Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween on Beale 2012

Happy Halloween 2012!!

We always have a blast dressing up for Halloween and tend to get pretty creative with our costumes. But for the past 2 years, we didn't celebrate with costumes and parties so we were really anticipating this Halloween.
After I came home from a hair appointment with blunt bangs, Sean said I looked like a little doll. The ideas snowballed from there and we eventually landed on being a ventriloquist and a ventriloquist's doll.
We rounded up our group of friends for a Saturday night Halloween bash on Beale.

I turned a polka-dot silky tube top into a skirt by just tying it around my waist. I made the bow-ties from glittery fabric. I pulled everything else from my closet except the shoes, that I found last minute on clearance for $10!

I created the doll-face with the help of youtube videos, facial contouring, chin-lines for the "dummy" mouth and over-the-top lashes. 

 Logan and Sara were adorable burglars, Devin was Popeye, and Tommy and his plus-one for the night, "Julianne", were caught in bed...hilarious.
 "Oops! Was it something I said?"

We met up with Taylor across the bridge, who set us up with rooftop access downtown to pre-game before going to Beale.

The view was awesome. The weather was cold. 
Thank goodness we could enjoy it from the warmth of the party room inside the glass walls!
We knew Taylor was going as Peter Pan. We knew Erin was going as Tinkerbell.
...But we didn't tell.
Sneaky Sneaky...

I always thought Tinkerbell was a bitch, so I told her to act like it.
Erin manned wo-manned up on  a half marathon in Conway (2 hours away) went to a family event, then drove back here just in time to celebrate Halloween with us. That's a woman right there!
Since she would be gone friday and saturday, I whipped her costume up out of a $3 sequined tank I found, elastic and tulle for the tutu, and slippers.

Sean, Tommy, and "Julianne"


The burglars celebrating.

Playing this character was fun!

I'm not sure if Sean had money in his "ventriloquist's suitcase" from our dummy show or for bartending, but whatever it was...he danced while earning it.


Then he let his suspenders loose to dance with a criminal and Peter Pan.

But had to get back to bartending when the burglar tried to steal the loot.

Tink sprinkled fairy-dust on everyone...

...Even the inanimate lobby statues.

We blared some hyped up...had a drank or two.

Then the creepy mustache man and his creepy doll were ready to hit Beale!

On the way, we stopped by the ATM for cash.

And the burglars busted into Bank of America.

Totally kidding. Obvi.They were just ready to bust some moves.

We hit the Saucer.
(See...I even made her a wand with a sparkly 'E'! It's the little things...)
And 152 for a minute. Nothing blogworthy there, as usual.

Finally at our favorite fun-stop, Alfreds, we were able to get comfy and get rowdy.

Cute Sara

We are so glad to have Tommy back home! He's been in the Navy and gone from home for several looong years.

Tink and Sara

My fave pic of. you. ever.
What can I say, I have a knack for paparazzi photography...

Tinker and Peter
(Taylor made his own costume! So impressed)

I smiled occasionally! But not just wasn't right.


I love you even with a creepy pedofile mustache...That's some love right there.
(It was gone the next day and the stubble was all back...Phew) 
I hope your Halloween is light-hearted, fun and festive! And I hope wherever you are, you are safe from storms and praying for those who aren't.
Everyone be safe!
The Grays 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fireplace Accessories

It's fireplace season! Which begins my constant inner debate... Do I park it in front of the fire on a cold, windy weekend and not move all day? Or do something...anything? Once I sit it lures me in...
We've had a fire 3 weekends already this fall. 
Football nights...potato soup...warm cookies...pumpkin spice cappuccino. MmmMmm.

 We gave our gas fireplace a try for 2 years, but it was lacking in warmth and authenticity. Nothing can mimic the smells, crackles and fireflies put off by an old-fashioned fire. We were able to remove the gas logs and replace them with real wood, but still keep the gas for a convenient, automatic start. Perfect solution!

So with a real fireplace in our future for fall and winter, I put "fireplace tools" on my thrift store shopping list a few months ago. 

And came home with these for $7.

 I also had a plan for this fireplace screen, left to us by the previous owner, that was hunter green and gold.


I adored this black fireplace screen:

Both the tool set and the fireplace screen took just a few coats of high heat black spray paint to update!



I brought in an old galvanized bucket from the garage to keep our logs in. I love that look!  

I'd like to add a small ladder for throw blankets soon to prop beside the fireplace too.

We had a project-free weekend and spent it watching football and crafting our Halloween costumes around the fireplace! I hope yours was warm and cozy too.

~The Grays

Sunday, October 14, 2012


 Sean and I ran in The Color Run 5k in Memphis Saturday morning. It was a care-free, stress-free but NOT mess-free run, and it was a WHOLE lot of fun!!


The atmosphere was funky and cool with people in crazy costumes ready to get covered in color along the way.


We waited in line with Erin and thousands of others for it to be our turn at the starting line. The crowd was so huge, they started runners in groups of 1500 to 2000 in 10-15 minute windows.


And finally we were off!

There were different color stops along the way with volunteers lining each side of the road, ready to throw, dump, or squirt their colored powder on the runners. It looks like we had just passed through orange. 

I though it would be chilly and prepared with long sleeves...but it was a HOT run! Once at the finish, the energy level was so high, the music was awesome, and the people were crazy!
 All done! (Is there something wrong with my pose, Team Yellow Lady?)

 I looked like a ninja turtle.

 We waited with the crowd for the first "color throw"...

Which turned the bright sunny day into a colorful, smoky club!

And made everyone go nuts 'inside', dancing to the music as the powder rained down.

 How cool is that view from outside!?

 Stretch Armstrong caught me a pair of socks!

I can't wait to do it again, maybe with a big group of friends. It would be a perfect run for a family.

Love my partner!

Once we had our fill of the festivities, the Grays headed to the drive-thru...

...In all their fifty shades...

 Happy Sunday!
The Grays