caterpillar in a hurry
Yes, I'm sure if you read my last blog (and cared) you'd think I was creating a nightmare for my daughter's Halloween, and I have to say, I wasn't too sure myself. However, I think the costumes turned out okay for a bunch of wire, sheer fabric, spray paint, hinges and headbands:
I've always taken Halloween very seriously (as documented) but sometimes if something doesn't exist, you just want to make it. I wanted to be a Carolina blue butterfly, and the closest match was this morpho Helena:
...and I tried to turn Tessa into the Luna Moth that some of you commenters identified on my farmhouse door back in June, for which I thank you very much:
And after Adventures in Glue-gunning, I finished the get-ups with five minutes to spare – then we immediately hit the "walk streets" in Venice:
with our friend Monica
Advice to those making butterfly costumes at home (which, by my estimation, is about 2,347,558 of you): Lucy's monarch had two separate wings on hinges, meaning they flapped when she walked, and she could pull them in when it was crowded. Tessa and I lacked the hinge option, and therefore created a swath of destruction everywhere we went.
Did you know the difference between moths and butterflies? Moths rest with their wings spread out (like on a screen door) and butterflies fold theirs in. Also, moths have fuzzy antennae, and butterflies have long antennae with a little bulb at the end.
Posted by Ian Williams at November 2, 2008 11:13 PM
Okay, so we're a little nervous about the election. Gotta do something with that energy, right?
Lucy was super-adorable! Very excellent job on the costumes!
In re: moths vs. butterflies. Wooly caterpillars is all moths, mostly. The famed wooly-bear is a tiger-moth larva. And moths get a bad rap...the whole night-flying thing. Kids don't want to dress up as cute moths. Maybe we need a Moth-Appreciation Week.
Afraid to be hopeful on the election, but it looks like the good guys might win, for a change.
More worried about Prop 8, but I don't live California, so not much I can do. We've got stem-cells and medical marijuana on the ballot here in Michigan, and both polling well, so maybe good news there too.
What a beautiful family! My daughter and her bug friend were very impressed with the costumes. Esp. the Luna Moth.
Jif is in VA? Somehow I can't imagine Jif in the US. . . in France, in Germany, in Afghanistan . . . YES, but not in VA. Too ordinary! Next she will be commenting from a cubicle! BTW, I am still hoping to hear the birth story. . . or get another gander at the twins. Names?
I am so excited about the election that I can't sleep at night. I wore my YES WE CAN shirt all over my little town today, to try to assess the politic sentiment. I got a few smiles and a dirty look from a guy in a truck with a McCain Country First bumper sticker. This is the most exciting election that I can remember. . . .
Can I tell you why I am so happy? Because in all of my years as a Registered Democrat, Barack Obama is the first Democratic candidate that I truly, genuinely LIKE. I like him in the sense that I admire him, his values, his sensibility . . . I am PROUD of him. He cares. He inspires me!
To think that we are about to elect the first African-American President (one named Barack Hussein Obama, no less!) makes me think that the lowest common denominator is not so low after all. And I was a damn pessimistic snob to think otherwise.
Let's hope he wins. The past few years and this economic implosion have left me so demoralized . . .