Sunday, September 19, 2010

Recycled Sweater Vases

I saw these recently in a very upscale store here in St. Louis but couldn't afford them and was so happy to see that Stephanie from Under the Table and Dreaming was kind enough to share how to make these wonderful vases. So off I headed to the Salvation Army Store down on Cherokee for some clear vases and chunky knit sweaters. Her directions are very clear so I can't wait to make these to decorate the top on an old wooden icebox I have in the dining room. Think I will wander the alleys a bit and look for old weeds to fill them and have some bittersweet I stored from last year. I think shes's right these chunky old sweaters are just the right thing for making the vases and by using recycled objects it was very inexpensive to recreate much cheaper than the ones I saw in the shop. Will publish pictures when I have them done. If you decide to make some please email me ( so I can share your pictures with everyone else. Have fun crafting !

Vintage Halloween Postcards

Vintage Halloween Postcards are one of my favorite things to use when Halloween crafting. I love the entire gamut from the scarey ones to those that are cute. Each one is an unique piece of art from the past. Here are some that I have used in the past and would like to share with you Vintage Halloween Postcards ( them on altered art projects and remember you dont have to use the entire card you can cut out bits and pieces !

Fall is probably my most favorite time of the year with the crispness in the air and the vibrant colors of the trees. I love Halloween and all the decorations full of bats, cats, ghost and witches and don't you just love the way black and orange look.

With only 41 days left to Halloween I've started up the Halloween Crafts and Recipe Blog again to share with all of you all of the great Halloween crafts and recipes I have gathered over the years. I hope you enjoy this years selections and tell you friends about my blog. I will try to post something daily so check back often !

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Scaredy Cat

Halloween cut out can be used in some many ways ! Many of the vintage ones were made in Germany in the 1940's and can be quite expensive to buy. these were German and made in the 1940's. Cheeky Magpie found this wonderful scaredy cat at a garage share and has been kind enough to trace it giving us all a pattern Cheeky Magpie.

You could make these out of all different kinds of papers- plain cardstock, halloween print scrapbooking paper or even old book pages. I can see lots of them strung together to make a garland to hang above a window or door.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Witches Hats

Jo Janes lives on the coast of Oregon and with Dylan they make up a team called the Cart Before the Horse. I recently found them through facebook and am so excited to share their work with you if you havent seen it before. They make the most delightful and wonderful art work- dont you just love the face above...shes so sweet. Jo has also been kind enough to share a great picture tutorial on her blog on making witch hats- she makes it so easy to follow and do. Heres the link Cart Before the Horse

Monday, September 14, 2009

Making Your Own Labels

Taking old bottles and jars or just various empty bottles and bottles you have around the house will give you some great Halloween spooky decorations- kids especially love these ! Spooks Shows shares an entire page of poison labels you can download and use. If you look a bit around the internet you will find many more. For a simple inexpensive way to turn these print outs into stickable labels all you need is some packaging tape. Cut out the image you want and press it face down on to the sticky side of the tape. Then cut out the image leaving a little edge all the way around the image....there you have it a sticker ! No you cant make anything huge this way but you can make a sticker out of anything that is less than two inches and its so inexpensive you can make tons of them.