Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

The Flying Clubhouse: Fall Florals and Thrifted Backpack BagThe Flying Clubhouse: Fall Florals and Thrifted Backpack Bag
The Flying Clubhouse: Floppy Wool Hat

Flying Clubhouse: Pumpkin Patch
The Flying Clubhouse: Pumpkin Patch
The Flying Clubhouse: Pumpkin Patch
The Flying Clubhouse: Pumpkin Patch
*Last two photos taken by my husband

Happy Halloween!

We visited a corn maze and pumpkin patch recently. I had never experienced a corn maze, and was eager to try it. It was not a very big maze and pretty easy to get through, but it was a beautiful day and there were morning glory flowers blooming all over the corn stalks, so it was definitely worth the trip. I was glad I wore my black floppy hat to block the sun.

If you have a floppy wool hat that needs to be less floppy, you can stiffen the brim with some starch and an iron. I starched and ironed both sides of the brim of this hat, keeping the setting of my iron at a safe heat for wool. I also put a piece of fabric between the iron and the brim to protect the hat. This is not permanent, and the hat will be floppy again after awhile (compare the first photo with the last) but it's an easy way to get more variety from one hat.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween evening! :-)

dress // tights: asos (old)
hat: target
shoes: sears (old)
bag: thrifted

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Friday, October 24, 2014


The Flying Clubhouse: Will-o'-the-Wisp
The Flying Clubhouse: Ghostly Hands
The Flying Clubhouse: Ghost Girl

The Flying Clubhouse: Halloween Ghost
The Flying Clubhouse: Jack-o'-Lantern
The Flying Clubhouse: Jack-o'-Lantern at Night
The Flying Clubhouse: Will-o'-the-Wisp
I've been playing with longer exposures and black and white conversion this month. These are some of my favorites. This year's grinning jack-o'-lantern was a fun subject.

I have a deep love of Halloween and campy horror imagery, but I'm not too keen on horror movies - even classic ones. I'll take Frankenstein, the Mummy, and the Invisible Man in a title as long as it's proceeded by "Abbott and Costello Meet." My husband loves classic horror films, however, and we did watch Halloween (1978) this year. It was the first time I had seen it, and I actually enjoyed the suspense and premise, but I don't think it's something I'd seek out and watch on my own. Comedies with copious amounts of candy are my Halloween preference, so we had a little pumpkin-carving party with hot chocolate and watched Wreck-It Ralph (2012).

Henry Hall and his Orchestra, with vocals by Val Rosing - Hush, Hush, Hush, Here Comes The Bogey Man

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Peaches in the summertime, apples in the fall...

Autumn outfit: black dress, ditsy print
Outfit: black ditsy print smocked dress with burgundy cardigan
Golden leaf
Outfit: little black dress with cardigan and vintage necklace
Outfit: little black dress with cardigan and beret
Autumn bokeh
Outfit: little black smock dress, burnt-orange bag
...If I can’t have the one I love, I won’t have none at all. (Shady Grove, traditional Appalachian).

I've enjoyed wearing black so much since I returned to my natural hair color - it's a nice contrast. A black dress can bring out the color in accessories too - especially with muted autumnal colors like these.  I've found myself wearing lots of customized colors recently. My tights were once white and my sweater was once brown. Ever since I dyed them they've gotten much more wear. Changing the color is a good solution for clothes you may have lost interest in, or accessories that just don't go with the rest of your wardrobe.

I'm not sure if I love wearing this dress more in warm weather or cold, but it's definitely going to be a year 'round favorite.

beret//boots: thrifted
dress//tights: asos (old)
bag: c/o malia designs
cardigan: second-hand
pendant: vintage

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Clouds of October

cloudy mountain landscape with red leaves
fall landscape with pine trees
yellow wildflowers
falling leaves, stormy weather
falling leaves, stormy weather
traffic lights, autumn leaves, stormy clouds
rain, autumn traffic
With the advent of fierce weather, I'm surprised the colorful leaves haven't been swept entirely from the trees. The autumn colors stand out brilliantly under dark clouds, however.

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - The Seasons, Op. 37b - October: Autumn Song

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Costumes from Halloweens Past

Costumes from Halloweens Past
On the first Halloween after our marriage, we began a tradition of costumes. We choose a theme together, and our costumes are home-made (or home-assembled) and done on a budget. We love making silly poses and mugging for the camera on Halloween, and I enjoy making the costumes for us in the days leading up to it. I'm very excited about our costumes this year, which are about 75% finished, but for now I'd like to share our costumes from Halloweens past.
Homemade Halloween costumes - Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope
Homemade Halloween costumes - Wreck-It Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph and Vanellope

I enjoy movies involving lots of candy even more than horror films around Halloween, but Wreck-It Ralph is one of our favorites any time of year. These costumes were great fun to put together. A few pieces were thrifted, and some we already had - like the orange t-shirt and shorts. I used Rit color-remover and dye to color my formerly navy leggings teal, and I also dyed the green plaid insert on Ralph's costume. We couldn't find inexpensive overalls, so I pinned an overall bib I made from scrap fabric to a pair of my husband's shorts. He really wanted the cookie award to be part of  his costume, so I constructed it from polymer clay, which I also used for my hair candy. The stripes on my legs were white duct tape. My hair was colored dark brown at the time, which worked for the costume, but we used some temporary hair color spray to cover my husband's blonde.

