Hocus Pocus Halloween

This year’s Halloween theme is Hocus Pocus.  Since they closed our office and we are all working from home, I decided to decorate my house instead.  I already shared the Billy Butcherson that I made and Booook.

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I divided the front yard into three areas, the Devil’s house, the graveyard, and Sanderson Cottage.

Starting with the devil’s house I took my skeleton and dressed him up like a devil.  Then I added the pitchforks, little white picket fence and flames.  I gave him a candy bucket with Clark Cups (they don’t make Clark Bars anymore).

Next comes the graveyard.  I bought a bunch of headstones and used cobwebs all around.  I have my garden skeleton that comes out of the ground.  I have my Billy Butcherson and his tombstone that I bought on Spirit Halloween online.  There are some dollar store graveyard fences.  I also made a skull pyramid with Styrofoam skulls.

 

The front porch was decorated like the Sanderson cottage.  Some of the stuff I just had as witchy decorations, other things I bought specific for Hocus Pocus (the doormat, the museum sign, etc.).  I painted some signs with slats of wood from our wood pile.  I made a skeleton in a cage using an idea I got from this pin.  More Hocus Pocus pins and ideas are available on my Hocus Pocus board.

I found the giant cauldron at Party City.  I filled it with tulle and some LED green mini lights.   This makes the cauldron glow green in the dark, without the risk of fire.  I have a fog machine I’ll use on Halloween night, but I looked at various ways to make the cauldron smoke and thought, hmm, I don’t want my house to burn down.

Next post will be my costume as Winifred Sanderson.  That will probably come next weekend, after Halloween.

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Cat Cocoon

Before I created the Quick and Easy Cat Bed, I had started on my own cat cocoon.  I bought this super soft yarn (Bernat Velvet) and I searched Pinterest for some ideas, but nothing seemed to work with the yarn I already picked out, so I created my own design.

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It didn’t quite come out the way I envisioned.  I used some metal floral arranging hoops that I hoped would give it some form, but not really.  If I were to make it all over again, I would probably just make a sac with no support.  Well Tabitha loved to curl up in it while I was making it.

And after spraying a little cat nip in it, Pumpkin and Oliver fought over it.  Pumpkin won.

I also tied a little ball inside for a toy to play with:

I guess they can’t all be winners.  Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we think they will, but I think the cats will probably still use it to snuggle in.

Quick and Easy Cat Bed

I’ve been wanting to make some cat beds and cat cocoons lately.  I found some nice soft yarn, Chunky Luxe Big by Loops and Threads.  It’s a jumbo (7) yarn.  I also bought a giant 25 mm crochet hook.  Here’s a pattern for a quick and easy cat bed using giant yarn and a giant hook.

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Materials:

Size 25.00 mm hook

2 skeins of Chunky Luxe Big! by Loops & Threads (Teal) (64 yards)

Pattern:

Start with a magic ring (mr)

Round 1:  6 sc in the mr

Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch from previous round (12 sc)

Round 3:  sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch, continue around (18 sc)

Round 4:  sc in first two stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, continue around (24 sc)

Round 5: sc in first 3 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, continue around (30 sc)

Remaining rounds: sc in each stitch around (30 sc) until out of yarn, tie off.

The cats seem to enjoy it already.

 

 

Billy Butcherson

My next prop for Halloween is Billy Butcherson.

After Halloween last year I picked up some styrofoam body parts on clearance, a skull and a torso.

I started off the project by covering the styrofoam in a sealer. I picked one up at one of the craft stores, but don’t remember which one. They are usually in the same location as the styrofoam.

After sealing the styrofoam, I started to use my model clay to make a nose and lips for the skull. I’m not an artist, but I’m pretty happy with that nose.

Now comes lots of painting. The torso wasn’t so bad, the face had many, many layers of paint. Plus adding eye balls and eyelids (clay).

I finally smoothed our the face with some watered down paint and Hodge Podge. Oh and seeing the lips closed too! I purposefully had his lips protrude out some so I could see through them.

The final step after all the painting was to spray paint the torso and head with polyurethane to help water proof his paint.

I inserted some wooden skewers in the torso and attached the head. The wig is actually an Edward Scissorhands wig. I used a black drape for his coat. A spooky cloth for his ascot thing. And some zombie hand stakes for his hands. I also inserted a sturdy garden stake into the ground and pushed his torso on over top it to stake him into the ground.

I think I’m pretty proud of him.

Jonah’s Hands

Well, I’m sure everyone knows who he is by now, but I’m just enthralled by Jonah’s Hands.  I learned about Jonah in one of my Facebook crochet groups and I’ve been following him on Facebook ever since.  He’s been called a crochet prodigy, he taught himself to crochet at the age of 5 and at the age of 11 he is an internet sensation.  He even has his own company, Jonah’s Hands, LLC.

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In the Round

My first experience doing motifs with joins in the round was last summer when I made the Dancing Daisy Crochet-A-Long.  When I was at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival I bought a crochet kit from Stunning String Studio.  The kit was the Floating Wrap pattern by Robyn Chachula, one of my favorite teachers at the festival.  It came with three skeins of Luxury in Storm Cloud by Stunning String Studio.  I ended up purchasing an extra skein because the pattern said that three would make a medium and four would be needed for a large.  I didn’t wan to run out of yarn at the end, so I just bought an extra to make sure I had enough.

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