Salem Trip Part 2

Friday, October 31, 2014

The nice thing about being Part 2 of the trip recap is that I don’t really even have to tell you guys anything because Meg pretty much already summed up the trip.  Basically, Salem and the nearby town of Marblehead were everything we wanted them to be.  Autumn foliage, charming houses lined up against the rocky coast, readily available and free apple cider (important!), readily available albeit expensive caramel apples (more important!), lots of Halloween crazed people, slightly terrifying lobster dinners, and witches.  So actually we didn’t see any witches even though our hotel was supposed to be pretty haunted.  But we learned all about them and it was terribly interesting and actually really sad.  I won’t get into that right now because I started out taking about how I didn’t need to say anything and yet I’m still talking so I will just stop.  Here are some of my favorite images from our trip taken on my Mamiya 645 with Portra 400.

Oh and also….Happy Halloween!!!!  If you are looking for some Halloween music, check out this playlist Meg made a couple of years ago.  It will be on repeat in my office today.

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Blood Splatter Napkins DIY

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It has kind of been killing me that we haven’t been able to do a Halloween DIY this year so I decided to throw one together in literally 5 minutes the other night with some things I already had with the addition of white napkins I picked up at Target.  You will notice by the pronounced fold in them that I did not wash them before I did the DIY because I was being lazy.  I would recommend that if y’all try this, you do not follow my lead.  Anyways, if you guys are having friends over for Halloween and looking for a last minute idea to spruce up the table setting, this is it.  I used black paint instead of red for the “blood” because I thought it looked more sophisticated and less gory that way.  But red would probably be more realistic if that is what you are going for.

Blood Splatter Napkins diy blog copy What you’ll need:

– napkins

– black craft paint

– textile medium (can be picked up at any hobby/art store)

– a paintbrush

What you’ll do:

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1.  Mix up your paint for use on fabric.  The rule is one part fabric medium to two parts paint.  I eyeballed it.  Then mix it all in with your paint brush.  After that, spray or drop a bit of water in at a time so you have a very thin paint in some areas and thicker in the middle.

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2.  Take your paint brush and load it with thin paint and start splattering by shaking paint onto your napkin.  You can paint on thicker paint for darker areas.  Just do it however you think looks good.

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3.  Paint your hand thickly with paint.

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4.  Before it has a chance to dry at all on your hand, bring it down in the middle of the napkin and smear downward using your other hand to hold the top of the napkin.  When you do this step, be sure to pay attention to where you will be folding the napkin so the hand will be visible.

Let dry and you are good to go.  I would also wash these puppies by themselves for the first time so black paint doesn’t bleed on your clothes.  The textile medium helps hold the paint on and I have used it before with success but you can never be too careful.

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Halloween Decorations 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I finally got around to taking some pictures of my Halloween decorations this year so I could show you guys.  The problem is that I alter them throughout the course of the season and I never really feel like they are done.  But since Halloween is Friday and they will probably be coming down soon, I am finally ready to say they are done for the year.  I did some of the same things I did last year (the hanging witch hat in the same place) but I did move things around a bit as well.  This year felt a bit like I had a witch theme and I have a feeling our Salem trip might have contributed to that.  Here are some scenes from around my house…

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