Sunday, December 28, 2008

For My Friends.... A Look @ 2008

Just a little something that I put together for my friends.... you are the most amazing group of people and I am VERY blessed to have you in my life and to call you FRIEND!!!!

2008 has been a year of ups and downs.... it has been a year of love and heartbreak.....but the constants in my life have been my friends and the fun filled times that we have had. I wish a farewell to 2008 along with the bad.... but hold dear the memories of the wonderful times!

I look forward to ringing in the New Year and making 2009 another fantastic year or memories!!!!

Thank you one and all.... near and far for being my friends and blessing my life with your incredible spirits and love!!! I love you all!!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas to all.....

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!
May your Christmas be filled with Peace, Love, Happiness and the true Spirit of Christmas!!!

The pirate tree!

What pirate doesnt have a chest filled with booty?

Or a bottle of rum?
Why is the rum gone?

The white tree
for the magic of the season...

Thank you all for being my friends....
You mean the world to me....
May you be blessed in the wonderful
ways that you have blessed my life...
and more!!!!!

Your friend,
Commodore Minxie

Monday, December 8, 2008

Third Annual Caribbean Christmas

What do you get when have a party with monsters, rennies, Drunken Dragons, alcohol and a Christmas theme?.....

You get the Caribbean Christmas Minxie Style!

Welcome aboard the ship Amardon as we set sail for the Caribben with pirates, elves, and a cast of characters that make you smile!!!

The third annual Caribbean Christmas party was a grand success! This year was the best turn out we have ever had and we only had two people that showed up that needed to be decorated.... rules: come in costume or your Christmas finest or be decorated by the crew! :)

Of course there was enough alcohol to keep everyone warm and lit all night long, great music, a 99 cent gift exchange, bon fire, limbo, potato game and of course we had our very own special Santa..... The party started at 5pm and went until 5am .... Yup, we know how to party and party hard!!!!

As always, pictures say a 1000 words......

Minxie as a SteamPunk

I made the goggles and the skirt... I was pretty proud of the skirt...

This is the famous Christmas pose... :)

First adventure of the night was having to make repairs to the gate... The Master Gunner, Lu, thought his little White Pearl was smaller than it was.... He took out the gate and half the Christmas lights in the front. Good news is there was only a small scratch on his sideview mirror. The gate and lights however, did fair as well. What do you do? Grab some tools and head on out to make some adjustments.

Whats a steampunk without her tools?

Just a few adjustments and we were good to go

It took a few of us to get it... but we did.
Gotta love my friends... they are
always there when I need them! *MUAH*

I took great pleasure in giving Lu a ration of crap all night
for maneuvering skills. It was all good!!!

The best gal pals a Commodore could ask for!!!!

Once again TruBBle looked amazing in her
outfit!!! I have to pirate that hat!

The quartermaster was in his finest.... damn he looked good!
Let the drinking begin!

And drinking there was!

Captain Jack Sparrow had his
own wench for the night! ;)

And the fun begins....

Beast looked like the Mad Hatter when he
pirated TruBBle's hat.

The Brotherhood presented the Commodore
with their "wood"! And so the games begin!

We started with the limbo..
you cant spill your drink if you fall!

Denise was our winner!

She acutally tied with LeRoy, so we flipped a coin!

They did have some flexible competition though!

Everyone is waiting the arrival of our special guest...

Santa "Claws"!!!!
Our very own werewolf Santa!
He was a BIG hit!

Time for pictures with Santa...

The Lycans snarl together!

Of course every Santa needs his elf!
Thanks Lu & Dy for bringing the Christmas Cheer!

I think the Christmas Bunny was too much for Carrie....
she doesnt like furry things!

He is the "Quarter Master" NOT the Master of Verticality! LOL

Hanging by the bon fire!

It has now become a tradition that Lady Eyes and the Quarter Master
trade clothes with eachother.... its always good for a laugh!

Party in the kitchen!!!!

As the night turns to morning...
they start dropping like flies!

And so the party comes to an end....

Another Caribbean Christmas is now down in the log book. As always it is the wonderful friends that make these parties so terrific!!! I am blessed in so many ways to be surrounded by the most incredible people, near and far!!!

