The countdown begins…

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6 days until October begins.

6 days until I can celebrate Halloween without feeling embarrassed.

6 days until I start another 31 days of Halloween!!!

 

Woo! No idea how often I’ll update the blog, but you heard it here first! (Well, second, if you follow me on Instagram.) For the second year in a row, I’ll be celebrating my fanatical adoration of Halloween and fall festivities by filling each day in October with a craft, recipe, or movie that is Halloweeny or generally spooky/creepy/scary/etc. Most of these things were found through Pinterest, so I’ll always link to the originals so you can try them out for yourself!

Some fun things to look forward to:

  • Candy Corn Cupcakes
  • Jalapeno Popper Mummies
  • “Happy Halloween” Banner
  • Trick-or-Treat Cookies
  • DIY Halloween Wreath

So stay tuned! Also check out my YouTube channel in case I decide to post video updates there. I’ll also be posting photos on my Instagram.

See you in 6 dayssss!!!!

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CARVING PUMPKINS!

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Howdy folks! I hope you’re having a lovely November so far, and that you aren’t missing Halloween too much (though goodness knows I am).

I thought today I’d show off some pictures of the jack-o-lanterns that Dillon and I made this year! I feel like I must’ve carved pumpkins when I was younger, but I don’t have many memories of it, and definitely don’t have a lot of experience as an adult doing it. So it was fun to finally try it out!

We started with two cute pumpkins from Trader Joe’s. The ones at other stores were either too large or way too small, but these were a good size.

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Scooping all the “guts” out took longer than I expected, but it was worth it (and we ended up baking the pumpkin seeds later… they were delicious!).

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I was making a jack-o-lantern with a Jack Skellington face (from Nightmare Before Christmas). I sketched a rough outline of one of his more evil looking faces and began carving.

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We were using both kitchen knives and a small, cheap “power saw” that I bought at Walgreens for like $6 that ran on four AA batteries. It jammed easily and often, but was definitely a nice tool to have on hand when our knives were a little too large to sink into the outside of the pumpkin.

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I also bought us some little LED candle lights (since our apartment wouldn’t be too happy with us using actual candles). The end results were super cute! Pictured below is my Jack Skellington, along with Dillon’s: the character Tim from video game “Braid.”

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Glowing Eyes Craft!

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I was inspired to do this decoration by this blog, and had already been collecting empty paper towel rolls for some other crafts, so I had most of the supplies already.

I started with some 99 cent glow sticks from CVS and a few paper towel rolls. You could use toilet paper rolls too, but I wasn’t sure if my glow sticks were short enough that they wouldn’t be sticking out of the ends.

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I sketched some eye patterns similar to the ones on the blog post and then roughly cut them out. This was actually harder than you’d think, unless you have really sharp scissors. I alternated back and forth between dull scissors and a box cutter and it wasn’t exactly a walk in the park.

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With the glow sticks placed inside, they looked really neat! This is definitely something you can try with different colored glow sticks as well, although the monochrome green looks pretty cool too.

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Needless to say my Halloween spirit doesn’t end after October 31st. I can’t wait to show you a couple more things I have yet to do on my list!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Happy Halloween, friends! It has been a gloriously rainy day here in the East Bay and I’m ecstatic that we had some gloomy weather on this spooky day. Plus, our plants were thirsty in this drought!

I haven’t been updating this blog as much as I would like, but I can assure you I’ve been filling my time with candy-eating, horror-movie-watching… I’ve painted my toenails into jack-o-lanterns, and I’ve been listening to the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack. I’ve been doing plenty of Halloween-y things and I don’t plan on stopping even though tomorrow is November!

So yes, I will continue posting some blogs here about the things I’ve done and the things to come. Until then, here’s a post about my costume!

This year I decided (many months ago) to be a Weeping Angel from Doctor Who. I’ll try not to spoil too much, but… the premise of the Weeping Angels is that they are angel-like statues that cover their faces and can’t move… unless no one is looking at them. Then they attack!

I bought a mask on Amazon for about $15 and it came in a funny bronze color, so I decided to go over the entire thing with metallic silver sharpie so that it would better match my silver fabric.

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I bought this really cool fabric that (to me) looked kind of like a grey marble or something.

I found a YouTube video that helped me figure out how to make patterns of a simple shirt and a circle skirt using my own measurements. I did hand sewing for everything, which took a while, and wasn’t the neatest, but I think it came out fine regardless.

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I had to go to work in the morning, and I didn’t want to wear my mask, so I got a metallic silver eyeliner and used it on my eyes, face, and lips.

