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Sunday, October 23, 2011

All About Halloween

 Hi everyone.  Happy Sunday evening.  I am finally getting my Halloween spirit flowing-better late than never.  Do you remember the bunting I made last week with the Moda Haunted Mansion pack?  I had two packs of fabric left so I decided to make a pillow for my front bench.  I just sewed them two by two and then joined them into strips and sewed the strips together until it fit a travel pillow form I had.  I also used pom pom fringe in Halloween colors.  I still have one pack of fabric left.  I am thinking what to do with it.  It may have to wait until next year.  The candy corn pillow couldn't have been easier.  I just sewed white, orange and yellow strips of felt together and cut out two candy corn shapes.  I used black embroidery floss to blanket stitch around the outside and stuffed with fiberfill.  The backdrop are three Halloween tea towels I purchased at TJ Maxx.  I use them as a faux throw over the back of my bench.  I haven't sewn them together yet because I am not quite sure that is what I want them for.  But, for now I think they look cute.

    I also wanted to show you place mats I made several years ago.  These are from a Simplicity pattern.  It is number 8474 which has a bunch of different place mats.  I can't tell you how many of these I have made over the years in different holiday and everyday prints.  They are easy and turn out great every time.  I have given quite a few sets as gifts.  The creepy ghost I made in a ceramics class 25 years ago. My boys were a little spooked by him when they were younger but that is the whole point of Halloween right?  They still looked forward to seeing him every year on our table because he signalled the beginning of the Halloween season and they looked forward to the costume I would make them every year and trick or treating.

 I also wanted to share a decoration I purchased this year.
 Isn't he cute?  His head is chenille and he had a real branch stem.  I am trying to figure out how to make a companion similar to him.  He has dowel arms and legs and a burlap "feed sack" body.  It may not be this year, but I think I can make him a friend. 

Well, I hope everyone has a great week and I hope you are all able to fit in some time to create something in whatever way makes you happy.  Take care.     Nancy


  1. I love those placemats! and the ghostly guy on the centre of the table is just fabulous!!

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    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. I love your decorations. The pillows are adorable!


  3. So cute : ) Such cute pillows...the candy corn is darling!

  4. So cute! I want a candy corn pillow now! :)

  5. LOVE the pompom fringe and candy corn pillows! The black blanket stitching makes it pop! I'm having a giveaway and looking for sewing pattern testers. Check it out if you're interested!

  6. All ready for Halloween - awsesome!

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  7. Love the pillows!!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love the patchwork pillow. I have plenty of fabric left from the Halloween Banner I made, I may just have to try and make one like it! Thanks for the inspiration!
    I found your post through the Someday Crafts Link up party!

  9. You've been busy! Cute decorations! Would you share here?

  10. Love the canycorn pillow and the placemats!


  11. TOO CUTE! Love the Feed bag goblin! Thank you for sharing and linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  12. Nancy, what cute Halloween decorations! I am now your newest follower via the creation corner blog hop. I hope you will follow me, too! Many blessings to you!

  13. CUTE!!! I love the little pom pom ribbon you added around the pillow! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites FFA party! Have a wonderful Halloween weekend! XOXO!!

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!