Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Let me preface this post by saying:  Sorry!  It has been over a month since I last posted.  I cannot believe how fast October came and went...I spent an entire month in Orthopedic month too much!  I had high expectations for Ortho....unfortunately I've found that 4am wake up times aren't quite my thing.

Anyways don't you worry.  I didn't completely fall off the planet over the past month, I'm always up to something, so there are plenty of posts to come over what I have been up to.

Moving on.....

It's officially the end of October...meaning my favorite time of the year!!!!!  HALLOWEEN!!!

I've always been a Halloween nut.  Apple cider, scary movies, costumes, pumpkins.  I can't get enough.  
  • AMC runs 24/7 programming called "Fear Fest", where they only play scary movies the two weeks before Halloween.  It's like crack.  I can't stop watching.  I think I've seen Halloween 4:  The Return of Michael Myers five times over the past week.  I promise you I will watch it again if it's on.  Scary Movies:  Check.

  • I've got apple cider in the fridge (I highly recommend Trader Joe's Spiced Cider).  Apple cider:  check.
  • I didn't have time for pumpkin carving this I bought some pumpkin puree for pumpkin martinis....that counts right?
  • Now I'm only missing one thing:  a costume
I usually spend weeks planning and agonizing over the details of my costumes, or scouring the internet for ideas.  I just didn't have the time this year.  I tell you, PA school is turning me into an old lady.  Anyways, my mom gave me a costume book a year or two ago, the cover has little girls dressed as flowers.  Looked good to me.  

Here is the how to:

Supplies needed:
  • Two sheets of colored poster board (This is used to make the petals of your flower)- $2
  • One bouquet of fake flowers the color of your poster board- $3
  • Plastic 16-20" terra cotta colored pot- $10
  • Decorative butterflies- Optional- $3
  • Flower wire-$2
  • Green turtle neck- $8
  • 1-2" headband-  I already had one stored away...$2
Step 1:  Lug supplies all around the city of Chicago on crowded bus. Seriously.  You don't appreciate a car, till you don't have one...and you have to take smelly public transportation.

Step 2:  Cut out the bottom of the pot, so you can stick your legs through.  I have thunder thighs and didn't need a strap to hold up the pot.  If you get a larger pot, or have smaller legs you might want to consider adding rope or suspenders to hold up the pot.

Step 3: Trace out a petal shape onto cardboard.  Use this as a stencil.  Trace and cut out 10 petals on your colored poster board

Step 4: Glue wire length wise to the back of each petal. The wire helps support the petals, and also makes them malleable.

Step 5:  Affix the petals to the headband using the wire. (Poke hole through base of petal, place wire through hole and wrap around headband).

Step 6:  Deconstruct the fake bouquet, cutting the leaves and flowers off, so you have multiple flowers, and multiple leaves.

Step 7:  Glue flowers onto the petal headpiece.  Glue leaves onto sleeves of shirt.

Step 8:  Optional-  Wire the butterflies onto petals so they appear as though they are flying.

The end!  I must admit I really like the costume.  It took around 1-1.5 hours to assemble (I had some help...I used the promise of cosmos as a bribe).  Total cost- $28   This costume is not appropriate.  I didn't really blend in with the other girls...meaning I had on more than a bra and panties.  Also, the headpiece was a little...large.  I was getting knocked around like a football player.  

What are you planning on being for Halloween?
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