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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mad Hatter with Teapot Purse on: November 06, 2009 12:49:49 PM
Thanks.  I was going for "recognizable but unique".
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mad Hatter with Teapot Purse on: November 01, 2009 05:48:57 PM

The Full Costume

Close up of Hat details

I was sort of inspired by the upcoming Alice in wonderland movie to finally get around to dressing as the Mad Hatter.  I was part of a group costume (Alice, Cheshire Cat, Red Queen) but while I helped make parts of those costumes this is the only one I can really take credit for and am entering.  (Plus our group pics didn't come out good  - we are thinking of dressing up to go see the movie so hopefully we'll get better ones then)  

What I made:
The dress and shrug - simplicity 9247 (it's an oldish pattern)
The purse - my own pattern

What I altered -
The hat
The stockings (I cut them up but it's hard to see in the photo)
The necklace - I put a tiny china teacup on a chain - again hard to see.

What I had already -
the gloves
the shoes
the earrings
hat pin

What I bought:
the crinoline

I had a blast in the costume and despite the poofyness it wasn't hard to sit in.  Lots of people loved the  costumes.  Even the lady who asked us where the Tin Man was.  Does that make me the cowardly lion?
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Baby Princess Leia on: November 01, 2009 09:27:35 AM
Adorable and so very clever.  Even more so considering it took so little time and money.
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Re: Love for Sale - Cole Porter on: March 14, 2009 10:23:32 AM
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: March 08, 2009 01:25:49 PM
It's strange but I've sort of had a reverse thing happen (vegan bothering ex vegans, vegetarian bothering ex vegetarian) with a friend who used to be veg.  She went back to eating meat but waited until we were in a public place in front of a bunch of people to tell me and when she did she got this strange sheepish look on her face, like she thought I was going to yell at her.  Admittedly I was a little upset - that she felt she couldn't tell me without an audience.  I guess she expected me to go all veggier than thou on her because back in her veggie days we used to have conversations about how much better it was not to eat meat. 

I admit it was nice to have someone to talk to about it and share veg experiences but her body is her body and I never said a thing after she told me she was back to meat.  I get enough harassment about my eating habits that I would certainly never do it intentionally to anyone else.

Has anyone had that experience with former veg pals? 

Also, to the whole parenting issue.  We raise our kids in our own religions, right?  Because we want them to have our values?  Well being vegetarian and vegan is just as much a part of our value system as the higher power(s) we do or don't believe in.  Feeding a child meat implies that eating meat is normalcy and that there is nothing wrong with it.  So how do you explain to your child that you won't eat dead flesh but you are giving it to them?

Not that I'm saying that my values should be everyone else s - I am highly against telling everyone else what to do.  But in my opinion raising a kid vegetarian or vegan is the very thing I would expect any vegetarian or vegan parent would do.  If I were to have a child I would most likely raise them vegetarian and hopefully they would tell me if they  chose to eat meat without acting like I might yell at them.

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Love for Sale - Cole Porter on: March 05, 2009 07:10:45 PM
I confess this isn't my very favorite song ever but I like it a lot and it's the one I had an idea for.  I originally imagined this as a series of hearts representing all the kinds of love but after reading through the lyrics again I came up with the idea of a late night cafe.

(Sorry the image isn't great but my camera's battery died shortly afterward)

Going from left to right, top to bottom the panels represent lines from the song:
1. When the only sound on the empty street
is the heavy tread of the heavy feet
that belong to a lonesome cop
I open shop
2.The moon so long has been gazing down . . .
my smile becomes a smirk
3. appetizing young love for sale (that's today's specials)
4.who's prepared to pay the price (there's a roll of money on the table)
5.let the poets pipe of love
6.the thrill of love
7.old love (it's symbolic - you know a flame about to sputter out)
8.new love (that first glance . . . )
9.if you want to buy my wares follow me and climb the stairs

This was fun but not quite what I hoped.  I really wanted to illustrate "every love but true love" but couldn't come up with anything that really worked.  I was inspired by Eric Drooker who did "Illuminated Poems" an amazing volume that illustrates some of Allen Ginsberg's poems. 

I enjoyed doing this and looking at all the other cool projects.  Now maybe I can tackle some of my other favorites like "Our Hearts will beat as One", "What I'm looking for", "Under African Skies", "Satisfied Mind". . .

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Couple and dog - we need costume ideas :-p on: September 16, 2008 06:35:18 AM
I love all the other suggestions.  I would add Nick and Nora Charles with Asta  (The Thin Man) or Ned and Chuck with Digby (Pushing Daisies). 
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween costume ideas for 2008 on: July 04, 2008 08:51:46 PM
Well I am still undecided about this year too and getting worried about it.

A few of the ones I've been that were really fun: Medusa, Dorothy Parker, Jane Austen, The Doctor (ten), Ophelia, Janis Joplin, Velma Kelly,

Ones I always thought would be fun: Nancy Drew, Boudicca, Amelie, Clara Bow, Theda Bara, Thursday Next, A Waterhouse painting (Boreas is my favorite), someone from Reefer Madness: the musical -either Mary Lane all bloody or one of those usherette type girls who hold cards that say things like "reefer makes you a pathological liar"

Good Luck with your decision.
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Is it just in the UK? on: March 24, 2008 05:07:52 PM
I work in a school in the US and it seems every year we have at least one kid with a life threatening allergy to peanuts.  We have signs that say we are a peanut free school.  I think kids are allowed to bring it in their lunch (Teachers do anyway) but the school can't have it in the vending machines and we can't sell anything with peanuts or peanut butter on our snack cart. 
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: March 21, 2008 10:02:40 PM
-That anytime you have a health issue some people will immediately relate it to you not eating meat (despite the fact I am way healthier than I was pre veggie)

-That people will  sometimes look at you in horror on occasion and ask how you can not just be so tempted to eat meat.

-That lots of people can be really sweet about it - including the two hunters I work with - and do super nice things like make a veggie lunch for your birthday.

-That going veggie has lead me to eat way more varied and interesting food than pre meat.

-That there will always be questions about what you eat and it's always best to reply politely because most people are just interested and not trying to piss you off. They don't know how many times you've been asked if you ate eggs.

-Sixth grade kids can be annoying at times:
 Kid: You're eating an apple?
Me: Yes.
Kid: I've never seen you eat.
Me: Odd, I eat all the time.
Kid:  Do you eat the school lunches?
Me: No.
Kid: Why?
Me: I'm a vegetarian.
Kid: Oh (pause) I could never live my life like that.
Me: (shrug) I like it.
Kid: What do you eat?
Me: Lots of stuff.  Fruit, veggies  . . .
Kid: Do you eat chicken?
Me: No
Kid: Fish?
Me: No
Kid: Pasta?
Me: Yes

At this point I couldn't take anymore and noticed one of the teachers I work with pass by.  I told the kid I had some private things to discuss with the teacher and excused myself.  I was afraid she was going to go through the whole grocery store.

It does kind of suck that you have to be an ambassador to the veggie world but I'll take that over shutting up and eating a hamburger any day.

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