Extra Super Late Post About My X-mas Tree

Shame, shame, shame, it’s been a long while since I last updated this blog. The thing is, life gets in the way when you want to blog. In my case, life, work and 20 other stuff not even worth mentioning. Anyhow, here are the pics of my Christmas tree. All decorations are hand made. I made most of them, but my mom helped sewing the hat. I was thinking this should be a Halloween tree you can put up in October and leave it there until Christmas! Why not!

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These are the foam balls I hand painted with different Jack Skellington’s facial expressions. You can find them at Party City and they come in 6-packs. I used a very fine point Sharpie, but there are other pens you can use.

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And this is the tree! I bought the huge foam ball for Jack’s head at a local craft shop, where I also purchased the material used for the beard. I cut the material in two pieces, giving the pointy shape to it while cutting, of course, and then sewed them together with white thread. I used the same type of sharpie for the face, and my mom made the hat with scrap leftovers of a red velvet dress. I got the ribbon from someone at eBay, just to give it a more Burtonesque swirl touch. Maybe the whole concept would look much better on a white or a frosted Christmas tree. Hmmm….. or maybe I should get one of those, but larger and make even more Jack heads and add up some black ribbon as well. Hee, hee, hee…

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Halloween Ideas

So, Halloween is just around the corner, and for this year I wanted to do something a bit different, but with a more “current world events” theme. Long story short, I chose to become a plague doctor. Now, the problem with this is that there are not that many visual references of the actual plague doctor of medieval times, so I had to rely on the few pictures that can be found over the Internet and of course, my imagination.

While doing research I came across the masks done by Tom Banwell which are beautiful, but expensive. So, I decided to draw one, make a pattern out of my drawing and build the mask myself.

 

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I first drew the pattern on white paper and adjusted it to fit my face, then, I traced the drawings to a piece of white cardboard, and cut the pieces out.

 

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Next, I attached them together using tape. I just wanted to have a prototype to see how it would look like. I adjusted the bottom part with manila paper, because the cardboard was a bit heavy and wouldn’t sit in place.

 

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I used leather scraps to make my mask. There is a nearby shop where they sell different types of leather and leather products, so I went in and bought a small piece that would suffice for my project.

 

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I traced my pattern and made a Burtonesque detail around the eyes, just for fun. I wanted my mask to look different and unique.

 

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This is the mask nearly finished. The scissors are there to help the mask stand on on its own. I used soft, malleable pieces of leather, not suede. So although the material was soft, it took me a long while to sew the pieces together. First, I had to drill tiny holes all around the edges. But, in the end, that made the sewing part a whole lot easier.

 

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My sister joined me in my madness as a Black Swan…

 

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And in the end, I threw in a little something to make the whole outfit more appropriate for the times we are experiencing.

 

 

It’s Halloween!

I’ve always loved Halloween. It’s a time of year that makes me feel so normal…

Particularly if you have friends that like to join you in your weirdness, and then meet some others who are just the same…

Well, actually, it was my sister who dragged me to this costume party, so how could I say no to Frankenstein‘s bride?

If I had said no, I wouldn’t have met this living cupcake with working lights and all.

Do you like Halloween? What do you dress up like?

 

By the way, my heart goes out to all of those who reside on the East Coast of the U.S. This Sandy looks scary. Hope everyone stays safe and make sure to secure everything before you leave, if you have to.

The Halloween Book Festival & Aliens to Zombies Convention Honor ‘The World Within’

Well, yes! The World Within has won another honorable mention. This time under the ‘Fantasy’ category at the Halloween Book Festival.
The Halloween Book Festival is part of the Aliens to Zombies Convention which will be taking place in Hollywood, California at the W Hotel on October 29 and 30, 2012.
This Convention also honors films, documentaries, short films, animation, student films and screenplays. Of course, as any other convention, there will be panelists, lectures and of course a Halloween costume party. From what I read, this is their second year in what promises to become a fun event that brings together visual artists, film makers, writers and creature-crafters from all over the world.

Here is the list of the Halloween Book Festival winners:


Congratulations to all who placed!

So, if you’re looking for a great Halloween read, here are the links where you can download or get a printed copy of The World Within:

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

Create Space

iTunes

Sony ebook store

Smashwords