A Max & Ruby Halloween

Froo has been asking to be a bunny for Halloween since the beginning of the month. I told her I would make her a costume upon our return, which left me only 3 days to make 2 costumes! This is the picture she drew for me as a reference:
Halloween Costume Designed by Froo
The drawing looked so familiar, I had to go back into my photo archives on my computer. Somewhere deep in Froo’s memory, she must have remembered the kitty cat costume she wore when she was a little over a year old:
Froo's Kitty Cat Costume
Froo and her bestest buds (daughter of my bestest buds) are holding mini Coffee Crisp chocolate bars, a Canadian treat not available in the US. We bought a tonne before returning home! Yum.

The hubs suggested that Froo & Boo dress up as Max & Ruby for Halloween–which I thought was a brilliant plan. We couldn’t have made the 30+ hours of driving without the help of Max & Ruby. Seriously. We have about 7 DVDs that were played constantly throughout our trip–it’s one of the only shows that both Froo & Boo can agree on and the older sister/younger brother relationship is so familiar–even Froo & Boo recognize the parallelism.

Here’s a picture of Max & Ruby, for those of you unfamiliar with the cute bunnies. I’m much more familiar with their voices since the DVD player is in the back of our minivan–I can probably recite some episodes from memory.
Max & Ruby
Here are my little “Max & Ruby” bunnies:
Froo & Boo as Max & Ruby
The cuteness was killing me when I put the eyeliner nose and whiskers on Froo & Boo.
Froo & Boo as Max & Ruby
I made a couple of puffy bunny tails:
Froo & Boo as Max & Ruby
One of my favourite lines from the show is when Ruby is learning the Hippity Hop dance–“wiggle your bunny tail!”
Froo & Boo as Max & Ruby
The hats (cozy winter hood) were made from the book “little things to sew” by Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S. I can’t get enough of the projects from this book! I used a soft velour and the same Liberty prints for the ears that I used for Fringle & Stu. The ears are super floppy–they only stand up with a bit of help:
Froo & Boo as Max & Ruby
The inside lining of the hats are leftover remnants from past projects: Boo’s, from his KCW summer outfit and Froo’s, from her explorer vest.
Little Things to Sew - Cozy Winter Hood
I finished making the costumes at 2:30 am this morning, finishing the hem on the overalls after breakfast. Normally, I would describe my sewing process in detail, but I need to save my energy for trick-or-treating and neighbourhood festivities. I’ll leave you with a list instead.

Ruby’s Costume Sewing Details:

Pattern: Classic Jumper from peek-a-boo pattern shop | Purple polo shirt from Froo’s closet
Fabric: Kona Cotton (purchased at Jo-Ann, I forget the colour)
Paint: Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in Olive and Golden Tan
Modifications: Lengthened hem and hidden buttons for the straps

Max’s Costume Sewing Details:

Pattern: Jack & Jill Shortalls from peek-a-boo pattern shop | Summer Shirt for Boys from the Lily Bird Studio
Fabric: Chambray (leftover from my Datura blouse) | Striped Christmas Fabric from Jo-Ann
Modifications: Lengthend leg hem and added front pocket | Omitted collar and replaced it with bias tape

My kids don’t have a spooky bone in their bodies… yet. The neighbourhood Skeletor is haunting the roundabout again, Froo & Boo insist on closing the blinds in the kitchen! Froo was getting antsy, impatiently waiting for trick-or-treating to start, so I asked her to create some decorations for our front door. Cute little cats.
Froo's Halloween Decorations
Happy Halloween! Stay sweet and safe.
Froo & Boo as Max & Ruby

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Last Minute Halloween Sewing

Fringle & Stu in Vancouver
We made it back from our epic road trip late Sunday night. Feeling relieved to be safely home. Feeling stressed about Halloween costumes. Froo has very specific requests. I have very limited time and energy. We checked the costume shop (an indecent/terrifying/frightful place), but no luck there. I will be sewing into the wee hours of the night until Froo & Boo’s costumes are made. Yikes.

