Scarecrow Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween!!!

PUMPED to stuff my face with candy tonight while also encouraging kids that come to our door to do the same. I don’t know what I love more — the shy little babies that want to pick out one piece of chocolate or the bolder, older kids with some seriously funny and creative costumes. Of course, it could just be my appreciation talking — after all, I despise the kids (or sometimes adults) that show up sans costume and then don’t even say thank you. Like you open the door and they just stick out their bag and give you a nod and walk away, all the while you’re standing there, head cocked to the side, thinking ‘track star?’ ‘gym attendee?’ ‘couch surfer?’ ‘i don’t get it’ ‘ohh wait, they didn’t try at all. Got me again.’

Alas, I tend to favor the cute Halloween over the scary Halloween. I see scary crap all the time. I’m an ICU nurse. I literally see blood, guts, gory wounds, and living skeletons on a regular basis. Real life is scary enough. I don’t need an exaggerated day of it. So each year we try to come up with a decent, creative costume. Usually 24-48 hours before celebrating. Because we work really well under pressure.

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Scarecrow costume is BASIC, but even though it’s a staple costume that shows up every year, I feel like most people half-*ss it. The good costumes are itchy and you shed hay all night. We succeeded at all of this so our costumes were awesome.

What you will need:
– old or ripped jeans or overalls
– flannel shirt (Goodwill $5)
– suspenders if you aren’t wearing overalls
– old hat – straw is the best
– 1/4 to 1/2 yard of burlap and twine
– straw and duct tape

Don jeans, shirt and suspenders (or overalls). Wrap burlap around neck and tie with twine – keep it loose and pop the collar of your flannel shirt because the burlap is NOT NICE – it can get pretty itchy. We thought of wearing buffs underneath and if it was colder or if this was a kid’s costume I would definitely recommend that.

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Make hay cuffs for ankles and wrists: lay 8″ to 10″ of duct tape down with sticky side up. spread out hay on duct tape so that the ends of the hay are about 1/2 – 1″ onto the tape. Sandwich with another equal length piece of tape. Wrap around wrist and tape ends together to connect.

If you want to go about and beyond, you can do what my husband did and cut holes in your jeans and duct tape plastic bags full of hay to the inside of the hole. You can also add hay to pockets.

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FACE: Using black eyeliner, extend edges of mouth and add stitches. Add triangle to nose and also add hashings or “stitches”. For me, I added big lower lashes for a girl scarecrow look, as well as a little extra blush. Any lipstick will do.
Some of this will smudge eventually, but even at the end of the night, most of it was still intact (pic above).

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Have fun and Happy Trick-or-Treating!
Cheers!
Bridget
XOXO

Halloween Quilted Table Runner

Post from October 8, 2014

I am so excited to share this post with you guys… this was my FIRST TIME quilting. Gotta tell ya, I was super intimidated. In fact, I was considering taking a class before even attempting to quilt… I mean, this is the major leagues of sewing, right? Well, that’s what I thought, anyways. Turns out, it’s not that hard.

I found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest for different styles of table runners, but I decided to start simple and go with strips. I tend to gravitate towards simpler design choices anyways, so I knew I wouldn’t mind looking at it for a long time.

One of my favorite parts of making this table runner? Coordinating fabrics! I literally filled an entire cart full of bolts of fabric trying to find my favorites to put together. You don’t need a ton of fabric, but a good variety makes it more interesting.

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Halloween Quilted Table Runner

What You Will Need:
– Fabric: use this as a stash buster, or go to the store and find 5-6 coordinating fabrics (or just fabrics you like together – be creative). You don’t need much; maybe a 3/8 yard each and you’ll have some left over.
– Fabric for the back of the runner 1 yard
– Batting: I used Pellon Fusible Fleece 987F – I had some already, but use whatever you prefer, just not anything too heavy.
– Quilt Binding
– The Usual Suspects: thread in a coordinating color, sewing machine, iron

1. First things first: clean up your fabric, cut off the selvedge, press. I don’t bother pre-washing my fabrics.

2. Cut strips of your different fabrics. Make them all the same length, but vary the width for each strip. I chose to make my runner 20” wide. Length depends on your table and preference.

3. Organize your strips by laying them out and picking an order that you like. Once you like your layout, stack the fabric strips, keeping the order that you want them sewn.

