Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Very Handmade Halloween


Temporary Tattoo by Buttonhead
Halloween is coming soon and the hunt is on for the perfect costume.  The mega Halloween stores are popping up everywhere these days.  So off you trudge to stroll down the overwhelming aisles filled with screaming kids chasing each other with fake weaponry.  It's exhausting, expensive and downright hard to find anything unique in these stores.  Nothing worse than showing up at a party wearing the exact same costume as someone else...let alone three or four other people!  Etsy artists are extremely creative and I can almost guarantee that you'll get noticed and complimented with your unique handmade costume. 

Have you ever seen anything as cute as this Bubble Gum Dress by devaniweaver...those gumballs look almost edible!

How about some stitches for your forehead? They will last up to a week...you just might want to leave them on and head into work the next day, hee hee! 

Some spooky gloves with lovely red fingernails can keep your hands warm and add a nice touch to your costume. I think I'd wear these even after Halloween is over.

Etsy.com is full of thousands of great Halloween costumes and accessories. Come take a peek at more of my favorites in my Etsy treasury!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Ocean Awareness Project...Where Does All This Plastic Come From?

When you live near the beach I think it's only natural that you take an interest in keeping it clean. I always deposit my trash , and will even pick up trash around me that was left by others.  But in the last few years I've begun to notice a larger amount of trash on the beach. Where does all this trash come from? There can't be that many litterbugs out there?

Last January after a intense week of rainstorms in Southern California I took a walk with my 12 year-old son down to Doheny Beach to check out the damage. We were amazed at how much trash ended up on the sand. Gigantic piles of wood....a big mess to deal with I'm sure but it's a natural element.

 We enjoyed the creative souls that had came before us and left their masterpieces.

 As we looked closer into the wood piles we saw bright and colorful things....plastic toys, sunglasses, balls.
I noticed some broken yellow sunglasses and picked them up. This is when I had the idea to use this trash to create a mosaic. We spent the rest of our time collecting brightly colored plastic to use as my tessarae. I think most people who live inland don't realize how far trash can travel and how much damage it can do to our oceans sea life.  I'm hoping that my finished project will open eyes to this problem.  I'll be updating my blog as I create my mosaic.