Have I mentioned that my roommate LOVES Halloween? For the past two years that I’ve lived with her, she’s turned our place into a wickedly awesome wonderland of haunted decor. We have Halloween-themed candles, dishes, mugs and signs. We even have a broom outside of our door.
The lil ghost below always gives me the side eye whenever I want to take a piece of candy from our bat-tray, and our other lil ghost glows brightly in our hallway. It’s fun to come home to such a spooktacular place. :)
More Spooktacular Sweetness:
Last year, I stumbled upon a local monthly Meetup group for crafters: Craft Bar. I liked the group’s Facebook page and set a goal to check out an event. Almost a year later, I made my first visit, recruiting a few friends to join in on the fun. October’s session, “Hey Gourdgeous,” (cute, right?) was all about festively celebrating fall. Craft Bar partnered with Etsy Meet & Make to offer up some spooktacular craft projects. For a donation of $5.00 we had access to supplies, snacks and (most importantly) support from fellow crafters. :)
As attendees, we were invited to hand stitch paneled fabric pumpkins; resurrect matchboxes into “Day of the Dead” mini coffins using decoupage techniques; decorate mini pumpkins with stickers, ribbons and embellishments and sew fabric, Halloween-themed mini bags. To create my mini bag, I got the chance to sit behind a sewing machine. (I hadn’t powered a machine peddle since middle school days!) I snapped a few shots of some of the wickedly awesome projects in progress.
Thanks to the super friendly hosts and volunteer instructors. I’ll be back, Craft Bar!
The Halloween decor has made it’s gleefully ghoulish return to our apt. ;) Let the fall holiday decorating begin! Do you have any decorations up in your home yet?
I started scrapbooking when I was in middle school, but these days, I don’t make much time to do it. When I go home to visit my family though, I can’t pass up on the opportunity to raid my mom’s MEGA scrapbooking stash. My mom picked up the hobby with several of her friends at work and now attends workshops, retreats and scrapbooking events. She has an entire room filled with tools, stickers, circle cutters, ink pads, buttons, ribbons and stacks upon stacks of velum and other assorted papers. It’s a kid in the candy store moment for me every time I sort through her materials; there’s always some small embellishment that catches my eye and inspires me to create a new page that I hadn’t planned to work on.
When my mom asked me if I wanted to go to a workshop taught by a friend of hers from her scrapbooking group during my last visit home, I immediately said yes. The focus of the class was on decoupage. We all met on a Friday afternoon and sat through a quick tutorial on the art of decoupage. Our teacher brought in the blue dress piece (above) as inspiration; she also brought all of the stamps and supplies to recreate the dress on canvas (plus a bunch of other materials for us to use liberally). Our teacher demonstrated great patience and skill in helping to explain techniques to us, oftentimes repeatedly.
First, we painted the sides of our canvas, and then came the hard part. We had to decide what we wanted to focus on as subject material. I was drawn to the clocks and time-related pieces that our instructor had in her magic bag of supplies. I was particularly taken by this quote from Sidney J. Harris: “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Amen. My mom decided to create an artwork similar to the instructor’s, using a stamp set and some delicate folding to recreate the 3D layers of the dress. We sat for hours chit chatting, working on our individual canvases, admiring others’ works in progress and snacking. With the help of a little Mod Podge, which we used to secure all of our paper, trinkets and ribbons, we each walked home with a mini masterpiece. :)