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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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Photos and Feathers

My goal today was to finish a project I’d started weeks ago.  Granted, the paint did need at least two days to fully dry, but somehow I just never got back to it.  This started out as a plain wood photo frame that I found in Goodwill.  I love thrift stores, there is so much great junk on those shelves, just waiting to be re-purposed!  And nothing says possibilities like something blank.  It took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to do with it, but after about an hour of perusing Martha’s Halloween archives, inspiration struck. This is the picture that got me started:


And here’s what I came up with:


I assure you, it is merely a wild coincidence that my wall is also orange.

The trick was, what to do with the inside?  Should I still use it as a photo frame, or should I make something more permanent like Martha’s?  So this is where I halted for a good week or two.  This morning, I figured out what to do with it.


What better use of a Halloweeny photo frame than to display photos from Halloweens past?  That’s me as Morticia Addams on the left, my sister may or may not be throwing up a gang sign in her Catwoman costume, and …I have difficulty explaining what my dad’s costume is all about, because I’m not honestly sure myself.  Some kind of relaxed and groovy gorilla man with a pink hat and a beer?  Whatever it is, it worked for him, as I remember many, many years going Trick-or-Treating back in Chicago, my sister and I sprinting around our small cul-de-sac from house to house, my dad following behind in that crazy gorilla outfit.

What I found impossible to capture with my camera is the texture of the black matte surrounding the photo.  It’s actually several layers of black fuzzy craft feathers, which really compliments the gorilla costume in a way I hadn’t anticipated.  I didn’t have any black construction paper, but I did have feathers, so voila.  Image

Aaaaaaaaaannnnddddd…. dingdingding!! It glooooowwwwwsss!


I swear I’m almost out of glow in the dark paint.  I won’t end every post this way.

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