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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I promise I'll be kind but I won't stop until that Brain is mine on: November 06, 2010 07:59:36 PM

So, I decided with a lack of funds and an excess of materials at home to be a ZOMBIE Lady GaGa

here's my best shuffle, showcasing the clothes, I made the disco bra, clawed up top, fringe (its fake, even though I am blond, I don't have bangs!), and loopscarf, and I purchased the leggings and gloves (although I did alter them to actually FIT, because they were huge and the fingers fit funny). the shoes were already in my closet, I didn't have time to make them into giant lobster feet.

I made the executive decision to wear pants (leggings) because I live in saskatchewan, and I'm not insane or eager to die from frostbite. Although shockingly, we don't currently have snow...but you never know here!

Here are some closeup detail shots of my makeup, sans any spooky contrast. I did it all myself. Its latex, tissue, a strip of spongy padding from a dollarstore bathmat for the teeth (i keep my sewing machines on them so they don't shake the table...I hope this makes sense?) and a wackload of cheap dollarstore makeup, including foundation and several colors of that cheapy cream halloween makeup. I also made the blood, which is food color, cocoa powder, and corn syrup mixed with various amounts of water.

Comments totally welcome
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / rotting flesh? yes please on: October 27, 2010 01:02:11 PM

So this weekend the manflesh tells me they are having a desk decorating contest at work. One trip to the dollar store, and an evening later here is what happened
please excuse the photographs, they are near enough to proper color but all photos were taken at about 11.30 at night in a basement while I was finishing up, so flash and bad lighting made for fun photoshop fixes afterwards

First up, zombie hand..I picked up this bendy plastic hand/arm

and with a little work, we had something like this:

I later added a real sleeve cut off of a shirt, and the inside is also a little rotten. it was also stuffed much fuller, and had a stick put inside so you can poke people with it properly. it was a big hit, I hear.

Next up, the shrunken head

skull on a stick, a la dollarama:

first stage of nearly happy:

eyes and mouth were sewn shut at this point, although I wish I had waited. But then, I didn't realize that stage 2 was going to go so badly

Stage 2! I painted it dark to look like those mummified bodies you see in national geographic (or you know, wherever you tend to go to look at mummified remains..)
and buggered it up royally, I thought

It could be worse, but I lost a lot of texture and depth and the picture (being in the dark) makes it look even more blah. I mean, its halloween, it needs to be over the top! back to work..

Here is where I left it at to go to bed, I think it worked out pretty well

he also took another plastic skull that I cut open (jaw removed) and repainted after sanding to use as a candy bowl, a mummy hand wreath I made years ago, and some various costume bits and spiderwebs, none that I got pictures of. Maybe I'll go in and take an action shot this weekend Smiley
hope you enjoy!

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / zombie gaga on: October 20, 2010 12:54:13 PM
so..the man and I are probably going to do zombie celeb costumes, for cheap factor, and gore. I was thinking, because my hair is currently blond, and I made myself a gaga disco bra some time ago, of going as zombie gaga.

I'm not a super fan of not wearing pants - at least out of the house - so I was kind of thinking of cobbling together various weirdness to create a gaga costume. I mean, blond hair + big sunglasses + whatever should make it pretty obvious, yes? Any suggestions? I mean, I don't want to wear a meat dress (although I'm sure zombie gaga would, if only to eat it later) but otherwise, I'm open as long as I don't have to do any erm, preparatory waxing for the costume if you know what I mean. I also live in saskatchewan, which generally translates to "balls cold" in canadianese, so a bikini bottom is not really practical anyway.

The manflesh is likely going to be zombie kurt cobain, as his hair and beard kind of lend itself to it, and who are we kidding we simply need to dig out an old flannel from the wardrobe (I mean thrift store - yea  Roll Eyes ) and it'll be a thing. I had kind of been considering going as zombie Courtney Love, but I feel that gaga is way more fun, and also zombie Courtney may be indistinguishable from living breathing Courtney? Haha, little bit of a joke there...

anyways..totally looking forward to halloween Smiley

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kinda Gibbous-inspired Top on: July 16, 2010 11:53:56 AM
hey..finally a picture post! I'm both a terrible photographer, and lazy..so its a miracle I actually took pictures Smiley

I kinda dig the gibbous style, except I don't really love the flowy fairy feeling they've got (just not my style) so I made a top that is more restrained, with binding on the hem. It was a total experiment, lots of fun, and I plan on doing it again.

I am not so sure about that little ruffle I added, I wanted asymmetrical but I think its too much?

(please excuse my bra..I had no idea it was hanging out Smiley

Sorry the pics are not fantastic! I had to use the self timer on my camera. hopefully you are able to see what's going on.
detail shots:

detail of back

I am wearing my lady gaga disco bra (also made by me) underneath, because I think its awesome peeking out with it.

I had some issues with the zipper I installed not being long enough, so I tore the side out, threw another zipper in, and put on a bit of a panel to cover my mistake (whoops) not like you can tell, with the style! The next one I make will have a very long back zipper so I don't inadvertently trap myself in it again. Good times!

I have kind of got lazy and stopped sewing/crafting/creating, so I'm trying to push myself to start again. this was my first actual fun sewing project in a long long time.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / homemade fabric softener & dryer sheets? on: July 16, 2010 10:40:07 AM
Hey everyone! I'm not sure if this is the best forum for this post....but as I found laundry soap in this section I figured I'd give it a whirl here

I have been thinking about making some homemade dryer sheets..and in my research have found quite a few suggestions. I have seen flannel shirts cut into rags, crocheted or knitted washcloth type pads, and what have you. Some sites recommend soaking in a commercial fabric softener solution. some recommend vinegar and hair conditioner...yikes.. Has anyone tried any of this stuff? This is kind of my go-to forum for helpful DIY info, but a forum search left me with nothing so far Smiley

I was kind of thinking my best bet might be a crocheted (because I can't knit!) cotton square with a dip into environmentally friendly softener (something like method brand, or what have you). My goal is to be a little more earth friendly, waste wise and to the water. As it is, skin sensitivities in my house mean I have to purchase dye and fragrance free laundry products, so this seems like a logical step. I live in a very dry place, so I'm concerned that going without sheets entirely mean we will all look like cats who have been ruffled by a balloon..not a good look Smiley

So any experiences? favorite recipes?

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / First Yard! Ideas for privacy screen on the cheap? on: April 18, 2010 07:17:57 PM
So, my SO and I moved into our first ever (rental) house this past september..and now that it is spring we are kind of cleaning up the yard and making it habitable.

There is a small patio in the back which we would like to put a cafe type table/chairs at, however our fences are very low, maybe 2 feet, and are chain link...so everyone and their neighbors can see right into our yard.

I was thinking it would be nice to add a little bit of a privacy area around the patio, there is maybe a 3 foot section between 2 torch lamps, and a smaller 2 foot section that would block us off nicely, and I would like to do something fun and inexpensive. it doesn't need to be tall, just enough to give us some privacy while we are sitting (no 8 foot fence needed here)

Any ideas? I suppose I could purchase a 4'x8' section of lattice, but it isn't really my style and seems a little more permanent than I would like to install in a rental house - though I may go that route if i can't think of anything else

I was thinking something fun, I like shiny sparkly colorful things, and was trying to think of outside of the box ideas. Has anyone done anything fun? Or maybe you have some tips for me on what NOT to do?  Cheesy I will surely post pictures as I clean up my new shiny yard!
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