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Twice in a Blue Moon Chapter 6, a harry potter fanfic – FanFiction.Net

Twice in a Blue Moon Chapter 6, a harry potter fanfic – FanFiction.Net.

Here it is at last, the latest chapter in my Bill Weasley/Hermione Granger fanfic.  MATURE rating folks.  🙂

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Making a Zaphod Beeblebrox Costume for Halloween

My British husband Rob wanted to be Zaphod Beeblebrox for Halloween.  Zaphod is a character from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series who has two heads and three arms.  There is a great biography of him available at Wikipedia.

The version Rob planned to make was the BBC TV series version, whose two heads were always visible.  I agreed – the 2005 movie version of Zaphod kept his second head hidden most of the time.  BORING.

I thought I’d tell you all about it, since it has been fun creating this character – and because I found no directions anywhere on the web for creating this version of Zaphod.  Let these be the first, then, to enlighten others!

Here is a photo of the original Zaphod Beeblebrox, played by Mark Wing-Davey:

Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox (courtesy of Wikipedia)

A fun-looking guy, eh?  😉

Here’s what to do:

STEP 1: Collect Body Parts and Clothing

Rob scoured the local thrift store for two matching turtlenecks (these are Underarmour-type,  nice and stretchy).  We bought a Styrofoam head at a craft store, and found an extra hand (plastic) in the Halloween section of Target.

Zaphod Costume Step 1: Assemble extra body parts

Rob primed and painted the head to be closer to his own flesh color (since he is not Styrofoam-white).  It is still a little pale, but more life-like.

In later photos, you’ll see that we outlined the eyes with brown eyeliner, added eyebrows and eyelashes, and put just a tinge of pink on the lips, to add some more realism.

STEP 2: Prepare the shirts

Per Rob’s instructions, I cut the seam open at the LEFT shoulder of one of the t-necks, from neck to sleeve.  I cut right along the seam, but left the original stitching intact.    This is the hole through which Rob’s real head will fit.

Then, I cut both sleeves off the second turtleneck.  Rob will wear this shirt underneath the other.  I took one of the sleeves and sewed it to the RIGHT side of the first turtleneck, underneath the armpit.  I didn’t worry terribly about neatness (I did it by hand) because the sewn portion will be hidden.

Zaphod's Three-Sleeved Shirt

Zaphod Costume Step 2: Sew third sleeve onto matching color turtleneck

Third sleeve closeup

Zaphod Costume Step 2: Sew third sleeve onto matching color turtleneck (closeup)

STEP 3: Position the Second Head

Rob had attached the head to piece of thick fabric with screws, of all things (from underneath).  The fabric he used was an old cloth napkin, folded in half.  A thick piece of canvas would work well too, I think.

He put on the sleeveless turtleneck, and stuffed the head through the neckhole of the three-armed turtleneck.  Then he held the head on his right shoulder in the position he wanted, holding the rest of the shirt out of the way, and I carefully safety-pinned the head to the sleeveless shirt.  (By the time we got to this step, we’d lost power in a freak snowstorm, so no sewing machine was available.)

Finding the optimal placement for Zaphod's second head

Zaphod Costume Step 3: Put second head through 3-sleeved turtleneck, and position head. Use safety pins to secure to sleeveless t-neck underneath.

Rob then tested the position.

Test position of head for optimum Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster imbibing

STEP 4: Stuff the third arm

I had a stroke of brilliance for this one.  I rolled three hand towels together lengthwise and shoved them into the other, cut-off sleeve.  That held the towels together and gave the third arm some substance.

Next, we actually STAPLED the plastic hand to the towels inside the sleeve (at the cuff area).  4 staples each in four spots on the wrist.  It seems to be holding very well.  When Rob pulled the inner yellow sleeve down over the wrist, you couldn’t see the staples at all.

After that, we shoved the resulting big, yellow sausage arm-hand into the sleeve I’d sewn onto the turtleneck.  It filled it nicely, and I carefully safety-pinned the wrist of that arm to the chest area of the shirt, so the arm doesn’t just flop.

