Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween, everyone! :)

Here's a project I did with the kiddos that I nanny for today. Isn't it cuuute?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween party, part 4: Dining room decorations!

And last, but not least, the dining room!

Shhh...don't pay attention to the fact that I made two left hands. Oops!

I didn't have time to paint these, but I thought they looked ok as they were. Closeups of completed skeleton sconces:

There were also mice hiding on the stairs leading up to my sewing room (though they were a bit hard to capture in pictures):

And my favorite, bats in the greenhouse! (Unfortunately, we didn't think about the fact that there aren't lights in the greenhouse, so once the sun went down, no one could see them. Oops!)

Halloween party, part 3: Living room decorations!

An overall shot of our fireplace wall. Here's the right side of the fireplace:

Aaaand the left:

The candelabras, wreath, tiny skeleton hands, little stuffed ghost and gargoyles are all store bought. I made the little garland over the fireplace.

There are also some little mice running around in the bookcase. Can't see them? Let me zoom in a little:

There's even a little mouse hiding out at the base of one of the walls, welcoming our guests into the dining room. :)

We also had some little bats hiding out in our lamps!

Halloween party, part 2: Pumpkins!

Pumpkins. I already posted the haunted house one...which I ended up putting out on a pedestal in the graveyard. The second pumpkin was a ghost ship and it was a giant pain in the butt.

We had tons of problems getting the lid off and it took forever to scrape the insides because the walls were so thick. They actually needed to be thinned down even more so that you could see the light from inside better, but it's already starting to mold (in spite of lots of lysol), so I think it'd be a lost cause at this point. Oh well.

I also think that if I try this again, I'll use transfer paper to map the design. I had so many holes poked that I couldn't tell what I was carving, so it took far longer than it should've. Oh well...

Also, there are supposed to be full cut out sections of the water and parts of the ship, but I just didn't have the patience to deal with it.

Carving and shading pumpkins is definitely more time consuming, but I don't think it's really as difficult as it seems. It's all about having the right tools. Would anyone be interested in a little tutorial?

Halloween party pictures: part 1!

I think I'm going to split up my pictures from our Halloween party (which was Saturday), or I might drive you all insane. ;)

Let's start outside with my little graveyard:

These are all based on the graveyard that surrounds the Haunted Mansion at Disneyworld. I love them so. :)

Close ups:

P.S. The little ghost heads are from the dollar store. They blink different colored lights, you just can't see it in the pics.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Getting ready for our Halloween party!

The tombstones are waiting to be set up....I hand carved and painted these last year. More info about them here and here

and I have one pumpkin mostly carved. It will also get some ghosts cut out in the back that will project up onto the house, but I'm going to wait till tomorrow to do that. I also need to smooth this out some if I get time:

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Skeleton hands: Part 2

Last night, I worked on the second stage of the hands.

I coated the "joints" with the adhesive, then wrapped them in cotton, coated them again and molded the resulting putty to make them look a bit more like they're supposed to.

A note: This is certainly not a project if you don't like getting messy. My hands were covered in glue and cotton and I had to wash them off twice so that I could finish.

Don't they look creeepy? ;) They feel really weird too. As they're drying, the adhesive starts to feel cool and clammy. Ick! :P

I think I'll probably work a little more with some details on these and then paint them and attach them to the sconces. Wheee!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Creative Monday: Halloween Decorations

This week's project (still in progress):

In progress:

Here's the tutorial I'm using:

and I'm trying to recreate my own version of these, found in the Haunted Mansion:
(photo from, if anyone's interested. It's an awesome site!)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Creative Monday: Kit time!

My momma sent me this little kit that she found at Michael's and I just had to put it together.

Here's the kit (glue and scissors not included):

And here it is all finished:

Although I think I like him better without the bow:

Ooo, and as long as I'm discussing Halloween cool are these paper mache pumpkins? (fair warning, there's a finger injury in that tutorial, so if you see a bandaged finger and are squeamish, don't go any further!)

Friday, October 10, 2008

You have GOT to be kidding me.

Do you see what I see?

That's right, folks. It's SNOWING out there. Big, chunky snowball snowflakes. What the heck?!

I blame Pyper. She asked her mommy to go sledding. Clearly, she brought this nastiness on us!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

If you need me...

I will be here....

Or here....

Or possibly here!


Today is new furniture day! Wheeee!!! It will be here in just a few hours! :D

Friday, October 3, 2008

Adventures in furniture shopping!

Yesterday we placed an order for our first grownup furniture! Wheee! Our current bed was Jeff's when he was a child and our couch is probably at least that old. My back has been hurting and we just decided it was time. So, off to Ashley Furniture we went! (which I highly recommend, by the way!)

We actually started looking on Sunday, when we decided on the couch. Of course, we also found this awesome giant furniture at the front of the store. Seriously, who could this have been made for? I looked like Edith Ann. The edge of the chair hit the bottoms of my calves.

Anyway, on to the furniture we *actually* bought!

Here's the general living room group:

I know it's probably not everyone's style, but I love it and it is soooooooo comfy. I can't wait to snuggle up and take a nap on it.

We got that couch, but this chair and ottoman instead of the loveseat (just because of the space we have available). Jeff and I can cuddle up in it just perfectly:

Here's the rug:

And then we got this coffee table. You can't really tell in the pic, but there's a pretty little damask/paisley sort of design in the hammered part around the middle.

I might also back up and get the side table at some point too, but we just ordered the coffee table for now:

We also broke down and bought a bed too. It's woooonderful. I think it's a Sealy Posturepedic? I can't remember off the top of my head, but I can't wait for it to get here!! We also decided to get a queen size, instead of the full we've been sleeping on.

So, yay yay yay! I'm very excited. It sounds like everything but the rug should be here by next weekend? Eeeee! They originally said it would be 2-3 weeks. I. Can't. Wait!! :D