My hubby Chris' birthday is just a few days before Halloween, so we always have a combo party. But this past year, I actually did way more than put out a pumpkin and spiderwebs and doritos. Here's the results- we had a blast!
First of all, he wanted... ahem... a booby cake. Which, for some reason, my mother has the molds for. So she made it. It's strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting, with pink frosting for the areola and a candied cherry for the nips. I had to make it fit in with halloween, so there are ants crawling up the boobs. It was dubbed the "dead hooker" cake:
This is thre mantlepiece. There are deep burgundy candles, a doll I'll show you next, a fake scary painting, and the scarf is a shawl I got for a buck:
This is the doll from the mantle. Found her at Goodwill for 3 bucks. She was wearing a pink stained Victorian gown. I dyed it black with rit dye, and put a tiny cameo at her throat. She also has a tiny rosary but you can't see it here. I made the veiled bonnet. I think next year when I put her out, I'll remove her eyes for extra creepiness:
This is the painting above the mantle. It's "Blue Boy" but with a skeletal face and bats- has a plastic frame of skulls. Got it for 5 bucks:
I had these all over the place with truffles and candy corn. Plastic marguerita glasses with black tulle, purple ribbon, and plastic bat ring coated in glue then glittered:
Next is the main table. Amongst the food are copies of famous Victorian ghost and spiritist photos. i had them scattered all over the house, along with black and whites of Bella Lugosi and other old horror actors. In the center, a glass vase with red velvet roses that i spritzed with black spray paint. You can see the boob cake at the back of the table:
Finally, here is the outside table. The sign was made using stencils and flourescent paint. There was a flourescent lightbulb above, but I'm a dipstick and forgot to take pics with it on at dark:
There were other decorations, but these were the biggies. Hope yall like it! hope i don't get my arse kicked for uploading so many pics!
Okay, this is one of those "accidental' crafts. I was blowing out this egg, in order to cover it with washi paper. I accidentally made too big a hole in the bottom- just big enough to make the egg weak where it would not likely stand up to the rigors of my pushing and pulling and gluing paper around it, and enough to distort the bottom. Well I didn't want to throw it away... so I just started drawing an animal face on it, for the hell of it. I decided it was cat-like, and sort of anime-looking. I used some washi paper scraps to make some ears... but then it had no neck, and so it needed a collar... and then the collar needed a bell, so I cut one out ot a gold candy wrapper, and then BAM! The rest of my night was spent on it.
I think it's cute and silly. It's hard to see, but the tail, arms, and outer ears are a yellow brocade type of washi. He also has a "coin" with a crudely drawn kanji for what I'm pretty sure means "prosperity." I might make a rabbit next, it was kind of fun. P.S... just in case someone has never seen one of these, maneki neko means a "beckoning cat", and it is a Japanese symbol of good fortune.
I wasn't really sure where to post these, because these cards only exist currently on my hard drive. Therefore, they do not exist in a physical sense- yet. But this is a type of collage, and eventually I plan on finfishing out the major arcana, and having them printed and laminated. I've been working on these for quite some time. I don't read tarot cards, but I really enjoy the artwork on the various decks. I also like coming up with my own pictures of the archetypes the cards represent. My husband enjoyed it as well and helped me out a lot.
Anyway, the first two cards are the only ones that were actually glued pictures onto a card; then they were scanned and my husband took over and added clipart borders and little special effects. "The Seeker" is my version of the traditional Fool card. I got the ferret from a bottle of ferret ear wash; the background is a card I got on my 16th B-day and have held onto- that was the most exiting and um... adventurous year of my life, no to mention the most foolish. So it's the one with the most personal meaning.The Moon card is simply pictures I cut from a catalog:
The next cards are when my husband got more involved. I actually cut the pictures out of catalogs, art books, anything I could find, and then they were scanned in. Other components/backgrounds are images found on the internet, and trimmed to meet my ideas. They were arranged, (using Adobe photoshop, I think thats' the program) and special effects added, like the transparency on the dove on the Strength card, the sunbeam on the Sun card. Then borders added. I hope they all show up on here, I've got a couple more, but these are the best ones. Thanks fer lookin'!
My son and I made this as a decoration for his room- which has a Medieval/LOTR/dragons/Harry Potter type decor. We want to make some safe yet wicked looking stuff for decorations, swords, a battle axe, a shield maybe. This is our first attempt. It was originally supposed to be a flail- that's the dealie with a chain attaching the skiped ball to the stick. But we couldn't find the proper size chain so... anyway, it has several issues I don't like- I know the ball is too large, and I really wanted strips of leather to wrap the handle with, and maybe some metal embossed with celtic knots- but, you have to go out of town to find any of those things so we had to make do with some brown bias tape I had.
