Monday, October 25, 2010

I am slowly going crazy

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, switch
Slowly going crazy, am I?
6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Do you ever spread yourself so thin, you wonder how you haven't blown away like a leaf? I'm having one of those months, years, life times. I love being involved and having a lot going on, but things have been getting a bit out of hand. It's really no one's fault but my own.

Moral of the story? I don't have much time for this post, but I wanted to show a picture of my completed Ursula costume. I am pretty happy with how it all came out.
The dress is a summer one from Old Navy that's too long so I've only worn once. I thought the white vine design sort of resembled seaweed. The tentacles are made from triangles of sparkly purple fabric, black cotton and one layer of quilt batting. I sewed them right onto the bottom of the dress - I'll just cut off the inch or two that I sewed them to, then hem to the length it needed to be in the first place. I connected the tops of the two tentacles in front and two in back right to the dress. The left two and right two tentacles have ribbon loops to go over my fingers, so they move with my arms. As we were outside and it was windy, I put on a shrug too.

The eels are felt. I just made elongated ovals and sewed them together like a single piece of an Amish puzzle ball - 2" seams inside-out so I could make their fins. I curled them up and tied them with a rubber band for the week so they stayed that way when I attached them. Then I used a Sharpie to make eyes, nostrils and a mouth. They are attached from the inside with safety pins too.

Shell necklace, crazy makeup and half a can of Auqas Net later, I'm Ursula!

What do you think? 

We are having our Halloween party on Saturday and I think I am going to skip the hair thing this time. It is so gross to have that much hairspray and white coloring in my hair. I was impressed that I retained that volume the entire night!


  1. Its awesome!! Nicely done! I agree about the hair, when I was the Bride of Frankenstein I had SO much hairspray (and bobby pins) to make it stand up like hers AND then the black & white spray. It was NASTY to wash out the next day! Anyway! I love that you added Flotsam and Jetsam to the costume. Its great!

  2. I love your blog titles. I always know where you're coming from. :) maybe this time it's cuz Linds used to sing this in the car when we'd be driving somewhere...

    Great costume! Love the eels. :)

  3. Wow - your costume is so fantastic - great job! Thanks so much for your blog visit! I have not made the rounds for a while myself. Things have been super busy and like you - it seems that I have spread myself a bit thin.

    Trying to keep up with things just gets crazy sometimes! Anyway, great to hear from you!



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