Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Month of Spookdays: A Quiet Halloween

I’ve been in hardcore spook mode since mid-September, and now that the day has arrived, it’s…quiet. No trick-or-treaters come to our door, so Halloweens in our current home lacks that anticipation. Also, ironically, by the time The Day arrives, I tend to be a little burned out. That’s okay, because I’ve had a ghoulishly good time these past weeks, making… (more…)

A Month of Spookdays: Conquer Your Fear

My current project isn’t shaping up very quickly, so I give you (a little late tonight) some adorable ghosts:

A Month of Spookdays: Punkinland, Shatnerween

We have an antique Chinese cabinet that is murder to photograph. Naturally, that’s where I like to set up holiday displays. This is the top shelf of three, where I put most of the pumpkins. And, no, I didn’t make that zombie thing on the end (see it better here). I found that at a craft mall. Sadly, I don’t… (more…)

A Month of Spookdays: Jarring

I’ve been wanting to make some jar lanterns since I saw Ghoul Friday’s tutorial. Mostly, I followed it. Okay, I followed it a little. What I wanted was something I could stuff a string of LED lights into, and have vague shapes show through. You’ll see five jars in the work-in-progress. The last one is taking a little longer, and… (more…)

Felted Box

I know, this has nothing to do with Halloween, but I just couldn’t get this out of my head. I wanted to make a needle-felted box, so I did. It is tiny. That’s my wedding ring in there. I haven’t decided if I’m happy with it yet. I want it to be crisper, but felt doesn’t exactly lend itself to… (more…)

A Month of Spookdays: Crafts and Cooper

It’s a video day! First, just two little links: I know this guy’s brother! I’ve tumbled a little of Daniel Danger‘s work, but I thought linking the whole lovely, spooky thing would be nice. Nope, we can’t get through a Halloween season without at least one link to awesome pumpkin carvings. Okay, the first video is just some really easy… (more…)

A Month of Spookdays: Blood and Bone China

In the mood for Victorian vampires? Here’s a treat: the original web series, Blood and Bone China. ‘It is 1897 and a city is in turmoil. In the smoky, dirty depths of middle England, the people are terrified. The once bustling streets of Stoke are empty, the silence is only broken by the whispers of devils, demons and vampires. Poor… (more…)

Got Firefox? Delicious add-on? Been slow lately?

Delicious has been having serious growing pains lately. The whole service is being re-vamped, meaning feeds are broken, and a lot of things we loved about the old Delicious haven’t been put in yet. When they do get something updated, they tend to over-reach. And that’s what happened to my poor browser. I’d noticed the Firefox had been mad slow… (more…)

A Month of Spookdays: Apples, Pots, and Home Haunts

This cloudy Saturday found us at Portland Nursery’s Apple Tasting. I can’t believe I’d never been there. Man, that place is huge for being right in the city. We tasted a few dozen varieties of apples and pears, then bought some for the tasty price of .99/lb. We met some nice people, too! Of course, the reason I wanted to… (more…)

A Month of Spookdays: Boo!

I keep running into fun things on the intertubes. Online image-editing site Picnik has tons of cool goodies for Halloween editing. A lot of it is premium. The service is great, and if I used it more often, I would totally upgrade. As it is, I stuck to the free stuff when I vamped up myself and the Spousal Unit.… (more…)