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Little Ms. Frightmare

I present to you, dear readers, my most horrible creation yet (and my proudest achievement) – I’ve made a Halloween decoration that I’m actually afraid of.  Behold, Little Ms. Frightmare:

I found an old Barbie styling head toy at Goodwill, something I’d been hoping to find since LAST YEAR, because the opportunity to take pretty, blonde little Barbie and turn her into the stuff of nightmares was too fantastic to pass up.  For those unfamiliar with what this toy looked like before I got to her:

 

All it took to turn princess into possessed was paint, patience, some spray adhesive, and AGES of back-combing.  The night I made this was a long one, it was well past midnight when I deemed her done.  I set her on the bookcase in my living room to dry, then went to the kitchen to refresh my drink, then settle into some 30 Rock on Netflix to wind down for the night.  When I turned the corner back into the living room, my eyes were drawn instantly to her empty, soulless gaze, and immediately my heart plummeted into my shoes.  It was LOOKING at me.  My knees went weak as I realized (too late!) that all my worst nightmares had come true, and my awful creation had come alive to eat my family.  Of course, I then realized that it was just the angle, and I’m a moron.  However, I am taking no chances, so until the day of our annual Halloween bash (nay, the very HOUR the guests will arrive), she is stored in the hall closet, facing the back wall.  I’m still a little afraid to open that closet now though, which is terrible, because that’s where the extra towels and toilet paper are stored.  I’m mostly afraid that Husband will have snuck into said closet at some point, and turned her facing out, so that the next time I go in there, I will promptly shit myself from fear.  I’ve warned him not to do this under penalty of death, which was probably the best thing I could’ve done to encourage him.

Just a few more shots to give you the full effect:

 

She wants you to come and play… forever, and ever, and ever, and ever.

 

 

I think I just heard giggling coming from the closet.  <shudder>

 

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The Wall

Right off the bat, I want to apologize for being MIA.  My work/life schedule has been filling up at an alarming rate, and I am still learning discipline.  Anyway, I am still alive, still crafting.  So here’s a quick photo roundup of what I’ve been up to:

ImageI got this frame from my Grandma.  Wasn’t sure how to put anything in it anyway, since the back doesn’t open, so I tried my hand at a old-school style silhouette.  Image

Monster eye magnets!  God knows I have the bottlecaps to spare.  Considering making a monster on my front door out of construction paper, and holding it up with a gazillion eyes. 

 

I also scored this from G-unit:

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I’m pumped about this thing!  Especially considering our regular coffee maker only makes 4 cups, which is fine for just me and Husband, but when a party is winding down and people need to perk up a bit… THIS fantastic 32 cup wonder will prevent me from spending the last hour making pot after pot of coffee in the kitchen.  I couldn’t help thinking it just so happens to be the perfect color for a construction paper Frankenstein face!  My goal is for everything functional to also be decor.  Anyway, turns out the color was a main selling point back in the day… check out the box:

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So, yeah.  It’s trendy, too.  Good to know.  🙂

Also got started on another piece like the Ouija board… in the sense that I didn’t have or couldn’t get what I originally wanted, and what I made turned out to be cooler.  This one is going to stay up year-round I think:

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The ribbon got added because I screwed up the lettering for the next line royally.  This ought to teach me to stop free-handing everything, but…eh.  The text yet to be painted will say “Let him read your PAST * PRESENT and FUTURE in his crystal”.  Everyone I’ve shown it to so far hasn’t recognized it, so here’s a pic to jog your memory:

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Like I said, its not finished, but its a good start.  The Ouija board and Professor Marvel will be part of a wall display, along with a bunch of creepy photos that I found, like this,

 

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and this.

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I got the frames up today, just to give myself an idea of what goes where and what size it will all need to be, once I find someone willing to let me use their printer.  I’ve gotta get one of those someday.  Here’s the wall. 

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Pay no attention to that green bag up top!  The Great Oz has spoken!  *BOOMPOWPOW* 

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The Haul!

The haul!!

