zombies and fake blood

This year my eldest plans on taking part in the local zombie walk and of course that means blood and lots of it. Luckily I found a site that had 13 recipes (how to make fake blood) and we tried a few, both edible and non-edible. We discovered that the first recipe is great for edible but instead of using the fool coloring drops we used Wilson red-red icing color and chocolate sauce and the color is perfect – no need for blue or green.We also added some corn starch to thicken it up a little bit. My son says it tastes like bland chocolate; I think it has just a hint of chocolate flavor but it isn’t bad and it is perfect for vampires and zombies and other beasties. I am doing a test right now to see if it stains the skin if it is left on for an extended period of time, which will be interesting when we have dinner tonight….

And then the awesome blood that is non-edible – the tenth recipe: Movie blood for splatter and smear, but instead of motor lubricant I used castor oil, which works wonderfully.

3/4 parts hair gel (we’ll say 3/4 cup)

1/4 parts water (1/4 cup)

Wilson’s Red-Red Icing color (use a toothpick – it’s more of a visual thing.  A little bit goes pretty far)

mix together- it looks like strawberry gel t this point.

mix in a little chocolate sauce – again a little bit goes far. I used maybe 3/4 teaspoon? It was a visual thing, too.

I didn’t use the hand sanitizer at all and the blood is awesome. The texture, the consistency, the color (oh, dear lord the color!) is fantastic.

This is my son. This is just the first stage of his costume. Since the picture was taken last night he has dragged the shirt through dirt and mud and tore it up some more. When he dresses up he will be splattering more blood onto the shirt, his skin and edible blood will dribble from his mouth. A couple of girls will be doing his zombie make up. I hope he remembers to take pictures.


*** It does not stain!! Also, do not eat the non-edible blood. 🙂


The costume is finished!

The costume is finally done!! 🙂 It may have gone faster if I had the ability to follow directions but there wasn’t a pattern for what I wanted to do. I cannibalized several patterns to get the skirt/ lace dress/ overcoat and I had to figure out the sleeves on my own, which was interesting and took the longest. But they also turned out better than I had hoped; I love them. And I think we can all agree that my daughter is adorable.

(If you click on an image you’ll be taken to the gallery to see the larger images.)

And now it’s back to Armand.

My dog Lucy

  Just over two years ago Lucy came into our lives. A hybrid (a fancy word for mutt) of a Shih Tzu and Coton de Tulear, Lucy is a wonderful dog who will do just about anything for food. Her hair is much shorter than usual because it gets really hot in the summer and her long, long hair tends to get matted despite our best efforts – and she doesn’t like the groomers.

Just thought I would share these pictures of her because I really need to get back to writing and I am stalling.

The last picture is Lucy partially groomed; we took a break before we got to her legs.