Friday Favorites–Halloween Costumes

One of these years, I’m either going to host a Halloween party or find one to attend, just so I can wear a costume.  I’ve had an excuse to dress up exactly twice in all the years I’ve been married and I’m feeling way overdue.  I’m not sure what kind of costume it will be, but it will definitely involve a cape.  I mean seriously, how many excuses do you get in life to wear a cape?

Halloween Costumes

If you have any doubts about the awesomeness of a cape, check out this Little Red Riding Hood Tutu Costume from TrinitysTutus on Etsy.

TrinitysTutus on Etsy

I just watched my first-ever episode of Dr. Who a couple of weeks ago.  How have I been missing this?  I don’t even know where to begin to catch up, but I’ll be figuring it out.  I can’t believe I didn’t understand the importance of this Tardis Costume from Southern Fried Northern Chic.

Southern Fried Northern Chic

One of those two costumes I mentioned I’ve worn was a witch, but my cape wasn’t nearly as fancy as this No-Sew Halloween Spiderweb Cape from Delia Creates.

Delia Creates

This Giggly-Wiggly Octopus Costume shown on Costume Works is so cute, easy to make, and shouldn’t cost much.  Perfect!

Costume Works

I love a Halloween costume that can be used for something after the holiday is over.  These Princess Play Aprons from Gluesticks certainly fit the bill.


While we’re on the subject, check out these Princess Peasant Dresses from UCreate.  For extra fun, watch the video in the post.  I’ve watched it three times and can’t stop laughing.


This couples costume made to look like stick people from Team Ibrahim is funny, but that little stick baby just takes it up a notch.

Team Ibrahim

This great Airplane Costume from Oh Happy Day is actually much easier than it looks, but you’ve got to find the hat and goggles.

Oh Happy Day

There’s something I really love about the feathers on this Peacock Tutu from The Train to Crazy.

The Train to Crazy

Since we’ve already gone to the birds (wha-wha), I’ll show you this cute-but-easy Last Minute Kids Owl Costume from Alpha Mom.

Alpha Mom

When is the last time you dressed up for Halloween?

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Friday Favorites–Halloween Crafts

Halloween is one of the biggest holidays for crafting.  I’ve watched people who won’t consider making anything during the rest of the year pull off amazing costumes for their kids, elaborately carved pumpkins or treats that would make Martha Stewart envious.  It might have something to do with the fact that when it comes to inspiration, Halloween never fails to deliver.

Friday Favorite - 10 Halloween Crafts

I think these simple Magnetic Spiders from Delia Creates are a brilliant idea.  My arachnophobic daughter could not disagree with me more.

Delia Creates

I like candy corn.  Yes, eating it.  Don’t judge.  But I also love decorating with it this time of year, so these Color Block Candy Corn Pillows from Positively Splendid would fit right in.

Positively Splendid 

It’s hard to get anyone in my house excited about carving pumpkins anymore.  They just won’t sit still long enough.  Maybe I can get someone back on board with me when I show them this clever cutting method from Make.


If you’ve ever been a party parent for your kid’s classroom, you know finding activities can be challenging.  These Printable Halloween Bingo Cards from Makoodle would work well whether you use candy or some non-edible markers.


What kitchen couldn’t use a jar of Edible Googly Eyes on hand?  Thanks to Your Homebased Mom, we don’t have to be without them any longer.

How to make Edible Googly Eyes

Speaking of googly eyes, they’d look great on this No Effort Halloween Treat from Lovezilla.  I may never eat another doughnut again.


Sometimes the easiest thing can be the most impressive.  Check out this broken glass window.  Looks pretty trashed, right?  The thing is, it’s not broken at all.  Those are bits of frosted Contact paper.  Thanks to Halloween Forum for the tip.

Halloween Forum

I’m definitely making these Halloween Bones from Budget Savvy Diva sometime before Halloween.  And eating them.

Budget Savvy Diva

These DIY Halloween Bats from Craftbits are a great recycling project.  If you don’t have any coin wrappers available, I think a toilet paper or paper towel tube would work too.


I love everything about these Halloween Yard Skeletons from MetalArchitect on Etsy.  Apparently, so did everyone else because they’ve been sold, but maybe the artist will make more.

MetalArchitect on Etsy

Enjoy the pre-Halloween full moon tonight!

Friday Favorites–Pumpkins

I love almost everything about pumpkins.  Looking at them, eating them, making things from them or that look like them, all make me happy.  The only exception is when they’ve started to rot and they’re still sitting on my front porch.  If someone could come up with a self-disposing pumpkin, that would be great.  Oh, and one that ejects its own seeds and guts.  Never mind – that sounds even more gross than having to remove them myself.

