reserved for my gallery! *exciiiited!* Firstly, the lovely card sent with the package
Here's the whole lot wrapped up in paper that is just about EXACTLY the colour of my bedsheets! Weird!
DAY 1 - A mod-podged box with vintage Halloween images! Love the graphics and Lord knows I could use more organization! Top Side
DAY 2 - Amazing Shrinky Dink Sugar Skull Earrings! These went on RIGHT away!
DAY 3 - Candy Corn Shrinky Dink Earrings!!
Now, I don't want to say anything until Tuchen's opened her day 3, but our "themes" seem to be syncing up a little bit here...
Also, there were a few un-numbered extras wrapped up for me that I'll be opening at random, and since today was a gloomy day of rain and mid-terms, I opened one! -
Skeleton Candy! Love the lonely skull on top, and PLEASE take a look at the graphic on this coffin... a deranged skeleton dressed as a... gangsta... coach?! LOL I cannot tell you how AMUSED I am by this sort of ridiculously random graphic on Halloween merchandise. If you want to DIE of laughter and Halloween glee, check out this blog - http://www.bogleech.com/halloween.html It literally makes me cry with a disconcerting mix of hilarity and nostalgia, and this coffin candy made me think of it right away! So needless to say, it's a hit! (And I puzzled him together right away!)
DAY 4 - CANDAY! Orange Slices and Gummy worms!
DAY 5 - A pretty (is that hand-made?!) notebook!
DAY 6 - An awesome note block!
Love love love this vintage graphic! So cute!
DAY 7 - Stationary! I'm especially happy about this one due to my epic-unorganized school bag at the moment. This week I was literally on the floor digging through my 3 bags for a pencil when the instructor stopped his lecture and was like, "What are you doing over there, there's sh*t flying everywhere!" LOL! Sooo yeah, this pencil case will prove useful I think
DAY 8 - AH! AH! AHHHHH! AN ARMY OF NAKED SUGAR SKULLS!!!!!!!!!!!
I am in LOVE with these!! There was much sqeualing when this box was opened! I've always wanted to make sugar skulls (and I can make more, because these also came with the recipe in a pretty scroll!) but I'm so glad she sent these pre-made and ready to decorate (with some sequins included in the package!) because the first rule in the recipe is NOT ON A HUMID DAY and it's been rainy all week! These are most definitely getting decorated and coming to my party on Saturday (stupid question - they are edible, right? If not, they're still getting laquered up and coming to decorate!)
DAY 9 - Taschen Icons "Devils"
I was worried when I picked up this package because I kind of knew exactly what it was. The "Taschen Icons" books (which I LOVE, as a general rule) have this distinct size/feel/weight to them (okay so I'm kind of an art book geek if I can identify this series by feel alone but...) and I kind of automatically guessed it would be the "Halloween Vintage Graphics" book, which I already have. Don't get me wrong, I would have been thrilled with it anyway and it would have made itself useful for crafting purposes, but it's always kind of disappointing when you give someone something they already have. But, no disappointment necesarry here because I didn't even know this one existed and it's spectacular! Not only do I love it on a Halloween level, I'm also very much into religious iconography in art history, so this retrospect of Satan in images is really interesting to me! Victoria, I feel like you know me so well! hehe
DAY 10 - Notebook and folders To match my stationary from day 7!
I was wondering how you made the drinking fountain?
The drinking fountain I did not make actually, I got it from Wal-mart for around $30 and I definitely recommend it if you throw a lot of parties, and it looks exceptionally cool in black light... However I did make a drink fountain for last year's halloween party, which has now been thrown out :
I hate to restate the above, but this makes me want to put my head on my desk and watch you chatting with all the cool people and sigh, thinking "I wish I were cool enough to be her friend." But i won't because I have way too much self-esteem for that... plus the whole craft stalking thing would look bad.
It also makes me want to go all out for my next party. Everyone tells me I hold the best parties when basically all I do is invite everyone.
HAHAHA! aww me and the cool kids would love to have you in our crew, i'm sure And you definitely should go all out! and don't forget - invitin's half the battle!
