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Whatever Weekend – I Turned Into A Fairy (Who’s Scandalously In Love With A Pirate)

Tom and I went to the ren faire yesterday and made lots of friends! Who doesn’t want to be friends with a fairy and a handsome pirate?

Here’s how my wings turned out:

My little wings! I took off some of the greenery, and replaced the elastic arm bands with wide brown satin ribbon. Much more comfy.

The final costumes:

Not to get too country on you, but is this what "buttin' a stump" means?

A coveted picture with Twig the fairy:

Her wings and costume are magnificent! I tried cellophane on mine, but couldn't get it to work. I'll definitely have to try again.

We ate renaissance pizza and baklava, and Tom drank all the rum.

I bought a sweet mini-parasol with scalloped edges and a hand-painted cherry blossom design. If anyone knows a way to water proof rice paper, let me know! I also bought a walking stick made of cedar from a man named Cedar (I’m not kidding. He lives totally off the grid in Oregon.) You can see both of them in the picture with Twig.

Tom and I both got henna designs this time – it’s usually something I do to relax while he walks around. For those of you who don’t know what henna is, it’s a natural plant-based dye used in Asia and the middle East. The paste is greenish, applied through a small tip, which dries on your skin. When you remove it, the stain of the design is left behind in a rich, terra cotta color. Mendhi is the art of henna, creating intricate designs on the hands and feet for everyday, but especially big events like weddings. It looks like this:

Tom's mandala design. I got a lotus design on my foot.

The designs have been Americanized, and henna is now an alternative to temporary tattoos, since the stain usually lasts one to three weeks.

We walked our butts off and watched the joust, the royal court dance, and acts like bellydancing, whip crackers, pub singers, and joked with the roving faire characters. When we just couldn’t walk anymore (plus, the faire was closing) we took the long trek out to the car and made the long ride back home, where we soaked our feet and watched an episode of ye olde Bones.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

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Whatever Weekend – New Blog! And Other Random Stuff We’re Doing.

Hi everyone! It’s a beautiful, sunny Saturday here in Texas, and I have plenty to keep me busy.

First is a new blog: http://patientsvoicewhocares.blogspot.com/. It’s a combined effort between my aunt, my mom and me. We’re writing about our (and others’) experiences in healthcare: what went wrong, what went right, and things you can do as a patient, friend, or caregiver to make a situation a little easier. When you visit, be sure to take part in our survey to the right of the page – “How do you feel about your current doctor/specialist?”

Next, I’ve been trying my hand at painting, which I’ve always enjoyed, but it’s never been my art of choice. I was asked by a pregnant friend if I would paint letters (that spell out her baby’s name) to match the nursery. He has a vintage sports themed nursery, so I copied the style of the bedding to match:

Letter painting attempt numero uno!

After posting this picture on Facebook, two more of my pregnant friends asked if I would paint some for them! I figured the letters could be my baby gifts to them, so I’m working on a Texas Rangers themed set (6 letters) for a friend who’s due any day now. The other couple decided to wait on letters until their little girl can decide what she wants on her own. The momma got an IOU and a nursing necklace at her baby shower. 🙂

In other news, I have some housecleaning to do. Boring.

I’ve also been working on our costumes for the ren faire next weekend! The base of my fairy costume is complete, and the wings are halfway done. I’ve still yet to find cello wrap for a decent price. I may have to suck it up and go back for the $5 roll. Tom’s pirate costume is complete! (Unless we find something that will work as a cool vest.) I found unlined khaki color linen pants for about $4 at a thrift store, and a large women’s matching linen tunic for $3 at another thrift store. I cut the pants legs jaggedly just under the knee, and I’m going to muddy/stain them and the shirt. We added his black and white checkered bandana (it’s huge – turban sized – he got it in Afghanistan,) his own worn leather belt, a sash made from dark grey Halloween netting, and various pieces of jewelry like shell necklaces wrapped around his wrists, hoop earrings, extra rings, and a feather in his hair (made by – who else? Mom!) Plus, we have a fake “bottle o’ rum,” with a skull on it, and he has a wooden waster (sword.) It’s all about the details. Here’s what it all looks like now:

Things you'll find in a fairy's closet.

I don't think most pirates have closets ...

Oh! One more thing – this is a cool site to check out the walkability of your city/neighborhood: walkscore.com  Our city doesn’t rank very high, but our neighborhood is 80% walkable!

Hope you have a fatastic, safe, and relaxing weekend!

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Make It Monday – (Fairy) Makeup Magic

Okay, so, in case you didn’t know this about me, it’s Halloween in my head pretty much year round. 🙂 I love costume design and makeup (warning – I’m not an expert!) so I love the freedom of expression Halloween promotes. This week, Tom and I decided we’re going to Scarborough Faire, the renaissance festival in Waxahachie, again this year. We’ve been several times, but don’t get to go every year because of time and money constraints. We also decided to do something we haven’t done yet, and that’s dress the part! This is a pretty last-minute decision, so we’re working with what we have. I’m going to be a faerie, and Tom’s going to go either Celtic or pirate, we haven’t decided yet.

Now, I understand if you’re not into dressing up for renaissance festivals, or even Halloween, but it’s a great hobby to have if you’re looking for an something artsy to do in your free time, or if you’re looking for a project to keep your kids busy. I’ve found some amazing tutorials on making wings, doing makeup, and costuming, so I just thought I’d share my faerie costume with you guys!

This is the dress I’m going to use for the base of the costume:

I stole it from Tinkerbell's closet. She'll never notice - she's got a million of 'em!

