October 16, 2009

More Halloween Decorating

My bright blue walls aren't very spooky, are they?




(sorry Greta. you picture's still there)


Spooky crow...


I don't really know what you call those but they have web in them.


I went a little crazy with the web and after much trial and error I believe I finally realized the trick to making the fake webbing work, of course, that was after I already did this.


There's even more that I'm not finished with yet. I can't wait until Christmas! It's going to be insane in my apartment.

October 12, 2009

Craft: Halloween Wreath



This is my rip off of a Martha Stewart idea. Turned out pretty nice, if I do say so myself...

Supplies: Two bunches of fake red rose flowers, wooden wreath base, black spray paint, ribbon

Cost: $10 for flowers, $4 for paint, $2 for wreath, $4 for the ribbon and tulle.

Time: About 2 hours.

Difficulty: Easy

Casualties: Black paint under my fingernails that won't come off!


First, cut the roses off the stems with about three inches of stem left intact.

The stems help to attach the flowers to the wreath. You stick them in between the wooden branches.



Next spray paint the flowers. I wanted to cover as much red as I could so I pulled the petals apart with my fingers but I paid the price with black hands after wards.



After the flowers have dried you can tie your ribbon on. Martha used black satin. I decided to go with orange sparkly ribbon over orange tulle to make it look a little less gothic and more festive.

Yay! Halloween!

October 10, 2009

Craft: Amoeba Pillow Case



I got all excited when I saw this pillow made from felt and wanted to make a version for my couch.

Supplies: About a yard and a half of felt fabric, pillow (I used an 18x18in), thread, sewing machine

Cost: ~$8 for my fleece, already had thread, $16 for the pillow.

Time: About 4 hours.

Difficulty: Moderate

Casualties
: None

I made the pillow case like this other pillow.



Next I used all the remaining fabric to make these circles that create that cool effect. I used a cup to make a circle template. I don't know how many I cut, I just kept cutting until there was no felt left over. This took about an hour all together.



To make the cool little rosettes fold a circle in half and then fold it in half again. Thread through the pillow case, then through the bottom point of your folded circle then back again. Make sure your stitches are tight so the circles stay put.

Now repeat a bazillian times.



I went a little wild and ended up with this odd amoeba shaped blob but I think it looks pretty cool.



The felt isn't especially soft but you probably wouldn't want to lay your head down on that blob anyway.