Author: Ginger Kate

I'm an American Ginger dancing through life creating art! I'm an Actor, Photographer, Painter and Writer who dabbles in Music. I'm a total fan girl, old soul, history and Latin geek with an addiction to Rock and Roll and Fashion.

Comic Karaoke

Last night, my little sister, Sarah and I kicked off her birthday week with a night of karaoke and vodka! Since we are in a SDCC frame of mind, she and I decided to take on the town in coordinating comic book inspired ensembles.

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A bit less obvious than Sarah’s Batman dress layered with a red peplum pencil skirt, I built my bright blue and yellow outfit around one special accessory: my Batman/Superman headband.

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It was another fantastically fun night and I’m looking forward to what today has in store for us. (It was also the season premiere of Face Off on SyFy and I’m eager to watch that!)

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

DIY :: Weeping Angel Barbies

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Recently, Nerdist shared a DIY craft tutorial from Off Beat Home on how to turn Barbie Dolls into Weeping Angels from (one of my favorite shows ever) Doctor Who! Having both come across the tutorial separately, my sister and I decided to take on the task together and had a lot of fun doing it!

While working through this project, Sarah and I discovered that Off Beat Home’s post and instructions left some of our questions unanswered. We also encountered some issues along the way which we were able to solve with a little creativity. I wanted to share our experience so others might avoid making some time consuming mistakes.

What You’ll Need

  • Barbie Dolls (or rather, knock-off dollar store fashion dolls – you don’t want to waste money on a new barbie or mess up an old one… she’s an American icon!)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun (and glue sticks. you will use a lot)
  • Spray Bottle full of Elmer’s (school) Glue and Water mixture (use a 50/50 ratio)
  • A ruler or measuring tape.
  • A base (for the stand)
  • Dowels (for the stand)
  • Fabric (suggested color: Gray.Also, choose a fabric that is lightweight and “flow-y”)
  • String/Yarn (suggested color: Gray.)
  • Feathers (you can buy a bag of feathers or rip them off of a feather boa like we did)
  • Primer Spray Paint (Gray)
  • Stone Spray Paint (Gray)
  • Thin Cardboard for Wings (or thick card stock)
  • Small Rubber bands
  • Cotton Balls

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Phase One :: Prep Materials

Prep Dolls :: Fix her hair by putting her hair in a low pony tail. Then, twist hair into a bun. I chose to have my angels with big beauty queen buns on the tops of their head but you may decide to cut the dolls hair shorter and form the bun lower on the head, closer to the neck. It’s your preference. It is also helpful to spray the crap out of her do with extra hold hairspray. Tie string around head.

Then, cut off your doll’s arms at the elbow. The dollar store fashion dolls that my sister and I purchased have hollow arms. This made it very easy to cut off the arms. If you use a legit Barbie Doll (which, again, I strongly advise against) you will have a significantly more difficult time cutting the arms and may require a more advanced cutting tool than ordinary scissors since an authentic Barbie’s arms are quite solid.

Prep Wings :: Using a thin (yet sturdy) cardboard, I drew out one wing. From wide top to pointy bottom, each wing was about 9 inches. (Best described as an elongated Yin-Yang shape). After cutting out wing #1, I used it to trace the amount of wings my dolls would require. (3 dolls = 6 wings.) Make sure to leave a section of board on each wing to attach them to the doll’s back (Note the shape of my wings in the above photo.)

Attach feathers to the wings using hot glue. (Pay attention to your edges!) Don’t even begin to stress about perfection when attaching the wings, once you spray them they will look very different. Just covered the cardboard enough.

Cut Strips of Fabric :: Cut fabric into rectangular strips about 18 inches long and 5 inches wide (I only cut mine 4 inches wide and wished I had given myself a bit more in width). I used a green fabric from an old long sleeve tshirt. This fabric ultimately proved to be almost a bit too heavy once covered in glue and paint. I suggest using a thin, lightweight fabric that will crinkle/flow nicely. I also suggest a gray or other light color fabric.

Assemble Stand :: I cheaped-out in this department and am still regretting it. I built a base out of layers of cardboard and then stuck a dowel in each. I would recommend purchasing a small circular piece of wood (typically found in the wood painting aisle of craft stores – usually among giant wooden letters and such.) Your biggest challenge when using a solid wood base is being able to drill a hole into it to insert the dowel (wooden rod). It is easier in the long run to put the time and energy into building a sturdy, heavy base for these dolls. My cardboard creation ended up absorbing all the paint, making it mushy and thusly flimsy and prone to tipping. (I will be improving upon my bases before displaying…)

I purchased one long wooden dowel and cut it into 9 inch pieces using a wire cutter. (You could also use heavy duty scissors)

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Phase Two :: Assembly

Glue Arms in Weeping Angel Positions :: My sister ended up mastering this step in the process. Using a small amount of cotton (cotton balls) she filled in the inevitable gaps in the elbow of each doll. By really manipulating the hot glue and cotton, she was able to secure the arms in position. We did a variety of positions including fully hiding their face, beginning to let their arms down and arms reaching out (which you don’t even have to cut-off and reattach arms if you’re making one in this position).

