November 2, 2010

Halloween 2010

 1 We had such a hard time deciding what to be this year for Halloween.  I wanted something different.  Finally we settled on a sea fairy / ocean princess, with a wave inspired ruffled dress, and coral wings.  I love the blue-green color palette and the natural aspects, and Hannah loves the girly, glitzy elements.

2I wanted a dress inspired by ocean waves.  It is mostly a coffee filter dress.  For the frame of the dress, I dyed a yard of broadcloth in RIT and sewed a little A-line dress with an elastic top.

3 I used 4 packages of coffee filters (640 filters to be exact….and I used ALL of them).  I dyed them in batches in the same RIT dye bath ( a mix of the royal blue and teal boxed powders), started with the darkest, and then would dump some dye out and add more water to make them progressively lighter. 

4 I started at the base and hot glued the filters (folded into triangles) all the way around and worked my way up the dress, leaving about 2” between each row.  I wanted the waves to be a little more white capped….but the dress got heavier/longer the more I added (although it is not a heavy costume), so I had to take the top up a little bit to compensate….which meant the top isn’t exactly what I envisioned.

5 She loves all the ruffles, and thinks it looks like a princess dress.  I added a piece of ribbon to make an empire waist, then added two glittered sea ferns and a sand dollar (I painted champagne).  I added two pieces of ribbon to make halter straps to ensure the dress stayed up. 


All of the glittery pieces on the costume came from Christmas picks.  The watery blue ferns (the ones on the waist and in her hair), and the sea green ferns (on the shoulder of the dress and in her hair), were both from JoAnne’s (super inexpensive, less than $0.35 per pick, and I only needed 3)


For the wings I started with the green dollar store fairy wings.  (they are actually pretty sturdy for $1, and it meant I didn’t have to buy/make the base of her wings) Josh spray painted them blue, and I hot glued the tops and bottoms together so they wouldn’t look so much like butterfly wings. 


The “coral wings” are actually Christmas picks from Hobby Lobby, I had to do a little “creative editing” and remove parts of them, but the rest I hot glued to the blue wings.

9 For her little headpiece (a tiara or crown to her :)), I snipped off a long branch from each wing and wired together a little circle.  I hot glued a few of the ferns, and then sea shells.  I also found a small Christmas spray from Hobby Lobby (for $1) that matched the wings, and I cut stems off of it to wire to the headpiece for filler.

10 Hannah loves how girly this costume is.  She insisted on wearing her “princess shoes” (aka dress up shoes), because they would “be perfect”.

11 She even wanted to wear a few “sparkles” on her face.


And last, but not least here are a few pictures from “Trick or Treating” for the family….13 She wasn’t quite so sure about walking up and ringing someone else’s doorbell…….

14 But after she realized she would get candy….she was fine!  :)

15Hope you all had a Happy Halloween!


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October 21, 2010

Faux Iron Witches Cauldron

 1 I wanted to add a little ghoul free Halloween fun to our front porch.  I am such a weenie when it comes to anything gory or frightening, in fact I still don’t get why some people like to be scared.  To me fear = no fun!  However, Josh loves Halloween, and I know the kids enjoy it too, so I am trying to do a tasteful version (no severed arms please!)2 I have had this project in my head awhile, and when I ran across this cheap, plastic cauldron ($1) I knew it was perfect.  (I have seen these everywhere now…Wal Mart, Target, etc)  In an effort to stay away from chemicals I did not prime this……but it would have gone so much faster and been easier if I did!  So prime first (if you are not pregnant :))!  The reason being, because the plastic is so slick, it will give the texture something to grip to.  (otherwise you will have to wait a week for it to cure like I did…)  I mixed low voc latex paint, with lots of sand (for texture) and some flour (for glue).  I left it pretty lumpy and used a brush that could be tossed to smear it on.
3 I left it for about a week to harden., then coated it with flat black.  I sponged on small amounts of craft paint in spice brown and gray.  I then drizzled watered down white paint down the sides.4 This witches sign came from the Dollar Tree.  I put some used tea bags on it to stain it and left it for about an hour.
5 I filled the cauldron with newspaper.
6 Then covered it with half of a cut creepy cloth.  (This will make it easier to pick the moss up out of it)
7 And topped that with some Spanish moss (also from the Dollar Tree)
8 Now the fun part: filling it!  I had several ideas of what I wanted to put in it….next year I think I will put either a witches boot or some glittered red Dorothy shoes.  The possibilities are endless, candy, pumpkins, signs, skeletons….
9 Here is the tea stained sign.
10 A peanut butter jar turned jar of spider webs.  I printed it out from here.  (But changed the worms to spider webs)
11 I painted a Dollar Tree pumpkin creamy white, added a crow, a glitter skull, and two spiders.  (All of which I had, but came from the Dollar Tree) The witches brooms came from a thrift store for $1 and Josh painted them black for me.
Easy transformation of a cauldron from inexpensive plastic to rusted, iron.  Looks like a witch made quite a few brews in this one!  And best of all, cute Halloween porch decor for under $5!
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October 20, 2010

