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Fine Feathered Finale

Here is my Peacock Costume for Halloween 2013!

Full Costume, tail down

I made the fancy feathered tail and all the other accessories; from the crest on my head to the embellishments on my sandals, and all the jewelry in between.

Head Shot, mask up, tail up

I had planned to attach the mask to my glasses but at the last minute it wasn’t working.  I had Rem plug in the glue gun, and with some wire, a chopstick and a few plastic baubles, I converted it into a kind of lorgnette.  It was much easier than wearing an annoying mask all day and it went well with all the other details.

I wore turquoise and green eye-makeup with some sparkles, black liner and lots of mascara.

Eyes

Here’s the decoration on my sandals (and my turquoise nail polish).

Fancy Sandals

The best part of the costume was the tail that I could move from down to up with the help of some mono filament. Here’s a link to a little video showing me moving the tail.  Thank you to Grace at UniquelyGrace on Etsy where I purchased the design for the tail.

This is the tail in the resting/down position.  The sides were supposed to fold down but the wire feathers I made were kind stiff so it remained fanned out both up and down.

Tail from the Back

Here it is with the tail up.

Tail & Mask Up

I even managed the tail when I was at my desk.  The trick was to sit down with the tail up, and the back of the chair kept it in place.

At the computer

A few of the biology instructors on campus reminded me that peacocks are male.  I just told them I was a cross-dressing peahen.  However, at the end of a day of strutting my feathers, I think maybe the peahens are happy not to be dragging around all that fancy baggage.

For today it was a lot of fun and I was delighted to win best costume in the “Elegant” category at the Halloween lunch and costume contest  at work.

Thank you for coming by and Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween 2013!

Daylight Pumpkins

gourd

classic

cat

3 in the dark

Boo!

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Head to Tail Halloween

Peacock Mask

Here is the mask I made to wear on Halloween.  I saw this mask from Sprinkles in Spring on Pinterest last year and loved it.  I wanted to figure out a costume that would incorporate a similar mask.  I ended up veering a little off the original concept.  I also need to wear my glasses, so the mask will attach to them.

I also saw several great costumes on Pinterest that inspired me to create my costume for this year: a peacock!  (sorry, I’m not going to show the whole costume until I wear it on Halloween).

Fairy Wings to Feathers

I disassembled the fairy wings I picked up at the Dollar Tree and my mom and sister helped cut out and glue fabric for the “eyes” and tulle for the wire to complete the feathers.  The fairy wings were already decorated with glitter which ended up everywhere.

My mom was nice enough to let me work on the tail at her house where I had loads more room.

Fabric Peacock Feathers

My last name, Faw, was originally spelled Pfau and was changed when my great (x 8, I think) grandfather immigrated to the US from Switzerland.  Pfau means peacock!

The stylized peacock I had in mind needed some additional bling to balance the fancy tail, so I also crafted some jewelry and additional embellishments.  Beads and Christmas garland from the Dollar Tree, plastic gems, fabric, elastic, ribbon and plenty of hot glue were used.

Jewelry for Peacock

After many hours of effort, the costume is done and I will be wearing it to work on Thursday.

Thank you for your visit.

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Pipe Cleaners & Pom Poms

Pipe Cleaners & Pom Poms

Pipe cleaners and pom poms.

Giant rhinestones, Dollar Store plastic beads, and Christmas garlands.

Sparkly Beads

Five pairs of fairy wings.

Fairy Wings

These are all supplies for my Halloween costume.  Halloween is just one week away!

Are you wearing a costume for Halloween this year?

Thank you for your visit.

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Halloween Prep

I’m working on my Halloween costume.

Hardware Store Stuff

So far I’ve shopped for supplies at Joann’s Fabrics & Crafts, The Dollar Tree, Orchard Supply Hardware, Ross Dress for Less, Sally Beauty Supply, and Smart & Final (groceries).

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I’m not saying what it is yet, but in due time I promise to post pictures of the finished costume.

Thank you for your visit.

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Fall Favorites

Little Acorn Treats

Here are some of my favorite fall recipes and craft projects from previous posts.  These Little Acorn Treats are made with mini Nilla Wafers, chocolate kisses and butterscotch (or peanut butter) chips.

Copper Leaves look beautiful and are surprisingly simple to make using copper tape you can by at a hardware store.  Click on the link for the instructions.

Cooper Leaves on a branch

If you get the copper tape, you can also make these great Copper Tape Pumpkin Pins!

Halloween is just around the corner and these little Bottle Cap Necklaces are a fun project.  I love cute seasonal accessories like pumpkin pins and skeleton earrings and I always get compliments when I wear one of these.

Bottle Cap Necklaces

I can’t resist these Eyeball Donuts.  They are easy to assemble and kids love them both for their gross-out factor and because donut holes are yummy!

Eyeballl Donuts

Thanks for your visit.

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Crafting on the Road

No, I don’t paint while driving but I did bring craft supplies on our Yosemite/Gold Country vacation.  We didn’t have the whole trip planned out and I find crafting very relaxing, so I wanted to be prepared to get creative if the opportunity came up.

Emporium Jamestown

One afternoon we strolled through Jamestown and I found a few interesting bits of paper ephemera for sale, items that were originally meant to be discarded, like tickets or menus, but have become collectibles.

I picked up a small Farmer Memo Book from 1958 with charts on seeds and planting, and helpful information on things like tractor work calculation and gestation periods for farm animals.Rusty Rooster

I bought an April, 1938 local bus schedule for Iowa and Illinois, an order book from Rosa Baking Company circa 1937 and a one-inch map of South East London published in 1946 that has “Jim’s” written on it. I also purchased a few postcards and picked up brochures of places we were visiting.

One afternoon I asked Rem if he’d mind a break from sightseeing and he was very accommodating to my desire for craft time.  He watched a movie while I spread my supplies out in the dining room of the Sonora Inn and put together these two Art Journal pages.

Yosemite Art Journal Page

A shuttle map, a postcard and a photo from a local travel magazine filled the pages for this Yosemite spread.  I covered a little tag and added a bird sticker and some color.

For this Sonora spread, I used a Little Red Church picture from a brochure, and other bits and pieces to pick up the red color including craft paper and washi tape that I brought along.

Sonora Art Journal Page

Business cards, labels and brochures bring back memories from our relaxing and scenic trip.

After we returned home, my mom requested a card and I used some of the ephemera I’d picked up in Jamestown for this tag card.

Ephemera Tag Card

The low-key afternoon of crafting was a chance to sort through my old and new supplies and create something that included pieces picked up along the way.  It was also a nice change-of-pace from walking around and exploring Sonora and the area and some time alone.  This combination of being on vacation, a relaxed schedule and a few creative hours with paper and glue made me feel a peaceful happiness.  What more could I ask for?

Thanks for your visit.

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