Thursday, October 28, 2010

Costumes on a 'shoe string budget'

Along with the chilly mornings and windy days here in Iowa comes the Gospel Lighthouse 'Costume Party'. Our church offers this as an alternative to Halloween celebrations. It's a 'Big Deal' for the Students at Lighthouse Academy because they know here is lots of Games and prizes, candy and fun! Months before the actual costume party my daughters started talking about what they wanted to be. There was lots of Ideas, My oldest daughter first decided she wants to be a book worm but then changed her mind after seeing a picture of an Egyptian princess in a catalog. She then passed the book worm idea down to her little sister. Because I am in the sewing and designing business I HATE to buy costumes. It just seems like a waste of money to me! So our rule for costumes are: 1. CHEAP, I have to be able to make them CHEAP! 2. It has to be something you would wear even if you knew Jesus was attending the party.
After I made certain that the girls were sure they were not going to change their minds about their decisions I started hunting for ideas and supplies. Kristina mentioned her idea to her Bible club leader and ended up borrowing her Egyptian head piece, we went to Jo-Ann's Fabric and bought some gold fabric on clearance, and the black and Gold fabric for the veil was also on clearance. Then we went to Goodwill to find gold jewelry. There we met a friend who was purchasing a small Christmas tree to use as a jewelry holder in her shop, the tree was covered in with gold pearls and beads, after chatting with her and explaining what we were up too she said she has no use for all the gold pearls and chains! We had one happy little girl!!! especially after she remembered she had some gold shoes in her 'dress-up' box that she hadn't opened in years! TaDa!!! My Beautiful Egyptian Princess in her costume that cost under 5 dollars!

The Book worm was such a good fit for Staci! She started reading at 3 years old and hasn't ever quit reading since then! She constantly surprises me with information, when i ask her where she learned it she always says 'I read it'. She loves school and hates to miss a day, Yes the other morning she cried buckets of tears when i mentioned she stay at home because of her tummy ache. So with a hairband, green pipe cleaners and pom-poms, and LOTS of face paint, and a large piece of cardboard we had the cutest little bookworm in the entire state of Iowa!!! This costume was less than 1$!

That's how the Zimmermans do costumes on a 'shoe-string budget'. After putting so much energy into the 'big kid's' costumes. I had none left for the 'little kids'. Did I run out and BUY costumes for them??? Not quite, The just went as their own little selves and had as much fun eating candy as anyone else!

Maybe I should have figured in the price of all that soap we used to clean up their faces???

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Our First Review!!!!

HaddyGrace Designs has gotten a review!!! Check it out and enter to win a 20$ gift certificate to my shop!!

Friday, October 15, 2010


Enter to win a pair of soft sole shoes for your baby. In your choice of color and size. sizes are: 0-3mo. 3-6mo. 6-9mo. 12-18 mo 18-24 mo. and 2yrs. sizes 9mo. and up have so-slip soles.
here's how to enter: Become a fan of HaddyGrace Designs on FB, then got tell all your friends to 'Like' us on FB, tell them to write on my wall who sent them. The person that 'sends' the most fans wins a pair of soft sole shoes!! Go ahead check them out! If you comment on this post letting me know which pair you like best I will enter your name another time!!!
Blue & brown

Pink & Brown

Camo & Blaze

Camo & Brown

Camo & Pink

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Christmas preview

After working all morning with my pattern and this beautiful black velour with sequins.... here it is... a 'rough draft' of the Christmas designs!!!!

the hardest part was getting the dress onto this little wiggle worm, and getting her to stay still for pictures. I finally settled for taking pictures of the 'Back' of the dress. I will leave the rest to the professionals! Check out my friend Beka's photography site:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Whoopie Pies

As I write this I am eating a Chocolate whoopie pie!! Yes I know it is 10pm But as I was writing about making them I got so hungry I just couldn't resist any more!! Maybe I will join my friend Rachel as she does her Turbo Jam workout tomorrow to make up for it! Probably NOT! :)

Want to know how to make these Yummy things?? head on over to my friend Jess's Blog where I was invited to share my experience! While you are there give her some love and 'Follow' her!! Let her know you are following and she will follow back!

As for me tomorrow!!! Gonna be working on CHRISTMAS!!!!! Fa lala lala lala lala !!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sneak Peek at HaddyGrace Christmas

I am having such a hard time concentrating on any projects or chores!!!!! Why??? This pile of beautiful Christmas fabric is the culprit! I absolutely cant wait to get started! But First things first..

