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…
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.
Just a few quick pics of this year’s Holiday fun! I hope you are having a marvelous Holiday and that your New Year is the best one yet!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.