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I just saw this on Poppytalk and had to share it. Please see this post for the tutorial!

Guest Post at Lost & Fawned

I’m very excited that my friend Lindsey of Lost & Fawned asked me to write something for Halloween. I decided to share how we made our vintage looking bat picture in the foyer. It’s a very easy and inexpensive project to finish for the weekend!

I’m looking forward to making more posts at Lost & Fawned in the future, and Lindsey make some guest appearances as well.

Thank you Lindsey!

Shout out at Apartment Therapy.

I’d like to post a big ‘Thank You’ to Sara Rae at Apartment Therapy for her shout out about the bat garland.

Keep your eyes out for another post on AT next week! Whee!

Bat Garland

eta – Thanks to AT for featuring this project!

More DIY projects! This is a bat garland using the same black poster board as I used for the placemats. I used the bat template provided for the Clothespin Bats project on Martha Stewart. I also made a master tracing template from velum. After I cut out all the bats, with the help of my mother, I hot glued them to black ribbon that I had in my ribbon bin. I have a couple lengths of garland, with the first being placed in the dining room, as pictured below.

Bat garland
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Fraidy cat ‘lace’ placemats.

We’re working on putting the final touches on our dining room Samhain decorations and I wanted to share the placemats we’ll use. I made these last night using some of the leftover black poster board, the MS cat punch we bought several years ago, and a regular hole punch. The last time I used the punch was while I was restoring my shoes for the wedding. This was a fairly fast, easy and fun project to do!

Fraidy cat placemats
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Dry Ice

Dry ice is soooooo much fun. I always look forward to working with it! These were taken on Saturday night by one of the photographers. I must give major props to Rogers Oxygen, who donated all of the dry ice for the evening!

Michael filling the beakers.


{ Photo credit: L.I.M.E. Charleston }

I’m still looking for some images of the Jacob’s ladder.

Mad Science Party

Last night Michael and I participated in L.I.M.E. Charleston‘s dinner. Jonathan Kaldas from Woodlands restaurant was the guest chef for the evening, and his charity of choice was the Lowcountry Food Bank. He works with molecular gastronomy so they went with a Mad Science theme for the decor and some of the entertainment. The dinner was held at the food bank itself, which is an incredibly inspiring place to wander about.

We had an understandably light budget – the less spent means more that actually goes to the evening’s beneficiary. Science equipment is rather expensive to come by, so we opted to create our own. I came up with the idea of printing the measurement gradients on transparency film and Michael chimed in with the clingy stuff. I also came up with using the food bank’s logo on the beakers with ‘Made in Charleston’ as well. I’m not sure if anyone eating noticed, but the food bank employees caught it right away and seemed quite delighted. We scoured several thrift stores and found glasses and glass candleholders that appeared to fit the bill. We bought many of those and some metal stands in hopes of creating different levels of depth. We needed more stuff and after a slight snafu Friday afternoon, I had to pick up the rest of the glassware from one of the big box stores. We also made several tent cards, some with information on Nikola Tesla, Tesla coils, and Jacob’s ladders. We also made a batch of Ooze {cornstarch and water} to demonstrate the principals of non-Newtonian fluids. We named it Non-Newtonian No.8 and also made tent cards.

Once we staged the glassware, candles, tent cards and bowls for the Non-Newtonian No.8, we took a step back to look at the set up. We decided at that point not to use the stands. We filled most of the ‘beakers’ with neon green fluid that is simply highlighter cores soaked in water. We filled them at varying heights. Once we ran out we used a secondary color, which was blue. I thought they looked great together, and we noticed during clean up that some guests had spent time mixing the two together. Michael added some dry ice to some of the beakers during the evening.

Michael also built a new Jacob’s ladder for the event. He’s been meaning to do it, but just needed the right ‘inspiration’ to get it done. We packed several pieces from his lab including the Jacob’s ladder, two small Tesla coils, a Van de Graaf generator, a wireless set up and his power units. We had originally planned to do some Tesla demos outside during the cocktail hour, but it was too bright and decidedly a little dangerous as the guests couldn’t see the plasma and Michael as worried that one may stick their hands up to touch the toroid. During several points during the dinner, Michael provided some demonstrations. Diners were encouraged to come up and take a closer look and ask questions.

All in all, I think it was a successful evening. The diners appeared to be having a good time and hopefully learned a few things, and money was raised for a very deserving organization. How much was raised wasn’t available at the end of the evening as the costs hadn’t been fully tallied. We also gave our number out (Yup, I didn’t finish Michael’s cards) to a couple of people who said they’d pass it along to possibly set up at some upcoming events. If it happens, I’ll definitely update on that.

And now, on with the photos! BTW – we had no idea that napkins would be green! Also, behind that blue wall was the kitchen where Jonathan and his assistant were working. There were three large windows in the wall, so it was in keeping with the ‘laboratory’ feel.

Mad Science Table
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Mad Science Table

Mad Science Table

Looking toward the 'lab'
Michael keeping a very ‘serious’ face in the photo on the right.

Mad Science Table

Tesla tent card

Tesla coil tent card

On the back of the coil card was info on the Jacob’s ladder.

Mad Science Table

Mad Science Table

Our vantage point:
Our vantage point

Standup bass

Unfortunately, this the best shot of the new Jacob’s ladder. This was done during at test run. You can see the arc at the bottom.
Jacob's Ladder

Thrifty Decorations

We’re trying to maintain our mantra of reuse from previous years of decorating for the Sabbats. Our glitter skulls will make an appearance for the 4th year in a row, and others will be making return appearances. We’re adding a few new items to our cache with this lovely glass candy dish. We picked it up for a quarter while thrifting some items for Saturday night. I knew this was the perfect opportunity to use this inspiration from SMP. We had a couple cans of matte black spray paint in our supplies and this is the outcome:

Candy Dish
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We also scored several lovely brass candleholders at the same store, and we’re painting those as well. I’ll post photos of our new tablescape soon!

Awesome.Sauce.

I was perusing the design blogs I subscribe to in my Google Reader, when I saw that sfgirlbybay is pimping out Poppytalk’s Indie Love Lookbook. I couldn’t believe my eyes when one of the pages featured is the one that has my piece on it!

Bring on omgYAY.gif!

Vintage Costumes

I love vintage elements of Samhain/Halloween, and costumes are definitely a favorite! I found these beautiful illustrations via The Graphics Fairy.

witch

bat
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