Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Avatar Halloween Costume {pictures & detailed tutorial}

I love the thought of getting dressed up for Halloween. Unfortunately, I pretty much rarely do it. This year my sister & I wanted to be something really awesome, creative, & fun for Halloween. She came up with the idea of being Avatar based on the fact that  we both love the movie & the costume had such potential for awesome-ness. We got our other friends Charlene & Megan to join in & planned, created, & tested our costumes.

The planning was a little time intensive. We saw lots of cool pictures but only a handful of good tutorials.  We scoured Google for paint brands, tips, video tutorials, & pictures of Avatars from the movie. We even took an evening to test paint my sister so we knew everything would turn out right. In the end, it was definitely worth all the work; we look really really really cool & even won a little bit of $$. (Helpful Tip: If you ever do this costume & want to enter in contests, plan for time. Even with the test night, we definitely did not anticipate the time it would take to get ready. It took us about 5 hours from start to finish and we definitely did not give ourselves ample time to make the other costume contests. *insert sad face here*)

I'm going to write up a detailed tutorial in this post just in case someone ever wants to do this costume and runs across the same problem of not being able to find a good tutorial online. I might be a little wordy. Before I do though; let me go ahead & share some pictures with you.

Look closely. Note how I appear to have no legs. I'm just floating there.

  • Teal
  • Avatar Rainbow Cake
  • Sponges
  • Assorted small & larger craft paintbrushes
  • Glow in the Dark cream paint (purchased in a small tube at a local Halloween store)
  • Yard of Fabric of your choice
  • Craft store feathers, wooden pony beads, hemp string
  • Fake eyelashes (optional)
  • Temporary black hair spray paint (optional)
  • Elf ears prosthetic (optional)

Body Paint
You have multiple options of paint (or pre-made bodysuits but I didn't feel like there was much creativity there. Plus, who actually looks good in a bodysuit?) You can use latex, you could use liquid/cream body paint, or you can use a semi-soft cake makeup. My sister has a latex allergy so that ruled that out, we tested our faces one night using a liquid/cream paint but it started cracking after awhile, so we decided to use the semi-soft cake makeup. One of my biggest confusions was that I could NOT figure out how much one cake was supposed to cover. Did we need just one for a person or several per person? I mean, they looked really small. You only need one per Avatar Rainbow Cake per person (and you'll have leftover paint) plus around half of the Paradise teal 90gm.

Step 1. The paint works by taking a small spritz bottle of water & spraying the top of the cake. You then rub your sponge across the top of the cake & then apply to your body. We would rub it around the top of the Avatar Rainbow Cake & then across the teal to create the more blended color we wanted. (Helpful Tip: You'll want to spray it very frequently..probably almost every time. If the top gets dry, the paint doesn't spread.)

Step 2. Once you have applied the base blue coat to your body, use the dark side of the Avatar Rainbow Cake and a flat craft paint brush to create the stripes on your body. There is no rule to this; we all looked different.

Step 3. Use the glow in the dark cream makeup & a small craft paintbrush to apply dots. I applied a pattern onto my face & did random dots on my body. We also added a few gems here & there for emphasis. (Helpful Tip: If your not going anywhere dark, use white paint for the dots. We used the glow in the dark because we thought it would be cool to recreate the glow of theirs in the dark. We did notice that the glow in the dark kind of absorbed the blue color & dissipated after awhile.)

 Step 4: Much facial makeup is obviously not required. We were all a little different but I used a plum color lipstick/eyeshadow over the blue for my lips & the tip of my nose. I penciled in my eyebrows, used a brighter teal eyeshadow on my lids, & applied fake eyelashes.

Clothing & Accessories

As you can see, we all had some variations in our outfits so I'll just run down the basics.
  • A simple way to create a "loincloth" type skirt is to purchase a yard of fabric (or less depending on your needs). Use a belt of your choice & trim to pieces to the length & width you desire. From here, you can either hot glue or sew the fabric pieces onto the belt by folding the fabric over the top. (Helpful Tip: Use a belt with a smaller buckle.)
  • You can make a top a variety of ways. If your daring (and probably if you've never had children), you could just use pasties & paint. You can use leftover fabric to create a matching top by tying it in the back, buy a braided bikini top, use a cut up tank top. It's kind of preference at this point.
  • Hair options: A pre-made Avatar wig, spraying your own hair with temporary black haircolor, or synthetic hair. We all did something different:
    • Sarah - used the avatar wig & sprayed her hair black to make it fuller looking
    • Charlene - used the avatar wig & also purchased synthetic hair that she braided to make it look fuller (Helpful Tip: Do not use the temporary hair spray color on bleached hair. They advised her that it would turn her hair gray.)
    • Megan - She sprayed her hair black & had her hairdresser braid & feather it. 
    • Me - I bought synthetic hair from Sally's & sewed weave clips on it. I cut the hair into various sizes & braided some parts and my sister clipped it in my hair. (Helpful Tip: If you want to dye your hair to match, don't do it 2.5 weeks before. My color was faded & didn't match the hair I had bought.)
  •  Jewelry was a combination of jewelry we already had laying around, strips of fabric from our skirt making, and wooden pony beds & feathers on hemp string.
  • Ears have two options. You can either cut them out of construction paper & use a bobby pin to clip them in your hair or buy prosthetic elf ears & apply them. I used elf ears and I wish I had thought to take a good picture of how it turned out. You can barely see them poking out in the picture below.
That's about it folks. If you have any questions, e-mail me & I would be happy to answer. We ended up winning 2nd place where we went. (many people told us we should have won first place but we we're happy either way!) I feel confident that we would have won at other places too if we had realized how much time we really needed to get ready.

