Saturday, October 31, 2015

31 Days of Halloween 2015 - Day 31: HALLOWEEN!!!!


We had a WHOLE bunch of kiddos in the house tonight, and a fun dance party outside again this year.  We played some games, ate a lot of food and even more sweets.  The costume contest was super fun, and a good time was had by all :D

Here's a photo dump of the night.  I was super busy, so I didn't get a ton taken, but hopefully I can add more as my friends share them with me.

Mad Scientist Potion Splats, Eyeballs, and Spiderwebs - just cuz ;)

The hottest Frankenstein evah!! 

MUAH AH AH!!  Why yes, I did create that monster!  ;P

The kiddos did NOT want to go with our theme, so they picked super heroes - we've got 2 Catwomen, Batman, and a mini Spiderman - complete with fake muscles!  ;P

And our party would not have been complete without our awesome Lifegroup friends throwing a dance party in our driveway - you can't see very well, but there's a full on Chewbacca costume dancing in there ;)

Good times, y'all.  Good times.  Now onto Thanksgiving!!!

31 Days of Halloween 2015 - Day 30: DIY Frankenstein Bolts

My hubby was such a trooper this year and agreed to go as the Frankenstein to my Mad Scientist.  But what is a Frankenstein monster without neck bolts??  NOTHING I TELL YOU!!

Muah ah ah!



Okay, so I went rummaging through my boys' tool bench and found a couple of plastic toy screws that they never ever played with except to maybe chew on.  They're way too old to be doing that, so I repurposed them ;)  If you don't have little boys with toys you can steal repurpose, then you can check out this shop on Amazon

First things first, you have to trim them to the right length.

I went rummaging through my husband's tools (do you see a pattern here?) and found this trimmer thingy.  Yes, all very technical.  Actually, I have no idea what this thing is called, so here's a picture.

This is what they will look like trimmed:

 I spray painted them satin nickel metal, mainly because that's what I already had in my garage.

Why yes, that is a bead stuck in the middle of the screw.  Thank you, son.

After the silver was dry, I lightly sprayed some black on there in places to make it look aged.

At this point, you can attach them with spirit gum and call it a day if you would like.  But if you don't feel like dealing with that, you can make a felt choker to put it on your neck.  I just cut a strip of felt (2 actually, and sewed a seam because it wasn't long enough for my husband's neck).  I put it on him and figured out where the bolts needed to go and cut holes in the strip.  Then I stuck the bolts through to the first ring and hot glued another piece of felt on top to keep it in place.  

For the stitch look, I cut out little square shapes all the way around on both sides.  You could sew velcro onto it if you wanted, but we just used a safety pin.  Added to the appeal ;P

I love that man :D

31 Days of Halloween 2015 - Day 29: Monster Warts Candy Buttons

I know.  I'm totally lame.  I managed to pretty much never do these posts on time this year.  Grrr....

Anyway, I have a cookie business and I usually have a royal icing left over after orders.  Something that I like to do with it is also coincidentally something that my kids love, too.

I first saw this idea over at Sweet Sugarbelle (I love her!!).

Basically, you just pipe dots of royal icing onto parchment paper.  You can either leave it on the parchment paper so it resembles candy buttons, or once they're dry you can pop them off and put them in a bowl.

For Halloween, I had a bunch of grey, black, white, and lime green.  I also had a bunch of fun little nonpareils sprinkles, so I dashed some of those on there.  My first thought was, "Man, those look like some sort of gnarly monster wart."  And hence you have the name of this post.  I got an abysmal amount of photos (one, folks.  One.)  But if you want to know how to make them with a more in depth tutorial, head on over to The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

31 Days of Halloween 2015 - Day 28: Costume Contest Prize Pics

I'll be printing these on my new edible printer and putting it on some cookies for our awards ;)  Just go ahead and right click and save the pics to use it for yourselves :D





31 Days of Halloween 2015 - Day 27: Trick or Treat Bags

I know, I remake these every year.  I just can't seem to come up with something that I LOVE.  But this year, I think I might have.  This pattern is so great!  My inspiration was this cute little bat bag.  I also saw some that were collapsible, and knew I wanted that aspect to be part of the bag.

I don't have time to get all the pictures up or the pattern, but when I do, I will get it added on here.  

31 Days of Halloween 2015 - Day 26: Recycled Parts Shirt

My husband is going as Frankenstein for Halloween this year, but we wanted to do a non-traditional version of him.  So we have the makeup, and I'm working on the bolts, but the clothes still needed to be done.  I found this shirt online, and knew I wanted something like it.

I searched Pinterest, as per the usual, and found the recycling symbol and a silhouette of Frankenstein.  I just traced them in my Silhouette software and cut them out of regular green HTV and lime green HTV.

 However, I totally forgot to flip the image for the recycling symbol and Frankenstein's face, but I figure, it's just for a costume ;P

31 Days of Halloween 2015 - Day 25: Frankie Shoes

My sister gave me some hand-me-down black flats and they were just a little too big to wear all the time.  I decided that I really wanted to make something for Halloween.  My first attempt just didn't leave me feeling all that impressed...

So, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some outdoor craft paint, and painted the toe of the shoes and fun apple green.  I taped off the edge and the soles of the shoes, but it still managed to leak a little.  Oh well.

 I did about 4 coats of paint.  Once it was all dry, I cut out my design for Frankie from black Oracal 651 (Permanent vinyl) and attached it with clear transfer tape so I could see better where it was being placed.

The instructions for both the paint and the vinyl say to let it cure for about 72 hours before wearing them, so keep that in mind if you choose to do this project.

You can purchase the cut file for Frankie's faces through my etsy store.  If you don't see it there, let me know and we can get it in.

31 Days of Halloween 2015 - Day 24: Halloween Hand Towel

Y'all - so much going on this week.  I've been working like a busy bee, but haven't been able to sit down and dump it all here on the blog.  First up is our bathroom hand towel.  Since we're going for a mad scientist theme this year, I thought green and black with eyeballs would go quite well ;)

Start with a hand towel of your choice.  For these, they were really big, so I cut them into quarters.

I folded the sides under twice on three sides and sewed them down.  I left one edge raw because I'll be attaching the Halloween fabric to that.

Take your first fabric and fold it in half. then cut a folded strip about 2 times as long as your hand towel.

Lay it on top of your contrasting fabric and figure out what you want it to look like and cut it out.

Flip your first fabric inside out and sew the side edges.  Trim the corners for crisper edges.

Flip right side out and press.

Do the same with the other fabric, then lay them together.

Do a double row of basting stitches to gather.

Gather so that it fits onto your hand towel.

With WRONG sides together, pin and sew.  This seam will be covered by ribbon.

Trim the seam.

Sew one side of the ribbon over the fabric.  Once it's sewn, go back and sew the top by the hand towel portion.

Trim edges of ribbon and fold under, then sew it closed.

For a final touch, make a little bow and hand tack it onto the towel.

All done!!

And in it's natural habitat (aka, our powder room).

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