Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Viola Swamp




I volunteered my acting services to Phoebe's 2nd grade teacher for Halloween week, and she had the brilliant idea for me to dress up as Viola Swamp from the beloved children's classic of the past 30 years: Miss Nelson is Missing.

I had an ugly black dress (actually a beloved family heirloom), black nail polish and the makeup, but I felt very strongly that I needed the striped crazy tights (found some at Ricky's for $4.99). I was going to fudge the wig and just attempt making my hair messy or something, but then I read the story. On the last page, we get a view of Miss Nelson's closet and there is a box that says WIG on it. I knew I had to have a wig. I was trying to justify buying one with my limited budget and then I remembered that I had saved the mullet wig from last year's halloween, and I was able to pin the hair into buns! Perfect!


Yes, I had to wear this makeup on the subway, to pick up Lolly, to Dunkin Donuts, in a cab, to Phoebe's school, to Lolly's casting and back on the subway all the way home. Hey, it's New York, it's ok. I kept my umbrella close to my face and my head buried in a book as much as I could. One man said: "Let me guess! You're a cat!" Nope. Thankfully I had the book on hand so that I could show him the illustration against my face. I still don't think he got it.

Despite the fact that I really wanted a prosthetic nose, I think the makeup did work for this particular character. When I went looking on the 'net to find the illustration of Viola Swamp, I found a few other interpretations that you might enjoy:

Nice makeup attempt at Holland Elementary School. Red lips should be exchanged for black I think.

Mrs. Johnson as Viola Swamp.

Childs Playaz is nice.

I like her gloves.

Where are your buns?

Want some more makeup ideas? Scoot on over to Design Mom.

13 comments:

Lisa said...

You are amazing!

A-me said...

ohhh my gooooodness! I think you pulled off the look better than anyone else in the photo's provided.

I have VERY fond memories of that book. It was the first book I picked out myself and bought with points I earned at school.

kj said...

"Oh for crying out loud" to coin a phrase of my Dad's, I can't believe what a classic Viola you are.

I was hired to substitute as Viola Swamp in a classroom of unruly first graders in 1979. See your email for pics and story.

Miggy said...

Hey--so I randomly thought "I wonder how Kage is doing?" the other day...then I checked your blog to find your the Design mom guest poster [rad!} and then you left a comment on my blog and well... we're obviously throwing some serious vibes.

Anywho I LOVE this costume. I love all your costumes...so great. Every year I really want to get into it because I love Halloween, then I just end up putting something together last minute. I need to step up to the plate...thanks for the good ideas and inspiration.

Kage said...

Migz, go to DM in a few days for last minute costume ideas! thanks for dropping by....love your blog!

kristie sessions said...

holy crap. this photo scares me! it doesn't look a thing like you and a lot like Viola... sheesh. you are getting good at this stuff!

Kage said...

k-sess,

This photo was taken 6 hours post application, so I wish it was a fresh face, but the photo does look unlike me...I have to say.

Again, SO wish I could wear a fake nose....but! allergies...

Janet said...

Too funny! I just read the book to my class today - my unruly bunch! Also read the sequal. I told them I was tired of being the witch and they better shape up!

Maybe you could come visit my class and let me have a break. You totally look the part.

NTG said...
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Linz said...

Your make-up skills are amazing!

(I deleted the last comment because I was signed in as NTG.)

rachel said...

Fabulous! I am going to be the mystery reader for my son's class coming up, and now I am tempted to try dressing up :)

Kage said...

Rachel, you should TOTALLY dress up! Even if it's glasses or a wig or a crazy accessory...!

Petit Elefant said...

That has to be hands-down one of my favorite books of my elementary school years. Ever.