Teaser

Hello All,

I have been working on and off all week to get the decorations up. Truth is… I’m still not done. I won’t say I bit off more then I can chew… just that there aren’t enough hours in the day! Also, I still have a few more DIYs coming your way.

But for now, a tiny little teaser of what I have done so far. Gotta say I’m excited about the lights!

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Stay tuned!

Cheers,

BG

DIY: My New Pet Spider

Hello all,

This is a super easy DIY I made for Halloween. And trust me, after I week I had, I needed to do something a little different. Not that I don’t love editing pictures and wandering in and out of doctor’s offices, but  seriously… I needed a project that I could do in a splint. This one is quick and fun, and I think will look great outside.

I got the idea from Pinterest of course, though mine process was a little different. The link to the original is here. But the basic process follows.

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the “ingredients” so-to-speak

I got a spider that was a little too big so that I could make it look like it was trying to escape. He also has creepy light up eyes; I thought it would be a nice touch on Halloween night. I took two black wire baskets and hot glued them together around the spider. I brought out fishing wire to tie it together, but ended up not using it. The hot glue really did the trick for me.

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Hot Glue… and a lot of it

After that, I took a section of pre-made spider web that you can find in pretty much any store with a Halloween section and wrapped the baskets in it. Now I did it a few times before deciding exactly what I wanted. I really pulled it apart so it would be thin enough to see through. Once I got it to the consistency I was happy with, I hot glued it in just a few spots to hold it in place. All it leaves me to do is attach a chain to hang it from once I finally get to a hardware store!

My Finished Product

My Finished Product

Done and Done! Nice to feel like I got something accomplished at least. Little victories.

Cheers,

BG

Boxes of Parts and Doodles on a Page

Hey All,

So. An update on the Halloween Happenings around here. Even though I have been SUPER busy, (My first Dance Showcase is THIS WEEK…. insert hyperventilating noises here) I have managed to get some work done. It’s really a good thing I decided to document it here… it’s keeping me motivated. lol.

My little orange helper... my kitten Ivy

My little orange helper… my kitten Ivy

We had three boxes and a tupperware hidden around the house with our existing Halloween decorations.It took me a while to find them, but once I did, I split them between three big bins. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t kinda excited about it. Some of this stuff I hadn’t seen in years; Donations from my Momma, Phoenix,  who was more then happy to give them to me since she mostly just decorated when I was young to appease us kids. It brought up for me little waves of warm recollection as I slowly unpacked the little pieces of my childhood…. but that is a completely beside the point.

What I was really trying to do was separate the stuff out into categories. The first bin was for stuff that didn’t fit the theme. Basically that will just end up being the stuff I used to decorate the house. The second was for stuff that was usable, and not in need of any alterations. Things like the fog machine, the big fake spider, plastic skulls, the cobweb-y cloth, etc. The last bin was for stuff that needs to be edited or fixed up. The pieces and parts, if you will. There wasn’t a whole lot of that to begin with, but Green Lantern and I have buying little things here and there to add to it. You know… fun stuff like body parts, pots and silk flowers for my soon-to-be mutated plants, ping pong balls which will become eyeballs, and baskets which will soon become the cage for my new “pet.” So excited. 🙂

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Two of the Sorted Bins… Sans Ivy

The other things I have been doing with my time is sketching. Lots and lots of sketching. I think that is the graphic artist in me. We were taught in design school to make thumbnails or draw out our ideas so we can get a clear picture of where we are going. I have never really let that go. I was a sketcher from way back anyway, so it just helps me clear my head of all the jumbled mess of ideas I have for this. Likewise… I would like to make a note and say I love Pinterest for this. It has give me a great inspiration for what kind of creepy contraptions to build. More excitement.

At Phoenix’s suggestion, I am entertaining the idea of just building my shop outside of the house and not a real and actual “haunted house” in the garage like Green Lantern and I had originally planned. The point is that I probably just don’t need as much space as we needed for our original theme. So I have played around with layout a little, and have in place a working vision of what I think I would like it to look like. I think it might still be a little ambitious… but what is life without a little risk, right? Maybe I won’t get all the way there… but I will have fun trying anyway.

An Early Concept. Don't want to give it all away!

An Early Concept. Don’t want to give it all away!

