Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween and some projects.

Happy (belated) Halloween. I hope everyone had a fun and stayed safe. Today I woke up with a menstrual migraine. Yeah, it sucks. I really hate it when I get a headache first thing in the morning. It takes me most of the day to feel better and functional so chores and most projects get pushed aside.
Halloween was fun and low key we stayed at home, eat some pizza, and handed out candy to the neighborhood kids. It was nice we didn't have a great turn out because it was so windy and cold. I dressed up like a skeleton.  I did my hair first and then did my make up. We bought some make up at the Halloween store and it was okay. I wasn't able to get a good base but it worked out okay.


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The last couple of weeks I've been  hailed by my Muse. I've been having a creative and productive streak. I finally made the stockings for my family's Christmas presents. I forgot to take a photo but it's just a basic felt stocking. I also stained my sewing table turned vanity table.  I don't know why I out it off for so long. I took me about an hour to stain the whole thing. It was  pretty easy and I really like the color.

BEFORE: The front was water stained and there were numerous scratches and stains in the wood.
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AFTER:  I sanded the entire table and removed most of the major stains and scratches. I used Min-Wax stain in gun-stock grey which is funny because it was more of a red oak color. Whatever. It matches most of the furniture in the bedroom. I removed the trellis wicker in the front because it didn't stain evenly and looked crappy. I replaced it with a faux suede fabric panel and Jess really like it.
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We went to Reno last weekend for a HAM radio swap meet. It was really small and Jess didn't find anything that he likes. I checked out the local Salvation Army but they didn't have anything that was worthwhile or in my budget. There we some vintage sewing needles that would have looked great framed and mounted but I just couldn't bring myself to spend $10 on them.

After that rather uneventful trip, we went to the Reno Antique Mall. If you remember, this is the place where the old biddy was being a condescending bitch to my sister and I. I like to ramble about the mall and look at all the pretty things I'd love to own. In one of the stalls, I saw this cute swan powder bowl. I picked it up and saw that it was FREE. Yup, free. I don't know about you but I've never gotten anything for free at an antique mall do I jumped on it and took it. Some lady held it for me up front and told the same old biddy that it was free. That old woman got very angry and said "We don't do that here. If she wants to give something away she can clear out her stall and sell at the local flea market." Wow. There was so much hate and anger in her voice. It was totally uncalled for. I really like this place but every time I go there that lady kills it for me and I don't go back for a few months.

Here's the lovely swan. There are a few chips but that doesn't bother me. It can hold a lipstick on her back and the top is removable. Now I just need to get some body powder and make a fluffy puff.

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I also found this awesome pineapple brooch for $3.50  I found the exact one on eBay months ago but didn't win it. It's a really neat brooch because the body of the pineapple is made of metal but the inside is made of plastic.
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I had the car on Wednesday so I checked out the local thrift store. I lucked out. The entire store was 50% off. I bough a few throw pillows for $1 a piece. It was a really good deal.
How bitching is this Tiki themed pillow?  I only wished that there had been a pair instead of just one but oh well. I washed and dried the pillows twice just to be on the safe side. That thrift store is really good at cleaning items but my mom taught me to was everything that wasn't bought new.
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I also found these gloves and they fit me! They're a longer length and I'm debating weather to shorten them or not. I haven't decided yet. Since they're kind of plain, I was thinking of embroidering some flowers on the back of the hand.

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I hope everyone has a pleasant and fun weekend. Until next time, Ta!



14 comments:

  1. I love your Hallow'ene outfit, the whole thing looks amazing, you did a great job of the makeup. We decorated the house and made little Frankenstein cakes, then I took the two youngest out trick or treating and dropped Riley off at a Hallow'ene birthday party. I left my older son and husband at home in charge of handing out treats to kids who came to the door, so we also had a laid back but happy Hallow'ene.
    Your little cabinet is great, we stained all our bedroom furniture a while back but it all came out different colours because of the different woods so now I'm thinking of just painting it all cream but I can't make up my mind if it'll work or look awful.
    I love all your finds, especially that little swan so to get it for free was amazing. The little pineapple brooch is lovely too. Never mind that mean lady, I'm sure everyone else finds her hard going too, she doesn't sound like she's nice to anyone. xx

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    1. Thank you. We really enjoy Halloween. It's fun to see what creative costumes children will come up with.
      As for your furniture, you may want to sand it lightly before painting it so the paint takes better. I'd like to stain my dresser but it's huge and I'd need to stripe the paint off. think I'll hold off until it gets warmer out here.

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  2. You look FABULOUS and I absolutely could not love that pineapple brooch more in a million years!!! Sarah xxx

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    1. Thank you :) I LOVE that brooch. I've been trying to get more fruit brooches.

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  3. oh your mexican make up is really amazing! i love how colorful it is, well the whole halloween look is perfection darling!
    kiss,mary

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    1. Thank you! I was using one of my Abuelita Ines's rebozo that she gave me years ago. It was a pretty comfy outfit too.

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  4. Great Halloween look!
    And very nice finds. That pineapple brooch is so sweet. The swan powder dish is gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you. I really lucked out on finding both for under $4.

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  5. Hi sweet dear, I'm very sorry to hear you're feeling under the weather thanks to Aunt Flo (that time of the month is hell on earth for me, so I completely understand!).

    Your costume and make-up are amazing! The Day of the Dead isn't commonly observed here in Canada amongst the general population, but I've really been finding myself being drawn to it in recent years. Perhaps one day I'll try my hand at a similar look - it sure would be awesome to have a new holiday to celebrate complete with a costume! :)

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Sometimes my period is very light but then in a few months it kicks me butt and I'm in terrible pain. It's the price I pay so I can have a period.
      This was y first year dressing up like this. I made a small alter for my grandmother and great-grandfather. It is a different holiday but it's fun and honoring your ancestors.

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  6. Love the sugar skull makeup - very cool. And the pineapple brooch too.

    Re: the swap, I have fixed you up with someone in the States - ignore the end of your blog address as I have it listed, because I'm in the UK sometimes blogger automatically changes the .com/co.uk. It still transfers to your site ok! Hope you have fun
    Lakota x

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