Our annual Pumpkin & Power Tools Party was lots of fun this year! Will carved an amazing pumpkin as always! He found a crazy pumpkin & someone mentioned that it looked like the Forever Alone meme. There were lots more pumpkins carved too!
Fab Lab Tulsa is a non-profit entity that has collaborated with the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology to assemble a diverse collection of
state-of-the-art equipment and computers into a
community workspace. For a small fee I have access to a 3D printer, vinyl cutter, laser cutter & a ShopBot!! I was able to use the Fab Lab for three fun Halloween projects: a "Bat Mobile", a shadow caster & a some concrete stepping stones.
I saw this cute bat mobile project on Martha Stewart's site & decided to make my own version. I love Batman so I used different Batman logos throughout the years. The bats were cut from card stock on the laser cutter.
My favorite bat!
This post inspired me to make a shadow caster of my own. He's scary! I cut him on the laser cutter too.
The ShopBot is the machine that I've been most excited about at the Fab Lab. It's a CNC router that can handle material up to 8' x 4'. I needed a fun, stress-free project to get started with the ShopBot & settled on using it to make foam molds for concrete stepping stones. The ShopBot is actually fairly simple to use & our foam turned out great! Here's a video!
The pink skull is the positive & we used the leftover for our mold. I think we'll paint the foam skull & use it for decorations. We also made a ghost, black cat, Frankenstein, & stabbing hand!
Thanks for reading & Happy Halloween from April, Will, & Wally!
There are so many accessories to choose from for both the victim & the Dexter costumes.This site has lots of great ideas & sources for buying them. I've seen some folks attach a knife & lots of fake blood to their chests, which looks great. But I knew that a dress made of cling wrap would probably be pretty fiddly even without a knife sticking out of it & the forecast also called for freezing temperatures so I wanted to be able to button up my warm coat. We kept my costume very simple but I love the results!
Chances are you probably have everything you need to make this costume work in your house already. I used my trusty Hanes strapless underwire bra, a half slip I picked up for $8 at Target & a pair of hose. Just make sure everything is as close as possible to your skintone. I wanted to make sure that the cling wrap wasn't actually touching my skin very much & I wanted to make sure that there was a distinct top & bottom for ease of mobility & to make sure that I didn't end up looking like a shapeless tube. Other ladies who have done this told me that it tends to bunch up around your waist! Also if there isn't anything between you & the cling wrap, it gets tighter & sweatier as the night goes on. You'll also use a ton of cling wrap!
My version ended up being as comfortable as any strapless dress (not my favorite article of clothing) and only a tiny bit fiddly. Two people can make this costume come together in under 30 minutes. We wrapped about 6 or 7 layers of the cling wrap around my slip, (make sure to keep a wide stance during this step so you can walk easily later!) securing the cling wrap at the top with packaging tape. Super easy!
Next we decided to start with a layer of bubble wrap for the top; we needed only a few layers of cling wrap on top to hide my undergarments this way & the bubble wrap doesn't feel as bad touching your skin as cling wrap. (My hose ended up almost meeting my bra so I had almost no exposed skin anyway.) I decided to go for a strapless dress look. This required about 10 extra minutes for making sure the bubble wrap laid nicely. We used lots of double stick carpet tape & some strategic cuts & folding to basically get what looked liked a bubble wrap bustier. Don't worry about perfection here because the layers of cling wrap will smooth out any small lumps. Be liberal with the tape! Use the double stick just for attaching it to your bra & packaging tape for everything else. Next we started the first layer of cling wrap under my arm, over one breast, then under the other one, & finally around your ribs, back to your starting point. Keep a few inches exposed between your top & the slip. Continue wrapping in that pattern until the bubble wrap is covered. At this point you'll basically have half of a sweetheart neckline finished. Just repeat starting under your other arm. Add more tape anywhere you see fit.
Now you're almost done. I kept that gap in the middle because I was worried about bunching & I'm glad that I did! Before I left the house I added just one more layer to the exposed part (almost like a belt). Think of this as a sacrificial layer that you can easily replace should the need arise. It really kept me from feeling constricted and uncomfortable all night. I readjusted it twice over the course of four hours.
Will & I made complementary facebook headings with these pictures too.
Thanks for reading & Happy Halloween!
Will & April
Will & I played paintball last weekend and it was super fun! I've never been before but I can't wait to go again. I got the prettiest bruise ever on my thigh and Will shot me in the hand. The hand shot was hard enough to blast off some of my nail polish!
I didn't have enough time to completely redo my nails before we went out that night, so I used my smARTnails sticker stencils and China Glaze Ruby Pumps to hide the damage. Someday soon I'll have to use this sticker stencil for making comic book style word bubbles. POW! The base color is my first attempt at frankening a dupe for RBL 360 which is a dusty teal. This one is way too bright!
This next picture is just ridiculous! I was half asleep when we left for paintball and didn't check Will's outfit like I normally do. Believe me it's necessary! We stopped at QuikTrip for gas, I looked up and saw this coming towards the car. That's one of my wife beaters!! Geez Will. You can see more funny Will in this post.
We wanted to do something a little different for our entries into Sasse's Halloween Contest. We took our inspiration from Universal Studios Classic Monster movies. These monsters are so famous they even have their own USPS stamp set!
Here are the three we chose. Wolf Man, Frankenstein, & Dracula.
First up we have Ashley's Frankenstein nails. Monster green (acrylic) with stitches and neck bolts.
Next we have my Dracula nails. I used my new favorite Zoya Gaia for a pearly white fang background. Then added dripping blood, fang bites and a little tuxedo just like Bela Lugosi's.
Last and definitely the scariest, we have Will's Wolf Man pedicure. You may remember Will from his previous adventures with nail polish. Believe me this is even scarier! One foot has a simple starry night with a full moon. The other foot he decorated with a self stick MUSTACHE!
I hope you aren't too traumatized!
There is an awesome girl here in Tulsa who makes sweet paintings. Since they went so well with our theme, I thought I would show you a couple. You can purchase these and tons of music themed prints in Point Blank Design's Etsy shop.
Thanks for reading!
Konad is so amazing that even guys think that it's ingenious! Guys like my boyfriend Will for example, who is now sporting his very own Konad pedicure. Will finds it hilarious to have one or two badly chipped painted toenails for some reason. It just cracks him up. When we heard about Beauty Judy's Konad giveaway, I told him he had to enter. And boy did he ever! Here is the photo evidence to prove it. First a picture of regular old Will and then some occasionally terrifying pictures of Will doing his first Konadicure. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Here is a quote from Will: "I think they look just fine."
Thanks for reading.