Happy Halloween Eve, everyone! If you’re not feeling in the Halloween spirit because you don’t have a costume and it’s the day before Halloween, don’t fret. Here is our guide to the last minute Halloween scramble, you don’t have to settle for some cheap store bought leftover and you don’t have to spend more than 30 minutes of your dwindling time to look great.
Have you watched Doomsday yet? Are you not over everything that happened in that episode of Doctor Who, and are you sobbing in a corner, cursing the name of BBC? (Oh, good, you’re doing the exact same thing we are.) Well, how would you like a DIY Black tea, rose, and honey lip balm to remind you that The Doctor and Rose will be apart forever? At least they can be together in cosmetic form.
Did you recently move out of Night Vale for silly reasons, and are now feeling homesick because you can’t hail the local glow cloud, because there are no local glow clouds? (Or, do you need sinister and malevolent glowing clouds to deploy at your upcoming Halloween party?) Well, the solution here is simple, fellow citizen of Night Vale gone abroad – just make your own glow cloud, and hail it! This DIY is simple and easy.
Just when I thought I couldn’t get any crazier, I decided to swathe myself in sheets and leave the house like Sherlock.
I get really extreme bouts of Harry Potter nostalgia once July rolls around. The month is just inextricably linked to Harry, I spent my teenage Julys frantically reading all of the books before I got the next one and listening to Mugglecast and accidentally falling asleep fully dressed in a Hogwarts uniform on my bedroom floor wrapped in a Harry Potter beach towel. To alleviate my Post-Potter Depression I embark on a month long journey that inevitably includes crafting of a Harry Potter persuasion. The keys are obviously inspired by the flying keys in Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone. They’re really wonderful year round decoration, and would be awesome on a Christmas tree, around an altar space at a wedding, around a boring ceiling light, or above a baby’s crib instead of a mobile (gotta start ’em young). My new goal is to make so many I don’t need blinds anymore, I can just have winged key sun catchers for privacy.
I like it when I’m secretly wearing fandom-y things. These are great and easy, and once you understand the technique you can apply it to any fabric that takes dye well. Tie dye shirts will never be the same, you’ll have a dip dyed canvas quote tote for every day of the week.
Do you have a suspiciously large collection of trashy bodice rippers that you don’t want to admit you own? Do you own them for science? Do you need a good, simple DIY project to do while you’re stuck in front of the AC in the middle of a heat wave? (Seriously, New York, WHY.) Well, we’ve got a great, easy project for you that’s also good for the environment – recycled bookmarks made from your favorite romance novels! Although, theoretically, you could use just about any book (like, maybe, that worn-out old copy of Prisoner of Azkaban you have lying around that you’re just too emotionally attached to, but can’t read anymore because it’s falling apart). I decided to use romance novels for this project because I have a lot. I have a lot because of reasons. Continue reading
I assume that you, dear reader, are a responsible adult who definitely never impulse buys things with superheroes on them with no clear plan as to how you will use said Tony Stark covered impulse buy. Dear reader, you surely never wander into a Michaels with a clear plan of action and set list of necessary items only to find yourself drawn to a rack of Avengers themed something. I can only hope that you never find yourself eagerly grabbing said something and saying aloud, “No, but I need this.” while throwing it into your cart only to watch your purchase sit in a junk drawer for years.
Oh, you do this too? That’s good, I have a solution for you based on my most recent
impulse buy totally adult decision.
If you’re like me you probably spend half of every episode of Game of Thrones quietly gushing about how great Daenerys is and how she’s a strong independent Khaleesi who don’t need no slaves. Most of the time it’s because she’s busy being incredible, but some of the time it’s simply because her hair is busy being incredible. She’s a braid lovers dream, and I don’t know anyone with longer hair who isn’t constantly looking for new ways to put it back. Dany is my go to when I run out of ideas for how to keep my hair out of my face, and this style surprisingly practical (making it through many long and active days as a babysitter) and easy (If you can braid your own hair, you can probably finish this style in 10-ish minutes). As an added bonus it makes it look like you have a dozen handmaidens to braid your hair for you in the morning, and seriously who doesn’t want that.
I wear a bow tie now, bow ties are cool.
I spent a lot of time staring at the adorable bow necklace in our Nerdy Fashion: Doctor Who Edition post. So much time that I talked myself out of buying it and into making it. It’s so easy and so cheap that I decided to make a tutorial. For about $6 and a half hour of my time I made a pile of bows, a hair clip, a necklace, and two bow tie pins that would be great for a last minute Eleven Costume.
If you can’t sew, don’t worry, I can’t really sew either. If you can kind of make a straight line, you can make a bow. If you’re really sewing phobic you can do all of this with fabric glue or hot glue. (Had I a hot glue gun, best believe I would have used that.) You can do this with just about any fabric you have lying around; I used some red felt. If your fabric is on the thicker side, (like felt, leather, denim, corduroy etc…) follow these directions. If your fabric is on the thinner side (maybe you’ve found an old t-shirt you’d like to cut up), you can follow the directions in this post on Lula Louise.