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Halloween 2011- Silent Movie Star in Grayscale – costume

Being one of the most creative holidays, Halloween is by far my favorite. It lets you create & become new things. Carving pumpkins, creating costumes and dressing up are some of the best parts. I love costumes that really transform a person. They might be subtle or elaborate but they do something interesting all the same. I’m a huge fan of making costumes and would be perfectly happy being hired to make someone’s Halloween costume (just try to book me during the summer 😉 ).

Here’s this year’s costume-

My main costume this year was a silent movie star. There are quite a few things I’d improve if I were to do it again, but overall it’s not bad. Inspired by (AMC’s ?) Silent Sunday Nights, a night of silent movies on TV :), I decided to go the silent movie star route for Halloween, complete with high contrast gray scale. Think Clara Bow style old silent BW movies.

After much searching and review reading, I found the perfect wig. I never found quite the right jewelry, so I pulled out some old rhinestone pieces that  worked pretty well. Unable to find affordable and appropriate clothes, I pieced together a velvet dress with a layers flowy skirt (both from the thrift store) I wore low to give it a 20’s feel paired with some gray mary janes and black gloves. The wig really made it more than anything.

It was a dramatic transformation that took about an hour. (scroll down for better shots)

The flash really reflects off all that make up! I wish I’d gotten some better shots with more colorful backgrounds to compare it to with better lighting. The makeup is actually a subtle gray that I mixed myself with some kyolan aquacolor liquids with Urban Decay’s all nighter spray over it.

It worked reasonably well but it required so much to be fully opaque that it dried super tight. I have very little variation in expression in the shots because I could barely move my face with how tight it got! It eventually cracked and flaked some. For something that was suppose to be crease and crack proof, I was  surprised. However, the all nighter spray and my novice application probably had something to do with that. It was nearly impossible to apply the rest of the makeup over it the way I wanted because the finish was basically like thick tempera paint. So, the eyes and lips didn’t quite get the way I’d intended and I didn’t bother trying to contour or highlight with such an odd finish.

The good thing was that I didn’t have to worry about it smearing or getting on stuff once it was dry. Absolutely no problems there. And, because it’s water based, it washed off remarkably easily. Really, just some warm water and it was gone! It was the easiest makeup I’ve ever had to take off.

light gray gloves and white or gray tights would have been better but they seem to be really hard to find!

The other thing I wished I’d had was a chalk board to write captions on. The cracking super tight paint makeup really limited expression which is one aspect you really need as a silent movie actress so that was a little disappointing.

Overall, not bad. It surprised people for sure. I think it’d be fun to do with a group of people to a big public party and use the chalk boards and maybe even a musical accompaniment :). Maybe next year!

Happy Halloween!


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Halloween 2011- Hatching Dino Pumpkin

Pumpkin carving is one of my favorite holiday activities, heck one of my favorite activities period. I’m always looking for new things to try.

I carved three pumpkins this year, but I think this one was my favorite. It’s the first pumpkin I’ve done that’s been completely carved with no cutting. It was conceived as a hatching dinosaur but it looks just as much like a hatching crocodile, alligator or lizard.

the pumpkin I used was really a squash but they were right there mixed in with the pumpkins. It seemed obvious that it was meant to be a hatching dinosaur.

The squash/pumpkin is really neat. The outer skin is the gray green color you see as the shell. The inside then goes from a dark green through to yellow and then down into a bright pumpkin orange. I didn’t know this before getting it but I think I’ll look for one again next year just so I can use those colors on purpose.

the head gives a pretty decent look at the range of colors. And I used the seeds as teeth. However, I couldn’t get them to stand up quite right and they were about a thousand times more slippery than any pumpkin seed I’ve seen.

I did cut a hole and hollow it out a bit so that it would sit level. That made carving it easier.

The best thing is that it seems to survive better than the average pumpkin. The day after carving, we put it in the crisper drawer of the fridge. A week later we took it out and it looked exactly the same. I’ve had it out now for a few days and there is no sign of decay, rot or mold. The face is hard and dry to the touch which I haven’t seen happen with a pumpkin, even those I’ve tried to carve in a similar manner.

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the Dark, the elegant and the subtle

Hooked on the dark, the elegant and the subtle

Dark Elegance

The kind of dress you swirl, twirl and run in



A few of my Favorited Things

Subtle Lovelys

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Outfit me Etsy, Decor for Gatherings in Disguise

Beings that Halloween is perhaps my favorite holiday and one that lets anyone be seriously creative, I’ve probably been thinking about it since last year. Yesterday I put together a few etsy treasuries showcasing groups of fun creepy seasonally appropriate items to share.