I wish I was better able to describe to you the arm-glueing process or even provide pictures of the process but when working, I simply forgot to document this step properly. I will say not to stress about perfection here either. Hot glue is easily detached if you need to try again and remember that you will be blasting these gals with rocky spray paint; any imperfections and lumps will blend in the end. Just have fun playing Doctor Frankenstein.

Glue Dolls to Stands :: Before dressing your ladies, glue her to her stand. Glue the feet to the base (I left my dolls’ shoes on but that really doesn’t matter. Use as much hot glue as you need her, it will be covered they fabric and paint anyway. I also used hot glue to attach the wooden dowel to each doll’s bum (right in the crack).

When gluing your dolls to their base, keep in mind the shape you’d like them to be in. I knew I wanted my three dolls to be in a series of motion so I glued the 1st Angels legs completely together and straight. The 2nd Angels (who is beginning to take her hands away from her face) is stepping forward with one leg and my 2rd and final Angel (whose arms are stretched out to claim her victim) is stepping forward with the opposite leg.

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Dress Dolls :: Fold your 18in strips of fabric in half and cut a small, half-moon shape in the fabric. Now, Slip each dolls head through the hole. The Strip of fabric is now draped down the front and back of each doll.

Next, use yarn/strong to tie fabric to doll. I chose to: tie around the wait, tieing in the back. Then, bring string up over each of the dolls shoulders. Cris-cross across the doll’s chest and then go around the waist again to tie off on the side. – You can tie your string however you like to/need to. I used bright red yarn and this became difficult to cover with paint later; I suggest gray or another light color yarn. I also suggest yarn over other types of string because it real provided the shape and texture I wanted.

Spray Dolls with Glue & Water Mixture :: This part is vital! Do not skip over this step! Spray your whole doll down with your glue and water mixture. Do multiple coats of this. During this step, you can mold the dress the way you’d like it (I wanted to make sure the motion in the angels legs was seen so I made sure to spray the fabric down to each leg.) Spray the string down into the position you’d like. Spray the hair and string in the hair. Spray the crap out of everything with this glue-water. The solution also creates a first layer barrier for paint to be applied. It stiffens the fabric and hair.

DO NOT ATTACH WINGS YET.

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Phase Three :: Spray Painting

Primer :: Spray your dolls with primer spray paint. I initially purchased a white primer, this was silly; use gray primer… (duh).

Attach Wings :: After the first coat of primer dries, use hot glue to attach the wings to each angel.

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More Primer :: (It is at this point in the process that it became clear to me that my shoddy cardboard base was not going to cut it. The dolls are now becoming quite heavy and a flimsy base won’t hold them up.) Give your dolls (now with wings attached) another coat of primer. Make sure to spray them down from all angles so as not to leave any places unsprayed. (Pay attention to nooks, crannies and creases.)

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Get Stoned :: Finally, after allowing the dolls to dry completely. Spray them with your gray stone spray paint. Let dry completely.

Wrap-Up

The most time consuming steps in the entire process were cutting out the shapes for the wings and attaching the feathers. Drying was also a bit of a problem since we were working in our back yard in south florida and humidity is not a friend of the paint drying process. If possible, bring the dolls inside to dry between each coat. (Cool, dry air is definitely necessary).

Once finished, you can go back with a fine tip sharpie and accentuate the facial expressions. I chose to skip this step. If you want to go the extra mile, before spraying your dolls at all, use molding clay to shape out a scary mouth and maybe even eyebrows and glue them to your doll’s face.

I’m actually kind of happy that my Angels retained their “Barbie look” with their big hair and hidden smiles. It looks more like “Weeping Angel Barbie” rather than mini Weeping Angels and I like that. You may chose to make yours more sinister.

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I’m happy to answer any questions you may have and would be excited to see your Weeping Angel dolls!

Thanks for reading! Love, GK.

Here’s a peek at how I displayed my Weeping Angels on top of one of my bookshelves. Eventually I’ll find a better spot for these beauties.

