Plushie Halloween Costume

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Hey, Look! I did it!
I made a Halloween costume from secondhand plush toys. Ta Da!

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Savers invited me to create a Halloween costume from items I found at my local Savers thrift store.  I wanted to create something that might make people smile. We all need an excuse to smile nowadays. Amiright? I pitched the idea of creating a Nick Cave-inspired costume using secondhand stuffed toys. I half thought that they’d hate the idea, but they totally dug it. Woo Hoo!

 

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Thank you to my son, Douglas, for modeling the costume.

 

As I said, I took inspiration from the artist, Nick Cave. I love his work! Years ago I created a costume that was an homage to his sound suits. This time I was inspired by his recent show at MASS MoCA and his costumes made from stuffed toys.

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There isn’t much in the way of instructions to share. I was allowed to pick out $75 dollars worth of plush toys from Savers. I hand sewed them all together into this shape. Once I got going it was a welcome therapeutic distraction. It was good for me to ignore chores and screens and focus on a creative project.

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It the end, I think it accomplished what I hoped. Watching my son jump around in this suit made us both smile. Happy Halloween Everyone! And thank you, Savers, for the creative challenge.

 

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Rubbish to Runway

Last night I attended the annual Rubbish to Runway event in Salisbury, Massachusetts and I’m so glad I did. It was a lovely, family-friendly, community event, with little girls, dads, and seniors strutting the runway. The event is a fundraiser for a remarkable organization called Long Way Home.

Long Way Home is dedicated to bringing a more prosperous and sustainable future to the community of San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala where our students can walk a path of civic connection and economic success. We educate in a freethinking, democratically ordered educational system that attends to the whole child. Graduates become self-directed and self-sustaining community members.

It was a challenge to take good photos of the models  (for me anyway) on the runway because the room was so dark but I did manage to sneak backstage and get some close-up shots.

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This lovely young woman modeled a crochet dress made of plastic bags.
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This 71-year-old firecracker wore a dress made out of packaging material. Note the jelly heels!

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I absolutely adored this fabulous young woman and her upcycled gown. She was totally game to make the best of the situation for our impromptu fashion shoot. We walked down the backstage hallway until we came upon this orange ladder. A perfect accent to her gown. Magnifique!

Follow Rubbish to Runway on Facebook so that you can be alerted about future events. This years event was sold out!!!

xo jam

 

Green is the New Pop Color

Over the years I’ve discovered that I’m always attracted to a particular color combination in design. It’s when I see a mix of neutrals (like gray and beige) with a pop color — like orange or yellow.  If you start looking for it you’ll see it everywhere.

Here are some examples.
See — Black, White, Gray, and Orange.

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Black, White, and Gray with Acid Yellow // and Black, White, Gray, and Orange.

 

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These sources for these photos can be found through my Pinterest Boards.

I loved the No. 6 Store poster (below left) so much that I used it as the inspiration for the 2016 Clothing Swap Poster. Same ingredients.

 

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The thing that I noticed is that green was never a part of this equation — until recently.

I clearly remember when this book came out. That green! So good. I became obsessed.

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I started noticing green in decorating.

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FreundvonFreunden // Jen Langston Interiors

BTW – I could live in that apartment above on the left exactly as it is. Just the right amount of maximalism. See here. The silk curtains below are available on Etsy. Just in case you need crazy long emerald green dupioni silk curtains.

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I started noticing green in footwear, old and new.  Is it just me? This green feels so fresh.

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Vintage Green Shoes //  Alumnae

Somewhere along the way, I read a blog post on Double3xposure about how she was inspired by another blogger (Always Judging) to work a green vintage bag into her outfit. I like that it’s an unexpected accent color.

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Always Judging // Double3xposure

Honest to goodness, I wasn’t really looking to buy a green bag but I think I liked so many green things on Etsy that this appeared in my “Our Picks for Jennifer” feed. I think it will blend nicely with my otherwise neutral fall wardrobe.

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 1960s Miss America handbag by Smartaire from Etsy

 

I feel like every post I write now needs to come with a disclaimer. I realize that the world is full of bad news. I’ve been so depressed about it that my sister told me I should take a break or at least reduce my intake of news. I know we all have a responsibility to stay involved but I think she is right. I need to find joy in life too, and for the moment I am delighting in the color green.

xo jam

P.S. You might like this blog post I wrote years ago about how you can figure out how to decorate your house based on your wardrobe.