Dress-up party, you say?


I’ve discovered something about myself, lately. I love doing crafts. Or rather: I would love to love doing crafts.

Let me explain.

See, I have this tendency to get jealous of certain types of people. That type of people that gets up at 5 or 6 am to work out before work, for example. I would love to be one of those people. That would be so cool, to be able to say “Oh, yeah, got up at 5, did 40 laps in the swimming pool, still had some time before work so I went for a short jog. Like, only an hour or so.”

Alas, while I have been able to keep up a three-times-a-week running schedule for the past month or so (and am pretty proud of that monumental achievement), I am not a morning person, let alone a morning athlete.

Or religious people. I get jealous of religious people. You know, the zen type, that has this quiet conviction that they have found their own ‘right path’. The type that puts the whole “love thy neighbor” into practice in this sickeningly good kind of way that it makes you feel bad for even existing. It seems so easy, to just have this book full of rules and you follow it and then you’re happy.

Only, I’m a scientist. (yes, I feel religion and science are largely mutually exclusive. but let’s keep that discussion for another time.)

And then, there’s those crafty people. Whenever I see people doing crafts -and it could be anything really, from making their own Christmas cards to making their own clothes- I can’t help but stare. Because it looks so cool. It looks so cool to be able to do that, to take something and just… make it into something else.

No need to clarify: I suck at it. I mean – I got the techniques: I can sow, I can knit, I can follow complicated origami protocols all you want. But let’s be honest here, that’s not being crafty. That’s not what I’m jealous of. What makes me look at all those crafty projects with sad, longing eyes, is the creativity. They take a flower pot and some paint and they make the perfect addition for their garden. I can copy-paste the process, but I can assure you it won’t look as good in MY garden (although that might be related to the fact I don’t actually have a garden. this, however, is besides the point).

But now, I’ve found something. A crafty thing in which I actually manage to be creative.

Dress-up parties.

Dress-up parties?

Glad you ask!

It started last year with Halloween, when I and some friends went to a Halloween party. It was only the second time I actually celebrated Halloween and deciding on a costume was a downright nightmare, but I finally settled on Pippi Longstocking. For those who missed the post back then, this is how it looked like:

I later heard I won the prize for best costume, but unfortunately never got it since I left early due to public transport dependency… .

Then, for an I-cannot-for-the-life-of-me-remember-which reason, our dearest and nearest friend Kim decided to give a “Pink Party”. While most people went pink wigs, pink dresses, pink nails, and even pink eye lashes (which, especially on the guys, was particularly interesting to view), I thought of P!nk, the singer, and with a fine black marker scribbled fake tattoos all over my body. It looked more or less like such:














On the left the full costume (P!nk wears something vaguely similar in the Family Portrait video) spiced up with a boa, headband and sunglasses for my unforgettable karaoke rendition of Katy Perry‘s “I kissed a girl”, on the right the only picture I have of 2 of my ‘tattoos’, my pink polished fingernails, and the lipstick I won for “Most original interpretation of the theme”. ‘T is my first lipstick, ever, I might add, so it was a very good prize.

The Pink Party was such a success that it was followed last week by a “Disco is not dead” housecooling party (or whatever the antonym for housewarming party is). The idea started with a cut-off pair of jeans, got fueled by a Google Image search and finally fired by the trash talk between all attendees of the party about their planned costumes and acts. So after 10 hours of searching, measuring, and sewing (by hand! I have missed Ts sewing machine terribly…), I arrived 1,5 hours late to the party looking like this:

And although you can see the boys made for some stiff (and colorful) competition, I received another costume prize (a gold wig. first ever, too. how they knew this, I’ll never figure it out).

I really feel like I’m on a roll here, so obviously, you can all guess what is on my mind these days…

… and for that matter, what will I?

7 responses »

  1. First of all….you are HOT HOT HOT!!!! Now that I’ve got that out of my system (ahem) I am the same way. I am creative in the photography aspect of things but that’s about it. I am jealous of the people who can keep a workout schedule, I’ve never been able to. I definitely applaud your 3 times a week running routine. I am jealous of the people who don’t seem to have a care in the world because they put their “Faith in God”. I can’t seem to find the inner strength to do that and claim personal responsibility for all that I do. I can’t sew (very well anyways), or knit or crotchet. Hell, I can’t even iron a shirt without creating more wrinkles. I am definitely a fan of your costume making skills! So glad you are back :)

    • I know, right! Hot as the surface of the sun… hihi. Never thought it would happen, but it wás flattering to see the guys loose their trains of thought when I spilled some cake crumbs on my not-all-that-impressive-but-hurray-for-optical-illusion-making-it-look-bigger bosom. They literally shut up, and like “what was I saying again?”. I am now using the costume to lure T into writing her thesis with me in Sweden. It’s working, too ;).

      (I feel you about the ironing, though. I am now adopting Ts way quite successfully. It’s called ‘not ironing’. It’s the best!)

  2. + 1 what Thypolar said. Also needed to get it out of my system as well. I am jealous of people who have any sorts of conviction. I imagine life choices are easier to make when you are so religious that there is one guiding force for you. And I too am jealous of people who can make things with their own hands. It’s not like I have not tried: growing up we were put through all sorts of school assignments on traditional arts and crafts that are considered to be “women’s virtues”. Let’s just say I turned out to be a slut… (Also, did you know they can fail you in arts and crafts and home ecs?!)

    Now I am jealous of YOU my friend. But I cannot say which one I am more jealous of 1) your dashing hot looks? 2) your hot bods? 3) your mad skillz in making costumers? 4) your creativity? 5) or just the fact you got to go to all these crazy awesome costume parties! I guess I picked the wrong country to go to after college. DANG!

    • Oh please, don’t be jealous of me! I haven’t even hit 30 and I’m recovering from a nervous breakdown – you definitely did better for yourself! And I’ll tell you a secret… the costume is already falling apart… so far for my mad skillz! ;)

      But I’ll let you know when the next party is planned – I have a spare IKEA bed you can crash on ;).

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