Hogswatch 2013/14

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the 2nd reveal for Child’s Play Challenges!

This week, we’ve been challenged to use GLITTER.

Can I just say *UGGGG*?

I loath glitter.  Seriously.  Loath.

Sort of.  

I like how it looks.  I just loath using it.  It. Gets. Everywhere.  (Colleen, I’m glaring at YOU!  Vee, tiny pink beads count as glitter.  Just saying.)  So I had to come up with some way to play along.

Here’s what I came up with:

Glitter Tape

My sainted sister knows how much I hate loose glitter.  So last year (2012), she filled my stocking with 12 rolls of this stuff.  Hallelujah and pass the ammunition, I love that woman!

Here’s my LO using silver tape:

January Child's Play Challege: Glitter

January Child’s Play Challege: Glitter

Those tiny stripes hanging down are slices of glitter tape.  There are also tiny sparkles around the dangles, and some of them are sparkles themselves, plus the metallic ribbon.  So, there’s a lot of sparkle going on here, even if I didn’t go in for the evil loose glitter.

What is Hogswatch?  Well, it’s a holiday on the Disk World, as created by Terry Pratchett.  The book is called The Hogfather.  Totally one of my favourite authors and books.  Fortunately, I have cool friends.  In January 2012 I was complaining to one of the coolest, Coi, and lamenting the fact that yet again I had nothing to do, no one to do it with, on New Years.  So we hatched this plan.  Hogswatch is sort of a mashup of Christmas and New Years here on Earth.  It’s very Christmasy in nature, but it’s set on the 32nd of December (yes, the 32nd!) which is the last day of the year.  So it made for an awesome backdrop for a New Years party.  Coi sent out invites, and suggested that whilst not compulsory, costumes would be highly encouraged.  And to speak up for your preferred part so we could have as many denizens as possible in attendance.  And they rose to the occasion!  Many of them had read the book, or at least seen the movie, so that helped.  But basically, they’re just awesome people who know that the more you put into a party, the more fun you get out!  Way to go folks!  You totally rock!

My character was Susan Sto-Helit, Death’s Granddaughter (by adoption), Duchess of Sto-Helit and Governess.  She’s one of the focal points of the book.  So obviously I had to go all out on her costume.  Fortunately, my sister is a pro.  Seriously, she has University degrees in costume and fashion design, and she used to work in the field.  Waahoo for me!  Unfortunately, she was 8.5 months pregnant AND had a cold, so we had to work quickly, cheaply and do something simple.  She rose to the challenge!  I did the spats myself (except for the top stitching on the frogging), but she totally made the awesome skirt.  It’s actually made from a single skirt with two layers.  She disassembled the skirt, put a new waist band on each layer and  bustled the front of the sheer pleated overskirt.  Then she added glass beads to the front of the bustle to weight it down and help it hang better.  The corset was my Christmas Present.  Yeah, she rocks.  I do have a different blouse, but it was still en-transit, so I had to use a regular blouse this time.  Oh well…. next year!  Have I mentioned how awesome my sister is?

So… now it’s your turn!  Be sure to add your LO using the link on CPC sidebar.  Be sure to let us know how you took the inspiration!


3 thoughts on “Hogswatch 2013/14

  1. scrapvat says:

    OMG that is the coolest layout and an even coolest story. I have some of her books and I am ashamed to say that I have read none. That will be rectified today… Your sister rocks… is she looking to adopt another sister 😀 I love your costume and I think you found a great way to use glitter without getting the stuff everywhere… it freaks me out too….:P Love this layout and the story even more. Hope you all had a total blast.

  2. Suzeyq says:

    Awesome Layout and cool party! That loathing glitter… sounded familiar – lol! Your layout fit the bill!

  3. dleebug says:

    Thanks to you both. I love the clean lines you can get with the glitter tape.

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