Miss Tess

Hearts Galore!
February 18, 2009, 10:15 pm
Filed under: makeup, Pictures by Tess

A few weeks ago one of my favorite blogs, Doe Deere, posted a little contest: Must Be Hearts. I thought I would incorporate that into my weekly self portrait and had just enough time to take my pic and get it entered. Of course I’m terrible with dates and times and goofed up the day of the week and sadly missed the deadline by 24 hours. Much better than the time I missed a plane flight by 24 hours by a long shot!!

Things of course got busy, I got the flu (cough cough) and I didn’t get a chance to edit it until today! So here it is in all it’s heart shaped glory!

52 weeks, week 6.  Hearts

I found this giant rhinestone on the floor at my work and I’m quite taken with it. I am hoping I can find more giant rhinestones so I can accomplish such lofty goals as: gluing them to things, sticking them to my face, making refrigerator magnets (this is a subset of thing 1) and putting them in bowls and gazing upon their plastic shininess. Not a lot of free time these days what with working and commuting and having a dog and being sick, but I’ll take time out of my schedule for rhinestones.

While we are on the topic of hearts, I had a valentine making party a few weeks ago! I only successfully made 1 valentine and it was more of the deranged type than the pretty type. I’ll have to take a pic. It involves a deconstructed Boobah, a plastic baby doll head and lots of glitter. I gave it to my roommate Neil who thought it was absolutely divine. Have I talked about Boobah’s here?? Soon, soon if I haven’t.

Valentine making was so much fun even though it was just 3 of us. Gals at work were jealous (maybe not, let’s pretend) and now I’m going to have weekly craft nights at my place! I’m super excited and hope it turns into a big fun thing! The suggested theme is “Flowers” or bring what you are working on, and the secondary theme is cheap champagne.

Anyway that’s it for now! Time to eat some dinner!

PS I should say yay for M.A.C for making my skin look pretty! Plus, my new turquoise liner is amazing. It doesn’t come off in the shower, or while swimming and it’s an amazing color!


Hello Kitty for M.A.C
February 17, 2009, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Cats, inspiration, makeup, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

Hello Kitty. I have no idea while I love that little cat, she has no background history and doesn’t appear to have a mouth. I think my interest began at a very early age when I would go to the mall Sanrio store and stare at all the pinkness.

The new Hello Kitty for M.A.C cosmetics is a recent obsession of mine. Mostly because I love M.A.C cosmetics, it’s one of the few companies that I have brand loyalty to, and the colors are really great. But a large part of this interest is definitely that cat herself.

And then I saw the commercial they made for the collection and I’m sold hook, line and sinker. I am totally charmed and impressed with the commercial, it had my brain spinning at the design and my heart fluttering at Hello Kitty Mild’s adorable outfit. And if you’ve ever wanted to see Hello Kitty Bondage masks (don’t be shy) here’s your chance!

Brilliant! I want my own pink and black fantasy dungeon! And a shiny carpet that has psychedelic black and white swirls all over it!! And most of all I want the lipstick in Big Bow. Is that so much to ask for?

PS I am thinking about redecorating one of the rooms in my space so this has been a major inspiration and I’ll be posting some of the other fun images and videos that have had my heading reeling soon!

Daily Capybara

I feel like I’m always behind the curve when it comes it hearing about new, cool things.  Like raves, Gunther, the color black, and the joys of creme brullee.  Well not today! My friend told me about this amazing website devoted entirely to capybara’s (the world’s largest rodent) that his friend writes and updates daily.  I feel like I’m an early adopter of something that’s going to be very very cool very soon.
My personal favorite post, called “Free, Free at last” has this picture and caption:


” Here are beautiful capybaras in the wild in Venezuela. Run, capybaras! Don’t let Chavez nationalize your industry!”

Amazing!  And, in unprecedented blog news, this post has prompted me to create a new category called, “Animals that aren’t cats or dogs” which will probably shake things up around here.

Flying Pizza Kitty
January 21, 2009, 1:21 am
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One of my friends, who is constantly showing me wonderful things that I then post here, showed me the Flying Pizza Kitty today. It is simply amazing:

I recommend watching all of them and playing the games. So simple, yet totally amazing. I love it when the kitties tail flicks, such kitty accuracy in 8-bit animation!

Sinus Fun!
January 19, 2009, 12:42 pm
Filed under: just silly, video | Tags: , , , , ,

I got bronchitis in October and it’s been a long slow recover that involved lots of inhalers, medicine and mysterious devices.

One of my favorite mysterious devices is the neti pot, a small tea pot shaped device used for pouring salty water up your nose. It’s not entirely pleasant but it does seem to work, and it would probably do better if I used it with more frequency.

One of my roommates was curious as to what it was, but didn’t want to watch me do it so I offered to send him a video of it on youtube. My personal favorite has a robot like woman pouring fluids up her nose. I don’t know why this amuses me so much. It just does. On the quest to find that one I found this one. Watch, and laugh very very hard:

I doubt I’ll ever be too old for jr high humor!

January 19, 2009, 9:47 am
Filed under: inspiration | Tags: , , , , ,

What started out with my demonstrating how one of my coworkers wore her cardigan (around her neck as a big shawl/cravat/cape) turned into a cardigan cravat at launched a small infatuation with them.

The post cardigan cravat turned into the silk blouse cravat:

Jacob the Rabbit

and morphed into the “length of fabric bought in haste at walmart pre-burning man” cravat:

Mr. Blue

I know you can’t really see the detail but they looked wonderful but didn’t do so well when they moved around (CURSE THEM! jk) and had funny lumps where they shouldn’t have them. So my next mission is to make a simple cravat, which is just a long rectangle of fabric. The mastery here is in the different ways to tie it, the design is simple (unless my 1 minute of research is completely faulty which is entirely possible) but the possibilities are endless. I then want to move onto something a little more sculptural that you won’t have to tie but will have snaps or something to secure it and keep it from shifting during important tea parties. I suppose if you don’t tie it yourself it won’t be a cravat any longer but we’ll just ignore that little detail.

Here’s a great illustration of different cravat styles. It’s a bit satirical of dandies but it still has some useful ideas:


I’ve stayed up far past my bedtime so no more cravat pictures. Imagine, if you will, the biggest and most cartoonish and/or garish cravat and that’s what I’m hoping to make. Stay tuned, I know you’re on the edge of your seat!


It’s been a long long time since I’ve posted here, whoops! It’s been crazy adjusting to Boston, working a REAL JOB (weird) and trying to work on and in my studio. Things are settling down a little here (cross my fingers) and hopefully I’ll be catching up on the nearly 6 month of emails that I’ve read but haven’t replied to, and maybe even make some new things for my shop or something like that!

I’m going to change the format of this blog a little bit to include costume inspirations as well as things I’ve made, news about what I’m doing and where, and pics of my animals. I’m hoping this will keep me posting more as well as being a a place to share my inspirations instead of keeping them myself.

Right now, as it’s 1 am and I need to work tomorrow I am simply going to post these two hilarious videos by Max and Gabe that teach you how to use the internet (I know someone needs to tell you!)

(the 2nd video embed doesn’t work so click her to watch it on boingboing)

I encourage you to randomly yell INTERNETS to your loved ones and pets. Don’t be suprised if they look as disappointed with you as Lily looked when she had her first snowflake:

Lily in her first snow!