Crafty (& Handy) Holidays Parenting

Happy Halloween from Olivia

Eleanor loves Olivia, so we dressed her as her porcine heroine for Halloween this year.

Eleanor’s pig nose was drawn on with liquid eyeliner, which held up surprisingly well. I made the ears with fleece, wire, and a headband, and I sewed the sailor collar to go over her store-bought dress. The collar even has stars on the back (drawn on with a marker) for authenticity.

We hope you had as great a Halloween as we did!

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  • Amanda B.
    October 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Too cute! I love homemade/put together costumes. I need those tights in my size!

    • Lemon
      November 1, 2010 at 7:22 am

      Check Target in the Halloween aisle. They’re there!!

  • Erin
    October 31, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    That is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

  • Emily S
    October 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I cannot even begin to describe how adorable this is. Love the last one with the little piggy face!

  • Funnelcloud Rachel
    October 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Oh my! That is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
    (Also, I love how she is playing with the rats!)

  • Beryl Lynn
    October 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    She is so freakin’ cute! And BIG! Time flies..

  • Ana
    October 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    What an adorable idea! (not to mention little Olivia)

  • Ali @His Birdie's Nest
    October 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    OMGoodness, this is quite possibly the cutest Halloween costume EVER!

  • liz @ bon temps beignet
    October 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Hehehe she’s super cute

  • Andnowlights (KMSull)
    October 31, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    … I think my heart just melted into a million pieces. Adorable.

  • Amanda
    October 31, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Very cute!

    My little girl was Hello Kitty this year.

  • Courtney
    October 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    She is adorable! I love Olivia!

  • Amanda
    October 31, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    What a great costume! I dare say she’ll look back on that one and love it.

  • Natalie
    October 31, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic costume idea! Flawless. Your daughter is as cute as a button, too :) xo

  • holly
    October 31, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    oh man, THE CUTEST EVER!!!!

  • heather
    October 31, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    that is the cutest costume ever! love it!!!!!

  • Athina
    October 31, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Eeek! How adorable!!!!

  • Adventures In Babywearing
    October 31, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Absolutely precious!!


  • Audrie
    November 1, 2010 at 12:18 am

    So so so cute! And that last picture is my favourite picture of her ever!!!

  • ampersand-design.blogsot
    November 1, 2010 at 1:01 am

    So cute Nicole.

    Eleanor looks adorable.

    Might have to steal this idea for one of my nieces next year.

    Sandy K

  • Heidi @ Budget Wise Home
    November 1, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Simply adorable! There’s really nothing much else to say.

  • Tatyana
    November 1, 2010 at 1:11 am

    She is so adorable! And you did a fantastic job putting it all together – it looks great!

  • Ludmila {}
    November 1, 2010 at 4:01 am

    She’s SO cute!

  • Lisa
    November 1, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Absolutely adorable. Her costume is a perfect ode to Olivia. I wanted to dress my daughter (Olivia) as her namesake pig friend, but I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. I will have to keep a tab on Eleanor’s costume for reference next year!

    Happy Halloween,
    Take care,

  • Mrs. Kinne
    November 1, 2010 at 4:31 am

    That is too cute! Plus, the first-grade teacher in me loves that you made a costume based on a book. :)

  • Melanie
    November 1, 2010 at 5:10 am

    gosh, the last picture is hilarious!! :DD
    so cute!!

  • Maureen
    November 1, 2010 at 5:12 am

    She really is too adorable for words! And the last picture is just perfect!

  • Eugénie
    November 1, 2010 at 5:26 am

    She is adorable !

  • Cindy
    November 1, 2010 at 6:12 am

    What an adorable costume. Love it!

  • Gwendolyn Wise
    November 1, 2010 at 6:24 am


  • Amy Awesome
    November 1, 2010 at 7:25 am

    What a great costume! She looks so adorable. Esme loves Olivia as well, and I think we may have to rock an Olivia costume next year now.

  • Steph
    November 1, 2010 at 7:32 am

    The nose! Perfection.

  • Breenah
    November 1, 2010 at 7:59 am

    That’s beyond adorable!

  • Lisa
    November 1, 2010 at 8:13 am

    super cute!

  • Clair
    November 1, 2010 at 8:14 am

    The little nose embellishments make the whole outfit!

  • michelle
    November 1, 2010 at 8:33 am

    You did a great job and geez Nicole she just keeps getting cuter and cuter!

  • Anita
    November 1, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Adorable..great costume and even cuter little Olivia look alike

  • celeste
    November 1, 2010 at 8:46 am

    so cute! and the collar over a store-bought dress idea is genius!

  • Samantha
    November 1, 2010 at 8:57 am

    My daughter loves Olivia, I should have thought about this for a costume, how great does your daughter look!

  • Allison S.
    November 1, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Such a great idea…that last picture may be the cutest thing ever!

  • Marianne
    November 1, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I have a red sailor dress that I wore as a 2-year-old, it’s already bookmarked for next year’s Olivia costume! This is Lulu’s favorite book series.

  • Jen K
    November 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Well done! You did a great job and she looks so stinking cute! Your post made me smile today, thank you.

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture
    November 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

    As everyone has already said – but it bears repeating – too cute! She’s adorable!

