Boo-tiful Halloween, Round Two!

It’s definitely fall here in Boston. Actually, it’s a California winter already (oh god, someone save me before January!). That said, crunchy leaves and brisk winds are a daily reminder that Halloween, and soon Thanksgiving, are right around the corner!

Grab a pumpkin spice latte…

pumpkin spice latte

…and some cider donuts, an amazing New England delicacy,


…and enjoy the scary, the sexy, and the spectacular of Halloween diy & decor!


First, check out this amazing party feature from Pizzazzerie (you MUST click the picture to see more images!!)

vampire dinner pizzazzerie

Then, there’s Kim of TheTomKatStudio, who always has the most gorgeous party styling and printables, with GLAM HALLOWEEN!


tomkat halloween

Dear Kim, I love you. Please hire me. Or adopt/marry me.



Another perennial party-planning favorite, Jenn from Hostess With the Mostess, spotted this great Etsy tablescape:

hwtm halloween

Jenn? You can hire/adopt/marry me too. Sister wives, anyone?

Twig and Thistle made this wreath for a Bh&G contest, but can’t you see it in yellow/white/orange like a candy corn, or in gold/black/orange? So cute!


For a creeptastic party favor, Forkable Blog has a recipe for Dexter-inspired “bloodstained slide candy”!


Domestifluff made a 13 days of Halloween countdown and has been posting instructions for each day’s project:

13 days of halloween

Last but not least, check out these adorable vintage-styled “Witches Brew” labels from CraftyPagan on Etsy…




I Need Opinions!

As you know, I’m in the (very sloooow) process of designing my new website and blahhhg. Below are screenshots of the designs thus far… what do you think? Comments, criticisms and praises welcome!

ETA: I’ll be using both designs (the peacock and the retro). The peacock theme will be for my more professional site at, and then the blog will be linked to from there but might eventually have its own domain. I like the retro design on the blog, since it’ll be more diy/decor/design focused!


My landing page


A level 2 page (version 1)


Another level 2 page--- different header (which do you prefer?)

birdsiviews redesign

The new birdsiviews (ignore the title!)

Soooo… what do you think so far?

DIY Halloween Roundup!

Even though we’ve had a bit of an Indian summer the last few days here in Boston, I can’t help thinking ahead to my first post-college Halloween.  I’m eagerly looking forward to crunchy leaves, more pumpkin lattes, searching for a fun costume, and hopefully a trip or two to Salem!

To get into the spirit of all things Halloween-y, here are some of my favorite DIY projects that I’ve come across lately. If you have a project to add, link up in the comments!

For spooky glassware, How About Orange has a great tutorial on using packing tape to make image transfers!


Keeping with the spooky theme, check out these Eat At Your Own Risk toppers via Etsy:


All Things Thrifty has a Woman’s Day Mag-inspired Candy Corn Wreath:

candy corn wreath

If the idea of gluing all those candy corns is too much for you (or for more wreathy inspiration), there’s a similar version on Etsy:

candy corn wreath 2

My Paper Crane has a tutorial and template for adorable felt ghost cozies, which you could also string up into a garland or hang from doorknobs too!


Calamity Anne has a fun tutorial on redoing an old clock to give it a Halloween feel… trip to Goodwill or Ikea for clocks, anyone?

spooky clock

My friend Daniela from Berkeley has a great shop, The Art Life, where she’s selling a kit to make your own mini-chipboard Halloween album, complete with embellishments and papers… and it’s on sale! Also, check out the rest of her shop– great stuff!

something wicked scrapbook

If you love pumpkins but not the mess of carving them, Calamity Anne also has a tutorial on painting decorative pumpkins:


At The Crafty Cupboard, Melanie has an easy-to-follow tutorial for this wonderful & inexpensive spiderweb table runner:


Yet another project from Brooke at All Things Thrifty: an easy and temporary way to “trick” out your existing decor! (Yes, I love her stuff!)


Last but certainly not least, Boston-based Papercrave has a tutorial and printables for a lovely paper garland. For fun variations on this, you can alternate the cutouts with candy corn, add some glitter, sub printed halloween paper, or string it on colored ribbon!


