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Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween

Halloween is absolutely one of my FAVORITE holidays and to celebrate I pulled together the creative minds of some of my talented blogging friends to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you’ll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities. All week (Monday through Saturday) myself and my blogging friends will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Here is my contribution (Lucky #13 – how appropriate for this time of year) to this fun Blog Hop. I call these little guys Punkin Heads.

PumpkinheadsA  by Lorine Mason

 Let’s get started! First of all you will need to gather up your craft supplies. Here is a quick shot of the items needed to create your very own Punkin Heads.


Step 1

You will need: Glue, T-shirt yarn or cut your own strips, beads, google eyes, pompoms, leaf cutouts, foam balls (I used 2 and 3 inch balls), a measuring tape, scissors and bottle caps for the bases. If you are planning on creating your own t-shirt stirps. Cut strips  1  1/4″ wide, cutting across the width of the t shirt and pull to form tubes. You will need fifteen orange strips 20″ long and one 12″ green strip.

Step 2

Set one strip aside and lay the fourteen  strips onto a flat surface. Use the remaining strip to tie them together at the center point.  Fan out the strips as shown in the photo.

Step 4

Center the foam ball on top of the knot and wrap strips up and around the ball, being sure to cover the entire surface of the ball and tie using a  green t shirt strip. Tie a bow and trim. Glue bottle cap over the knot to create a level standing surface. Use glue to attach the eyes, nose etc to your Punkin Head. Create a fun hairstyle for your Punkin Head by trimming and tying knots. Beads may also be added to individual strands of hair before tying a knot. Add leaves. REfer to the project photo for ideas on decorating and styling your Punkin Head.


Join in our blog hop! Just like yesterday, simply click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!

110+ fun and fabulous Halloween projects and ideas. #halloweenprojects #halloween

1. Football Field {Dollar Store} Costume
2. Glowing Boo Pumpkins {Dollar Tree Makeover}
3. Frankenstein Treat Boxes
4. Halloween Notepads
5. Glamorous Feather Halloween Wreath
6. DIY Baby Carrot Costume
7. Pumpkin Macarons
8. Washi Tape Pumpkin
9. Twisted Halloween Sugar Cookies
10. Halloween Trick or Treat Tree
11. Halloween Drink Label Printables
12. An Old-Fashioned Family Halloween Party
13. Punkin Heads
14. Pottery Barn Knock Off Trick or Treat Banner
15. Embroidery Hoop Spider Webs
16. Jack o’Lantern Drinking Glasses
17. Witches Spell Halloween treat & printable
18. Steam Punkin Party Favor
19. Host A Pumpkin Picking Picnic
20. Spiderweb No Bake Cheesecake

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Be sure to come back tomorrow for another 20 awesome Halloween ideas!

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Sullivan’s USA wins CHA’s Top 20 Innovative Award

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Great news!It was just announced that Sullivan’s USA’s The Cutting Edge Clear Ruler picked up one of the coveted Top 20 Innovative Awards from CHA – Craft and Hobby Association. The trade show opens in Anaheim this Saturday and I will be there to see first hand all of the new products, techniques and show offerings. If you remember I wrote about the The Cutting Edge Clear Rulers a couple of months ago for the Sewing Savvy E-Newsletter. The rulers have a specialized sharpening edge that keeps your rotary cutter blades sharp time and time again. I don’t know about you but changing blades is not only time consuming but expensive. Just in case you missed the Sewing Savvy Project I have attached the link (just click on E-Newsletter which is highlighted and look under the newsletters archives for Sullivan’s). Once more congrats Sullivan’s and see you in Anaheim. Love your rulers.

FaveCrafts Blog Radio

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Here’s Izzy, my daughter Kimbrely’s dog. You remember the dog who is going to make me famous for the dog food grocery tote. It is so funny what people remember.
I was a guest on Pat Sloan’s FaveCrafts BlogRadio program today. I talked about my recycled sewing projects. Yes – that included the dog food bag as well as the coasters I posted a photo of on my last blog. It was a complete hoot – lots of fun. My only worry is that the listeners were not as entertained as I was during the show. We’ll see if I am asked back I guess. Anyway I promised Pat as well as my readers on the Sewing Savvy e-newsletter I would post more recycled sewing projects so I better get busy. If you have a few minutes listen to the show. I am the first guest – don’t be alarmed by the advertisement when you first hit the play button – I guess they have to pay the bills somehow – it only takes a moment and then Pat is heard introducing me. Remember I am a novice at this so please be kind.


Sew far Sew good,

Soda Can Coasters- Upcycling!

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I recently returned from the Hampton Roads Quiltfest in Hampton, VA. It was a blast and I was able to take off my teaching hat and put on my student hat for awhile. I signed up for Marjan Kluepfel’s classes on Friday and Saturday. I will post photos as soon as I finish up the projects. Check out Margan’s website for a sneak peek at http://www.marjankluepfel.com/
I am hard at work on my next book of 18″ doll clothes and must say it is so much fun. I was able to locate the most beautiful fat quarters of fabric for the projects. I completed two outfits yesterday and must now force myself to ignore the pile of fabrics sitting on my design table to focus on writing up the instructions. I certaining do not want to leave that to the end as it is by far the least interesting part of writing a book.
Check this out. On Wednesday I will be a guest of Pat Sloan’s FaveCraft’s live radio show. We will be discussing my interest in incorporating items from my recycling box into my sewing projects. The photo of the soda can coasters above will be one of our topics. I would love to have you tune in.
favecrafts Radio – Showtime 3:00 est Wednesday March 2
Sew far sew good for now,