The designs are in my head already! hopefully next week I will have a preview for you!!

I am off to bake Whoopie Pies with my sister today.. don'y know hat whoopie pies are?? stay tuned because I am taking my camera!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

All About Boys!!!

It's that time of year again. the time of year where I find myself a single mom for most of the weekend, the time of year where I find my bible and devotional constantly buried under a pile of hunting magazines, where my husbands laundry consists of mainly Camouflage! The time of year where to have a conversation with my husband I have to first capture his attention by using words such as, Antlers, tree stand, and arrow! In case you haven't guess by now, My husband lives for this time of year, HUNTING SEASON!

Some folks dress there little ones in the colors of their favorite sports team. Yup, that's right Hunters like to dress their little ones in CAMO!!! So here ya go!! Some camo for the little boys (or Girls) in your hunting family!

Camo and brown fleece, soft soled shoe. sizes 0-3, 3-6, 6-9 =$8.50. sizes 12mo, 18-24mo. and 2yrs. =$10.00

Camo and Blaze Orange! All sizes 9mo and up are made with 'no-slip' soles.

Today really was 'All about Boy. You see My son, Mitchell, is 2 yrs old, and although he has a huge vocabulary and speaks well beyond what the average 2yr. old speaks, he is a male species and has a hard time expressing his feelings. so for the past few days he has been acting horribly out of sorts! I knew he was frustrated, but i had no idea what about! He knew I was frustrated, but didn't know what to do about it. so we were both miserable together and stuck in a horrible rut! I happened to mention to a friend at church Wednesday night that i literally felt like I had 'escaped' from my son when I left him at home with his Daddy. And being the wonderful friend she is, she said, "Awe, maybe he needs more quality time." and I thought, surely that's not it, I read him stories, eat lunch with him, all that mommy stuff.....

But this morning I realized, I hadn't being doing any 'BOY STUFF'. So no, I didn't take him hunting, or take him for a ride in a LOUD truck. But we had a 'Leaf war' in the back yard!

Loaded with ammunition!!! (and Smiles)

Loving the feel of those crunchy leaves!

Gathering more ammunition.

Giggles, because He got mom!!!!

Here we go again!!

All Is fair in LOVE and War!!!

Having a leaf war made his day! But yes he still whined when it was nap time but at least this time he had something REAL to whine about! he wanted our war to continue!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Perfect Fall Day

Today was one of those perfect fall days where the sunshine is so warm and friendly that those sweet memories of summer hover right around the corner. So what to do on the perfect fall Day?
go to the pumpkin patch of course!
So with my hot apple-cider, my camera, and the two 'little ones' we headed to my Brother's Pumpkin patch.

Hadassah Grace sporting a Fall festival pillowcase dress.
Head on over to the 'for girls' page and check out the rest of the pillowcase dresses! Perfect for cooler weather when worn with sleeves and leggings!

Hadassah with big brother, Mitchell.

The Hay tunnel was loads of fun for Mitchell and brought back pleasant memories of my 'growing up on the farm days'.

Hello Handsome!
Yes it was a few perfect hours of a beautiful fall day. topped off by lunch with friends at our home. Cheeseburger soup, bread sticks, salad, apples with Carmel dip and brownies!!! Yummy!!! No I didn't do all the cooking!! everyone contributed!!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

HaddyGrace fall Sweater Dresses

Digging out the Warmer wardrobe can be frustrating, Articles of clothing that you really loved last fall, might have more stains than you remembered or, your child might have grown more that you thought she would, either way I always end up with much less hand-me-downs than I had hoped for. BUT, that only gives me an excuse to buy a few new pieces to add to each childs' wardrobe. HaddyGrace, Sweater Dresses are the perfect piece to add to your childs wardrobe this fall, Made with High Quality knit fleece, they have a bit of stretch and are warm and fleecy on the inside. Each dress has a hood, not only to add character, but to help ward off that chilly fall wind. You get to choose if you want a dragon fly or mushroom design on your Sweater Dress. wear it with Boots or a belt or both. Either way your daughter is sure to wear it again and again!

Prices: 3mo. - 2 , $29.00
3-8 $32.00

contact me for more details! I will be more that happy to dress your Girls!! @



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