Favorite part: hair candy and Ralph's award
If I did it again: bake more of the hair candy pieces directly on to the bobby pins instead of trying to attach them with beading wire (too clumsy, and snags your hair)!
Homemade Halloween costumes - Kate Walker, Oscar
Homemade Halloween costumes - Syberia
Syberia: Kate Walker and Oscar

I was rather proud of these last-minute Syberia costumes I assembled from things around our house. This was a few days before Halloween, also last year. Nothing was purchased for these costumes. (I already owned a pair of steampunk goggles, haha). These costumes were based on how the characters appear in the 2004 game, Syberia II, which was perfect for wearing outdoors in the brisk weather. 

Favorite part: cutting the fingers off a pair of damaged leather gloves and turning them inside out to get the effect I was looking for. Also, drawing a metallic mustache on my husband's face with silver eye-liner.
If I did it again: I'd love to create accurate versions of these costumes someday, though - paying special attention the automaton costume.
Halloween costumes, 1920s, Lackadaisy
Homemade Halloween costumes
Home-made Halloween costumes
Halloween costumes: Lackadaisy
Lackadaisy: Rocky and Ivy

This was our first Halloween together, and these costumes were somewhat last-minute (we were married earlier that month)! I'm a big fan of Tracy J. Butler's comic, Lackadaisy. Cats, prohibition, St. Louis, pancakes and so much more. That's all I'm going to say about it. It must be read. Our costumes were inspired by human versions of two of our favorite characters. My husband's trousers, suspenders and tie were thrifted, and I purchased some yellow Rit dye to color my dress and fabric for the scarf and hat embellishment. Everything else we found in our own closets.

Favorite part: flirting with the Roaring '20s.
If I did it again: make the little club pins (which the characters in the comic wear) from polymer clay.

Thanks for reading, and if you have any photos of your past Halloween costumes, please feel free to link to them in the comments - I'd love to see them!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vanish in Thin Air

autumn outfit: floppy hat, gray dress, cardigan
wild flowers
Misty autumn
october field
autumn outfit: scarf, skater dress, cardigan, backpack
autumn mist
Pine trees
red and yellow ferns
black boots, fall leaves
Autumn mists, black hat
We've had a series of misty, rainy days, but fall is working its magic with colorful leaves. It was great to spend a Saturday outdoors in mysterious weather. I wore a very comfortable outfit, with fuzzy tights and my favorite shoes. I love plain dresses like this heather gray one. It's perfect for adding any sort of layer.

dress // tights: asos (old)
scarf (modified): sugar magnolia
cardigan // bag: second-hand/thrifted
boots: sears (old)
hat: target

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Autumn with Paint the Gown Red

Hello! Today I'm swapping blogs with Jamie from Paint the Gown Red. She lives in California, while I live in North Carolina, so we thought it would be fun to share our different (and similar) fall experiences. Autumn greetings, Jamie! - Anna
Autumn with Paint the Gown Red
Hello Flying Clubhouse readers! I’m Jamie of lifestyle blog, Paint the Gown Red. Those of you who are longtime fans of Anna may recognize me from a style swap I did with her way back when, on October Rebel. We loved working together so much that we had to do it again. So today we’re swapping blogs to highlight our own interpretations of autumn. Living across the country from one another makes for vastly different climate and scenery. You’ll see! Head to Paint the Gown Red to see Anna’s post and please let us know what you think!

First of all, fall means food. Heavy decadent delicious food. It means other things too, but my strongest representation of autumn comes from the pumpkin, nut, cranberry and cinnamon flavors. I’m an avid baker over on Paint the Gown Red and use the start of the season as an excuse to bust out my stretchy pants and bulk up for the winter. Even though we don’t get winter here in SoCal… and we barely get Fall. The leaves don’t change color and it hasn’t been remotely chilly. So because it doesn’t really look or feel like fall, you have to go out of your way to get the full effect of the season. Pumpkin patches are the place to do that.  Standing in a mini hay maze surrounded by hundreds of pumpkins, well that’s undoubtedly fall. Even if it is 100 degrees out.
Because it’s still so hot, I haven’t dared wear tights, pants or a jacket. But I still find ways to incorporate fall into my outfits. This camera dress is one of my all-time favorites because it mixes a summer style with fall colors. On days when I’m feeling particularly brave, I’ll strap on a short boot, and hope my feet don’t melt off. A dark wide brimmed hat is also great because it’s a fall accessory that will shield your face from the blinding sun. It’s little things like this that get me into the fall feeling, in a place where autumn is so uncharacteristic.
A big thanks to Anna for inviting me onto her blog today and to all of you for being such a great audience! I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about what makes my autumn. Things are a little different in other parts of the country, no? Be sure to check out Anna’s autumn representation over on Paint the Gown Red!

Dress: ModCloth
 Hat: Arden B
Boots: DV

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