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Stitch or Treat

12So, last week, probably on Facebook, I saw a link to this fantastic idea of cross-stitching a pumpkin. They had a bat template for the masses to use, but you know I wasn’t going to do anything so…ungeeky, right? Let’s just say that I am super glad that I made my Halloween project back in 2014 that involved the Boos from Super Mario World.

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I followed the steps that the page had laid out…

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1. Draw (ok, they had you print) the pattern. Now, I didn’t have any graph paper around the house, so I drew the lines manually. Then, I colored my design so I knew what I was doing.

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2.) Poke the holes. Now, the first thing I did was circle the intersections of where the outside stitches were — I did not want any exposed/uncessary holes to deal with. Here’s the thing with punching these suckers out — you need to absolutely make sure that they go all the way through. I used a punch needle tool to get the holes, but then I went through with a giant tapestry needle (and still that gave me grief). Babe had a great idea of using a small drill bit (assuming you have a drill around your house) to make the holes.

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3.) Stitch (and cry). OK, if you are new to cross-stitching, just walk away from this project. It will make you hate crafting and I would hate for that to be my fault. (I am only slightly kidding.) I have been cross-stitching for a loooong time and there were times that I had to put down the pumpkin because I was like “I WILL NEVER BE DONE WHY DID I START THIS PROJECT? AHHHHH!!!!”

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I think I finally found a way that worked for me which was, to work on the side. For about a third of the time, I was holding the pumpkin upright and trying to stitch. That was frustrating (aside from trying to find the practically impossible to find holes in the back of the pumpkin). Once I turned it on its side so that the hole to remove the stem faced left, (I’m left-handed, so for you, it might go on the right side.) things seemed to move a lot faster.
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4.) Do a happy dance when it’s finished. I used glow in the dark thread because, hey, if I was going to do this, I was going to do it the right way. And although it took about double the time I anticipated, I am SO happy I did it. In fact, next year, I’m going to start a little earlier and try to get the other two done and that way my pumpkin will have a circle of Boos around it. (We’ll see, right now I am relieved that I’m done, I might see it next year and be like, “Nope.”)

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If you do decide to tackle stitching your own pumpkin, my biggest suggestions are 1.) Pick a small pattern — this Boo is about 15 x15 squares across and it took me about 8-10 hours, from start to finish 2.) Make sure your holes to stitch through are visible from the inside of your pumpkin 3.) Give yourself enough time and try not to stress — this isn’t a great project to work on in the car while someone is driving because finding the spot where the needle needs to go is hard enough without the bumpy bumps of the road. 4.) Have fun! Since you’ll be stitching on a foam pumpkin, you’ll be able to keep this year after year and never have to do it again, LOL

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Through the Rabbit Hole

This year, we decided that we’d participate in our church’s Trunk or Treat event for Halloween. Our theme? Alice in Wonderland.20131030_125901

I originally thought we’d go with the Tea Party theme, but nixed that idea when I found some awesome looking flowers over at Hobby Lobby. The Red Queen’s garden, it was!

We had three major components to the decor. First was our Wonderland tree. It only took about 20 minutes to make. If you are armed with a glue gun and a few craft supplies, then you can make it fairly easily. The first thing I did was lay out my dowels and my red and white striped fabric. I cut the fabric the length of the dowel and about five inches wide. Then, I ran a line of hot glue down the dowel and attached one side of the fabric. When it had set, I rolled it (not too tightly — I didn’t want it to look too perfect) and glued the other side.

When I had finished all four, then I set to making the base. I found an old box (Thanks Amazon!) and sealed the top and bottom. Then, I poked a hole for each dowel. When I was happy with the placement, I tied a red ribbon around the four dowels, creating the trunk. Next, I covered the box with the same red and white striped material.┬áNow, I had a couple of topiary spheres kickin’ it on my mantle, but you can pick those up at your local craft store. I put some red roses and hearts in them to make them look like they were fit for a (Red) queen.

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Lastly, I had to make those oh-so-Wonderlandian signs. I just used some construction paper and a Sharpie, but if you’re really wanting something that will last longer than an afternoon, I would suggest using foam board or balsa wood.

The next project I tackled was the card soldiers. This is a super easy project. All you need is white foam board, red and black poster board and some glue. (OK, you’ll need scissors too.)

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All you need to do is cut out rectangles from the foam board. Then, I used this image to make their faces/tops of the cards. Now, I did “cheat” a little — I had Babe use the vinyl cutter to make the card’s respective shapes and the “A”s, but with a little time and patience, you can cut out the shapes on the poster board.

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Finally, I made the card centerpiece that was really cool to make (and to look at). Now, I did not come up with the brilliant idea. I saw the pictures over at MissParty.net and knew I wanted to try to make it up for myself. It does take a little bit of time (I worked on mine for about an hour and a half or so) and you better love working with a glue gun because you are going to have plenty of bonding time with it.

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I followed the guidelines over at MissParty and started with two bases and worked up and out from there. And they are absolutely right — there is no longevity with this project. I made it the day before Halloween and had to go in a fix a couple of things right before the event because gravity was having its way with it. That being said, it looks really quite epic and if you are having an Alice-themed event, it is certainly something that will grab your guests attention.

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The Trunk or Treat itself was a lot of fun (and busy!). We even had a Mirana stop by the car which was downright awesome!