Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mask making

Only 2 months to Halloween!

We've started on our costumes but I'm really going to need to step it up if I want to get all 4 done in time. Wouldn't want to wind up legless on the big day, like last year!

So far, we've made plaster masks (like we did for the Ludo costume) and started to build them up with papier maché pulp (like I used for Buck & Little Al).

We've also begun giving a cheap helmet "for skateboarding and trick rollerskating" an old school military look.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Such noobs

Chris and I went to our first comic convention.

the long line to get in
 Chris, excited for FanExpo

We didn't wear costumes because we didn't really know what to expect, but we saw lots of great outfits there.

Princess Leia in pink booty shorts
best C-3PO & R2D2 costumes ever

One of the highlights for me was watching Tony Moore explain in detail the process of drawing a zombie.

artist at work
maggots are key

It's no replacement for Burning Man (I so wish I was on the playa right now), but we had a great time.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


If you've ever wondered "Can you fit two canoes on a Ford E-150 van?"

the answer is yes, you can.

We went camping with friends in Algonquin Park and wound up at the same site we had two years ago.

Camping post-Burning Man is an unusual experience. We didn't know quite what to pack since bubble wands and tutus now seem synonymous with camping supplies. It was a challenge keeping it to what we could fit in a canoe, but we managed.

At our camp site we met some colourful characters.

this hairdo wouldn't look out of place on the playa,

neither would someone sporting yellow horns.

Mr. Toad

All in all we had a great time.
happy camper

Thursday, August 18, 2011

More vintage clothing lamps

I love it when people send me photos of things they've made following my instructables!

Here's the email I got from Jennifer:

Hi Allison,

I want to thank you again for posting your innovative idea on Instructables and for being so kind as to help me with my questions. This activity was an absolute blast to do with the youth group. I was working with 14 youth. We broke them up into four groups and each group worked together to make one lamp. We divided up the work into four sessions as follows: 1). intro to the project/pick the clothes; 2) make the body forms with newspaper, tape, etc.; 3) Paint the forms with stiffy/make a plan for the wiring; 4) wire and assemble the lamps. I went in once a week and we were able to complete the project in a total of 5.5 total hours! (not including drying time). We had such fun with each step - and even though it was a lot of work, the youth stayed really dedicated to the project. They named the lamps and wrote little stories about them too! You'll see that each lamp has a red heart - we used a colourful transparency and attached one to each lamp - as the theme of the program was "heart."

Once again, many thanks!

I think they did an incredible job, just look at how their lamps turned out!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's alive!

Krang in action.

Krang is coming together

 Quite literally, I've finally put all the pieces together.

pop bottle cranium & popsicle stick arm bones

I used crazy glue and then a little bit of liquid latex to join the two halves of the brain together.

The arms went on with some hot glue.

Then he got a shiny paint job.

first coat of pepto bismol pink

With a thick glossy topcoat to make him look really slimy.

I tried to connect the arms to the body a few different ways, but everything I did was too much for the furby motor to handle. I'm not happy with how it looks, but since I'm all out of ideas I'm just going to try to hide the gaps behind his control panel when I get around to building his android body.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Elsewhere on the Internets

Instructables recently made me a featured author and I'm incredibly honoured to be joining the ranks of some of the best makers around. Wilgubeast asked me about everything from my lack of formal training to my penchant for collecting spare body parts. You can read the full interview here.

If that wasn't enough to give me a huge ego, my post about calling 911 was featured on Offbeat Home this week!

Speaking of our recent scare...
It's nowhere near as pretty a collection as the photos on but if you're wondering what Chris and I would grab if the house was on fire, this is what we actually had with us while sitting on the sidewalk in our pajamas.

  • cat carrier (Simone was actually in it at the time)
  • Juniper and Potato
  • the cordless phone I used to call 911
  • my purse
  • our laptops (neither of which are really worth anything beyond the priceless photos they contain)
  • a hat from the Bay - I picked it up to grab my purse and didn't realize I still had it with me until I was waiting for the firemen outside
Noticeably absent were keys for Bertha, a coat and real pants.