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Art hungry!

We have almost exactly a month to plan for our booth at Grand Prairie’s Art Hunger show on October 6. It’s a monthly collection of local artists, featured at the Grand Prairie Convention Center in downtown. We’re excited to be doing a show before/near Halloween, something we haven’t done yet. It’s a perfect fit for our other shop, JuJu Eyeball, where we list all of our weird and creepy creations. Our latest listing is Lola; she’s larger than life, and we think you’ll love her as much as¬†we do!

So, here’s to locking ourselves in and working our weird little fingers off!

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Yay for superheros and (almost) finishing projects!

Whew! This 3 week summer break has been a doozy so far. I’ve been sick (other than the chronic stuff) twice now, helped with a fundraiser for a friend, went to Comic Con with the hubby (in costume,) and have nearly finished one out of the two sets of painted letters I’m working on for a friend.

To illustrate, here are some pics:

 

 

I love that the superhero themed letters and the comic convention came to be around the same time! ūüėČ

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Tuesday‚Äôs Treasure ‚Äď Dress Up and Man Gifts

Um, hi. It’s November, and I feel like I haven’t blogged in ages. Yesterday I didn’t even realize Monday had passed me by without blogging until I was in bed, falling asleep.

First of all, Trunk or Treat was a huge success! Lots of kids and parents came, all decked out, to get candy for being so cute. Here’s how our¬†trunk and costumes turned out:

Follow the yellow brick road!

¬†It was worth all the hard work just to see the little kids’ faces light up! Parents wanted to take pictures of their kids with us, and the kids were surprised to hear the Wizard of Oz music in the background. Oh, and we won the prize for best trunk! I was just¬†expecting a “hey, good job – you’re the best!” but we also got a $15 Target gift card. Pretty snazzy.

Now it’s time to kick it into Christmas gear. We’ve filled up about half our vendor spaces for the Winter Wonderland Festival, and the rest is starting to fall into place. I drove around like a crazy person in the rain today, delivering flyers and posters to our local Starbucks. By the way, Starbucks has awesome bulletin boards where you can post non-profit event flyers! I was tired, cold, and damp by the time I got home, but it was worth it.

Speaking of Christmas, I guess I should get to the point. Today’s treasury comes to you super hot from the etsy presses! One of the most elusive subjects for women: what to buy for the men in your life.

Men - They are really not that hard to buy for ...

I don’t know about the treasury title. My man is pretty easy to please, but sometimes so easy to please that I can’t think of anything unique to get him. I think this treasury not only has some beautiful imagery, but good ideas – check out that reclaimed wood desk caddy! Tom would dig it. Of course, he’d dig just about anything …

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Thoughtful Thursday ‚Äď There‚Äôs No Place Like (A Thrifty) Home

I am finally done with our Wizard of Oz themed Trunk Or Treat decorations and costumes! This is definitely the hardest I’ve worked for Halloween so far. I had short notice to get everything together – a little over a month – and I wasn’t sure if I’d get everything done, and¬†within our budget. With a little craftiness and thriftyness, though, you can make big projects fit into a small budget.¬†Since today is Thoughtful Thursday, I thought I’d share my thoughts on putting together an inexpensive Oz themed Trunk Or Treat.

First, you need a plan. If I hadn’t had a plan, I don’t think I’d have gotten everything done. We figured out which characters we wanted to be (hint: if you don’t have much time, I’d say the scarecrow¬†and Dorothy, or maybe the witch, are the¬†easiest costumes to put together.) Then I planned what I wanted the trunk to look like. I knew I wanted the yellow brick road leading to the Emerald City, and the idea grew from there. I realized I wanted a rainbow, and for the yellow road to extend out from the trunk. Be realistic about what you can achieve, and consider the materials you already have before you go out and buy a ton of stuff.

For the background, I used white posterboard, sketching the scene from movie stills, then used acrylic paint and glitter glue I have in my craft stash to paint¬†the city. I cut out “hills” from different shades of green cardstock I already had to fill in the field. I decorated poppies I bought from the dollar store with the glitter glue, and glued them onto the background for a 3D effect. Also, using¬†foam board, I cut out a rainbow shape and painted it.¬†Here’s how it turned out:

Actually, I ended up clipping off the “Oz” lettering to leave less white space, and outlined the city with glitter. I think I might attach the letters to the rainbow, and add clouds from leftover white poster board. I’ll hang the leftover poppies from the top of the trunk with fishing line to fill in some of the empty space on the sides of the background, and place a blue plastic tablecloth (from the dollar store, of course) behind it all, with a light source (ahem, a flashlight) behind that. I’m hoping to use some fake plants to create a forest-y effect, and I’ll extend the yellow brick road from the trunk using cutouts from yellow posterboard. Altogether, the decorations for the trunk only¬†cost $10 because I used paint, glitter, paper and glue that I already had. I’m pretty proud of the way they turned out!

