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Behind Closed Doors
She sits tapping her perfectly manicured nails on the worksurface. The sound of her husbands keys can be heard rattling as he opens the front door of their North Yorkshire home, following yet another long day at the office.
“Something smells nice” he shouts as he makes his way into the kitchen to greet his wife.
“Nice day at work honey ” she asks in her sarky tone.
“Please love, I don’t need to come home to yet another argument” he pleads.
She stares long and hard at him as if she is trying to see through his soul. She reaches for the kitchen drawer, opens it to produce a handful of shiny business cards.
“Do you not work enough hours? Now you want to offer your services in whats meant to be our family time” she snaps.
He shakes his head while stating “We have Laura now, we need the money!”
Sarah, David’s wife had given birth to their first child Laura some 6 months ago. She had previously been a high flying career woman who struggled to settle into her new role as a mother. Deep down she had began to resent David and his “Work”.
Sarah raised her hand into the air, releasing the shiny cards into a heap on the kitchen floor!
David, now looks a shadow of his strong confident self as he kneels down and hurriedly scoops up the cards within his reach. Suddenly as if from nowhere the sharp point of a glossy red stiletto comes crashing down onto his trembling fingers. He yelps out in agony as she twists her heel as if stomping out a Smouldering cigarette.
“Useless” she sniggers in her usual callous tone, as she leaves the room to reluctantly attend to her daughters cries.
David, sat unable to move! His whole body overtaken by fear of what would come next. He knew from experience that there was more to come. Broken fingers were sadly not a first… These outbursts of rage, many leading to physical violence had become a nightly occurrence, so much so David started to dread coming home instead opting to stay later at the office! Only this only fuelled Sarah’s rage making things much worse when he later returned home.
Suddenly, he hears the sound of his wife’s heels the ones she made her weapon, clomping back down the stairs. David quickly try’s to pull himself to his feet only to feel the most excruciating pain shoot through his back! His kicked with such force he collapses back into a withering heap.
“Pathetic excuse for a man” she snaps
“Get up, clean yourself up, our guest are due soon”
He wants to leave, of course he does! But his scared! His scared of what she’ll do, how she’ll look after Laura and what he’ll do without her. Yes, despite the abuse, the physically pain this man endures, he just can’t help but love this woman! The same woman who becomes so angry she once drew blood with her teeth! But then she can also be sweet, loving and sorry… Yes, she’s always sorry!
An hour or more lapses, David leaves the bathroom now ready for a night of entertaining. Just then Sarah appears, first aid box in hand.
“David, you know I love you don’t you?” She whispers while kissing his bruises fingers
She then atentatively wraps her husbands wounds in a bandage, and continues… “I’m sorry, I don’t know what’s wrong with me darling… I promise it will never, never happen again”
He nods, she takes him by the hand and leads him back downstairs! Together they both lay the dinner table.
A few hours later the scene now taking place at 64 Coombe lane, North Yorkshire, is a somewhat different one from that of a few hours before. A laughing smiling couple, enjoying the company of their friends over a glass of white wine and a plate of minted lamb chops. Laura soundly asleep in her cot unwoken by her fathers nightly cries. Its the scene of a somewhat happy family, though behind closed doors the story is a somewhat different one.
I wrote this short story to impress Solopress and possibly bag myself a pretty awesome prize.
My Lashes Of London Look Book
Ever heard off Lashes of London? Well… You have now! Sshh its a secret.
I’ve created a look book displaying all my favourite items. So… Here they are.
1 Beautiful sequinned bomber jacket £85
2: I absolutely love the Rizzo Polka dot jumpsuit that can now be grabbed for just under £15 following a sale reduction from its original price of £49.00!
3: I adore the Candy Cain Sequinned Skater Dress! I don’t think it would particularly suit my frame but it would look fantastic on my sister making a great birthday gift idea. Plus its currently reduced in the sale from £75 to £37.50.
