Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


In 1983, I made this costume for Daughter Sarah

Dad was an Operations Supervisor for McDonalds
And we thought Ronald McDonald was a great costume!

I took a regular pattern and modified it to make this Ronald costume,
it was certainly a labor of love and took some creative sewing.
But then I liked to sew!

And years earlier,

The very first costume I made for Sarah
Which she wore for four years --
I made it big so that we'd get a lot of wear out of it --
And we did!

And this year, that same Sarah
asked me to make a costume for her daughter, Lucy

This Nana who hadn't sewn for 31 years
(well, you can't count curtains and cushions and mending --
that isn't sewing --)

We shopped for pattern and fabric

And cut out the pattern on her dining room table

And I took the pieces home to sew

And I did find that sewing was like riding a bicycle
You never really forget how!

First the cape . . . 

Then the knickers

And the bodice

Sewing whenever I had a chance

And the Friday before Halloween,
I put this into an envelope and mailed it to Minnesota

It arrived Monday
And we had a trial run

 I think she makes a smashing 
Little Red Riding Hood

And after the costume was mailed to Minnesota,
I got busy in the kitchen



Wrapped in cello bags to be mailed to Minnesota
and given to children  and grandchildren of our friends

And in a forest of Kansas City
A long long time ago . . .  

There was a little girl
Who didn't seem happy with her Halloween costume
For it's uncertain whether she's a witch or a Little Red Riding Hood

This little girl

Grew up to be a BIG witch!

Sitting under the portico handing out
candy bars to the trick or treaters!

It's Halloween -- do you know where your candy is tonight?


wildcatmom said...

That's so very cute!
I followed your link at HGTV & I really enjoyed seeing your steps.
Halloween cookies~yum!

lucy said...

You did a beautiful job on Lucy's costume. On the pictures she looks just like you. Enjoy your halloween.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

This is such a darling costume, and Lucy is adorable!

megan said...

Sweet costume Martha...and I know where my candies my hubby's mouth!!! :)

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

You are a great costume maker. Lucy is adorable!

Cass @ That Old House said...

You ran OUT of candy bars tonight and didn't send Mr Linderhof out to replenish the supply? I am shocked, shocked I tell you. :-)

Love that you dress up for Halloween -- one year I sat in a rocker on our front porch, motionless, and would say HELLO as kids came up the steps. Scared the life out of several little beggars.

Happy Halloween, my friend!