A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

My Flower Girl

A 'Flower' Girl for Halloween | Felt Flower, Flower Pot, Ballerina | PepperDesignBlog.com

We finished up Liv’s costume just in time for her little school carnival last Friday. When she told me that she wanted to be a flower ballerina princess, I took the idea and ran with it before she could change her mind.

A 'Flower' Girl for Halloween | Felt Flower, Flower Pot, Ballerina | PepperDesignBlog.com

Eventually ‘flower princess’ became ‘flower pot’ (sorry, love) but because a pot is not so easy to wear around town, the ballerina alternative is an easy one :-).

A 'Flower' Girl for Halloween | Felt Flower, Flower Pot, Ballerina | PepperDesignBlog.com

leotardballet tights | homemade felt leaves and petals | tutu | flower pot from a recently planted bush :-)

She’s showing off her camera moves!

Liv and I made the entire costume together so that she felt as much love for all of the little details (which there really aren’t too many of) and might feel less inclined to change her mind (as preschoolers are ALL about doing). My goal was to stick with this sweet little flower costume through and through, despite the tempting Elsa’s and Tinkerbells that we might pass in the aisles of a store the day before Halloween.

A 'Flower' Girl for Halloween | Felt Flower, Flower Pot, Ballerina | PepperDesignBlog.com

The costume was so simple to put together and we relied on a lot of spray glue (this is one of my favorites! That stuff is strong) for the petals and leaves. For the handmade portion of this project, I needed about a yard of kelly green felt and a half of a yard of pink felt from the fabric store, as well as 4 packets of dark green embroidery thread for the leaf detail.

The leaves I measured to the size of Liv’s outstretched arms, the petals started off as cylinders (picture the below not folded) and then I used my spray adhesive to glue all but the bottom (which would receive a stringing of ribbon) together.

A 'Flower' Girl for Halloween | Felt Flower, Flower Pot, Ballerina | PepperDesignBlog.com

Can you tell I made the petals on the same day that I marbled the pumpkins?

We glued the two pieces of leaf felt (two for each arm for four sides total) except where the arm hole would be. Then Liv and I used the embroidery thread to sew/reinforce the edges of the leaves together. A slit was cut on the inside of each leaf to allow her hands to come through.

A 'Flower' Girl for Halloween | Felt Flower, Flower Pot, Ballerina | PepperDesignBlog.com

A 'Flower' Girl for Halloween | Felt Flower, Flower Pot, Ballerina | PepperDesignBlog.com

The headpiece is made up of petals threaded through with ribbon, the ribbon ultimately ties under her chin and is tucked back into one of the petals. Pins keep the flower in her hair but I’m glad she only has to wear it for short spurts of time :).

A 'Flower' Girl for Halloween | Felt Flower, Flower Pot, Ballerina | PepperDesignBlog.com

Oh man I love this girl, and how the costume turned out!!

I planned on making a similar version for Taylor but by using a sweatshirt (and the hoodie) as a base for my petals (inspired by this talented Etsy artist who is a friend of mine), but then found a sweet little bumble bee costume at a seconds shop and gave into e-a-s-y just a day ago. Poor second children.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: 3 Ways (Sweet, Spicy & Savory)

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - 3 Ways | Cinnamon & Sugar, Chili & Lime, Parmesan & Cracked Pepper | PepperDesignBlog.com

Have you carved pumpkins for Halloween yet? We sponge painted ours this year (and gave ‘surface carving‘ a try, it was still pretty challenging for a 3-year-old), but I can’t wait until Liv is old enough to dig in and enjoy the fun of creating a silly face and an outdoor lantern. And the seeds! Oh man, the fresh pumpkin seeds…

I picked up a bag of raw seeds at our local Sprouts (it’s a grocery store that offers bins of dried beans, seeds, oatmeal and what not) to give three new roasted pumpkin seed flavors a go. This year we made: cinnamon & sugar, chili & lime, and parmesan & cracked pepper.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - 3 Ways | PepperDesignBlog.com

Here are some of the basics of pumpkin seed roasting: if you are pulling seeds from your own pumpkins, make sure they’re well washed and free of yellow gook. If you’re buying from the store, purchase raw. I recommend boiling for about ten minutes or so in salty water (the saltier the water the saltier your seeds will come out) for prime roasting, but some people skip this step. Drain, rinse and pat dry with a towel.

Spread out seeds into a single layer on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Lightly coat in olive oil and salt (once more) to taste. That means lots of salt ’round here :-).

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - 3 Ways | PepperDesignBlog.com

Roast for 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees or until seeds are just lightly golden. They dry out very quickly in there so best to keep an eye on them during those last few minutes.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - 3 Ways | Cinnamon & Sugar, Chili & Lime, Parmesan & Cracked Pepper | PepperDesignBlog.com

Now’s the fun part!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - 3 Ways | Cinnamon & Sugar, Chili & Lime, Parmesan & Cracked Pepper | PepperDesignBlog.com

Best results if you separate your seeds into as many glass bowls as you’re creating flavors for and lightly toss with melted butter (gives the seasoning something to stick to).

Something sweet: I recommend 3 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon to 1/2 part nutmeg.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - 3 Ways | Cinnamon Sugar | PepperDesignBlog.com

Something sour & spicy: ground chili is easy for coating but any favorite spicy spice will do. You can skip the butter here and squeeze fresh lime juice directly onto the seeds to help adhere the chili powder. Then toss generously to coat all seeds in the glass bowl.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - 3 Ways | Chili Lime | PepperDesignBlog.com

Something savory: grated parmesan is so good on roasted seeds. Lightly coat seeds in melted butter, grate parmesan directly over the top and crack black pepper to taste. Toss and repeat.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - 3 Ways | Parmesan & Cracked Pepper | PepperDesignBlog.com

Three seasonings that everyone will enjoy (admittedly the chili & lime were a little spicy for me, but T devoured them. I’m pretty sure toddlers must not develop taste buds until they’re maybe three because between biting into whole limes and scooping up salsa with big chunks of raw onions, that one is too brave).

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - 3 Ways | PepperDesignBlog.com

PS these are also all awesome on popcorn year round. #bonus

I can’t believe Halloween is this week!! More recipe ideas to explore for a festive party, including a homemade tomato soup and a flourless chocolate cake that I’m craving badly. Speaking of cravings, I made another batch of that pumpkin bread that I shared and it was a bad idea… it’s been my breakfast and lunch for three days straight. 

Creepy Cocktail Halloween Eyeballs

Creepy Halloween Eyeballs | PepperDesignBlog.com

Creepy Halloween Cocktail Eyeballs | PepperDesignBlog.com

Today I wanted to share a creepy (but fun) cocktail garnish for Halloween! These skin-crawling eyeballs are made with California Ripe Olives, canned lychees and red food coloring.

Creepy Halloween Eyeballs | PepperDesignBlog.com

Creepy Halloween Eyeballs | PepperDesignBlog.com

Medium-sized olives seemed to fit best inside the lychee.

Creepy Halloween Eyeballs | PepperDesignBlog.com

The red food coloring ‘blood shot eyes’ takes these guys to the next level.  Continue reading

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