More Starbucks Pumpkin Heads….

As mentioned previously in an older post, I had to source pumpkin heads for a shoot for Starbucks’ Instagram UK stream for Prescription Agency.

The campaign is now rolling out and here are more of the pictures, I think they are hilarious.

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How no one in the background looks bemused I do not know….

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That is my friend’s dog, he is a lovely French Bulldog.

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“Oh no!” said the pumpkin head to her friend when he told her the latest gossip.

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No one seems at all suprised to find such a traveller in their midst.

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Love these art gallery ones.

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Autumnal Walks & Sloe Gin

Autumn in all her glory

Today I went on a magical walk with my family in some Berkshire woodlands and captured some stills of autumn looking amazing.  We had a family lunch for my husband’s birthday and then headed out for a long walk.  Here are my beautiful girls who happily pottered with me and also took photographs.

The clocks changed last night, and it really felt like we are heading for winter with a nip in the air and clear skies.  This year the leaves are magical; holding onto the trees for as long as they can and turning the most amazing colours.

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Pumkins, Starbucks and Instagram

Pumpkins, Starbucks and trying to get stylish…

Recently I was asked to come up with some fake pumpkins for a photo shoot for a rolling campaign for Starbucks and Instagram, promoting the infamous Pumpkin Latte’s which they make in the autumn.  I was asked to make 3 pumpkin heads for actors to wear in photographs.  They were to be photographed around London at a distance, in various situations, in a documentary style.  These will come up on the Starbuck’s Instagram feed throughout this month.

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We could not use real ones with the innards scooped out as they would be pretty gross,as in heavy & slimy for the actors.  So I then had a go at making one from plaster and wire so that a head could easily sit inside.  It started out fine, but the weight of the plaster made it sag overnight and it looked like a giant Physalis by morning… hmm…

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FAIL!!!!!  A really ultimate fail actually.

Not to be deterred, and always the optimist, I turned to the wonders of the web, and managed to get some speedy shipping of Funkins sorted out.  These are incredibly lifelike fake pumpkins, that can be carved, lit from within and so on.  They are actually made from a moulded hard plastic foam, and then hand painted on top.  Unluckily for our budget thought, they had to be shipped from the USA in a hasty and expensive dispatch mode.

The client wanted them to be able to sit on the actors heads, not wobble and look incredibly lifelike.  Oh and they also had to fit in a full adult sized head and cover the whole neck as well.  I measured a lot of startled adults locally to check head and neck sizes, and then ordered the biggest I could find.  They are actually really hard to carve, sort of tough and chewy, and my knife was in a sorry state by the time I had finished.  I started out by carving out the space for the head to fit in.  We then ummed and ahhed and decided not to add typical carved faces, but to leave them totally plain.  Then off they went to be filmed across London in a variety of poses.

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Definitely one of the weirdest things I have been asked to do recently, but it was great fun and the pictures looks fantastic.

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Designs on Autumn and Halloween… Part 1

Pumpkins and spice and all things nice….

So now, as we head into Autumn, my thoughts are turning to russet tones, cosying up the house and prepping for Halloween here.  Although it is not a huge deal in the UK compared to the States, my daughters still love it and it is nice to see the tiny ones in our road trick or treating.  Saying that, they never trick, they just get treated to many sweets and goodies and we all have to pretend to be terrified.  I especially like the little girls as they always have pink wellies on under the ghoulish outfits – there ain’t nothing that will separate a four year old from PINK!

I have a stash of decorations that come out in the autumn; pumpkins made from raffia, witches, candle holders and the like.  But they are bit childish now for my elegant girls, so my thoughts are turning onto finding new ideas to make decorations still relevant but also super-stylish.  I always love carving real pumpkins with patterns, but they don’t last that long once they have been carved.

Turning to my bible that is Pinterest, I found some really nice ideas that are Halloween based, but a little more chic than my garish effects.  I am aiming to make some sort of decorations that are both autumnal but can also be pepped up for the Halloween night.  These ones are leaning towards black and white:

But is it very monochrome, and I think Autumn needs that orange in it, so these have a punch of colour going on…

So the plan is to get some pumpkins and gourds as a starter, plus some spray paint and start attacking.  I am trying to find some instant flock velvet type spray, as that could look great (but not sure if it actually exists to date?).

I will post the results soon….