Monday, April 25, 2016

The Alfred Hitchcock Shower Hour

Just taking a shower,  singing my favorite song.  Hmmm... I don't recall the beat being "weeemp, weeemp, weeemp....."

Good evening.
This year is mine and Hubs second wedding anny.  I like to try to come up with gifts to give or make for him that correlate with the 'Anniversary Gifts by the Year' deal... 1st is paper,  and second is cotton.

For this year I came up with these Alfred Hitchcock film posters fabric embellished wash clothes!
Wash clothes for an anniversary present?  I know, it is a bit of an odd gift.

I found the material in town at a local fabric shop that always has super cool prints.  
Here is an image of the other film panels on the fabric.  It is made by Robert Kaufman.

I could see a whole bathroom decorated in an Alfred Hitchcock theme, particularly Psycho. A bath towel ensemble with fake blood splatter, little bars of hotel soaps on the counter, framed photographs of men dressed in old lady clothes...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Use The Force Harry! Time Capsule Birthday Party

Diary of a Wimpy Kid members look on as cows are abducted by aliens.  
A Big Foot creature sports a pirate patch, the one ring, and a Gryffindor scarf .

For PB's birthday party this year he decided to go a bit "low key". This being his first year in middle school it was inevitable that this was coming.  The era of elaborate themed parties with bunches of kids running around in super capes or wizards ropes has come to an end.  It is a bitter sweet thing for me.  A highlight of my life for the past several years has been planning and making everything for PB's birthday parties but it is a ton of work.  I am actually looking forward to "low key''.  But this doesn't mean a plain old boring cake and balloons.  No, no, that will never do.  This year the low key meant it was a party for just the three of us but there certainly was still going to be a theme! I saw this birthday as an end to an era (last year before becoming a teenager) and thought a Time Capsule theme would be perfect!

Another Big Foot creature models a Lord of the Rings cloak and X-ray vision glasses.  Cheering the party on in the windows are Orcs along with little western cowboys and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

We went through all of the items we had saved from past parties to use as decorations.
Here is a break down of each party theme PB has had:
1. Western Cowboy
2.  Hot Rod
3. Thomas the Train
4.  Pirates
5. Army
6.  Star Wars
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
8.  Harry Potter
9. Lord of The Rings
10.  Vintage Comic books
11. In Search of...

I have not written a post about all of his parties.  I may one day.  That Star Wars party was epic.

A vintage comic book cover birthday banner hangs over a portrait of Dumbledore and the Sorting Hat.  C3PO shows his pirate side while several plastic army tanks battle it out with plastic cowboys.  

We had at least a couple of items to represent every year.

Several banners and decor hang representing Star Wars, In Search Of..., Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and vintage comic books.  UFO ships swarm the area as paratroopers access the scene. 

Generally for his parties the whole house and yard are required to carry out the theme and it's trappings.  I low-keyed it this year by only decorating the dining room.

I used a few of the leftover 'go home goodies' bags to put his gifts in.

 I made some of the snacks that were his favorites from several different parties.  Harry Potter-Sorting Hats (Bugles), Lord of the Rings-Poh Tay Toes (tater tots), In Search of...-Saturn Rings (Funyuns), Lord of The Rings-Gollum's Goodies (Swedish Fish).

In Search Of...-Spaghetti Monsters (hot dogs with noodles through them), Star Wars-Chewbacca Hairballs (chocolate chow mien noodle treats), In Search Of...-Big Foot Toes (Nutter Butter cookies with chocolate icing decoration).

The Cake
I spent a fair amount of time planning and making the cake.  I wanted it to have representations of all of PB's past party themes but not look random.  I decided to make it kinda tell a story.
The main part of the cake is the ATAT that was his cake stand for his Star Wars birthday party.  My stepdad built the structure and base and my mom made the original cake.  It was phenomenal. 

The front of the cake has a Harry Potter scar and a Pirate eye patch. Commanding the super cape wearing ATAT are a pair of green aliens.

The army men are wearing aluminum foil helmets to protect their thoughts from aliens while the Batmobile is available for a quick get away.  Just trace the steps on the Marauder's Map.

Hot Rods have been hastily abandoned on train tracks or flipped in all the commotion.  The ATAT has claimed a victim.

