Saturday, September 4, 2010

~a magazine made me do it~

When the kids go back to school something
in my brain tells me I need to start thinking about this years Halloween decorations.
I picked up this copy of Better Homes and Gardens
Halloween tricks and treats and immediately starting creating!
It is full of ideas, party ideas, tablescapes, costumes, etc.
One of the projects was this sign.
I customized it with our last name and the year we were married.
I happen to have some old wood scraps lying around so I joined 2 pieces and cut out the shape of this one with a jigsaw.
The vacancy sign is hanging from rusty wire I found in our shed.

I think I will hang it here, so it's the first
thing you will see when you walk up the front steps.


I am thinking I will replace the "happily ever after" sign above our bed for this one,
for the month of October.
This was another piece of scrap wood I had with
a faded grey paint job complete with a few rusty nails.



I can't remember where I saw this saying but I thought it was so fun!
Here lies
Clyde
who
wouldn't
be neat,
He
entered
this
house
without
wiping
his
feet.
In a tombstone shape of course!
I used a new piece of cedar for this one and aged it.

But, my favorite part of the whole magazine
was seeing Debbie's decorations again from last year.
This woman oozes talent!
Check out this years Halloween decorations here.

She goes all out and has given me tons of inspiration.

LOVE this chair!
I am thinking next I will have to do some Halloween pillows, what do you think?


Oh, and for years now I have wanted to do those witch legs but don't want to pay the price for mannequin legs, any ideas for me?
xoxo

59 comments:

Carol said...

Aren't those mannequin legs the funniest thing? I love them!
Carol in GA

Rita May said...

Those signs are great! I'm going to try to do a few. You should do a tutorial. Did you print out the words on the computer? What fonts did you use?
Thanks!
Rita

LooneyzSis said...

Try ebay! Looks like they have some that might work :)

* French at Heart * said...

~*~Wow Melaine!!I wish I had your creativity and talent!!~*~* LOVE your creations~*~* :) Rachel

Between You and Me said...

pure halloween awesomeness.
going to get that magazine today...

so thanks for the inspiration!

Lynda said...

SPOOKY!!!;)...love your signs!!!!!
Great job!!

Lynda

Samantha2818 said...

Your signs are great - I'd love to make the Dead and Breakfast sign for my house - yours is amazing.
I wanted to do those legs last year but couldn't find cheap legs either!
~Sam

Annastacia said...

These are so cute! I'm not usually into Halloween decorations but these are fantastic! As for mannequin legs you could just stuff tights with paper or something else, with wire inside to help you keep the shape of bending at the knee...

Mel said...

fabulous! You've done such a terrific job on these.

NanaDiana said...

LOL-Great decorations. I think that sign about Fred is on one of the tombstones outside the Haunted Mansion @ Disney World(?)

As for the legs...how about cutting out curvy shaped legs with plywood (or scrap lumber) and then pad around them/stuff them so they fill out and look real. If you have great legs (hey..you look like you do) have one of the kids trace around them onto some craft paper and use them for your model!

The neighbors will all think someone has done murder and stuck you in a pot out front! Hey..that is such a cute idea I might do that myself!

Can I borrow someones nice legs? Someone????Anyone????lol Diana

Juan said...

Hello
Very cute signs! This might sound crazy but I have done similar projects before using plaster of paris, this would be fun since it would be a mold or yourself or someone you know.

Second call Macys or a dept store and see if they have any Partially broken ones you can have, I got a head this way.

Have fun!!
Heather

Heidi said...

Happy Saturday! Your blog is always a delightful place to visit!...Thank you for the inspiration you continually provide us all!...Wishing you a lovely weekend!....Your friend, Heidi XO

Maison Douce said...

These are such cool ideas.... Love them!!
Isabel

Maison Douce said...

Oh, I just thought of something.... I've seen people do paper mache mannequins of their bodies... You could paper mache your legs, cut them in the back to remove and tape them back together.... They will be covered so it doesn't matter... Just an idea!!!
Isabel

Kacey said...

What fun! Now you've got me thinking of what I can do...

City.Cottage Shop said...

I love this time of year until November,I feel so inspired and look forward to redecorating for it!
You should check out my pumpkins!
they are super cottagy sweet!

http://simplecasualliving.blogspot.com/2010/07/pumpkin-orders.html

Mrs. Sutton said...

LOVE those legs! It's always a pleasure to see how you celebrate Halloween in the States. We're only just catching up with the beautiful decorations in England, but we're getting there. Can't wait to try out some of these ideas in the English countryside - I think that it'll frighten the hell out of people - particualrly since we've only just moved up from London! x

Anonymous said...

Where do I find the different fonts you used on the signs? I love the Dead & Breakfast!!

