Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Martha Stewart Inspirations

So last year I got the Martha Stewart Halloween magazine but never got around to really doing anything. But this year I thought I'd try a few of her ideas. I made a little spooky center piece with some candles and gauze. The green pumpkin candle on the top I made by hollowing out a real pumpkin and pouring the wax in. Unfortunately it was an old christmas candle I got from goodwill, and I didn't realize that it also happened to have a christmas scent. When it melted it released the most potent "christmas" aroma I've ever smelled. I don't think brian appreciated a kitchen full of pumpkin scraps and a house that smelled like holly, cinnamon, etc, but he will admit the candle turned out cool.

The other project I did was a leaf arrangement. You dip the leaves in wax to seal in their colors and then hang them. Unfortunately I used cheap tape, so every so many days a leaf will fall and my dog will shred it (which is what she does to nearly all leaves she finds while we are walking). So I think of it as a mobile instillation piece of art.

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Heidi and Deric Ence said...

Cute! I love your stuff, its so cute! And good for Portland. Anything at their level is game. haha

Shawna said...

Just saw your etsy shop, so adorable!

Ashley said...

Your stuff is so cute Steph! I bet its so fun just crafting all day and playing with Portland.

Meredith said...

You’re so domestic and spirited – I love it! I was disappointed in the Martha Stewart Halloween stuff this year because it’s not nearly as good as last years. I love how your pumpkin turned out! We’re decorating our house for Halloween this weekend and that means I get to bring home more pumpkins, so I’m super excited about that. We’re going to do colored light bulbs (green & purple) around the house and lots of spider webs and spiders (the truly scary part is that we have real spiders occasionally that look like the plastic ones so we won’t be able to tell them apart). I’m also trying to think of a way to use black paper or something to make the lamps cast dark shapes up onto the ceiling… We’re having a Halloween party so I’m trying to think of ways to make it spooky without spending a lot on the motion-activated animated figures Scott loves so much.