Friday Favorites - 10 Pumpkin Crafts

The Newbie Farmstress has a great idea to get that decomposing pumpkin to pull its weight.  First it’s a lovely planter, then it’s compost.

The Newbie Farmstress

I’m intrigued by these Roasted Pumpkin Pie Chickpeas from Produce on Parade.  It looks like I’ll need to find myself some pumpkin butter and give them a try.

Produce on Parade

With all the reusable craft pumpkins out there, it’s nice to find something to carve into them that can be carried into the Thanksgiving season, like this design from Family Circle.

Family Circle

This Pumpkin Gift Tag from Do Small Things With Love is adorable.  Maybe on that jar of pumpkin butter I’m looking for?

Do Small Things With Love

Childmade shares a Paper Pumpkin you can make with the little ones.


This felt pumpkin is cute all on its own, but Rust & Sunshine included stick-on felt jack ‘o lantern features.

Rust & Sunshine

Pumpkin spice makes everything taste better, and this Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Chow from What Megan’s Making is just proof.

What Megan's Making

The bathroom is often left out when it comes to seasonal decorating.  At least that’s the case in my house.  This Pumpkin Soap from Clean and Scentsible would add a seasonal touch and keep everyone clean at the same time.

Clean and Scentsible

I like the papers used on this 3D Paper Pumpkin from Crafts by Amanda.  You could also fold it flat for easy storage.

Crafts by Amanda

Burlap is everywhere right now, and I gotta tell you, I don’t mind one bit.  These little Burlap Pumpkins from Refresh Renew don’t require much sewing and are a great way to bring a little of that trend in for the season.

Refresh Renew

The Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired T-Shirts

We’ve been to Disneyland at almost every time of the year.  We’ve braved the crowds during summer and spring break and enjoyed the relatively empty park during the off seasons.  We even got to spend Christmas there a couple of years ago.  The one season we haven’t experienced is Halloween, and from what I hear we’re really missing something special.  We’re going to remedy that next fall, but in the meantime I have to enjoy Disney Halloween from the comfort of my own home.

When Undercover Tourist asked me to come up with a craft to celebrate Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom in Disney World, I found out this year would mark the first appearance by Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, so my project almost had to revolve around them.

Jack and Sally T Shirts - Crafty Staci 1

I made these shirts using reverse applique and embroidery.  You can see all the instructions on my tutorial at Undercover Tourist.

I think these would make fun Halloween costumes.  Jack would be complete with a pair of black and white striped pants.

Jack and Sally T Shirts - Crafty Staci 2

And Sally just needs a patchwork skirt.

Jack and Sally T Shirts - Crafty Staci 3

Jack and Sally are ready for their Halloween Disney trip.  How about you?

Jack and Sally T Shirts - Crafty Staci 4

Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Halloween Bat

With Halloween just over the horizon, I thought I’d make a bat for this month’s coffee sleeve.  I’ve had the shape in my head for a while now, so executing it should have been no problem.  Ack.  I went through a lot to make this, so he should be spectacular, but I will admit he’s not.  He’s not awful, but he was definitely cuter in my head.  If you’re looking for a little Halloween to wrap around your cup though, he’s your guy.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month Halloween Bat - Crafty Staci 1

To make this bat, you’ll need this pattern, fabric for the front and back, InsulBrite, black felt, a 3” piece of elastic cord, a 3/4 – 1” button and two small 3/8” buttons.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month Halloween Bat - Crafty Staci 2

Cut out the front fabric and InsulBrite.  Turn the pattern over and cut out the back.  Cut two ears from the felt.  Tie or stitch the two ends of the elastic together to form a loop.

Before we get into the rest of the assembly directions for this, I’m going to tell you about my big dumb mistake.  Maybe I won’t need to explain.  What is wrong with this photo?

Coffee Sleeve of the Month Halloween Bat - Crafty Staci 3

If you noticed that those ears are facing the wrong direction, you win.  They would have been on the inside once it was turned right side out, and facing backwards to boot.  I had to rip out all those stitches, including that little black mass on the right, which is how I make sure the elastic is secure.  I was close to tossing the whole thing in the trash, but making things is sometimes about making mistakes.  Instead of throwing a fit I decided to be a big girl and fix it.  It’s kind of like exercising.  I hate to do it, but I feel better about myself if I do.

