Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Measure Twice, Cut Once - The Beginnings of a DIY Adventure

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. When I was younger, my mom would herd us through the fabric section of Wal-Mart to look at patterns with possible ideas and let us pick our favorites. Then she'd slave over the sewing machine, often going above and beyond what the pattern suggests she do, so that our costumes were amazing.

The do-it-yourself costumes in our household consisted of anything from the Chiquita Banana lady to the Statue of Liberty (of which I proudly won first place at the costume contest of West Elementary School's Fall Festival in the 4th grade!)

Now, as an "adult", I find it difficult to purchase a poorly made costume at a ridiculous price that barely even covers my fanny. Halloween has turned into an excuse for women to let out their inner scandalousness...and here I am just wanting to be creative and original, and have my derriere covered. 

This little diddy goes for around $45, and doesn't even include the socks!

Thus, my annual DIY Halloween costume projects began. 

Three years ago, my friend Amelia and I rocked out handmade Mario and Luigi costumes. Now you see them everywhere, but back then not so much. Maybe I started the trend?!

 Prateek and I won a costume contest with our handmade costumes - 
The One Night Stand.
Why yes, that is a lampshade on his head.

Another year, I went as Tim Tebow Crying. 
For those of you who may not remember this vision from a few years ago when the Gators lost the SEC Championship Game to Alabama, let me replay the touching moment:
One of my best friend's Kate is a Gator....Kate please shield your eyes....

It was the butt of all SEC jokes for a few years. So I went with it. 

Sadly, I live in Gator-land down here in Tampa, so people didn't think it was QUITE as funny as I did. Although I did get a few high-fives from some Florida State fans.

The sparkly blue teardrops and scriptured eye-black was my fave.

This year, I've already decided what I want to be.

Joel Zimmerman, AKA Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse") is one of my favorite house music producers. He is characterized by wearing a giant mouse head at all of his shows. 

I saw Deadmau5 perform at Ultra Music Festival this past March, and every so often in the crowd I would see someone that had made their own Deadmau5 head.

Some were good, some were epic fails.

This one was pretty legit

My Halloween idea had been born, but needed to be taken to another level......

a GIRL Deadmau5.

So I google how to make one of these things, not expecting much to pop up - low and behold, a step by step guide appears! I swear you can find anything online these days. 

I'm frightened by what lies ahead for me and my Girl Deadmau5. All the reviews talk about how hard it is to make and how time consuming it is.

And let me also just tell you, this Deadmau5 head building is NO JOKE. When the materials list consists of a 14 inch acylic lamp post globe, jigsaw, dremel, wing nuts, and a professional grade hard hat, just to name a few, you know the project is intense.

The 14 inch globe came in the mail yesterday, so my DIY Halloween adventure of 2011 has officially begun.

Hopefully this project I'm throwing myself into won't deviate into complete disaster. I have almost 3 months to accomplish my task, but between marathon training and work I really don't have much time left at all

I'll try to post every so often on how the whole sawing/cutting/drilling thing works out. Unless I lose a finger. Then you may not hear from me for a while.

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