Monday, October 31, 2011

Cats in Wigs

Any cat owner knows that almost all cats hate to be dressed up... 
unless it makes them look fabulous! 

If you want my body and you think I'm sexy
Come on, sugar, let me knowwwww...

Icy Votives - DIY

Dazzle houseguests with a path lined with votives encased in poinsettia adorned cups of ice. Clip a small bloom off at the base. Push the bloom facedown along the sides of a large plastic cup. Pour in distilled water, which makes the clearest ice. Fill one-third full. Place a second, smaller cup in the center with rocks inside it. Freeze until solid. Thaw slightly to unmold the cups.
You could use maple leaves as well. Or flower petals. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkins with Function

Little gourds can be a big help in keeping a festive tablecloth in place, especially when it's used for an outdoor gathering. Add grommets to a tablecloth (use a grommet kit, available at crafts stores). Then attach string to the pumpkins and loop through the grommets for functional seasonal flair.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Best of Halloween 2011

A collection of my favorite halloween decorations so far...
The Black apples are a nice touch.

3D silhouette

You can almost hear the ghosts "ooooohh"

Finally!! A use for my broken umbrella!

This one makes me kinda giggle.

Another great chandelier 

Ahh! Dead Pirate guy! Save me Indiana Jones!

Eww! creepy omen baby.

This feels like old scary medical laboratory stuff.

Black floating punkin's what will they think of next?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Upcycled Furniture Done Right

Check out this amazing cinder block shelving unit made by Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow. So simple I just love it. Who knew Israel was hiding such great artists?

My 2nd favorite Upcycle of the day. Crutches made barstool by Ryan "Zieak" McFarland. Love the bicycle wheel crutches combo.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Card Costume


The Stuff you'll need:
Deck of cards(for inspiration)
Xacto knife
Glue or spray adhesive
Heavy Duty self adhesive Velcro
needle and thread or safety pins
red or black felt
acrylic paint and brushes if your artsy
red or black hat

Here's how to make it:
  1. Look thru the deck and make a choice as to which card you'd like to be. Draw the design on the cardboard, or take it to a local print shop and have them enlarge it for you. Use the spray adhesive to glue it to the foam core. Smooth out any wrinkles, using a credit card's smooth edge will help.
  2. To attach the card to the sweatshirt, stick an 8 inch strip of velcro on the back of the card and another on the sweatshirt. To make sure the card stays put use a needle and thread to firmly secure the velcro to the sweatshirt. (or for a no-sew version use safety pins)
  3. Top off your card costume with a cute hat that ties in with the suit and color of the card you've chosen. Cut two symbols in the shape of the diamond, club, heart or spade. Use glue or spray adhesive to attach to the hat.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Candy Ghosts

Really simple way to make ghosts, and the best part..... the candy center.

Take a tissue and some white netting and wrap it around a lollypop. 
Tie a small thread around the "neck" of the ghost and hang.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Zipper Necklaces

How gorgeous are these zipper necklaces? 
Made by Canadian Artist Vanessa Yanow. They are soft on the skin and made to last. The concept is that they are adjustable: they zip up to become chokers, down to classic lengths, or somewhere in between. $60 each, they can be purchased through Paypal via her boutique.

Halloween Decorating

2 pumpkins, a candelabra, and a bunch of tissues!! 
Let the Par-tay begin!! 

This was the centerpiece for my halloween snack table. 
Many delicious treats were munched here. 

Owe my face is bleeding!

Disco Ghost likes to disco

Friday, October 14, 2011

Shrunken Apple Head Skulls

A fun, make ahead Halloween decoration. 

Get yourself some apples, there are plenty around this time of year! Use a knife or peeler to take off the skins. Use a knife or pumpkin carving tools to carve out a head, you will get more creative as you go, big eyes, little eyes, try small eyes and a huge mouth.

When you are finished carving coat the outside with lemon juice to slow down the browning process. Let them dry for a week or so before your halloween party. (If you need them to dry quicker, you can put them in the oven on a very low temperature. turning once in a while to help them evenly dry out.)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Delicious Kitty Litter Cake

Making this cake is pretty simple. Get a cake mix and follow the directions, once cooled place it in the BRAND NEW** kitty litter pan. 
(**if you want to have a good laugh, take a mental note on who's eaten some of the cake and a while later casually mention you can't believe how clean the litter pan came. ha ha, the look on their face will be fan-freakin-tastic)

Anyways, once the cake is in the pan cover the top with a thin layer of icing, and a bunch of crushed up vanilla oreos or some kind of cookie similar in color. Microwave some tootsie rolls for a few seconds and squish the edges for that "Authentic Poop" look. drop the turds around the cake, drop a few in your mouth as you go!

