Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pre-Halloween

Hello my pretties.....muah ha ha

It's that time of year again, my favourite holiday is upon us. Happy Halloween everyone!

I am so lucky to have scored the weekend off work, that means more Halloween fun for me! I'm so excited, can you tell?
I have some really cool plans this year. My friends and I will be going to the Barrie zombie walk and after party. More info can be found HERE


We are going to have the best time ever.....although the forcast claims it is going to rain ALL DAY. What's up with that? I don't want to get all wet and have my crazy hair deflate and my makeup wash off. Oh well, I'll just have to hope someone made a mistake and it will be dry tomorrow. This year's costume does include pants though, just in case.

Speaking of costumes, I totally have one of those! Seeing as how I've been raving about some zombie event all month, I bet you've already assumed that I will be dressing up as a zombie. You are, of course, correct. But what kind of zombie?
A risen from the grave zombie? A freshly undead or newly bitten zombie? A newfangled man made zombie?
This year, I'm breaking away from the old school and going the route of the man made zombie. Created by some kind of experiment/virus in the style of 28 Days Later or Resident Evil.

Oh, and I'm a mad scientist. I've got a lab coat and everything!

Clearly, I've injected myself with my crazy experiment after being unable to find test subjects......or, something had gone terribly wrong in the lab and I had been infected after a confrontation with one of the test subjects. Either way, I ended up a zombie.

Unfortunately, I haven't had any time at all to do a full makeup test. I'll just have to get up in the morning and wing it I suppose. I did get a chance to try out my new contact lenses and some light makeup though. Have a peek.......

No makeup here, just the outfit. Shirt, tie and lab coat, complete with pens in the pocket. 

And here is some minimal makeup around the eyes and mouth.


Detail of contact lenses and some light makeup around the eyes.

I hope you liked my little preview. I'll be back after the event with some more photos of my costume in all its bloody, gory splendor!

It's really quite late where I am so I've got to head off to bed (or else I'll be too tired to get up and do my makeup).

Goodnight lab rats!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I love October!

Hi hi hi

It's been a pretty busy week, as usual. I'm managing to hold it all together and still enjoy my favourite month. Yes, October is my favourite month. Very favourite. The weather here is so very perfect. You can go out in long sleeves or a sweather but it's not cold enough to need a jacket. All the leaves are changing and there's a beautifully painted landscape outside the window. It's been raining a lot lately too, which I enjoy. The rain really enhances all the gorgeous colours of fall and makes everything 'pop'.

Here's a couple of quick phone cam pictures of where I sit and have my coffee/snack on Thursdays when I'm at school:

I love it!
It's just so.......peaceful.
I've got some more fall photos to share with you:

Fall Leaves
'Fall Leaves' is available as prints, postcards, etc. HERE

Red Dusk
'Red Dusk' is available as prints, postcards, etc. HERE

One
'One' is new....no prints yet.

One of my other favourite things about October is, of course, Halloween. You can say I'm too old for it all you want but I won't listen! haha.
This year's plan is to attend a zombie walk and the after party. It should be great fun! I'll be sure to take pictures. I'm so looking forward to dressing up and doing makeup and the whole bit. I play around with special fx makeup on occasion, for photoshoots and things like that and I have to say, it's a good time.
Last year's Halloween was zombie themed for my friends and I also. We drove down to Toronto and went to a club. I called my costume "flight of the living dead" - I was a zombie flight attendant. It seemed like a good idea at the time BUT my feet were killing me. I wore the most ridiculous heels, like 4 inch heels, it was outrageous! My poor feet hurt me so bad last Halloween but not this year, no fancy shoes for me this time around.
I managed to scoop a photo from my friend that she took last year while we were getting ready. My hair is all smooshed up like that because a wig was going on my head but here I am, painting on some of my wounds:

getting ready
By the end of this process I was covered in liquid latex, wax, fake blood and, other various makeup. I looked pretty gross. I'm a little sad that I don't have a good photo of the full gross and bloody splendor of this costume but hey, there's always this year!

