Tuesday, 23 December 2008

2008 Christmas family picture

Here are a few 2008 Christmas family pictures. Aren't we cute??

Monday, 3 November 2008

Elf 2007




Pics of Jujubes.. the elf who visited our family in 2007


Last year Santa sent us one of his helpers to check if the kids were nice until Christmas. Jujubes arrived on December 1st with 2 advent calendars, his passport and a letter from Santa explaining his mission.
During the month of December he brought a few gifts; DVD National Lampoon's Christmas, etc...

We also found him listening to a Christmas movie, eating chips and having a softdrink with some of other plush toys.
Once we found him in the kitchen with a band-aid on his knee and a letter adressed to the kids saying he had tripped on stuff in their room and they had better clean up their act or else he'd tell Santa!

My kids (15 and 17) liked it even though Ds-15 didn't want anyone to know about this. DD liked it very much.

If you want more info on how the elves work go to MHH (magical holiday home).
Wonder if he'll come by this year??

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Boobash gifts and food

The boobash was not a supper but everyone brought something to eat in the evening... TEEN food ... chips, pretzel mix, mini-pizzas, cocktail sausages, cheese & crackers, vegetables and dips, meat spreads and crackers, mini-orange cookie balls, witch finger cookies, rice-krispy treats, sugar cookies... and candies!!! Everybody brought their own alcoholic beverages but I had juice and softdrinks for everyone.

I received some gifts too!! That was a suprise. 2 bottles of wine, 1 gift-pack of 4 boxes filled with chocolate and nuts and a BEAUTIFUL witch which one of my friens made herself out of wood.

Here's a picture of the gifts...

Boobash costumes

Here are some pics of the costumes: 14 adults and 15 teens (a few are missing).





Me in my half-awake / half-asleep costume


DH



Saturday, 1 November 2008

Boobash 1

Well, I finally had my 1st Halloween party (of course, I had to do it myself but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!). With the help from my friends from MHH (magical holiday home) I was able to complete my projects in time and it was FUN!!!

Here are some pics:
Decorations:

- Bathroom = murder scene. I got some dollar-store shower curtains and I put my bloody handprints on them as well as on a white towel. I traced a body outline on the shower floor. Everybody loved it!



- Spider webs everywhere in the kitchen, crooked paintings, bats haning from ceiling fan, halloween village, a few specimen jars, torn-curtains (cheesecloth from dollar store), a serving tray head which I made, etc... oh and I made a mask-tree (an idea from Cathymac).



Pre-Boobash - Halloween music CD

... Here is my list of music for my Halloween CD:
1) Monster Mash
2) Purple people eater
3) Halloween limbo
4) Ghostbusters
5) Rock Lobster
6)Music for your halloween party
7) I'm your Boogie man
8) Thriller
9) Black magic woman
10) Timewarp - B52s
11) Disco inferno
12) Munster theme song
13) Pet Semetary
17) Sympathy for the devil
18) Abracadabra19) witchy woman
20) werewolves of London
21)Love potion #9 ( I erased #14, 15, 16 and 19... not enough space on CD)

Pre-Boobash - Themes for rooms

Post of june 1st

Themes for rooms throughout the house:
Gory / crime scene
- gory shower curtain & towels
- murder written in red backwards on the shower tiles so that when guests look in the mirror they see murder
- Trace the outline of a person on floor

Voodoo room http://www.hauntingyouryard.com/
- Pattern of a pentagram on the floor (a bit like DaVinci code)
- candles
- skulls

Witch's kitchen http://aranamuerta.com/2008/01/29/witches-kitchen
- Recipe book (with weird ingredients)
- Cauldron
- Jars of weird stuff
- WandMad scientist lab
- Specimen jars
- Bones
- Cutting instruments

Dungeon
- Chains
- skeleton
- candles / votives

Haunted house
- Dustsheets on furniture
- Ghosts
- Spiderwebs / spidersVampire
- Garlic tresses
- Candles / Candelebras / blood-dripping candles
- Coffin
- Bats
- stake
- Cobwebs
- Tombstones
- Black / red drapes
- Gargoyles
- Cross