So, it didn't come out exactly as planned, but we had fun making it. It's a styofoam ball with those conical electrical tie things attached and covered with papier mache. note the "blood" spatter on the spikes. Thanks fer lookin!
Oookay. So, back in the 80's, when such things were important to me, I used to sign all my notes, write my name on book covers, shoes, jeans, and jackets "Metallica" style. I totally miss those days, they were the best years of my life. (Breaks out into chorus of "The Way We Were) *sniff!*
Anyway, here's my tiny tribute to my all time favorite, Metallica, before they began annoying me... before the Napster incident and before James Hetfield took voice lessons. I still love them, though, and have no doubt that soon their fine selves will get their **** straight.
It should be legible, but just in case, it says "Alexia". (My name, o' course!) Unfortunately, you can't see the red glitter, which gives it a really cool look in person. It's on a black babydoll t. I used the freezer paper method:
This is a small denim bag I embroidered with one of SS's Pinups n Panthers pattern. I used a shiny floss for the shoes and lips- too bad it doesn't show up better. That shiny floss (a dmc kind, methinks) was a real pain in the arse to use, but worth it. I sewed some tiny beads on for her earrings, and eventually I'll put sequins here and there on the bag. It's one of those works in progress. Hope yall get a kick out of it. It's my makeup bag.
Okay, I'm so glad the issue of slutty costumes came up. I was going to mention it earlier but didn't want to offend anyone. One of the mommies who gave me the stink eye on Halloween had 3 kids with her: a boy from my son's class, who was dressed as Spiderman, and two girls- one about 11 and one about 13. Both girls were wearing "witch" costumes with exposed belly buttons, thigh high striped stockings, short (and I mean SHORT) skirts and mary jane style high heels. They could hardly walk in these damn heels. Their makeup was pretty, but not "witchy" by any means. Wouldn't be so remarkable, but there were too many girls dressed like this to count. The only thing witch related on them were the hats and stripes. And she has the nerve to stare at me for what my kid is wearing. What her girls were wearing is what's called eye-candy for middle aged men. Gross.
When I think of "sexy" costumes on Halloween, I think having an alter ego is great fun sometimes, I'm not a prude. But I think there ought to be an age limit on stuff like thigh-highs and heels. Lord knows I've dressed sexy on Halloween before- but I always put an effort into it, and I only wear that around other adults. I think anything any adult wears is fine as long as creativity is the basis of it. Anyone can go out and buy a "sexy schoolgirl" costume in a package. But one year I made my own, here it is, hopefully...
Not exactly sexy, since I was about 30 lbs overweight in that pic, (I've since dropped about 20 of that) but it was at least homemade. That's my mom in the zebra costume in the background, she always makes her own as well. Okay, I promise not to post anymore of my wacky halloween pics on THIS thread.. F.
Thanks, yall! And thank you esp. Ariel for clearing that photobucket issue up.
Sometimes I feel like I live in Stepford, PhaseII ! teehee. Every holiday around here seems like a cutesy cariacature. It's a wonder they didn't get after us with pitchforks and torches. Pretty much all the kids dress as pop culture icons instead of spooky things, and doing "scary", "unsafe", "not-nice" things, even at Halloween, are pretty much frowned upon. When they do dress like witches and such, it's only the cute kind. It used to be a blast when I was a kid, before the city got involved in every aspect of celebration around here. We even had an awesome Haunted House that the Jaycees club put on every year, until the city decided it was "too scary for the little ones" and "unsafe, litigation-wise". Why don't they just come out and say it- they are afraid they'll get sued. AARGH! Oh, and my son just reminded me to mention out that he really is a good-lookin' kid, when not dressed up like a corpse. Just had to clear that up...
Also, in order to give Ariel's instructions a try, I'm gonna attempt to post a pic of the makeup job I did on my hubby a few years ago! My hubby ain't a bad lookin guy hisdamnself, but eew, that night! Hope the pic ain't too huge.
Gosh, i sure hope this photobucket thing works... I know the picture is sideways, but you'll get the effect. If it doesn't, I'll get my handy hubby to fix it when he gets home. Anyway, My son wanted to be a "dead zombie guy with a tie or something" for Halloween. So we got these old clothes from Goodwill, and we had him roll around in the dirt and grass outside in them, but the main awesomeness was the makeup job I did on him, not to toot my own horn... toot toot! I used typical pancake makeup, but then in certain areas, I applied a layer of liquid latex, then a layer of 1 ply shredded tissue, then another layer of latex. When that dried I tore up the latex/tissue in a few spots and painted the skin black beneath there, and left some of it hanging. Fake teeth and grey hairspray too. One little kid started crying, another ran away, and the other Mommies were giving me a dirty look. I kinda felt bad, with my 10 year old dressed as the living dead amongst all the SpongeBobs and Spidermans... So here's the photobucket link and I sure hope it works!!!