Yes, I loaft with posting. I'm just getting over my post-Halloween burnout. This party and my having been planning it since June is why. Hopefully it shows! Evil lady cut-outs by my wonderful friend Talia who also did Mr. O-Lantern here:
Yeaaa picture this without the beer bottles... Old shipping crate, spray-painted by moi. MY FAVOURITE! <3 The flesh Wall! This is actually floor-to-ceiling, made entirely of plastic skulls from dollarama, newspaper, kleenex and papier mache! Here's another shot of it, in the foyer where it stood, and an action shot avec party-goer:
The hallway which I like to call "A vagina of spiderwebs" Complete with many-a-sheet of rasturbated trees! Some of the down-the-stairs graveyard with my home-made gravestones which was supposed to look a lot cooler than this... A view of the whole front with some idea of the fog machine's effect... and my friend's highly offensive priest costume At the end of the hallway is the food side of the kitchen, black-lit and full of delicious
My meat-head, which PEOPLE ACTUALLY ATE THIS TIME! yay! Thorax cake by my friend Bon! Highly delicious ribs, better than Tony Roma's! The Dungeon side of the kitchen! With walls that promptly fell down once the party started You see, we had to change the location of the party last-minute and this house required no holes in the walls from thumbtacks or peeled paint from strong tape, so we did all we could, but some things ended up crapping out prematurely...sigh 6-foot mummy from michaels! not crafted, but still cool hanging and shaking dungeon victim #1 - made of coat hanger, newspaper, duct tape and paper mache, and a re-purposed $3 shaking skull decoration for the head. I kind of heart him.
hanging and shaking dungeon victim #2 - blucky skeleton, with head replaced with another re-purposed $3 shaking skull decoration, corsified kind of crappily with plastic wrap and spray paint. another silhouette Some of my many corpsified skulls, scattered about the grounds:
with another Michael's buy, skeleton in a cage!
Aaaaand I'm so relieved to have pulled it off. I told myself that was the last time and there's no way I'm doing it again next year... but I already have some plans for next year... sigh... Hope you've enjoyed!
The last I actually went to get my hair cut, I asked for thinned layers and bangs and got neither. So naturally I went out and bought some of those razor-scissors and did it myself. Here's what I did (several months ago):
Then one day I was further thinning my hair and something weird happened to it, so I decided it was time for short! Here it was right after the cut:
and it's now grown out to:
I'm thinking maybe the bangs could make a comeback... also, some colouring is in order.
So it all started when I went to my local Party Packagers and found one of those latex prosthetic pieces that you glue to your face with spirit gum, called "Sightless" which was freakin amazing and I knew I needed to base my costumes for this year on. Traditionally, my friend and I always do 3 costumes - 1 for the house party on Friday, 1 for Saturday's clubbing, and one for actual Halloween night and Trick-or-treating! Here they are!
Friday: The Sandman based on a story by ETW Hoffman from 1817 called the Sandman where the story goes: "Oh! he's a wicked man, who comes to little children when they won't go to bed and throws handfuls of sand in their eyes, so that they jump out of their heads all bloody; and he puts them into a bag and takes them to the half-moon as food for his little ones; and they sit there in the nest and have hooked beaks like owls, they pick naughty little boys' and girls' eyes out with them."
Now, see, clearly I am more of a "Sand-woman" but I figure the job of Sandman isn't like a one-time all-eternity gig, right, like the guy's gotta retire sometime, so I am actually just one in a long line of Sand-men, or Sand-people if you will, and I could only assume that the successors in line for the title of Sandman are a select few of the victims themselves; having potential, one is taken under wing and trained by the current Sandman into a life of makingtheeff sure that kids go to sleep. Kind of like a "Saw"-type lineage. So that's who I am! Make-up (rushed as hell and not that great) by me, dreads made by me, eye-mask by me, and cape made by my mom! Dress recycled from formal several years ago, rope recycled from a Halloween costume in grade 6, bag of gold sand from dollar store and teddy bear with eyes ripped out(hanging next to bag, can't really see him in the pic) found randomly outside said dollar store, sad and alone in the rain (clearly he needed to be rescued and made part of my costume, a token from my previous life as a bratty no-bed-wanting little kid!)
Saturday: Little Dead Riding Hood Originally I wanted to do "Evil Dead Riding Hood", more of a zombie feel and a wolf's head as a purse, ya know, vengeance from the grave and stuff, but frankly I got lazy and cheap and didn't wanna shell out an extra $15 for a wolf mask. So I just went for the victim side of things.