I lucked out and found this at a thrift store. Of course, it was instantly in plans for a costume. I’ll probably add some fabric pieces cut from scarves around the waist and hem to create more dimension and give it a flowy, ethereal feel that’s indicative of the Renaissance period.

Then, I’m going to find some large leaves (hopefully at the dollar store!) to create a waist cincher. I’ll also need smaller leaves and/or flowers for my hair, which I’ll wear in a messy updo – it’s going to be warm – and maybe some little forest friends, like bugs or butterflies.

Obviously, I’ll need some wings! This is one of the better tutorials I’ve found:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YAUxeopgNw

I think I’ll make mine smaller so that they don’t get in the way of all the fun to be had at the faire.

There are TONS of fairy makeup tutorials to choose from, but I think this one by kandeejohnson is great because you can modify it to match your outfit:

http://www.youtube.com/user/kandeejohnson#p/search/4/pjqLqJbgars

I have plenty of gold and green makeup that I could use, but I haven’t decided how sparkly I want to be. Earthy or sparkly? Decisions, decisions.

Anyway, that’s my inspiration for the costume! I’ll post pics of the finished product and do a real tutorial.

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Make It Monday – How To Make Inexpensive Ruby Slippers in 3-4 Steps

As I was looking around for ideas for my Dorothy costume this Halloween, I realized just how ridiculously expensive ruby slippers were! Even the slip-around-your-shoe kind were around $15, and let’s face it, I’m not gonna pay $15 for something I’ll never use again. So, I trotted my way to Wal Mart, where I found silver flat shoes for 5 bucks. Now, you could really just stop there, since the shoes in  L. Frank Baum’s original story were silver. (The moviemakers decided on ruby to take advantage of the newfangled Technicolor.) As I found out after asking whether I should keep the shoes silver or go ruby on Facebook, though, no one will have any idea why you’re wearing silver shoes and will think you’re crazy. So, my wonderful mom volunteered to glitter the shoes after I painted them so I could work on other parts of the project. All I had to do was add the bows – love you, Mom!

Here’s how to do it.

You’ll need:

Shoes

Red medium-size glitter (a very fine glitter will take longer to apply) or rhinestones, if you want to get extra fancy

Craft glue

Glue gun

Brush

Red ribbon

Red fabric paint (optional)

Step 1

Find your shoes. I would choose flats, since there’s less area to cover (and they’re just more comfy.) I would also choose a lighter color, like silver or white, or red. If there are any areas around the edges of the shoes that are made from a softer, more absorbent fabric, you may want to take the time to paint them red with some fabric paint. The fabric could soak up the craft glue, causing you some trouble when trying to apply the glitter. Just take the fabric paint and apply it from the applicator, or brush it on. Let dry.

P.S. – the shoes I bought had a draw string bow in the front. If yours have something similar, you can paint the bow red, or do like I did and untie the bow, knot the strings as close to the shoe as possible, and cut off the excess.

Step 2

Once you’ve done any painting you need to do, and it’s nice and dry, start applying the craft glue in small sections. After you’ve applied a little glue, shake glitter onto the area, and repeat all around each shoe. Let dry. (Be sure to do this on a surface like poster board or paper so that you can collect and save the leftover glitter.) Once dry, tap the shoes on your work surface, and see if they’re in need of another coat. If not, go to step 3. If so, just repeat step 2 again. You shouldn’t need to apply more than 2 coats to get the desired sparkly effect. 

The alternative, more time consuming version of step 2 is to apply red rhinestones individually to the shoes with craft or hot glue.

Step 3

Add bows. You can use cotton, satin, or organza ribbon, glitter or no glitter. Just tie 2 neat bows, and use hot glue to attach one to each shoe.

When you’re done, the finished product should look something like this:

Click your heels together 3 times ...

Altogether, the shoes only cost me $5, because we already had the glue, glitter, and ribbon. If you have to buy all of the supplies, the shoes will cost you about $10. (Hint: borrow a glue gun from someone if you don’t already have one.)

Of course, if you’re lucky enough to find red sparkly shoes that you’ll wear other than just on Halloween, more power to you! Here’s an example for $22.00 that would work: http://tinyurl.com/2ahbtxk

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Weird Wednesday – Mustache Mania

This is just one of those trends that a lot of people don’t get. Why mustaches? Well, first of all, they’re funny. Think the silly disguise glasses without the big black rims and fake nose. Second, look at all of the people made cooler by mustaches:

Dali, Burt Reynolds, Chaplin, Tom Selleck

Third, Halloween is coming up, and what better costume-in-a-pinch could you ask for?

Fancy Mustache Necklace by idlehandsdesigns

The Engineer Mustache On A Stick

Moustache Water Glasses by modernmadness

Mustache Crayons by chasedreams

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Tuesday’s Treasure

Hi everyone! I know I’ve been a little lacking in the blog world lately, but we’re busy working, planning a craft sale/Christmas festival, a big garage sale, and getting personal things taken care of. Mom is having her metiport taken out tomorrow, which should take some slightly hefty recovery time. She’ll need some help around the house during the recovery, but I’ll try my best to keep updating the blog!

Anyway, for today’s Treasure Tuesday, here’s a cheerful, colorful Halloween collection by Giggles, who was kind enough to feature us!

Tricks and Treats by giggles

Speaking of Halloween, I just wrote a post on my other blog about green-ing your Halloween! Check it out for some scary and not-so-scary ideas on keeping your Halloween costumes, decorations, and treats earth friendly.

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