Tuesday, November 3, 2009

We've Got Spirit!!!

Yes we do! Some of you might be wondering what I have been scrapping as of late. The answer? Not much. I have taken a little scrapbooking hiatus for the last week or so to work on some spirit goodies for Hazel's competitive cheerleading squad. Now that we are part of the Cheer Extreme family of gyms, Hazel and her team have really started to blossom on their skill level. Here she is modeling her new uniform...



I must admit... I'm a total sucker for the new team colors. Teal is my favorite, and I loved having a chance to create with it! I've been making cowbells for the team moms to bring to competitions with us. Us cheer moms... the noisier, the better!



And, then I started on a project that harkened back to my days in high school football-crazed Texas. For those of you that have never lived there, went to high school there, or had a child that went to high school there, let me introduce you to the mum...



Now, let me just tell you... this is a VERY scaled-down version of the "everything's bigger in Texas" mums that the high school girls sport during the annual homecoming football game/dance. In fact, this is more of what you would consider a "garter," and would be worn by... get this... THE GUYS. Yes, guys wear these frilly, sparkly things as a garter around their upper arms. Manly, is it not?

The girls? Well, let me tell you... I stand at about 5'5", and my homecoming mums in high school nearly reached my ankles. Don't believe me? Check these ladiesout! No, I don't know the crafty lady whose blog I pulled this from. She just had the best photos (actually ON a person) that I found when I Googled photos of homecoming mums.

Mind you, I graduated from high school over 13 years ago... but, these things seem to have only GROWN in size since then. At least we used to be able to pin them to our shirts. Sure, it might have taken 5 safety pins... but, we weren't wearing them around our necks like they do now. I get it, though... the bigger, the more sparkly the mum... the cooler you thought you were. Well, at least until you looked back 13 years later. LOL! They even make ones that light up and play music... I kid you not.

So, back to my little mum. This guy only measures 12", and is a great way to show support of your cheerleader. There were moms that wore them back in high school to support their football-playing sons, cheerleader daughters, etc. So, I thought I'd bring a little of that good old Texas tradition right here to North Carolina. We'll see how this catches on... or not. It sure was FUN to make, though. And, you all know how much I LOVE anything that sparkles! Lights up and plays music? Not so much. We'll save that for those Texas gals.



If you're a Cheer Extreme mom, find yourself reading this, and are interested in your very own mum to support your little cheerleader... please feel free to contact me.

Speaking of cheerleading... it's about time for practice. We have our first competition this weekend, and need to get ready. I'll leave you with a photo (and a video) from their recent Showcase performance...



11 comments:

LollyChops said...

How totally funny! I did not go toHS here in Texas and when I first saw those mums I could not believe it! They are really something. My brother and sister had mega ones (of course)! I wonder if you can get it to catch on there! The one you made is fantastic! NC sized for sure!

HUGS!

P.S. Your daughter did great in the video! She's so small and cute!

Beth Perry said...

that is awesome and reminds me of my cheer days. For a very small town of 1800 people, our cheerleading was one of the best in the state. We would get asked to perform at the basketball state champ finals during halftime at Mizzou. It was so much fun!
That is cool you are starting her off so early. she will be able to do so much later on!
Loving the mums and never heard of them before! lol Must be a Texan thing! haha
B

Callista said...

Hazel is such a doll! And I love the colors! Never heard of the mums before and just about fell out of my chair when I checked out the link you posted! lol!
My niece would die if she saw Hazel's uniform. She did the jr Seahawks cheer camp this summer and they dressed them all in sailor uniforms. She was pissed that it didn't look anything like the SeaGals uniforms.

Jocelyn said...

Hazel is such a cutie pie...I love that BIG SMILE!!!!! What great colors and wow you did an awesome job with the goodies!!!!! I so adored the video...it brought back the best memories of my daughter and her cheer squad!!! Wishing you a great day!!!! :-)

Karen said...

brings back memories. my daughter was an all star competitive cheerleader in high school and started her cheer career in tx. now that's a serious cheer state! your little one is precious. have fun!

Leah said...

lol...love the memories of those tx high school mums! thank you!
and hazel is just too cute for words!!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Wow, she is a doll!!! So cute!

Christy said...

Love, Love, Love this idea! Are you going to add the directions on how to make these? I would really enjoy doing one of these for my daughter. We are in Idaho and are not familiar with these!! But what a crafty way to show support as well as a little pizzaz..

Michelle said...

Hazel is too cute! Love everything you made. :D

Jess Buchanan said...

Where did you find the cow bells

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