Haunting Sunday

Alas, the Packers lost today.

Despite that, Eric and I were fantastically productive. We got laundry done, cleaned the living areas, and we redecorated our porch with the new Halloween decorations that my MIL graciously gave to us. We also decorated a little bit inside, but I must say that our porch is sufficiently creepy, and I am looking forward to scaring small humans on the 31st.

We received a healthy list of frightening props from MIL, but I wanted something a little crafty to celebrate and showcase, so I revisited my bottle painting of a few months ago.

I had an extra wine bottle hanging around, and while Eric painted a wooden skeleton to put outside, I went about priming the bottle.

Here is what I did:

1. After priming, I did a base coat of black paint.

The black of every emo teenager’s soul.

2. I decided to class it up, and I “labeled” the bottle en francais!

 

Basically, this is my witch’s brew of crow blood. Mmm.

3. Finally, I had to make it clear that this was a bottle of blood, so I used a dark red and did a few drops. Now, to do this realistically, I had to first mix the red and black together, then slowly add more red as the streak went down. I then made it “pool” at the bottom. I am please with the outcome.

Bloody

No crows were harmed in the making of this craft

This has certainly put me in the mood for Halloween. We also got Christmas decorations, and anyone who has seen me around Christmas knows that I am OBSESSED!

Perhaps the best bit of goodies were the books with recipes and craft ideas. I got some wonderful gift ideas from them already, and I think they will be rather simple to do, which will be good. Can you say excited?!

Yesterday also was my orientation on the new j-o-b. I am definitely tempted by the kool-aid. Mmmmmm.
Hope you are all ready for holiday decorating! Keep it crafty. 😉

Challenge Complete!

Despite my garden area being butchered this weekend, I went ahead and finished my porch remodel.

In fact, I am typing this post at the little desk-made-table, sipping on some sweet-tea vodka and lemonade, on the porch. Eric is reading a book at the table across from me, and we have the windows open to let that fine breeze wash through here. It feels nice.

The good news about the garden fiasco is that it made my decoration choices a little more broad in that I had a few flower beds that I could incorporate into the motif, and that’s just what I did.

My first little project was to make some wind spinner type dealies (technical term). I cut out some square scraps of fabric and sewed them at the tops, stringing them together to make little flags, essentially. I hung those in the windows facing the street to add a little bit of color.

I also moved the desk to the other side of the porch, pulled it away from the wall, and I placed our four plastic chairs around it, to make a welcoming table area.

The flower beds I removed from the front yard and placed in the front and side windows. I also put up Zoe’s little cat bed in one of the windows, so she has a comfy place to watch the world outside.

The two pots of flowers I placed on my two Ikea benches from when I had the kitchen bar on Taylor Ave in Seattle. We’re not really using them here, so they are make-shift plant holders for now.

Final touches were made with three of our wedding gifts: we had two wrought iron decorative pieces (birds and a sign that says “LOVE”), which are hung above one of the windows looking into the house. The last bit was a basket decorated with flower shower curtain rings; we had so many of these rings that I was able to ring the basket in them and have “vines” dropping down, so it looks like a basket with cascading flowers.

All in all, I am very pleased with the outcome. I didn’t put a whole lot of work in, and it’s not very crowded (we have almost an entire two thirds with pretty much nothing in it), but it is already more welcoming. The empty spaces will be for holiday decor! Halloween and Christmas, look out!

As for our decimated front garden beds, well, we threw down mulch today. No weeds will grow, and we won’t bother. We don’t own the house, after all. Personally, I think the weeds looked better, but this was the fastest and easiest solution for us. *sigh* Oh well!

Super birthday ideas

My brother turns 11 this year, and while I still need to come to terms with that, I can easily move onto thinking about totally sweet birthday ideas for him in August.

After talking to my mom for a while today, I got a great start. She is redoing his room to be a superhero theme, which I think is about the coolest idea ever. Maybe the only thing cooler would be a Doctor Who theme. But I digress. With that in mind, I’m thinking it’s time to get crafty!

There are so many home decor items for sale with a superhero theme, but I don’t want to just buy something and send it. I would much rather make something specifically for him, but then, isn’t that one of the reasons that we craft? Still, it’s a lot easier to steal an idea than to come up with one, so here is what I’ve found:

Spiderman room from Pottery barn

All kinds of decor at Amazon

Marvel sells stuff, too

Check out all of these products

And etc.

There are just as many craft websites with how-to’s and examples of completely remodeled rooms. Of course, since I’m not there, and I can’t just go in like a whirlwind, I need to keep things kind of low key. I’m thinking maybe some wall decor, a door sign, self-made decals, etc. Mom requested a curtain, which I am happy to do.

So here are some fabric ideas:

Marvel Retro Comics Packed Superheroes Multi Fabulously retro, courtesy of fabric.com

Marvel Comics Superhero Names on Beige - Fat Quarter Quilt Fabric Some of Marvel’s big guns, or at least their titles

DC Comics Batman Joker's Back - Fat Quarter Quilt Fabric For a little more variety, try some DC comics

These would make a good curtain – maybe even sheets or pillow cases.

As for other projects, I’m thinking his name in wooden letters, decoupaged with comics. O paper letters on a string?

Decoupaged letters here.

My concern with the wooden letters is that they are kind of becoming cliché, and no offense, but my brother is totally original, so he deserves totally original stuff, too. Which is why I’m leaning toward paper letters on a string, a la wedding banners.

Regardless, I’m going to try to draw him some stuff, too. Maybe frame it, maybe use it for the decoupage, but I think that would be fun.

I am out of town again this weekend, so no posts from me. Be on the lookout for a guest post, though!

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Sam & Eric Exhibit

Happy Hump Day!

So, if you’ve read more than one post on this lil blog, you will see that I enjoy puns and alliteration more than should be allowed. Perhaps it’s a throwback from my days of writing MLA papers (MLA requires the use of a creative title), or perhaps it’s just another quirk of mine, but I can’t get enough of the two. Thus, I stumbled upon the idea of “Wedding Wednesdays”, where I would showcase either a DIY/crafty project from my own wedding, or something I saw and thought would be good for you to do.

Today I am showcasing my own elopement/wedding thing (welopement?), specifically the “Sam & Eric Exhibit” that I put together in our bay window for our families to fawn over while they were here with us.

The idea had sprouted before we decided not to have a more “traditional” wedding. I saw it as a take on the, apparently mandatory, slideshow of photos ending with the baby pictures side-by-side. Since the hubby and I are history buffs (he admittedly more so than I), I thought it would be a cool idea to instead have a “Museum of Love” sort of thing, which would house “artifacts” of our meeting, courtship, and so on.

We made a list of things to put in it, and then we decided to elope.

When my folks decided to drive here from Georgia, and we then decided to write a ceremony to share with our families on the beach, I wanted to use the museum idea. So I gathered a few small things, and I put them in our beautiful bay window, which has a convenient bench for displaying such things.

Since we technically got married three days before our ceremony, we had pictures from the courthouse framed, and they served as the centerpiece. We also included our Mariners bobble head, a Red Wings koozie, a Flyers puck, license plates from states we’ve lived in, and a few other trinkets. It was a great way to get people talking (ice breaker!), and it made the window look a little more festive than just looking over at our neighbor’s house.

And for me, it was a great little reminder of why I married the big lug.

Without further adieu, here is a picture of what the exhibit looked like. Thoughts?

The story of Sam & Eric as told by souvenirs.