homemade no-sew gnome costumes

Some kids have teddy bears, some soft blankets, if you’re Dash, you like to sleep with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. (Who wouldn’t?) These stuffed gems, known by Dash as “cozy jewels” are his latest obsession, and so Nicole decided to come up with a costume to memorialize this stage in their lives. In fairy tales, gnomes are the dwarf-like creatures that guard treasure, so this might just be the perfect costume for Nicole’s crew. Here’s how she put it all together:


Since Gnomes are essentially miniature bearded grandpas, a good start for this costume is to dress your guy as a little old man. Collared shirts, vests, cardigans, and loafers seemed to create the right vibe. Then Nicole made the gnome hats by taking large sheets of thin foam and rolling them into a point, glueing the sides together. Foam or stiff felt is the way to go with this one, otherwise they’re a little too uncomfortable. The last step is the beard. An absolute necessity, and pretty hysterical. Nicole used a face painting kit she’s had for a couple years after Dash’s first Halloween costume: a hobo, also hysterical. The gem pillows came from the awesome Sharp Tooth Studio Etsy shop.

If you’re keeping track today is the result of our “Style” challenge with the Ford Fiesta Movement! When we asked you what kind of style post you’d like to see, costumes was the clear winner, we think that any Halloween Costume that (take away a beard and pointy hat) is stylish enough to wear again and again is a smart costume indeed and most definitely fits with Ford’s mission! Head to the Ford Fiesta Movement to see how everyone has interpreted this month’s theme!

This post is sponsored by the Ford Fiesta Movement.

homemade no-sew halloween pt. 1

Sticking to our easy-only Halloween mantra, we challenged ourselves to create costumes -the majority of the items being found in our closets or handmade! They might not win any awards, but our boys love rocking them, and we’re pretty proud of the effort versus reward ratio, too!

Check back all this week for the rest of our costumes, but today we have Hayes and Cal’s! Emily is a major book worm, (with a Bachelor’s degree in literature to prove it) and in turn spends a lot of time with books peppered around her and her boys. One author that sparked her love of literature at a young age was Roald Dahl, and so she picked a favorite character, James, from James and the Giant Peach for Hayes. Mr. Dahl might still be a little over the boys’ heads literally, but they sure love the movie! Here’s what you’ll need:

james & the giant peach

A (mismatched) navy suit that Emily thrifted for $4 was a great place to start! Then she cut the pants off just above the knee, using Iron-on adhesive to give them a no-sew hem.

Then assembling items from Hayes’ closet like a white church shirt, long socks (or how about Baby Legs from the old box of baby clothes?) and a classic tie – this one is from here - and you’ve got yourself a costume!

For easy additions you can pick up virtually any color of colored hair spray, Hayes’ bright orange was $2 at Wal-Mart, and then using an eyeliner pen to draw on some James-style cartoon-y freckles. Then tie on an orange mylar balloon with cardstock cut-outs in brown for a stem, and green for a leaf, and you’re good to go!

Thrifted Suit (similar here) // White Oxford // Trendy Ties Tribal Stripe Tie // Baby Leg Warmers (similar here) // Converse Chuck Taylor high tops

Next up is Cal!costume1

One book they all love to actually read together is Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. Floyd is the problem solving, relentless main character with super-human strength, who will stop at nothing to remove his kite stuck in a tree. The book is illustrated in a very handmade and messy feel, every stroke is visible and everything feels very youthful and fun! This makes creating a costume in its likeness easy, because the rough handmade feel matches perfectly!

Here’s the rundown:

A pair of brown leggings, simple sneakers, and a white long sleeve t-shirt is all you need for the costume. To create the oversized gingham checks you can use acrylic or fabric paint to freehand rows of alternating blank and filled in squares. Then to connect the squares you simply paint diagonal lines. Easy additions are a card stock kite, with BBQ skewers to brace it, baker’s twine for the tail, and ribbon or card stock bows attached down the tail. The orange hair spray would’ve suited this costume as well, but spraying a squirming two year old seemed like a unworthy risk!

 Walmart Tee // Old Navy Leggings // Converse Chuck Taylor low tops

Check back the rest of the week for more Small Fry costumes, but if you’re free, see last year’s Costume Parade Party for more ideas and an awesome Costume Contest Award printable!

