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.

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drum roll, please…

After years of reading/stalking/loving/criticizing the blogosphere, I have decided to embark on my own journey through the interwebs.

“Why now?” you may ask.

Having recently found myself sharing an eleven foot wide house with another person and another almost person we call Oliver, my personal space has greatly diminished, and with it room for my many projects, thrifted items, deals that I couldn’t let get away and…well, you get the idea.

What to do, what to do…

Of course!

Share my finds with the world!  And by world, I mean my three friends, Matthew and mom that will be reading this.

Combine this with my need of a new creative outlet, and I am happy to introduce…

(insert drum roll here)

Five & Design.