October 13, 2009 § 1 Comment
My mom loves it when I decorate her house for Halloween. This year I pulled out the giant box of cutesy decorations I put up every year (ceramic jack-o-lanterns, intricate black iron candle holders bearing orange pillar candles) and we decided it was time for something a little more exciting.
I took the picture with my phone so bear with me. So what do we have here?
- White glitter skull (skull- $1 at the dollar store, spray painted with white paint and then again with spray glitter)
- Silver pumpkins (tiny pumpkins from the grocery store- $0.69, spray painted with silver paint)
- black glitter rose (black rose from Michael’s- $1.99, sprayed with glitter)
- silver tray and black netting- both from the dollar store
- spider webbed wine goblets (glasses- $1 each, I drew a web print with elmer’s glue and dusted with silver glitter)
I created the “Poison” bottle by first holding a wine bottle over a pot of boiling water to steam off the label, then printed this label I found from an awesome gallery of free spooky potion labels on Flickr
October 4, 2009 § Leave a comment
I got this inspiration from my new cousin’s wedding invitations- instead of the traditional folded invite, stack two papers and bind together with a strip of decorative paper (“belly band” in marketing talk.) Stay tuned and I’ll post a download to the “boo!”s and the inside with the vintage papery background.
I even lined the envelope for extra- fanciness
Here are all of the pieces laid out.
What you need (everything but the “boo!”s and inside parts) are from Michael’s:
- sparkly black paper
- matte black paper
- textured orange paper
- Spook Alley paper book
- elmer’s glue
- black envelopes
- foam mounting tape
- silver glitter
- trace the square side of one of the envelopes onto scrap paper to make a template for the invite, leave 1/4 inch because the invite will be bulky
- cut out the orange and the matte black paper to the template, and chop off the bottom inch for the accent paper
- cut the sparkly black paper to 2″xwidth of the invite, glue to the back of the black matte paper
- cut purple paper (from the Spook Alley book) to 2″xwidth of the invite, glue to the back of the orange paper
- on the black paper, draw a spider web with the elmer’s glue and sprinkle with silver glitter
- with one sheet of ghost paper, cut out ghosts of varying sizes and tape with foam mounting tape to the black paper
- print out boo’s and the inside of the invite (download coming soon!), cut out and glue
- tape a ghost to the orange piece
- cut out a strip of ghost paper to 1″ wide, and cut length so it can wrap around the 2 pieces stacked and easily slide off. glue ends together
- with another piece of purple paper, trace the envelope with the flap open, and trim small strips away until it easily slides inside with the glue on the top showing.
- glue the purple piece into the envelope
- finito! happy haunting.
October 4, 2009 § Leave a comment
I found this recipe on allrecipes about a month ago and since then I have brought it to a tailgate party, housewarming, and happy hour- every time it is a hit! It is basically everything you love about jalapeno poppers in a dip and you can make it in 5 minutes. Serve with tortilla or pita chips.
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
- 2 ounces canned diced jalapeno peppers, drained
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese