Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Screen Printed Save the Date Towels

I've been getting a lot of interest in the Save the Date Screen Printed Towels lately, and I absolutely love making them (almost) as much as I did making them for my own wedding!

Save the Date Screen printed flour sack towels created for Caitlin and Matthew in custom color: Woodland Green.
The orders have thrown me into a creative talespin, brainstorming new ideas, methods, and materials.  I've been mixing up custom colors, and even made several designs for Christmas presents.

Save the Date Towels designed for Tommy & Ashley, Custom color: Dove Grey.
Save the Date Towels designed for Tommy & Ashley, Custom color: Dove Grey.

Save the Date Towels designed for Race & Brooke, Custom illustration: Nautical knot.
 To see more behind-the-scenes action, check out the video I created while screen printing.

Behind the scenes: the screen printing process

Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Decor Inspiration

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Even as a kid, I loved to spook up the house and scare the trick-or-treaters.  Each year, I try to top the year before - but it's SUCH a challenge to do something new with the same old material.  Here are some clever ideas to spookify and creep up the house without looking cheesy or too campy.

Classic: Skeleton + Pumpkins
New and improved: Decayed Urn + Owl
The idea is GROUPING items together.  Hanging the skeleton is old news, but have it sitting with a pumpkin in his lap = much creepier!  Add some lights (orange or purple) so the display can be seen at night.  Oh, and did you notice those cool candle lights??

I'll always love the classic Jack o'lantern, but these add another level of awesome when carved and painted!  Instead of cutting a hole in the top, cut out the bottom.  Standard carving tools will work great for this.  Paint your stencil and then start carving! But be careful not to carve all the way through.

Mummies!  If done well, mummies can really add that extra scare to your halloween decor.  Don't have a mannequin lying around? No problem.  These were made using T-shaped plywood, muslin, batting, and a foam wig head.  You can purchase the heads at Sally's Beauty Supply for just a few dollars! (Don't worry if your house doesn't look like this one.)
Source: via Kerri on Pinterest

Scrounge your local department stores to find some tossed mannequin legs for this project.  Add some striped pantyhose and black shoes, and you're in business!
Source: via Kerri on Pinterest

Wreaths can let your guests (or victims) know what's in store for them.  Wreath base + cheesecloth (or bandages)!  Add some black ribbon and the skeleton hands.  Be creative and make it your own ;)
Source: via Kerri on Pinterest

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Halloween Decor DIY

Halloween Decor DIY: 
Have any cool Halloween DIY ideas to share? Leave a comment! I'll be sending out some FREE Printables!

1. Halloween Paper Bats: Using 4-6 sheets of construction paper, good scissors, printable bat template (download below), and scotch tape.  Create a "path" for the bats to travel along rather than hanging them randomly.

Halloween Paper Bats

2. Black and White Halloween decor: Group some black spray-painted frames and mirrors and hang. Use a black tray or platter to display mini white pumpkins.  Use white candles on a chic black candleabra.  Spiderwebs over everything to give the extra creepy effect!
Black and White Halloween Decor
3. Creepy Halloween Party Food:  Replace your Jello Brain Mold this year with instant Flan (find it near the jello boxes).  It already has that creamy look, but by adding a few drops of red food color to the caramel sauce, it looks quite bloody!  Take it to the next level by displaying it with a large knife or cleaver.  For the Bread Bones, get a can of french bread dough (e.g. Pillsbury) and divide into pieces with a sharp knife. Roll into finger sized pieces, and cut each end about 1".  Round out the ends and bake in about half the suggested time.  For a "dirty bones" look, sprinkle black sesame seeds on before baking.  Serve with a guacamole!
Halloween Party Food - Brain Flan (or Jello), Bread Bones
4.  Witch's Bottles of Potions - Use old wine bottles, beer bottles, and jars.  Soak in hot water to remove labels.  Use some twine and a little Elmer's Glue to wrap around neck of bottles. Soak a green or yellow highlighter in water for a few hours to overnight, pour into the jars and turn on a black light.
Want some free printable labels? Leave a comment below!

5. Black Light Decor - Get black light paint from a craft store like Michael's, Use a neon posterboard, draw a scene with sharpie, and paint areas with black light paint.  Use an old beat up frame and splatter some of the black light paint on the frame for a 3-dimensional look.
Black light paint & Poster paper in a frame

6. "Black & Cheese" - More party food! You can use homemade or out of the box mac & cheese - creep it up by adding a few drops of black food coloring to the milk and cheese at the end.  Looks disgusting, but tastes delicious!
"Black & Cheese" - My version of Haunted Mac & Cheese - just add black food coloring!

Bat Paper Cut-out Template - fits 8x10
Bat Template - Click to enlarge & download

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