Water, food coloring, and a rubber rat make for a creepy decoration. Or even better, keep a straight face while you serve it for breakfast. Tell them it’s organic, it says so right on the lid.
The hubz and I love a good Zombie movie, and with Scarlet being 18 months old we figure this is the last Halloween before we get inundated with princess and fairy costume requests. So it’s a family of Zombies for us. I’m sorry but I can’t bring myself to do a big reveal in full makeup until actual Halloween so for now you get to see it in progress.
A true zombie becomes undead in regular old clothes which then deteriorate as the former human lies sprawled in the dirt, their brains becoming mush. Then the Zombie’s clothes become further distressed as they hunt the living for delicious brains to eat, spilling blood and brain matter willy-nilly. So the easiest and most authentic way to do a zombie costume is to take some clothing from your kids closet and just tear it, rip it, roll it in dirt, and pour fake blood on it. But I like to sew so I went for a custom zombie dress. The great thing about a Zombie costume is that the quality of your sewing truly does not matter. The more mistakes, hanging threads and bunched seams the better!
All you need is a yard of zombie-esque fabric and a dress from your child’s closet to gauge fit from, and I used some elastic thread, but that’s definitely not required.
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While my kitchen was covered in glue this week I made a little Halloween bowl. So easy and fun for the kids to help.
DIY after the jump…
Just because we live in different states (oh how I miss you Jaime) doesn’t mean we can’t get our craft-nerd on together. So this week, I made some doilie bowls too. As an experiment, I used All-purpose Elmer’s Glue instead of the Fabric Stiffener. My husband, Rick, says it’s not an experiment because something about having a “control”, blah, blah. Whatever dude, this isn’t NASA.
So basically, the glue worked well, especially for the small bowl. Very stiff. The large bowl is a little floppy, like a straw hat. Definitely fine as a decoration but I wouldn’t fill it with anything and probably wouldn’t gift it. It may have been the glue but it could have also been the large size and thinness/airiness of the doilie to begin with. Or perhaps it was that I couldn’t stop messing with it. Seriously, they need to dry overnight or even 24 hours. Just leave it alone.
My doilies were from Jo-Ann Fabric.
These beautiful bowls are a simple project with an outstanding result. Made with vintage doilies they are both charming and useful.
Won’t your morning coffee seem so much fancier when your scones are served in vintage lace? Guess what everyone I know is getting for Christmas?
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Back in high school I ran laps around the Rose Bowl every morning for track practice, so heading there for the flea market is a trip down nostalgia lane in more ways then one. The second Sunday of every month the best vendors take over the fields to haggle and deal over priceless heirlooms and worthless crap. My visit last weekend reminded me why it deserves its reputation as one of the world’s best flea markets. A sampling after the jump…
It’s fun to customize a tote for a friend. This was for my sister-in-law who has an adorable Basset Hound with a unique pickle-shaped tail. These are so easy to make, you could make 5 or 6 and give them all to someone as a set, so they never have to use plastic bags again!
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Making your own butter may seem like a crazy thing to do, but it’s actually quite easy, very delicious, and a good way to use cream that might otherwise go bad. I made mine with sea salt and packaged it in a baby food jar; I would bring this to a dinner party as an alternative to a bottle of wine.
Learn how to make butter after the jump…