Merry Christmas to all........

Monday, October 27, 2008

My Night as a Monster @ Knotts Halloween Haunt

Thanks to TPA (Theme Park Adventure) for hosting the contest that enabled me and my friend Diana to become monsters for a night!!!! You can read TPA's article about our night and see additional pictures here. Thanks to Rick West of TPA, Michelle Wischmeyer, Marketing Knotts Berry Farm, and all the monsters of the Corn Stalker Maze and all the rest of the monsters for the their support. WE HAD A BLAST!!!!!! Special thanks to Rick for allowing me to use his photos. (All photos are copyright by TPA & Rick West)

It started off as a whim to enter the TPA TERROR X2 HAUNT CONTEST. I entered it online at their website never even imagining that I would have a hope or a prayer of winning. Then one night I got a call from my friend Gina who was at Haunt for TPA night. He asked what my last name was and I asked her why. She laughed and said "They just announced the winner of the contest and it was your name!" I thought for sure she was yanking my chain. But sure enough the next day, it was posted on the TPA site. I had one a night as a monster for me and a friend, 2 tickets to Knotts Haunt, 2 VIP dinners, and 2 Haunt T-shirts. I was floored.

I have been asked many times by the monsters when I was going to cross the "veil" and work at Haunt. I always laugh and say never! NEVER SAY NEVER!

I was contacted my Michelle @ Knotts and the night and details were set into motion. At first I was told that we would probably get masks (ick), but they later decided that without a proper fit there might be a safety issue so we were going to get makeup instead! (YIPPEE!)

As always, here are the pics to tell the story.... enjoy....

Off to Knotts wardrobe to get our shrouds...
we were to be zombies

Our sweet Sugar Monster stopped by to wish us luck.

Once in our wardrobe it was off to makeup

Start with a pale basecoat

The we get the airbrush paint job

All exposed skin is painted

and the transformation starts to take form
(I look like a Smurf! LOL)

Additional colors are added for depth and effect

And another color is added for highlighting

again all exposed skin is painted

Once all the base colors are finished
then starts the detailing

And the zombie starts to come to life

Beast dropped by to show his love and support

Finishing touches

Meanwhile, Diana was getting her zombie look on

Do you think I am done ?

Oh no, theres the hair
as Lu looks on for his approval

Hey my turn for hair!

She said she was sorry for me when I had to brush it out. LOL

Diana and I see eachother for the first time....

Taking my pic for her portfolio

My amazing makeup artist, Deanna!
Thank you so much love!

At last the finished product!

The zombies LIVE!!!!

MY first look at myself!
Damn! I am scary looking!

Then is was off the maze and my darling Daughter
was there waiting for me...
She was my first scare of the night!
*tee hee*

Corn Stalkers

OH MY!!!!
We are scary!

and so our night begins in the maze....
scaring guests and having fun

I worked near the "Tin Man"
he was great!

And our pumpkin head
was a great help too!

Diana worked the front of the maze

And got some GREAT scares!

The hardest part for me was keeping a straight face
It is TOO funny watching people get scared~
I dont know why that is....

My little princess and family came to visit me
she was the only one who got a smile from me

I couldnt bring myself to scare the little ones
so I would just high five them...

Waiting for my next victim

Thanks to Lu for making the shaker can!
Thanks to Dementia for the use of her gloves

This guy was priceless....
I followed all the way out of the maze.
Later that night while on break, I saw him
elsewhere in the park and walked up to him
he screamed AGAIN!!!

Guests walking thru the maze
is like shooting fish in a barrel!

Sometimes all it took was a creepy look
and a crooked tilt of my head

My favorite was chasing them
out of the maze.

The shaker can is very effective too.

Thanks again to Rick West of TPA!!

The zombie and her friends and family
It was the most aMAZEing experience... the have crossed the veil and lived to tell the tale.... I am still asked if I plan to work Haunt next year..... I guess we will just have to wait and see....

Thanks again to everyone who made our experience the best ever!!!! I adore you all!!!!

Happy Haunting