Alice in Minneapolis

So I think I mentioned in my last post that I would be posting about my Halloween costume. I was Alice in Wonderland. I decided to go with a straightforward, classic, non-political (even Disney!) costume this year after my Christine O’Donnell costume debacle in 2010. Let’s just say most people must have just thought I was some sort of patriotic witch… long story.

I had the blue dress, courtesy of J. Crew this summer. All I needed was an apron, which I made from an old white sheet and some leftover lace, and a black bow in my hair–which I also made. The white knee socks and black flats completed the look. Overall, I was pretty happy with the result, even if I did have to take a year off from being “witty.” At least I still got a good craft project out of it.

The night started off well enough… (see below). Unfortunately, a trip on the sidewalks of the Minneapolis streets at the end of the night left me with a bloody chin and bruised right side.

But as Gloria Gaynor once sang, “I will survive,” and I might even have a cool scar to show for it. So, all in all, Halloween 2012 was a memorable one. I even gave Little Dipper a makeover for the week (see screen capture).

The goal of my next post will be to (finally) be able to showcase my apartment.. or maybe it will be to talk about Project Runway (all stars!) or maybe Downton Abbey (just saw a preview for season 3!)… so many choices and so little time (even though we DID get an extra hour this weekend).

Stay tuned. –Liz

Jack-o-Lantern carving and designing with circles

With a little help from Martha and a bit of elbow grease, I carved the perfect Jack-o-Lantern just in time for Halloween. While my mother claimed to have bought the pumpkin for a fun project for us to do, it ended up being my project as soon as my mother got too engrossed in Facebook to help out. I’m not bitter. But my arm is a little sore. Anyways, the template for the pumpkin came from a collection of patterns found on Martha Stewart’s website. I just downloaded it, printed it out, and taped it on just as people have been doing for centuries… Then came the poking holes around the edge of pattern, classic pumpkin carving move, and then, of course, the actual carving. To be fair, my mom did come in at the end to clean up the edges a little. I bet she felt pretty cool swooping in after I did all the heavy lifting. She had the benefit of her hand not shaking. So in the end, I guess it was a team effort.

He looks pretty cute, right? I mean scared, but still kinda cute. It is Halloween after all. He’s probably just scared that all the binging on trick-or-treating candy will lead to even more binging on Thanksgiving pie come November. This, in turn, will culminate in stuffing his face with Christmas cookies. Obviously, all of this holiday spirit is going to be a slippery slope for Mr. Pumpkin as he will also be wearing plenty of big puffy vests and chunky sweaters at this point hiding his overall swelling. Then, come Valentines day, no girl pumpkins will want to date him because, frankly, all he will fit in will be his sweat suits. I’m not sure if you guys can relate to the situation since that narrative is so specific to pumpkins, but I figured I would enlighten you all to the gourd/pumpkin lifestyle nonetheless.

Back to the design part of this bloggy blog. Here are the latest desktop patterns. Enjoy yo.

Preparing for Halloweeeeen!

I’m going to keep it short tonight as its Thursday and the season finale of Project Runway is due to be on in about a half hour. My fingers are crossed for Viktor, but I still want to see all the final collections.

Anyways, I made some halloween desktop patterns and wanted to post them before Halloween is.. well, over. So here they are! (I told you I’d keep it short).