Tuesday, September 22, 2009


so this looks exactly like my brother (except for the ear). but this came out of the ikea catalog. weird!

a little more vampire humor

tax evasion? hide in forks.

just getting another few projects out of the way

this is the cullen wristband that i made for my husband who will be emmett cullen for my vampire halloween party. this and amber contacts are the key pieces of his costume. i printed out the crest, cut it out and placed it on this setting, covering it with a paper mosaic medium to seal it in.

i borrowed this idea from my friend, tink. i thought it was so cute, and a more compact way to store my pins.

love potion #13, made from mandrakes. and an a-1 bottle.

homemade blood is just elmer's and red and purple soap dye and food coloring. when the glue dries, it won't be so milky - more like the drips on the outside.

Friday, September 18, 2009

getting tired of your boring wardrobe?

dye it!
i have a brown dress that had a white, leafy design. i wanted a new dress, but spent my money on other things. i bought some pink dye for $2, and now my dress is brown and pink. cute!
i got a salmon-colored jean jacket at target on clearance for $7. not my favorite color. a box of wine dye and viola! great jean jacket in a rich claret color.
got some items from goodwill? dye them. they're all yours, now.
don't be afraid of dyeing. it just takes a washer and 1 cup of salt. results are very consistent, unless you're going from 1 light color to another. remember your color wheel. colors across from each other will not combine well. light green to light pink equals a muddy brownish color. go for something much darker. it's fun to peek in the washer and see your 'new' items in a fun color.
and buying those clearance items that look good on you, but aren't necessarily the right color is no longer an issue.
dye it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

and now for other news...

okay, so my last post was, well, whatever. i was just starting to get better.
i finished dot's halloween costume. sherlock holmes. i will take a pic of her when she gets home and post it. post haste. i got the idea from the martha stewart halloween issue.
any ideas for my hair? remember: victorian vampire.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

a look into the life of...

i watched a 5 year-old movie today. alfie. when it came out, i thought, 'a movie about an irresistible british guy romping through all the beds in new york. somehow portrayed as a light-hearted movie about what is so wrong with our culture. illustrating how sex affects women and not men at all.'

then i watched it today. yes, i came in about 45 minutes into it and missed 2 key relationships of the story. but you know what? he was actually the most miserable person in the whole movie. that in conjunction with what we know has happened in jude law's real life since this movie...


alfie is always looking for the next best thing that will walk into his life. when things seem to be getting too committal - he bolts. when he finally realizes that the one he wants is - wait for it - old susan sarandon, he finds her with another.


'what does he have that i don't!?!?' alfie screams.

'he's younger.' she replies. this destroys him.

in the end he is alone and unhappy. and i think, 'what a depressing movie.'


finally someone lets us in on what might actually be going on in the head of the confirmed bachelor. he eventually finds fault in all the women he's been with, yet finds himself alone and unfulfilled.


i've seen him in this sort of character before. in a.i., he was gigolo joe. in the holiday, he's the swinging bachelor with the secret life of single, widower dad who doesn't bring anyone home to meet his daughters. in real life, his marriage gets broken up by his inability to resist the dowdy nanny. his wife was sienna miller! if she can't keep him, no one can. what is his problem? he's been led to believe that his looks, fame, looks, money, and his looks make it okay to do whatever (or whomever) he wants. he deserves it. why should he be held to the standards of ordinary mortals? he's bigger than that. he's a superstar.

looks aren't everything. alfie even says this in the movie. if i were married to a guy with movie star good looks, i would be nervous that he knew it, and might feel he could do better than me.


a man's ego and a woman's insecurity. it's a deadly cocktail that tastes of bitter regret.



this claritin really clarifies the brain.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

sickness and disappointment

we are all sick. dot has it the worst today, but the three of us are sinus-miserable. dot and i are supposed to go to night of joy this weekend. we were supposed to get to meet jars of clay because i bought the 'special, limited edition' cd. and now i find out that they aren't doing a meet & greet at night of joy. which means i will be going to another concert of theirs in 2010, so i can use my pass.

on the up side of things, i did win a trip to boise, idaho. another concert. and i ordered my costume elements for my halloween party, figured out what to do for my kids' costumes, and my hubby's. he always gets the last minute planning with his non-costumes.

my party theme this year is vampyrs through the ages. any and all forms of vampires are welcome.

on monday, i started a somewhat extreme 'diet' and i've lost 3 pounds already. that's cool.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

my rose-coloured view of new york

gives some color to the flesh.

this is my absolute favorite. i think i'll get a large print of this.

those lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer.

Friday, September 4, 2009

uh oh, i think i've been caught in a web of obsession


so halloween and the new moon premier have been sneaking up on me. i haven't done a lick of planning. weird for me since i usually start planning and sewing in july. i felt so burned after last year's over-planned, under-attended debacle.
never fear, i've been talked into it by me best mate, shannon. apparently our twilight group is dressing as vampires through the ages. pick an iconic (or less than traditional) vampire style and go with it. i usually make my costumes from scratch, but this year i think i'm going to take the $$ and buy the perfect outfit.
if you don't sew, you might not realize how expensive it is to actually make something. and even then, my workmanship for costumes is good for costume wear only. it may be a little tight, or a tad uncomfortable. so i want to buy something beautiful and comfortable. preferably with a crinoline petticoat.
i'm going with victorian vampire. midge [whose new name is zoey] guessed before i could even tell her. so here it is...

elizabeth bought fangs for the three of us and i'll be ordering amber colored contacts for new moon. which reminds me, i need to get new glasses.

so what do you think?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

vermin and varmints

our little sweetie, butterscotch. and cranium giganticus.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

sadie, the painted lady

i think this is really cute. and i'm going to recreate it. not necessarily with sequins, but definitely something glam. i appreciate the occasional page worth tearing out of instyle.