Sneak Preview (and I’m a slacker, I know)

But the last month has been absolutely insane at the house.  I knew not to commit to posts on certain days because, yes, here it’s been a month and there’s been nothing from me.  To wrap up, we’ve basically rebuilt the entire front end of Matthew’s 1990 Landcruiser, and when I say we, I mean that I’ve handed tools and tightened some bolts, but despite what he jokes at the auto shop, he is definitely the brains of the operation.

We also got Bops & Nathan married off in an absolutely beautiful ceremony in Charleston – Thank you Summer for all of the photos that I have stolen via Facebook.

She did a fantastic job with the design.

And Matthew and I actually got to attend a wedding together for the first time in almost four years.

I’ve also been busy getting ready for Halloween (my absolutely favorite time of year). Here is a quick sneak peak of my back yard/graveyard.  There will be more to follow once the entire thing is set up for Halloween night.  Watch out trick-or-treaters!

The tombstones were made from polystyrene insulation & a jigsaw.  One 4×8 sheet makes at least four standard size tombstones – and at $15 a sheet, that’s quite a bargain.  Buy small tombstones at Michaels or Target, and you’ll be paying close to $20 each.  

I did cheat and buy the Cemetery sign, but I haven’t quite perfected my carving skills, and it was only $2.00.  The ghosts were made from Styrofoam skulls that I found at a craft store.  I used a coat hanger to make the shoulders and cheese cloth for the body.  I also used some of my leftover coffee to age the look of the fabric.

Mr. Bones!  I bought a skeleton that was meant to go into the ground and took apart his limbs.  The wheelbarrow was actually upcycled (possibly stolen) from a garbage heap on Capitol Hill.  

And the aftermath of my crafting experience.  They probably should have named a hurricane after me instead of my mother.


6 thoughts on “Sneak Preview (and I’m a slacker, I know)

  1. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the backyard, ghosts, wheel barrel…all of it. If I wasn’t working a wedding this weekend, I would crash this party. How do I sign up for your blog? Future beach trips depend on your reply.

    • Ooh, I don’t want to lose beach privileges! I think if you go to my home page you can subscribe and follow it that way. p.s. I sent Annie the link to the tombstone material.

  2. Sanders, you are quite creative! And not too shabby with the jigsaw. Matthew, I am really impressed with your mechanical skills

    Samders, you are really creative and quite handy with that jigsaw. Nobody had better not get in your way because their name will end up on a tombstone! And Matthew, I am impressed with your mechanical skills. The front end looks brand new!. Detroit here he comes!

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