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July 2014 :: Ipsy Glam Bag :: Sensationally Sunkissed

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There won’t be a lot of break-down for each product this month. Mostly because I’m just not that thrilled with this month’s glam bag from Ipsy. Maybe Ipsy has just lost it’s appeal for me or something but I find myself underwhelmed in recent months. I’ve been redeeming a lot of my Ipsy points for extra products and I’ve found that Ipsy has been better about offer more products more frequently for redeeming. (Which is nice because it’s been a complaint of mine for several months.) Without any further ado, here is what I received in my July Glam Bag:

  • BareMinerals – 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Barely Nude - It’s a neutral cream eyesahdow. BareMinerals is one of my favorite brands and I’ll definitely put this to use. But still: *snore*
  • Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm in Pretty Pink - I’m really digging this lip balm. My only complaint is that it’s a mini version and, in the past, Ipsy has featured full size Pixi products (including lipsticks)
  • Pur-lisse Pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf 30 – Another f*cking moisturizer/sunscreen. Yay.
  • Marrakesh Hair Care Marrakesh Endz – Is there really such a thing as a split end fixer?
  • Models Own Nail Polish in Red Sea - I paired this transparent red with glitter polish over Essie’s Serial Shopper (a coral shade) and I like the bright results. My over all opinion, though, is that this product (and maybe even this brand) is a bit cheap and cheesy. 11 year old me would’ve had no problem at all with it.

There it is. Thanks for reading! If you’re interested in becoming a Ipsy Subscriber, please CLICK HERE to sign up. Once a member, you’ll receive your own personalized link to share with others (and be able to collect those Ipsy Points redeemable for goodies!)

Love, GK

Gold Bubble Sherlock Holmes Collection

Last week, I learned about Gold Bubble Clothing’s Sherlock Holmes Collection and promptly squee’d. I love several different pieces from the collection but there was only one item I knew I just couldn’t live without. I ordered the Bored A-Line Dress (despite the inordinate price) and simply can not wait until it arrives. There’s a note on the site, when ordering, that states you can contact them to request that they try and get your order to you in time for SDCC, otherwise, Gold Bubble will begin shipping orders from this collection in August.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

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Surfs Up! :: Influenster VoxBox

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Recently, I signed up with the Influenster community and was selected to receive June’s VoxBox, Surfs Up. In case you don’t already know, Influenster is an online community where members share their thoughts and reviews on beauty and lifestyle products. Members are selected to receive VoxBoxes full of free sample products to try out. Being a Florida girl, I guess Influenster thought June’s Surfs Up VoxBox would be a good fit for me since it’s all about having fun in the sun while remaining healthy and beautiful.

I initially filmed an unboxing video (which I will share below) but now that I’ve had the chance to give all these products a proper try I’d like to report my findings. So here goes:

  • Jamba Juice Smoothie Kit – I received a coupon for a FREE Jamba Juice Smoothie Kit as well as a second coupon for $1 off of another kit. I looked for these at my local Publix but didn’t see them so I haven’t been able to try these kits out. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for them.
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion – I’ve been using this lotion after days having fun in the sun since receiving this sample bottle and I really do quite like it. This lotion smells like coconut and papaya which is really nice. It applies and hydrates nicely without feeling heavy or greasy. I’ll most likely continuing purchasing this one in the future in replace of my usual after sun aloe gel-lotion. This one combines “ribbons” of gel and lotion; the perfect combination.
  • First Aid Shot Therapy – This liquid pain reliever was very useful and effective at fighting a serious bout of cramps this month. Quick and easy, it did the trick. I doubt I’ll go out of my way to find a purchase these again though.
  • SinfulColors Professional Nail Polish – I received #10 Aqua. I’ve purchased SinfulColors many times in the past from my local Walgreens so it’s safe to say that I’m a fan of this brand. They apply and cover well but aren’t extremely resilient to chipping. Great for vastly expanding your nail color arsenal at only $1.99 a bottle but as a bartender working with my hands, I try to go for higher-end polishes that have passed my harsh professional conditions tests.
  • Covergirl Bombshell Curvaceous by Lashblast Mascara – I’m not a fan of Covergirl mascaras. In fact, I’m not a fan of Covergirl at all. I find their products to be the lowest of quality and this mascara was no different. I’m not particularly picky about mascaras and try a lot of different brands with various styles of wands and I haven’t been this disappointed/unimpressed with a mascara in a long while. This mascara has dual wands, one for curling and the second for intensifying. The first brush is curved and promises to add thickness and volume but I noticed neither. The second side has a straight brush that is expected to “seal” the look like a topcoat for lashes. This is just stupid. Both wands are so short that it makes application quite awkward and I doubt the formula for side one and two is different. If they are two different formulas, my apologies for my ignorance but this crap still does’t work well. My lashes looked like I barely applied any mascara at all unless I applied coat after coat after coat and it ran from basic daily functioning giving me black raccoon eyes (and not the glamorous sexy kind). Skip this mascara.

Thanks for reading! I’m excited to find out what Influenster has in store for me in the future! Below I’m sharing my unboxing video. This is my very first video!!! I cringe while watching it and have a list a mile long of mental notes for future videos but I’d still like to share it with you anyway. (Be gentle in your judging of my videography, please!)

Thanks again! Love, GK