4. Start sewing! With right sides together, line up one edge of these strips and sew a 1/4” seam.

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5. Press open the seam.

6. Now add on to your sewn strips with another strip and keep going in that order – sew, press seam open, sew, press seam open. I sewed half of the runner at a time so it was easier to manage with the sewing machine – less bulk to move around. Then I sewed the two halves together when I finished both.

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7. Cut your back fabric to match your runner length and width, as well as your batting. Make a batting sandwich. Pin together.

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8. Press your batting sandwich.

9. Starting in the middle of your runner, start quilting. This is a ton of fun. You can do anything you want, but I did parallel seams and made them totally random. This is my favorite part. All of a sudden, it seriously looks professional and finished. It like, transforms… I’m not even kidding.

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10. Press your table runner. Clean up your edges so they are squared and clean. Pin on your binding. Don’t forget to miter your corners. I also sewed the two ends of my binding together and pressed open the seam for a clean finish.

11. Sew your binding in place. DONE!

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Jump up and down and celebrate and show everyone on Facebook and Instagram how awesome you are. 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers,
Bridget
XOXO

FBF: Spooky Spider Plate

Throwback post from October 15, 2013

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Spooky Spider Plate

What you will need:
– Oil based paint pens
– Plate (any size you like, could be from thrift store or an extra from your cabinet. I used one from a set I bought that was discounted because some pieces were broken)

1. Clean your plate and dry well.

2. Find an image of a spider web online – or just wing it if you’re confident! I did a practice draw with a pencil on a piece of paper.

3. Using your paint pens, draw out your web on the plate – it doesn’t have to be perfect – a little imperfection makes it look more authentic (at least I think so). Then draw in your spider.

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4. I trimmed the edge with a gold paint pen to finish it off.

5. Lastly, put your plate in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Cheers,
Bridget
XOXO

TBT: Pumpkin Beer Collage

Throwback post from October 26, 2015:

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This project was a fun start to seasonal crafting. As a typical New England girl, as soon as it was cool enough to put jeans on I headed to Starbucks and got myself a pumpkin latte (though I’m a DD’s girl  at heart) on my way to the liquor store to get some pumpkin beer to drink while watching reruns of Hocus Pocus. Basic. My husband is cringing as he reads this. I just pulled out my riding boots and flannel shirts. FALL IS HERE!!!

Anyways, this easy little project sprung from a need for seasonal decorations for our new-ish house and a large blank spot on our wall. I noticed some cute, overpriced pillows in the Fall Pottery Barn magazine with a pretty watercolor pumpkin on them and thought of painting a similar pumpkin… psh. Not likely to go well. But I did have some pumpkin beer cartons lying around that I’d been saving (cause that’s what crafters do) waiting for a cause. Hence a collage was born… and an awesome, just-as-fun-as-when-you-were-little, but-actually-good-enough-to-put-on-the-wall one at that.

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What you will Need:
– poster board (whatever color you want)
– pumpkin beer cartons – at least one per pumpkin wedge
– glue stick
– scissors

1. Drink lots of beer. I started nice and early, avoiding eye contact with the judging glares I got at the start of September when I was already buying the first batches of pumpkin beer. Lucky for you, it’s well into pumpkin beer season now. So stock up and get your husband to help and you can have a great weekend kicking off Fall.

2. Sketch a pumpkin on your poster board with pencil. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Pumpkins are not perfect. They are lumping and asymmetrical. I looked at a picture of a basic pumpkin drawing on my phone while I sketched it out. Make sure to include some fat wedges. I like a plump pumpkin 🙂

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3. Cut up some boxes. Leave as many whole pictures and words and phrases that you can. Cut the sides off the insides and put the insides aside (woah). You won’t need them.

4. Collage your pumpkin. I chose to collage each wedge, but feel free to do whatever your heart desires. You can collage the whole thing together or even make a jack-o-lantern if you want!

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5. Make a stem out of your scraps — I flipped my scraps over and made the stem out if plain cardboard.

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6. Hang it up! I used command strips because I’d like to use it again next year and didn’t want to put a nail in the wall.

