1 11 2011

This past week was crazy: student teacher conferences, a good friends beautiful wedding (pics to come) and Halloween… not to mention that I slightly lost my mind and created a ridiculous costume for my son (but super awesome!) I plan to take down the decorations this evening and get some fall leaves and Thanksgiving going.

Lego man was made out of cardboard and duct tape.  I made the body out of felt and super stiffy.  My math students were “happy” to hear about how I used proportions to scale from the small lego man to T4 size. Lego man was a hit at school and trick-or-treating.  He got more candy than others at some of the houses because they liked his costume.  We did have to take the head off from house to house because little kids would turn to stare and fall down.

T3 decided to be an artist so I cut her mustache and beard out with my silhouette machine. She painted the shirt and put the paint dots on her palette.  T1’s costume – WalMart special, and T2 – no costume (sad) but she hung out at her friends house on the busiest street in the city and handed out candy.

I also made some popcorn covers, using my Frank E. pattern posted earlier. I enlarged the features to fit the popcorn cover.  I love how it turned out.

Now I’m going to sit back and wait for the first snow of the season to fall (scheduled for tomorrow evening).

Halloween goodies

20 10 2011

I have a few Halloween goodies to share today.  Things are busy and crafting is slim these days, so the pedestal bowl has been a work in progress, but Frank E. has been done for awhile, I just didn’t share him. The bowl has 3 layers of paint, white, green and then purple.  I put vinyl letters on after the white paint and then put the green and purple coats on. I removed the vinyl when the paint was dry and  a little sanding revealed the colors underneath.  I have a coat of wax on it for a sealer.

Frank E. is a shelf sitter.  I’ve included a link to the download file for your Silhouette machine if you would like to make one of your own.  I ended up cutting the black part of the eyes at a slant instead of the oval in the file, so you can do the same if you want.  I added the mouth with a paint pen and used a little pink paint to give him glowing cheeks.

Click on the button for the download to make your own Frank E.

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spooky apothecary

9 10 2011

I started my apothecary jar collection for Halloween last year.  You can visit that post here and see the labels I created and the ones that I downloaded. I scoured garage sales this summer and picked up a few good jars to add to the collection.  I haven’t make labels for them yet, but I will share when I do.  For now, I wanted to share the Apothecary sign I made for the display.  I have some random MDF pieces laying around and I used one of the pieces for this sign.  I spray painted the board white, added the vinyl as a mask and then spray painted it all black.  One it was dry I removed the vinyl and had a pretty awesome sign.

I wanted to do this last year, but didn’t have my Silhouette and didn’t want to tackle it by hand.

This is the vinyl on the white board prior to the black paint

Then I painted the entire thing black, let it dry and removed the vinyl

I will post more pics when I make the new labels and I’ll post a link so you can download the new labels. Happy Halloween decorating!

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Halloween countdown bottle

1 10 2011

I love using wine bottles for crafts and I love chalkboard paint on them.  I decided to use some of the vinyl & ric rac I got from Pick Your Plum to make a little countdown calendar for Halloween.  I was originally going to paint the entire bottle with chalkboard paint and just add vinyl but I had some chalkboard vinyl left over that I purchased at Expressions Vinyl and I liked the green color of the wine bottle, so I ended with the product below.  I also wanted to use my Krylon glitter spray paint that I got last weekend with my 50% off coupon.  I wasn’t sure if the spray paint would stick to the vinyl, but happily it did.  I like how it turned out and now I’m working on another project with this fantastic glitter spray paint (check back hopefully soon.)

  I couldn’t use transfer paper with the vinyl because it wouldn’t stick to the glitter, so I had to stick the letters on one at a time.

I did remove the outside vinyl and weed inside the letters before spraying.  I might try removing the excess vinyl after spraying the next time.I did decide to add the orange around the chalkboard frame once I saw it on my mantle.

I think this fun for T3 & 4 to do each day.  If you want to make one of your own, I used a frame from the Silhouette site and the font is Baby Kruffy. Happy crafting!Sharing creativity at :: Lolly Jane :: Tator Tots & Jello :: Funky Junk Interiors :: Be Different Act Normal :: Design Dazzle Halloween ::

Treats for the neighbors

31 10 2010

Nothing like waiting until Halloween to make treats for the neighbor kids, but I got it done! Using a tutorial and pattern from Skip to my Lou and inspiration from Kerry at Kerry’s Paper Crafts, I made little treat containers for them.  The mummy is a Kool-Aid container I washed.  For the first try, pretty cute and easy.


Halloween Costume Ben Ten

24 10 2010

T4 wanted to be Ben Ten for Halloween.  He got the omnitrix watch for his birthday so all he needed was the jacket. JoAnn’s had pleather 50% off so it’s total cost was $4. I had the pattern from 2 years ago when he was Indiana Jones.  I used the reverse side of the pleather for the white stripes and I used the same and freezer paper to paint the 10.  I was so cheap (and couldn’t find my black thread) that I used white to sew the black circle on and then colored the thread with a black sharpie (I know….sad).  I can’t wait for him to dress up.  Super cute.

btw: pleather is a booger to work with!

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Halloween through the years

19 10 2010

About 4 years ago, I bought a Halloween frame.  Now each year I make a collage of the previous years costumes for the frame.  Here are my collages over the last few years.  Some of the costumes were homemade (my faves) and other we bought.

cave girl was made by me, bought the others 😦

Had some high school kids show up on their way to the Halloween Dance to take a picture with my Scooby. Super Cute!


I made the costumes this year, even sewing the Indiana Jones jacket

all homemade costumes. I made 5 crayons, lime green wasn't there that night.



Halloween Apothecary

9 10 2010

I visited Love Manor, AFTER Halloween last year 😦 and fell in love with the bottle labels.  I did make do by using them for my Love Potion bottles at Valentine’s Day, but I have been saving bottles for my Halloween Apothecary since then.  Well…… we moved and I can’t find the bottles, so I had to scramble for some new ones.  They turned out pretty good.  I used Love Manor’s labels for 3 and made one of my own. I think on the clear containers I will use the glitter effect I saw on ____ (OK, now I can’t find it, but again if this is you, email me and I’ll give you credit.) I will be painting the other bottle lids black 🙂

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Halloween Subway Art (sort of)

7 10 2010

I don’t have a cutting machine (YET) but I really wanted some subway art.  I saw on a blog (if it’s you, email me so I can give you credit) how they used Halloween rub-ons to create subway art.  Of course, I couldn’t find Halloween rub-ons at my local craft haunts, but I did find some cute dimensional word stickers.  I would prefer white on black, but my kids tell me this is cute.

In the works: some BOO letters in honor of my friends 14 year old daughter going through cancer treatments (her nickname is Boo) and some apothecary jars inspired by Love Manor.

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