Showing posts from October, 2012

Frenchy Rat Ears Halloween Costume

Ahh, Ratatouille!  One of the best movies in the whole world, and who couldn't  love rats after seeing how talented and cute they turn out to be?!  I just made these totally simple rat ears and beret for a Prop. 37 commercial.  Thought they would be a great last minute Halloween costume for any of you out there who might have a penchant for the gutter life.

Quickie Victorian Shirt D.I.Y. and NDAD Book!

This past weekend the lovely Marisa Lynch (from the mind-blowing blog New Dress A Day, check it out!), came out with her first book of the same name.  I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend her L.A. book launch party at Book Soup.  I think I've mentioned this before, we shot a pilot together a couple months back and I think she's one of the most talented crafters ever.  So of course I wanted to show up at the signing in style! But I also wanted to honor the NDAD ethos.  Luckily, I had just the thing...I had bought this beauty at a thrift store a couple months back, and wore it as is, but found it a little constricting around the armpits.  Simple solution, I cut off the arm right under the ruffle, leaving the seams in tact, and voila, a new shirt for the day!

The Blue Berets of Paris

This is a re-post from a couple years back that ties into a post I'm going to post tomorrow...  I added some more blue beret shots of James from the last trip we went on together this time last October.  The kids grow so fast...

For our stay in Paris I thought a fitting project for Olaf and Grippy would be to make each of them a blue beret and take photos of them all over Paris. The beret is such a symbol of frenchiness, I just had to do it!  Associated with European art and romance, they began as the headgear of choice for early 19th Century Basque shepherds. Artists, writers, and bohemians adopted it later in the century as a gesture of rebellion against the status quo.  As Olaf and Grippy are natural born rebels, this was a perfect way for them to show their true colors. Vive la resistance!

O.k.!  My walk down memory lane is over, here are the directions:
¼ yard felt in the color of your choiceScissorsNeedle and Thread2 Round objects for tracing- one bowl for the full size of the…

Quick Fox Costume

A couple of years back I entered a contest to make an inexpensive and easy costume inspired by Wes Anderson's film The Fantastic Mr. Fox (here is the original how-to). It seemed like a great opportunity to win some extra cash, wrap my head around the challenge, and see if my costuming chops were still there. Well, believe it or not,I actually won! It was a $2000.00 cash prize, a coffee table book of the movie (that never came) and the satisfaction of knowing that my foxy costume was chosen. Last week, I was looking for something else fox-related online and came across the final D.I.Y. fox costume video. Check it out- might make a great costume for those last minute folks out there that don't want to spend much money for a costume. Total cost $7.00.

how to make your own FANTASTIC MR. FOX costume from Sarah Ginsburg on Vimeo.

Pumpkin Patch Overall Transformation

This past weekend, we spent an incredible day at Underwood Family Farm, eating corn on the cob, drinking fresh-squeezed lemonade, and getting lost in a corn maze.  We rode an oil barrel cow train and even won a free pumpkin.  At the end of the day we went home with about 50 pumpkins, sunburnt noses, and some great family photos.  After wearing these old overalls and seeing them on scarecrow after scarecrow I thought it was time for a makeover. After all, there's gotta be a way to wear overalls without scaring the birds away, right...

Fall Floral Patterned Shoe Transformation

Autumn in Los Angeles. 80 degrees plus, steaming hot. Leaves cling to green when the only thing we want is change. Bring on some orange, red, and brown! Bring on fall! Not here. Southern California affixes itself stubbornly to summer when all we want is to abandon the whites and navy's of August and kick up the spiced apple cider, hot chocolate, and all the lovely knits that autumn allows. Well, if Mother Nature won't provide, I will. And crave as I do the fall colors, I'm prepared to take summer under the knife and turn it into fall. So, here's a transformation of Spring shoes that only took a few minutes and is simple and easy, and will certainly turn a few heads, even if it won't turn the leaves (alas!)...

Fortune Cookie Costume

A perfect accompaniment for the Chinese To-Go Box Halloween costume.  It's super simple and only requires a few ingredients.

Chinese To Go Box Halloween Costume

When heading out to a Halloween party, it's always fun to go with someone else in tandem costumes.  This is one of a two parter- the accompanying costume is a fortune cookie costume which  I will post tomorrow.  This costume couldn't be easier.  It's simply four pieces of white foam core cut to the exact same dimensions, taped together and held up with 2 inch elastic.

Floating Genie Halloween Costume

Another illusion costume for this Halloween is the magical floating genie.  Light as a whisper, she can breeze through a party suspended in mid-air.  The actual costume is not hard to make with just a few supplies from the craft store, thrift store, or even just around the house.