Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians

This weekend I had the chance to take Mini (along with some friends) to see Rise of the Guardians. In a word, this movie was amazing.  For more of my words, continue reading on…

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Inspired Halloween

Yesterday marked the return of My Little Pony Season three! It was awesome and the show was also our theme this year for Halloween! Before I show you the results I have to squee over this episode. I loved it! It was just the right amount of action and silliness to keep it being one of our family’s favorite shows. The musical numbers were amazing too! Plus we got to see our favorite newlyweds again! I can’t wait for what this season will bring!

Now on to the costumes!

The first one I did was my son’s. Can you guess who he was?

I made the entire thing from scratch using this pattern as a guide. I started off buy dying the fabric, which turned out to be the most time consuming part. I had to do it three times!

It started out this color.

As you can see, the first purple dye I used didn’t make it purple at all! Even after dying it two different time, once over 8 hours, the red pigment wouldn’t stick.

So off the to the store I ran to get a different brand (Rit) in pink to get the color I needed for Spike. I was pretty pleased with how things turned out.

Once I got the color right it was pretty smooth sailing from there. I cut out the green spikes from two different green knits to match the real spike, and added the green tummy to the front of the shirt and the under side of the tale.

I did all that before I put the whole thing together because I find it easier to work with small individual pieces than trying to deal with the entire garment.  I also made the tail detachable to keep things safe and comfortable while we drove to the 50 different parties/activities we went to this year.

I love how this turned out but most importantly, my son loved it! (The tale and hood were his favorite.)

Next up we have MY little Pony

I don’t have many picture of how I made this one because I did it in 15 min. Before you break out “judging you” .gif’s this was the second one I did for her. The first one would have been good in theory but it just didn’t work. There was also a mishap with the first dress and a seem ripper. Bad times. There may have been tears after that one.

The dress itself was made out of pink terry cloth which gave the feel of a pretty pink pony coat but was very much washable. It also had great stretch to move with her and keep her comfy. The cutie mark was made out of scraps and hot glued on.

Her tail was nothing more that sparkling tulle which worked out better than I expected.

It gave great volume without adding a ton of weight or being cumbersome.  Only down side is the glitter got EVERYWHERE.

All and all she loved it which was a HUGE relief for me. That’s the most important part right? Right.

I didn’t have time to do my Hubs costume (He was going to be ‘Big Mac’) but I did get the bare bones of mine done.

Can you guess who I was? 😉

I hope to bring pony inspired outfits to you for the next little bit. Cross your fingers it works out like it would in my head. Who would you want to see first?

TV Round Up: ‘Merlin’ The Walking Dead’ and ‘American Horror Story’

Mel: This week in TV was a hard one for me. I should warn you there will be a lot of shouty caps. Sorry in advance.

Merlin

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Mel: Did anyone else want to punch Merlin in the face after this episode? Because I sure did. There hasn’t been another opportunity so PERFECT for everything else out in the open than there was here.  BUT NO. Dammit, Merlin. This show is setting up to be nothing but tragic (did you expect something else? – Stephanie) and I DON’T LIKE IT! Look, they like to play fast and loose with the legends here but I don’t know what they are thinking.

Stephanie: I’d just like to throw in that I’m really upset about not being caught up.  It’s going to take me even longer than I thought.  My dear husband came in while I was watching an older episode and got interested.  He’s made me go back to the beginning to watch with him.  So he doesn’t get inadvertently spoiled.  Bah.

MERLIN LOOK AT YOUR LIFE LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES!

The Walking Dead

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Mel: This was a punch right to the reproductive parts. There were some really hopeful parts in the beginning and then it all went to hell and fast. I was not prepared in the slightest. Not a little bit. This one will stick with me for a while. Lori to Carl? Weep. T-Dog to Carol? NO! WHY? Maggie to Rick? SOB SOB SOB. I have talked with three other friends about this, then threw up all my feeling on my husband, and I still feel like I need to talk for hours about this show. (If you have feels leave a comment and we can chat!)

This will be up there with “Pretty much dead already” as far as emotional impact. WHY DO YOU WANT TO HURT ME, WALKING DEAD?

American Horror Story

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Mel: My brain was/is mush after ‘Merlin’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ so I’m going to give you my predictions for this show:

  • Dr. Oliver is an alien and wants to make Kit his bride and use Lana to carry their love child.
  • Sister Mary’s vageen has teeth.
  • Monsignor Timothy is a Nazi too and that is where he met the DR.
  • Sister Jude is Bloody Face
  • And the married couple in the beginning wake up in Disneyland when it is all over (I WISH –Stephanie).

What are your guesses?

Stephanie: I’m really waiting to find out all of Dr. Thredson’s secrets.  Because I’m just so sure his magical cure for lesbian tendencies is his Little Doctor (if you know what I mean har har har).

