October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat!


Lions and robots were in full swing tonight. The verdict? Awesome costumes were indeed awesome.

The lion was a felt and yarn affair, with a steely eye cast in the direction of the cold weather. But it certainly emboldened a certain small boy to use a skull as a bowling ball in the "trick or treat in the office building near daycare" portion of the day:

Tagline for this one? "You shalt not pass!"

The robot, meanwhile, required a wearer made of sterner stuff. The cardboard and dryer vents were way cool, but also way stiff. This girl rocked that thing out of the park though. And why yes, those lights on it really do light up (they are the push-on kind meant for closets).

The obligatory back view:

And one more glorious shot of the whole thing. Check out the clever way I disguised the tape that holds it together as beams and rivets (I just went along the edges with an awl, punching little holes).

I must say it is my Halloween magnum opus... so far. And now, to dream of next year.

October 23, 2012

Muted Sparkler

Iridescent seed beads + silver tubes + and a silver sphere pendant with a nice dark patina = my new pretty.

October 22, 2012


This year's creepy cutes are up! Check out what's on our dining table:

These guys are from Martha (and if you're feeling like whipping some up, check Target for the fake teeth - these were 8 for $1!). The kids have decided that the red-eyed one is the scarier of the two, "because he's angry" of course. I guess that makes the other one his more level-headed buddy, trying to keep all that pumpkin aggression in check.

And what's floating above the table? Glad you asked:

I painted the branch black before stringing everything up with wires. Watercolors worked really well for me (in person, you can still see the grain of the wood through the color), but for a much quicker creepiness fix I'm sure spray paint is your best bet. The wire is a nice way to suspend everything - in the daylight, you can't really see it, so it looks like the whole thing is just hanging of its own ghostly volition.