Are you ready for Halloween?
Well I am working on it. I don't usually decorate my house for any of the holidays which makes me sound a little curmudgeonly. But I think the truth is I am just a little lazy about it. I am busy working on some costumes for the hubby and me. We are invited to a Halloween Costume Party this year. The first one in several years and I find myself a little bit giddy with anticipation.
I don't know about you but I find it delightful how Halloween and Upcycling are such perfect compliments to each other. Halloween is the time of year when everyone is more open to the idea of reusing things for another purpose even if they don't call it upcycling. I know that there are a lot of folks out there who think the idea of wearing second hand clothes is unappealing if not downright repulsive. I trust that none of those peps will ever venture onto this blog. But I personally find it delightful to find a perfectly lovely pre-owned garment that I can get for less than a quarter or even an eighth of the original cost.
I feel something magical happen at Halloween. I live with one of those people who finds it unappealing to wear someone else's clothing and yet he asked me to find him some second hand pants to wear with his Halloween costume!
I know that Halloween has it's darker side but for me it is the Holiday for sweet treats and mischief. It is the season for a little rule breaking. I am not talking about big societal rules of right and wrong. I am talking about those little personal rules that we live by. The kind of rule breaking that allows us to wear someone else's pants and I mean that both literally and figuratively.
There is something joyful and childlike and wonderful about being able to step outside of ourselves if only for a tiny window of time.
I am sure that in a couple of weeks time my focus will shift with everyone else's toward Thanksgiving and Christmas. But halloween upcycling projects pop up all year long for me.
Often when I am shopping for my EBay business I find things that make me think of costumes. I guess that is just how my brian is wired.
Like this dress for example.
It is a little out of fashion and the linning is torn.
But I heard it whisper to me. "Don't you think I would make a beautiful peacock costume" and I had to agree. So I brought it home with me.
This red dress, true to it's bold color shouted from across the room. "I may be stained but with a little paint I could be a beautiful witch or devil costume."
I have this collection of old wedding dresses that all at different times mumbled something to me about being ready to become zombie attire.
And so goes my life. Always more projects in my head than my time and sometimes talent can handle. But still I have big dreams for these old tossed aside treasures. Stay tuned they may actually get their own post someday. Perhaps next October. :-)
The good news is I haven't been totally neglectful of my stash of costume projects.
I made this Mini Mouse Costume a few weeks ago. You can see the DIY tips here.
And most recently I finished this Queen of Hearts costume that is upcycled from pre-owned red and black garments, cardboard, plastic bags and paint.
I am particulaly delighted about being able to use plastic grocery bags for this costume. I guess that is why I made this second version.
Here is last years version. Which I actually wore. :-)
But I can't wear the same costume two years in a row. So I have a little something else in the works.
I am sure you already know. But just in case you need another clue here is part of the Hubbies costume made from cardboard and an old skirt.
I am not going to lie. I am pretty pleased with how this hat turned out.
Oh yes there is just a wonderland of costume possibilities waiting patiently at all those second hand thrift shops.
What have you dreamed up for your costume this year?
Please share it over here on the Upcycled Design Lab FB Page if you dare. I would love to see your creations.
I know I am not the only kooky person out there who can see these things. After all I do have you my upcycling buddies and we have a local radio ad for one of our thrift stores that is running right now about making your costumes from thrift store purchases. The add is sung to the tune of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Song "Thrift Shop." The lyrics are quite silly. Something about "you an be anything you want to be. You can be a cat or you can be a ref (I am assuming referee here) You can be a cat who is also a ref." It goes on with other equally ridicules combinations of costumes but I do truly appreciate the spirit of the add and the idea of being a Zombie Hot Dog actually makes me giggle.
Just try and say it outloud with out smiling.
Zombie Hot Dog.
Hope you have a Happy Upcycled Halloween,
If you happen to dress up as a Zombie Hot Dog you better post a picture of it.