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Decorating for Halloween

Need some Halloween decorating ideas?

Halloween Black and Orange Tape Garland by Paper Klip Design

Make your own black and orange garland from tape or paper, or get one from Paper Klip Design

Keep Calm and Scary On printable poster by Craftily Ever After

A Halloween version of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, free for you to download and print by Craftily Ever After.

Glittered pumpkin candle holders by Twig & Thistle

Get the glittered pumpkin candle holders tutorial by Kathleen of Twig & Thistle. These would look great in silver and black too.

Pumpkin Balloons and Table by Martha Stewart

Easy pumpkin balloons decorate this yummy table with cider and donuts by the queen of Halloween (Martha, of course.)

Creepy Halloween Candles by Martha Stewart

And another by Martha: creepy Halloween candles.

One Pretty Thing also offers a round up of pumpkin carving ideas and resources here and here, and Amy Atlas offers several pretty no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.

Happy Haunting!

Images by their respective owners

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Witch Craft: A Halloween Giveaway!

witch craft crafting book by quirk books

Of all the holidays, Halloween, for me, seems to lend itself best to fun crafts (lots of easy crafts, too). I am always happy to find easy-to-follow craft books with cute ideas and a lot of photos, so when Quirk Books asked if I was interested in reviewing Witch Craft: Wicked Accessories, Creepy-Cute Toys, Magical Treats and More, I jumped at the chance. It’s a compilation (by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar) of crafts by lots of talented folks, many of them with handmade shops. Yes!

I am not exaggerating when I say that Elena and Rosa pick up this book every day and read it like a regular book. I think they love the photos, which are great. There are also very sweet illustrations of bats and ghosts and pumpkins and witches by Alison Oliver throughout the book.

I asked the girls to pick their favorite projects. Rosa told me she likes these plushie poison apples:


And Elena came home from school one day last week and told me she signed up to learn how to crochet in art class so that she could make this Good Little Witch from the book:

crocheted halloween witch doll

But they were most excited to make the potions jars:

halloween potions bottle craft

So we did (well, our version of them, anyway):

colorful potions jars for halloween decorations

We found these great bottles at the craft store. The girls made some other funny potions in old soda bottles, including dragon blood and my favorite, goblin spit (it’s yellow – did you know that?).

The book includes nice, lengthy bios of the contributors and links to their shops as well as to other craft supply shops.  Online, you can get downloads and see more pictures of the crafts included in the book. Take a look.

You want to know what the best part is? Quirk is offering a copy of the book to one of you lucky readers! Leave a comment below by next Monday (October 18). I will use random.org to pick a winner and announce it next Tuesday, October 19.

Sound good? Of course it does! Good luck – this is a great book.

Images from book courtesy of Quirk Books

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[Crafty Monday] Easy Halloween Crafts

Ugh. That’s how I’ve been feeling for the last three days, in bed with a nasty head cold. Thank you, back-to-school germs!

I had a Halloween craft that I wanted to do with the girls this weekend, but couldn’t gather enough energy to do it, once it became apparent that I didn’t actually buy the pad of construction paper that I thought I’d bought.  So, that’s going to have to wait.

Instead, here are three simple Halloween crafts/decorations you might like to try.

First, these Mummy pots from Better Homes and Gardens are very clever and simple:

mummy pots

Martha has a zillion ideas. I like this glittery skull and bones idea – plus, it doubles as decoration for your Indiana Jones themed birthday party…

glittery skulls

And from Make and Takes, these mini witch brooms. I just like how perfect they look, and I’m also thinking that these are just about fairy size too.

Mini Witch Brooms

Speaking of fairies, I haven’t talked about Elena and the fairies lately, but she has been preparing for their return (if you recall, they spent the summer in Canada, safe from lawnmowers), by sprinkling copious (and I mean COPIOUS) amounts of glitter all around the yard, as well as a potion (colored water) to keep the evil goblins away.

I can’t really complain about having a sparkly lawn.  But I might keep complaining about this stupid head cold.

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[Etsy Wednesday] No Tricks, All Treats

Hello hello! I’m back from my whirlwind trip, exhausted but happy that I jumped at the chance to go to Zurich, Munich and some places in between.

I want to share some photos in the coming days. Right now, though, I want to revel in the colors and the fun of fall and Halloween. This is my favorite time of the year.

truLuxe Orange acorns Market Bag by Moop

Lili Dress by ManiMina Fantastic Toys Halloween pdf

Crow Letterpress Card Zombie Finger Puppets

Fall Leaves cookies Mustaches by Lupin

First Row
14 Needle Felted Wool Acorns by truLuxe ($25) [Cute stocking stuffers, no?]
Market Bag in Black with Adjustable Strap by Moop ($93) [Moop bags are the best on Etsy]

Second Row
The Lili Dress by Mani-Mina ($22) [I love all of Mani-Mina's offerings]
Halloween Paper Toy Party Favor PDF by Fantastic Toys ($4) [I'm a fan of downloadable paper items]

Third Row
Crow Letterpress card by ilee papergoods ($3.50) [I have a lot of ilee notecards in my stationery stash]
Zombie Finger Puppet by Cheryl A. Smith ($5/one) [This shop has been in my favorites for a long time]

Fourth Row
Dotty Fall Leaves cookies by Bake at 350 ($42/dozen) [I don't know how they decorate them so crisply - I can never do that]
Felt Mustaches by Lupin ($13 each) [I like the idea of wearing one of these to work one day]

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