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I don’t think anyone got the Weeping Angel thing, especially without the mask, and I’m not sure anyone would’ve guessed statue, either. But I’m still proud of the finished product!

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I hope everyone has/had a wonderful Halloween. Go eat some candy! 😉

DAYS 16, 17, & 18!

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Slowly but surely making my way through October.

In today’s post, I’ve got three crafts for you, including one I’ve been working on as part of my Halloween costume!

The first was inspired by this post, and reminded me greatly of a decoration my parents used to have for their house. I bought some simple styrofoam spheres from a crafts store, some small “eye” screws from a hardware store, and ended up getting white mesh instead of cheesecloth. That last part wasn’t the greatest idea, but I made it work.

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After drawing some sets of eyes on the styrofoam balls, it was as simple as layering the mesh on top, screwing in the “eye” screw, and cutting and tearing the bottom of the mesh until it looked rough and messy.

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As you can see, the mesh was much firmer than expected (and also much more transparent than the cheesecloth would have been) so I tied the layers with some white thread.

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It ended up looking pretty cute, I think. But I’m definitely going for the cheesecloth next time.

The second craft came from this blog, and was really fun to do. I got some orange flannel fabric and got to work.

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It was pretty easy to eyeball the measurements and adjust accordingly. And I had leftover black fabric from last year’s Halloween costume so I made the face from that.

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Super cute! And I have enough fabric to do this for at least one more of our couch pillows, and possibly two. I love this because it’s themed and festive but still totally practical and usable. (The flannel material is so soft and comfy!)

Last but not least, I’ve been working on my Halloween costume, one step at a time. I bought a mask from Amazon that’s the perfect style and size, but the color was a little off. So I’ve been coloring it in with a metallic silver sharpie to give it a more shiny silver look to match the fabric I bought to make the dress out of. The next step is to go in with a pencil or another darker silver/grey color and fill in the shading it originally had.

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The rest of this weekend will be spent (hopefully) working on the dress part of my costume, as well as making a couple more recipes on my list.

DAYS 14 & 15!

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One craft and one recipe for you today! Finally changing things up a bit.

So I finally finished the table runner I started making a week or so ago. It wasn’t complicated, but there was a lot of tedious cutting involved. Because I like to reuse/recycle materials, I used some scrap fabric for this one so it isn’t exactly perfect around the edges. But regardless, I still think it looks pretty cool.

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As for the recipe, I decided on this candy corn Halloween bark (even though I don’t really like candy corn and technically shouldn’t be eating it because it contains gelatin). I had never made bark before, but the website made it seem that all that was involved was throwing a bunch of yummy stuff together and binding it all with candy melts or melted chocolate.

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I used some white chocolate M&Ms (that were white, orange, and yellow) and left out the sprinkles because I couldn’t find any at the nearest grocery stores.

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I ran out of the white candy melts, but had some orange left over from a different recipe, so I used that as well.

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The end result was pretty tasty (but EXTREMELY sweet). But it looked pretty cool! I don’t think I messed anything up too badly. 🙂 I did learn, however, that next time I need to make sure the candy melts really melt into the candies so that it all binds together super well.

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Bonus picture of candy corn in candy corn:

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DAYS 12 & 13!

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Another two simple crafts are covered in today’s post, found from here and here, respectively. Dillon mentioned to me that our apartment is getting a little more decked out in Halloween decorations each day. I think he likes them, but I also think I need to start watching some movies and making some recipes because otherwise our whole place will soon be swallowed up by spiderwebs and skeletons.

The first one is a take on connected paper dolls. I wasn’t sure I’d have any paper long enough, but then I realized I still had an old page from my wall calendar lying around as scrap paper!

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So I cut and folded the paper into the right size, and then traced a spider drawing from the template found on the page mentioned above.

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The next step is easy! Just cut through all the layers after you’ve folded it like an accordion.

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I did this another time with a skull and crossbone design because it’s so stinkin’ easy to do.

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The second project is another easy one, but I felt bad having to use new materials. When I can, I reuse old scrap paper, fabrics, etc. But I couldn’t exactly use an old, already used garbage bag for this one… so. You gotta pick your battles.

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Cut a square, fold the bag, draw a design, and cut!

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Cuuuuuuuute.

The bark recipe will be made tomorrow, so the blog post about it will come late tomorrow night or Tuesday! Also, I’ll be posting another weekly recap vlog on my YouTube channel on Tuesday, so check that out!