Fortune-tellerhttp://www.halloweenhowl.com/halloween-party-fortune-teller.shtml
- Crystal ball
- Tarot cards
- Stars everywhere
- Gold curtains
- Books on fortune-telling
- Round table with tablecloth
- Ouija board

Pre-Boobash list of crafts

Post of June 1st:

Crafts to make this year... ok, used today for my GPD and here's what I have:
- Specimen jars http://aranamuerta.com/2008/01/29/witches-kitchen, DONE
- Spellbook http://magicalholidayhome.com/forum/viewtopic.php? NEXT YEAR
- Gory shower-curtain & towers http://magicalholidayhome.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2146&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=halloween+shower+shower+curtain DONE
- Black tattered fabric (to cover lampsades) NEXT YEAR
- Head - waiter tray http://www.marthastewart.com/head-waiter-tray DONE
- Blood-dripping candles http://magicalholidayhome.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=2055&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a DONE
- Party invitations (maybe small rat in a box)- Ghosts in a circle from Mrs. Soup's blog http://fallforhalloween.blogspot.com/ NOT DONE
- Signs "Morgue" and "Trespassers will die" NOT DONE
- Magic wand http://magicalholidayhome.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2341&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=magic+wand NOT DONE
- Dead-witch under couch DONE

Pre-Boobash planning - costumes worn over the years

Post of May 30th

Here's a list of some of our costumes over the years (always homemade ... mainly because DH doesn't see the need to put any money for Halloween except for candies for the kids).. but actually my costumes are different from the others and much nicer!

Last year I was dressed up as a titanic survivor .... old white bedsheets for a large skirtwith apron... I even made a life-jacket (I got a picture of an old one on the web).. but it was a bit bulky... and I wrote the Titanic on it ... with weeds in my hair... it was fun!!

My DD dressed up as Wilma from the Flinstones... found a white satin dressing gown and we added a bit of animal fur to dress it up at the collar and at the bottom (all with a glue gun) and small with styro balls made into a necklace.My DS did not dress up last year and my DH NEVER does... but maybe if I have a Boobash this year he'll have to join the fun!!!

Over the years we have had:
- a soldier ( I made a small vest with army kaki material, the hat was a construction hat .. we cut of the front part so it was just round and put some army material over it),
- a spaceman (I spraypainted rubber boots in silver, with a yellow sweatsuit and a bit of silver material for a belt and a hat and cuff coverings),
- a princess (an old Christmas dress my mother had for ages),
- a Raggedy Ann (old red sweat pants with yellow bands of material to look striped, I made a blue apron and I found a striped shirt at the thrift store, and I made the wig from orange wool).
- a tiger (when they were small... just a fur bib with an easy hat to make out of fur and easy fur mitts)
- a pumpkin (bib, hat and mittens)
- a jester (bib, hat and mittens)
- a gypsy- spaghetti bowl over the head (I glued brown pom-poms on my pants & shirt with pieces of a rag mop around to make it look like spaghetti & meatballs and a bit of red for the sauce and a pasta bowl on my head with rag mop glued into it).
- a scarecrow
- a witch ( I glued bugs on my black dress and put a black bird on my shoulder)
- a mermaid (made of the silver material left over from the spaceman)
- batman (old material given to me by a friend) and it was really a nice costume.. half black and half purple with a yellow bat on the front, a hat and a cape.
- A dinosaur (leftover purple from the batman)...
- A clown (with orange halloween pumpkins all over the material)
- Scary movie monster (DS wore this for 3 Halloweens... didn't want anything else)
- Freddy . Found a red and black striped shirt at the thrift store, an old hat of Grandpa's, and Freddy fingers at the dollar store.
- Man (for me a woman).. a expensive-looking silver jacket from the thrift store, with an ascot and Granpa's old hat.
- Cleopatra... dress made of old sheets.... with lots of golden jewelry.. and beads..
- Marilyn Monroe (dress from a thrift store & cheap wig)
- Construction worker for DS (my husband is a construction worker)
- Hippie
- scary doctor... thrift store green med outfit, white apron (full of blood), fake seringue in pocket, eyeballs, etc...
-,,,I try to get a different costume every year if possible... but now I tell the kids they have to make their own (my daughter - 17- wore hers for the last two years) and DS - 15- doesn't want to pass halloween anymore.

