Friday, October 21, 2011

friday favorites | halloween

Soooooo, about that abandoned/lost kitty that I found outside my gym last Tuesday and brought home just to try to find its owner or a new family to adopt it.

I found a home for him...


...ours. This little guys is so sweet and snuggly and so well behaved, and we've both fallen in love with him, so he'll be staying with us from now on. At the moment we're trying to decide on names. I want to call him Oliver (after Dickens' Oliver Twist), and Darren has suggested many options- TK-421, Chewie, Darth Clawius, and Not Chicken (in honor of the Chinese restaurant down the street from our house). Dad and Mom have suggested Claude, and my brother has been oddly silent on the subject...probably because he's hiding from me right now after I asked if they'd be willing to adopt him. :-P I'm hoping to have all of his tests and first shots done at the vet next week so I can introduce him to our other cats soon- right now he's taken over the one and only bathroom in our house!

And now that I've rambled about kitty-dom, let's get on to this week's picks! I've got something special for you today- a double-dose of some of my favorite Halloween projects from around the web. Yes, that's right, instead of the standard 9 picks, I've got 18 for you this week, just in time for a bit of Halloween crafting.

From the top left:
  •  Betsy Veldman puts an unexpected pink spin on her Halloween cards. I'm not normally a pink person, but she totally works it!
  • Eighteen25 has been full of spooktacular ideas lately! These sweet paper pumpkins are the first of several projects from them that I'll be sharing today.
  • In fact, how about another Eighteen25 project right now? A tutorial for making this fun bat-covered paper lantern can be found on their blog.
  • You can see more details of this Bewitching Halloween Bash at Hostess with the Mostess.
  • Need more party ideas? Check out Amy Atlas' blog for another fun Halloween party setup.
  • Jennifer Johner shares how she created these lovely painted (fake) pumpkins on her new blog, Dearest Someday.
  • Cruise back over to Eighteen25 to learn how to make these fun (and spooky!) stone spiders.
  • Keisha Campbell made some very gorgeous (and very large!!) paper medallions as part of her Halloween decor. Definitely worth checking out!
  • Download a free printable Halloween label to decorate your treat bags at Anders Ruff Design.

From the top left:
  • Pink Paislee shows off the clear stamps from their Phantom line with these beautiful paper medallions.
  • This layered Halloween candy dish spotted at Somewhere Splendid is just too adorable!
  • Chevron pumpkins? Yes, please!! See more details at Wit and Whistle.
  • This adorable duct-tape bunting hails from Allison Waken's blog.
  • Design House Digital shares a tutorial for making these cute paper pumpkins.
  • These cupcakes in a jar are almost too pretty to eat! Get the how-to at Glorious Treats.
  • Our last tutorial of the day from Eighteen25 shows how to assemble a sweet cupcake party kit. This is a great idea for any holiday- not just Halloween!
  • You'll find a step-by-step guide to making these mummy cupcakes at Celebrate Creativity.
  • Need a cute Halloween party favor idea? Look no further than these adorable crepe paper bat treats at Love and Sugar Kisses.
Have a scrappy (and pre-spooky) weekend!