Here's my cute Dutch doll daughter, all dressed and ready for Purim! The costume was a huge hit at school, fortunately my daughter didn't mind all the attention. While we've know for months that we wanted to make a costume with the crocheted wig, we just didn't have a solid direction until the last minute, when we pulled it all together with things we had, not even one little thing was purchased specifically for this costume! I have to say, I'm quite amazed myself, how the costume came together with the following:
- crocheted wig, based on this pattern, though made a bit longer (time intensive, I might add!)
- white dress, a floor sample brought from a friend's clothing company in Mexico
- white puff sleeved jacket, from our Purim costume box and just perfect
- striped apron, from my mother's house, at least 40 years old, thanks mom, it made the costume!
- pink basket, a gift from friends who visited from Amsterdam
- wooden tulips and wooden shoe scarf slide, souvenirs from our trip to The Netherlands
- red Dutch bandana, bought at a fabric store at the Albert Cuyp outdoor market in Amsterdam
- wooden shoes bought at Zaanse Schans wooden shoe factory in The Netherlands
Tonight is Purim! We'll hear a reading of megillat Esther and the festivities will begin! Costume-wise we're all ready, otherwise, well there's still a full day ahead of preparations for all the mishloach manot (gifts of food to friends and neighbors) for our family and small ones for each of the kids to give to their friends. There's the very festive meal on Thursday, which this year we're doing with some neighbors thankfully, but there's still the fish course to prepare for a crowd.
And at some point, well there's a huge need for some damage control as the house looks like, well, I won't go into it! I'm sure you can imagine after days of crafting! Not to worry, the children have clean clothes to wear, and everyone has been eating home cooked meals.........just the dining room table seems to have disappeared under a mountain of Purim preparations! Gotta run, have a wonderfully festive and meaningful Purim!