Speaking of irresponsible (the title of my last post), here’s the finished teddy bear! I glued him to the base which consists of 3 poker chips – only the first 2 poker chips are glued together. To be able to turn the light off and on I didn’t glue the bottom poker chip (which holds the negative wire in place). Instead, I’ve glued magnets to both the middle and last poker chips. The negative wire can be easily accessed this way and moved to touch the battery or bent away from the battery to turn the light off. I received a lot of positive feedback from this piece along with some great ideas for a new piece. So I want to give a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who contributed to this past Tuesday’s post… and there it is.
This weekend was jam packed full of Halloween goodness, and to that fact I must give a big “FINALLY”… and there that is. Seriously, it’s been almost 15 years since I did anything really fun for Halloween. I don’t know any kids in the neighborhood and none of my friends and family have kids either. I wanted to dress up in the years past, but as the only guy my age out at a bar in costume… well, I’m just not enough of an extrovert to come across as anything more than a creepy dipshit. Now that I have a little boy who’s first birthday was Sunday (All Hallows Eve…Eve), I can’t help but feel like this is the beginning to a new era of Halloween fun! Now I can get dressed up and not seem creepy. I’m a dad now, which means my fear of the “creep dipshit” label can turn into the lighter-hearted “goofy dad”.
Since it seems like it’s going to rain for the rest of our lives down here we went to Miami Seaquarium on Halloween day. It’s advertised as a good rainy day plan and we could get the tickets half price. I was dressed as Indiana Jones, my son was a werewolf and we were the only 2 costumed people in the place. My wife made the coolest werewolf costume that I knew you’d appreciate.
This is pretty much all you’ll need:
- furry material
- a button up shirt
- sewing machine (optional)
- table (optional)
My wife said the sleeves would keep the furry material from getting itchy. I though he could “suffer through it” and be a little cooler, temperature wise. Either way, I don’t think it’ll damage a child short or long term. There’s also a hood with ears to go with the costume, but a 1 year old just doesn’t quite grasp the “cuteness” of it. It’s all very simple though.
First off, measure the diameter of the sleeve to know how wide to cut the furry material (add an inch or two for the seam allowance). The sleeves are just cylinders of the furry material sewn onto the shirt at the elbow. The tail is also just a skinny little cylinder sewn onto the tail of the shirt. In fact, the hardest part is turning the tail right-side-out after you sew it together inside-out. The trick is to sew one end of the tail closed and turn it right-side-out with a hangar wire or a thin dowel rod.
The hood was made from a free pattern off the interweb, while the ears were just triangles sewn on, that’s it! A tip on making the hood: the part that fastens under the chin can be velcro, a button/snap or leave the chin straps long and tie them. And there’s the lady to thank for this costume idea, my vampy wifey.
The final touch was the wolf paw slippers that were custom made and bought online… from a trucker! A knitting trucker and his daughter help with the Etsy page. Adorable, freakin’ adorable!
My contribution to this weekend’s festivities (besides my brilliant personality) was my baby boy’s brain cake. Before you start asking what’s wrong with me, we had originally planned on dressing our son as a zombie and I wanted footage of him digging into a brain. See, an absolutely normal birthday explanation.
This was another ridiculously easy project.
Just add a couple drops of red food coloring to a regular ol’ vanilla cake mix and baked it in a 3″ deep, round cake pan. I also made 2 batches of butter-cream icing (ready-made icing works just as well):one batch is colored a light pink while the other batch is darker for a contrast. To make the cake brain-shaped, I cut a little less that 1/4 off opposite sides of the cake and stuck’em on top. I then “glued” these top pieces on with the dark pink icing and covered the whole cake in a thin layer to help hold it all together.
The icing doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth since almost all of it will be covered with MORE icing. I loaded the lighter pink icing into a piping bag (depicted above on the right)and squirt it on. A larger pastry tip (attached to the piping bag above) would have been ideal, but it’s what we had to work with. Also, a larger tip would have meant less work on applying the tightly-coiled random squiggles. It’s probably a good idea to assure that you have as much patience as icing – making these tight random squiggles is very time consuming.
In case you were wondering, the tight random squiggles are meant to imitate the sulci and gyri of the cerebral cortex. Suci and gyri are the scientific terms for the many crevices and ridges of the outside of our brain. In case it’s on the test, the singular form of these names are “sulcus” and “gyrus”. As we mature our brains form more and more suci and gyri to increase the surface area of our brains without having to increase the size of our heads.
MMM mmm… baby’s first sugar high!
Hope you all had a fun filled Halloween too! I recieved “daps” from a little batman and his sister for dressing up like a “cowboy”. I didn’t correct them out of fear I’d hear, “Who’s Indiana Jones?”
Where there any memorable costumes or savory treats worth mentioning from your celebrations?