Tuesday, August 27, 2013
It's been many years since my last piano recital but I still get variations on the same nightmare . .
I have to play a senior recital but I realize I've forgotten to practice - for the last year! There's one more chance for me to practice so I sit down at the piano, but I can't remember any of my pieces. Maybe if I get out the music. Yes, good idea! But I can't read the notes, they're all blurry and they won't stay still. Then the sheet music falls off the stand. I look over and see my professor and some students sitting on stadium style benches in a dark room. My professor has a bemused expression on his face. I look back at the music, still can't read it. I look down at my hands, what keys are they on? Then I realize I'm wearing a long shirt that's tucked under my rear. I hope it covers me because I'm not wearing any pants!
Ahhggg! Wake up!
Monday, August 12, 2013
My lawn has always showcased homemade witches and clothed skeletons for Halloween, but last year I added something different - aliens! Here's the 'how to.'
I bought styrofoam heads from a party store called, Diddams. They used them to display wigs.
Using paper mache, I smoothed out the face and built up the skull.
I discovered I'd need about a hundred layers of paper mache to build up the skull the way I wanted it; so I got smart and built up the skull with clay, then added the paper mache.
I painted black eyes and spray painted several layers of green over all. I even added glow-in-the-dark paint for the final layer; which I discovered was really cool in a dark room, but didn't work outside with all the ambient light.
I made a t-frame out of PVC pipe, bought some alien looking silver fabric, and sewed a simple (and sloppy) long sleeve t-shirt outfit for each alien (since you are creating an illusion, your sewing does not have to be great - thank goodness!).
Then I sank the pipe into the lawn, dressed the frame, attached stuffed latex gloves for the hands (attached with rubberbands and safety pins), and finally added the heads. Luckily the styrofoam heads came with a hole in the bottom that made them fit perfectly on the PVC pipe.
My aliens needed a space ship. I bought a large Chinese paper lantern and painted it. Then I got a strobe light and hung it inside the lantern so it would flash at night.
One day it rained. . .
But Halloween night was cool and dry, so the hats and umbrella came off.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and may your Halloween be out of this world!