In case you couldn’t tell, I like to make stuff. I also like to dress up, so when my friend Ashley told me about the Green Masquerade Ball at the House of Sweden back in May I could not resist. From what I understood the “green” theme was meant to be more about sustainability and the environment and not just the color green. Ashley and I discussed a bundle of options and then decided that she would go as solar power and I would go as wind energy. I didn’t have enough time to come up with an entire costume, and since it was a masquerade ball I figured I would be “green” and make it out of papier-mâché (newspaper, water, flour). The Personals section of the newspaper works particularly well. I can’t remember when I last made anything out of papier-mâché but I am pretty sure it was sometime in elementary school. I thoroughly enjoyed getting my hands all goopy with flour paste.
The Green Masquerade Ball was fun, but I was quite disappointed in the lack of creativity and relevant masks/costumes. Some people just wore something green and others didn’t even wear that. I am not sure if it’s a DC thing, but don’t bother showing up to a costume party if you are “too cool” to at least half-assedly put some effort in. There are plenty of other places you can go if you don’t want to dress up.
Enough of my rant . . . it was a good time and although you can’t tell from the photo at the top, the wind turbine on my mask actually spins when you blow/push on it.