Halloween 2016 Decor Part 2 – the Main Room

Welcome to Halloween Decor 2016 Part 2! The Main Room is our party room, the first room in the house through the entry and the one seen through the front window, and so, it is the room that gets the most attention. Ie: all the coolest Halloween stuff. Just about everything is either diy or found at thrift stores and yard sales.


Above is an admittedly crappily pieced-together panorama of the main room. (hey, photoshop isn’t my strong suit)  (see the Voodoo entry on the right in Part 1) Here are some details:

halloweenhousemain1Looking into the main room from the entry.

halloweenhousemain2Looking into the main room from the living room.

We found a couple new goodies for this area. The light-up skull and hands is a $5 thrift store find, and we found the clear glass skulls at Ross. The delightful monster art in the red frames is by Travis Louie. Below is our usual vintage collection with a new glittery black skeleton procured at a yard sale for $3.

A couple new thrift store goodies on the table…a “Thing” candle holder and a skull that I painted metallic silver.

halloween2016mainroombarTo give the bar a spooky glow I elevated the Lucite tray on a book and put a string of red lights underneath. The striped candles are simply white candles with black electrical tape wrapped around them. See more of the Halloween DIYs in the Halloween posts from 2014 & 2015.

Next time, Part 3…

Halloween 2016 Decor Part 1 – Voodoo Entry

Happy Halloween! My favorite holiday…I’ll be posting all the fun decor in a 4 part series. Today: The Voodoo Altar! It’s in the entry again, just bigger, badder and more!


I love the voodoo altar this year. We added a few more skulls we found during the year, a bat skeleton from Target ($10) as well as a fun plasma light skull from the thrift store (just $5.99!) The altar is simply a folding table with a side table on top, all draped with sheer black fabric with purple lights underneath. (I’ve been reusing the same fabric for years in different places).


The key items for a good voodoo altar are skulls, bones, bottles, candles, beads and feathers. We added a couple creepy old masks my man made years ago and a real voodoo doll found at the thrift store. The voodoo flags are just printed out at home from a google search for voodoo flags.


Mistress Tia, our resident Voodoo Queen, is an old 1980’s mannequin. I painted her face and dressed her in one of my old handmade Halloween costumes (The amazing leather skulls adorning the headdress and belt and handmade and painted from Artsmyths here in Denver http://www.artsmyths.com http://artsmyths.com/http___www.artsmyths.com/Artsmyths.html



HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Part 2 will be coming tomorrow…

Broken Bones, Tattoos & Marriage. I Have Neglected You, But I Have a Few Good Reasons…

Yes I know. It’s been months and months since I last posted, and I do humbly apologize. It has been a most eventful year so far and other duties and issues were made a priority, but I hath returned! Let’s catch you up…Broken Bones, Tattoos & Marriage!

Broken Bones. In March, right after my birthday, whilst running up wood stairs in socks, (don’t do that. Just don’t.) I fell and broke my foot. Spiral fracture of the 5th metatarsal. Ouch. As you can imagine this put quite a damper on my Spring activities. Thankfully I am now mostly healed.

Tattoos. I began a new career path in July 2015, to add a new creative skill to my artistic arsenal, tattooing. I was very blessed that the great tattoo artist Dave Allen agreed to take me on as his apprentice, and I officially graduated to full-fledged Tattoo Artist in July of this year. I am now working at Preying Mantis Tattoo in Lakewood, CO. (and now accepting appointments!) Here is a small sample of my wares, see more by clicking the “Tattoos” link at www.vlasicstudio.com

And finally, marriage. In August of this year, my love of 10 years and I tied the knot in a sunset ceremony at Burning Man, deep in the Nevada desert. (and yes, I dyed my dress and put pink lights in it. It was Burning Man after all, no ordinary wedding dress would do🙂

And now, we are (mostly) recovered from our wedding/honeymoon trip, back to work and gearing up for Fall. I am preparing for a big Halloween decorating post later this week, and there will be more goodies to come later this month. Well those are the highlights of the last year-ish. Thanks for hanging in there. I shall endeavor to post more regularly now that all the big stuff is done.

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: http://fashionnaction.blogspot.com/2011/10/googly-monster-house-halloween.html ) 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!