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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!

New Paintings!

12 Jul

I set myself a new goal: to complete 10 paintings by the end of the year!

I have 3 started and can’t wait to see where they end up.

The first painting is 2ft x 4ft and is starting to develop a life of its own but it still needs more depth. I find it difficult to take pictures of in the beginning stages, especially since the final product ends up looking completely different and is high gloss but I am just going to put myself out there and bare it all.

Painting in progress

The second is almost complete. It’s only a wee little painting about 1 ft x 3ft. I am including some detailed images of this one so you can get an idea of the layers (plus it’s not the greatest photo).  All I have left to do is paint the detail back into it and put the final layer of “gloss” on it.

painting in progrss

Close up:

painting closeup

painting close up

The third painting is 3ft x 5ft and is in its EARLY EARLY stages:

Painting in progress

I will include updates as I go. I am sure anyone reading won’t even recognize them by the time they are complete. I am excited to see where my paint takes me.