Heather at Satisfying Spaces said...

Love it! I had just posted about Halloween on my blog and figured everyone would be annoyed that I was bringing it up so soon. Turns out a lot of people out there are getting in the mood for the fun holiday too.

Sheila @ Dodging Raindrops said...

I saw some legs you could use at Michael's.

I lke the tombstone for the guy who didn't wipe his feet. I should do one for "boys who didn't clean their messes", but my kids are little too young and easily scared. :)

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

I have an idea for those legs! I've seen people make custom dress form this way... Put on a pair of leggings and wrap your legs in duct tape. When you remove the leggings and fill with stuffing, the tape will keep the shape of your legs. Then just slip on some spooky stockings and witchy shoes. Easy! :D

Karri in Vancouver, BC said...

You can use plaster (used for casts).... remember to not encase your whole leg at one time: do front then back of your legs...ensure you use a lot of vaseline before using the plaster to ensure you can take off the plaster. Simply dip the rolls in warm water (a lot like doing papier mache). In art school, we used this to do face masks as well as make body casts. Once dried, you can paint it...it is worth it to put on extra layers of the plaster to make it tougher. You can buy it at medical supply stores and it is not that expensive. Otherwise, I would think of chicken wire and putting either the plaster cast material on it or papier mache...or hope for a deal on Craigslist.

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

What great ideas! Now I wanna go make some decorations!!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The signs are wonderful! My favorite is the Dead Inn. Thanks again for the inspiration.
xo, Sherry

All That Jazz said...

Oh fun, this really makes me excited for fall and Halloween. Your signs are great, the family one is too cool on your front door! I will have to look for that mag at the grocery store. I can never resist the fall magazines!
~michelle~

sissie said...

I love your "Dead and Breakfast" sign, it's too cute! The sign over the bed is a good one and so is the Clyde sign. You are getting me in a Halloween mood so I'm going to have to find a copy of that magazine.

Some pillows would be really cute.

hugs
Sissie

Wes and Tracy said...

I'm always on the prowl for new Halloween ideas. I ran across pictures of this Witch's Urn last year and nearly squealed with delight at how fun it was. I couldn't wait to make one of our very own.

I was lucky and found a set of mannequin legs on Craigslist....FOR $10!!! You can pop over and see pictures of our Witch's Urn and read a brief step by step on how we made it here....

http://birshykat.blogspot.com/2009/10/almost-done-with-our-witchs-urn.html

Love your Halloween decor! Keep the ideas coming. ;-) Good luck on your hunt for a perfect (yet affordable) set of mannequin legs.

Blessings, Tracy

P.S. - Always be careful when purchasing items off of places like Craigslist, etc. Unfortunately, there is a lot of nuts out there, so use a healthy dose of caution.

Ashley @ The Hillside Home said...

So cute, Melaine! You are so creative!
I am having trouble figureing out how to mesh my usual coastal decor them with all of the colors and patterns of the holidays... any tips?

Melanie @ The Tiny Tudor said...

I love your "Dead and Breakfast" sign...Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate for!

Melanie @ The Tiny Tudor said...

I love your "Dead and Breakfast" sign...Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate for!

kelly said...

i love those decorations! how did you do the writing on the signs?
for the legs could you just do long boards and then put the pantyhose on and stuff it? seems like you could get it to look the same. so fun with kids!

Tammy said...

Oh!! I love it! Halloween is so much fun for decorating! I love the signs youdid...GREAT!! I've gotta make one for my place as well!! Lovin' the idea of pillows!
Tammy:-)

AntiqueChase said...

I love the signs... especially the "Death do us Part"...

Simply Bungalow said...

Your signs are wonderful. Lots of fun ideas!

the VG huis said...

Ohh this is my most favourite time of the year! I adore your signs and would love to know your trick for the fonts too! I also wanted to let you know that when I see you have updated your blog, I get super excited...almost like getting mail that isn't a bill! : ) Thanks for sharing all your wonderful talents! ~Stacey (frankandstacey@rogers.com)

Looking Glass said...

Hahaha! I just adore the "dead & breakfast inn" sign! If only we celebrated halloween in Australia...

~ Clare x

Sailing Simply said...

Yes I saw Debbies display this year and loved it too! Your signs are adorable. I would love to do some myself. Did you free hand the letters yourself? I would love a tutorial also. As for the maniquin legs if the tights you use are thick enough (or maybe even line them with a thich pair first) can't you just stuff them with wire,paper,fabric,etc to form the shape you want? Good luck!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

You might be able to carve yourself a set of legs out of styrofoam, much quicker and less expensive than some other options.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Wow, you really got right on it. I grabbed that magazine too, tons of great ideas. I just started a new weekly party on "inspiration", hope you can stop by for a visit. I always enjoy your posts, have a great rest of the weekend!
xo,
Debra

Amanda said...