The weather in Vancouver was amazing! It was unusually foggy, with only one slightly rainy day. We hired a talented photographer to freeze a couple of moments in time of our family while we were back home. I bought Froo’s dress at Joe Fresh the night before our photo shoot–I thought it was a clever way to match the herringbone tweed with the applique detail on Boo’s shirt. Apart from the subtle matching, we all wore collared button-up shirts and brown boots/shoes–a bit of a stretch to find a theme, but I was going for a casual autumn look.

As an aside, please forgive me for my terrible hair. I thought it would be a good idea to get a digital perm. Whaaat was I thinking?? I must have forgotten that “perm” is the abbreviation for permanent and actually requires maintenance. An aside to my aside, I had a great time catching up with my bestest buds (whom I hadn’t seen in 3 years since she moved away before I did and happened to be in town at the same time!) while making poor hair decisions. Her hair looks fantastic, by the way.

I miss Vancouver already! We brought a bit of Vancouver with us–squeezing my little brother in the middle seat of our minivan between Froo, who would ask “are we closer to the hotel or home?” every 10 minutes and Boo, who would point out yell at every construction truck along the way. Poor guy has been sitting around, while I’ve been busy sewing or preparing bits and pieces for Halloween costumes!
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* All photos in this blog post were taken by the talented & lovely Ai Constantinidis of Live+Love Boutique Photography.

Fringle & Stu go on a road trip

Fringle & Stu
Uh hello, October?! When did you creep into our lives? All of a sudden, Froo is on holidays from Kindergarten and we are about to embark on a road trip. An EPIC road trip. All the way back home–a mere 1,550 kms or 960 miles–to Vancouver, Canada. Yikes.

The thought of all the driving, more driving, kids in the car, gas station restrooms, fast food meals and numb bum is so overwhelming, I end up thinking of other things. Happy, frivolous things–like the necessary travel arrangements for Fringle & Stu.

Since Froo’s birthday, Froo & Boo had been fighting incessantly over Stu. The fights often ended in high-speed chases, tug-of-wars and tears. The hubs pleaded with me to make another one, so a week later, another bunny was made. Meet their newest mate, Stewie.
Fringle & Stu
Fringle & Stu
I had plans for elaborate outfits, but life is full of busy happenings, so I managed to make just a couple of necessities for our trip. October is a month of celebrations: Canadian Thanksgiving and 3 special birthdays–Halmoni and both Froo & Boo’s cousins have October birthdays! Fringle & Stu have fancy new bows to dress up for all of the upcoming festivities. Liberty of London tana lawn was used to make luxurious and gorgeous printed bows. Fringle also has a shiny ruby red necklace with a strawberry charm.
Fringle & Stu
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Froo & I made a tiny tea set, cupcakes and donuts for Fringle & Stu out of Crayola Air-Dry clay. After leaving the pieces to dry for a couple of days, we painted them with Crayola washable paint and glitter glue. The pieces were finished with a layer of mod podge to protect the paint and to give them a bit of shine.
Fringle & Stu
Fringle & Stu Fringle & Stu
Froo & Boo’s tin lunch boxes serve as makeshift suitcases for Fringle & Stu. The bunny luggage tags were souvenirs from Mama & Yeye’s last trip to China. (Which explains why they sort of look like Miffy, but not quite.)
Fringle & Stu
Inside each suitcase, there is a mini bamboo steamer full of veggies. Stu loves a classic meal of fresh carrots, while Fringle’s current love is leafy green kale–after reading an article on trending superfoods.
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For their travel gear, I made reversible sleeping bags. The sleeping bags have built-in pillows, button closures and bias tape ties. They are lightly stuffed to keep the bunnies snug and warm.
Fringle & Stu
Fringle & Stu
Fringle & Stu are all set to travel to Vancouver! Stewie is a bit of a wild hare and prefers to be left as is–it’s even a struggle to get him to wear his bow tie. He forages his own dandelions to eat and sleeps wherever he pleases.
Fringle & Stu
I really should have made raincoats for Fringle & Stu. We’ll drive right into rainy season, which should last until next June. For Froo & Boo, I bought them each a pair of rain boots at Costco and reckon they should be ready to travel to Vancouver. See you when we get back!
Fringle & Stu