Posts Categorized: halloween

contest + Costumes + halloween + Life + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013

Halloween costume contest winners

The tallies are in! Here are the winners of the 2013 2nd Annual Halloween Contest. There were some really wonderful submissions, but sadly, I had to limit it to just a few so I didn’t make this a long post. I’m posting the rest to my Pinterest costume board. I died when I saw Simon and Garfunkel by Audrey and Griff. I LOVE Amelia Earhart and her plane, above, by Aubrey and Philip Westlund of Yes, Dear Studio. And Michelle and Brandon’s Mr. Fantastic Fox costumes that she handmade herself. So beautiful.

 And good uni-brow Frida by Tess M. is one of my favorite ideas.

And you know I don’t like scary costumes, but this one is so good. I mean even the all-white walls! It’s so asylumy.

And I had to show Michele Brummer Everett’s costume for 2013. A sharpener to complement last year’s pencil. A bit morbid, no?

And I LOVED these kid’s costumes. A unicorn for Nohea by Jed and Tanei and a dinosaur, both so so awesome.

Now it’s time for a tragic tale. You see, I meant to show our costumes here too, but after something funky happened, I have to wait for spring. Sounds odd, I know, but they’re good. Trust me. Just keep up the excitement would ya?

Winners! You’ll receive a prize of either chocolate from Cocoa Vitale (delicious stuff!) or some beautiful stationery from Darling Clementine. Congrats and thanks for entering! 

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DIY + halloween + Projects / Monday, 21 Oct 2013

Succulent monogram pumpkin

Well, we’ve come to an end with my collab with Cassidy of Succulents and Sunshine. This was my first time work working with succulents and I have to say that I love the little fellers. They’re so perky and sweet. But leave it to me to find a way to kill a couple suckers. Gah! That’s why I work with paper flowers.

Cassidy made this monogram succulent pumpkin. Head on over to her blog to check out the full instructions.

AND DON’T FORGET! Today is the last day to enter the 2013 winter collection of my new products. Check out the post for more deets (or enter on Instagram too @houselarsbuilt)

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DIY + halloween + Projects / Thursday, 17 Oct 2013

Succulent worded pumpkins

Here’s the third of 4 projects that I Cassidy and I collaborated on. She made these adorable pumpkins spelling the words “BOO” written in succulents. Get the full scoop and instructions on how to do it on her blog, Succulents and Sunshine.
and as if that is not cute enough…

BAM! Dogs make everything 15 times cuter.

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DIY + halloween + holiday + Projects / Monday, 14 Oct 2013

Decorate pumpkins with succulents

Continuing on the pumpkin/succulent kick with Succulents and Sunshine (last week I featured these painted face pumpkins), I thought it’d be fun to add some succulents onto some pumpkins, as if they were flower petals. Super easy yet lovely.
Materials: pumpkins (light colored work best), succulents in various shades, glue gun
Step 1: Break off the succulents carefully at the very base of where they meet the trunk.
Step 2: Apply hot glue onto the pumpkin and then apply the succulent. I found that when you applied it onto the succulent, it’s more prone to fall off. 
DONZO.

I mean, how adorable right? They’re like little encrusted jewels. Still more to come this week!

Photography by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine 
art direction & crafting by moi

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DIY + halloween + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 10 Oct 2013

Make a pumpkin family

In the spirit of my Halloween decorating philosophy, I will be providing you a few tutorials on how to create a lovely Halloween. First up, a pumpkin family. Are you dying from cuteness overload yet? I nearly did as we shot this. It’s too much. I teamed up with the succulent expert Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine (a blog all about succulents. She even has an ebook!) and illustrator of the most adorable faces, Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville to bring you the world’s cutest pumpkin family. Succulents as hair and paint as face. I die. AND, Michelle made you some templates so you can recreate her faces. Score!  
You will need: light colored pumpkins (I found that white works the best), acrylic paints (black and red and white are all you really need), fine paint brush, knife, template (download here), pencil, a variety of succulents, rocks for succulents
Step 1: Carve out the top. You won’t need it so feel free to discard. 
Step 2: Scoop out the seeds.
Step 3: You can trace the faces onto the pumpkin by positioning the template where you want the face and then pressing hard with a pen or pencil. 
OR step 4: You can use pins or toothpicks to transfer the image onto the pumpkin.
OR step 5: Use the template as a stencil and cut it out and paint over with your brush.
Step 6: Paint in the lines with your acrylic paints.
Step 7: Die of cuteness overload.
Step 8: Put some rocks into the pumpkin and insert your succulents. Try a few in the head or just one larger succulent.
I mean…
Dying right? Stay tuned for some more ideas!
photography by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine
illustration by Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville (check out her adorable shop!)
assistant: Audrey Ellsworth
art direction and crafting: moi

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