Somebody gifted this nautical tattoo set to us (I wish I could remember who) and it's been a long time favorite. With 100 temporary tattoos it's lasted a LONG time. But Z & M nearly cleaned the thing out in one, quiet, rainy afternoon.
Tattoos are just the icing on the cake.
For our second day of PIRATE WEEK I want to honor my little guy's pirate style. If you look beyond the eye patch and head wear, pirates are all about accessories. Zach spends time practically everyday creating some sort of pirate accessories. For earrings he threads beads on to small loops of embroidery and hangs them over the tops of his ears. Costume jewelry is also a must as are cool belts both kid made and thrift store found.
And unless it's crazy hot weather, he never goes anywhere without his trusty pirate boots.
We never went out and bought pirate costumes. Strips of cloth become head scarfs and sashes. Daddy's old button down shirts with the sleeves cut off become pirate vests. Mama's old sweat pants with the legs cut off in a zigzag and a sash tied tight can be pirate pants. Ribbon and felt become an eye patch or scabbard.
Once the look is complete, it's time to set the scene with some pirate tunes. Here are our favorites:
Sea Music by Dan Zanes (shanties and classic seagoing tunes)
Master & Commander movie soundtrack (amazing soundtrack!)
Paddy West School of Seamanship by The Seadogs (fabulous a cappaella shanties- our fav!)
Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack (Zach has never seen the movie but LOVES the music!)
Swashbuckling Sea Songs
Even though everyday is pirate day for us, you can mark your calendars and plan for a pirate party on September 19 for annual TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!
And if you're REALLY bored, did you know you can set your Facebook language to PIRATE? (on the bottom left hand corner where it says English US... click that and find English Pirate in the list. It will blow your mind!)
So plan a day, string your beads, ink your arms, practice your pirate speak, dance around and sing some shanties, and have some fun... who knows, you may even want to live on a boat after a while?
Mama got inked too.
p.s. I am guest blogging over at The Domestic Dork today where the lovely Holly asked me to share some housekeeping challenges aboard a boat. Come have a look!