Hey, Look! I did it!
I made a Halloween costume from secondhand plush toys. Ta Da!
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!
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.
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.
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.
You know when you see something and you instantly love it? That’s how I felt when I first saw the Ingo Maurer Zettel’s 5 Chandelier. I saw it in a DWR catalog about a decade ago. It’s so playful and unique. Simply beautiful.
My son had friends over for dinner the other night. I tore up paper into little squares and left them on the dining table with fine markers. Hilarity ensued.
I’ve noticed that people seem to have a more relaxed time talking to each other when there is an activity like art-making involved. Perhaps you should set up a photo clip mobile over your dining room table for your next dinner party. You will be left with a mobile that reminds you of your fun night and your good friends. 🙂
My friend and I were talking about how we are just not into fashion that much lately. For me, it has to do with not wanting to buy anything unless it is secondhand, or well-made by an independent designer (expensive). Also, as a library clerk, I can’t afford that much.
The world feels depressing lately so I decided to dive back into fashion blogs and see if I could get excited about anything. I stumbled upon Double3xposure, a fashion blogger, on Instagram. She is a 20-year-old college student living in Atlanta, Georgia. What I love about her style is how normal she looks.
Her hair is undone. She is wearing sensible shoes. Many of her outfits are just a t-shirt and cut off jeans. I particularly love that she embraces the off-the-shoulder trend by wearing a pajama top that she simply shimmies around her shoulders. #genius
Seeing her outfits got me thinking of normcore (think hardcore normal). I’d always heard about it but didn’t really know what it meant. I found this Vogue video where Alexa Chung interviews the people (K-Hole) who invented the term. This story is fascinating! You have to watch this. It’s like an art joke altering the fashion industry.
Wanting to always promote sustainable style is like always being on a diet. Occasionally, I just want junk food. Double3xposure has inspired me to keep eating healthy. I’m inspired to be creative with what I already have and make smart investments with pieces that I love.