Happy Halloween!

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DIY Handmade Zombie Killer Clown Halloween Costume
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Halloween! My son, Cody, worked on his DIY Halloween costume over the weekend – a Zombie Killer Clown. Guess he gets a little craftiness in his genes from me. Pictured is his self portrait. He bought the mask for ten dollars from a Halloween store. The clothing however came from a thrift shop. He roughed it up and shredded it with sandpaper and a knife, added some fake blood – he used red food color – and hand crafted his own gruesome gloves. The knife is a hand forged sword I bought for him years back from a Renaissance Fair. It’s real, but there’s not a sharpened blade on it. I have to admit I’d be a little freaked out if I saw him coming down the street at night.
Did you or your family craft costumes for Halloween? I’d love to hear what your ideas were for Halloween this year!

Happy Halloween from me and my rock star!

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For Halloween I got to kiss Prince! My mom and I pieced together and sewed this handmade Prince costume from scratch for my boyfriend from a thrift store jacket and tuxedo shirt, some lace, Rit dye and lining material from JoAnn’s, and a wig on clearance at Hot Topic for $2.50. He squeezed into my Limited pants for extra feminine Prince goodness and I did his makeup with what I had on hand. All in all the costume cost under $20. It won best costume at a local bar and scored him a hundred dollar bill. Unfortunately I didn’t plan my own costume out far enough ahead and ended up going as a Ramones groupie. It was fitting though as we attended a live music event with Run DMC and Ramones tribute bands on Saturday. Happy Halloween everyone! What did you wear for Halloween?

Don’t be a stinker!

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Our neighborhood is a haven for skunks. At least once a week you can smell them lurking around, probably ticked off by a neighbor’s dog or a car that cut too close. Last week I was taking my miniature doxie, Jasper, out for a 3am pee just as a fat and happy skunk came waddling down the driveway. Needless to say Jasper and I both went back the way we came and I ended up taking him out at the back of the house. Despite their distinctive and downright disgusting odor, there seems to be a niche market for those with a fascination for skunks. From amusing stuffed animals to home decor to clothing and costumes to art, these woodland creatures might actually be charming if they didn’t smell so bad.
Of course, we ourselves, don’t like to smell bad either. So we tackle the dirt with soaps and body washes, and of course deodorant. Not all deodorants are created equal though, and many of us are becoming more consciousness about what type of ingredients we put on our skin. There’s long been a debate about the use of aluminum in antiperspirant, but finding a deodorant that can kick the stink? Well, that can sometimes be a challenge. So here’s a simple, handmade Quick Stick Deodorant recipe from Little House in the Suburbs Blog. Just click here for the full how to. It’s made using natural baking soda, cornstarch, tea tree essential oil, and a tiny bit of coconut oil pressed into an empty deodorant container. Now you can wear a natural deodorant and not be a stinker.