Rob put on the three-armed shirt (with my help), putting his own head through the shoulder slit I’d cut, and his real arms into the real sleeves.

STEP 5: Add finishing touches – wig, shades, and drinks!

Rob had found two matching “rock star” wigs and had two pairs of shades that matched well enough.  We put those in place.  (The original Zaphod’s second head wears an eyepatch, but Rob decided shades would hide a little more of the fake look.  I like how it came out.)

The drinks are called “Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters“.  In the books, the PGGB is an extremely-potent beverage that Zaphod himself invented.

Zaphod Costume Step 5: Add wigs, shades, and Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters

Looking good there, Zaphod!

Step 6: Add a hideous outer jacket.

Zaphod is many things and has done lots of stuff, but among his many achievements is the fact he’s been voted the “worst dressed sentient life form in the known universe” – seven times.  Check out the thrift store jacket Rob found, which he will be wearing with burgundy-colored trousers.  It is an orange camo hunter’s jacket.  I feel queasy just looking at him!

Zaphod Costume Step 5: Add horrible jacket and become ... Zaphod Beeblebrox, who was 'voted "Worst Dressed Sentient Being in the Known Universe" seven times'.

So!  There you have it – a BBC-style Zaphod Beeblebrox costume.   Because of that aforementioned snowstorm, Trick or Treat was postponed to Sunday, Nov 6, in our town.  Can’t wait to see what reactions Rob gets, and if anyone actually knows who he is.  😉

Cheers!

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981) (A Bo Derek atrocity)

Hubby and I watched this movie last night.  We should have just gone to bed.  It was horrible.  We fast-forwarded most of it to see “the good bits”.  He had the naked Bo Derek to ogle, and I had the almost-naked Miles O’Keeffe as Tarzan to check out.

What a gods-awful movie.  Richard Harris was deranged, Bo Derek was vacant and vapid, and Tarzan was pretty dang sissified, IMHO.

What clinched it for me, however, as a movie to hate forever, is that takes place in Africa, right?  Yet they used ASIAN elephants, not African, AND – Tarzan’s ape friends were two chimpanzees AND an orangutan – WHICH DOESN’T LIVE IN AFRICA!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH.

Ahem.  Stupid movie.  IMDB rating is 3 out of 10.  I wish I’d looked that up first.  At least we saw it for free.  LOL

Tom Felton, as Draco, in the Bathtub

yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/ker72tjj Shared by TomFelton.

Great photo, Tom shared this with fans through Twitter!

The Change Up – Official Redband Trailer [HD]

The Change Up – Official Redband Trailer [HD].

This is the R-rated trailer, just to warn you.

I really can’t wait to see this movie.  I LOVE Ryan Reynolds (no, really, Jen?), and Jason Bateman is another hottie in my book.  Both super-funny.

It seems to me they worked really well together in this flick!

MTV After Hours With Josh Horowitz = ‘The Yes/No Show’ With Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively

OH MY, yes.  Definitely, YES.  It’s Ryan Reynolds, in a close-fitting black shirt (sweater?) and a sexy smile with a small little dimple and that wit of his and his HANDS oh glomp glomp glomp…. I kept picturing my lovely, sexy Bill Weasley and just wanted to … to …

ahem.

This clip is fun.  But it’s Ryan Reynolds.  I’m biased.  So biased, you could cut a skirt out of me and I’d drape marvelously on your figure.

Check it out here.

More Photos of Ryan Reynolds Cover Stars: Details.com

More Photos of Ryan Reynolds Cover Stars: Details.com.

I bought this magazine today, PURELY for Ryan.  The interview is great; he is SO dang funny.  Guh.  Sexy, smart and funny.

Please, give me a few minutes.

Link to the June/July 2011 issue of Details magazine interview with Ryan Reynolds:

http://www.details.com/celebrities-entertainment/cover-stars/201106/ryan-reynolds-actor-green-lantern