For the record, I’m all for store-bought costumes at Halloween. We’ve had many at our house. But this year, I got inspired to create. My son said he wanted to be Fire Man, and my daughter instantly said, “And I can be Water Girl!”
And I just thought those were such rockin’ superheroes for my kids to have invented, I wanted to do them justice. Plus, it got my brain rolling. How would you make a fire wand? Or water hair?
Creativity is so much about solving problems. Having limitations — as I try to remind myself daily — forces you to think about how to work around them. Limitations like, for example, not knowing how to sew.
And, at the same time, enthusiasm can push you past those limitations. I really wanted to make a flowy dress for Water Girl so she would look like water as she moved. And so I just decided to make her a dress and not let the fact that I have never done that before stop me.
I just figured it out as I went along and bulldozed over the difficult parts, and — voila! — I can now add make a water dress to my list of crazy, unmarketable skills.
As well as make water hair.
And, of course, attach fringe to anything and everything.