September 24

Jaws Necklace

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I came across this Jaws necklace on Imgur the other day. There wasn’t any information about it. It couldn’t be too terribly difficult to make. Start with come clay, paints and get some chains. And as a fan of “Bruce the Shark,” I may end up giving this a try.

But I decided to take a peek on Etsy to see if I could find it. While I couldn’t find it on Etsy, I did find a very cool alternative.

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The design on this slice of birch tree is a combination of colored pencils and ink. It’s been sealed with a high-gloss epoxy and coated with a matte varnish. Despite being sealed, Kahahuna doesn’t recommend getting this piece excessively wet because it may cause the wood to swell and damage the design. All buttons and pendants are made one at a time and none are exactly the same. Necklace is fitted on a 14″ link chain or hemp cord. The birch bark may unravel over time, but this does not harm the design and adds to the character. It’s available on brass chain or shimmery wire-wrapped hemp, both with lobster clasps.

Kahahuna also sells this necklace for only $20.00.

September 5

Your House Would Be EPIC With This In The Yard!

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I thought this was freaking awesome last year, but a Giant Tentacle Monster absolutely tops the Epic Halloween Decorations charts.  In this Instructable by username flaming_pele, you’ll see step by step how to make your own Giant Tentacle Monster.  There’s a supply list and several pictures, though you will need some of your own ingenuity and creativity to make it work for your own yard.  However, the core idea is solid, and the result is TERROR-fic! (I couldn’t help myself.) What are your DIY Halloween decorating plans this year?

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July 24

It’s Never Too Early for Krampus

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Last December, TheMistressT, of Montana, posted the altered Christmas sweater she bought and updated for her husband over at Crafster.

She remembered a decades old Martha Stewart Magazine craft about stitching with a needle and yarn over the existing knit of a sweater and decided to give it a whirl to make a tacky Krampus sweater. TheMistressT used an image of a sweatshirt printed to look like a sweater as a guide, some yellow thread to mark the center of the sweater, and went to town with some sock weight yarn. It took hours and hours and she said it was kind of a pain, but she was really pleased with how it turned out. The sweater was a wool blend.

July 20

Bride of Frankenstein Hoop

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This is how I feel right now….AAAAAGGGHHH!!! I realized today the weekend got away from me (I don’t even have a good crafting reason for it!) but when I saw this hoop posted over at Craftster, I knew it was meant to be here.

Roler, of both Washington State and Japan, made this Bride of Frankenstein hoop in the monster swap, because her partner had a great retro comic style picture of Bride of Frankenstein on her pinterest, so Roler decided to try to make a felt version of it.

The stitching around the eyes is double-strand regular sewing thread, rather than embroidery floss. The pink and white of the mouth are tiny pieces of felt, while the lips are also regular sewing thread.

For anyone interested in learning to embroidery similar to this piece, I have to recommend Lime Riot’s blog. She does a lot of felt and wool stitching and it’s good place to click through for ideas and inspiration.

May 29

Young Frankenstein Hoopla

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Fatewineroses of southern California, recently posted this little hoop to Craftster. It was made for the Three Tiny Movie Things swap (Round 5).

This little hoop is an embroidered portrait of Igor (Marty Feldman) from “Young Frankenstein.” If you’ve never seen this example of cinematic perfection, then check out the trailer. But seriously, if you haven’t seen it yet, then why not? It’s Gene Wilder in a Mel Brooks movie!!

October 25

Perfect Cupcakes for Halloween

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Usiris23 posted a tutorial (and the cupcakes were made by Instructables user SemadarG ) over on Imgur on how to make these scrumptious zombie teeth cupcakes for Halloween. Believe it or not, everything on top of the cupcake is actually just fondant and food coloring.

The fresh blood finish is made by mixing red coloring gel with drops of vodka of lemon extract. The dried blood is a mix red with a drop of royal blue and drops of vodka/lemon extract. Using a brush, apply the “fresh blood” color mix around the torn skin tissue, and apply the “dried blood” color mix around the gums, especially where the gums meet the skin tissue.

Can you imagine biting into one of these, if it were a red velvet cupcake?