Visual Inspiration- The Bold and The Beautiful

Part of the reason my blog has been relatively sparsely populated is that I’m attempting to design my own website (omgwtfbbq!) It’s almost as cool as when Mommy Wants Vodka pulled a John C. Mayer… only more on par with my pulling a Glee, which doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, sad.

In the–lengthy and somewhat painful–process of designing, I’ve put together some gorgeous inspiration photos. If you know whose these are (or they’re yours), please do speak up… can’t take credit for any of these, damnit! In the meantime, here’s part one of my inspiration file…


Project Porn!

Holy Batman, it’s already September! That means the beginning of fall (in theory, anyways), Labor Day sales, and oh ya– my birthday! I’m also starting a new part-time gig on Friday, so keep an eye out for a post on that. In the meantime, I’ve been working on my own DIY’s and finding some pretty kickass projects (and potential projects) around the interwebs.

wall art in progress

it's getting there!

  • I got bored with Sharpie-ing my wall art, so I decided to put a touch of acrylic paint on the board and see how it would look.  Heinous cellphone picture aside, I think it’s gonna look really great when it’s done. Going to be adding orange and a limey green to it as well!
  • This post, from ReadyMade, reminds me of back-to-school shopping and getting a brand new box of Crayolas… except far more expensive.
  • Saw this mirror from Urban Outfitters… totally reminiscent of the bag with the chicken feet skin (uh, wtf?) on last night’s Rachel Zoe Project. Except it won’t make PETA go after you.
  • Urban also has an “essential bathroom organizer,” which at almost $30, is so not essential for me.  Diy-ing it with some different lengths/widths of PVC pipe, some spraypaint, and hot glue/gorilla glue? Much better!
  • Oh, and have I mentioned Urban Outfitters? Spent a lot of time on their site today, oops. Their key rug, at $18 for a 2×3 rug, is adorable but again pricey.  My solution? El cheapo rug from Ikea, of course, pattern with freezer paper or contact paper, and black acrylic paint. Et voila!
  • Last but not least, I saw the following picture on Design Porn and literally started laughing my ass off. Enjoy it, kids:

Yup, that's taxidermy beer coolers...

I don’t want to know what liking that says about me…

Delightful DIY’s!

Right now, I’m browsing with literally 20+ tabs open in my browser. Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof:

excessive tabs

I’m not sure what that says about me… maybe internet ADHD? I’m also watching MasterChef, while the dye bakes in my hair. Talk about multitasking.

Phew! Anyways, here are some fun and inspiring diy projects from the last few days…

  • Michelle from Three Men and a Lady did a crazy inspiring bathroom makeover.  We’re talking inspiring-to-the-point-of-paint-shopping over here!
  • Discovered Spoonflower this week, a wonderful site where you can create your very own fabric. Even better, they’re doing free swatch printing tomorrow! Click on the “contests” tab for some gorgeous top-voted designs if you don’t want to design your own.
  • Kalisa, aka my other mother, aka The One in Heels, wrote a great post on No Excuses Fashion (her OTHER kickass blog) about funeral fashion. You wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) look like crap to go to work, so why should you when you’re celebrating the life of a loved one? She put it far more eloquently though! Oh, and yes, I’m counting fashion as a DIY. So there.
  • The lovely Miss Grace Bonney, of Design*Sponge fame, is hiring a copy editor. Seriously, be still my beating heart.
  • Floating frames, featured on Tiny Ass Apartment, originally from Loving Living Small. Definitely something I’d like to try if I ever get big bookshelves again!
  • As a complete typology fiend, I love this Subway sign DIY project from Tatertots and Jello

Tater tots and jello subway sign

Since my brain is no longer functioning properly today, I’m gonna call it an early night. I’d love to see what everyone is working on this week, though! Back to school crafts, anyone?

Project updates

Just a quick little photo update on the projects I started last night– the inspiration board (which I need to get a staplegun to fix the boards to the frame better), and then an art piece that I began, inspired by a pic from the CB2 catalogue. They’re crap quality, but you get the point!

artwork part 1

Inspired by this:

wall art

from CB2... but at $200, out of my budget!

and the inspiration board (… gotta get inspired!)

inspiration board

another work in progress...

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