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I know Halloween is tomorrow, but I figured a few more interesting DIYs might not go amiss. I hope you’re getting all spookied up and if not I hope these will help! Happy almost Halloween?
The Witches Heart – The Flavor Blender
Sliding back into the Halloween spirit after all of the intensity with Hurricane Michael has been tough, but I am slowly but surely starting to feel a bit of the excitement again. One of the things I have been doing is watching the new Netflix show The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell. While this show isn’t Halloween specific, save for one holiday themed episode, Ms. McConnell’s aesthetic is very Tim Burton meets Martha Stewart, and her nightmarish bakes and DIY’s are perfect for this time of year.Before the Netflix show came out, I was only vaguely aware of her work. I’d seen a few things on her Instagram account and I knew that there was a book, but I had no idea how elaborate her world was.
Of all the creepy things she makes, these little Caramel Nut Spiders are the thing that truly made me shudder. Spiders are one of my biggest fears, and holy crap, do these look too really for comfort. She even ate one – there was an audible crunching sound; it was awful.Spiders aside, there were some very cool edible creations like the cookie spirit boards and the chocolate tea set.Christine is joined in her twisted domesticity by a number of colorful characters such as Rose, a reanimated taxidermy project, Rankle, a mystical mummified former Eqyptian diety, Edgar, a flesh hungry werewolf-eqse creature, not to mention the handsome and murderous Norman. Oh yeah, and a ghostly Dita Von Tease (Vivienne) lives in her mirror.
So much fun, and I have to tip my hat to Netflix for such a timely release. For all of you creepy crafters out there, you absolutely need to add this to your watch list.
More about Christine McConnell here.
Images from here.
One of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year was to regularly indulge in self care. This is especially critical this time of year when things are insanely stressful at the office. One of the things I’ve discovered that works wonders for me is a nice long soak in the tub. It helps the tension in my neck and shoulders release, it increases circulation, AND with this awesome bath soak I’ve been making, it keeps my skin super soft. Which normally isn’t a big problem since Florida is incredibly humid, but we had a surprisingly cool dry winter and my poor skin was in bad shape. Nothing is as distracting dry itchy butt that you can’t scratch, am I right? TMI? I digress. When I first started using this soak, I didn’t add any scent because I thought the coconut was lovely on its own. Now that the weather is warmer though, I wanted to add something extra. I took inspiration from one of my favorite parts of Practical Magic, the scene where they make Midnight Margaritas and sing about putting the “lime in the coconut”.
- 1 cup Epsom Salt
- 1/2 cup Pink Himalayan Rock Salt
- 1/2 cup Powdered Coconut Milk
- 6 drops of Rose Hip Oil
- 10-15 drops of Lime Essential Oil
*Combine all the ingredients together in a large baggie and shake until thoroughly combined. Store in cool dark place for up to 3 weeks.
Super simple, and your skin will feel amazing. I catch myself absentmindedly running my hands over my arms or legs after I get out. How do you exercise self care in your routine?
There are few holiday tasks more daunting that hosting Thanksgiving dinner. All those people, all those dietary restrictions, and all those expectations! Regardless of how laid back your guests are, we all know that people can be a little judgmental when it comes to things that are so steeped in tradition. In all honesty, 9 times out of 10 I serve things up buffet style and astound people with the fancy disposable plates and flatware I manage to procure (seriously, it’s a skill). I do know, however, that many of you dream about that perfectly executed Pinterest worthy table, complete with seasonal centerpiece and coordinating linens. Not always possible, but a quick and relatively easy way to elevate your holiday table is place cards. Place cards let your guests know that you gave them a little extra consideration and they also make a great keepsake for anyone who likes to save mementos from these type of things.
Place cards also give you a little extra control over you holiday table. You can manipulate your seating chat to keep your aggressively alt right uncle away from your vegan lesbian friend Kate… or not if you want to keep things lively. You can also make sure that any newcomers don’t find themselves ostracized at the far end while everyone else is chatting it up in the middle. I also like to consider guests with any disabilities or who are a little older to make sure that they get up and down as easily as possible, not to mention closer proximity to restrooms.
Thank goodness for the internet, right? Hopefully, this will help you get inspired for your own table. I am, fortunately, off the hook this year as we will be heading to NC to spend some time with Andy’s parents. So I wish you good luck and happy crafting!
When it comes to crafting, I am not afraid to put in some serious effort if it means creating something I really want. However, when it comes to something that is more of an obligation than a “want”, I prefer to work smart instead of hard. Halloween is one of those times for me. I love the candy, the spooky decorations, and the pumpkin carving madness, but costumes tend to be more of a burden than anything else. I mean, I’ve been a cat 3 times in the last 5 years. I never know how to quite get that crucial mix of cute/sexy/cleaver/funny/office appropriate. Now the ladies behind Studio DIY are experts when it comes to whipping up a great costume, but they also have some wonderfully quick and simple DIY costumes that can be thrown together the night before. I find their fruit costumes delightful and very a-peeling (that one is for you Andy) 😉
So cute, right!? I think it would be a lot of fun to do with with a large group of friends or coworkers. With a little construction paper and hot glue, you can have a whole produce section in a couple of hours. Now if you’re not really feeling the fruit vibe, you can check out all of the costume DIY’s here.
Note: The Kiwi and the Watermelon were part of a series of classes they did for Good Housekeeping that are no longer available, but if you scroll down the page, they’ve made a list of supplies and a brief how to so you can still make it work.