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Embrace your inner zombie: Creating the perfect flight attendant costume

19 Oct

Well perfect for Halloween…

Kel as Zombie

I am one of those last minute people: I don’t call it procrastination; I call it working well under pressure. I think I proved it  two Saturday’s ago at Falconridge Golf Course’s Annual Tombstone Golf Tournament under the guise of Misty – the Zombie Flight Attendant.

Just admit it… you want to look just like me. Lol. You are in luck! It is the easiest costume I have ever pulled together in under 24 hours.
It is perfect for Halloween, Thrill the World or a typical Sunday afternoon at my house.

I am going to share with you just how I did it… (click on the images to magnify)

The suit:

ZombieOne day before event: I went on my lunch to Value Village (any second-hand clothing store will do) and purchased a navy blue dress suit ($14.99 – for the skirt and blazer). This actually did require a little luck to find but there are many pencil skirts without the blazer and that looks great too! I also picked up a handkerchief ($1.99) for my neck tie.

That evening, I opened bottle of wine with my hubby-to-be and told him that I was going to burn my suit in the backyard. We have a fireplace out there but I still brought a bucket of water since I am prone to accidents.

I apologized to the world for wasting a perfectly good suit, but accepted the sacrifice and moved on. However, the world fought back – my suit was FIREPROOF! I kid you not; the thing would just not ignite. I resorted to tearing, cutting and massacring my suit in no particular manner.

Next, I brought it out to my front yard and sprayed the entire suit with spray adhesive (This can be picked up at art stores or Canadian Tire. I have it on hand for my other art projects). Then I rolled it around in the mess of leaves that I have still not raked up.

The dress shirt was an old one that I was going to give away so, I did much the same thing: I tore, cut and mangled it. I even ripped off a few buttons. I also splattered fake blood and red acrylic paint all over. Easy peasy!

The name tag:

Zombie You will need: illustration board (or matt board), gold spray paint, duct tape, scissors, safety pin, lighter and a pen.

  1. Cut out a rounded rectangle from the illustration board. Don’t’ worry about it being too perfect, you will have the chance to burn it later.
  2. Spray paint it gold. Let it dry.
  3. Write your name and airline logo (you can make this up or do some research online to see what airline you want) in pen on the name tag.
  4. Burn the edges with your lighter. I did this over the sink with a big jug of water that I could dunk it into.
  5. Flip it over and duct tape the safety pin to the back so you can pin it to your jacket or dress shirt.

The Shoe:

Honestly, all you need is one shoe. I kept the other in my purse just in case, but I like it with just the one. I dragged my foot around all day so you may want to grab a pair of old unwanted ones.

The Tray:

I cannot take credit for the tray. I told my creative equal, Karen Harrison (middle), that I wanted to carry a tray around and ask people of they were passenger “4D” and offer drinks before I ate them. From that her wonderfully creative mom made this masterpiece for me!! Thanks Wendy (right pic)!

What you need: a serving tray, wine glasses, red acrylic paint (blood) and an old golf magazine!

Simply rim the glasses with red paint and let the paint drip down the side. Then splatter your tray with the red paint. Wendy had hot glue gunned them on, but I am a not the most graceful zombie so they ended up coming off fairly quickly.

The Day of:

Put your costume on before your makeup to avoid smudging.

The Hair:

For someone who doesn’t ever put product in my hair, I got my fix in for a full year. What you need: hairspray, baby powder, an elastic, a few bobby pins and a comb.

  1. Tease like mad,
  2. spray with hairspray,
  3. add baby powder.
  4. REPEAT.
  5. Just when you think you are done…. Repeat some more.

Tip: I bought that gray hairspray thinking it would be perfect. IT IS FAR FROM IT. For one, it asphyxiates you when you spray it. It smells awful (it actually made me gag) and it doesn’t show up half as well as the baby powder.

The Eyes

In my mind, this is the best part! YOU HAVE TO GO GET WHITE CONTACTS!!! Clearly Contacts is a good place and they are about $60 for one pair.

I have been wearing contacts for years so they don’t bother me, other people have a hard time with them because they leave a white haze around your eyes.

Now the best part…. I am so not sexy

And I am completely opposed to scandalous and racy Halloween costumes… (not on others, just on myself) but apparently while teasing my hair, Karen captured the perfect pose and I suddenly looked like a stripper… a dead zombie stripper. I didn’t even know I had that prowess in me! There is hope for me (and the hubby-to-be) yet!
Of course – it was short lived because I chased after people and planes for the rest of the day…

Kel teasing hair

I will be wearing this again for Thrill the World – taking place on Saturday October 29th, 2011 at 10:00pm, at the National Gallery right in front of the Spider sculpture.
Come on out and watch us in action or better yet, ask me how you can get involved!

DIY Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations – Part Two: The Insides

16 May

Well it’s about time that I gave you the details about creating the inside. It’s easy peasy! Keep reading for instructions and some helpful tips. Please be sure to leave me a comment or question if you need clarification – I am happy to help.

Inside of invitation

  1. First you will need a computer with MS Word and a good printer (with LOTS of ink!). It is helpful to have Photoshop if you want to create the graphics yourself. TIP: To create the chrysanthemum flower, I scanned the paper from the pocket fold (Click here for my instructions to make pocket fold) and manipulated it in Photoshop to get the desired colors and effects.
  2. In MS Word, create a template with 2 copies of the invitation wording and 2 logos (these will go on the front of the pocket fold) at the very bottom of the page. You can download my MS Word template sample here.
  3. Print off the number of copies that you need. TIP: Adjust your printer’s settings to print as “best” and depending on your printer, you can also indicate that the paper is card stock.
  4. Cut Cut Cut… hours of fun really – like I said before, good company and a bottle of wine helps! Cut the paper into 8-1/4” x 4” using your utility knife and cutting mat. Use your metal ruler as your straight edge. When complete put this stack aside, we need to prep the pocket fold before we glue these in place.
  5. Get the following supplies: your pocket folds, 8-3/8” x 4-1/4” blue card stock (I think they were called envelope postcard inserts), spray glue and old newspapers.
  6. In a well ventilated room, place a layer of newspapers down to protect the floor. Then place the blue card stock on top.
  7. Spray an even layer of the spray glue over all of the blue card stock. Wait about 30 seconds.
  8. Pick up the blue card stock from the edges and place it directly onto the pocket fold and rub out any air pockets with your fingers.  Repeat steps 6-8 until you have completed all of your invites. TIP: Each time you lay down a set of the blue card stock to be sprayed, remember to put down new newspaper and get rid of the old. This will ensure that you don’t get glue on the “good side” of your card stock.
  9. Get your stack of paper with the invite wording and go through steps 6-8 again for this layer.

The inside of your pocket fold is done!!! Give yourself a pat on the back!!

For part three we will focus on the final touches and the template for the boarding pass.

DIY Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations – Part One: Pocket Fold

2 May

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