Helpful Tip: Use soap, water, & a washcloth to get the paint off. Using a loofah left us all blue in spots but Charlene used a washcloth later & her residual blue came off completely.

The real question is: How will we ever top this next year?!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Southern Fall. {wordless Wednesday}

Fall colors so intense that they color the surface of the lake...what a Creator we have.

Monday, October 22, 2012

It's Fall, ya'll.

Since it's Fall, I will delight you with adorable pictures of my child playing in piles of leaves. 

Where's Waldo?

I could just eat him. LOVE his face.

Watching these two together makes my heart happy.

I tried to get him to take a picture with me. Tried.
It is Fall - that is all. 

(Like my little rhyme there? Clever, eh?)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Am I Happy?

Ok people, I'm getting a little serious today. There is a reason my blog is titled Mish Mashed Mama - I like to blog about life; about little bit of everything.

 Through various circumstances in life recently, God's trying to teach me.. Problem is: I'm not a very good student at times so it's slow learning.

I was reading a blog post earlier today & the gal (actually, Esther from Lovingly Thrown Together who in no way has any clue that I'm writing this but I like reading her stuffs.) had posted this same quote.  Right then, it hit me. THIS is the biggest lesson He's trying to teach me....and boy, is it a hard one.

In my world of me, making myself temporarily happy with material things & relationships is so so so easy. I get happy over material stuff all the time - Sometimes I get giddy over something as simple as a few good thrift store finds. I base my happiness on relationships with others, on what stuff I have, how clean my house is, how easy my kid is to manage. When I'm unhappy, I think "I would be so much happier if I had (fill in the blank.)"

I'm ashamed to say that the number of days I get out of bed and truly just praise God for giving me this day or even just praise Him for his unfailing-ness is probably 1 out of every 100....or less. How often do I get giddy over God? Maybe a little more but still - not enough.

Don't get me wrong - some of the things above can make us feel happy. There is nothing wrong with that. The question I ask myself is: What if these things, relationships, etc. were gone? What would that leave me with? Am I basing my happiness on the right thing?

Everything on this Earth is fleeting, temporary, can be lost in a moment. O, how I want to find true happiness in the one thing that will always be constant - permanent joy in the permanent God. A joy not just on this earth but a joy that will last an eternity.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Weekend Wrap Up & Pinterest Advice

A completely pointless weekend wrap-up represented by very poor quality cell phone pictures and followed up by Pinterest fails...

We took a trip to the library. Seriously, why have I never taken Zeke to the library?! There was lots of stuff we could do and it's FREE.

Natalee came over for a sleepover & we painted pumpkins. I tried to carve the Star Wars logo into a pumpkin & broke it. Zeke bored of it within 10 minutes & decided Spongebob was better. Natalee, she's my crafty gal.

Family reunion gathering = time with the bestest cousins. Notice how I stick out like a sore thumb; I inherited all my gene's from my mother while my Dad's side of the family is pretty much entirely blonde hair & blue eyed people.

I realize this post has no purpose thus far so I will throw something slightly useful in here:

I pinned both of these summer projects on my "Kid Stuff" board & randomly thought we'd give them a try last night.

Glow in the Dark Bubbles

Glow in the Dark Mtn.Dew paint
To put it bluntly: they don't work. The glow bubble container does glow just like that but the bubbles just don't show up. The Mtn. Dew? Well, I don't know what those people actually put in there but absolutely nothing happens..... Just saving you time & money, people. 

Now to find something productive to do....

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fall Wreath {cheap & easy}

I've given in & accepted Fall.

Don't get me wrong; I  like the Fall season. The only thing I don't like about Fall is that it precedes winter. I hate winter - with the exception of the Christmas season. I enjoy summer and dresses and flip flops and warm evenings and sunshine and flowers. 

With that being said, the trees are slowly giving into Fall & turning orange so my   summer wreath had to go.

I was low on patience yesterday so I had two requirements: cheap & quick.

Perfect solution (supplies from Micheal's):

Do you like my Snoopy shirt?

  •  Pre-made (crooked) Grapevine wreath: $4.99
  • Clip on Flowers: $1.00 each
  • 20% OFF entire purchase coupon
TOTAL: $6.13

I literally assembled it on top of my trunk before I went inside once we got home.

I also wore boots yesterday. Hello Fall.