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Another minor costume crisis…..WET PAINT!

I know, I know……you’ve heard me say several times, “ACK….crisis!  Costume delayed another day!”  And yeah, here I am, saying it again.  But this time it’s not a sick child or lack of time…….it’s WET PAINT.


For Connor’s costume, I created the entire thing, finished the last few details on Saturday, and then spray painted it all that night.  I checked on it Sunday morning…..still wet.  That’s okay, I wasn’t worried because I planned on waiting until Monday morning (which is today) to take the pictures anyway.  So, I pointed a portable fan at it, and begged that paint to dry all day yesterday.  I woke up this morning, sure the paint would be dry, and ready to have Connor step outside in it to take a few pictures before school.  Buuuuut……..still tacky.  WHA?!?!?!  Spray paint has always been my best friend.  And a quick-drying process.  But darn it, I think it has to do with the metallic in the paint?  Or maybe the breathe-ability of the fabric that I’m using? 


But the good news, is that a few things have dried.  And are ready for action.  (Any guesses on what those shoes used to look like?  Gah.  A terrible idea to paint something with a variation in textures.  Too late…..we’re ignoring it.)




It’s just the main part of the costume that’s being so stubborn.  And driving me crazy.  (However, I tested a strip of the same fabric a week ago with the paint and while it did take at least a half a day to dry, it eventually dried beautifully and didn’t chip, crack, etc.  So, I’m hopeful.)





Anyway, once again, a delay.  But that’s my life. (You should see me try and get myself and all the kids ready for church while Steve is at work at the hospital for the one sunday/month that he’s scheduled.  It’s actually pretty comical.  “Connor, where are your shoes?  Elli, grab your tights!  Chloe….why are you naked?  Oliver, you pooped?  AGAIN?!?!”  Better late than never though, right?)


Talk to you “soon”!  (That really means tomorrow but if the paint hears me, he’ll surely stay tacky for another day.  Grrrr.)  Meanwhile, Oliver’s costume is in the works. :)




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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
Another minor costume crisis…..wet paint!
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  1. Lisa says:

    No way, I have difficulties trying to prepare a boy and a baby to go to kindergarten…4 of them to church?? How can you do it???? tell me the secret!!! :)
    Hope the paint is dried all!!!

  2. Sharon Collins says:

    I love it! I could never make it to church with 3 little ones & a baby. I have a hard enough time getting my oldest grandchildren ready to walk out the door for school when I’m in charge. You must be an excellent manager to get those sweeties ready & out the door for church alone. I want to know how to prevent meltdowns when in a time crunch.

    Once long ago I had the same problem. Sunday mornings. I only had two children. One 10 years old & the other one. I attended church 2-3 Sundays a month sans hubby. I rode the church bus every 3 months for a month, taught Bible class, helped in children’s church for one month every quarter, had nursery duty, prepared communion 4 times a year, Bible bowl for two years, & took other grades in my class when teachers were ill.

    I also cooked a full breakfast. Guilt I guess. My hubby was the worst one. I got all my stuff & kids stuff together the night before from habit. I worked full time.

    No matter how careful you plan there is usually a tire with a leak.

    I can say this much. I am glad I had two.

  3. Kelsie says:

    It’s looking awesome so far! Good luck with the metallic paint, I hope it dries for you. We spray painted something a metallic silver once, and it was still slightly tacky a year later! I couldn’t believe it.

  4. Sarah Burrell says:

    Loving this years costumes! I’m already trying to convince my little family to do the same theme next year.

    Other thoughts- So I’m not the only one with a three year old who is frequently naked? Hmmm… :-)

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh thanks Sarah!!!

      Hahahaha……nope! Fancy free over here!!!! :)

  5. Nancy Gross says:

    DRY PAINT DRY! Could be worse, he could have actually had to wear it tomorrow and it still be tacky. Yikes…. Good thing you didn’t wait till the last minute to make his costume. I’m sure it will dry soon though. Can’t wait to see him in it. Oh and the girls costumes are just so cute. So are you dressing up also?

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh gosh, I thought the same thing. Good thing I wasn’t spraying it the night before he had to wear it. We would have had to cut up an old sheet and turned him into a mummy instead. ;)

      (And yes, we’re doing some really simple costumes that we’ll throw together last minute. I’m going to be the witch and Steve is going to be the yellow brick road.)

    2. Nancy Gross says:

      I sure hope you will post a picture of your whole family in your costume! : )

  6. Taya says:

    Excited to see your little tin man! Keep up the good work! Oh and I totally know the feeling of trying to get 4 kids ready, fed, in the car, clean diaper and all to church on time, its always so stressful without hubby.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes, you know!!! Once everyone is buckled in the car, I have to take a few breaths and realize that we made it. Whew! (Okay, that’s a lie… know there’s more chaos once we get there, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. :) )

  7. Mickey says:

    Cute costume idea and the baby powder Amanda, good to know.

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Mickey……and yes, I’m giving that a try right NOW!

  8. Amanda says:

    Ooh! If the paint is just tacky and not actually wet, brushing it with a bit of baby powder and letting that sit for a few hours actually takes away the tackiness and makes it a lot better to the touch, and it doesn’t even change the color at all.

    1. Ashley says:

      Genius idea……I’m off to try that right now! THANKS!!!! :)

  9. Dixie says:

    Haha, I hear you so much on the getting the kids ready for church while dad’s not home. My husband works out of state at least half the year so that describes every Sunday for us, and Monday, and Tuesday, and… it’s always completely crazy! hehe

    Cannot wait to see the whole costume together – sending good paint-drying vibes your way ;)

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh gosh, you are right there with me……but way more often! I swear, it’s always sundays that all the drama (i.e. lost shoes, breakfast spills, etc) happens. Ha.

      And thanks Dixie…….it really is pretty much dry tonight. It’ll be golden by morning, I’m sure of it! :)

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