These pictures do not do the awesomeness of my make-up justice, I loved how it came out. I had random bruises everywhere and when I first put the hand-shaped neck-wounds on, (pre-made latex gash for the middle finger, liquid latex[which i ended up liking a lot more] for the others) they looked awesome. Then rapidly deteriorated throughout the night Cape the same as yesterday but on the flip-side, by mommy, corset-top from Scotland for like 5 quid (wicked!) and tulle skirt made by me in all of 5 minutes (tulle skirts for halloween are kind of my favourite thing to make )Also, please notice the make-up I did on my friend in about 2 minutes because he decided RIGHT before we left that he wanted to come to the club too and didn't have a costume. Luckily he was wearing a red t-shirt! Also, in the last picture, in the middle, another home-made last-minute deal entitled "Tonight's Forecast".
HALLOWEEN NIGHT!: Mental Patient... who got free from the straight jacket and ripped out my eyes!
I think this was the all-around best blending of the latex eye-piece. I made the straight-jacket, again, in about 5 minutes with safety pins and krazy glue, because I ran out of time and had to get to school to do a presentation in class (in costume, because it was about engagement of the non-visual senses (har-har) in Halloween attractions!) but it looked okay in the end. Oh, also I made that necklace that I'm wearing in this and the sandman costume! Also, notice the forecast friend once again in her home-made masterpiece "Snakes on a Plane"! (making use of left-over snakes from her Medusa costume the first night!)
So after being inspired by the lovely paintings on craftster last night, I finally decided to finish the painting that I I.O.Ued to my friend for Christmas... 2004, possibly 05... somewhere around there. I have a love/hate relationship with painting, you see. But I actually finished it, much to my surprise, so right now I love.
Here is "Keep it Together"
and some details:
This painting is somewhat part of a series, the first painting "Dreams are made winding" done some 6 years ago in high school, inspired by System of a Down's song "Spiders". I kept some of the themes, metaphors, and (obviously) colour scheme in this design. Just for fun, here's that one:
Hope the pictures aren't hard to see, I had to use flash, they're not the greatest.
So this isn't as much a "reconstruction" as a "makeover".
See, I bought this hoodie yesterday. I love the fabric it's made with, it's got these cute little skulls all over it. And it was $5 dammit. The graphic on it was vaguely wearable even, but I knew I could not bring myself to wear a hoodie saying "rock and Roll Queen". It's not that I'm not a rock and roll queen per say, it's just, well, Disco Stu doesn't advertise and I'd rather not either.
Here is the before, with the offending graphic highlighted:
Since that whole deal was a big sewn-on patch, I took it right off. I would have been happy with the hoodie plain with the patterned fabric, but alas we had some screenprinted bits under the patch:
So I got to thinking of a picture that would incorporate the shapes and go with the skull theme. Voila:
And an action shot for no reason:
I free-handed the branches, and then drew a bird skelly and made a stencil and stencilled it on. Woot, a productive day! And I actually like this and kinda wanna go buy a million more hooides and make all kinds of them!
So it's July now and I'm well into preparations for the upcoming Halloween when it occurs to me that I never posted pictures here from last Halloween!! This, of course, is blasphemy, so I will right my wrong this very minute:
ps - flash sucks for halloween pics, so imagine all of these as dark and spooky with thriller playing on an endless loop in the background.
Preeeetty much all of this stuff was homemade by myself and my SUPERTEAM of awesome friends. Crafted items include, but are not limited to: - the half-assed scarecrow and 'vacancy' tombstone - the lobotomizing of the babydoll and the corpsifying of the 'Blucky' - all the corpsified skulls - the monster hand (from scratch) - the delicious cuppycakes - the wire tree - the 10-second last-minute-guests-are-ARRIVING! coffin bowl for the nachos - my personal favourite - the skull fountain!! which has been thrown out at this point and I am not impressed
I was a... doll? of Halloween? ... it didn't really have a title. It is crafty in that I made the skirt, shredded the stockings to my liking, and made the mask AND the dreads!
Here's what it looked like under the mask, and also my boyfriend Waldo (I FOUND HIM!) which he also made himself!:
Woo! All in all, a sexy time. and SOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED FOR NEXT YEAR!!!