I confess, I bought the Dorothy dress for fifteen bucks. Although, I think it was a Juniors size, so it was a little short when I tried it on. Since it was such a great deal (no thank you, $45 costume,) I just¬†sewed some lace to the hem to lengthen the dress, bought some white socks for a dollar, and my mom helped me make these awesome ruby slippers¬†from $5 silver shoes from Wal Mart. I bought a picnic basket for $1.75, and added the leftover lace from the dress to make it match. Add some blue ribbon to tie around my pigtails, and I’ve got an entire Dorothy costume for a little over $20. Color me stoked!

The scarecrow costume was relatively easy. My husband already had a green shirt and black sweatpants to use, and I had muslin scraps to make a headpiece, fleece to make a hat, and jute to use as rope. All I bought was raffia to tie around elastic bracelets and anklets for a stuffed-with-straw effect, and the face makeup. I made the hat by dividing the circumference of his head by 4, then cutting triangles that had that length for the base, and were about 8 inches tall. I stitched them together with embroidery thread, then glued the top of the hat onto a round brim with hot glue, accenting it with a piece of jute. The muslin is basically just a large circle with an opening cut for the face, tied with jute around his neck. We’ll tie jute around his wrists, ankles, and waist, and I’ll probably add some patches to his pants and call it a day. His costume cost $3 – one for the raffia, and two for the makeup. My inner thriftmonster is soothed!

There you have it. That’s the entire process, minus a few gory details, of making our Trunk Or Treat theme. I hope the kids like it. No flying monkeys, no witch, no haunted forest, so hopefully they won’t think the scarecrow is scary! We were Thing 1 and Thing 2 a few years ago, and some of the kids were scared of us – I think it was the blue hair. Anyway, it should be a blast. We’ll see how it goes when we actually set everything up in the trunk. I hope it looks as good then as it does in my head now.

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Make It Monday ‚Äď Halloween, Shmalloween

Don’t have time to go out and buy, or stay home and sew a costume for yourself or your kids? It’s okay, neither do I. Over the years, though, I’ve learned that most of the things I need for a good Halloween costume can be found in my¬†home (or someone else’s, if they’ll let me raid it.) It’s free or close to it, environmentally friendly, and easy.¬†So, don’t give up on Halloween. Just turn to the darkest, spookiest corners of your closet for some classic¬†inspiration.

Black Cat

You’ll want any¬†combination of black, form-fitting articles of clothing (shirt and pants/skirt, dress, pantsuit, leotard and tights, etc.), black shoes, black headband or hair clips, black felt or paper, black eyeliner, a black marabou feather boa or other black fabric for the tail, and a hot glue gun.

Cut triangular ears from the felt or paper and glue them to the hair clips or headband. (If your costume includes a black hoodie, you can safety pin or stitch the felt ears to the hood.) If you have enough marabou, you can glue some around the edges of the ears to make them fuzzy, then take the remaining maribou and safety pin or stitch it onto the area of clothing that¬†lays on¬†the small of your back. Use the eyeliner to blacken the tip of your nose, draw whiskers, and create a “cat eye” effect when you line your eyes. A sparkly choker “collar” is a plus.¬†Purr and meow your way through the streets.

Fairy or Bug

All you need is¬†1-2 pairs of pantyhose (black or white won’t require any spraypainting), 2-4 wire hangers, duct tape, ribbon, maybe that glue gun again,¬†and a matching outfit. Any frilly dress will work for the fairy – have an old bridesmaid dress hanging around? Green, blue, and black colored clothing work for the bug. (If you already have a black and red polka dot or black and yellow stripe outfit, you’re an instant ladybug or bee!)

Straighten the hooks of the hangers. Bend the triangle of the hanger into any shape you want – round, oval, etc. You can use 2 hangers – one hanger for each side of the wings by creating and “m” or “w” shape with each hanger, or you can use 4 hangers – 2 top wings and 2 bottom wings. Wrap the¬†straightened hooks together to attach your wings together, then wrap with duct tape to secure any sharp edges.¬†Cut the pair of pantyhose in half so that the 2 legs are separated, then slide the legs over your wings. You now have¬†3 choices: you can trim the excess hose and glue the ends down to the hanger (very carefully!) with your glue gun, you can tie the two ends in a knot around the straightened hooks of the hangers and trim off the excess, or you can wrap the ends around the straightened hooks and duct tape them down. Once the pantyhose are on the wings, wrap ribbon around the middle, where you’ve wrapped, duct taped, and glued. Create tight loops with the ribbon to go around your shoulers like the straps of a backpack. You can decorate the wings with sequins, glitter, or glow in the dark paint to add a little pizazz. Make buzzing noises while walking quickly around the room.

