October 25, 2011 at 7:32 am | Posted in Life and Living | 2 Comments
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In preparation for Halloween, the fiancé and I went to Michael’s craft store to buy some felt.  The boy has decided to make his costume (aka have his sister make his costume) this year.  I’ve seen some really great homemade costumes, but not since college have I gone the makeshift route. And when I think of the costume I bought this year, I realize that I definitely could have made it for cheaper, with a little time and creativity.

But I’ve neglected my crafty-mojo.  Gone are the days of friendship bracelets and lanyards, of bottled sand and beaded necklaces, of ceramic bowls and finger paints.  What happened to that little girl who had a craft corner in her bed room, who would make collages from pictures and old magazines, who repainted the little table she made in technology class not once but twice, who used nail polish to paint the knobs on her dresser?  I was not the best artist in the world, but when I took time to create, sometimes I created some nice things.

But I haven’t lost my creativity.  I have channeled it into my work, my writing, my ideas.  I have become a creative cook.  I love to experiment and create.  But I spend more of my creativity sitting in front of a computer typing away (case in point).  My hands haven’t felt the stickiness of rubber cement in I don’t know how long.  Walking through the aisles of Michael’s made me crave the tangible creative.  I need more than my words, it seems.

But similar to my lack of being able to go on a road trip without a destination in mind, I can’t create just for the sake of creating.  I need to create something meaningful and useful.  Mommy and Daddy aren’t going to be hanging my artwork up on the refrigerator.  So what to create?  I have not yet decided.  Perhaps something for my home, or for my wedding, or for my office?  I’m not quite sure, but I know some time soon I am going to feed my creative spirit and embrace the craftiness I’ve known was there all along.

The Best Holiday is Here — Halloween!

October 28, 2010 at 7:30 am | Posted in Friends Then and Now, Life and Living | 3 Comments
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I love Halloween.  I always have. From my trick-or-treating days, through to today. It’s a holiday that I can really get behind, be real festive about.  I love dressing up, having the opportunity to be someone I’m not — just for one night.

I lived near the local high school growing up, and there were lots of kids my age.  A group of us would walk the streets together, screaming ridiculous things that made no sense, and getting candy from households that knew us, for the most part. My house was particularly popular — my dad gave away the biggest bags of candy.  Weeks before Halloween, he’d sprawl out the Mini Snickers, Smarties, Butterfingers, and DumDums, and make goodie bags.  I dressed up as Lisa Simpson, and a bride, one rainy year.

Living near the high school was a bit more “dangerous” if you will, as we got into middle school and Halloween became more of a trick than a treat.  Lots of “bombing” was going on.  Kids were sneaking eggs out of their kitchens and shaving cream from their father’s cabinets and just creaming each other.  You had to watch your back if you didn’t want to turn into the marshmallow man.

By senior year and into college, and beyond, Halloween began to be more about partying. No longer young enough to ask strangers from candy, we turned to costume parties and booze.  Living on my own, my friends and I have had several epic Halloween parties over the years, but lately we’ve taken to heading downtown.  The city is an awesome place to celebrate Halloween.  It is so much fun seeing what everyone would choose as their costume.  What would it reveal about their personality?

My costume style is all about character.  I have yet to portray a real person. I’m more into superheroes and super-villains.  I don’t like to use Halloween as an excuse to be super slutty, but I don’t mind being a little sexy.  My past few costumes include the yellow-haired warrior from Kill Bill, Rainbow Brite, and the Green M&M. A favorite from college years was my SuperGirl costume. My costume for this year falls into this same vein.  I wonder what this says about me.  Perhaps these kinds of characters speak to my desire to appear strong and…. magical?  Who knows. I’m not a therapist, or a philosopher. All I know is that it’s still as fun to play dress up as it was when I was young.  I guess there are some things you never grow out of.

So, want to know what I’m gonna be?  I’ll be posting photos on my Facebook page after the fact.  Check it out and have a happy, fun, and safe Halloween!

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