Tag Archives: Halloween

Homestead: More October Crafts

28 Nov

October was a busy month!! I made that Classic Movie Monsters Halloween wreath, crocheted those two devil hats for my baby nieces, and went crazy with those spiral apple tawashis. And also, this stuff happened!:

I used this pattern as a base to make adorable candy corns of different sizes! Used a G hook and some Red Heart Super Saver yarn, red embroidery thread, and different sizes of safety eyes.

Took this snazzy photo in my bedroom, on some white paper on top of my bed with my reading lamp and overhead light as light sources, using an iPhone.

I really love this simple coaster pattern, so I went for the gusto and made a bunch of them in different Halloween-y colors. I used a G hook and cotton yarn since cotton easily absorbs leaks and spills. Some of the yarn is Sugar’n Cream, some is Peaches & Creme.

Another iPhone photo!

Side note: I was originally a die-hard Sugar’n Cream fan, I think mostly because it was sold in stores and I really like their logo. But my friend Melanie got me hooked on Peaches & Creme, and now I loooooooove it! It’s so soft and they have awesome colors!

I really like this simple but cool dish cloth pattern (made a lime green dish cloth for myself during the summer), so I decided to make some in holiday colors. Used size 7 needles for them all I think.

I made these two Christmas-y ones using Sugar’n Creme “Holiday Stripes”.

Used Peaches & Creme “Sunrise” for this one. I like the cheery candy corn-y colors!

This is Peaches & Creme “Trick or Treat”, I think it kind of looks like a calico cat. But still, great colors!

Remember the ghost from my Amigurumi Christmas Tree last year? I loved the little picot ruffle at the edge of it so much that I was inspired to make this little Ghostie guy.

Here he is, sitting on top of a pile of trash on my living room end table. I used a G hook and Red Heart Super Saver. And a stuck a little loop of yarn through the top of his head so you can hang him!

Also, I crocheted a little pumpkin! Used good ol’ Super Saver and a G hook (noticed I’d been using my G hook a lot? I actually lost it on the bus one day and almost threw a fit. It was a sad morning and I couldn’t crochet during my commute to work. But then I promptly purchased a replacement during my lunch break).

Here’s this cute little guy, hanging out on a pair of pj pants.

Apparently I’m terrible at decreasing, because, look at the size of those holes on the top! I tried redoing them, but it didn’t look much better. Also I stink at making the stem too. But it still came out cute!

And now, my favorite October thing: my Dark Helmet Halloween costume!! I’d been thinking about it since September, but I really only had time to work on it the week before Halloween. It didn’t come out too bad… for a costume made in a week.

Oh look, another iPhone photo. But at least it gives you an idea of the whole outfit. I started my day off with Mr. Coffee.

I wish I took photos of the whole process, but I can at least tell you about it. I had the boots and the belt, borrowed the black shorts from my sis Amelia, borrowed the gauntlet gloves from Tim, got the shirt and a black ladies dress from Savers, and made the cape out of the dress. I drew the tie and chest plates in Adobe Illustrator, transferred them onto some cardboard, cut them out with heavy duty scissors and an X-Acto blade, and painted them with black and grey gouache (I wish the trim was darker, but, whatever!). The helmet is a crazy conglomeration of a thin plastic bowl my mom gave me when she found out I was making the helmet, a hard hat from Home Depot placed inside the bowl, random things like beer koozies and pieces of fabric from the junk drawer placed around the hard hat to stabilize it inside the bowl, a giant piece of thick paper, strips of paper, bookbinder’s glue, black spray paint, and lots of duct tape. I made the belt buckle for Colonel Sandurz and me last-minute out of cardboard and gouache, and duct-taped them to our belts. Duct tape is my friend. The Schwartz is a Ring Pop, I got a green one for me and an orangey-red one for Lone Starr. I just wore my regular glasses so I could see, ha!

My friend Aimee made me the amazing Dark Helmet and Princess Vespa dolls. I played with them all damn day, it really sealed the deal for the costume!

On Halloween, I went up to Salem, MA with a group of people and we walked around as Spaceballs. Two-thirds of the people up there had no clue who we were, but the other third went nuts over us, including a bike cop, a few 10-year-old kids, and some Gwar-like folks! Tim took photos using the Fraziers’ awesome camera, which explains this awesome non-iPhone photo:

Spaceballs the Halloween Costume!

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Gifties: Devil-y First-Ever Crocheted Hats!

27 Oct

I’d never crocheted a hat before, but when my sis Liz mentioned that she wanted crocheted devil hats for Rosie and Lulu (my 11-month-old and 2-year-old nieces)… how could I resist an adorable challenge like that? 🙂

I had a hard time finding a pattern (there are plenty of KNIT patterns… no one wants to crochet a devil hat apparently), so I ended up using this cute Monkey Hat Pattern as a base for my hat, and using an H hook with Lion-Brand Cotton-Ease yarn in Cherry.