These snake skin leggings are super cute. They would be perfect work with some flat ankle boots or even a pair of high-tops. The snake skin leggings would also see me through the summer making a fabulously comfy, yet trendy choice for all those pending festivals. Better still these are also on sale. Was £22.00 now just £6.50… Total bargain.
One of my most girly finds was that of the beautiful Trixie Mint PU Circle mini skirt. The colour is a stunning shade of mint green stunning and I’ve fallen for it… Pretty yet sophisticated… “Yep, that’s me alright” The skirt cost £35 pounds but would look great for any occasion.
Finally I had to share this ‘Neon City Chiffon Bandeau’ in this pretty orange shade its bound to be a show stopper. This would go down a tweet during a summers cocktail party… I love it.
However, what I do love more is that of the price! An amazing £23.70 instead of £79.00! Now that’s what I call a bargain.
Having not long discovered Lashes of London I’ve not had the privilege to shop at the online store. I now firmly have my eye on a few beautiful pieces and the store is safely bookmarked on the iPhone.
To check out the fabulous Lashes of London, visit the online store to have a browse. The sale section is full off great offers and deals allowing you to get the items you want at very little cost.
This is my competition entry into the Lashes of London wishlist competition.
I’ve Got A Love For Shopping
Ok, in all honesty Valentines day hasn’t been that dreamy! I’ve spent it washing, tidying and painting. Where’s my Valentine you ask? His snoring on the sofa! Looks like a date with Eastenders for me!
Well, at least I have my dreams and a Groupon competition I’ve discovered on the net has given me the perfect excuse to showcase them.
So… What was the challenge? All I had to do was pull together a blog post that describes my perfect Valentines day, with particular attention on the gifts I’d like to receive.
Now I know that this wish list of mine is likely to seem a tad far fetched, especially given its already gone 8pm and the one I call my valentine is snoring like Daddy pig from Peppa pig on the sofa! But hay… whats a girl without her hopes and dreams?
First check out the little trailer I created below then I’ll give a little more detail on just how well I’ve dreamt this all up!
So as you can see, being woken to a gift of stunning earrings & breakfast in bed would be much appreciated, as would the delivery of 12 beautiful red roses.
There would be no time to sit around. starring longingly into one another’s eyes! First I’d be whisked off up town to London for a no limits shopping spree. I’d be able to engage my love for shoe shopping without protesting form the ‘other half’!
We’d eat lunch at a smart little restaurant then I’d be taken to have a tattoo of any wild thing I wanted, before settling down and relaxing with a full body message.
Suddenly, just when I think my already blissful day has reached its climax, I discover we are not heading home but instead to the airport.
Totally speechless (and that’s a first for me) I discover my loved one, has packed my bags and arranged for them to be delivered to the airport. I then find myself boarding a plane that takes me to a magical place of peace and tranquillity.
The hotel is devine and the beach has wonderful fine white sand.
The king size bed is a wash with gifts including that of beautiful delicious belgium chocolates. Having filled my tummy, I slip into a little black number and as it approaches the early hours of the following day I find myself partying to the sounds of old Skool garage and a little drum&base just like I used too.
Filling a tad tired but extremely happy, myself and my valentine stroll along the peaceful beach as the sun begins to rise. Here I’m lavished in diamonds by way of a big fat diamond sparkler! For me? Oh, yes… it so is?
I wake up!
Yer… Ok, Maybe next year!
This is my entry into the Groupon ‘A love for shopping competition’
COAST – Dress To Impress This Valentines Day
I’ve had my fair share of fashion mishaps, especially on dates.
I remember being around 14 years old when I went on my first real date to the cinema. I really don’t know what I was thinking turning up in a Geri Halliwell Union Jack replica. I knew the moment I left my front door that I should go back and change. But being a teenager with a strict curfew I just went on my way. Looking back, the lads face was a picture and given we are still together 16 years old secretly think he loved my Union Jack dress.
