New Scary Eye Theme for Halloween in the Front Yard for 2015


We changed things up just a bit in the front yard this year for our favorite holiday, Halloween! Inspired by my new “Crawling Eye” prop (see the DIY here) we went with creepy eyes. I found some blow-up eyes online for about $3 each and put them in the plant pots and on the porch on top of our old fake fall leaves and orange lights. I also made the silly big-eyed monsters in the upper windows from black poster board and colored tissue paper. (Inspired by these amazing monsters: ) The eyes on the porch wall were left-overs from a party years ago (just eyeballs printed out on gloss paper from google images) I only spent about $40 for this year’s update, everything else (black fabric, fake pumpkins, black lights) are all things we’ve had for years, just moved around. Enjoy!




Beware the Crawling Eye! A Fun Halloween DIY Using an Exercise Ball and Old Sheets.

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It’s my favorite holiday, so I tend to go a little nuts. This year I added some new fun with an eye theme in the front yard, with the Crawling Eye as the centerpiece (based on the admittedly awful 1950’s sci-fi movie by the same name.) Here’s the DIY:


It all started with an exercise ball. Then I added a plastic eye we found at the thrift store for .49 cents, florescent spray paint, Great Stuff gap filler, foam from our old bed, and a couple old sheets. I used a glue gun to wrap the ball in fabric first. It’s ok to wrap it kind of messy, you actually want the folds and bumps in the fabric for added texture.

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Next came the legs, which were cut out of old sheets. It doesn’t matter too much what they look like, as they will be mostly painted. I used the glue gun again to attached the two sides to each other, though sewing them would have been better. I turned them out and stuffed them with some old foam, though you could use newspaper, foam peanuts, or whatever flexible, light-weight material you have lying around. The hardest part is attaching the stuffed legs to the ball. I used a glue gun, though it would have held better if I started by attaching the legs with a few stitches first. (I was short on time and rushed this project). The eye was also attached with the hot glue. It can all be somewhat messily done, as you’ll be covering up all the edges in the next step.

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The final steps were done outside on a tarp. What really makes this project look awesome is the “Great Stuff” gap filler. I used it to cover all the edges and create creepy texture over the whole thing.


When the foam was dry, I used orange and green florescent spray paint to finish him off. He now sits happily on the front porch under a black light to frighten our visitors. The entire project took just over 2 hours.

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I’ll post more pictures of our eye-themed front yard soon, as well as all the inside decorations. Happy Halloween everyone! I’d love to see your Halloween projects in the comments section!

DIY Modern Deco Bar Make-over on Found Vintage Cabinet

Happy Fall All! The heater kicked on for the first time this morning, so it is officially Fall at our house. The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, and short sleeves have turned to long almost overnight. I managed to get this little project finished before the chill set in and painting outside became challenging.


Modern Deco Bar Makeover.

I found this neat little vintage cabinet a couple months ago in an alley nearby. She had definitely seen better days to be sure. Someone had made her into an audio cabinet and had cut out a hole in the bottom and the back and added a speaker holder inside. The top mount for the right-hand cabinet was broken, with the wood broken off where the bracket screws in. I knew this would be a fair amount of work to fix, but the ol’ girl had “good bones”. The instant I saw her I knew she’d make a great bar.


First thing I did was fix the broken wood with wood glue and tiny nails, then screwed the bracket back where it should be. Then I patched and repaired the wood with wood fill, let it dry, and sanded the area smooth. I then removed the old vintage hardware and patched the old holes. Then it was sanding time, just a light sanding to get it ready to paint. I also removed the wood piece inside that had been added for a speaker. I cut a new wood piece to fit over the hole in the bottom, and covered that and the ugly back pieces with a pretty Asian brocade fabric I had lying around (I think I found it at the thrift store long ago).


In Progress…

I painted the feet first with a chrome metallic spray paint, which I also used to paint the metal plate that is on the front of the bar now (This was an old door plate left over from work on the house. It covers the old hardware holes perfectly and adds some nice bling to the front of the bar). I used black gloss spray paint on the rest of the piece, 2 cans worth. The finish wasn’t quite to my liking so I added a couple more coats of gloss polyurethane on top of that.

I love this little bar! It looks great in the dining room and adds much needed bar and wine space. We have room inside to fully stock it and will add wine to the lower right-hand space inside soon.






