Sunday, October 25, 2009

Still Thinking about Halloween and the Homemade Costumes Yet To Be Made and MadeByMelissa on Etsy

I realize that one of the things in the title of this post is not like the others. At least at first glance. But my fellow Etsyblogger, Made by Melissa, has a great shop full of Halloween items that might just make your holiday that much more festive.

Or these cute Giggly Ghouls Ghostly Charm Earrings, which are much more my cowardly Halloween speed.

Melissa, however, has many skills and apparently not an idle moment. You can find whimsical jewelry in her shop:

and my personal favorite, Penny the Pink Elephant:

With her mad skills, I'll bet Melissa could have Jimmie's Toxic Waste costume done in a matter of minutes.

Make sure to check out Melissa's blog as well:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thinking Halloween

I'm not much for scary. Never have been. I think my imagination is too big and out of control for my rational mind to reign in. My imagination is like a Pamplona bull.

I never go to scary movies. I went to The Silence of the Lambs and had to leave the movie theatre. Then I checked my closets and ceilings (because of the elevator scene) and under my bed for years. Years, I tell you.

I even make my husband change the channel for previews of scary movies.

I do love watching my kids dress up for Halloween, however, especially in the last few years when the store-bought Bionicle costume has made way for the thunderstorm or bush or present costumes. I'll be writing more about that on Cluck and Tweet later this week. I guarantee you won't want to miss that. There will be mystery and intrigue and bows.

Anyhoo, I have no big plans for Halloween. I've been thinking about it since late August when Jimmie mentioned that I should make some monsters for my Etsy shop. This was a self-serving request because the monsters that don't make the cut go to him and his sister.

But he had a great idea which I ran with and now I have these guys hanging around my shop.

They are so not scary.

Just how I like it.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Evil. Devitrifying. Purple.

Evil Devitrifying Purple will strike fear in many beadmakers because, surprise!, this glass will devitrify which basically mean it will turn chalky or even make the adjacent glass look chalky rather than shiny. Etching a bead removes this finish, of course, giving the entire bead a matte finish. These are my latest set on Etsy using EDP:

But this glass is capable of so much more. Look at its effect on the above beads... beautiful little works of art created by Debra Jennings of Frogsong Studio. Simply amazing.

Saturday, October 3, 2009