(Want to see the results? Click here for more photos and stories about the little red camper.)
And my sewing table, covered in camper-related prints, ready for me to come back inside and stitch curtains, potholders, napkins…maybe a camper apron even? I also found a gorgeous red 100% wool throw at a thrift store that will become part of the camper ensemble. It has a patch sewn on it right now from a company; I guess it was a corporate gift of some sort. I’m just going to unstitch the patch, and I might sew on little white wool felt flowers to cute it up (ala Soule Mama).

In a momentary pause from camper things, I’m having a little Halloween costume trouble. I found a very inexpensive and adorable used rat costume for Worth on eBay, and it’s ridiculously cute on him. I love the costumes put out by Old Navy because they are comfy and washable and easy to put on and off, so I just searched for costumes made by them to get inspiration for his. When I found the rat costume I knew it was just right. Dorothy wants to be a cat, so she can chase (and eat–eek!) her brother. The problem is, all the cat costumes I can find to fit my 5T daughter look like skanky cat woman outfits, not the least bit like cats. I did find one, with the help of a friend, but it’s selling for between $40 and $50, which is nuts. I paid less than $5 for the baby’s, with minimal shipping. And this might seem contrary to my whole blog bit, but I really hate the idea of making one. She’ll wear it once, probably, since she’s not all that interested in dress-up recently, and furry fabric is really expensive–much more expensive than run-of-the-mill costumes from Target. Plus, and this is really rather annoying, my kid doesn’t want me to make her one. At all. I make her things all the time; Halloween costumes should be special. (Where am I going wrong? Eek again!) She wants a store-bought costume. So the search continues…

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  1. I can relate to Dorothy. My grandmother usually made our costumes, but one year I just had to have a store bought one. Looking back I must have been out of my mind, because she could have made me a much more beautiful Snow White costume. Elizabeth was a cat one year. Black leggings, black turtle neck shirt, tail made of an old black belt of Gary's. Ears were purchased, I believe at Horner's in Jeffersonville. Black nose and whiskers drawn on with eyeliner. I doubled checked and I don't seem to still have the ears – maybe Elizabeth does?

  2. Renata, I would have e-mailed this to you, but do not have your e-mail address. Here's one costume available on Amazon.Girl's Little Cat Costume Cute Animal Print Costume Dressby California Costumes1 Review5 star: (1)4 star: (0)3 star: (0)2 star: (0)1 star: (0)› See all customer reviews…ShareList Price: $34.99Sale: $29.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping. DetailsYou Save: $5.00 (14%) Special Offers Available o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o oSize: (Please Select)Child Small (6-8)Color: (Please Select)Animal Print STill a little pricy, but thought you could take a look if you wanted. Blessings!

  3. Thanks for the suggestions! Kim, I'm tempted to go get the $3 just for the dress-up box. But thankfully, Dorothy has veered to a different course for Halloween. She's decided she wants to be Big Sister Rat, so I can hopefully just buy an identical costume and have a whole rat pack. 🙂

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