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Little Ms. Frightmare

I present to you, dear readers, my most horrible creation yet (and my proudest achievement) – I’ve made a Halloween decoration that I’m actually afraid of.  Behold, Little Ms. Frightmare:

I found an old Barbie styling head toy at Goodwill, something I’d been hoping to find since LAST YEAR, because the opportunity to take pretty, blonde little Barbie and turn her into the stuff of nightmares was too fantastic to pass up.  For those unfamiliar with what this toy looked like before I got to her:


All it took to turn princess into possessed was paint, patience, some spray adhesive, and AGES of back-combing.  The night I made this was a long one, it was well past midnight when I deemed her done.  I set her on the bookcase in my living room to dry, then went to the kitchen to refresh my drink, then settle into some 30 Rock on Netflix to wind down for the night.  When I turned the corner back into the living room, my eyes were drawn instantly to her empty, soulless gaze, and immediately my heart plummeted into my shoes.  It was LOOKING at me.  My knees went weak as I realized (too late!) that all my worst nightmares had come true, and my awful creation had come alive to eat my family.  Of course, I then realized that it was just the angle, and I’m a moron.  However, I am taking no chances, so until the day of our annual Halloween bash (nay, the very HOUR the guests will arrive), she is stored in the hall closet, facing the back wall.  I’m still a little afraid to open that closet now though, which is terrible, because that’s where the extra towels and toilet paper are stored.  I’m mostly afraid that Husband will have snuck into said closet at some point, and turned her facing out, so that the next time I go in there, I will promptly shit myself from fear.  I’ve warned him not to do this under penalty of death, which was probably the best thing I could’ve done to encourage him.

Just a few more shots to give you the full effect:


She wants you to come and play… forever, and ever, and ever, and ever.



I think I just heard giggling coming from the closet.  <shudder>


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Valley of the Dolls

Well, I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped, but I usually overestimate the actual amount of time in a day off.  Technically, its as long as any other day; but like childhood summers, they feel endless and full of vast potential and damnit, I’m going to do EVERYTHING in the WORLD, you don’t even KNOW!  And of course at the end, I’m sitting there pouting, going, “It’s over?  Already?  How??”  But, 2 cups of coffee, 1 bowl of cereal, one truly awful sandwich, and 4 (no wait…5) beers later, the day is done, and these are the fruits of my labor…

*This blog post was made possible by: Unique Stitch: for those too lazy to learn how to sew*

Hands down, best item from Mom’s craft supply donation.  Fast and effective.  Highly recommend.

First up, we have the ever fabulous Dr. Franknfurter of Rocky Horror Picture Show fame:

Shhh!  Brad’s probably asleep by now.  Do you want him to see you…

like THIS??

And of course, his tight l’il backside:

Next up, Freddy Krueger!

Obviously, Freddy’s still a work in progress, but he’s getting there.  I had to stop to allow his face and hands to dry.  I used puffy fabric paint for his skin, which was great for the texture and greasy shine of ‘burnt’ skin, but it takes AGES to dry.  So Freddy is going to chill in the drying drawer (only place safe from my meddlesome cats) for a few days, until I can feel confident that one wrong move won’t turn hours of work into a peachy smudge.  I’m still debating what do to with the mouth – I’d like to give him his signature grimace, but that means trying to paint teeth approximately 1/25th the size of my pinky fingernail, so I’ll probably just take the easy way out and do a simple one-line frown.  I can’t wait to finish him, he’s so close to complete, and already has a lot of personality:

Yuck.  Looks like Pizza the Hut from Spaceballs.  That hat is going to do him a lot of favors.

I got Samara (the girl from The Ring) as far as I could without having the hair.  For those unfamiliar, here’s a picture from the movie:

And here’s what I have so far:

That picture looks darker than it will actually appear once it dries.   Also, ignore the pins in her shoulders; they won’t be visible once I rob some dark-haired off-brand Barbie of her tresses.  Once I made the dress, I turned her upside down and applied water with a lot of blue and black paint in it a few drops at a time to the hem of the skirt, all the way around.  The color seeped and ran along the creases wonderfully.  Now, to hold her in place while I did this, I had to improvise…

Don’t judge.  It might be Natty but it was also free.  I do not generally turn down free beer, as a rule.  Too many years being poor, I suppose.

Alright, last up… CarolAnne.  Now, as with Samara, I didn’t have her hair.  So she’s nowhere near finished, but I did get a start:

Better yet…

I know the TV looks a little orange, but that’s because I didn’t find a blue battery-operated tealight yet, so there’s a regular one inside, hence the orangeness.  Other than the hair, I just have to do the sleeves on her nightgown and her fuzzy slippers.  And her face, I suppose.  Anyway I have just the stuff for fuzzy slippers:

Thanks Mom!

Lastly, I decided today to add another character to the roster.  Dr. Frank was, true to form, an absolute pleasure; which made me realize that there are other iconic characters from horror(ish) movies that aren’t necessarily scary or even the villian.  With that in mind, I present to you my newest candidate for dollification: The Mighty and Heroic Shaun.

Please comment!  I love hearing from all of you!  Don’t disappoint Dr. Franknfurter!

…he’s watching you.

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The Haul!

The haul!!

Its just a start, but a good one.  My mom also let me raid her craft room for all the paints as well as two big bags of assorted fabrics.  I got started with a few props for the dolls, which will be made to look like iconic horror characters for our scavenger hunt.  Here’s CarolAnne’s TV set:

The TV is made out of an old cardboard ring box.  I painted it brown and cut a square hole in the lid for the screen.  I cut a square piece of clear thin plastic from the package one my husband’s tools came in.  I painted the static on a small piece of white paper by essentially stabbing it repeatedly with my paintbrush.  I’m going to put a blue battery-operated tealight inside so that it will glow and flicker.

Here’s Jason’s hockey mask:

And here’s the start of Freddy Krueger:

I made the hat out of the cap from a cheap bottle of vodka.  The brim is cut from a flexible piece of plastic.  I know its not exactly a fedora, but I think especially once he has his signature maroon and brown striped shirt, he’ll certainly be recognizable as everyone’s favorite undead pervert. Here’s a better view of the claw hand thingy:

Its just a piece of the same plastic as the hat brim, painted brown of course, and the claws are broken safety pins.  I cut the points off flat so no one would prick themselves.  I still have to bend them out straight with needlenose pliers, so that they point out instead of up, but you get the idea.

I can’t wait to really hit this full force, I’ve been waiting to start the dolls for what feels like forever!  Luckily, I have a day off tomorrow, and I can guarantee by evening I will be gleefully covered in paint and glue, and have much more to show you!

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