Below Geri In the real thing… Mine wasn’t that short
Determined not to make the same mistakes at 30, I’m instead checking out the much classier dresses over at Coast.
Here’s whats I’ve fallen for this Valentines Day….
I love everything about this beautiful dress, from the classic cut to the beautiful lace. For once I haven’t gone for black, but instead a beautiful midnight blue.
This is the perfect little dress to woo this Valentines day. The lace is very girly giving it a pretty vintage feel.
Yes… I’m totally head over heels in love with it.
The shoes are to die for! I’m a real shoe kinda girl and these beauties would be a welcomed addition to my collection.
Teamed with my beautiful midnight blue dress, these pretty cream and gold satin heels would look amazing. I love the beautiful gold detail around the toe, making them an interesting statement piece. And can you believe I even found the bag to match! A very cute clutch to keep my lipstick in for when its time to pucker up.
As its Valentines Day in the UK for me, I’m going well prepared and this beautiful blue coat would work perfectly. Yes… Its almost as stunning as my dress!
Now, I’ve decided that I’d like to keep the dress as the main statement as its just to stunning to retract from. So, no necklace for me! Instead I’ve just gone for these sparkly blue earrings to finish off my Valentines Look.
This is my entry into the COAST blogger competition- My Valentines Look
How Too Capture Perfect Images Of Your Little Ones
Zulily, the guys who bring us daily events offering both mothers and they’re children beautiful items at cut cost prices, have been asking us bloggers what we think it takes to capture a great image of our kids. We are to give our top three tips on the subject and one blogger could possibly win a Zulily voucher.
Given I love snapping pictures of my children whenever opportunity will have it, I decided this one was for me!
So… Here we go then…
1) Be Sneaky… By this I mean capture images of your children when they are unaware you and the camera are looming. This is how I’ve captured some of my most beautiful images of my kids. Natural smiles are magical as are expressions of laughter, anger, confusion and more! When images are taken this way there is no forced fake smiles, pouting from your 9 going on 30 year old or that of frozen expressions.
This is especially true for my 12 year old who has a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome! He doesn’t really enjoy being photographed and its best to catch him unaware when he is at his most relaxed and happy. I’ve found that as his grown older, trying to capture images of him is now much harder hence the reason I use this tactic often.
Below are some different images of my eldest ‘Little Man’ and my daughter ‘Alice-Sara’. I’ve included both images where they have been fully aware I’m taking pictures and a couple where they haven’t.
2) Relax and have fun… As well as the older two children I also have a toddler of three. His a bundle of energy and always on the go. Running around after him trying to capture a smile just isn’t going to work. As soon as the toddler has the slightest idea I’m trying to get a picture everything goes wrong. He actually tries to look at the screen as I’m taking a picture which means I just end up with an image that displays a flash of his head or some other unrecognisable blur. I’ve found that by relaxing and having fun with my toddler its provided me with lots of magical moments that transfer into great images. When I’m relaxed, his relaxed and this shows through in my images. I don’t keep him confined to the one area, instead I let him explore his environment, especially when we are taking pictures at the park etc.
Below are some of my favourite images of my toddler just being himself…
And here’s some images of Harley with his cousin Amy. They are extremely close in age (Amy is 10 weeks younger). As they have grown together, I’ve managed to grab some adorable images of them both over the last few years.
3. Don’t be afraid to experiment… Of course I prefer to take images with my Canon camera but more often than not I feel the need to capture an image when all I have to hand is my iPhone. This is where good editing tools come into the mix. Photoseed is one of my favourites. Here I can do my more basic editing as well as being that bit more adventures with the different filters on offer. Photoseed also allows me to upload images directly to instagram as opposed to saving them on my iphone, handy when your albums are already taking up 75% of your memory. Nonetheless, when I do have my camera to hand I will often adjust its settings applying different programmes for different subjects and environments. I love to capture motion pictures so will make sure this setting is applied when I’m snapping pictures of the children on the move. I’m also a fan of images taken in black & white or those that sport the more vintage look in which case I often use sepia as filter.