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Cheers!
Bridget

XOXO

Halloween “Mantle”

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Sometimes I dream of mantles – big, chunky wood mantles with plenty of room for decor and fresh flowers and pictures…. Alas, for me it’s just a dream right now. And perhaps for many of you too. I don’t have a fireplace. My wonderful and adorable starter home is just that: starter. Like anyone buying their first home, we had to make compromises – for a great price we swapped out a garage, a fireplace, and an extra bathroom. WE LOVE OUR HOUSE, but of course these small things would make it better. One day when we need more space, we might be able to have these things, but in the meantime, we make do. We built a big shed. We are mighty space savers and time-coordinators in our one bathroom. And I tszuj up an antique dresser every season and pretend it’s a mantle.

One of my biggest woes in the living room is electronics. I hate them. And we have many. They aren’t nice to look at. So I hide them whenever possible. I’m still working on a solution for the cords. Ugh. Holy first-world problem, heh? Lol. Forgive me.

Here is my Halloween “Mantle”:

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I’m obsessed with this skull pillar & faux candle. It lights up and flickers: perfectly spooky.

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All of the decorative items on this “mantle” were bought on the cheap. I raid Homegoods the day after Halloween every year in search for some super discounted goodies. Then the following year I get to be surprised by what I bought and put away. It’s pretty grand. Like finding cash in your Winter jacket when you wear it for the first time. You get it.

I hope you’ll be inspired to make your own “mantle”, fireplace or not. It’s not hard to do and it makes your space frighteningly festive. OK, I’ll stop.

Thanks for stopping by!
Bridget

XOXO

Flannel Pillow Covers

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I think Pumpkin steals the show. But try not to stare at the coffee cup stain.

Fall is a special time of year; a time where I can let my ‘basic’ freak flag fly. Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I mean.
[cough * pumpkinspiceflannelshirtsandbeanboots * cough]
I digress. Fall is wonderful. This time of year means slowing down, turning indoors, and spending more (but not too much) time with family. Shorter days give us excuses to do things inside – like the cooking and crafting we neglected all Summer for fun in the sun.

So in the spirit of Fall, I figured it was high time I spiced (no pun intended) up my living room. Summer has left this room neglected, barren and devoid of all effort. I’m OK with that. But now that I actually have to look at it more, I need to fix it.

Cue easiest fix ever: Pillow covers. I have made dozens of these. I have a number of plain white down pillows that I keep swapping covers out on and they couldn’t be easier to customize. Plus, a yard and a half of fabric will get you 3 cases – so you’re literally only paying a couple bucks per pillow cover. Try finding that at Homegoods.

Here’s how to make them:

Envelope Pillow Cover

You will need:

  • Pillow
  • Enough fabric to wrap around pillow  – approximately half yard for 18x18in pillow
  • The usual suspects: thread, pins, sewing machine

Step 1: Wrap fabric around pillow to fit. (alternately you can use an old pillow cover as a template) Make sure you leave enough fabric to overlap 3-5 inches. This will make sure your pillow stays tucked in. Cut your fabric. You will only need one long piece – that’s the beauty of this pillow cover.

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Step 2: Finish short ends of fabric with a roll seam. Essentially, fold edge over 1/4 inch, then fold in once more so that raw edge is tucked in and not exposed. This will prevent fraying. Sew with 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Step 3: Wrap cover around pillow with wrong side out. Pin ends where you want them – I like mine a little snug.  Slide pillow out.

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Step 4: Pin and sew two open ends closed (with pillow cover still inside out) with straight stitch. Then, serge stitch the edge. This will keep edges from fraying.

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Step 5: Turn pillow cover right side out and tuck pillow in.

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Front
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Back

Done. Insta-decorating. Seriously easy and seriously cheap. For these I calculated about $5 per pillow cover. Not too shabby and so flipping cute.

 

Go FALL!
Bridget
XOXO

 

A New Beginning

Welcome to CraftyBridge!

My name is Bridget and I’m an ICU nurse with a passion for home DIY, gardening and sewing. Creating is my outlet, my joie-de-vivre, the source of my positivity. In a workplace where I sometimes experience great sadness and pain, I find it vital to fuel my positive passions. Alas, blogging started about 4 years ago. After years of being with Blogger, I’ve decided to move up in the world and reinvigorate my blog by starting from scratch with WP.

I hope you’ll all join me on my little adventure exploring creative ways to enrich my life and make my house a home. I hope to share a little inspiration, some creative oomph and a lot of joy.

This is a little corner of the universe filled with the wanderings of the creative space in my brain. Please enjoy!