Oct 14, 2010

Halloweens of the past, more reader's creations and a bit of randomness

Hellooo. I keep saying that I'm going to re-fangle the catagories for this blog, to help people find things more easily, but yeah, not got to it yet, so in an effort to be helpful, here are a few links to older projects we've done that are either halloween related, or might be useful as far as costume making goes...

Old halloween stuff...
I've got lots more links for you to lovely reader's versions of our projects too, but here are a few random pictures from the week to break up all the text in this post ;)

There haven't been any bloggable projects as such this week. It's more been a week of make believe, in that there's been a lot of den building. The kids (well, mainly my four year old) really wanted to make a "fairy fashion shop" in the livingroom, so for days we had all the furniture moved around and piled up in weird ways in an attempt to fake a boutique, including half the chairs from the kitchen. The livingroom was also stuffed full of every dress up dress, scarf, regular dress, kid's shoes, and well anything that was considered girly looking enough to be sold in a fairy fashion shop. I helped them to use electrical tape to fix some PVC plumbing pipes between chairs to make the rails for the clothes to hang on and we used every long stick thing we could find, even the broom handle to make the shop front and "fitting rooms". My older daughter's Christmas present a couple of years ago was a toy cash register, so that made the store totally real in their eyes. We have humungous stores every now and again. I think the last one was a pet shop that lasted for about a week (It slayed me that it had an all purpose "amphibian and reptile tank" where frogs and alligators seemed to co-exist quite happily).

Anne-Marie and Sara, if you're reading this, thank you so much for passing on all the lovely dress up clothes! We wouldn't have had such an impressive selection without your generosity! Lots of little girls came over to play and enjoy this nonsense over the course of the week. At the end of the week I was looking after a couple of little boys at short notice and that night we decided to make the millenium falcon out of boxes in the livingroom. One of our mates redecorated recently and had a lot of boxes that he gave us, so that was perfect! I had a horrendous silver sheet that I found at a thrift store that we threw over most of it. I dread to think the 80s-tastic yuppy boudoir that monstrosity was originally purchased for! I only got the one lame photo before it was too dark. Thanks Rich for all those boxes! I'm sure they will become many more things in the future.

Oh and we're making another pinata. I swear out of all the messy stuff I let the kids do, making pinatas has to be the most unfathomably sticky and gloopy. Next time I have to remember to make everyone wear a swimming cap!

Right, on to the awesomeness that is stuff that you lot have made! In no particular order (because really, c'mon, do you think I'm organized enough to have anything in any kind of order?!) Click through and have a gander!

As usual, all links are to other people's versions of our projects. if you want to see our posts that inspired them then I believe each of the readers posts does link back to the Filth Wizardry one.

Keep making messy art and telling me about it, because it helps me to feel justified in writing another blog post about the mess we just made, rather than cleaning it up.

16 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I love the store! And I'm always in awe at how you create such huge play spaces inside what doesn't seem to be a tremendously large house. What's your secret?

Lindsey said...

Thanks MaryAnne. I don't know if it's really a secret, but I kind of just don't mind that the whole house is taken up for a few days with this nonsense. We don't have a playroom and the kid's bedroom doesn't have any space for this sort of thing, so we just let them own the livingroom.

Our front door opens right into the livingroom and it was funny one evening when a kid knocked at the door asking about buying magazine subscriptions to fund his baseball team and Paul and him had to sit down in the "fairy store" to write out the paperwork to send a magazine subscription to a vet's hospital. Poor kid really didn't know what to make of our "livingroom".

I think the rocket ship that nearly touched the ceiling still holds the title for "most confused looks when answering the front door".

LiEr said...

The Millenium Falcon? How not to love you, Linds!?

Would like to write more but we're having a meltdown sort of day over here right now. Another day, then!

Have a great week!

Tout Un Fil said...

Thanks ! You have many great ideas !

Anonymous said...

Gotta tell you that I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. From your postings alone, you're the type of mom I wish I was! I strive to embrace the mess more and more, and you inspire me! :)

Heather said...

Thanks Lindsey for the shout out!

Those duplos ROCK. Thanks so much for a great idea!

Heather

rachelle @ tinkerlab.com said...

I would definitely shop in that fairy shoppe! Your children have a real eye for detail, and I have to agree that the cash register makes it all quite authentic. Thanks for the link back. You do a great job here, and I'm thrilled to pieces when you post your borrowable projects!!

Four Gambel Girls and a Guy - documenting the adventures we call life said...

Love the ideas....thanks for sharing!

grossloh2000@yahoo.com said...

I love it all, love the photos. Those boys must have been very happy you were watching over them!

PickleLady said...

Love the store you created! And thanks for the halloween links!

Natalia said...

We are making the storm trooper helmet today! We are working with some alterations after looking at the movie helmets profile, so far so good. My family was just amazed at your creativeness to visualize it in milk jugs in the first place.

I did want to mention that I found a mention of your project on the internet that did not give you credit at all.
http://www.slashgear.com/storm-trooper-helmet-made-from-milk-jugs-11107074/ I didn't want to send them a nasty message before letting you know, in case you know them or something!

THanks again for the great craft idea!

nina said...

Thanks a lot for all this ideas to have good haloween. In france we don't really celabrate haloween. Just to eat some candies. it's not a custom.
But now with ours lasers, it's a sympathic celebration !

Jenny said...

Oh, my goodness, I so want to create a little fashion shop like yours. You always have the greatest ideas.

Susan Brown said...

Just have to write and tell you with your stormtrooper mask from milk jugs, you gave us the idea for a Jango Fett mask and jet pack. We're very pleased with how it turned out and others knew just who my DS was trying to be. :) Would love to post a picture but don't see how to do that.

Karin @ madebyk said...

Wow! My kids have taken over our living room for a a day or two before, but it's never looked as... delightful as this! I've realized just now that I often give me kids enough leeway that what they make becomes an annoyance to me, rather than tipping the scales just a LITTLE farther and adding in just a few ideas they hadn't even thought possible such that what they(we) makes is a DELIGHT instead. Thanks for the nudge!!!

Lena said...

Wow can I just tell you how awesome you are? I can't wait to do crazy stuff like this with my son!