Here's how they came out!

For Rosie, I made the 6–12-month-old size, but it ended up being too small. 😦

For Lulu, I made the same hat but added two more rows of increases to make it bigger.

 

It fits!

I made up the horns…which took forever to figure out. I ended up doing 6 sc in a magic circle and alternately increased a sc and didn’t increase a sc until I got the shape I wanted.

And, instead of braiding the ear flap ties, I just made a bunch of sc’s.

These hats took me FOREVER and I kept making stupid mistakes. But they came out pretty okay for my first-ever crocheted hats!

Homestead: Halloween Wreath

21 Oct

I wasn’t able to do any insane Halloween decorations this year, but I was able to make at least one fun thing: a Halloween Wreath!

Close-up of monster faces.

I really wanted to make a Halloween wreath (and my upstairs neighbor made one for their door too so it’s adorable that we both have one!), and I wanted to do something with classic movie monsters. If you can’t tell, I decided on Frankenstein‘s monster, Dracula, The Wolf Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and The Mummy. I also made a little skull face for the center of the ribbon.

I made these dudes out of thick book board and acrylic and gouache paints. Cutting them out was a pain, I ended up using heavy-duty kitchen scissors and it took a couple of hours. Worth it though!

I got the ribbons and actual wreath from A.C. Moore, and the cool leafy garland from the Christmas Tree Shops.

This is what the whole wreath looks like hanging on our door. I didn't make the skeleton hanging in the middle; he's one of three that's also hanging on our door. Another Christmas Tree Shops special!

Thanks to Tim for letting me use his iPhone to take pics (I don’t have a camera anymore). I like how the monster colors came out almost neon!

Homestead: Frankie

30 Oct

So one cool thing about going through all of that stuff (please see the previous post!) is that I found some original paintings that I did, that I’d been looking for. Yay!

Here's a watercolor I did about four years ago, of a little girl in a Frankenstein monster costume. Used it to make a few Halloween cards and sent them to the place I interned at and a couple of clients/designers/artists/pals. I never thought I would see this again. So now I'm sharing this with all of you!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Homestead: Heartso and Pumpie

10 Nov

Someone needs to start posting in a more timely manner, and that someone is me!!

I’m pretty new to carving pumpkins. My mom so wouldn’t let me near the kitchen stove, let alone carving knives, as a kid, so I think my first real pumpkin carving experience came about at college one year.

Me hanging out with some other art school kids in the lounge.

Me hanging out with some other art school kids in the lounge.

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Me with my pumpkin carving contestants: Gourdy, Sick Gourdy, and Sick Pumpky. None of us won. 😦

Last year my boyfriend Tim and I bought a cute little pumpkin together. But due to my laziness and Tim’s vehement un-appreciation of pumpkin guts smell, it just sat in our kitchen until it’s moldy death in mid-November.

This year, Tim’s mom bought us a pumpkin, because we’d both been ill and she wanted to cheer us up. And fortunately, our friends Matt and Diana rescued it from an uncarved moldy fate by inviting us to their place for some wholesome pumpkin carving fun!

Instead of cutting off the top, I carved a big heart in the back and gutted him out that way. It wasnt the brightest idea, but, I saw it through til the end.

Instead of cutting off the top, I carved a big heart in the back and gutted him out that way. It wasn't the brightest idea, but, I saw it through til the end.

It may look like Im being mean to him, but trust me, he likes it.

It may look like I'm being mean to him, but trust me, he likes it.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you... Chrissy! AND HEARTSO!

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you... Chrissy! AND HEARTSO!

Time to light up!

Time to light up!

Heartso tends to make boyfriends look like a pansy. A very very cute pansy. ;D

Heartso tends to make boyfriends look like a pansy. A very very cute pansy. ;D

Matt takes a pic of Pumpie, his delightfully devilish white pumpkin (and Heartsos BFF!).

Matt takes a pic of Pumpie, his delightfully devilish white pumpkin (and Heartso's BFF!).

Heartso and Pumpie model off their new looks in Matt & Dianas fireplace.

Heartso and Pumpie model off their new looks in Matt & Diana's fireplace.

Heres more of an artsy/blurry close-up, for your viewing pleasure.

Here's more of an artsy/blurry close-up, for your viewing pleasure.

Pumpkin Carving Buddies! Matt, Diana, Chrissy, and Tim. (About to gourge on roasted pumpkin seeds, candy corn, and beer!)

Pumpkin Carving Buddies: Matt, Diana, Chrissy, and Tim!

When things look down, just remember that Heartso loves you.

Hey Kids: When things look down, just remember that Heartso loves you.

Unfortunately, the lit tea light burned the inside top of Heartso, which caused his stem to sink in. And 5 days later, all of his insides were black with mold. So, he didn’t make it to Halloween.

😦