Below are some of my favourite images of my daughter Alice-Sara. The images have both been captured on the Canon or the iphone and filters have been applied with snapseed or Wow FX…
Zulily are also passionate about photography and there site is enhanced with an aray of beautiful images of their models having fun on set.
Every month the guys at Zulily run a competition where they ask you to upload pictures of your little cuties to instagram. This month they are asking you to snap a picture of your cuties sporting a massive grin. Their favourite photo wins a £100 zulily voucher, storage boxes from Feather and Black and a Juicy Couture clutch for Mum.
How to enter…
Upload an Instagram snap of your little cutie in January sporting a big cheeky grin. Be sure that your profile is public, so that Zulily can see your photo.
Now follow zulilyUK on Instagram (@zulilyUK) and tag your picture with these three things….
and either: #zulilynewbie (if you’re new to zulily) or #zulilian (if you’ve already joined zulily)
The competition closes on Thursday 31st of January & the Zulily team will be doing the shortlisting on Friday 1st of February. More info on the Zulily Tumbler
To discover more about Zulily who have daily sale events on designer and Boutique clothing as well as homeware and other items for both mother and child, then visit their stunning site and join for free.
This post is my entry into the Zulily bloggers competition
Alice wins £750 with her post card from Santa
Christmas Eve, we awoke to some wonderful news. Opening my inbox I couldn’t believe it. Alice had won first prize in the Travel Supermarkets Post Card From Santa Christmas competition. The prize… A very lovely cash sum of £750. Christmas had certainly came a day early in our house.
I’ve always been proud of my daughters creativity. She has this wonderful imagination when it comes to thinking up ideas and is superb at making her ideas come to life.
I blogged Alice’s entry just before Christmas. The post showcased her prize winning art and we also shared a video of Alice creating her master piece.
If being crowned the winner wasn’t enough, Alice was also sent a card featuring her entry by the guys at travel supermarket. Her grandmother is currently proudly doing the rounds with her card, showing everyone just how talented her granddaughter is. When its returned I will be adding it to our scrapbook of family memories.
So, how did Alice react when she discovered she had won? Well, once she had finally closed her mouth and blinked removing the stunned expression from her face, she danced around the room like a crazy person before phoning and telling everybody & anybody who would listen.
Alice plans to buy herself a tablet (she’s currently deciding on which model) she also wants to buy some more art supplies (though I’ve tried convincing her she already has more than enough already). Lastly she hopes to grab a few monster high dolls in the sales to add to her growing collection and the rest she’s saving as spending money for an upcoming holiday.
So we would just like to say a big thank you to Travel Supermarket for running such a fabulous competition. Its certainly made my little girls New Year.
Anybody who reads the blog or follows me on twitter knows I love a good competition. Lately I’ve become a little hooked… But hay, that’s for another time, another blog post.
Recently I heard about a fabulous competition by G.J.W. Titmuss, that overs those entering the possibly to win a £200 Christmas wish list for their pet.
Well, this was a competition I couldn’t afford to miss and here’s why.
I’m a cat owner and lover… However, we currently house more cats than I’d ever bargained for.
I’m not no irresponsible cat owner but I am one i’m who not so long ago found herself with a house full of kittens which was a tad Bizarre given at the time I actually owned only one TOM cat.
Bella, mother to a litter of 4 kittens was a stray cat who I used to feed in my garden. I remember when I first saw her sat out on the garden fence. Then she was very young, I’m guessing no more than three or four months. Over time she began trusting me, letting me pet her and so fourth. Admittedly I grew quite close to her in this time.
Then back at the beginning of last year she disappeared. I didn’t see her for at least a few months. I actually thought, god forbid, that she may have been hit by a car given we live on a main road.