Pre-Boobash planning - Costumes

Post of May 30th

Here are some costumes ideas I havecostumes for me this year:
hmmmm... maybe half-awake / half-asleep...Half Asleep/Half Awake Cut some "footy pajamas" in half, and sew one side to half a pair of pants and half a shirt. On the asleep side, put your hair in curlers, wear no make-up, keep and wear a slipper. On the awake side, curl your hair, wear make-up, and wear a shoe. Carry a pillow on your asleep side, and a briefcase on your awake side.

I like this one too (but the expression doesn't work in French.. I'll have to keep explaining it all day... but might work for the teens... they go to english school).Raining Cats and Dogs Attach an assortment of small stuffed cats and dogs to an umbrella. Wear a rain coat and rain boots.

Movie "The Birds"... old dress & attach fake birds pecking all over with blood where they peck, cracked glasses, tease hair, add scratches. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/391819/homemade_halloween_costume_idea_tippi.html?cat=24 or like this one http://www.orientaltrading.com/application?origin=page.jsp&namespace=browse&event=link.itemDetails&categoryId=377320&BP=8112&sku=HAF077&cm_mmc=BDC-_-Halloween-_-Adult%20Humorous-_-When%20Birds%20Attack%20Adult%20Women

HousewifeHair in rollers, facial mask, pajamas, wool socks, slippers, bathrobe. Add accessories: TV guide & remote control in pocket, pillow, etc....

Hannibal LecterOrange sweatsuit (to look like a prisoner) and attach black tape around knees & elbows for the look of the costume, fake chains... here's a picture of what I mean.. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000JL12Z2/ref=nosim/?tag=dealtime-app-20&creative=380333&creativeASIN=B000JL12Z2&linkCode=asnGhoul black dress (prom or wedding)http://www.halloweenfantasy.com/product.php?productid=144560

Pre- Boobash planning

Before I had a blog I wrote all my planning for the boobash on MHH forum... I will put a copy here...
Post of may 28th...
Ok, I made up a list as if I will have a Halloween boo bash. Here's what I got for now:

Outdoors decorations(not too many of these because we usually have rain, snow and wind a few days before and everything is blown away)
- Exterior lanterns in the steps (I have wide steps)
- Cobwebs everywhere with spiders.
- Ghosts in a circle- Sign "Morgue"

Indoor decorations - Kitchen (tattered curtains, specimen jars, bugs, spiders, rats, mad scientist theme, bones, test tubes, cobwebs)
- Kitchenette (witch kitchen theme - cauldren, jars of weird mixes and herbs, spell book, cobwebs, spiders)
- Bathroom (Gory shower-curtains & horror towels, blood-dripping candles, cobwebs, spiders)
- Living room (helium-ballon ghosts, tilt pictures on the walls, cobwebs, bats hanging from ceiling fan, tattered curtains, dustsheets on furniture, dead-witch under sofa, colored light bulb, coffing bowl on table for chips & dips)
- Downstairs (colored light bulb, dustsheets, bats, cobwebs, sign "trespassers Beware!!", garlic"tresse")
- Bedroom "no trespassing under penalty of horrible painful death" sign on door.

Need to figure out Date (probably the 25th of October), How many people (hockey friends about - about 25), for supper or just for the evening.

Food:- cocktail sausages: fingers in blood-red sauce
- Eyeballs (mushroom heads, filled with cream cheese and an olive)
- Dead-men fingers (pizza)
- Chips & dip for coffin bowl (guacomole & salsa)
- Head on a platter tray with colored vegetables all around...- Spider punch (punch with spiders made of marshmellows and licorice)
- Horrible lemonade (served in a weird container, add a bit of green coloring with gummy worms)
- Meathead- Desert: witch finger cookies
- Bloody popcorn (add red food coloring to melted butter)Party invitations- fingers in a box- rats in a box (really nice small ones at the dollar store)
Spooky music
Games
- Mummy race
- Eyeball relay
- Pass the apple
- Musical tombstones
- Scary stories (maybe)
- House of horrors
- touchy felly gross stuff (maybe)Costumes to come...

Beginnings...

... this is my 1st try, so let's see how things go!