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Happy Halloween, 2015 (with Costume Photos)

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Hope your Halloween was a treat.  Here are two pumpkins and one very long squash I carved this year.

Rem carved this cheerful jack-o-lantern with a similar smiling gourd hanging above.

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Our Halloween fundraiser at work was held on Thursday. I originally had hoped to do a group costume with some colleagues but not everyone was as enthusiastic about the idea as I was. Instead, I copied a Pinterest idea…but I didn’t pull it off the way I’d envisioned it: using grey scale makeup and black and white clothing and accessories to looks as if I were in a black and white film or photograph

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I didn’t manage to get very good pictures – either the makeup was coming off, I had real problems with the makeup all day, or I was missing the proper shoes (above) or purse.  My niece, Leah, loaned me many of the pieces for this outfit. Aren’t these sunglasses perfect? Her black pumps finished the outfit but I was rushing to have Rem take these photos before he had to leave, and I had on my comfier sandals

My biggest problem with the makeup is that I didn’t get grey for the base. I put off ordering it, than couldn’t find it locally and didn’t want to drive into San Francisco (the toll, the parking) just for makeup. What a mistake! I bought white stage makeup and mixed it with black powdered eye shadow to create grey.

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The color was uneven and dried too dark. It smudged off easily when I changed my glasses or fixed my wig. I get overheated and was sweating to the point that on certain areas of my face, I couldn’t even get makeup to stay on. I was dabbing and powdering all day. It was a bit of a fiasco.

Then when I got it on, it dried and cracked and itched.  The black eye shadow mixed into the white base was really causing problems. What a mess! I said to Rem it looked like elephant hide.

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For the party at work a theme for costumes was announced: a character from a TV show from the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s. I decided instead of trying to enact one certain person from a show, I would represent black and white TV, which is how I remember it being when I was a kid.

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I named my creation Blanca Noir and of course she was an actress in black and white films and television. But tragically, once they started making movies and TV shows in color, Blanca was out of work. So sad.

In the end, Blanca Noir ended up being creepier than intended, but since it was for Halloween, I guess it was ok. It was weird when some of the black and white makeup came off (like when I ate lunch) and my own color showed through.

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Wearing pantyhose, heels, an elastic belt, a wig and so much makeup was too much for a full day at work.  It would have been better for just a few hours at a party.

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I did have fun in spite of it and enjoyed the various reactions I got throughout the day. But I was really glad to get out of the get-up after work. Before I showered, I got a lot of the makeup off with cotton pads and Q-tips. I even had makeup in my ears!

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The next day I was feeling much more myself.

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Hang on…

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That’s more like it! Back in the pink.

Next year: something more comfortable!

Thanks for the visit.

 

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Rain Reigns Supreme

Rain Hat

Here is my Halloween costume for 2014.  Yes, it looks like rain. It IS rain.  In fact, a colleague said I was the Raining Queen!

I was inspired by this picture on Pinterest and I’m very pleased with the results.

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Once I found this beaded curtain online, I was off and running.

I bought a large wire wreath form at Joann Fabric and Crafts (I made three visits to the store, which was crazy this time of year) and used that to start my hat.  Duct tape, nylon mesh and some hot glue gave me the rest of the structure and then I piled on the nylon net and tulle to form the big cloud.

Grey chiffon which my mom and I fashioned into a capelet, was worn over a black chiffon skirt, grey t-shirt and boots that I already had in my closet.  My sister Sarah helped with sewing and loaned me silver raindrop earrings.  I added some stick-on sequins to the capelet and used some on my face as well.

Close Up Rain

With California in a state of drought, rain seemed like just what we need.  We’re supposed to get it tomorrow, but I’m not sure I want to take credit or blame if it messes up the Giants World Series Victory Parade or trick-or-treating.

More Rain

I enjoyed the many lovely compliments I received and was pleased that all my hard work on this costume resulted in a prize at our Halloween fundraiser lunch event.  I won the “Black & White” category (costume could be black, white or black and white).

There were other creative costumes, including a plethora of different Dorothy’s in gingham and ruby slippers for one department’s hilarious group entry: 50 Shades of Dorothy – each with a different take on the classic. Scary costumes were also represented like this frightening creature with wings that opened and closed.  Great work, Jon!

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Wishing you a very happy, safe and yes, even soggy Halloween.

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Black & White

Black & White

Here is a little preview of my Halloween costume.  Last year I was very colorful.

This year I’ve been working on something that is less colorful but very effective.  Almost all the items in the picture are part of the final costume: duct tape, black nylon mesh, white netting, grey chiffon and ribbon, crystals, beads, ribbon and thread.  The silver nail polish will be part of the whole ensemble but is not actually part of the costume.

Not shown but part of the costume: a wire wreath form and grey tulle.

Tune in Friday for costume photos!

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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.

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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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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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