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How to: Cotton Candy / Fairy Floss Costume

Cotton Candy CostumeYesterday was Canva’s third birthday, and the plan was to have a “Carnival” themed party to celebrate. As you all know, the Snook and I don’t mess around when it comes to costumes. We wanted to do something original and fun. (No “sexy ringmaster” for us, thank you!) I searched Pinterest for ideas, and I even looked through a gallery of freak show performers.

Me: I had a hilarious image of you as a bearded lady
but that might be offensive
The Snook: well, I’m offended 😛

In the end we decided to play it a bit safer. The original plan was to be sideshow performers – either plate spinners or bottle balancers – until I stumbled across this: DIY Cotton Candy Costume. We both laughed at the idea and decided to go for it. I documented the entire process and figured I’d share it here.

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#nofilter @gilmae

#nofilter @gilmae

SEXXY WIMMENZ.

SEXXY WIMMENZ.

RG @emd3737: late night Belcher family #nofilter #halloween #regramapp

RG @emd3737: late night Belcher family #nofilter #halloween #regramapp

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Happy Halloween from the Belchers!

Happy Halloween from the Belchers!

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RG @rdrktr: Watch out, Boba Frock the bounty hunter is lurking about the office! // Happy Halloween!

RG @rdrktr: Watch out, Boba Frock the bounty hunter is lurking about the office! // Happy Halloween!

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RG @jpofoz: Great costumes! #timehop // Halloween 3 years ago! I felt so KICKASS as Wonder Woman. :)

RG @jpofoz: Great costumes! #timehop // Halloween 3 years ago! I felt so KICKASS as Wonder Woman. 🙂

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Testing out part of my Halloween costume. #sneakpeek #uhhhhhhhhh

Testing out part of my Halloween costume. #sneakpeek #uhhhhhhhhh

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The Fünkes are in the house!
The Fünkes are in the house!

Happy Halloween from Dr Tobias Fünke!
Happy Halloween from Dr Tobias Fünke!

The CHERPUMPLE that ate Chippendale - 5.9kg is 13lbs, folks!
The CHERPUMPLE that ate Chippendale – 5.9kg is 13lbs, folks!

CHERPUMPLE near completion. Crumb coat applied. The beast is chilling in the fridge!
CHERPUMPLE near completion. Crumb coat applied. The beast is chilling in the fridge!

The CHERPUMPLE is starting to take shape!
The CHERPUMPLE is starting to take shape!

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“Oh, You Sexy Geek!”: “Geek Girls” and the Problem of Self-Objectification

“Oh, You Sexy Geek!”: “Geek Girls” and the Problem of Self-Objectification – A longish piece, but well worth reading. The sexiest cosplay I’ve done was probably the Wonder Woman outfit from Halloween last year. It falls in a weird area though. I didn’t alter the costume to be sexier; Wonder Woman by default wears a pretty skimpy costume. And I didn’t choose it to be sexy; I chose it because she was my childhood hero and I had the WW Underoos as a kid. (Unfortunately they don’t make WW Underoos for grown-ups.) I actually tried to de-sexy the outfit a bit by adding a skirt over the (very brief) shorts. I guess it’s a bit like the woman in the essay who defends dressing as slave Leia. For her, that outfit is about empowerment. “You put me in a gold bikini with a chain, and I’m gonna choke you to death with it.” For me, Wonder Woman was about embodying my inner 4-year-old’s ideal of a strong, powerful woman. (That said, I felt much more comfortable dressing that way at a party with my friends. I don’t think I would’ve done it at a convention.)

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from The Greatest American Hero and Wonder Woman!

Happy Halloween from The Greatest American Hero and Wonder Woman!

Halloween 2010

Pickled BrainHalloween 2010
Even though we cancelled our annual party this year, I still felt the need to exercise my Halloween crafty impulses. Luckily there are a couple other people at work who like the holiday, so we combined forces to throw a party on Friday. (It was also our end-of-the-month drinks, so that worked out nicely.)

Throughout the week, I brought in Halloween decorations to liven up my corner of the office. I also made a pilgrimage to Sugar Fix to get candy corn and mini Reese’s Cups, which I put out in bowls on my desk. (Want to be popular? Free Reese’s Cups are the answer.) Thursday night I made a batch of my traditional Witches’ Finger Cookies. I went with a shortbread recipe this year, which helped retain the details a little better. They were a huge hit! I also broke out my brain mould and whipped up Igor’s Pickled Brain. I’ve done panna cotta before, but this one is basically a giant White Russian set with gelatin. I kept in the fridge all day at work and unmolded it at the end of the day. For sauce, I just poured on some stewed berries from a can, which looked suitably gross. People went NUTS! At one point there were like six people around it taking photos. Very gratifying! It was tasty too, with a strong coffee flavour. Quite a kick, too. My co-worker Gemma brought a lot of other snacks, including some excellent sugar cookies, chocolate crackles, and decorated cupcakes. Most of the office was on a sugar high all day long.

Halloween Spread     Alice in Wonderland

My costume was very last minute. I’d been toying with a few different ideas. In the end, I pulled out my Lucy dress from Halloween 2008. This was sewn from a pattern that was actually intended as an Alice in Wonderland dress. So, why not be Alice? Unfortunately there was a problem as soon as I pulled it on – this thing was WAY too short for wearing at work. So I worked late into the night Thursday cutting up an old bedsheet to make myself a petticoat. I also made a small pinafore/apron to wear over the top. The Snook lent me his little white rabbit and made a tiny pocketwatch for him to wear. With a pair of white knee socks and an Alice band, I was ready. I changed just before lunchtime on Friday, and the reaction was great! In fact, at the end of the day, my boss announced they were giving a bottle of wine to the best costume… and I won! That was pretty awesome, especially considering just about all of it was homemade.