We all know their are different types of parties and one odd one that occurs year round is the zombie party. SO if you happen to be thinking about just such a thing check out these etsy picks that will help you set the scene, and make you jump when the movies are off.

Zombie Party

  • Severed Zombie Finger tart melts

    $5.95 USD

  • “please specify if you want your fingers with or without blood and cuts. No two fingers are alike as they are hand painted injuries!”
  • Haha, great description. Mind you these are decorative scented item, not tarts like the kind you eat. No chowing down on the fingers ;).

View the full original treasury here

For those who like something more traditional, but not childish, check out these-


Halloween Party

  • Set of 4 Spook'alicious Fun Halloween Bottle Labels Self adhesive Witchs Brew Pirate Poison Ravens Blood Midnight Mead YOU PICK color
  • $5.25 USD
  • I’ve used and made a wide variety of odd labels for parties and they always go over really well and get compliments. Try these out on whatever you are serving. Put them on odd bottles and its even better.
  • Toe Pincher Coffin (Halloween)

    $75.00 USD

  • because you aren’t goign to build that coffin yourself are you? Use year in and year out, store your decorations or costumes in it in the off season, hide inside and spook your friend, or use a dummy and piece of string ;).

Full treasury here

Or you might be looking for something a little eerie, creepy that makes people wonder if your place is just like this year round, near stylish spooky decor with an air of victorian oddities.

Spook in Style

  • Happy Halloween Vintage Style Gift Tags/Labels with Glitter-SET of 6-Ribbon Choice Available

    $7.65 USD

  • There’s got to be something you could use these for right? Crafty DIY handing out candy bags to trick or treaters, goodies bags, favors, just tagging your guests with them, incorporation into some simple but odd party game?
  • Real Scary fangs Halloween Spider Framed Opelma minax 2551

    $69.99 USD

  • eeek, small enough to only be noticed after they’ve been near it for a while, creepy enough to make them jump and you know somebody who would want it on their wall or desk year round…
  • Pre-Sale, Handblown Glass Pumpkin, Midnight Harvest

    $25.00 USD

  • Beautiful, can be used in a variety of places and is reminiscent of the black ceramic pumpkin I made in grade school. Not that they look the same beyond the color though, as this is a supremely elegant pumpkin and could certainly go beyond halloween parties. Like a pumpkin in a long black evening gown.

Full treasury here




More to come…

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Blue it..bright up

The treasury strikes again! I only wish I could so easily copy the larger images, the ones we’d much rather see in a blog rather than the tiny gallery images.

This one all started with the old but new bright blue and white vintage sofa and went from there. After struggling with Etsy’s less than helpful search I scrapped initial ideas and went with blue and brightness. It led to some really lovely pieces. You can check them out below, or check out and comment on the whole treasury here:

treasury link

Blue it!

  • Pair of Throw Pillow Covers with Hand Painted Cherry Blossoms in Blue
  • these pillows are quite lovely. The color combo and motif are really nice. I’m currently contemplating if they would go with our couches or not…$62.99 USD
  • Hollywood Starlet French Baroque Button Tufted Peacock Blue Silk Sofa
  • This is simply an awesome couch. Talk about making old new, vintage sofa, which I’m already plenty happy with, but made new and usable again and modern with some paint and silk like blue upholstery, even better.

    $1,600.00 USD

At the time of this post, all of these items were available on for purchase. Use the links above to get more information about each one and visit the seller’s/artist’s shop to learn more about the person behind the piece.

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Because going forward and looking back so often occur together…

Whether is be that in going forward we find ourselves looking back or that in looking back we find how far we’ve come or consider where we are going, the nostalgic and the explorer intermingle in a lust for wandering and wondering especially in thoughts of travel…

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Traveling and Exploring we go..

There is something about the traveler discoverer aesthetic that is so appealing. It tells of old time studies rich with books, of maps and travel logues and naturalist journals, of worn shoes and ships, of trains and suitcases, canvas and leather, binoculars, compasses and untouched places

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My first Etsy Treasury… addict in the making?

I finally made a treasury, and seeing that they take about 1/100 maybe of the time it takes to create an outfit me post, I think it’s likely I’ll do it again. You can see the images below but you don’t quite get the feel. So check out the whole treasury here:

and post comments on it about how you think my first attempt came out :).

Copper Amber Sunrise

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