***What about pool noodles? Someone metioned styrofoam but I couldn't picture any long enough~til I thought of the noodles! Why not carve on those?***

Also, Chicken wire looped around and shaped then paper mache over that instead of using your legs as molds...altho the duct tape one sounds intriguing!

Reinspire said...

LOVE your signs! Great job! Love your font! You are so talented!
Lisa

ohiofarmgirl said...

How about stuffing some tights...easy and cheap. Dianntha

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Love your Halloween signs! My favorite is the dirty feet gravestone... hilarious!
I love Debbie's style and her shop, too... super talented!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
~ Jo :)

bullie_mama said...

You are so creative and talented! I wish I had half the determination and motivation you have! Such cute deco!! I think the Halloween pillows are a great idea.
Hope you're having a great holiday weekend!

You going to 2nd Saturdayz next weekend? Hope to see you there!
-Sara.

Barbara said...

In keeping with the Halloween spirit, I thought you might like to read the stories behind some of the tombstones in Boothill Cemetary in Tombstone, Arizona: Grave Stone Stories. I remember visiting the place as a child and we got such a kick out of the whole town. I haven't been there is 45 years but I hear that it hasn't changed much except for more touristy. Hope you enjoy the article.

Barbara, My Blog

Mommymayhem said...

Paper Towel Rolls for the legs inside the tights!...You can cut them and tape some together to make the shape you want...maybe adding some actual paper inside the roll to make them more durable. if that doesn't work use flower arrangement Styrofoam? they have a bunch of different shapes these days...you can unbend a wire hanger and bend it in the shape you want and stack the Styrofoam on top of each other ...love turning disposable stuff into something creative :)

Natalie @ abungalowproject said...

SO CUTE!!

Raised In Cotton~ Carol said...

Darling signs! I have more photo's of Deb's store from her Halloween Open House on my blog if you are interested:))

Blessings,
Carol

http://raisedincotton.typepad.com

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

I got this too ,love the great ideas!

Katie said...

ooh i'm so excited! Halloween is my favorite.

you could do paper mache on your legs, just be sure someone is there to help you cut them off lol!

Chavala Orlando said...

You could make legs from paper mache. Take panty hose and fill them with news paper balls and then once you get the form you want paper mache it to stiffin it up. Just an idea.

Katie said...

my mom has a chair EXACTLY like that sitting in her basement and she plans on using this photo as inspiration! I told her I thought it would look really neat with some flour sacks covering the cushions to give it that old feel still...maybe w/out the crow so she could have it out all year round! I went and bought this magazine today and my mind is buzzzzing with ideas :)

Ramona said...

Hello there ~

Great post! I shared some witch legs on my blog last year...it is one of my most favorite additions to my Halloween decor folly. I stuffed some cutie~pie tights that I found a Target and slipped on a pair of sassy black shoes I gleaned from the mall and then placed them coming out from under the coffee table....poor witch...should have watched out for that ol' coffee table.

http://adayinthelifeoframona.blogspot.com/2009/10/halloween-celebration.html

Smiles ~ Ramona

Wes and Tracy said...

Yesterday, I made a quick stop at a local (used) surplus retail fixture store & found they have tons of mannequins (full body, legs/torsos, chest, etc.). They also had a bin of styrofoam legs/torsos, which looked just like real mannequin legs & were brand new. I didn't see them on the website, but was told they were $15 a piece. Here is the web address to the place I went, but you could possible find a similar surplus dealer in your area.

http://storefixturesused.com/mannequins_torsos.html

I bought some new styrofoam heads (for $5) to make mummies heads out of. I saw one on "kinwart" Flickr page (in the "Halloween 2006" folder), that I am dying to make.

I will be going to the surplus store again later this week & could do some investigating if there is anything you are interested in??? I will take some pictures (if they let me) & post them on my blog. This is an amazing place.

Again, good luck!

Blessings, Tracy
birshykat.blogspot.com

TracyMB said...

Love the ideas in that mag and your signs are the best I've seen in blogland! Love the sign without the yard post. Great job! :)

Kristen said...

my mom has a chair EXACTLY like that sitting in her basement and she plans on using this photo as inspiration! I told her I thought it would look really neat with some flour sacks covering the cushions to give it that old feel still...maybe w/out the crow so she could have it out all year round! I went and bought this magazine today and my mind is buzzzzing with ideas :)

Anonymous said...

Pool noodles!

Mannequin Legs said...

As for mannequin legs you could just stuff tights with paper or something ... mannequinlegs.blogspot.com

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