Monthly Archives: October 2012



This is sort of a craft? I just wanted to share our pumpkin creations cause I’m actually really happy with mine this year!
We each carved a pumpkin of our own. I highly recommend laying down newspaper to cover your table because it makes it a lot easier to clean up the mess afterwards. I went with Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas- my sister’s friend carved Jack Skellington (which she is holding), and the hubs did an autobot. I’m not sure why these pictures didn’t come out very clear…I should have used my good camera.

2012 pumpkins

Pumpkin family!

My sister did an owl pumpkin of her own- but I had to help her salvage it because she cut the pattern wrong and the whole owl came out. Luckily, we had some wood skewers from grilling that I used to put the owl back in it’s place. I carved extra space around the cutout so that light would show the silhouette.

I did do something different with an extra one I picked out- I painted it:


Regular old acrylic paint.



I didn’t do a perfect paint job- the bottom has some spots I missed, but I figure…who cares? It was kinda fun to paint one so I didn’t have to get the guts out of another pumpkin. Also it looks cool during the day, and the rest can be lit up at night. I hope we get some trick or treaters!


The pumpkin the right back is an owl, it’s a little blurry.

I’m sorry about the crappy pictures. I didn’t have the time or energy to spend more than 2 minutes taking them- and when I tried to re-take some today (see last photo) they didn’t look nearly as great since they’ve been out there a few days. The erratic Chicago weather decided it was a good time to go back up to 75 degrees and make our pumpkins rot super fast. In fact, my husband’s got so moldy/slimy that it fell off the edge of our stairway backwards toward the door- and smooshed all over the place even though it’s only about a 2 foot drop. Womp womp.

Stenciled Shirts, Part 3: Testing Fabric Paint on Dri Fit


Some friends of mine have marathons coming up and want to decorate their race shirts in memory of a loved one. But dri fit shirts aren’t exactly cheap, so I volunteered to test this out on an older, starting-to-get-too-big dri fit shirt of mine and report back.

There’s not much instructions to this. You’ll want fabric paint (I used Tulip brand), a stencil, paintbrush, and a piece of cardboard inside the shirt while you work.


You know you read this in song-mode. And now it’s stuck in your head.

You can see where I got a smudge on the shirt itself. Oops. I tried to get it out with nail polish remover but it didn’t work that well.

It’s worth noting that I do not have purple fabric paint- so I decided to take a chance and blended some regular purple paint in with white fabric paint I already had. Just sending up a hail Mary to the craft gods, hopefully it works alright!

Now to the main question…. can I wash it? and did the white fabric paint colored with regular paint actually work?

YES, and YES! So DIY fabric paint works on dri fit material, survives washing and drying, and if you have regular paint laying around and just want to buy white fabric paint you can color that fabric paint with any color regular pigmented paint you already have laying around, if you want to. . AWESOME.


That’s my rawr face.

It also seems like a few of the smudges (I mentioned I tried to get them out with nail polish remover) seem to have disappeared in the wash/dry process. Nice.
I made another workout shirt on an athletic Tshirt I got at Target on clearance- in my favorite color! This one’s not dri fit though.


Yeah, that’s a thrift store bag in the background. Thrift stores are the gold mine of craft-aholics.

One of my friends commented how she wouldn’t want to be associated with the word beast. I think it’s complimentary. You don’t mess with a beast.

I’m ready to get my Nov. 3rd 5k on! And maybe even start New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women- which if you’re interested in strength training, I recommend you check out. I’m kind of obssesed with making fun workout clothes right now, which is probably a good thing because then I have to workout to justify spending so much time and energy on creating my own workout gear…

Magnetic Makeup Organizer (and Bathroom Art Piece)


Happy October! I love fall. That whole spring cleaning thing? Yeah, no. I’m way more interested in FALL cleaning, because sometime soon I’ll be trapped indoors by the unpleasant Chicago winter. So it’s time to get organized!

This project is based on yet another pinterest find. Seriously, a million thanks to whoever thought that site up. Original concept from:

Between my sister and I sharing a bathroom now, what was already a near counterspace-less room has become even more cramped. As soon as I saw this project I thought it was a brilliant (and cute) solution to the problem. My sister ruined our shower curtain with hair dye awhile back and I made her replace it, so I had some matching shower curtain fabric laying around and decided this would be a perfect use for it!

Things you’ll need:

A somewhat large frame (size depends on how much makeup you own) – I got mine at the thrift store for $2

Sheet metal (mine is 26 gauge)

Snips for cutting your metal- I bought “straight cut Aviation Snips”

Spray or regular paint

Fabric in a coordinating or complementary color/print

Magnets – 3/4″ round, I bought “Magnum Magnetics” kind off of Amazon. They’re plenty strong for makeup.

Hot glue gun (with glue, preferably)

Spray adhesive or, if you didn’t buy any and are working on this project late at night like me, super glue will do in a pinch.

I have to warn you. All the supplies for this kind of added up quick. With the snips and metal alone, I spent almost $35. Spray paint ain’t that cheap these days, either. If you want cheap fabric i recommend recycling something, or buying fat quarters on sale at the craft store.

My thrift store finds:


Ugly thrift store art! Looks like something a little old lady would hang in her bathroom. No offense, little old ladies with taste.

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