Not your Grandma’s Kitty….

 1 Here is a super simple, kid-friendly Halloween project.  You know those ceramic collectable cats everyone had in the 80’s?  I am pretty sure I gave one just like this to my Grandma back in the day……(Love you GG!)
2 I picked up these two felines from a local thrift store for $1, but I have seen similar ones at the dollar store.  Hannah carried them around for two days pretending they were her “pets”.
3 I let her paint them with non-toxic craft paint.  (no primer necessary)
4 Although at first she was very anti-black because she insisted it made them look “mean”…..and wanted to paint them pink instead.
5 Perfect scary Halloween black cats.
6 Let me know if you find some kitties to paint, would love to see the before and afters. :)

October 14, 2010

A Spooky Dining Room

 Dining Halloween 2010 1

In my continued effort of ghoul-free Halloween decorations, I wanted a dramatic dining table and buffet.  Let me be honest, we eat in here less than five times a year….so go having the table covered is not an issue.

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I have had that neat bird cage/shelf thing for awhile.  In fact I am not really sure what it is…it was gold, with an Asian inspired print all over it.  I used it for Hannah’s birthday party to hold cupcakes, and I knew for Halloween I wanted to use it for glittered skulls. 

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I first covered the table in a few packages of grey creepy cloth, and added the urn of white sticks from Christmas. 

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I found these “BOO” letters for $1, and thought I was going to stick them in a jar, when I remembered I had these angels from last Christmas.  I took off the colored robes, the white gowns seem a little more Halloween-ey.

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I am still not crazy about their faces (although I think they suit Halloween far better than Christmas), but I like the hands.  And they hold these letters perfectly! 

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I made these glass cloches, or antique looking apothecary jars.   I was going to put either a small bust or a sea sponge to look like a brain, but opted to print out this.

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When I found this cage, it was missing the shelves.  In a lazy girls attempt to skip the saw, I cut out some thick cardboard to fit in the spaces.

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I covered the cardboard in paper that I dyed and stamped.

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I discovered these glittered skulls at the Dollar Tree last year and love them!  (Ha!  Mostly because trying to contain glitter while crafting is futile, I don’t think HAZMAT could keep it from spreading!!)

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A frightful black cat.  I am going to post a quick little how-to project on these next.

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The dining room buffet.  Mostly a random hodgepodge of things from around the house.

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A birdcage on a candle stick.

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Lots of creepy cloth (Dollar Tree), and a few old books.

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A gargoyle who either looks really bored or in deep thought……..he came from the Dollar Tree too.

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The pumpkins I painted with champagne paint.  And another glass cloche with a print out from here.

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More migratory pieces from around the casa…..including a bust from the bedroom, a lantern from the bathroom, and a tray from the kitchen.   The Halloween sign I made last year.

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It’s surprising how many things could fit a Halloween theme when thinking outside the box.  My “theme” is black and white, but I used mostly non-Halloween items, pulling them together with the creepy cloth, pumpkins and the skeleton (keeping it under $3).  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a big impact.

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I am a little late….but joining Beth’s Halloween Mantel Party, DIY Show off Fall Festival, Blue Cricket DesignThe Shabby Chic Cottage, My Repurposed Life, A Few of my Favorite Things, House of Hepworths, Beyond the Picket Fence, Somewhat Simple, My Romantic Home, and at Fingerprints on the Fridge.