Tuesday. 😏 So besides work and "adulting" stuff, lately my free time mostly is spent digging through containers like this and whipping up Halloween accessories. With visions of jack o' lanterns & candy corn swirling in my head, I've been feeling like a Halloweeny Willy Wonka bringing these pieces from my imagination into real life. Even when my actual job has me worn down, when I get to the haunted apartment - I lose myself in the creativity all of this. I've sped up my factory line (lol) and within the week I should be ready for a reveal... I am so happy, excited and I seriously hope you Halloween Freaks & Geeks approve! 🎃
I saw this really fun succulent dream catcher last month and I immediately started planning to make a Halloween one!
Dream catchers were originally envisioned by a Native American councilman as a spider web in a hoop with a feather and bead attached to catch bad or unimportant dreams and allow good ones to pass through. They are meant to be displayed above a sleeping area where the first morning light will shine on it, making the bad dreams disappear from the web. Traditionally, they're made from red willow, animal sinew, and feathers. They should be all natural with at least 7 points in the web and the hoop about 3-5 inches big.
As a vegan, I didn't want to include animal products in my dream catcher. It being made with natural materials was important to me, so I went with a cotton finger weight yarn in place of the sinew. I decided on 13 points to represent the moons. The hoop is a small pre-made grapevine wreath. The succulent one I saw inspired me to put some dried moss on the bottom, which I glued on with a homemade flour paste. The string holding the paper leaves I made is a thin sisal rope. I thought about using real leaves, but it's perpetual winter here, and I didn't want to use something that would ultimately crumble to pieces. I chose lithium quartz and black amethyst in place of beads as they are said to be good for sleep. I attached them with copper wire to make them look like a spider and a fly wrapped in the web.
I’ve seen a surge in Halloween countdown sales the past few weeks. You’re all smart since April is 6 months away from the spookiest month of the year - October.
Start stitching this count down now so your little ghouls and goblins are ready October 1st to start the tradition that brings more excitement candy.
Click the link in bio to view the Haunted Monster House with all 30 countdown characters.
While I do have a schedule for a years worth of blog posts already in place, I also like to stay flexible and am always eager to hear ideas and suggestions from you guys.
What would you like to see coming up on the blog? Any particular recipes? Specific DIY projects? Themes? I'm listening!
#ThrowbackThursday to 1st place costumes, White Goodman and Fran from the movie Dodgeball. Halloween 2015 with @paularnottjr . Made it all from scratch with Goodwill hockey pads and other nonsense. Took forever, but 100% worth it👌🏼
Slide right for more pics and for a close up of Ben Stiller (I mean me).
This slime is bloody disgusting...and AWESOME! it's thermochromic and changes from an almost blood black to a nice oxygenated red with just my body temp. Shout out to @atlantachemical for such fabulous stuff. Check them out if you want to make your own color changing magic
At room temp (currently 70 degrees) the contents of this bag are solid and a little light in color...but this isn't meant to stay room temp... Any guesses what happens when it hits...oh say, body temperature...or above?
It's #chinesenewyear and Lucifur, the Lord of Barkness, has taken over the Nom and declared it "Year of the Hellhound!" She's celebrating by sharing her own personal recipe for #DIY Cold-Hearted Killer Dog Treats as well as a few other Hellhound inspired treats and yummies!
Announcing our summer camp schedule for 2018. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about summer camp — it’s all about the balance. Activities and rest, performance and study, outside with inside. We are so excited to share these interactive themes with our kiddos this year! Space is limited to 10 students per section. Two bilingual instructors per activity!
a few weeks ago I helped a friend make almost 50lbs of #slime for a community event. It was so much fun! Here's one of the buckets of "crunchy" green we made. Would you guys be interested in some Nom-ified slime recipes or is slime already a "so last year" project?
Lucifur, the Lord of Barkness, stepped in today to lend a paw with testing out a new 100% vegan #bathbomb made from all edible ingredients. Now she is squeaky clean with soft, coconut and lime scented fur and a slight sparkle!
Some final tweaks, a few tiny adjustments and a completely new body and I'm finally happy with Lucifur, the Lord of Barkness' official paper doppelganger! I switched her from laying down to standing up and gave her a true to life pink belly! One more test build using card stock to really work out the final bugs as well as a written sheet of instructions and she will be ready for the world!