Also, on a totally unrelated note, I cut my hair!
I've pretty much always had waist length hair and I've been sneaking an inch or two off here and there when I get it cut. I visited the hairdresser the other day and 6-7 inches came off! Have a look:

Here's an old before picture (my hair was pretty much the same right before it was cut except that my bangs/fringe had grown out a bit)

before
And here it is now

after
 I have so much less hair now, it's just crazy. So yeah, that's what I look like (in case anyone was curious, lol).

So that was a bit of a long post! Wow.
I'll be back in a day or so with some crochet news, I have something to show you!

Have a beautiful Thursday!
xoxoxo

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Embroidery!!

Hello all!

Remember that last post?
The one with the partially finished embroidery at the end?

Well guess what?!

I actually got some photos of the finished product!
It was made back in May as a Mother's Day gift because dear mum loves all my handmade goodies (no matter how ugly they might turn out to be). Luckily for her, this one didn't turn out ugly, haha. I really love this and I would have liked to keep it for myself but I wasn't feeling particularly selfish that day I guess.
Ok, here we go. Photos of the finished embroidered tea towel!

Finished towel, in use in the kitchen

Full view
Detail
More detail
I used various solid colours of DMC embroidery floss and a blue-purple variegated floss. Sorry, I didn't take note of the actual colour numbers as I was stitching this. I'll know to do this next time though because some people have asked me.
Not to toot my own horn here or anything but, the photos really do not do this justice at all. It looks way more awesome in real life.

Wondering about the pattern? I know you are.
Pattern credit goes to Andrea Zuill, she made this beautiful pattern available as a free download from her BLOG. I really suggest that you go visit her site. She offers up a beautiful and often quirky free embroidery pattern every month, which is quite generous if you ask me. Andrea, if you somehow happen upon my little blog post I'd just like to say thank you.

So that's that. I also embroider. I know that most reading this will have come from Ravelry where I share in delicious, yarn-y, crochet discussion but I love all kinds of textile/fiber crafts. If you enjoy other kinds of arts/crafts, I'd love to see so please feel free to share a link to your other projects in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you!

It's time to run but I will leave you with another preview of a finished embroidery project:

Peacocks
Have a wonderful Thursday!
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Monday, October 4, 2010

200 Crochet Blocks

Hello,
It's been a whole week since I posted anything! In my defense, I did work all weekend.

So what have I been up to all week? Let's see.....
Monday - work
Tuesday - school work and out with mum
Wednesday - work
Thursday - school
Friday - work
Saturday - work
Sunday - work
That doesn't sound very exciting now does it? No, I didn't think so.
But......
There was some excitement!
I finally got my hands on a copy of Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks book!
I was so very excited to get this by mail last week on Monday. I have been trying to get it for the longest time. I tried all my local (and non-local) book and craft stores. After repeatedly being told there was no way I could get it because it was out of print, I starting hunting on the internet which was just as fruitless. A nice lady at Chapters told me to keep looking though because they would start selling the book again as soon as there was a reprint. I was browsing the Chapters site for something totally unrelated and there it was! A shiny new copy of Jan Eaton's book, the one I had been hunting for, for what seemed like an eternity and for around only $15. Of course I had to buy it and it was sitting outside my door just 3 days later. I'm so pleased.

See.....

Here's me being a dork

Anyways.......haha


I have to say, this book is just so lovely. There are quite a few blocks in here that I really like. I've worked up a few of them already, just a few though because time is limited. I have another post in the workings to show off a few of the completed blocks and add my own notes for anyone that is interested.

I know that was a short post but for now I've got to run. I will leave you with this though...

Embroidery
I also enjoy a little embroidery time now and again. This project was completed some time ago but I do love it. I have some WIP photos of it (you can see more HERE) but no photos of the finished piece! I gave it away before taking the pictures. I can be so forgetful sometimes.

I hope everyone out there had a nice weekend,
Ta-ta for now!
xoxo