This past episode was pretty enlightening in regards to Grace; that she’s a lying liar who lies and Kit should stay far far away.  But. That’s my opinion. What do I know, right?  From the beginning, I knew there was – obviously – something more to her character.  How she continues to influence Kit shall remain a mystery.  But for now she should keep her ax wielding crazy to her self.

I don’t know if you’ve seen what’s coming next week, but SUPPOSEDLY Bloody Face is UNMASKED.  I think we’re being trolled.  Since last season we all thought the vinyl/rubber/whatever man was going to be exposed and it was simply Zachary Quinto trying to egg his boyfriend on (those two are still my favorites from last year).

Okay, but even if we do find out who Bloody Face is.  Who is it in the present?  Or I suppose, how is it the same person?  GIVE ME ALL THE ANSWERS.

Pretty Face Painting

Mel: Just because Halloween has passed doesn’t mean we can’t get all fancy for the fun of it! Steph is the mastermind behind this one and I think I’m going to rock this tomorrow.

Stephanie: Before drawing on the wings of the butterfly, dust a base coat of whatever color shadow you’d like. That will be the “backdrop” of color for the wings. I used a shimmery pink (If you want the exact shades available at mac, let me know. I can share that). When drawing the wings, you can be as creative or as simple as you’d like. The only thing to take into consideration is symmetry. I used my black pencil for the wings but you could also use liquid liner. When you’ve drawn them on, pick whichever colors you’d like, that compliment the base color you used first, to add to the wings. Then throw some glitter at it (what, glitter and butterfly wings go hand in hand, right?) and you’re done!
The only thing you have to worry about is your child’s face starting to itch and smearing the makeup…

TV Round up: ‘Merlin’ ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘American Horror Story’

Merlin 

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Mel: While I was watching this week’s Merlin I couldn’t help but think that Morgana and her crony of the week are like ‘Pinky and the Brain’. I imagine it goes something like this:

Crony: “What are we going to do this week Moranga?”

Morgana: “Same thing we do every week, peasant. Try to kill Arthur and take over Camelot!”

Crony: ” Oh right. Why exactly?”

Morgana: “I have got to stop killing these fools so I can save time on explaining my evil schemes!”

This week was no different as far as she was concerned but we did get some awesome growth from both Merlin and Arthur so I count it as a win.

The Walking Dead 

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Mel: This week we only got Andrea and Michonne. I can handle and entire episode of Michonne. That women is flawless. Andrea on the other hand… Pass. Look, I was just starting to not hate her in the last season and this episode took all those good feelings back. I mean, in what world would you EVER want to be in a community where Merle is a valued member? Not only that, scared of the leader of the group. Not to mention all the creepy guys lurking about. Do they need handle bar mustaches to make it any more obvious?

I think Chris Hardwick  summed it up the best when he talked about not wanting to be a girl in the Apocalypse bc people will try to use you as a baby making machine. (Ok, he didn’t say it that way but it was the over all idea-ish.) Really though, I don’t understand how you can see what they’ve seen and not be even a little cautious. I get wanting to find a place that is peaceful. I really, really do, but did she learn nothing from the farm? I mean they all thought it was great until  they opened the barn.

I am interested to see if the Governor and Michonne are going to have the same story arch. Hammer anyone? Or was it a drill? I can’t remember. All I’m asking is for a little common sense. Michonne seems to be the only one who has it.

American Horror Story

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Mel: THIS SHOW! I spend the first 5 minutes not knowing what the hell is going on and then rest watching through my fingers. I will say that Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto rock every scene they have together. Their chemistry is amazing. I wonder if they are the best of frands off scene….

I still don’t know what is real and who done it. I love it and hate it at the same time. Gah! I don’t like not knowing what’s going on. I need to be emotionally prepared! This story is so complex and told in a way that leaves you/me guessing.

I do want to to give a little warning that is spoiler-ish in nature. If you are sensitive to sexual assault the ending of this episode may be hard for you.  There is some lead up and you know it’s coming. But all the same, proceed with caution if this is something that is upsetting to you.

Stephanie: Yeah, what she said.

Honestly, this season keeps getting creepier and creepier.  Does it make you wonder how twisted the  minds of the creators are to be able to come up with this show?  I know I do…

I like how nothing is as it seems with these characters.  Every week presents a new layer to each one that blows away any preconceived notions you may have had.  It’s always more complicated and twisted than it seems.  Which makes me really excited to learn more about Zachary Quinto’s character.  He seems like an intelligent, professional, pretty nice guy.  We all know that can’t really be the case.  Everyone’s got skeletons in his/her closet they’re trying to hide.

What really gets me about this series is that everyone gets screwed over.  There are no happily ever afters.  And every time you think someone can escape some horrible fate…BAM! Your hopes are dashed to bits like the Virgin Mary statue Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) destroys.

So who’s next, quite literally, on the chopping block do you think?