Anyway,  let’s start back at the beginning.  To make it easier to insert the ears, fold both sides in to meet in the center and stitch very close to the edge to hold.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month Halloween Bat - Crafty Staci 4

Lay the front piece right side up.  Pin the ears with the inside edge at the mark on the pattern and with the ears facing inside.  The turned-in edges should be facing the fabric.  Place the elastic with the loop end to the inside.  I added my tag to the other end.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month Halloween Bat - Crafty Staci 5

Lay the back fabric over, right side down.  The InsulBrite goes on top of that.  Pin everything in place.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month Halloween Bat - Crafty Staci 6

Starting just before the ears, stitch all the way around 1/4” from the edge, stopping 2” before the start point.  The curves are a little challenging, so if you’re a new sewer you might want to practice on a scrap first.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month Halloween Bat - Crafty Staci 7

Clip all corners.  Turn right side out and press, turning in opening and being careful not to press the felt ears.  Top stitch all the way around.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month Halloween Bat - Crafty Staci 8

Stitch a button on the end opposite the elastic.  Slip a toothpick under the button while stitching so the elastic will slip around it easily.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month Halloween Bat - Crafty Staci 9

Sew the button eyes on where indicated on the pattern.

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Wrap it around a hot cup and you’re ready to welcome Halloween!

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Friday Favorites–Halloween

I have no idea what I’m going to do about Halloween this year.  My daughter is away at school, my son is making plans with friends, my husband is 2,827 miles away and we don’t get trick-or-treaters at our house.  The idea of sitting around by myself watching scary movies is not appealing, although the candy-eating part kinda is.  Maybe I’ll find a new, interesting tradition to start.  I’m thinking it will involve coffee, caramel and sci-fi.

I might also include these bite-sized Candy Corn Cookies from Always Expect Moore.  The method for making the candy corn shape is clever.

easy mini candy corn cookies

This ghost from Thrifty Décor Chick is one of those things that I found on Pinterest with directions that had nothing to do with the original project.  However, in this case I think Press and Seal cling wrap (the Pinterest claim) might work for a smaller version.


I have to say, this Skeleton Wreath from Tried and True freaks me right the heck out.  Yes, that’s exactly the words I used in my head.  Nearly.


Quick, something not scary!  How about this cute Candy Corn Cupcake Stand from The Swell Life?


The most awesome thing about this Halloween Bag Toss from Craftsman is that the pumpkins are attached with Velcro and can be changed out for other shapes.


I’ve seen ghosts made from cheesecloth before, but the mannequin heads inside these Cheesecloth Spirits from Martha Stewart definitely bring up the creepy factor.


This Jack ‘O Lantern Vase from Dollar Store Crafts is inexpensive, easy to make and doesn’t have any icky pumpkin guts to take out.


I’ve never said this before, and probably never will again, but isn’t Lil’ Death cute?  Check out the free printable from StitchPunk.


These cupcakes from I Don’t Know How She Does It would be a fun addition to a party and, even better, they’re raspberry filled.


These Spinning Spirits from Parents magazine would be fun to make with kids.  That is, if you can bring them down from their sugar high long enough to trust them with scissors.


Friday Favorites–Halloween Costumes

Before I get into my favorites today, I wanted to share a bit of good Etsy news.  They’re now offering gift cards!  To celebrate, they’re giving a few away.  You can click here to enter and, in the interest of full disclosure, when you click through you get an entry and so do I.  Imagine what you could do with $100 on Etsy!

Now, on to today’s topic – Halloween costumes.  I’ve only dressed up for Halloween a handful of times as an adult.  When I was working for the credit union we did a branch-wide Peter Pan theme one year.  We had a television in the lobby playing the movie, all of the loan officers were pirates, the member reps were Lost Boys, the head teller was Captain Hook and the rest of us filled in the remaining characters.  I was Princess Tiger Lily, and I also made Peter Pan and Tinkerbell’s costumes.  It was a competition between the different branches and I don’t remember if we won or not, only that it was a very fun day.  In my book, that means we nailed it.

Get ready for the “Aww.”  What’s cuter than a baby?  A Sock Monkey baby, like this one from Grosgrain.


What’s cuter than a Sock Monkey baby?  Well, nothing really, but what’s just as cute?  A Moose baby, wearing this adorable and easy costume from Dollar Store Crafts.


Personally, if I were going to dress up this year (which the office staff at my one-woman-work-at-home business has voted against.  She’s no fun) I’d go for this Gumball Machine from Inchmark.


My son’s favorite movie when he was small was Toy Story.  This Toy Army Guy costume from Wild Ink would have been a huge hit.


I don’t think it’s too late, though, for my teenager to try out this Abducted by Aliens costume from Coolest Homemade Costumes.  That alien would just have to be a foot or two taller.