The reckoning: I bought the pair of acrylic and chrome pulls on ebay for $17. I spent about $15 on paint, and bought the vintage Lucite tray on ebay for $22. I already had the fabric on hand and don’t recall what I paid for it, probably about $5. Not bad for a new bar! By the way, those two big awesome brass candlesticks were also found in the alley. I still can’t quite believe someone would throw them away, but I’m so glad they did! The brass candlesticks on top of the bar were found at the thrift store for a few bucks each and the decanter is one I painted about 15 years ago but still love. The Halloween “snow” globe came from the Target after-Halloween sale (50% off) about 7-8 years ago.

A State of the Blog Address…

Hello my lovelies,

I know it has been awhile since the last post, but I have a great excuse, I promise…It’s been a very eventful year to say the least, with many changes. The not-so-pretty news is that, after a year of severe anemia, I underwent surgery to correct it a month ago. I am feeling much better! My energy is starting to return and I feel like I’m getting my life back after months of having no energy. I’ll be getting back to some fun projects on the house and for the holidays very soon.

I am also now officially engaged to my man of almost ten years, and we will be tying the knot at Burning Man in 2016.

The other big change is that I have decided to add to my artistic repertoire and become a tattoo artist. I have been in training since July and it’s going great! I should be up and running professionally around February. I am very excited about this new adventure! You can follow along with my tattoo and art escapades on Instagram Needless to say it will take up most of my time and there will be less fun projects and blog posts, but I WILL continue this blog. I hope you’ll stick around as I have many delightful DIY adventures in store for the future, including some strange and bazaar Halloween spookiness coming in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for your continued support, and have a marvelous weekend,

-M Vlasic


Me and my man having a goof at the Denver County Fair in August.

When in Doubt, Paint it! A Quickie Paint Pick-Me-Up and Rearrange for the Front Porch.

The front porch has been bugging me for awhile now, so I got off my lazy duff and did something about it this weekend. I’d been meaning to paint the tables on the porch white since finding them (yes, they are both Freebee Alley Finds!) to blend them in with the other porch furniture and trim. TIP: How do you make a bunch of stuff that really doesn’t go together work? Paint them all the same color!

Here are the BEFORE Pics:

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I transformed the tables with less than 2 cans of spray paint, well under $10. I used Rustolium 2X gloss white. (I actually like the aged, worn and rusted look of the 4 folding chairs, so I didn’t paint them. They are real French antiques, not reproductions, and I love them. A fabulous yard sale find I’ve had for over a decade.)


After the paint dried, I spent some time moving all the furniture around for a new arrangement, and settled on the table and chairs being centered under the chandelier and the tall table in the corner. It feels much more welcoming now, and suits our grand old Victorian house. I also added an old (cheap) rug that was gathering dust in the garage. I do plan on fixing and painting the concrete floor of the porch eventually, but this helps for now.


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At the last minute I added a little side table from the house to the right side, and now it feels complete. Ready for Summer!


What house projects did you tackle this weekend? Tell me about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments Section.

The Happiest Happy Hours in Denver, a Series: Searching for the Best Deals in Town. Part 1: City O’ City

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Happy Hour. Especially quality Happy Hour, where you get actual FOOD, not some little sample bite on a tiny plate, and serious drink specials, not just on crappy beer and well drinks. Today is the start of a New Series on the Year of Living Fabulously, this one just for Denverites, where I will attempt to ferret out the Best Happy Hours in Town ( the Best in my opinion, anyway ;-) )

Part 1: City O’ City


Photo courtesy of Pure Presence Photography


Being a vegetarian (ok, a Pescatarian if I’m being totally honest) I’ve always been a big fan of City O’ City. Seriously delicious food, fresh and creative, in a fun, artsy-hipster atmosphere. But where they really get me is Happy Hour. A very generous Happy Hour indeed (2-6pm & 11pm-1am Every Day!) where actual plates of real food are on special (not microscopic mouthfuls that just leave you hungry) and everything behind the bar is $2 off. There may not be a lot of food on special, but some of my all-time favorites are (the Buffalo seitan wings are good enough to convert a hard-core carnivore, and the poutine is a big plateful of melt-y gravy goodness on fresh french fries…ok now I’m drooling). Because every possible libation in the place is discounted, you can have whatever you want! Bonus: the well liqueur here is definitely decent. I can get my favorite Summer-time cocktail, a vodka tonic, for $2. Yes, you read that right, $2! My man and I try to come for happy hour once a week. We can both stuff our faces and each enjoy a cocktail for about $16 total. You can’t beat that with a stick.

City O’ City

206 e 13th ave

Denver, co 80203

Tel: 303.831.6443