Better late than Boring.
I feel a certain amount of pressure when costumes are involved.
Once I gave 200 percent to a costume
and now. for the rest of my life. I feel the need to keep doing that.
When I was 7 yrs old I wanted to be a nutcracker. I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like. I gave my mom specific instructions.
and we got gold fringe stuff. and I thought.
Yes. This is it.
She humored me. and did exactly what I dreamed of.
I was a nutcracker!
I wanted to be.
not Clara. no.
In high school I was Rainbow Brite. and I wore rainbow painted dryer vent things on my arms all day.
I knew then that it was always going to be- go big or go home.
But I even knew before that.
When I was really small we made up plays and shows and then performed them for our parents or aunts or whoever was over that night. and there was a demerit system. My cousin and brothers would give us demerits for who knows what. but you went along with it because THIS WAS A SERIOUS PERFORMANCE PEOPLE.
there was a backstage area at my Great Aunt Lolly's house in North Carolina and you could see the stage (screen porch) from the backstage (bedroom) window.
it was real.
I am swamped with neat projects and career things.
but I dont really believe in excuses for why I would show up on Halloween half- hearted.
I tried even. But the day of a party I was like.
THIS IS NOT ME.
so I made something.
I got the materials a week before. when I had the intention of making time to sew something.
Last year we were people.
This year. Animals.
Lion. and Tiger. and Bear.
(pssssssst: that was a white tiger in that shopping cart.)
But then I felt like the most important thing to do was make tissue paper ghosts. and fill our apartment with them.
the shadows. made me inappropriately happy.
Then it became clear that a circus awning took priority.
And who would not want to stay in every second if it felt like this.
but the reality is that. we have millions of trick or treaters.
umm. THIS GUY. I gave him extra candy.
We live on a street that believes in going overboard. So... theres a history here. of trekking out to our street on Halloween.
Naturally. This is where I belong.
on a road like this.
This year. Twizzlers were the best deal.
see. this is just a snapshot of the amount of people that fly through. for hours.
And the day I needed a costume. I got an iced coffee and locked myself to my sewing machine.
It got Project Runway up in here real fast.
I was going to wear it with some things I already had, but before I knew it. I made an entire outfit.
I was really focused. and just kept sewing.
"Make it work." - Tim Gunn
(I love that guy. too much)
ok. I have a year til next time right?
but I'm not naive. Something crazy will come up before then... I know this.