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{Halloween} Costume Parade …

We are costume people & Halloween is our holiday. If you have followed this blog for awhile, you know that we make our costumes every year & really enjoy the process. It never fails, but we usually end up making them all about 48 hours before Halloween (& sometimes it’s 24). This year was no exception. October is always so busy for all of us – my goal is to finish or manage making orders so I can take a break to make our costumes- Chris always comes up with something cool on his own so I don’t have to worry about that. Honestly, it goes back to art school days- I love the adrenaline rush of doing things at the last minute I think. We’ve been reading Roald Dahl books to Sayer lately (along with watching the old school movies to match). We just finished Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and Sayer came up with what we should be for Halloween this year. I love trying to wrap my brain around how to make what he suggests… like a Wonka Bar & how to make Oompa Loompa hair. This is what we came up with…. 

Speaking of Roald Dahl… I made this Fantastic Mr. Fox (Ash) mask for Sayer last year & he didn’t end up wearing it, so it became his costume for his pre-school Halloween party this year (that was a week earlier than Halloween so the other wasn’t made yet). As you may notice, the Ash costume was the beginning of the Oompa Loompa costume. It worked out quite nicely actually.
As I do every Halloween, I like to trip down memory lane a bit.  We started documenting our costume madness with a family photo three years ago. We’ll do it as long as we can pull it together. I actually didn’t think it was going to happen this year-  it was a long & rainy day into night & we were all a bit disheveled & tired.  But a tradition is a tradition…  

2011 (Circus Family 2) & 2010 (Circus Family 1)

2009 (Cardboard Robots) & 2008 (Plankton)

Wow, time flies! It’s so fun to see how we all grow. I hope Sayer looks back on Halloween fondly. I know I do…. 

What do you do for Halloween? Do you have any family traditions? Do you like to dress up?
Hope you all had a great Halloween!

Past Halloween Posts:
2011 – here
2010 – here & here & here


{Everyday Inspiration} Fantastic Foxes

We are a family that enjoys movies & books very much & Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of our favorites. Sayer has been asking for a bandit hat & quotes Ash often so we thought that maybe Sayer should be Ash for Halloween this year. But the Fantastic Mr. Fox didn’t only inspire the Halloween costume, it inspired the newest klt:tee. 

I drew the fox image this last spring – right when we introduced Sayer to the movie. I was struck by everything, the characters, the palette of the movie…. all of it (I love the book too). When the fox tees came in last week, Chris & I started making the Ash bandit hat together. I thought it would be fun for a fox tee photo shoot. I think these foxy guys really played their parts well. I wonder what movie or book will inspire the next klt:works character. Any guesses? 

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

{new klt:tee}
organic toddler fox tee here
organic unisex fox tee here


{Everyday Inspiration} Fantastic Foxes

We are a family that enjoys movies & books very much & Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of our favorites. Sayer has been asking for a bandit hat & quotes Ash often so we thought that maybe Sayer should be Ash for Halloween this year. But the Fantastic Mr. Fox didn’t only inspire the Halloween costume, it inspired the newest klt:tee. 

I drew the fox image this last spring – right when we introduced Sayer to the movie. I was struck by everything, the characters, the palette of the movie…. all of it (I love the book too). When the fox tees came in last week, Chris & I started making the Ash bandit hat together. I thought it would be fun for a fox tee photo shoot. I think these foxy guys really played their parts well. I wonder what movie or book will inspire the next klt:works character. Any guesses? 

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

{new klt:tee}
organic toddler fox tee here
organic unisex fox tee here


{Everyday Inspiration} Mr. Fox…

I’m a big fan of Ronald Dahl’s books & have been watching the process of Jayme McGowan’s “Paper Dahls” project via her blog for a few months now. She has been making paper cut illustrations inspired by some favorite Dahl stories- including Fantastic Mr. Fox (one of my favorites). LMNOP Magazine is featuring her complete series of “Paper Dahls” in the new issue that you can view here & I just had to pass this on… 

It’s funny timing really, because I just bought Fantastic Mr. Fox for Sayer (or me) on Sunday. I love all of Wes Anderson’s movies & Fantastic Mr. Fox is no exception. His attention to detail is exquisite. I thought a lot about this story when I was trying to draw my fox character in thread. The palette of the movie is something that I have been paying close attention to as inspiration for a mobile I’m making with my fox drawing too. Here is a great little video about the making of the movie. 

Sayer is really taken by this movie as well. He has been chatting about the characters non-stop. He has watched it 2 times since Sunday & wants me to play the music from it over & over again. Which no disrespect to Fireman Sam, but Fantastic Mr. Fox holds my attention quite a bit longer & I enjoy the movie chats with Sayer afterwards about the set design. So, cheers Wes Anderson, Jayme McGowan, & Ronald Dahl – I think you are all rather fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration! What has been inspiring you lately?

{Images all property of Jayme McGowan}

{Everyday Inspiration} Mr. Fox…

I’m a big fan of Ronald Dahl’s books & have been watching the process of Jayme McGowan’s “Paper Dahls” project via her blog for a few months now. She has been making paper cut illustrations inspired by some favorite Dahl stories- including Fantastic Mr. Fox (one of my favorites). LMNOP Magazine is featuring her complete series of “Paper Dahls” in the new issue that you can view here & I just had to pass this on… 

It’s funny timing really, because I just bought Fantastic Mr. Fox for Sayer (or me) on Sunday. I love all of Wes Anderson’s movies & Fantastic Mr. Fox is no exception. His attention to detail is exquisite. I thought a lot about this story when I was trying to draw my fox character in thread. The palette of the movie is something that I have been paying close attention to as inspiration for a mobile I’m making with my fox drawing too. Here is a great little video about the making of the movie. 

Sayer is really taken by this movie as well. He has been chatting about the characters non-stop. He has watched it 2 times since Sunday & wants me to play the music from it over & over again. Which no disrespect to Fireman Sam, but Fantastic Mr. Fox holds my attention quite a bit longer & I enjoy the movie chats with Sayer afterwards about the set design. So, cheers Wes Anderson, Jayme McGowan, & Ronald Dahl – I think you are all rather fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration! What has been inspiring you lately?

{Images all property of Jayme McGowan}