August 20, 2012

Vintage Shadowbox

I found these awesome pictures at an antique store this summer in Asheville. It makes me a little sad knowing that they belonged to a family somewhere and now they are in a strangers hand. I feel that way when I see bronzed baby shoes, or handmade cradles, or any other sweet little treasure that I would never have let go if they belonged to me.

Oh my, look at that sweet baby's face. And that gown! How adorable. The girls look young, maybe 18 or so. Well, now they are mine and I am turning them into not so spooky Halloween crafts.

I gathered some Halloween stuff from my stash to embellish them: Some stickers, some background paper, and some stamps.

A little hat here, a little message and a couple of crows there. And of course, what witch wouldn't be complete without a broom. (all from my sticker collection)

I decided to make a shadow box out of this baby witch. Oh how cute is she! I had a star box left over from some Christmas crafts last year, and thought the lid would be perfect for my shadow box.

I added a polka dot background paper to the inside, painted the inside edges black, and glittered the outside edges with a vintage silver glitter, then added my little witch. She was actually too large to fit inside the star, so I glued her to the edges. I added some glittered letters to spell OCT, a sparkly lizard (every witch has one of those), some star garland, a black and white cupcake paper flattened out, a piece of black netting and a spooky skeleton hand from the Dollar store. You can't see the glittered outside edges in this picture, but it looks stunning!
I made sure the embellishments could be removed without damaging the picture.

Slowly but surely, my decor is changing with the addition of these little orange and black projects. Don't be scared! It will be full on Halloween in my house in 2 more weeks. Don't judge.

August 04, 2012

Be Still My Heart

It is getting closer to my favorite holiday (Halloween) and I am seeing orange and black in the stores already! yippee!! My Pinterest list of things to do for Halloween is a long one, and I am starting to work on them now. I saw this idea on another blog and loved it. These hologram pictures are available in the Dollar Tree stores...
sweet pictures of vintage looking people. They have a few images to chose from. I picked these girls and a woman that looks like my great grandmother and an old man. They are in horrible, horrible plastic cheesy frames, but as the blogger stated, they can be cut out from the frames. I used an exacto knife and it cut like buttah :)

These give you a ghoulish image from another angle and are a cute addition to a vignette with some vintage looking Halloween collectibles.

Here's the ghoulish side, taken from a different angle:

I have a stash of frames I use for all kinds of crafts, so I popped the grandma's image into one, which is a pewter looking metallic frame. The opening fits a 4x6 photo. I may try a more antique looking frame, but I kind of like the pewter one too. It photographed poorly as it picked up reflections of things around the room, my pink shirt I am wearing, for one. But here it is:

Good grandma :)

BAD grandma! 
I can't wait to see my boys reaction to these. Sometimes they are a little skittish about spooky stuff.
And just think, in only 28 more days, I can get out all my Halloween collections and begin decorating! Yipeee!