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I was supposed to have an art show this Wednesday that didn’t end up coming to fruition due to a leaky roof. Such is life.

I spent last weekend at home, trying to feel motivated to create new pieces for the show. I had tried to make something on Friday that failed on a couple levels, so I’m feeling my creative self esteem at a fairly astounding low.

So Saturday night I took the huckleberries I had in the fridge and tried to make a jam… Only I forgot to get pectin… So it didn’t really “gel”, but it was still tasty and I ate it with fancy cheese. Later it got added onto a cake we dubbed “Frankencake”.

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On Tuesday we had our annual Thanksgiving Lunch at work. Personally, this is one of my favorite work events and everyone looks forward to it. It’s essentially a potluck, with the main courses of turkey, ham, stuffing, and potatoes provided by our caterer Common Plea. I made a large pan of lasagna. The morning started off with a struggle. I had decided to drive in early, thinking I’d park near the hall and make transportation of aforementioned lasagna easy. I should have just taken the bus, because every lot in the city ended up full and I had to park 11 blocks away in the Strip District anyhow. Meanwhile, if I had taken the bus, I would only had to have walked 2 blocks from the bus stop. C’est la vie…

It ended up being a magnificent spread and all’s well that ends well… with a full tummy.

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Last night I went to a bonfire. We burned the things we’d like to be rid of in our lives and gave our host things we want to grow in our lives to bury that she’s going to plant something over. Hopefully I’ll be rid of some indecisiveness and procrastination and I’ll see my voice bloom…

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I got some cool shots that just conveniently looked like a bird in the flames..

Another guest brought this book to burn…

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The story behind it is that it was given by an ex and every time a relationship ends she rereads it, but casting it away is saying, “There is nothing wrong with me that is causing these relationships to fail, they just aren’t the right ones.” And I thought that was quite inspirational.

 

white “diamonds” and black “velvet”

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First I tried loose glitter, specifically Sally Girl, over Essie “Marshmellow”.

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In case you’re wondering, I put the glitter on top of the clear top coat while it was wet.

Then comes the attempt at the “suede manicure” I’ve seen. The DIY version I’ve seen calls for “flocking”. I only happen to know this really exists because I know modeling hobbyists who use it for terrain, but the woman at Micheal’s looked at me like I grew a second head. So I ended up with embossing powder. 

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The first set of pictures is right after I did it, these are the next day. 

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Still a really interesting texture, but not looking as soft and fuzzy anymore. Next time I will make sure it is “flocking”. I still need to find really small pearl beads to try the “caviar” manicure, but I will eventually.

 

Halloween Wrap Up

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For those of you playing at home, I had a quandary about Halloween costumes vs. multiple parties. It may be a cop out, but I ended up with one decent costume and just wore the hell out of it. I went as Velma from Scooby Doo. I already had the skirt, sweater, and shoes. I only had to buy knee socks and the wig. Which I hated, with a passion. It never laid flat, and it wouldn’t quite stay on my head properly. 

But with all the parties, even my own, everything went well for the most part. The first party was during the beginning of the Hurricane Sandy weather here, which for Pittsburgh just meant a week of freezing rain. There were some mild altercations at a friend’s party with some dim witted neighbors. But no one got arrested, so I call it a win. 

People even dressed up at work this year, seeing as actual Halloween was on a Wednesday. I was most pleased by the Halloween spirit in our office. After work, since Trick or Treating was bumped back to Saturday (once again because of the cold, rainy, leftovers of Sandy), I went to see Shaun of the Dead for free. I didn’t wear the Velma costume, but opted for my pink wig and some OCC Lip Tar in a blueish grey shade. I have so much make up that only gets to come out at this time of year… I’m thinking perhaps New Year’s Eve I’ll feel brave enough for the glitter lip tattoos and the peacock feather shaped paper lashes. 

The Saturday after we had a party at our house. My roommate went as Dana, or more precisely, the Keymaster from Ghostbusters and her date went as Venkman. We had a whole group of friends come as the Wizard of Oz characters (lion, tin man, scarecrow, and witch). I even made a jello brain with worms so frightening no one would touch it. 

Here is the photographic evidence:

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And bonus, this week I also met Eve 6 after their show…

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