  • Your Mother
    November 1, 2010 at 9:47 am heart is melting…just adorable

  • Debra
    November 1, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I would have just handed that little doll all the candy and called it a night, she looks so adorable!!!

  • Cheryl
    November 1, 2010 at 10:03 am

    That is THE BEST! Super job mum! I love love love Olivia, too!

  • Rachel Ripardo
    November 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Linda! (beautiful in portuguese)

  • Fiona
    November 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Adorable! I can’t believe how big she is now.

  • kristy
    November 1, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Adorable! I need to put this in the idea bank for next year.

  • Jenn
    November 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

    That is absolutely adorable and I LOVE the little dress too!

  • Rebecca Newport
    November 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

    So cute!

  • marisa
    November 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Adorable! Homemade costumes from book characters are the absolute best.

  • Michele
    November 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Love it!!

  • Samae
    November 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    What a cutie pie!

  • Danielle
    November 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Absolutely the sweetest costume I’ve seen…

  • Tarcia
    November 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    That’s so cute.

  • Olivia @ Swan White Curtain
    November 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    That is easily the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! What a creative costume. :o)

  • Beth
    November 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Okay, I just have to say once again how inspiring this is! I love that you not only gave your daughter an artful and unique costume, but it was based on a book character and not a t.v. character! Seriously, I hope I’m able to do as many fun, loving, and unique things for my kids as you do for yours (when I have them, someday, a long time from now. LOL.)

  • Miss B
    November 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I saw these on Flickr, they are perfection! What a fabulous costume idea and I can not believe that she is big enough to go trick or treating, she is growing so fast before our eyes!

  • Lindsey@ClassicIvory
    November 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    She is absolutely adorable…and what a super idea for a costume!

  • jbhat
    November 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Ian Falconer would be proud. LOVE it.


  • Amanda
    November 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm


  • Kristina
    November 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Girl’s Gone Child did the same for her daughter. I opened them both up today over lunch and was all….hmmmm, Olivia must be popular this year. MUST get my girls some Olivia books!

  • justme
    November 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Aww, she’s darling!

  • PriscilaPetersDecor
    November 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Oh my…. simply cute! I love the dress

  • Lisa
    November 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Oh, my gosh, cuteness just oozed out of my computer and all over the room! Absolutely adorable!

  • Amy
    November 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Ok, this might be the cutest costume ever! I loved Olivia when I was little.

  • Savvy in San Francisco
    November 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    OMG! She is adorable! I love her outfit! Precious!

  • Savanna
    November 1, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    So cute!

  • Natalie
    November 1, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    oh my gosh, that is the cutest idea for a costume! Olivia is such a huge hit with kids these days. i’m a kindergarten teacher, and my students are OBSESSED with the olivia books. have you read the haunted house one? it’s adorable!

  • Marilyn
    November 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Love it! She is adorable and I love Olivia too!

  • Ellen
    November 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Love the Olivia costume! You did a great job…very authentic! And she is darling too!

  • Laura_theSCOOP
    November 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    This is just excellent!!!

  • Lori
    November 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Truly adorable. I am completely stealing this idea for my daughter next year. Love it!

  • Raquel
    November 1, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Love it!

  • jja
    November 2, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Really adorable little girl!

  • drey
    November 2, 2010 at 8:11 am

    she’s so gorgeous nic!!!!! you did such a good job!

  • Stacey
    November 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

    adorable!! her and her costume!

  • Joy
    November 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

    So adorable! I have to say, her dress looks so much cuter in your pictures than it does at gap’s site online, too.

  • julie @ shorts and longs
    November 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Cutest costume EVER!

  • charity
    November 2, 2010 at 10:44 am

    You couldn’t have done that costume better! Or cuter! So jealous.

  • Camellia
    November 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

    So so very cute.

  • Keri
    November 2, 2010 at 11:16 am

    What an adorable costume! We tried to do Olivia, too, but our 2 year old refused:-). Eleanor looks amazing as Olivia, though!!

  • Christine
    November 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    This is pretty much the cutest costume ever! Love the ears, she wears it well.

  • kim
    November 2, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    very sweet!

  • Andrea
    November 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    My daughter was Olivia when she was two! So cute…

  • janny
    November 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    love the costume! wish i was as crafty for my daughter!

  • April
    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Omg this is the cutest outfit on earth!

  • suzanne cabrera
    November 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    What a doll!!!!!! Love the expression in the last picture. Priceless!

  • Brooke
    November 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    The most adorable costume of the year!

  • Katrina Babic
    November 3, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Fabulous! Adorable!

    November 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    That is the most adorable I have seen in my whole life! <3
    You are the luckiest!


  • Oonafey
    November 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I really think this is the cutest, most original kids costume I have seen this year.

  • Lindzie H
    November 4, 2010 at 9:52 am

    We love Olivia! Nice job!

  • Hanna
    November 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

    that last photo is awesome!

  • karalee
    November 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    this is brilliant!

  • Nicole
    November 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    This is so adorable!

  • Dawn
    November 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    She is so adorable and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this costume…you are genius…as always :)

  • Sharon
    November 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    We are big Olivia fans at our house, so I LOVE Eleanor’s costume! It is fantastic!!!

  • Anna
    November 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    * How darling *

  • arre
    November 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    omg. the cutest. ever. i love olivia too but have never seen her looking quite so precious! good work!

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