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A Three-Martini Renovation Bloodbath

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Our Halloween costumes this year are dedicated to Kristin of 1902 Victorian, who wrote this post after her picture showed up in a Wall Street Journal article about idiotic homeowners who drink and renovate.

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Who says wine and circular saws don’t mix?

 

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Our costumes were a hit, and the cheapest thing we’ve worn in years. No $50 bagged costume from the fly-by-night Halloween store this year. We went DIY all the way. Our friend Kurt supplied the hardhats (mine is spray painted to match my tool belt), the blood was a gift from my Dad last year (he worked at a pumpkin farm!) and the accessories – tools, toolbelts, nails, and paint-covered clothes – are part of our everyday wear. The only thing I had to buy this year was a gorey “hole”, which I wore on my arm with a nail glued into it. You can the arm gore a little better in this photo.

For full effect, here are the best “full-length” shots of each of us:

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Teague doing his best runway pose, complete with pouty face.

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Me and my girls, Katherine (left) and Tracy (right)

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The costuming process took up half our afternoon and all of our kitchen counter. We made a HUGE mess with the fake blood, and will probably be finding evidence of it for months to come. But it was totally, totally worth it ;)

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

Tara had this to say on 10.29.07:

THOSE ARE GREAT COSTUMES!!! Kudos for the cleverness!

becky had this to say on 10.29.07:

Love it! I know what you mean about ease. Last year I went as a new mom, I wore a pair of sweat pants, an old maternity top and covered myself in chocolot and vanilla pudding for the poop and spit-up. Halloween DIY is definatly the way to go :)

jm had this to say on 10.29.07:

OMG. That is HILARIOUS!!!! Can I use one of the photos for the front page of Houseblogs? I’ll link back to this entry.

merideth had this to say on 10.29.07:

AWESOME!!!!!

Aunt Sue had this to say on 10.29.07:

How did you ever get the pups to pose on the pumpkins??????? — and to keep the costumes on?????????
Looked like fun!

Jill - GlossyVeneer had this to say on 10.29.07:

Those are awesome costumes.

I have just found your site recently and it makes me re-think my fears of home improvement projects!

Steffi had this to say on 10.29.07:

Haha, those are just brilliant!! Too awesome. :)

Nate had this to say on 10.29.07:

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! What a great response to that horrible article. I might just have to be a drinking renovator/houseblogger this year too… I do have most of the gear myself. I can keep shotglasses in my toolbelt! I really wasn’t looking forward to it, but Halloween just got more fun!

Patricia W. had this to say on 10.29.07:

A beyond fanatastic idea; executed without the loss of a finger!

I caught your pic on the houseblogs marquis and had to do a double-take, very very funny!

Jay had this to say on 10.29.07:

This is such a spectacular follow-up to the Three Martini Revolution. I think we’ll borrow your costume ideas for a Halloween party next weekend.. Thanks for keeping it tongue-in-cheek! :-)

John had this to say on 10.30.07:

Genius! I love it.

Kristin had this to say on 10.31.07:

Thanks for the homage! You guys are geniuses! I desperately wish I’d thought of that. My neighbors would’ve loved it. :)

ezekiel had this to say on 11.02.07:

Keep those pictures coming of my favorite do it yourselfer!!!

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