This weekend I had so many recipes I had wanted to work on and instead I couldn’t stand so I did a no bake recipe which will be up later this week and I got crafty while sitting on my bum. I made a new wreath and finished up the kid’s costumes. This post is about my calf, Miss Ellie and her No Sew Princess Costume.
On Friday I was just doing some normal things in my kitchen when suddenly there was a pop in my left calf and then I almost fell because my leg was just not working right anymore. So I grabbed the counter and shifted all my weight to my right leg to keep from falling. I tried to put some weight on it after a minute or two and yelled out in pain. My husband was trying to help me and figure out what happened. The little ones were asking if I was okay and all I kept thinking is, “Oh no! Please don’t let this be serious I have a 5K in like 9 days!”
Now having had enough sprains, foot surgeries and tendon surgeries I knew I had to follow the RICE regimen. So what is RICE? It’s rest, ice, compression & elevation. So that’s what we did. The hubby helped me hobble to a chair and got me ice, wrapped my calf in an Ace bandage and gave me some Ibuprofen to take. It’s still not great but I can walk around now and the doctor said it was just a muscle strain and that nothing was torn which is good. I should be able to at least walk this weekend. (Sitting here with fingers crossed.)
So since I could not stand in the kitchen and bake away as much as my heart desired I instead crafted. Don’t be insulted my crafty friends. I am trying to become crafty and I like it so far but I am just not that great at it yet. I will say though that I am ever so pleased with how my crafts turned out this weekend. My daughter Ellie loves her Halloween costume and keeps making me put the whole thing on her so that she can prance around, waving to her subjects in her princess costume.
The entire costume is a no sew costume which means super easy for those of us just venturing back into the crafty world. To make the entire outfit this is what I used and did…
Tulle Skirt Materials:
5 yards of tulle (We used 3 colors since Ellie could not decide on just one.)
5/8″ elastic, cut to fit child’s waist and tie
Tulle Skirt Instructions:
Cut tulle into 6″ strips. The tulle usually comes in 72″ widths folded in half. Measure your child’s from waist to foot and leaving tulle folded cut the tulle to the length you measured at the open end, not the folded one. You will then tie the tulle strips onto the elastic. To do this you will take a piece of tulle and hold the center of the strip just above the elastic so it looks like a loop. You will then feed the length of the tulle through the loop that is above the elastic and pull it until it is tightened but not so tight as to damage the tulle. Continue doing this all the way around the elastic until your tulle skirt is complete. Have the child try it on and trim anything that is needed so that the skirt is long but will not cause them to trip.
I then paired the skirt with a tank top, a pair of leggings, some purple ballet flats, dollar store jewelry, thrift store opera gloves and a craft store glittery foam tiara. Yes, her treat bucket is a green and purple dragon complete with sound that we found at the thrift store for $1. The idea and instructions for the cloak came from Natalie at One Busy WAHM. I saw the super easy, as in 5 minutes easy, cloak last week when I had already started Ellie’s tulle skirt and knew that a proper princess would need a proper cloak especially since it has been cold here in Chicago lately. It came out so cute and really does make her princess outfit perfect.
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