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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What Do YOU Want To Do Before You Die? on: September 30, 2005 07:17:28 PM
1.  Be more tolerant of others, especially those with differing opinions
2.  Continue to listen to my inner voice about big life decisions
3.  Enjoy the moment more rather than live in the past or obsess about the future
3.  Live on a large piece of land so we can give homes to more homeless dogs
4.  See GWBush go down in flames...oops, see #1

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Is there a way to say...No gifts! on: September 30, 2005 02:48:19 PM
On our wedding invitation we requested that if they wanted to they could make a contribution to our local beagle rescue or their local humane society.  We're fanatic about giving homeless dogs a forever home.

If you and your husband-to-be are interested in a particular cause I would have them contribute to a specific organization that supports your interests.

Congratulations!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Please post your best costume... on: September 21, 2005 06:59:00 PM
Thought I'd post the last couple of my Halloween outfits.



2004: feeling a tad religious

That's my husband as the Pope, me as a Rabbi, friend Scott as Jesus, and wild friend Izzy as a pregnant nun!

2003: started my own business and didn't make time for Halloween  Sad


2002: Just started a new career in dog grooming and was influenced by dogs!


 
2001: Almost near a corporate meltdown - hated my job at that point.  Knife going through head.


2000:  A little neck wound and the beginning of this particular corporate hell.  The best use of my ended-in-divorce wedding dress.  I don't know how many people told me..."I don't think that blood is going to come out!"  

Going as Tippi Hedren this year...
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: creative halloween costumes on: September 14, 2005 08:06:32 AM
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Hey, being a raven sounds like so much more fun than being Hitchock! Yup, that way he could peck on your hair while you scream for Mitch, hehehe.

In that case, and if you wanna save those $160 the raven mask costs, perharps you could try adapting this costume for a guy? http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel191044&contentGroup=MSL&site=living

Also, I think this raven doesn't look that happy either
http://www.sillyjokes.co.uk/dress-up/masks/eye/fantasy/crow.html

Or what about getting just a beak and work on some makeup?
http://www.costumeuniverse.com/details.asp?prodid=85341&cat=64000&path=

Last, I found this about a guy who made a crow costume, check out how he made his mask
http://andrewsherman.blogspot.com/2004/11/my-crow-costume-for-halloween.html


Vey, as always, thanks for the great suggestions.  I think what this guy did to make his crow costume is going to be the winner.  I love making costumes, plus the thought of spending $160 on a one-time mask made me cringe!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: creative halloween costumes on: September 11, 2005 04:49:57 PM
Wow Vey, thanks for the great suggestions! 

I don't think he's made a final decision on the costume yet.  Last I heard he wanted to go as a bloody raven...hmmm Tippi and a raven, true horror in action.  His outfit would include a $160 raven head that looks to be a. uncomfortable, b. hot, and let's not forget, c. expensive!  All the other bird heads he's looked at are too happy looking.  He would also add wings, tail, and dress in black.

We're not big Hitchcock fans but was trying to think of a comfortable outfit for him that would go with the Tippi look.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: creative halloween costumes on: August 18, 2005 04:56:14 PM
When I think of 80's rock I think of:

Eurythmics, Queen (going as Freddie Mercury would be wicked-get teeth for his incredible overbite), Prince, Blondie, Billy Idol, Van Halen (hmmm...a David Lee Roth outfit could be fun), Madonna, Culture Club (Boy George outfits seem overdone), Flock of Seagulls (way cool hair!), Adam Ant (a possibility), George Michael (hang out in the bathroom), Cars, and Talking Heads.

Hope it helps!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Grooming Customer Gift Ideas on: August 18, 2005 07:55:51 AM
Thanks for the great ideas, the rusty wheels in my head are turning!

For the special gifts:  I've thought about the homemade doggie biscuits but it seems like a lot of my clients are on very special diets; no wheat, no corn, etc.  But what I think I'll do is print out the recipe on a card to attach so they know the ingredients and can decide themselves if Fluffy can have it.  I'm sure my beagles will lovvvvve to give their opinion on biscuits in the test kitchen!  Oh wait, they eat poop so their opinions are a little tainted.

I'm checking on the cost to do some imprinting - I like the shameless self promotion!

I will incorporate shrinki-dinks in this too.  Maybe a key chain with their dog's name on it.

Maybe an embroidered towel throw in too!

Over the past year I've collected a lot of dog note paper, dog playing cards (for humans!) and many copies of "50 Simple Ways to Pamper your Dog".  Wrap this all up in cellophane and bow (made of pawprint ribbon of course) and there I go!!!!

For the mailable gifts I think I'll make the bandannas.  They're easy, personalized and mailable.  I'll write their names on them and put a paw print on it.

Wow, I've got to get my butt in gear!  Thanks for the great ideas.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: creative halloween costumes on: August 17, 2005 09:00:10 PM
I think DH is going as Alfred Hitchcock (to complement my Tippi Hendren outfit).  I haven't been able to find any Alfred Hitchcock masks yet but I saw a life mask of him.  Has anyone ever turned one of these into wearable masks or are they just for hanging on the wall because they're too heavy??  Do you think it would be possible to drill holes in the side of it?

"The sculpture is cast in Tuf-Cal a fiber filled Gypsum cement with Polymer additives.  This mask is finished in Oscar Gold rubbed with an antiquing overlay to bring out the detail, then sealed to preserve it."   

Thanks!



9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Making fake tombstones for the front yard on: August 17, 2005 07:21:02 AM
dansk, these are GREAT looking.  Your yard looks just like a cemetery!

Regarding the dry ice, do you just put a piece of it on the grass behind the tombstone or do you put it in some type of container?  I have never handled dry ice but know there are some precautions.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: creative halloween costumes on: August 16, 2005 08:32:22 AM
darkdiva, what a great idea about the bird going thru the purse.  I'm sharpening my saw NOW!

I was wondering how I was going to attach the little buggers to my wig, a headband!!!

Thanks for the great ideas.
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