Today on TCT I have a special lady that I've gotten to know better in the past couple of years. I first met Genella at an Romantic Times convention and since, I have discovered not only what a talented writer she is, but a genuine article, great human being!
Genella has some books coming out this next year that I hope we can nudge her to talk about, but I asked if she would tell us a bit about her tenure as a resort decorator for Disney in Anaheim, Ca.
Hi Amanda - happy Autumn everyone!
This is my favorite time of year, for several reasons – Halloween being one of them.
So in honor of the modern way in which we celebrate Halloween, let's talk costumes and decorations!
Do you dress-up every year (whether you have kiddies or not) or only for Halloween parties?
Where do you get your ideas for your costume?
Do you plot and plan your ensemble out or do you head to your local Target and choose from the "what's popular this year" selection?
Do you go all out and do hair and makeup, too or just make it work with a decent hat or wig?
One of my favorite ways to plan a Halloween costume begins all the way back at the beginning of September. (In case you don't know it, I'm a total costume spaz.) I like to "haunt" the local thrift stores way in advance and see what sparks an idea. If I see something I know will likely be snatched up by another costume hunter, I grab it then and there. Thus begins my journey into the perfect costume.
However you choose to decorate or for whichever holiday, try putting a theme to your creation. For instance, if you are doing a Christmas wreath and decide that Angels are your theme, (and you could probably go to any dollar store or craft store to find the following items) begin with a pine wreath (faux or real with a bit of gold spray glitter around the edges) try placing white angel feathers, little golden harps, white twinkle lights and anything else you can pull from the theme around the wreath.
See how we jumped from Halloween to Christmas? Another reason I love this season is because it kicks off the holidays.