FRYday : Jenna

Hip Hip for FRYDAY!! I’m particularly happy about this one because today my husband comes home after another ten days gone on business.  We (I) like to joke that all is well when he leaves, everything falls apart when he’s gone, and I manage to pick up the pieces right before he gets home so all is fixed and well again up on his return! I spend a lot of time fixing. Fixing kid’s hair, messes, food, beds, arguments over toys, etc. Though I admit, I spend the majority of my time trying to fix things in my life that don’t need fixing. So I’m learning that, yeah sure it might not look, be, feel perfect, but it isn’t broken, and I can be okay with that. jennafryday

Like that one favorite skirt that you continually mend over and over because the seam gets torn in a particular spot every time. I’m never going to throw the skirt away, but I’ll spend time patiently mending the thread each time it comes undone. I wish I could be as patient with myself and my relationships as I am with that seam.

I loved this excerpt from our Small Fry Book Club Selection, “Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” I am all about finding this for myself this week.




If you’re looking for some ideas for your upcoming pumpkin decorating, carving, or picking, we were included in this awesome round-up of twenty-two great ideas, check it out here!

ghost terrarium

We’re always entertained by the information our boys report after playing with friends. Hearing the wind pick up outside and asking “Is it gale force, mom?”, begging to be Captain Jack Sparrow for Halloween when they’ve never seen a Pirates movie, etc…So, when one of our little ones came home with twenty questions about ghosts, we figured it was time to take the spook out of this holiday…why not have a ghost for a pet?

Here’s what you’ll need:
Ghost Terrarium | Small Fry

A little floral moss cut to fit the jar’s base, a jar, parchment paper and a marker for the ghost and whatever foliage fit for your new pet. Then we sent them on a daytime ghost hunt, and hid this little guy for them to find. Snatch it up with a net, and introduce it to its new home! So far we’ve learned that ghosts love wheat thins and juice boxes.


Have you had any luck convincing your kids that Halloween really isn’t all that scary? We’d love to hear what’s worked for you!

More Halloween Posts you might’ve missed:

One Non-Spooky Fall Harvest Party // Graveyard Party Dip // 2 Step (store bought) Witch Hat Cookies

Tiny Tourist : Perth, Australia

We’re thrilled to have Keeley Whitford all the way from Perth Australia, sharing her favorite stops in the Great Down Under. Perth is the capital of the state of Western Australia, and is

Tiny Tourist Series | Small Fry

Sorrento is where we live, we are about a three minute walk from this beach. We walk along the coast at least three times a week, Hugo loves the beach and watching cars drive past along the coast road while he’s in the pram. Right on Sorrento Beach is our favourite place to eat, Voyage, which is wonderful for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Tiny Tourist | Australia

Hillary’s Boat Harbor is just a ten minute walk from Sorrento, it is the go-to place year-around. We love to enjoy fish and chips in the sunshinehere. We are down here at least once a week as it’s so close to home.Tiny Tourist | Australia

Caversham Wildlife Park is the place to go to get up close with koalas and kangaroos, there is so many other animals here to see as well. Hugo just loved the koalas, this was the first time we’d taken him but we will be sure to go back soon.Tiny Tourist | Australia

Kings Park has one of the most beautiful views of Perth City and great parks, trails, tracks and places to eat. There are lots of great exploratory amusements for toddlers on up! This is a must see for any Perth visitors!Tiny Tourist | AustraliaTiny Tourist | Australia

Scitech is a Science Education Centre, this is more for older kids but they have a great toddler section with fun things for babies and toddlers to do and see.

Tiny Tourist | Australia

More Perth Stops:

Adventure World // Rottnest Island (travel by ferry!) // Costletoe Beach Small Fry | Tiny Tour Perth

Isn’t it gorgeous? Thanks Keeley for sharing your city with us! Follow along with Keeley on her Instagram page @keelswhitford.


We also have a fun announcement! The Ford Fiesta Movement has inspired us to join along with their three month campaign. Each month they offer a prompt, October is “Style”, and we get to come up with a project that fits their theme. We thought it would be fun to enlist you, dear readers, to make it interactive. If you have a post you’d like to see, a project, an adventure, anything that incorporates STYLE, let us know in the comments! We’ll be back next week to share what we came up with, with your guidance of course.

In the meantime, check out what the other Fiesta-ers have come up with for Style here.