Labor of Love

Bug, Mr. Ink, and I went to see The Boxtrolls very soon after it came out. Bug had been waiting for it to come out forever, and we were all fairly eager to see it. In the theater, I realized we were all laughing, smiling, and giggling equally over the movie and I realized I just couldn’t tell which of the 3 of us was having the better time.

When Bug said later “well, I really hate to say it, but I think The Boxtrolls is actually a better movie than Frozen.” I knew she’d truly loved it.

A bit later in the week, Bug, when considering Halloween costumes, decided that maybe she’d like to be a boxtroll. We talked about Eggs, and thought about that for awhile, but she decided instead that she’d like to be Fish. I figured it would be a relatively easy costume to create, and I asked Mr. Ink for his help in drawing a fish on a box so she could have her wish.

We began to prepare for our first ever truly homemade costume. I tea dyed strips of flannel, and found a box. I spent a lot of time looking at Fish’s pictures so I could try to recreate him with face paint.


And then things got crazy. Mr. Ink, apparently a bit of a perfectionist, decided the plans weren’t quite good enough. He asked me to knit Bug a pair of troll gloves, since the boxtrolls only have 3 fingers. It was too late in the game for that, so I decided instead to buy a cheap pair of gloves and sew the fingers into one. Then, I knit a pair of ears. And, I took a teddy bear and made it look like it had an eye falling out, since that is also an element of the movie.


I sewed the ears on a blue hooded sweatshirt, and added hair to the top of it which I then sprayed with hairspray to make sure it stayed sticking up.


I left the box up to Mr. Ink. The big reveal was Thursday evening. And the box is an absolute work of art. It is so beautiful, and so authentic. This is a box we are never going to be able to get rid of. It’s perfection.

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Notice the foam on the shoulders to make it more comfortable”

Introducing Fish the Boxtroll:

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We spent our Halloween evening with friends, a crockpot of chili, a fire in a fire pit, s’mores, mountain pies, and all the neighborhood kids coming by for trick or treating. It was one of The Most fabulous holidays we’ve ever had, surrounded by so much love and laughter and friendship, fun, and happy rambunctious children. A very cold evening was about as warm as it could possibly be.