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DIY: Transforming Halloween to Home Decor!

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Please be careful when working with hot wax or fire.

I am sure most of you do have some cheap Halloween decor, on display all year long or stored in a box somewhere. Last year I bought a pack of plastic skulls, 6 pieces for 10€. They don’t look too cheap but having 6 of them makes me want to ‘do something’ with them. Hanging them on some rope would be what I first thought about but nothing makes me want to use the ladder more than I have to and especially not when I want to hang something directly under the 3.55m ceiling. Nope. Not going to happen. Not climbing a ladder unless I really have to.

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The skulls, except for one or two were put aside until I was nearly done with my bedroom stuff. I put everything on the nightstand that I wanted to have there but afterwards it still did look empty, then, in one of my ‘need to find a place for it’-boxes (4 left of those, getting unpacked and repacked once every month until everything found its place, in the flat or in the rubbish bin) there was one of the skulls next to a plate a friend sent me with 2016s Halloween parcel from the USA.

Things were set up and did look nice, the skull though did still look quite cheap. Best thing to cover those ‘scars’ where plastic parts are glued together? Wax! Especially when you decorate with candles anyways.

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Stuff I used…
cheap plastic skull
pillar candle
printed halloween plate
white candle
lighter

I was afraid the plate would get damaged but since only one drop of hot wax at a time would drip onto the skull and slowly roll over it before it would hit the plate it was ok in the end, could even be used as a plate afterwards because the skull with the wax both would not stick to it! Lucky! Still please be careful when working with hot wax and fire, you might hurt yourself or damage or destroy things you didn’t want to get damaged or destroyed.

So, as mentioned first a pillar candle and the plastic skull were put onto the plate. Then I lit the white candle, held it sideways so it would burn down faster and the hot wax would hit the skull. After a while you would get that beautiful structure you can find on old candle holders. This time I only used one pillar candle and one for dripping the wax because I need some space on my nightstand to put my mobile and my nosespray and stuff like that.

Do you keep your Halloween decor out through the year or not? Have a nice evening!

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2016 Annual (belated) Halloween Giveaway!

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Holy f*ing batshit, 1,000 followers? When did this happen? Thank you SO much! As a matching topic, moving stress is 90% done as well so I should finally start the giveaway which I have been preparing for quite some weeks now. The halloween giveaway actually shall become an annual giveaway (See last year’s Halloween giveaway here ) same with the Blogversary giveaway (See 2016’s Blogversary giveaway here), I know this time I am late for the Halloween one but probably most of my readers would be able to enjoy the spooky content all year long anyways!

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sweets and toys, glitter and spiderwebs!

This giveaway is open until 2016, November, 26th at 12:00am Berlin time, open worldwide. (Shipping will happen within 2 weeks aka early December, depending on when I know where to ship and when I have to work)

link to the giveaway at rafflecopter

Rules for entering:

list-bat-png Join the rafflecopter giveaway thing / link at the bottom of this post, please read all of the rules though (of course, sharing or following would be nice but knowing the unfollow button exists what can I do… Still, following at twitter gives an additional ticket) * rafflecopter saves your name and email adress and when the giveaway is closed I can push a button and it will select the winner randomly.
list-bat-png By entering this giveaway you confirm that you are an adult / allowed to enter giveaways, will be able to tell me your name and adress afterwards.
list-bat-png I am not responsible for any grammar mistakes in the description or missunderstandings of the things included in the package. I also am not responsible for any allergies, reactions, damages on people by the package or on things in the package or money charged by customs or whatever there might be – also please check before if importing any of these products would get you in trouble.
(on a sidenote: things in the package were bought by me, not in cooperation with any company.)

Stuff you will win:

list-bat-png Sweets (Haribo Waldgeister, Nimm2 Lachgummi Milchgeister)
list-bat-pngKnick-knacks (beetle specimen preserved in some acrylic mold thing, remote controlled giant spider (batteries not included), coloring book)
list-bat-pngSpiderwebs & Glitter. (Because I can.)

link to the giveaway at rafflecopter

Good luck, please feel free to share, have a nice evening!

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DIY: Bat lamp alteration!

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Probably everyone owns one or knows someone who does, that lovely, cheapest of the cheap IKEA lamp ‘Not’. When looking for furniture everyone who has a tiny limit or is simply starting that new life you usually won’t have too much of a budged. Personally I prefer having basic furniture that I can alterate without feeling guilty, even if the result won’t look or work the way I wanted. Some things stay basic for a while, so did my Not lamp.

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So this it is, simple, basic, black and white floor lamp as you can buy it from IKEA. Does what a lamp is supposed to do, lighten the room and is available with a reading light as well. The version I bought. After a while though I thought it was too basic and I remembered having one of these covered in crows. Took a pencil and Sharpie and started drawing bat silhouettes. Then continued with simple black color varnish. Let it dry, another layer, let it dry and so on until I thought the bats were opaqu enough to look good with light shining through them. The strange way the vanish seemed to dry on the plastic surface made me add some grass like streaks on the bottom part of the bigger lampshade.

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left: clean tiny lampshade, center: with sharpie lines, right: final result, on the lamp!

Especially next to my black and white walls I think it now looks a lot better, with and without light! Sorry, currently I seem to be in some DIY-mood!

What are your current projects? Have a nice evening!

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Burning Faerie for my kitchen?

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When you know me for some time you might already know that I have some soft spot for absinthes and faeries and that my kitchen is currently under heavy construction. Well, during my last nights off work I could not put the paintbrush away, there was some leftover woodchip wallpaper as well as some leftover tinting paint from when I painted my kitchen. That color would have turned bad soon (started to change structure a bit already) and since the wall above the stove was still completely empty I knew what I had to do.

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Layers and layers and layers of paint!

The background was done with maybe 10-15 layers of paint, mixed with water to get some irregular color. Then I started with a faerie, I wanted to do something inspired by those beautiful absinthe faerie illustration, be it the ones of famous artists or those that you can find on the covers of your favourite bottle. But like pens always do everything in the end starts to change by themselves and my faerie started to get some spooky tentacle like arms and legs and moth-like wings instead of those butterfly shaped ones. Background got some flame inspired orange shapes on the bottom. Then I felt the hair I had on my mind would not look good anymore, that they probably would need some watery look as well to not look awkward in combination with the body. Thought was put onto paper and after another few layers I think I actually liked her.

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In the end more of some spooky burning faerie than an absinthe one but it was her choice! And definitely needs some more decoration around it!

Hung her up on the wall and now will have to shop for some of those plastic decoration ivys and other leaves for the wall. Plan still is to have my kitchen over-crowded with decoration (Nope, not that bad idea to decorate, I barely ‘cook’ – am more of a salad in every way you can think of person so there is not that much of oily dust around!)

What are your current (artsy-) projects? Have a nice evening!

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