Seriously! I’m ready! Well, after today I am ready! My Amy came and spent most of the weekend with me, which means that I didn’t get everything on my to-do list done; however, the flip side of that is that the house will always need to be cleaned, but it’s fun having one of my best friends her and forcing here to go shopping and do craft projects with me – neither of which is in her top 10 list of favorite things to do!
We did get some shopping done and we had plenty of time to hang out and then it was time to get some crafts done. I had texted her on Friday that she had to help, but that it wouldn’t be as bad as she expected – and it wasn’t!
Let’s start with the bouquet of flowers I’m working on.
Oh yeah – spooky eyeball flowers! These are $0.97 flowers from Wal-Mart with plastic novelty eyeballs hot glued into the center. They turned out so well that when I was at Target I picked up three more flowers and glued the eye balls in… and I have enough eyeballs left to pick up another three flowers! The eye balls were left over from previous years where I used them a decorations, so that didn’t cost me anything- all I’m spending money on is the flowers themselves. Cheap! Cute! My kinda craft! The orange vase is on loan from my grandmother who, when she heard what I was doing told me she had the perfect vase, and she sure did! It is going to look great on my table!
My next project came from a pin on Pinterest that lead me to The Designer Co-op. You can read her post about the zombie birthday party she threw for her husband here. I showed you the project inspiration not that long ago but I am so jazzed at how it turned out for me!
Zombies!!! This one was more fun than I expected! Please ignore the tape and hot glue gun still in the shot, but I was too excited once we were done to clean up before I started taking pictures! I bought Mr. T a print from the store the other day and low and behold, the cardboard piece was the PERFECT size for my fireplace opening! My grandmother came to my rescue again and provided several large pieces of cardboard for me. My Amy and I sat down and traced our hands in fun shapes and then used an Exacto knife to cut them out. I then cut two long pieces about 5″ wide to use as the “boards”. Then we took everything outside and she spray painted the back board and hands black while I painted the cardboard boards brown and then drew on some nails, knot holes and grain with a sharpie marker. Once everything was dry we brought everything back inside and did a dry fit of the hands, then put the back board and hands down and taped the hands in place. Then she made tape circles and I used those to adhere the back board and hands to my fireplace. Since the tape worked out so well, I had her make more circles (we were using thick packing tape) and attached the boards. Now it looks like my fireplace has been boarded up to prevent the zombies from getting through! I just love it!
On this up close shot you can see that the hands are coming out from behind the back board. The Designer Co-op didn’t use a back board, but instead just had the black hands coming out; however, I have a beautiful candelabra currently inside my fireplace, and I didn’t want to have to remove that and store it somewhere, so the back board was just to block the view. On another note – I love my bones in the firewood holder!
If you get the chance, I highly recommend both of these crafts – we had a blast putting them together and both were done in under an hour, from start to finish.
Is Halloween ever going to get here?