Come into our Halloween home... if you dare.
Miniature pumpkins dot the window sill but something much more sinister awaits you...
A brain in a jar, preserved on the mantle... along with other ghastly goodies from the laboratory.
A jar of eyeballs, a beaker of mystery tonic.
Thanks to The Secret Weapon, who of course had so many dusty old lab flasks and beakers... and the special phosphorescent dye also. I explained to him that I didn't want the glass cleaned up, I wanted it all grungy and dusty.
Thanks to Jerri Lea and her darlings, the entry way screamed, "eek."
Upon the old typewriter quoth the raven, nevermore.
The Halloween grotesque goodies were set out.
There were cupcakes, of course.
... and apples dipped in caramel and dotted with marshmallow halves and Halloween M&M's, and then drizzled with black chocolate. I like to paint the sticks Halloween orange with craft paint before I stab the poor, helpless fruit, and plunge it into the boiling cauldron of caramel (actually the cool Halloween microwave bowl from Kari - with a handle it has proven too useful to hide away, even though it has spiders on it).
The jars were filled with candy, and little Halloween treat bags were wrapped and ready:
Time to get Buddy and Loopy dressed! They were characters from a Japanese show they watch called Gurren Lagann. Huh?? I have no idea, but I worked from a picture.
I stitched up the crest with scraps of felt from my drawer onto a thrifted hoodie found at Value Village.
... so you see? It sort of worked. Some craft foam, a little paint, a kiddie skirt and some felt. Buddy needed to be tattooed with a Sharpie marker. My nephew Zach made his own costume himself and we raced over to his house for a group photo op!
After I dropped Loopy at a party, I worked late into the night finishing goodies for the First Chance Craft Show. Can you imagine that later this week my Etsy will be stocked with more:
... silver iPod earrings...
... dark pink iPod earrings... and light pink ones too.
iPhones, dangling from your ears! Can you imagine that? I have to get cracking, these are pretty much gone after the show. If you would like a pair to slip into someone's stocking, let me know.
On Sunday, I was ready for the show. At the last minute, out of desperation, I put cupcake necklaces inside liners in a baking tin. Necessity is after all, the mother of all invention.
Taking my shadow boxes off the wall made perfect show cases for the charm bracelets. Goodbye to the last Marie Antoinette bracelet, the "Locked In" bridal bracelet, and two new bracelets that sadly, I didn't even get to photograph before they sold.
Luckily, I have a few new ones to put into the shop later in the week.
People really enjoyed peering at the iPod earrings through the magnifying glass. A reader from another city sent her mother to the show to pick some up! Then, two young guys came along and they were just blown away. So blown away, they went straight to the mall and got their ears pierced. I warned them before they left that the piercing lady wouldn't put in other earrings than the studs in her gun, but off they went...
... and they returned for a photo op, ears a little red but no worse for the wear. They were sporting their tiny iPods with grins from ear to ear. Who knew?