Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Touches

So, I've mentioned before that I'm not real big on the whole Halloween decorating thing.  Usually by the time it starts cooling off and I get in the mood for fall, it's almost time to put up the Christmas decorations.  BUT, today it's 60 degrees, overcast and stormy at times.  I got to wear jeans and my rain boots today.  I'm so excited I can hardly stand it.  I think this is what got my in the mood for Halloween decor.  Sooooo, first I got a candle and Modge Podged on some orange tissue paper and some ribbon.  Hmmm.  I decided it needed a little more color.  I found some cute Halloween fabric from my stash and cut out a little spider and used a little MP to add it to the wrapped candle. 

Then I popped over to Graphics Fairy to see what Karen had for Halloween.  SO MANY CUTE THINGS!  I clicked on Halloween Clip Art and found this skull.  So, I printed it out on some old ivory resume paper I found in the filing cabinet.  I printed it out, aged it with a little burnt umber craft paint mixed with water and put it in a frame.  Hmmmm.  Too big, so I tried to cut it down, WITHOUT measuring. DUH!  I know better than that!  I cut it down too much.  So, I decided to burn the edges.  I realize that I could've done this with pair of scissors and a brown ink pad, but not me.  Nope.  I took out the candle lighter thingee and went to town on the edges - probably not the smartest thing I've ever done, but I DID do it over the sink. Glad I didn't set off the fire alarm. 

Pretty cool, huh?

Also on Graphics Fairy, I found this cool bat silhouette.  I pulled it off and traced it right off the computer screen.  DON'T TELL HUBBY!  He hates it when I do that!  Anyway, I wanted to trace and cut the bats out of an antique book, but I don't have any antique books, sooooo, I cut them out of the newpaper that's been sitting in my living room floor for over a week.  Let me tell ya, it's not easy to find print with no pictures on either side.  Too much advertising!  Anyway, I cut out a few bats and stuck them in my wreath. 

What do ya think?  It looks a little more Halloweeny, right?  I'm really getting in the mood for Christmas though.  I'm on the verge of popping in White Christmas and putting up a tree. 

Have a great day!!!

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  1. really good for a single morning! love the bats!

  2. OMG..that all looks great!! I love the bats in the wreath!!

  3. That's my kind of Halloween decorating--not too much, just a little spooky fun. :)

  4. Love those candles, Tanya! So cute. :) I think you did a great job!

  5. It looks very Halloweeny! I'm all about the decoupage so I loved the candles, but since I love things cut out of pages, I really loved the bat too.

    The skull looks too much like me when I don't sleep well...

  6. Cute projects! I remember my mom burning pictures around the edges in the 70's. My hubby would die if I did that because he's "Mr. Fire Safety" and I'm "Mrs. Careless." I can't tell you how many pot holders and kitchen towels that I've caught on fire! Everything that you did yesterday is as cute as it can be.

  7. Looks great! I love those newspaper bats, its a great texture and pattern for the bat cutouts. And of course love it cause I have newspaper on hand!!

  8. Your newspaper bats are soooo cute! I saw them earlier in the week. Happy Friday!

  9. Thanks for linking up, girl. Hope your weekend is off to a wonderful start!! :)