Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween (or Samhain) and My Love / Hate Relationship With it

(insert heavy sigh)

Ok.....this is gonna be a long one.

I LOVE this time of year. I love the camp and horror of Halloween and I love the warmth and magic of Samhain. I love the colours, cider, hayrides, pumpkins, cookies, slasher flics and even the "Halloweentown" movies.

I love the parties....many parties....(oh my head!), and the trick or treaters.

And I love the costumes....but here is where things fall apart you see.

The costumes.

The problem I used to have with this was the constant "oh I love your costume" comments when I was dressed in my day to day wear, but years of working more physical jobs (moving fountains) led me to a jeans and t-shirt phase in my life. (Hey the shirts are still gothy gothy and horror dammit!)

Now a days I have another problem.

Cool costumes in the stores (even Halloween Adventure and other such seasonal gems) are made for teens and stick figures.

Seriously...people...come on now.

I have big ol double D ta tas and there is NO WAY I'm cramming those into a cool ass "Covenant: Dark Fairy" costume.

I'm not kidding! Every Halloween it's the same. I get really happy and excited for fall and Samhain and all...and then one of my lovely friends (tiny little things THEY are) who happens to be throwing a party says "and you're gonna wear a costume right?" and my little world just shatters.

For a few years I could get away with buying a cute velvet top hat with some lace, wearing my old gothier than thou clothes and saying I was a vampire. Tossing on some Pennsic / Rennie garb and going as a Gypsy, Pirate or plain old wench.

But I'm swiftly running out of options. My old garb (goth AND ren) is getting pretty beat up as well as seen too often.

Really cool costumes aren't cheap, but I might be prepared to pay the price for one that fits!!!!

Oh and don't go sayin Torrid or such...I went to Torrid. Cute clothes, but for a "large size version of Hot Topic" they have NONE of the cool clothes HT does!! But sadly HT's version of 'XL' is actually about an 'M'.

And as far as costumes go....EVEN theyseem to think flat chested. An 'XL' with 'A' cups is rare my friends!

Besides...they had 3 costumes....1. A shiny-vinyl nurse.....2. A shiny-vinyl cop...3. a shiny-vinyl gangster. (Ok so there's more online but still...)


Let me just say.....as an 'XL' chick....I DON'T WANNA BE SHINY!!!!!!!!!

You put it on and people think it's shiny cause you're gonna blow!!! WTF?!?!?!

Skinny bitches designed these I swear!!

So....all that having been said......

Happy Samhain to you all,
And to those having Halloween parties next year.....I'm coming as ME bitches!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Book Time!!!!!

SO.....I have managed to get into the Autumn edition of "Create, Collect, Trade" , a fantastic book on ACEO artwork that combines both the works of adult "professional" artists and children from an elementry school in the U.S. . (Who are lucky enough to have a brilliant teacher btw!)

The new edition has about 20 or so adult artists so far and looks to be filled with some really fantastic pieces. (The originals of some of these are actually for sale on Etsy.com as well!)

So...here is the link to the lovely blog: http://createcollecttrade.blogspot.com/ it's over there --> also but I thought I'd make it even easier to hit. There is also a running thread on Etsy that the artists are involved in: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5774291 so you can check up on us!

If you love art, but think it's too expensive to own originals, or just love little things, ACEOs are for you! Even some very popular artists make them and they are usually far more affordable.

They are also the perfect tool for teaching kids about art. Sometimes the very idea of art can be daunting when faced with what seems like a mile of blank, empty canvas staring at you!
The 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch format seems much friendlier!

Anyhoo...check out the new edition of "Create, Collect, Trade" ! And there should be copies of the previous edition as well in a couple of weeks, so check that out too!