Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Witches Potion Books

I purchased books from a second hand store.  Look for books that have a fabric covering to the outside.
Take sandpaper and sand off the lettering on the spine.

If you can't get it all off try
         -painting the spine like I did with the black one
         -using twine or ribbon to cover it (purple)

Get creative.  Call your books Potions, Brews, Curses, Spells, Poisons, etc.

Decorate using different methods.

-I put stickers on the purple book to spell out Curses.  With silver paint I stippled over the top, let the
 paint dry, removed the stickers.

-Use stamps

-Draw your lettering or design with a glue pen (can be found in scrap booking supplies) and sprinkle
 glitter over the top of the glue.

-Take a pair of scissors and scrape the cover so it looks like fingernails clawing the book

Spooky Curtains

To make one curtain. . .
Buy 1 1/2 yards of the cheapest black woven fabric you can find.  I used a broadcloth.  

Rip off the selvages by snipping into the fabric 1/2 inch and tearing.
Snip every inch (or so) parallel to where the selvages were. Tear to the other end of the fabric leaving 2 inches at the end.
Don't worry about all of the threads- they add to the spook!

Turn the end over a half inch 2x to make a hem.  Sew.  This will prevent the fabric from tearing off into strips.

I purchased a 1/4 of a yard of black sparkle fabric and cut it into strips with a rotary blade at 3/4 of an inch.  I pinned the strips evenly across the curtain and hot glued them in place.  Mine has 9 sparkle strips.

Finally, I glued the curtain periodically onto a branch from a tree.

To hang it up, tie one piece of ribbon onto each end of the branch.  

I love to use a sewing needles to hang things.  They are strong, leave a small hole when they need to be removed, and are hard to see if you leave it in the wall when not in use.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Tree

Halloween Tree

This spooky tree is one of my favorite Halloween decorations.  I love how the purple lights fill the room and how it looks from the outside

Side view

It is a dead dwarf peach tree that we cut down.  The first thing we did was to cut off some of the branches so it would fit through the front door.  This also allows the tree to go up against a wall so it doesn't take up the entire room.  The width of the tree is about 3x the depth.

Put the dead tree in a Christmas tree stand.  
I covered the stand with a yard of black fabric, then a string of lights, followed by 2 yards of grey cheesecloth type fabric.

I tied strips of black tulle.

I picked up some large and small clear glass and orange flocked ornaments after Christmas for 90% off.
The small clear glass ornaments are filled with purple foil shreds found in the gift wrap section of the dollar store.

Fill the large with spiders and webs.

Shop for anything that you think would add to your tree.  These are some examples of what I used.

 Bats                                                 Crows

                                                 Skulls                             Styrofoam Manacles & Chains

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

$ Back?

Money Back for Shopping

I NEVER buy anything online without checking to see if the web site is on ebates.  Ebates gets a referral commission from the stores when you make a purchase. Instead of keeping all that money they give some of it back to you!

1- register with ebates by clicking on this link

2- Whenever you shop online, check to see if the site is on ebates.  Click on the store you want to shop and that is it!  You will automatically get a check in the mail.  No forms to fill out!

We bought our washer and dryer at HomeDepot.com for the same price as it was in the store.  Because I went through ebates, I automatically got a check for $180.00.