Then one day I came downstairs to discover she had returned, let herself in though the back door and from the looks of it, she wasn’t intending on leaving anytime soon. Bella looked a lot fuller so I guessed she was being feed someplace else. It was only once I found her in my bedroom panting and pacing did I then realise we were about to be presented with kittens…. 4 in fact (two black and 2 tabby).
I already had the one cat, Bella had moved herself in and was now presenting me with a bundle of 4 more. I love cats but as a mum of three children, one registered disabled how on earth would I cope with 6.
When the kittens were ready to leave their mother, I managed to rehome two of them (both tabbies) however clover (the all black female) was discovered to be a cat suffering Epilepsy which I until then had no idea affected cats. I later also discovered that the all black male kitten was mostly blind, his sight was extremely poor. With this nobody wanted to give them a home.
Everything was a struggle! When Bella had let herself into our home she had brought with her a huge number of jumping butting little beasts… The cat flea, and Oh My God how much work and money I put into getting them nasty pest out from our home. Seriously it was absolute craziness.
After a long chat with the RSPCC we agreed to let all three cats remain with us and the RSPCC arranged for them all to be nurtured and injected for free.
Our Tom cat is slowly getting used to having them roam around the place… He is a beautiful loving cat who we have had for two years… He was born on Christmas Day 2010 so if anything this doubles as a Christmas and birthday wish list on his part.
Anyway… Here’s the wish list for our four kitties… Bella, beau, & kittens clover and billy
Ancol mouse box Toy £1 x 2, Cosmic catnip mouse £3.99, Cosmic catnip sack £3.99, Cosmic dispensing high top 5.99 x 2, Ancol dispensing dice £5.99, Ancol dotty pink collar £2.69, Ancol dotty blue collar £2.69, Ancol glitter pink collar £2.99, Ancol blue softweave collar £2.49,
Ferplast 5 tunnel cat flap £24.99, Cancac cat cradle wide £14.99, Bedhead Shampoo £9.99, Johnson litter tray disinfectant £3.39, Rebellion litter mate mat brown £9.99, Van Ness large cat liners £3.49 x 2, Van Ness extra large enclosed littler tray £24.99, Steetley sophistical cat litter £10.99
Felix canned cat food 12 pack £5.99 x 3, Canac cat cradle standard £14.99, Ferplast deluxe cat carrier £24.99
Total wish list amount… £197.08
All of the above would be a fantastic help for us and a fabulous treat for our furry felines.
For you to find all the products on the wish-list I’ve linked up to each section, these are listed in on the G.J.W. Titmuss online store Just click any of the below…
Collars & Accessories
This is my entry into the G.J.W Titmuss pet wish-list competition
A Postcard From Santa
My Daughter Alice-Sara Is one creative little lady. At age 9 she loves to engage herself in arts and crafts, So, is always on the lookout for any creative competitions.
When we discovered the latest competition from TravelSupermarket.com Alice just couldn’t contain her excitement as she sat down to jog down a couple of ideas for her creation.
Once she had decided what she wanted to do she raided the craft cupboard for her desired materials and got to work.
However, This was no easy task! Her masterpiece needed to be created over the space of a couple of days due to all the different materials she chose to use. These both requiring a mixture of acrylic paints and gloopy glue as well as added addition of Decopatch meant there was many drying periods to the timetable.
This was a collage of various materials that together formed a great picture of Santa enjoying his well earned Holidays in sunny Hawaii.
When asked about her design she gave some unsuspecting information such as Santas enjoying his holiday with his new girlfriend who just happens to be a mermaid lol.
I’m really proud of her creation as I always am. My creative daughter never fails to make a statement, has a wonderful imagination and is a dab hand with a paint brush.
I’ve uploaded a video of Alice working on her creation. The video explains her idea and she talks us through some of the stages of her creation.
