A Pumpkin Carving Party

Deviled Egg Monster Eyeballs

Wow.  Five months since a post.  Oh well, I was a little busy…but I’ll get into that later.  Now, a pumpkin carving party!

Someone in my work group decided that we (our studio) should get together and carve pumpkins.  As I’m newly moved to Richmond, and have an excellent space to do it, I volunteered to host a little party!  It was great fun, and it was wonderful to see all the creations people made.

Carved Pumpkins

Carved Pumpkins

I know this is NOT a good picture, but it’s the best I could get with my phone.  Some people used stencils from those carving kits, others went free-hand.  Mine is in the very back and is more surface carving than an actual jack-o-lantern.  I thought everyone did a really good job.  For our tools, we actually found the carving kits to be easiest and best to use.  We also had a surface carving kit, and I had some wire clay working tools (from a ceramics class I took years ago) that worked really well for details.  We also discovered that with the pumpkins that are mostly surface carved, you want to make sure you have an air hole or two for the candles (if you are using a real flame), and two candles give you a really good glow.  Otherwise, it can be hard to see the design.

I also set up a spread of food for our revelers.

Pumpkin Carving Party Food Spread

Pumpkin Carving Party Food Spread

I made deviled monster eye eggs, pumpkin bread, chili (with all the fixings), mummy dogs, and had candy and a veggie platter.  Drinks included blood orange soda, Ed Hardy Sangria, Black Cat Reisling, and Sparkling Apple Cider.  Everything was really yummy, especially the mummy dogs.

Mummy Dogs  Hot Dogs

Mummy Hot Dogs

They are so easy to make!  Take two cans of crescent rolls, and two packages of hot dogs (14 dogs in total), and cut the cresent rolls into thin strips and wrap them around the hot dogs.  You can leave a little opening for the “eyes”, but I didn’t bother.  Wrap about 4 strips around each dog, and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees in the oven.

I was proud of how my eyeball eggs turned out too, except I wish I had a little more white showing.

Deviled Egg Monster Eyeballs

Deviled Egg Monster Eyeballs

A little food coloring goes a long way. I made the eggs as I normally would make deviled eggs, except I addded two drops of green food coloring to the yolks when mixing them up.  To complete the look, a toothpick with some red food coloring to draw on the veins, and a sliced olive for the center.

They are pretty simple recipes, and you can find them all (and lots of variations) online.

And one last picture- this years Halloween Hearth

Halloween Hearth 2013

Halloween Hearth 2013

I took some cuttings from some plants in my garden, and used my old Halloween decorations.  I know this picture is not very good, or show much detail, but it’s all I got for right now.  Soon I will share more pictures of my new house and garden… mwhahahaha!

This little party was so fun, maybe it will become a yearly tradition!

 

Halloween Craft: Chalkboard Magnets and Ceramic Pots

Ghost Magnet

 

Halloween Craft Project – Chalkboard Magnets and Ceramic Pots.

Now, this craft is not limited to Halloween, but I felt the natural orange clay of flower pots plus black chalkboard paint would be a perfect combination for this spooky time of year.

Halloween Chalkboard Flower Pots

Halloween Chalkboard Flower Pots

The project is SUPER EASY, and requires only a very few things:

1.  Clay flower pot(s) and /or Wood cut-outs

2. Chalkboard paint

3.  Paint brush

4. Chalk

If doing the magnets:

5. Magnets

6. Hot glue and glue gun

Halloween Chalkboard Magnets

Halloween Chalkboard Magnets

I did 3-4 coats, and applied the paint as directed on the packaging.  I found Martha Stewart’s new crafts line at Michaels, and bought the paint with a coupon.

Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard Paint

This stuff is great, and it says it works on a variety of surfaces.  I only needed a small amount for all the projects seen here.

Boo!

Boo!

Each coat took about an hour to dry, and when it was all done, I lightly rubbed a little chalk on the surface and wiped it off.  You can then do whatever you want!

Chalkboard Pot

Chalkboard Pot

I really wanted to paint one pot completely, but just the rim on the other.  Martha Stewart says that by painting just the rim you can easily label what you are growing.

Here is a vignette I pulled together with the pots, before I found my chalk, with a black and gold ribbon tied on the pot.

Table Vignette 2

Table Vignette 2

I think they could also look cute with the all black pot with some fancy, spooky ribbon glued around the top.

Making the magnets is a simple as hot gluing a magnet to the back. You should be able to find these kind of magnets at any number of craft stores or even someplace like Walmart.  I’ve had these for years.  I bought the cut-outs at Jo-Ann’s, but I know any craft store will have some.  Make sure you look at the overall shape of the cutout to make sure it reads how you want it to.

Magnets Hotglued to back

Magnets Hotglued to back of wood die-cuts

I love these little chalkboard flower pots!

Halloween Chalkboard Flower Pots

Halloween Chalkboard Flower Pots

And Halloween magnets!

Ghost Magnet

Ghost Magnet

 

A Halloween Hearth

Detail pumpkin tealight holder

Welcome to the Lucky Lass!  It’s Fall Y’All!

Unfortunately, I do not have a mantel, but I do have a raised hearth.  I love to decorate for Halloween and started early this year.

Fall Fireplace 2011

Fall Fireplace 2011

 

I put together two vignettes, and a string of skeletons.  I have a hard time finding places for these skeletons to work, and I’m not sure they’ll stay here.

The painting above is titled “My Baby Wants to Rock and Roll” by local artist, Gabriel Pons.  I think he’s pretty awesome.

Alien Gourds

Alien Gourds

On the left, I have a couple of outrageous gourds that I picked up at Miller Farms Market, an art deco vase with some branches, a photo of my husband as a baby boy, and some skeletons hanging out.  These gourds have so much movement to them, they seem alive- that’s why I call them alien gourds.

Fireplace Vignette with stained cheese box

Fireplace Vignette with stained cheese box

On the right is some more gourd action, but in the form of mini-pumpkins.  I love the colors and varieties of them all!  Some candles and micro pumpkins are there to give some ambiance at night.

Detail little gourds

Detail little gourds

The pumpkin cut-out is a tealight holder that my sister made in girl scouts (brownies?).  I like it, as corny as it is!

Detail pumpkin tealight holder

Detail pumpkin tealight holder

They are all resting on a cheese box I recently stained (seen here).  The little black tree that holds the other end of the skeleton string, is a Michael’s find.  It comes as a two-piece wood cut out that fits together.  I spray painted it black, and it has lived in various places different years.  The skeletons really love it though.  It’s sitting on an antique lace doily.  It is in a star pattern, but it was the closest thing I had that looked vaguely spider-webbish.  Because the tree is black and the box is so dark, I really needed something to provide contrast between the two.

Lace doily

Lace doily

Instead of the skeletons, I think a banner across the top in fun and funky fabrics would look great and help to finish the space.

Fall Fireplace 2011

Fall Fireplace 2011

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