World book day folks! and the usual collective groans have been coming from the parents at my sons school for the past few weeks. I actually don't mind the dressing up providing I don't have to spend money. I hate spending money on costumes because they are never worn again. So instead I tend to work with what we have.
So this year I gave Lil man the choice between being the mad hatter, a pirate, a cowboy, the cat in the hat or the white rabbit. [you'll notice that each of those costumes can be pulled together from what we have at home.] Anyway the white rabbit won!
Okay so the breakdown, He has on his suit trousers [which happen to be grey but I'd have used school trousers otherwise] the waistcoat from a different suit that he had for his christening. an old shirt, this ones actually a bit small but all of his other shirts were really dark. Bunny ears I'm pretty sure these were from a bag my mum, sister and aunty Debbie gave me for my hen party. But if not they are one of the pairs we wear at Easter [Yes we wear bunny ears for our Easter egg hunt, stop judging]
The face paints we had from Halloween, and the bow tie is made from one of Rikkis old tshirts. Its basically two rectangles tied in the middle with another strip and then I threaded elastic through.
The pocket watch is made from an embroidery hoop with a clock face appliqued on. [Genuinely think this is the best part of the outfit!] And its on a wool chain that I made from doing a crochet chain stitch.
And then off course there is a cotton tail! Which I made using my biggest pompom maker!
All in all I think pulling the whole thing together took me maybe half an hour? I didn't use my sewing machine just lots of hand stitching!
In other news i'm in bed feeling rough as hell. As usual we are putting it down to stress [not that that stops me feeling any less ill] My Uncle Gordon died last week, and I think I decided that rather than dealing with it I'd just keep telling myself that he was old and now he'd be more comfortable and that he'd be happy because he'd be with Aunty Shelia again. [ He was by the way one of the nicest men I have ever met, he kept a beautiful garden and spent the last 7 years or so caring for my Aunty Shelia before she dies with a huge amount of dedication. His patience with her even in the end is a huge testament to the love they shared]
So I had done my typical putting it in a box method and then last night our Gizmo our guinea pig started squeaking and it became apparent they he was letting us know that his brother Nibbler was dying. So I took him out of the cage and wrapped him in a towel and cuddled him until he passed on. And then it was all of the tears, tears for Uncle Gordon, and my Grandad and Nibbler. And well now its all out.
It pretty much sucks, which is why I'm in my jammies trying to stop myself feeling so poorly!
Gosh this blog post took a bad turn, we went from cute bunny rabbit to some big emotions.