Saturday, October 31, 2015

{In the Shop} :: The Simpsons Chalkboard Quotes

My love of The Simpsons is inspiring me again! One of the best parts of every episode is the chalkboard gag during the opening scene. Whether they are simply comical or tongue-in-cheek political commentary, I never regret paying special attention to catch what Bart is writing on the chalkboard. 

 I've created eight unique cross stitch designs inspired by my favorite chalkboard quotes. All patterns are designed for beginners and finish at a perfect 5" x 5".

Do you have a favorite quote that isn't featured in the shop? I'm always happy to entertain custom orders. Contact me through Etsy and let's talk!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pumpkin Carving 2016

Another year, another super fun pumpkin carving. My work is having an office decorating contest and I was inspired by my department's theme. SUPER MARIO BROTHERS!

Bowser has always been one of my favorite video game villains, so it was only fitting that I put his face on a pumpkin for the occasion. See how it went below!

Pattern printed from Zombie Pumpkins.

Need some pumpkin carving tips and tricks?  My Pumpkin Carving Tutorials are here to help you out!

Interested in seeing other pumpkins I've carved?  There's a gallery for that.

Have a spooktacular Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns

If you've ever visited my blog during the fall, you know I love... love love love... love pumpkin carving. I have watched and rewatched Pumpkin Wars and Halloween Wars on Food Network. I keep a gallery of my annual pumpkin carvings up all year round. In my first year of blogging, I even did a Pumpkin Carving Week. It's an obsession and I'm okay with that. So when an advertisement for Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns at San Diego Zoo Safari Park popped up on Facebook, I didn't think twice about buying tickets. They advertise that there are over 5,000 carved pumpkins. FIVE THOUSAND. I just had to see what magical creations they had.

I was not disappointed. Much to my surprise, there were not just Jack-O-Lanterns. There were full carved pumpkin sculptures. I was in awe of these fantastic creations. And before you jump into the pictures to be amazed, let me answer the number one question that was on everyone's minds...

Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns runs for the full month of October. How do they keep the pumpkins from rotting?

My group came up with a number of theories from preservatives and coating them in wax. We were wrong. They don't do anything to keep the pumpkins perfect all month long. As their website states, "Each week [they] have to replace deceased jack o'lanterns with fresh ones. That's a lot of recarving!"

Yes, it is! Especially when you take in these awesome creations...

So much inspiration! I can't wait to get my hands on more pumpkins!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Free Printable Halloween Cupcake Toppers

No tricks and all treats here! If you're putting together last minute festive cupcakes for a classroom, workplace or party, adorn them with these easy to create cupcake toppers.  The printable flags are available for download at the bottom of the post.

1.  Download and print cupcake toppers. Carefully cut out flags.

2. Fold flags in half.

3. Place a small piece of double-sided tape on one side of the non-printed side of the flag.

4. Place tooth pick in the crease of the flag and fold over. Apply gentle pressure to secure sides to each other.

Stick in the cupcake and enjoy!

Do you have a need for placecards?  Print them below.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Trick or Treat No Carve Pumpkin

Sometimes, you find yourself in a time and you want a small touch that says, "I'm crafty and make cute stuff."... not "I totally forgot about this holiday and bought whatever wasn't completely picked over at Target."

If you have five minutes, a pumpkin and puffy paint, you're all set!

X's and dots are my favorite!

Voila! Easier than taking candy from a person handing out candy on Halloween!

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