Friday, November 5

Post holiday funk . . . nope!

Sometimes after Halloween it takes me a bit to get the ol' creative juices flowing again, but not this year! Igor and I are already planning for next Hallowmas and hot damn if they aren't some awesome plans. I think we already have our costumes thought out *and* a whole lawn/house decorating scheme. Now, I wonder if there's any place to buy lawn gnomes in bulk . . .

More than just for next year, our post-Halloween discussions have opened up other creative vista thingys. For the first time in who knows how long I've written (and absolutely completed) a short story! Igor has sketched some ideas for paintings he wants to complete this winter and he will be providing illustrations for my story.

Also, this weekend I get going on my next belly dance costume. I have no idea what I'm going to do about a headdress, but the rest is going to be a piece of cake.

Along the lines of dancing costumes, I want to try and recover a few of my old bras to make some nice dancing tops. I can't find any tutorials on recovering bras, but I wouldn't mind achieving something like these two:

Found here

Found here

These next two bras give me all kinds of crazy ideas

And, of course, I love this one:

From here

But, if ever I become skilled enough, I'd love to attempt a version of this last bra

Wednesday, November 3

Until Next Year . . .

I had a wonderful Halloween weekend as I hope everyone did! There was lots o' dancing and drinking and free cupcakes, giant babies and long-lost friends found, sugar-crazed children and general revelry.

This Halloween also made me realize how every day I should consider myself putting on a costume: my going to work costumes, my going out to play costumes, costumes for bike rides and rainy days and snowy days and adventure walks, even my I'm-a-gamer-who-isn't-even-going-outside-once-today costume (this consists of a bathrobe with a hood and the comfiest sweatpants known to humankind).

Anyway, as the Halloween dust settles I'll post more pics, but here's the first of us in full costume:

Best after Halloween movie ever? The Nightmare Before Christmas of course!

A short list of what I hope to work on this winter:
- Fancy framed felt flowers
- Books, books, books
- Swirly, shiny, kick-ass belly dance costuming
- Soup for all occasions!
- Gruesome gnome stories