Monday, December 29, 2014

More from the Elf

I often wonder why I started down the road with this crazy elf...Mr. Non-Stop loves it, and that is enough for me.  Some days I struggle for new ideas, but so far it is still fun.  I do reuse a couple of ideas from previous years, sometimes you just need an easy day!
 Hiding with peppermints

The candy canes get used multiple times.  Hiding behind the curtains in the dining room

 Yuck! Candy canes in the shoes.  

Finally, the candy canes end up in the right spot...on the tree!

The Elf t-p'd our upstairs hallway!

 The old stand by - hiding with the moose.

 Reinforcements had to be called in for this one (mom).  No one could find the elf.  

 Special to Polar Express and train jammies!

 Tied string through the kitchen and hung the candy canes

 It's cold in the fridge.  

 Captured by the army guys 

 Woody, Buzz and the Elf, all working together.

 Hiding behind the gingerbread cookie and the ice cream cone trees.

That's it, the end of another successful year of the Crazy Elf!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

It was the year of the Ebola virus.  I can't even claim that this was an original idea.  A friend of mine posted his costume on facebook and I STOLE it!!!  

Pretty easy costume. Mine was white jeans from my closet, I borrowed the nurses jacket and stethoscope from my step-mom.  The mask was from my son's doctors kit!

Mr. E-bowl-a gave me a shirt he never wore, I had some felt in the the craft stash and a plastic bowl.  So easy!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Elf Mischief 2013

Yes, it's that time.  The crazy elf has returned to our Haus for Christmas 2013.  So as the days progress (and we have less sunlight!) I will add the elf photos as they happen.

Getting captured by the army guys

Curling ribbon, and curling some more.  Christopher used my sons scissors, which made Mr. Non-Stop a little unhappy.

Zip-lining through the front hall.  Looks easy, but I had to use double stick tape to get the candy canes to stay and tape around the hook so Christopher wouldn't move.

Full view of the zip line.

Christopher must of needed a midnight snack, he ate the centers of the Oreos!

 There is always time to fish!

 Christopher was all set for the Big Ten Championship game. (too bad the Buckeyes didn't win!)

 Creating a peppermint tree and leaving a big mess

 Hanging out in the dining room light

Hanging out with the Nutcrackers.  Mr. Non-Stop has the hardest time with this one.  Used the same spot as last year!

Learning how to use the copier!

Really Christopher?  TPing our tree?!

Hanging out with the Christmas Moose and Reindeer.  He was trying to blend in!

Christopher found my stash of bows and decided to decorate part of the kitchen

Keeping a really close eye Mr. Non-Stop!

My son loves this music box with Nutcracker soldiers.  We couldn't use it while Christopher was stuck in the doorway!

Christopher replaced all the photos of Mr. Non-Stop with photos of himself!

Spreading Christmas cheer with green milk!

 Playing a little Angry Birds

 Hanging out with the snowmen.  This one was tough! (Mommy had to be called in to find Christopher!)

 Christopher usually stays on the first floor, not this time, he came upstairs and covered up the door to Mr. Non-Stop's bedroom!

Good luck and remember to have FUN with your elf!  I base most of my ideas on activities and things my son is interested in.

For last years ideas go here: Christopher 2012

Merry Christmas!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween 2013

My favorite time of year - fall in Ohio!  Festivals, pumpkins, FOOTBALL, the changing of the leaves.  I just can't get enough!

It didn't take much searching for me to find a costume for Mr. Non-Stop - MINION!

We were lucky, we had some of the necessary pieces at home.  But here is what you need:

Overalls - I was lucky, these were in a pile of clothes I received from a friend.  They were a size to small, which made them too short to wear, but since the legs are tucked into the boots it didn't matter!
Yellow hooded sweatshirt - I attached a snap at the neck to keep it closed in case it is really cold. This was the hardest item to find.  It is about 3 sizes too big, but I figure he can wear it for the next few years to play in!
Black gloves - these are the cheap, small stretchy ones.  Actually they are mine, but they fit him and he was able to still take candy without having to take them off.
Black boots - from last year! (they still fit! bonus!)
Pipe cleaners - from my craft stash, but easy to find.  I bent them into a "V" and whip stitched them onto the hood.  I can just just the thread when we are done with the costume to remove the pipe cleaners.
Goggles (dollar store! It's a clown set)
Black elastic - I taped the elastic to the Goggle arms so they would sit on his head or he could wear them.  Found the elastic at Walmart
Logo - I Googled "Gru Logo" and found numerous images.  I downloaded a large image.  The logo ended up about 4" x 4".  I used white fabric for the backing (just a square).  The black was actually an iron on knee patch.  This turned out to be the perfect weight, it was stiff enough for me to cut the logo without any trouble.  I ironed the black onto the white and then whip stitched the logo onto the front of the overalls.  I can just remove it when we are done with the costume.

Total cost $10.00 (sweatshirt was $8, Goggles $1, Elastic $1)  We had everything else at home!

Of course the day we went to Trunk or Treat it was 70 degrees!  He was hot!  But it's Ohio, quite often it is snowing on Halloween and this costume allows for layers and no coat.

Now, onto the grown-ups costume party we attend every year.  I was scrambling to find a baby sitter, so the costume was very last minute.  I had to (again) get the hubby to agree.  This turned out great and was super simple!  Robbers!  
T-shirts - Target (on sale 2 for $22), plus I use Cartwheel at Target and saved an additional 15%, plus, I'll wear mine again! 
Knit hats - $1 each at the dollar store.                       
Money Bags - We had one money bag at home (don't ask me why, I haven't a clue).  The other bag (mine) was $1 from Pat Catans Craft store.  I used a thick marker to make the $ sign.  It was a tote bag, I cut the straps off to use as the ties for the tops of both bags.
Masks - I made the masks from 1 piece of felt (25 cents at Pat Catans).  I used the black elastic I bought for the Minion costume to make the strap. I knew we wouldn't wear them for very long, so I didn't want to spend money on masks.

Enjoy the cool temperatures and beautiful fall colors!
Go Buckeyes!