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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Costume questions... on: April 10, 2007 12:27:21 PM
Since Halloween in my absolute favorite holiday, I start thinking of costume ideas amongst other things far in advance. I have at least 2 different costumes I'll be wearing, probably more, during parties leading up to Halloween: the first is an idea I had for Mother Earth/forest Goddess, with a green bra covered in leaves, a corset covered with twigs, and a full, somewhat structured skirt (covered to the brim with leaves, vines, flowers, birds + nests, butterflies-- the whole nine yards) that splits in a V in the middle to reveal these high heel shoes I'm going to customize with vine "ties" that criss-cross up my legs.

Advice needed for this: I've never attempted such an elaborate costume before, and was wondering if anyone had any knowledge and/or pictures they could pass along to me of similar projects.


For the second costume, I'm going to be going as a vampire countess of sorts along with my boyfriend who will also be a vamp. I have no problem spending alot of time making mine and possibly his costume, as we both love vampires but we don't want to look at all cliche' or store-bought. I'm thinking rich wine colors, rich fabrics, sexy.

Advice needed for this: I don't have any concrete ideas of the design of my costume, let alone his, and would greatly appreciate pictures or resources to inspire me and get me started.

Thanks in advance!
22  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / In need of costume advice... on: April 10, 2007 12:22:04 PM
Since Halloween in my absolute favorite holiday, I start thinking of costume ideas amongst other things far in advance. I have at least 2 different costumes I'll be wearing, probably more, during parties leading up to Halloween: the first is an idea I had for Mother Earth/forest Goddess, with a green bra covered in leaves, a corset covered with twigs, and a full, somewhat structured skirt (covered to the brim with leaves, vines, flowers, birds + nests, butterflies-- the whole nine yards) that splits in a V in the middle to reveal these high heel shoes I'm going to customize with vine "ties" that criss-cross up my legs.

Advice needed for this: I've never attempted such an elaborate costume before, and was wondering if anyone had any knowledge and/or pictures they could pass along to me of similar projects.


For the second costume, I'm going to be going as a vampire countess of sorts along with my boyfriend who will also be a vamp. I have no problem spending alot of time making mine and possibly his costume, as we both love vampires but we don't want to look at all cliche' or store-bought. I'm thinking rich wine colors, rich fabrics, sexy.

Advice needed for this: I don't have any concrete ideas of the design of my costume, let alone his, and would greatly appreciate pictures or resources to inspire me and get me started.

Thanks is advance  Grin!
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Completely stumped on fiance's V-Day gifts.... on: February 10, 2007 11:21:17 AM
I have wracked my brain since early January about what to craft and possibly buy for my fiance, and though I have several things for him already, I'd like to give him more. Here's a list of what I have so far:

  • Custom-packed box of his favorite Godiva chocolates (I work there, so though this may seem like a splurge of a gift, I bring him free stuff I get from work all the time)
  • A WoW (World of Warcraft-- we're both addicts  Smiley) t-shirt I ordered online
  • PJ pants with his favorite college football team's logo (haven't even started them yet)
  • Bag of Andes Valentine's mints (he loves these)
  • A couple random, small & cheap things I've picked up that I thought he'd appreciate

Though I am making him a couple things already, my crafty side is in no way satisfied with the little amount of DIY effort I've put into his presents thus far. I was going to make him a plushie of his WoW character, but in order to make it realistic I'd have to get the password from him to his account to print off a pic, and he already knows I was thinking about making him one, so he'd figure it out in a second.

About him:

  • He's said that he likes practical gifts he can use-- he also likes "the best of the best" of things-- e.g his headphones he uses for gaming cost over $150, and are the same type used in professional recording studios
  • He buys what he needs, and the only thing I know he really wants but is a bit beyond my budget is a Nintedo Wii (he's a huge gamer, in case you can't already tell--he loves the original Zelda + Mario games, obviously Wow...etc)
  • He's not so much into the crafty things I'm fascinated with (plushies, clay sushi--basically things with no obvious purpose), and yet he insists that he'll love whatever I make/give him
  • A sidenote: I was going to make a little notebook collaged with things about us, but for some reason we don't have many pictures of the two of us-- at least not printed ones

I've had tons of ideas for cute crafted things to make him, but since he isn't into that stuff for the most part, my options and ideas have seriously narrowed. Also, I would like to end up putting everything in a big, sappily-adorned cardboard box that I'll either surprise him with after a class of his lets out or just leave it for him outside his apartment door.

Sorry for lengthiness, but I'm desperate. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Centerpiece Construction? on: February 07, 2007 06:59:11 PM
I am dead-set on two things in terms of the flowers at my reception: 1) They will all be constructed my yours truely and willing family members  Smiley, and 2) I want them tall! See below links for an idea.

This style, only with a pretty gilded holder/vase (if that makes any sense  Roll Eyes) or carved wood holder/vase instead of a clear glass vase, and MUCH larger on top. Also, I want my arrangement to look more random, not at all clustered so close as in pic:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s29/bittersweet_symphony7/47b6d832b3127cce8a42e250d07f0000001.jpg

Problem? I have absolutely no idea how florists get that uniform, half circle-shape to the centerpiece-- perhaps a half-circle dome of florist foam? And how do they secure the flowers to the vase without any stems showing? I have searched high and low for any information on a DIY way of making these types of centerpieces, and have come up with zilch. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!
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