DIY PhotoPumpkin Carving Techniques.

by Chris Gardner

DIY PhotoPumpkin Carving Techniques.

I remember the first halloween that 'art' pumpkin carving books became widely available...everyone in my neighborhood carved the same three patterns...witch-on-a-broom profile, three ghosts with boo, or cutesy scarecrow face. So, while they weren't the old triangle-eyes and toothy smiles of yesteryear, the variety was as hollow as the pumpkins themselves.

Certainly, modern books have improved on the patterns, but sometimes, you just need a...

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Mad Scientist Mixology: Halloween Cocktail Recipes.

by Chris Gardner

A giant bowl of wispy punch is certainly festive, but a true ghost-host offers their guest customized cocktails that suit their own tastes. Here's a few ideas to get your fall festivities popping.

Garnishes: ANY mixed drink can get a scary-fun makeover with a frightful garnish. Simply mix up drinks per usual, but sink one of the following into your highball or martini glass:

  • Plastic spider rings
  • Gummy worms
  • Novelty eyeballs
  • A few drops of...

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DIY Halloween: Build Your Own Haunted Mirror.

by Chris Gardner

DIY Halloween: Build Your Own Haunted Mirror.

Okay, so maybe the example 'ghosts' aren't terribly spooky, but this two-way haunted mirror is a mighty fine idea, and looks like a blast to build. it works like this: "The mirror is really a box with a two-way mirror on the front. Inside the box are models or other renderings of ghosts. Since the inside of the box is black, the two-way mirror reflects the room normally, but when tiny lights hidden inside the box are illuminated, they wash...

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Candy Corn Challenge Winner = Candy Corn Flowers!

by Chris Gardner

Congratulations to smbriones, whose Candy Corn Flower Arrangement has been chosen as October's Curbly Challenge winner. Stephanie's project was classified as 'classy', 'useful', 'unique', 'elegant', 'creative', and 'tasteful.'

Best of all, she included how-to directions, so grab some candy corn, skewers, floral tape, and ye' old hot glue gun, and make your own!

Good work, Stephanie!

Candy Corn Challenge Winner = Candy Corn Flowers!
 

 

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Help! Need an Emergency Halloween Craft!

by Chris Gardner

Friends,

I just recieved a special request to take a group of teenagers to do a service project at our local YWCA Family Center: a housing facility for families who are temporarily in need of a home. We were asked to provide activities for the children of the families for an hour and half tomorrow afternoon.

Though the Family Center has an excellent playground (a dragon made of recycled tires, and a pirate ship!), the weather is unpredictable, so I...

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October 15th is Sewing Lovers Day!

by Chris Gardner

Everyone deserves a little special recognition, and today, October 15th, is Sewing Lovers Day. (Lover's? Lovers'?)

[It's also the birthday of the Roman poet Virgil, Emeril Lagasse, filmmakers Mira Nair and Todd Solondz, and Sarah Ferguson.]

Celebrate with some of these cool sewing and fabric related projects and links from Curbly.

HOW TO: How to Make an Envelope Pillow

HOW TO: How to Sew a Button On the Right Way

HOW TO: Easy-to-Sew Micro-Fiber...

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