She used many different materials to create a 3D effect made up of numerous textures. some being tissue paper, Self adhesive foam, embellishments, cotton pads, card and glitter. She also layered tissue paper with both Decopatch glossy glue and Metallic Turquoise acrylic paint that she mixed with ultra fine blue glitter.This was appiled using a sponging technique to give added texture to her dark blue tissue paper sea.
I love how she made Santa almost completely from Self adhesive foam. She very cleverly created his famous white beard with a cotton pad, gave him wiggly eyes and added flower embellishments to create a traditional Hawaiian necklace.
Her imagination was on top form as she also created a funky surf board with glittered patterned card to replace his traditional sleigh. Hand drawn Dolphins were cut from foam to create his Reindeer replacements. She then added some brightly coloured string to help the dolphins pull santa along the coastline.
Other great ideas included the addition of real yellow sand to great her Hawaiian Beachfront and cotton pad clouds that she slightly pulled apart and glued upon her Metallic blue painted sky that again she added a few dashes of glitter too.
Her Mermaid who is Santa’s special friend (seriously the video explains) was again hand drew onto card, cut out and stuck to some Self adhesive foam rocks… Of course she glittered her tale to give it that girly touch.
So there you have it… Our entry into the Postcard from Santa competition hosted by TravelSupermarket.com
As the rules state I must nominate 5 others to take part even though they only have a day to create… Sorry (busy week)
I nominate Mummybird
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Check out TravelSupermarket for some fabulous holiday days if you fancy a break like Santas.
#homemadehalloween – Crafty Creations
Being a bit savvy and liking a challenge meant this Halloween was full of crafty fun..
Hearing about the MoneySupermarket homemade halloween competition I knew instantly that I wanted to have a whirl at.
Halloween costumes can be expensive, especially when your dressing more than the one child. Is there a solution? Yes… DIY job!
Creating costumes is a great way to unleash your creativity while letting the imagination run wild. Halloween costumes are one of the best.You can really pull together some wacky inventions that are unique, a true one of a kind.
Having a homemade Halloween is not only cost efficient but great enjoyable too. If you do have children along with some crafty bones in your body creating homemade costumes is a great family activity that can be enjoyed together.
So, on to my creation that falls into the category of kids costumes. Note… The competition consists of 3 categories, which are kids, adults and groups. My creation was for my daughter, ‘Alice-Sara’ and was one of two costumes I pulled together for her. She informs me that 2 parties = 2 costumes, so wasn’t I pleased that I’d be making her costumes rather than buying them this year!
Now, like me you may assume that by creating your own costumes, you’ll be required to do things such as having to sew! I hate sewing… If truth be known, I’ve never really learnt such skills and have therefore remained pretty poor at such a task. For this reason I have to think outside the box when it comes to costumes and with my daughter demanding that my creation is spooky but glam the pressure was on.
We didn’t want to go with your everyday wicked witch or blood thirsty vampire… So, taking inspiration from her beloved interest in Monsters High Dolls, here’s what I came up with.
I think it looks pretty Spook-Tastic and was therefore left feeling pretty pleased with spooky creation and of course myself… especially given how little money I spent on materials!
Here’s a run through of how I did it and how much it costs to me to create.
Materials Needed To Make A No Sew Cobweb Tutu Dress…
1x Halloween cobweb design scarf (£1 PoundLand)
Medium size piece of hot pink Tulle (50p Charity Shop – Barnardos)
Roll of basic elastic (20p Barnardos)
Hot pink & purple mixed ribbon ( 40p Barnardos)
Reused old dolls hair cut & tied together (Free upcycled from home)
Large tube blue acrylic paint (for dying hair) £1 ‘The Works’
1 x Comb hair grip (50p per 3 Pack Bootfair)
2 x Black Sacks (taken from a value roll of 30) 50p Bootfair
Face paint sticks (£1.99 Lidl)
Packet of sticky crystals 50p (Reduced Tesco)
Total Cost £6.60 (The above materials would be enough to make 3 of these costumes) therefore making it even better value.
