Things that Go BUMP in my Mind

Knitting, stitching, reading, gardening, cooking--I have no time for any of it.

Friday, October 22, 2004


I made Andy the coolest Halloween costume. He wanted to be a robot, so I took a cardboard box, cut a neck hole and arm holes, and painted it silver. Then I stuck on different colored bicycle reflectors in the back (red ones at the bottom corners, white, yellow, and blue down the middle). I painted small wooden spools metalic blue and green and glued them to the front; then I strung perle cotton in different colors between them to look like gears. For the head, I took a smaller box and painted it silver. Then I painted two hemispheres metalic blue and glued them on the sides for ears. For the top, I glued a big bolt onto a washer, bent a sparkly pipe cleaner to look like a lightbulb filament and then glued that into the washer. I made two of those assemblies and stuck them to the top.

I'm telling you, it was cool. Andy loved it. And I loved making it, and I was so pleased with my cleverness. (I was particularly pleased with the spools and thread. I did them in homage to an art piece my mom once did, called "Elevator in the brain hotel/Broken down (but just as well)." That piece involved a small wooden box and various bits of machinery, plus tangles of embroidery string. It's very, very cool.

So, I was very excited to have Andy wear his robot costume to "Boo in the Zoo" tonight. As we were walking to the back of the line to get in, I heard a number of people ooh and aah over it, and I was so pleased with myself.

Well, as they say, pride goes before a fall. We haven't been out of the car five minutes when Owen decides to investigate the colorful little spool thingies. How cool--they pop right off when you whack 'em! So much for the homage to my mom. I took the rest of them off and turned him around so the reflectors were in the front. At least he still had the hat.

We get into the zoo. Of course, it's enormously crowded and the paths are narrow. Someone jostles Andy and his hat fell off. The shock of the impact knocked off both ears and both pipe cleaner assemblies. Thus, in the space of 15 minutes, Andy's way cool robot costume was reduced to two spraypainted boxes and a couple of bike reflectors.

I was, and am, crushed.

I am also undaunted, however. Clearly, my attachment strategy (hot glue) was totally inadequate. Time for another trip to the hardware store. There's still a school party and the actual night of Halloween itself. This Martha Stewart wannabe isn't giving up without a fight.


  • At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In the immortal words of Red Green: Duct Tape! It's the right colour and jousle-proof. It sounds like a way cool costume, too!

    Glenda (aka Wx4caster)


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