Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Scenes

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I've been decorating our place bit by bit for Halloween with the odd decoration I find here and there, crafts I've made myself, and tried and true already owned objects. I've tried to keep the spirit of the holiday alive in our home even though it's not quite as celebrated here in Japan. My mom mailed me some candy corn and little debbie's pumpkin pastries, so I've been savouring my childhood treats I've always associated with Halloween. I was also very excited to find spiderwebs at the local dollar store and was able to keep my tradition of decking out wherever I'm living at the time in cobwebs.

I've really been enjoying the spooky atmosphere in my living room- drinking tea with spiders and skulls staring back at me, and watching halloweeny movies in the flickering candlelight of the antique candelabra. It's been a bit rough since this is my first year ever in my life with no pumpkin patch outing, no pumpkin carving, no one to invite over for a spooky halloween party, and no real plans to speak of or reason to dress up, so I've been trying to make up for it by listening to as much Harry Potter on audiobook as possible while crafting, and watching way more Halloween movies and TV show specials than I thought I could squeeze into a few weeks. It's going to be a sad day indeed when I've finally seen every single episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark. I'm getting dangerously close this season!

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I hardly ever wear this ghost sweater because it's one of my favorites and I'm worried about wearing it out- but every time October rolls around it's the perfect thing. I love the ghost pattern and how video gamey it feels, and especially how the ghosts are spaced out in a more random, unpredictable way that makes the whole sweater feel extra unique. It's nice that it's simple and black and white, and also that it can be worn as a cardigan, or a sweater. For all intents and purposes, I should be wearing it way more with all kinds of different pieces in my wardrobe, but something in me wants to keep it as immaculate as possible.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Halloween Short



It's been quite a while since I've made a video- but luckily my friend Vanessa encouraged me (with some needed strong pushes) to make a submission to her short horror film festival for Halloween. With very limited resources ( whatever I could pull off filming by myself or with help from Ryan in short spurts while he worked late, and whatever objects I already owned ) I made this little thing. Please enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Outing to the Greenhouse Dome

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This past weekend I met up with Ashley of Candykawaiilover in Shinkiba to check out the pumpkin patch event for halloween at their greenhouse domes. They had a bunch of huge yellow and green pumpkins rolled out all over the front lawn of the greenhouses, and kids were rolling them around and climbing all over them. It was pretty cute to watch. We hovered, watching the cute kids for a while and then explored the tropical wonderlands inside. It was so beautiful and alive and green.

There were a few sections inside the greenhouse dedicated to some Halloween photo-ops. One was a dressup station where cute tiny Japanese kids were picking out costumes and accessories to don in front of a pick happy halloween backdrop. We had fun watching the kids and exploring the jungles. Ashley was kind enough to snap some lovely photos for me inside the dome. I wore a black cat pin and a skeleton clip, because festive. Also, first knee socks of the season and I was still way too hot and regretted it.



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And I'll end with some more casual snapshots including the one photo Ashley and I got together with the cute flower Jackolantern, the pumpkin patch turned neatly into an organized pumpkin stepping stone bridge, the stunning exterior of the dome, and some halloweeny details indoors. Thank goodness for meeting friends on the internet! I'm excited to have made a new friend:)

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