Gypsy or Fortune Teller

I’m doing this for a party this year! Just¬†dig in your closet to find bohemian clothing to layer, and embrace some dark eyeliner and¬†bright lipstick. Guys can be gypsies, too! A billowy shirt with a vest, long pants, bare feet, and some eyeliner goes a long way.

Layer a vest over a flowy top, or two skirts in different lengths on top of each other. Tie scarves or shawls around your head and waist, and pile on the jewelry Рhoop earrings, and lots of bracelets, rings, anklets, and maybe a toe ring. Go barefoot, and apply some smoky eyeshadow and liner with red or a berry-colored lipstick. Shroud yourself in mystery and tell people their (very vague) fortunes.

Ghost

Far from the classic white sheet (though there’s nothing wrong with that if you don’t mind cutting holes in them!), you just need some white clothing. Billowy and ethereal is nice, but not a must. You may have to buy some white face paint for this one, but that’s all you’ll need to buy.

Go corporate in a white button down, formal in¬†a white dress, or comfy in a white robe or nightgown. If it’s white, it works. Use white¬†grease or cream paint for your face and neck (be sure to cover your lips and brows), and go as a very dead “whatever.” For a little more dimension, break out the trusty black eyeliner to smudge under and around your eyes and under your cheek bones for a hollow effect. Moan and float around to the best of your ability.

Pirate

This popular theme only require a billowy or striped top paired with a skirt, or khakis/jeans/Dickies and a bandana. Smudge your eyes with black eyeliner, and add a few smudges to the rest of your face while you’re at it. Tie the bandana around your head (bonus points if you have a captain’s hat, eye patch¬†or parrot laying around), carry around an empty bottle and “yaaargh” a lot!

All of these costumes apply to both sexes, so they make couple and family costumes easy! Get creative with your props by digging through toys and using your imgination, and have fun.

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Thoughtful Thursday ‚Äď All Hallow‚Äôs Eve

Since I was little, I’ve loved Halloween (probably because I’ve always loved playing dress up!) My mom and I would make a scarecrow, and deck the house and yard¬† (or apartment and patio) with decorations. We’d watch silly or scary movies and I’d trick or treat. Mom always made the best costumes! When I was little, a dinosaur, as I got older, Ariel (the little mermaid), a princess, a sunflower, and soon I was making my own.

Since Tom and I have been together, one of my favorite things we’ve done is Trunk Or Treat at a church where we used to go. We¬†dressed up as¬†Thing 1 and Thing 2, and I¬†drew a Dr. Seuss montage¬†that was 2 posterboards long to display in the trunk with other Seuss-y things.¬†This year, we’re going to do it with our new church, and¬†I’ve already started on the decorations: a giant rainbow separating a scene with a tornado picking up a house from a yellow brick road leading to a city of emerald. I’ll be Dorothy, and he’ll be the scarecrow. I’ve loved “The Wizard Of Oz” for a long time, so I’m excited!

Last night¬†I¬†started decorating¬†our patio. It’s a graveyard theme with headstones and skeletons, purple lights lining our window. I can’t wait to decorate the door and entryway for any kids we might¬†see after Trunk or Treat. A friend and I are planning a party the night before Halloween at their place, too. We’re going to have a Victorian gothic wine and cheese party. We’re planning the decorations and budget tomorrow.

Take my poll and let me know:

What are you going to be for Halloween?

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Inspiration ‚Äď Heroes and Villains

I have always been a fan of superheroes and supervillains. Some of my favorite characters of all time come from the Batman franchise, and I have a husband and brother in law who have introduced me to even more comic book characters than I ever knew existed. With movies like “The Hulk,” “The Dark Knight,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” and all of the other kick-butt-and-take-names flicks that have come out in recent years, I’m sure we’ll continue to see plenty of¬†caped crusaders and their nemeses¬†running around this Halloween (and on their lunchboxes and pajama pants.) Here are some super¬†etsy items to inspire your inner hero:

Little Hero Cape by DiscoveryDenim

Wham Bam Pow Mini Cards by craftymooncrab

BAM Comic Rhinestone Fascinator by janinebasil

Nintendo Super Mushroom Keychain by UntilItEndsStudios

Green Lantern Cufflinks by qacreates

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