Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

DH realized that we have an unintentional theme to our Halloween costumes this year, Australia. I am supposed to be Miss Fisher, an Australian detective from the 1920s, and Blaze is supposed to be Scrooloose from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, an kid from post-apocolyptic Australia.

We went out to Railroad Square to take some pictures and very short movies of Blaze in his costume yesterday afternoon.

 photo DSC_0024.jpg

 photo DSC_0007.jpg

 photo DSC_0038.jpg

 photo DSC_0034.jpg

Last night, we went to Wakulla Springs for The Black Lagoon Ball.

 photo 11986946_909230552446181_7639215190898403088_n.jpg

 photo DSC_0001.jpg

It was a free event and ended up being very overcrowded. There was standing room only for the movie. Blaze and I stood in the back of the room for the movie trailers, a cartoon, and the beginning of the movie. DH was standing back by the door and couldn't hear anything because the live music in the lobby was far too loud and didn't stop during the movie. He finally gave up and sat out in the lobby reading. Blaze and I stayed for the whole movie and our perseverance paid off, first when a nice older couple offered Blaze a seat, and then about halfway through the movie some people left and we were able to get seats together.

In the lobby:

 photo DSC_0004.jpg

 photo DSC_0013.jpg

 photo DSC_0016.jpg

 photo DSC_0012.jpg

 photo DSC_0017.jpg

The unveiling of the creature head made by Jim Henson studios (not the original, which has been lost, but cast from the original):

 photo DSC_0019.jpg

 photo DSC_0021.jpg

 photo DSC_0003.jpg

Friday, October 30, 2015

Homeschool Halloween

Yesterday was the local homeschool group's Halloween party at the park.  Every year it seems to be a little bigger.

 photo DSC_0087.jpg

There were so many wonderful costumes:

 photo DSC_0045.jpg

 photo DSC_0048.jpg

 photo DSC_0072.jpg

 photo DSC_0059.jpg

 photo DSC_0044.jpg

 photo DSC_0077.jpg

 photo DSC_0076 1.jpg

 photo DSC_0074.jpg

Blaze went as the character Scrooloose, one of the children from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

 photo DSC_0066.jpg

There were also three tables full of Halloween snacks and several games for the kids to play.

Blaze volunteered to run a beanbag toss game that was built by the family of one of his friends.

 photo DSC_0031.jpg

 photo DSC_0023.jpg

 photo DSC_0019.jpg

 photo DSC_0020.jpg

The parade of costumes:

Back at home, I made a jailed pirate carved pumpkin:

 photo DSC_0014 1.jpg

 photo DSC_0008.jpg

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Splendid Teapot Racing Florida's First Event

We had a great time at Renninger's Industrial Show over the weekend and the teapot race was a success and very funny to watch.

I really enjoy seeing all the creative ways that people went with the concept of using a remote control chassis and a teapot to build their racers.

Renninger's Antiques and Flea Market were very generous! They had two large tents set up for us and a table. They also donated a trophy for the grand champion.

The grass course was difficult for some of the racers, but really those were the most entertaining to watch.

Another fun, surprise addition to our race was live musical accompaniment. Daniel O'Ryan from the band Clockwork Knotwork played his steampunk electro-bagpipes for us. His large repertoire of songs added a lot to the races. I now think all teapot races need a bagpipe player.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Ramp of Doom

 photo DSC_0010 1.jpg

This is the "Ramp of Doom" as designed by the members of Splendid Teapot Racing New Zealand. It is also the piece of the teapot racing course that I have been most intimidated by. I put off building it as long as I possibly could, in hopes that someone else would take pity on me and build it for me, but race day is quickly approaching. I couldn't procrastinate any longer and it turned out being something I could do. Curves are not easy to create and it's not perfect, but it's a lot better than I imagined it would be a couple weeks ago, when I was suffering from complete lack of confidence.

 photo 11755634_1618622461743791_496919937680937204_n-3.jpg

For the edge of the ramp, I used plastic canvas, held in place with upholstery tacks.

The non-skid surface is sand sprinkled on wet paint and then painted over again.

 photo DSC_0015.jpg

Being able to fit the ramp in the car is important, so I made it in two parts. The wedge-shaped support piece in the middle has two bolts that run through it, holding the two halves together.

 photo DSC_0007.jpg

The kids testing the new ramp and having fun with the teapot racer:

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Asian Festival

Yesterday was the Asian Festival in downtown Tallahassee. It was our first time going and we didn't get a very early start, but there were still plenty of things to see. The festival covered two city blocks and had two stages and several food vendors.

 photo DSC_0007.jpg

 photo DSC_0017.jpg

 photo DSC_0005.jpg

 photo DSC_0002.jpg

 photo DSC_0012.jpg

 photo DSC_0004.jpg

 photo DSC_0008.jpg

 photo DSC_0028.jpg

 photo DSC_0014.jpg

 photo DSC_0047.jpg

 photo DSC_0058.jpg

Crafty Crow