As a photographer I’m usually behind the lens, so when it came time for me to decide on a Yule gift for my husband I thought that I have a family portrait done… but a portrait of the non-photographic kind. And right about this time, a fellow artist had shared that he was having some financial woes and could really use a few commissions. His style was a perfect fit… very heavy on line, graphic in nature with a grungy flare. Ideal for an unusual and memorable family portrait. So I sent a message off his way.
I have to admit, I’ve been dying to share the results of all our back and forth. I think it’s pretty fabulous, but I had to wait until after Yule – as I couldn’t very well blab about my husband’s gift before he’d received it. But now that the Solstice has come and gone? I have to share!
So, my thanks to Liam (aka gravitational tim) for all his work, and for his patience with my nit-picky perfectionist nature. I’d say it was well worth it. How many families have a portrait as cool as this one? I’d venture to guess there aren’t many.
What a fabulous night. Trick-or-Treating with the kid is absolutely epic. She was so awesome. I really am a super lucky mommy. I feel doubly blessed to have a husband who is perfectly content with me putting candy out on the step, so that the three of us can spend Halloween together. I have lots of pictures to edit and share… but for now, will share one my sister took for us on Saturday (the night of Denyse’s annual get-together):
As we enter this season of slumber, gather close those you treasure, share stories and food, and enjoy the quiet. Celebrate lives well lived, and remember well those who have already crossed to the other side. Blessed Samhain! …and a Happy Halloween too.
Why is it that things end up making extra demands on your time, when you have the least time to give? Honestly? This year when the girlie said she wanted us all to be pirates I was thrilled. I knew I wouldn’t have the time to commit to sewing all of our costumes from scratch. Not with the backlog of photo edits I’m still working through from this Summer, and with the provincial election at the same time too? Definitely not the time I’d normally devote to our costumes.
“Pirates?” said aye. “Arg! Pirates we be.”
Well… the whole pirate theme was going great… until last night. And well… even for part of today things were still okay. LMAO And then it fell apart. Literally.
For the last few weeks we’d been picking up a piece of gear here, a bit of booty there. Slowly building up our stockpile. Then it was one day of intense shopping, and one day of alterations, and we’d be all set. Or, well, that was the plan anyway.
So we do our shopping. We’ve got everything we need.
For Damon: Jacket, pants, shirt, sword, hook, eye patch, boot tops.
For me: dress, cuffs, hat, cape.
For the kid: dress, hat, scarf, boot tops, sword, cape.
The next day I begin the alterations.
I take in the girls dress at the sides, and around the neck. Tighten up the sleeves some. Take in quite a bit on her boot tops. Sew the cape right onto her dress. And presto finito.
I pull the buttons of the trench coat we got for Damon, replace them with antique brass buttons we have in our button stash. Rip the seams out of his boot tops, and sew them back together correctly (they were sewn together wrong and had to be completely redone, but for the price, I didn’t mind). Then we realized that he could really use some flashy trim on his jacket. So that got added to the list for today. *Shop For Trim*
I put on my dress – which I love btw – walk over to the mirror to see where it needs to be taken in (it’s a one size fits all jobbie, which clearly doesn’t REALLY fit all if you want it to fit well) only to discover that the fabric has pulled apart. Now. There are some fabrics that really require certain types of stitching… if you stitch them incorrectly the fabric just shreds and pulls apart at the seam. This was the case. So, because I love this dress so much, I figure we can still make this work. I just need a new one that hasn’t yet pulled apart. If I reinforce the seams before they fray and shred with fabric glue, it should hold. Allowing me to do the work that needs to be done in the sides and back, and wearing it without issue. Add it to the list for today. *Exchange Damaged Dress*
So today we head out to exchange the damaged dress. Called around and found a shop that had one in stock. Headed over there only to discover that the one in stock was in worse shape than the one I had. We returned the dress I had, and tried another store that we didn’t have a phone number for. They had one in stock as well… and it too had already pulled apart at the seams. I can’t help but wonder how many wardrobe malfunctions this particular costume will cause come Halloween night. I also can’t help but wonder if any of the exposures will result in lawsuits. Yikes! We tried one last spot, and nothing.
Although I wasn’t happy about it, this left us with one last option. The fabric store. We bought a pattern and a bunch of fabric (as well as trim for the hubbies jacket). Everything we bought was on sale, but it still ended up being more expensive than we’d hoped… but what else is new. I always spend more than I’d hoped when I hit Fabricland.
So, for the last eight hours I’ve been sewing. Cutting, pinning, and sewing. And tomorrow? Tomorrow I’ve got another several hours ahead of cutting, pinning, and sewing. SEW not part of the plan. SEW don’t have time for this. But honestly? I just can’t disappoint my baby girl.
Lily-Ann loves Halloween and Samhain as much as I do. And it’s one of those few special high holy days that we can really celebrate in and take part together FULLY. So if I end up putting in an extra 12 hours of unexpected work, then I put in an extra day and a half. Even if I don’t like the costume I’m making for myself, I know she’ll love it. And it means we get to be pirate family.
And YES! The photo shoot for the evening before the party is on. Only, it won’t be my cousin Jamie taking the pictures. It will be my friend Yolanda. So once these costumes are finished (sooo looking forward to them being finished, my back just can’t take this many hours hunched over a sewing machine without rebelling) we’ll have a lasting memento. The last Saskatchewan pirates all together for a family photo beside the River Saskatchewan. Arrrrr!
Thanks for making supper today Mom and Dad. It was SOOOOO appreciated!
I’m really hoping that my cousin Jamie will be available for a quickie of a shoot on Saturday. We have a Halloween party to go to and this year the girlie wanted us to all go as pirates. Last year we did Cinderella and her mouse friends, and before that we’d been a cave family. It’s been a couple years since our last family portrait, and I can’t think of anything cooler than us in our pirate garb down beside the Saskatchewan River. I mean, honestly. LOL How much fun would that be?
As I’ve said before… you should never take yourself too seriously.
Sooo… Cinderella and her mousy friends were 2010, and the cave family was 2008… what was 2009… Oh! Right. Dora, Diego, and Alycia. Now, I can’t seem to find a photo of that trio anywhere. Hmmm… might have to go scavenging for one. I know there are a couple on this hard drive somewhere. LOL For now though, here are the other two:
And hopefully, after this Saturday, I’ll have another to share.
I just had to share a photo of the old guy today. Cosmo (www.cosmoindustries.com) had a Halloween party today, and Ronnie went as a pirate. He came home with a big grin on his face, eager to show me his costume, so of course I had to snap a quick picture. I asked him to give me a thumbs up, but instead, he gave me a “captain hook”. I couldn’t help but laugh.