Be careful…

Candy induced rage is real.

Remember what happened post-Halloween in 2008?



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The Pleated Poppy Winner

And the winner is…


#153, aka Heather who said:

This is the first year my husband and I have dressed up since college but this year we are going as Scarecrow and Dorothy and our twin one year olds are the munchkins!

Shoot me an email to [email protected] to claim your prize!

HUGE thanks to Lindsey @ The Pleated Poppy for the awesome giveaway!


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And last but not least


A “dirty hobo”.  HUGE thanks to my friend and neighbor Kristine for taking care of this one for me.  (Don’t tell Keller but I think he kind of looks like that creeper that kidnapped Elizabeth Smart.)


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So You Want To Be A Slurpee…

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You’d better take a sedative, because that’s the only way anyone should ever commit to replicating these costumes.


Here are a few of the specifics, if you’re interested:

The “cup” is cloth automotive headliner fabric (like for the interior roof of your car). I picked it up locally at Hancock Fabrics and then I started to paint.

And paint.

And paint.

It took over a gallon of white latex paint, just to get a basecoat.

And then I did a 2nd coat (took MUCH less).

I taped off each “cup” into sixths.

I found a Slurpee font and downloaded it. Then I used my Silhouette to cut the lettering out of freezer paper. (Tip: When cutting freezer paper with a Silhouette, use the green/cardstock mat, put the dull side down, and cut your design backwards.) The freezer paper only stuck marginally to the painted surface. I had to paint carefully, but it worked out OK.

The red lettering is acrylic craft paint. The blue is latex pain.

I hot glued a “casing” along the top edge. I used sprinkler funny pipe for the frame.

The straws are red pool noodles.

The beverage portion is tulle. There’s also a coordinating colored “collar” hot glued and Gorilla taped inside the rim of the cup. It has an elastic casing to slip over the head.

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Happy Ho-ho-ho-lloween?

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Campbell doesn’t really like costumes.

Heck, he doesn’t even like clothes (basketball shorts excluded…it’s that Asperger’s/SPD thing).

Halloweens in the past have involved him screaming and freaking out because he HATES whatever he’s wearing. I think he could be dipped in battery acid and it’d cause less commotion.

So, when he actually came up with a costume idea that he was excited about, I ran with it. Even if the requested costume WAS Santa.


I traced a pair of pajamas for the pants and then cropped them and added fur.


I traced one of his older brother’s church shirts for the jacket, and then added fur.

The belt is a dollar store picture frame spray painted gold. Then I hot glued the end of the belt vinyl to the picture frame back and slid it into the frame and glued that in place, too. It closes with velcro.

And, for the very first time ever?


I have a kid who’s happy on Halloween!

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I probably should have mentioned this earlier. I’ve been deep in Halloween costumes for days!

My partner Emily from The Boy Trifecta was the brains and the brawn behind this awesome Kate Spade knock off over at CWTS.

She easily advanced to the next round!

This week’s theme?


And Emily’s a sewist (still sounds better than sewer). I’ve got a feeling that her project is going to be fabulous anyway…

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If at first you don’t succeed,

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try, try, try, try again.

Those are all Buddy the Elf hat rejects. The first one was so bad that I threw the whole hot glue-y mess in the garbage.

It turns out that trying to get a hat band to conform to the shape of a very slanty elf hat is harder than I anticipated.

Ribbon (on the right) was cute, but I didn’t like the little creases and bubbles.

A c-shaped piece of fabric (on the left) laid down nicely, but it was boring.

I got desperate and started thinking about no band at all (center).

And then I thought of my old friend “bias tape”. And we had a winner!



To make the elf hat, I traced one of my big silver mixing bowls (about 13.5″ in diameter) and then cut the circle in half. Next, I added my banding. I did a combination of sewing/gluing. Once that banding was in place, I folded the hat in half and seamed the straight edge.

Then, I folded the bottom edge under about 1/4” and hot glued it in place. I didn’t want any stitching visible. Add a red feather and you’re done!

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Giveaway: The Pleated Poppy


Meet Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy. She blogs here, but that’s not even the best part! She also makes all sorts of ruffle-y flowery goodness. Don’t believe me?



Those are checkbook covers. I’ve had making one on my to-do list for so long it’s not even funny. (And by “so long” I mean “almost 2 years”…which is when my sister gave me a FABULOUS wallet for Christmas that I still haven’t used on account of needing a checkbook for all things school/kid related.)

Need somewhere to put that checkbook cover? Check out her bloom bags.


She’s got flowers for hair:


And flowers for just about anywhere:



You really need to pop over to her shop and take a look because every single thing is my favorite.


I don’t actually write in a notebook or a journal, but I bet I would if I had this.


What’s in it for you?

Lindsey is giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky Crap I’ve Made reader.


Click on over to The Pleated Poppy shop and have a look around. Come back and leave a comment ON THIS POST saying what you’d use your gift certificate on.

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The giveaway will close Friday night, October 29th at 10pm MST.

Can’t wait until Friday?

Lindsey is offering ALL of you 15% off using code “CRAP”.

(Man I love when they use “crap” in their discount code!)

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Meet The Boy Trifecta


(aka my Crafting With The Stars partner Emily, who I’m pretty sure is WAY more talented than me.)

Tam swears the pairings were random, but I think she’s lying based on the fact that Emily and I have 3 boys a piece and are both married to Bryans. Emily just needs a bonus girl like me…Winking smile

You may already be familiar with Emily on account of this Anthropologie inspired beauty:


That’s right…she just won Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home’s purse week.

And what’s the theme this week for Crafting With The Stars?


I’ve seen Emily’s project and it’s fabulous. Probably because I had nothing to do with it. Open-mouthed smile

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what it is. Not even a hint. Seriously. Don’t ask.

The projects go up at midnight MST tonight (Saturday). Go over to Sew Dang Cute and vote your guts out for whatever you like best. Voting is open for 2 days or so and FOUR crafters get voted off this week.

And go tell Emily hi!

***THIS JUST IN: Only 3 people get eliminated this week. And I don’t pay attention. Go vote anyway, will ya?***

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Makia Creations Winner

The winner of 3 craft kits from Makia Creations is….


#115 aka Danielle who said “i love the turkey one. I don’t have very much in decorations for thanksgiving, this would be perfect!”

Danielle, shoot me an email to [email protected] and your craft kids will be on their way!

HUGE thanks to Makia Creations for the awesome giveaway (and for intr0ducing me to the world of wood crafts)!

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