So I’m not expecting to have any updates on this for a little while. It is gonna be a killer week (which I might feel the need to comment on later), and my focus is going to be entirely on work and dance. However, I am hoping to maybe have a project to talk about next time. Way cooler, right? Have a good week everyone!

Cheers,

BG

The First Step

Hello All,

It’s August! And you know what that means! It’s time to start thinking about Halloween!

Ok… Well maybe you’re not ready to start thinking about Halloween yet. The kids aren’t even back in school yet. But for me, it definitely is. See, this is a big year for us. It is our first Halloween back in the states together, and the first year where we would really be able to celebrate the way we wanted. Green Lantern and I are definitely Hallow’s Eve Enthusiasts. You know, the decorate the front yard/House and carve pumpkins and get costumes and watch scary movies all month and maybe even turn our garage into a haunted house kind of Enthusiasts.  And to top it all off, we had come up with the absolutely perfect theme. Like… literally perfect from the garage design to the costumes. The point is… when you have to make everything from scratch, time is key. Starting early is a must.

But… that didn’t happen. Because, as happens when you are married to a super hero, the universe called and the world needs saving AGAIN. So Green Lantern went off on his surprise second deployment a few weeks ago, leaving me in our (relatively) new house alone for the third time since we moved in. And this time, for much longer. Hooray military. Whenever you make plans… they go up in smoke.

Anyway, needless to say the plans had to change. That really awesome perfect theme (Which I will be filing away in the back of my mind and not saying here because SOMEDAY my Lantern will be home and we will do it) had to scraped. It just isn’t feasible for me alone to make it work. I needed something a little easier. Probably with a little less mechanical work. Definitely with less heavy lifting. I wasn’t ready to give up… I still wanted to make something amazing and impressive, and I still wanted a theme. So I started going through the normal themes that would be easier to pull off. Pirates. Witches and Covens. Alien Crash Site. Spider Queen. Cemetery and maybe Ghosts. Zombie Virus. Arkham Asylum. When Green Lantern and I started discussing ideas, I had settled nicely on either Nightmare before Christmas or a Demented Alice in Wonderland. However, I have to give credit for the actual theme all to my Lantern. He had literally come up with the perfect theme for me to run alone that combined a whole bunch of things I loved.

So… my 2014 massive Halloween undertaking is…. (Insert drumroll here)…. The Mad Botanical Genius.

Ok…. so it might sound a little out there. Maybe it could even be considered a bit of stretch. But let me paint a picture. In her garden of mutated plants, the botanist takes on an aura of Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy in the Batman Universe). She has an intense love for plants and a passion for science. Her experiments lead to these mutants… abominations that are half plant – half human. This is truly a perfect fit for me. Poison Ivy is my favorite villain in the comic book universe. But the theme also allows me to incorporate my theatre love… Little Shop of Horrors. I can just imagine an Audrey II, maybe holding the candy in his mouth, as the crowning jewel of my lab.

The last piece of the puzzle though, what makes it truly original, was made at Green Lantern’s brilliant suggestion. My flower shop isn’t struggling to survive on Skid Row in the 50s or 60s. Oh no. Mine is a little more… turn of the century. In order to create a comprehensive theme that was clear and easy to understand, all the way down to my costume, we decided that a little steampunk would really add to the ambiance. Personally… I love this. I love everything about it. It allows me to create a whole character and persona to embody, and that can only add to the strength of my theme. The best way to get people to go along with it and buy into it is to commit completely… and I can definitely do that.

I have decided to use my blog here as an outlet for the process, and a way to measure my progress. I am planning some really cool stuff, and it would be nice to share it with someone since my Lantern is off being busy. Hopefully, I will be able to document the whole process from start to finish, and maybe even include some how-tos for some of my prop making. I know it is going to be a long and drawn-out process. Let’s face it, other than my Necronomicon last year (for the production of Evil Dead the Musical), I have never  really taken on a really huge project. And this… well this is bigger. But… It’s good to have goals, right? I simply cannot wait to take this frightfully fun and delightfully creepy trip with all of you. So stay tuned… and I will definitely be updating this soon. I have to go sort through my Halloween collection and see what can be used.

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The pile of Halloween Stuff we have acquired over the years. As good a place to start as any.

Well… wish me luck. 😛

Cheers,

BG