Welcome to another edition of Looking for a Good Home ~ my chance to show off some of the quilted items currently for sale in my Etsy shop. These posts are purely sales and marketing, without any custom quilt-y tidbits, so feel free to skip on by if you’re more interested in stories behind the quilts I create. If you do stick around, favorites and purchases are always appreciated ~ use the coupon code GOODHOME in store and save 10%!
The angels may have the phone box, but I’ve got several quilted Doctor Who items available at Whimzie Quiltz Etsy right now, all looking for a good home…
Halloween is my husband’s favorite holiday, so every year I try to add at least one crafty item to our decorations for him. Since he’s home more now, this year we were able to work together, and the result was three spooky cool projects…
Spider Web Halloween Countdown Calendar
While we have several candy holding countdown calendars around here (including this Count Von Count one I posted about earlier this year,) as we get older and, well, rounder, I’ve started looking for non-food options 😀 Which is why we decided to recreate a countdown calendar I originally saw on Pinterest ~ each day you add a toy spider to the web. No additional calories at all!
We scoured thrift stores for the perfect gothic frame, which he cleaned and painted while I sourced and attached the numbers, web and spiders.
I’m showing a picture from earlier this month with just a few spiders, but as October goes on the weight of those cheap plastic arachnids is really stretching the web! We’ll need to solve that problem for next year.
Haunted Dollhouse Mansion
This is project that took the longest – we’d actually been biking to garage sales for over a year, hoping to find a dollhouse available for cheap. (Once, after seeing a dollhouse stored in an open garage during a ride, I almost knocked on the door to see if they’d sell it! I couldn’t go through with it, but that I even thought about doing something so brazen should tell you how determined I was to create a haunted dollhouse this year.)
We ended up lucking on this Calico Critters Cloverleaf Mansion at a thrift store one afternoon back in July – lots of missing pieces as you can see! I tried eBay for doors and porch, but they either weren’t available or people wanted exorbitant prices. So we made the missing parts ourselves…
Here it is glowing at night –
and a close up so the purple of the lights shows a bit better –
A LOT of work went into finishing this project, but I thought I’d just call out a few things if you are thinking about making one yourself.
One, Blick Art Materials (used to be called Dick Blick) has an AMAZING supply of spray paint in shades you just can’t find at the local hardware store. The main gray for the body of the dollhouse came from there – 3 cans! (This is a really big dollhouse :D)
Two, we tried several different ways to get the silhouettes in the windows, but what worked best was transparent overhead projector sheets. Given the ubiquity of PowerPoint these days, I hadn’t thought about overhead projectors in years, but going old school did the trick. (The silhouettes themselves are free printables created by Dave Lowe. He’s an illustrator as well as a set and prop designer and I’m combing the archive on his blog for other amazing Halloween decor ideas. Stay tuned!)
Three, there’s black foam core on the backside, trimmed to fit. Partly to clean it up, but also because the purple lights in the windows shine brighter with it there. The lights are just mini LEDs you can get almost anywhere, but ours came with remotes which makes turning the lights on and off so much easier than removing the foam core back ever day.
Cat Eye Chair Covers
Since these were sewing/embroidery, this was a project I did alone ~ but my husband did make it easier by being gone on a solo bike ride while I was working 😀
(The TRICK / TREAT quilted pillows are from 2013! Sometimes when I look up stuff like this to post, I can’t believe how long ago I made them; feels like just yesterday.)
Doing these Halloween projects together was a lot of fun and there’s plans for a (my favorite holiday) Christmas craft or two that take advantage of both our skill sets, as well. But time’s sure passing quickly ~ maybe we should add working together to build a time machine to our to-do list!
Have you ever have one of those projects that you just can’t make work no matter how hard you try? Welcome to my latest disaster…
Although I was originally on a wait list, I ended up getting a Funko Harry Potter Advent calendar when they were released last year. It was a lot of fun opening the doors each day during December. But, while the Pops themselves were nice quality, I worried that the cardboard box they came in would not hold up long term and I started looking for a different option.
Ultimately, I purchased a wooden Advent calendar that looked like a book ~ perfect for Harry Potter, am I right? ~ back in January and have been working to update it off and on for about nine months now.
I HATE it.
The paint is both too thick AND too thin (don’t ask me how).
The pearls look so cheesy.
And the hinges don’t line up.
I thought I found the ideal numbering system in the wax seals, but they aren’t coming across like I’d hoped.
The interior picture keeps coming loose in spots.
And to top it all off, the drawers themselves aren’t large enough to hold some of the Pops!
I’ve finally decided to give up.
I’m just tired of looking at it and fussing over it. I’m tired of spending money on it and I’m really tired of spending time on it.
So, for now, it’s off my to-do list. In a few months, I might come back to it… or I might throw it out.
It’s always disappointing when an idea in your head doesn’t come together like you hope. But, as much as I’d like to be, makers aren’t magicians. Sometimes, a project just fails.
Happy October 1st! It seems like the perfect day to share that, in addition to all the Halloween Advent calendars I made for sale, I snuck in a Sesame Street-themed one for myself ~
Today’s blog post has been brought to you by the letters W and Q and the number 31.
Last year, I created a Harry Potter / Quidditch themed advent calendar in Gryffindor colors. This year, I realized I need to give the other Hogwarts Houses a little love.
:: Accio Christmas Advent Calendars ::
Cast a summoning charm on the holidays with these quilted Harry Potter / Quidditch themed advent calendars and have a very merry – or is that “very Harry?” – Christmas.
each is 10.5″ x 21.5″ :: holds 25 small candies :: hanger included
150 points to Slytherin if you catch this Advent calendar by Dec 1!
150 points to Ravenclaw if you catch this Advent calendar by Dec 1!
150 points to Hufflepuff if you catch this Advent calendar by Dec 1!
I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really ~ Linus van Pelt
There’s lots to love about the Charlie Brown Christmas animated special, but the opening song “Christmas Time is Here” is especially charming. That’s why I chose the lyrics as the sentiment for this Peanuts Advent calendar. Features an embroidered Charlie Brown Christmas tree – all it needs is a little love.
10.5″ x 21.5″ :: holds 25 small candies :: hanger included
Here’s one way to make your holidays tree-mendous!
In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, do you often find yourself asking how many days are left until Christmas? Make sure you never lose track by counting down with this whimsical quilted Christmas tree Advent calendar. Features an adorable embroidered Christmas tree surrounded by cheery presents.
10.5″ x 21.5″ :: holds 25 small candies :: hanger included