Serve with a litter scoop. its gross and fun!

Do it Yourself Costume MUMMY

First things first, Gather up the following:

Light colored long johns
5-6 yards of off white cotton or polyester-blend jersey (sheets will work too)
Safety Pins
Rubber Spiders (hello dollar store!!)
White shoes

Ready, Steady, MAKE
  1. Start by cutting fabric into 5inch wide strips.
  2. Have someone else put on the long john bottoms. Start at the ankles and wrpa strips of fabric around the legs and secure with safety pins. Keep wrapping the bandages pu the leg and around the hips, securing with pins as you go. 
  3. Get your dummy mummy to put on the top. Wrap the arms first then start at the bottom of the shirt and work your way up, fastening with pins as you go. 
  4. Tie pieces randomly. add a few knots here and there or wrap pieces on the diagonal and leave a few strips loose for that aged effect. 
  5. Get creative and glue a few spiders here and there.
  6. Wrap Strips around hands and the head. 
  7. When your halloweening is over you can disassemble with out any damage to the clothing underneath. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Easy to Make - Milk and Cookie Costume

To make the milk container costume:
You'll need:
white 3-piece folding foam display board
red construction paper
precut block lettering
white face paint
X-acto knife
Tacky Glue

  1. Cut out openings for arms with the exacto knife on opposite sides of the display board. Try it on as you go to make sure it fits well. Mark where the board hits at the knees, so you can cut the bottom of the board horizontally, also mark where the face is so you can cut a round opening for the face. 
  2. At the top, cut the sides on an angle so they look like a milk carton.
  3. Using scissors, cut stripes and blocks out of the red construction paper to create the milk carton design. Glue the red shapes and block lettering onto the foam board.
  4. You can use white face paint to create a "Milky" complexion. Use white gloves and red pants for that extra fantastic touch.

For the cookie costume.
You'll need:
2 yards of pink fleece
1yd. light-tan fleece
48x1x24in. piece of foam
sewing machine or a needle and thread
spray adhesive
tacky glue
3yds. pink ribbon

  1. For the cream filling cut two 24in pink fleece circles.
  2. For the cookies cut two 24in light tan fleece circles.
  3. Cut two 22in foam circles for padding.
  4. For the icing, cut one 16in pink fleece circle with a wavy edge.
  5. Place one of the pink circles and one of the light tan circles together and stitch, leaving a 10inch or so opening. Turn the circles right side out insert a piece of foam and hand stitch the opening closed. 
  6. Using spray adhesive, afix the pink icing to the light tan fleece. Use tacky glue to affix sprinkles to the icing. 
  7. For the ties that hold the cookie on the shoulders, cut two 27in long pieces of ribbon, and hand stitch the ends of each to the strawberry cream side of the cookies, close tot he edge and about 7inches apart. 
  8. To make the back of the cookie, repeat steps 5 and 7. Tie the front and the back of the cookie together and over the shoulders. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Easy DIY Space Suit Costume

Use duct tape to create this easy costume for halloween. Great costume for kids and adults. 

White or Silver roll of Duct Tape
Red and blue duct tape 
T-shirt and pants that fit you or your child

Step 1: Lay the shirt on a flat surface and cover complete;ly with strips of white or silver duct tape, slightly overlapping each piece.

Step 2: Cut an opening down the back center of the shirt, form top to bottom. Cut small pieces of tape  and place sticky sides together and attache to the back of the shirt to make tabs. Add Velcro to the tabs to create a closer system down the back of the shirt. 

Step 3: Split the back of the pants by cutting down the back of each leg. Completely cover the pants with duct tape the same as you did the shirt. Use tabs and velcro to create tabs for closure on the pants.

Step 4: Cut Small strips of Red duct tape to create a flag on the sleeve of the shirt. Cut out small Stars from the blue duct tape and place on the flag. 

Step 5: stick a few pieces of red tape together to create a sheet of tape, carefully cut out an oval to place on the front of the shirt/space suit. Use  the blue tape to create USA lettering to go into the oval. 

Step 6: Cut a circle out of the blue tape and a 1/2" smaller circle out of the white or silver tape. Layer white over blue and place on the shirt sleeve that doesn't have the flag on it. Draw on stars or cut out of blue tape and stick on.