PB used "Sting", his Lord of the Rings sword to put an end to all the destruction..also known as cutting the cake.

Here is an extensive list of links to Past PB Parties:

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sack of Monkeys in my Pocket!

Our local PBS station has recently incorporated the national recognized "PBS Nerd" programming into it's line up!  One of the programs they are going to be showing every Saturday night is reruns of old MST3K!  
To kick everything off they hosted a free screening of Pod People at their studios.

Another local Mstie nerd loaned their handmade bots for photo opportunities for the occasion!

Of course I had to get some photos of myself with the bots.  Our camera is starting to really crap out on us so these aren't the best photos, sadly. To make them look better I put them in Polaroid camera framage, because that always looks awesome!

Here are The Mads invention exchange seen on the Big Screen!
Public Domain Karaoke Machine!
Hits like...
 Battle Hymn of the Republic
Ba Ba Black Sheep
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

We brought PB with us to the screening and he LOVED it!  We hadn't really started introducing him to much MST3K just yet.  But we have been training him for it for years.  We have him watch certain old shows/movies/old commercials that we like and that just so happen to be always referenced on the MSTed good parents should.  Soon the pieces will all be put together and we will have created a mini MSTiE!!!! 

Yes, the boy has been walking around all week since saying:
"It Stinks!"

A very proud moment in a parent's life.

And for another Movie Sign moment see here...(I met The Mads!!!!!)

Monday, April 04, 2016

Captain D's Birthday Club

For hubby's birthday this year, we threw him a surprise Captain D's party!
Odd yes.  A few months back he was mentioning how upset he was when he turned 12 and could no longer be in the Official Captain D's Birthday Club.  He really seemed traumatized over it.  We decided that Hubs was going to get to be back in the least for his birthday. 

His favorite part has getting the Exciting Adventures comic book when he was a kid. I happened to find online a couple of the comics from the time he would have just been getting kicked out of the club to give to him as a gift. I can remember these comic books from when I was a kid also.  I think this cover (seen above) is pretty funny with the pirate Diabolito "Ha Ha" laughing and his smug boobalious chic at his side.  

I haven't been in a Captain D's for 20+ years so PB and I went undercover and scoped the inside of the place out.  Wood planking, ships, stench of fish. I decided to only recreate a couple of these characteristics for the party decor.  I started by painting a faux wood plank wall to look like the inside of the restaurant.  I made it out of brown craft wrapping paper from dollar tree that I glued down to a huge wall sized piece of foam core.   I then painted faux picture frames with ships inside them.  Not going to light any fish scented candles though.

I found a few images online of vintage Captain D's logos/ items/comics which I printed out and hung everywhere.  We also decorated everything in the official Captain D's colors of orange and blue.  We got him a gift card to Captain D's and asked if we could have a few of their paper items such as food boats, liners, and to-go bags which we put to good use. I wrapped his gifts in brown paper and taped Captain D's coupons (practical!) on the outside of them.  

For his "cake" I made everyone a faux meal of fish sticks (sugar wafers with peanut butter on them with crushed corn flakes), french fries (sugar cookie sticks), and corn on the cob (banana twinkies with popcorn jelly bellies and a starburst as butter).

I also found an image of a vintage Captain D's plastic ring (seen on left) which I printed and attached it to a bread tie to make into a ring to be worn as part of the birthday prize for being in the club.

So Hubs would know that he was back in the official club, we scanned and printed out this form which was on the back of  the vintage comic books.  We filled it out and handed it to him just before he entered the room to see everything.  As you can image he was surprised...I feel safe in saying that this could very well be the only time someone has had vintage Captain D's Birthday Club as their party theme!

Past Hubs Party Themes:

Next up!

It has been a little over a month since posting last but I have been quite busy.  Hopping around in my polka dotted apron on one leg and managing to levitate the vacuum cleaner wand is hard work....Wow!  Well, maybe that's not exactly what I have been doing ....but I have been ϟϟϟTCBϟϟϟ on several fronts.  We have celebrated 2 birthdays, our anniversary, I had surgery, I decluttered 80% of the house, along with fitting in a few random fun things and the general daily life stuff that can drag one down.  Still have a lot to do... but I am slowly going to post a few things here and there so I don't dump them all in one set.