How I Did It…
1. With the elastic I measured around my daughters waist, then to secure the fit I tied the elastic into a double knot.
2. I cut both the tulle and scarf which was made of very similar material, into long strips. I did this by cutting down the length of each piece of material as opposed to the width.
3. For the pieces of cobweb scarf I placed each piece over the elastic so that it covered both sides. I then stapled to the elastic. With each stable I used a staple flattening tool to ensure there was no sharp edges. For added effect with every one piece of cobweb material added, I would then add a piece of pink tulle rotating between the two. Now note, I did not staple the tulle. Instead I added to the elastic in the same way only in replacement of staples I securely tied each piece of tulle in place.
IF YOU MAKE ONE OF THESE TUTU’S BE SURE TO LEAVE NO GAPS BETWEEN MATERIAL, INSTEAD OVERLAP SLIGHTLY AS YOU GO.
4. Once I had completely covered the entire piece of elastic, I took my sticky crystals and added randomly over the tutu (not to close to one another).
5. I then tied some long light pink and dark purple ribbon where the knock is found on the elastic.
To make the top part of the dress…
6. Alice put the tutu on so that I was better able to design the top section to complement that of the completed bottom. I took 2 black sacks cutting each along its sides so that both bags would open out and reveal two large sheets of black plastic.
7. I then cut length ways down the bags to make long strips of plastic. Note… If you decide make one of these dresses you may only need one black back depending on how thick it is (the thicker the better as this way it isn’t see through). Note…. The thicker black sacks do tend to cost a lot more than the thiner type I’m currently using.
8. I then took strips of plastic bag and wrapped them around Alice tying each into a bow at the back. I did this till I had reached the top of the tutu as if I had just created a Basque. As my black sacks were rather thin I had to be careful not to spilt them during the process of wrapping and tying. I also needed to double some of the layers as to ensure it wasn’t see through.
9. I then took another strip of black sack and cut it in half. I then folded the strip and secured the fold by tucking it in and sticking it to the top of the dress, taking it around the neck as to create a halter neck.
10. Lastly, I wrapped another long strip of black sack around my daughters middle, this time tying into a bow at the front of the dress as to give detail.
So… That’s the spooky cobweb tutu complete.
How I Made The Blue Hair Piece.
1. I remove the hair from a styling head (doll) that Alice had outgrown.
2. I tied all loose hair tightly together with a rubber band.
3. I then half filled a washing up bowl with cold water and added half of the blue paint followed by the hair piece.
4. I left the hairpiece for a few hours, in till the hair had absorbed all the water and its contents.
5. I then shook of the excess water and repeated the process again adding the last of the blue paint.
6. Once complete (a few hours later) I removed from the bowl and left over night to dry without brushing.
7. The next day I grabbed the hair tying it loosely in a band, as to create a very messy updo.
8. With the use of strong adhesive, I glued the now blue messy hairpiece onto a comb hair glip ready for use.
Then all that was left for me to do was, paint her face, arms and hands. Which I would normally do with the use if Snazaroo but with the low cost element I decided to grab a pack of Face paint sticks from Lidl for the bargain price of £1.99 and actually turned out to be really good.
I then took a moment to think, asking myself what I could paint that reflected her wishes to be spooky yet glam. The monsters high look we were aiming for was brilliant, however, we needed a little extra something for the paintwork in-order to give it that final touch of edginess.
So with this we did our take on the sugar skull… Pretty glam but deadly freakish. A full face paint and twirly spirals of webs and spiders crawling up her arms.
So… What do you think? Its pretty cool for a homemade creation isn’t it?
Did you have a homemade Halloween? Maybe you make costumes for all different occasions and holidays ? If so please leave a comment and share your thoughts and stories, I’d love to hear from you.
This is my entry into the Moneysupermarket #homemadehalloween competition. Hurry and enter, you still have time.