Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's Getting Pretty Scary Around Here

Well, I'm still looking like a chipmunk whose lost a bar brawl. So I'm a little scary looking myself. Actually kind of comical. Fortunately my face is a little less square shaped and I've been assured that I will feel much better soon. I took the opportunity this morning when I saw sunshine to finally take some pics of my haunted house project. The sun was I little too bright so some of the colors are washed out but I didn't want to miss a chance for sun. There hasn't been much of that lately around here. Hopefully you can see what it's all about.

It all started out as a couple of Huggies boxes I'd been saving from the diaper days for this project. I've been trying to get around to it since last Halloween. I formed the walls with the box pieces and then added roof tops and lengths of wooden fence. I spray painted the whole thing black and then added the details with some scrap paper I had and Mod Podge. The trees were cut from a pattern in last years Better Homes and Garden Halloween special magazine. I cut them out of chipboard and I only ruined one pair of scissors and had two giant bruises on my hands but I think that they are totally worth it. Such are the sacrifices.
The doorknob is a cool old button that I have had in my button jar for years. I knew I could find a use for it.
I hot glued the end of this wire to the back of the house and dangled a little bat from it. It kinda bobs around when you walk past it. It is a little over two feet tall and fits perfectly on my little table in the living room. When it was all done, I gave it a coat of clear glitter spray paint. I love it. The best part was that it only cost me two Huggies boxes, a can of black spray paint, hot glue sticks, scraps, wooden fence, and some glitter paint. I figure I spent about $5 for a super cute Halloween decoration for my small living room table. Wahoo! Speaking of the Better Homes and Gardens Halloween magazine, last years was awesome and I can't believe it, but they have managed to make this years just as great. You know how sometimes magazines just recycle last years ideas for the current magazine? Well, not BH&G. It is a must have. Their Halloween magazines are some of the few that I keep on my shelf because I refer to them over and over again. If you haven't seen it, it's worth checking out. Well, I'm off to take some more Advil and hopefully start looking less SCARY! BOO!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Time Has Come

Well, I know that it has been awhile since I have posted anything. I haven't been just holding down the sofa, I just haven't been doing the kind of projects that I can (OK, won't) post. You see, I love art (in case you haven't noticed) and years ago before my daughter was born, I had the opportunity to take some private painting lessons with the fabulous Ruth Sauerbreit. I love watercolors but I'm still quite an amateur. But children are born and the brushes and paints get pushed to the back of the closet by the Play-Doh, pony beads, glitter glue, etc. but the love of my paints are always still in the back of my mind. Sometimes the really, really far back, but always still there. I have been working with them a little lately and practicing my sketching more but I'm still too self conscious to share. Maybe with a little more practice. Maybe. I just makes me happy.
I have been trying all week to finish a great Halloween project to share before tomorrow but the weather was awful and I couldn't spray the last coat of glitter and as much as I enjoy a little sparkle in my life, I don't think that spray painting glitter in the living room would be such a great idea. Therefore, I will have to leave you in suspense a little longer. It's turning out super cute though.
Why before tomorrow, you ask? Well, I am pretty meticulous about taking care of my teeth. I brush, I floss, I rinse. But there is one thing that I have never been able to bring myself to take care of and that is removing my wisdom teeth. They have been impacted for years but they don't bother me and I can think of approximately one million things that I would rather do, so I just haven't taken care of them. That all changed at my last cleaning. It was time for my full mouth x-ray and one look told me that one of my wisdom teeth was on the move. It is now parallel with my gums and the top of the tooth is into the roots of my other teeth. Oh, and all that moving has formed a cyst. Tomorrow morning I am going under the knife. I have been told that it will probably not be pretty. Can't hardly wait. Plus Saturday is World Card Making Day! I will be celebrating by holding bags of frozen peas to my face and watching Conference while heavily medicated. Not exactly the World Card Making Day of my dreams. So it will be a little longer before I have something new to share but my haunted house project is hopefully worth the wait. 'Til then, have a happy World Card Making Day and be sure to enjoy it for me too.