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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Play With Your Turkey? on: November 12, 2007 09:26:26 PM

     Most of my urban family has gone gluten-free, and it has me pouting about Thanksgiving. However, I don't want to be a stick in the gluten-free mud, so I'm thinking of creating a turkey centerpiece made of veggies, a la Saxton Freymann.  It doesn't have to be vegan, but it does need to be gluten-free, and the median age of the kids' table is four.  Anyone got any ideas on how to accomplish a cruditurkey?

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / All Souls Procession on: November 11, 2007 10:58:44 PM

    Tucson has a HUUUUUGE All Souls Procession every year.  This year my friend Mark and I marched in the parade as the Devil & Frida Kahlo.  Mark painted our masks and costumes.  Here's the back view of his coat---

And the front---

  Yes, the sleeves and back light up.

My mask (the floral headband and braids light up)---

3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / HIV/AIDS - Walking Names Project on: October 14, 2007 05:28:58 PM
 My friend Jai has been inspired to walk in next year's AIDSwalk Tucson in drag in memory of his Fairy Godfather Jimmy, who passed away two years ago of AIDS-related complex. Jai is going to wear a dress covered in red ribbons, each one bearing the name of someone who is living with HIV/AIDS or passed away from HIV/AIDS. After the walk, the dress will be incorporated into a quilt panel for the Names Project.

Jai needs YOUR help to cover his dress. If you want to honor someone living with HIV/AIDS, or want to memorialize someone AIDS has taken away, please leave their name in a comment here or on Jai's Walking Names Project blog .

Jai and I will walk until there's a cure.
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Fun with Baby Pumpkins on: September 23, 2007 10:56:23 PM

    My local Kmart just rolled out their first shipment of fresh pumpkins.  Baby pumpkins were fifty cents each, so my friend and I each got a handful and went to work. 
    Mine, in black sequins:

     His, in glitter and glue:

     I hope to cover my other two in silver sequins and orange seed beads.  What are you guys doing with tiny pumpkins this year?

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Pixar Cars Chalk Mural on: September 10, 2007 12:02:45 AM

      Apparently Pixar doesn't license their images for jumping castles, so my sister-in-law commissioned my Death Muffin and myself to do a Lightning McQueen chalk mural on their back wall.

      This is what we came up with, and it doesn't look half bad if I do say so myself!

    I finished it with Halloween spray-in hair color.  The whole thing washes off with OxyClean and a squeegee.

6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Papier Mache Buckets: NOW MORE IMAGES on: September 14, 2006 11:46:50 PM
     My friend Mark got a sweet gig decorating a local store's window display for Halloween.  So he's making papier mache buckets and candy dishes to display (and hopefully sell).  Here are several of them:

   A bowl with lips, fangs, and warts

   A devil bucket

  A Winkie Lantern

  A clown o'lantern

 A witch/troll/Madame Bogmelon from Dave the Barbarian

 A Day of the Dead skull

 A group portrait (for the life of me, I can't get the super-cool Frank N. Furter bucket to photograph well)

7  Arizona / Arizona: South / Jewelry in Tucson on: September 09, 2006 01:00:46 PM

   Silver Sea (137 East Congress, 520-624-9954) is having a big "Help Lizzie Pay her Vet's Bill" sale as we speak.  Go down there and buy some jewelry to incorporate into your crafts, some candles to burn while you craft, and some artwork to inspire you to craft!  Go NOW!

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Weird Blanket Story on: April 08, 2006 11:32:52 AM

      Many years ago, I made a quilt for my friend's 25th birthday.  Because it was my first quilt, it wasn't made all that well, and sort of fell apart.  But she loved it.  So for her 30th birthday, I made her another quilt.  Better made this time, and she loved it too.  When she had surgery, she wanted her quilt brought to her in the hospital.  When she traveled on business, she took it with her in her luggage.  (It's not huge.)  It's just some pastel prints on the front, flannel on the back, and fiber-fill in the middle.  But it has been with her through thick and thin, and it is her Blanket with a capital B. 

   Recently she acquired a boyfriend.  A real serious move-in-with kind of relationship.  His take on the Blanket: "A grown woman with a security blanket?  You've got to be kidding!"  I've chosen not to take this personally, but I think the blanket symbolizes to him her single life, her life before him.  He wants to be her security and her blankie now.  He bought her a fleece throw from his college (Baylor), and she appreciates it, but it's not the same, she says. 

     So I'd like to make them a new blanket.  Something that symbolizes their new path, but I'm stumped.  I haven't met him yet (they both live a couple states away), so I don't know much about his interests.  I looked for Baylor-print fabric online and came up with nothing.  Then again, spring is a bad time to look for such things.

     Does anyone have any ideas as to something I could make them to commemorate this new phase in her (and their) life?

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Grad Mix on: March 20, 2006 12:48:47 PM

      I'm throwing my favorite high school senior (this year) a grad party, and one of the inclusions in the gift bag will be a mix cd of grad-related songs.  But I'm a little stumped for songs.  So far, I have:

No Such Thing - John Mayer
School's Out - Alice Cooper
We Go Together - Grease, Original Cast Recording
Reelin' in the Years - Steely Dan
Good Riddance - Green Day

I'm sure there are screamingly obvious ones I'm missing.  Ideas?

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / "Going to Cancun" grad party on: March 19, 2006 06:41:18 PM

   So I'm planning a grad party for my favorite flamboyant high school senior.  He's requested "Going to Cancun" as a theme, so I'm pursuing a fiesta/luau combo platter.  I'm seeing a "beach" photo corner with sand, a kiddie pool, and a beachy backdrop.  When the sun sets, I can float candles in the pool.  I'm planning coastal mex cuisine, and the gift bags will be straw totes and iinclude flip flops, inexpensive shades, sunscreen, and a mix cd of fiesta music.  But I welcome any and all ideas. 

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