Its just a start, but a good one.  My mom also let me raid her craft room for all the paints as well as two big bags of assorted fabrics.  I got started with a few props for the dolls, which will be made to look like iconic horror characters for our scavenger hunt.  Here’s CarolAnne’s TV set:

The TV is made out of an old cardboard ring box.  I painted it brown and cut a square hole in the lid for the screen.  I cut a square piece of clear thin plastic from the package one my husband’s tools came in.  I painted the static on a small piece of white paper by essentially stabbing it repeatedly with my paintbrush.  I’m going to put a blue battery-operated tealight inside so that it will glow and flicker.

Here’s Jason’s hockey mask:

And here’s the start of Freddy Krueger:

I made the hat out of the cap from a cheap bottle of vodka.  The brim is cut from a flexible piece of plastic.  I know its not exactly a fedora, but I think especially once he has his signature maroon and brown striped shirt, he’ll certainly be recognizable as everyone’s favorite undead pervert. Here’s a better view of the claw hand thingy:

Its just a piece of the same plastic as the hat brim, painted brown of course, and the claws are broken safety pins.  I cut the points off flat so no one would prick themselves.  I still have to bend them out straight with needlenose pliers, so that they point out instead of up, but you get the idea.

I can’t wait to really hit this full force, I’ve been waiting to start the dolls for what feels like forever!  Luckily, I have a day off tomorrow, and I can guarantee by evening I will be gleefully covered in paint and glue, and have much more to show you!

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Coasting Right on Through

Several weeks ago, the husband and I were out to breakfast. I always get the same thing – omelet with mushrooms, green peppers, cheese, please.  Anyway, I don’t know who brought it up initially but suddenly we were brainstorming ideas for our annual Halloween party (to call it annual is actually rather generous of me considering this year will only be the second time).  That was at least a month ago.  Since then, I have become a woman obsessed.  I can’t stop talking about it.  I’m starting to drive everyone around me crazy.  I just got so excited about some of the ideas Husband and I came up with, and I was feeling very inspired, and I wanted to start RIGHT NOW!!  But our bank account wasn’t (and still isn’t) in a position to set me loose in the craft supply store.  Which led me to start looking up different craft, and menu, and cocktail, and game etc ideas online, and I found a few things I WAS able to do with things I already had around the house.  Which is why I started this blog.  So I can stop prattling on and on to friends and family who are kind of over it at this stage, and start prattling on and on to the Internet instead.  That being said, I had so much fun with the coaster project yesterday that I just kept right on rolling.  I put in The Addams Family for atmosphere, made myself a shameless cocktail of whatever we had around (turned out to be shot Triple Sec, equal amount lime juice, filled rest of glass with Vitamin Water XXX.  Surprisingly pretty good).

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(Taken at the opposite end of my kitchen table from where I was making the coasters, which was covered (as well as the floor) with a hundred fabric and ribbon scraps, 7 different paints, a pile of old, scratched-up CDs, 3 paintbrushes, and one overflowing ashtray)

Here’s the new batch:

Bonus round!  They glow in the dark!

Huzzah!

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Coasters and Burritos for Breakfast

Today is a day of happy substitutions.  I made the best breakfast burrito EVER due to the fact that I was out of milk (whipped a little spurt of garlic Cesar dressing into 2 eggs and cooked, rolled it up in a tortilla with 1 cut up breakfast sausage, mozzarella, and leftover couscous and veg.  No milk for coffee either, so Cool Whip stood in.  Amazing.  Highly recommend.  As long as you’re obstinately ignoring a decadent slide into obesity, like me).  Due to the fact that I didn’t have the necessaries to make the million other craft ideas I had spent all day yesterday combing the Internet for, I ended up making these:

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These coasters are made from old CDs, clothes I was about to get rid of, and some fabric paint.  I still have some polishing up to do on them; sharpen the edge cuts and put a thin piece of plastic on top for protection, but you get the idea.  These are so easy to make, and you don’t need to buy anything!  Look around the house for odds and ends that aren’t currently living up to their potential, and see what you come up with.  And before you say it, it is NOT too early to be making Halloween stuff.  I honestly tend to struggle for inspiration UNLESS I’m working on Halloween crafts.  Then I can hardly seem to keep up with myself.  So you can certainly continue to expect more fartsy-craftsy posts!

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