Maybe you’re looking for an adorable costume you don’t have to make?  Check out this Spunky Skunk from TheLittlePeaBoutique on Etsy.


I always loved costumes that my kids could wear, at least in part, after Halloween.  Pajamas were a favorite.  I could see this Twirly Butterfly Skirt from The Train to Crazy getting a lot of post-Halloween use.


Sometimes you’re not looking for an entire costume, but just a little something different to spice up your Halloween.  This Bat Bow Tie from Wear the Canvas would be a fun accessory.


I don’t know what the answer to the “What are you supposed to be?” question would be when it comes to using these googly eyed shoes from Glitter ‘N Glue as your costume, but I don’t care.  I want them.


I love group costumes.  I wonder if I could still get my family to dress up as S’mores with me, like this at Family Fun?  I think I can picture my daughter as a candy bar, but I don’t know how we’re going to fit my son in that fire-wagon.


Friday Favorites–Pumpkins

I went to the grocery store yesterday, and out front were giant bins of pumpkins.  I was tempted to buy a couple for the front porch, but convinced myself it was too early.  Now, after staring at pumpkins for a while, I may have to go back. 

It’s amazing what a little paint and some flowers can do for a lowly pumpkin.  Visit 52 Weeks Project for the instructions to make this lovely Pumpkin Vase.


You can’t go wrong with caramel, in my opinion and the pumpkin spiced caramel at the center of these Caramel Chew Jack-o-Lantern Pops from Dollhouse Bake Shop sounds delicious.  That faceless pumpkin in the middle probably feels differently.

Caramel Chew Jack-o-lantern Pops

I love this Twine-Wrapped Pumpkin from Jennifer Rizzo.  Check out her clever framework to extend the stem.


I have a confession.  I actually like orange slice candy.  I can also eat up to three circus peanuts…don’t judge.  This Orange Slice Pumpkin from Anderson Family Adventures would be great for a classroom party.  Probably wouldn’t work as well with the peanuts.

Orange slice pumpkin

I bought some cheapo flashlights for my kids once that projected a jack-o-lantern face, but these from A Real Life Housewife are so much better…different faces!


This Pumpkin Fluff from Recipe Diaries is something I would happily eat.  I’d even consider sprinkling a few roasted pumpkin seeds on top.


This pumpkin princess carriage from The Fairfield House is just adorable. 


Who says pumpkins have to be all spooky this time of year?  These Colorful Painted Pumpkin Cookies from Glorious Treats look so happy.


I cannot believe I JUST recycled some rusty, old canning rings.  They would have been perfect for this Canning Ring Pumpkin from Simply Klassic Home.

Canning Ring Pumpkin title

These Wizard of Oz Concept Pumpkins from Hands Occupied are a great idea.  Wouldn’t it be fun to add the scarecrow, lion and tin man?  How about a flying monkey?


Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts Magazine

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?  When I was very young, probably elementary school, I wanted to be a teacher.  I think part of me just liked the idea of telling people what to do, but I’m sure it was deeper than that in my little seven-year-old mind.

When I got older, I found out that there were jobs where you actually got to read and write for a living.  Journalism caught my attention.  That stuck through high school, where I was editor of my school newspaper (back to telling people what to do), but also became involved in a fashion board through Nordstrom.  When I realized that writing about fashion was an option, it seemed like all of the pieces were falling into place.  I was going to write for a fashion magazine.

Fast forward a few years.  I accrued some college debt, but not enough to achieve my goal.  I met my husband, settled down, had a couple of babies and let all of that go.  I was where I was supposed to be and happy to be there.

The day came when I realized my kids were old enough that they didn’t need my every minute of every day and I needed something else to do.  It was time to think about what I wanted to be when I grew up again. 

That’s when I realized it hadn’t changed all that much, and this blog was born.  It’s no fashion magazine, but tell me this doesn’t combine my teaching, reading, writing and creative loves all in one happy place?  And I enjoy it, but one dream I have harbored secretly, or not-so-secretly now, all this time is being published.  On paper.  I wasn’t sure what form it would take – book, magazine, cereal box – but it stayed in one little corner of my mind.  Well, it looks like I’m getting my wish.


I received an email last week from an editor at Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine.  She found my Witch’s Laundry Day project, and is interested in publishing it in their yearly issue! 

witch 9

It won’t appear until about this time next year, but I’ll mention it again when it hits the newsstands.  I know there are a lot of craft bloggers out there that this happens to frequently, but this is a pretty big deal to me.  I think that seven-year-old teacher wanna-be would be pretty proud.