Monday, October 31, 2011

The Walking Dead

Welp, it's Halloween! I've been very busy this month watching lots of scary movies and TV. My favorites are good old slasher movies (Halloween, Scream, etc.) I'm not so much a fan of the Saw type gory stuff and most demon/ghost movies are pretty disappointing (but I do love demon movies if they're good). And of course I love a good zombie movie. And I've just started getting into The Walking Dead this year - it's so good!

So I made a zombie hat! Even though I don't have the time to re-open my shop just yet, I still like making hats with my free time, especially when I get to be creative with a new design. I have a few other Halloween-y hats to share too. 

I'll be wearing one of these tonight to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. I hope you all have a great Halloween!

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Pictures of Cute Animals Vol. 3

Yes, today is Halloween. But it is also Monday, so some of you are probably back at work wishing you could be doing Halloween-y stuff instead. Well, it sounds like you might need a healthy dose of cute animal pictures...

Happy Halloween!!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Costume Party: Stewie Griffin

This is probably my favorite costume I came up with this year. If you watch Family Guy then you should recognize the familiar head below.

stewie griffin mask

I decided to make this costume when I came across a pair of red overalls that my mom made back when she was in high school. From there, I was just a yellow shirt, teddy bear, and a few handmade touches away from a costume.

stewie family guy

The mask was my main obstacle for making this costume work. I used a heavy duty poster board, some acrylic paints and a sharpie to make it. If you have a flesh colored paint, it'll be fairly easy. If not, I used a mix of orange, yellow, pink, and lots and lots of white to make the face color. I just painted a general football shape that took up about 1/3 of the standard poster board. Once the paint dried, I used the sharpie to draw the head outline, the ears, and the hair. Then I cut it out and made a head-shaped hole in the middle. I thought about using a strand of elastic and tying it onto the sides of the head, but I decided against it.

Since it'll be pretty hard to walk through doors and such, I wanted it to be easily removed. I plan on just holding it up to my face, though it does stay by itself if I hold my head at this awkward position.

family guy costume

I also used some yellow felt circles and pinned them to the overalls to make it look just like Stewie's pair.

stewie griffin costume

Overalls: handmade/vintage
Shirt: thrifted
Shoes: Converse
Mask/details: handmade

What are you dressing as for Halloween this year??

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

You're Invited to a Halloween Party

I usually go to a few Halloween parties every year, but they're the type of parties where people just drink beer and listen to music and girls wear skimpy costumes... you get the idea. But I'm much more of a "family" party type of girl. I really enjoy themed foods and cheesy games and costumes that people actually put a lot of time and thought into. Here are some things that would be at my dream of a Halloween party.


for the front porch - funny bert and ernie pumpkins
festive on the inside - witch legs
a handmade touch - fabric pumpkins
easy DIY - mason jar lanterns


the appetizer - pumpkin dip with chips
straight up dessert - chocolate peanut butter eyeballs
dessert disguised as fruit - white chocolate strawberry ghosts
food to-go - candy filled headstones
munchies - snack-filled frankenstein cones


easy DIY - paper doll
for a group - rock, paper, scissors
just so pretty - Mary Poppins
for your inner geek - super mario trap plant
and my very favorite - comic book character


fun for kids - skeleton scavenger hunt
doubles as decor - pop goes the pumpkin
a classic - bobbing for apples
during scary stories - dead man's guts

What's your ideal Halloween party? And are you planning on attending one this year??


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Costume Party: Madeline

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...

madeline costume

Everyone loves Madeline! Not only is her story a favorite among little girls everywhere, but she's just so stinking cute. This Madeline costume was super easy to put together. All you need are a few key elements that you probably can find in your own closet.

This collar is what really makes the outfit. My blue dress does not normally have a collar, so I just layered it over my Teacher's Pet Blouse from Red Velvet - any collared shirt will do. If you don't have one, you can use a scrap piece of white fabric and just pin it down. For the red tie, I just used some plain old red velvet ribbon and tied it onto my collar. If your collar doesn't have a tie, you can just pin it just inside your blouse.

This is a great last-minute costume, and it's also totally wearable for regular days. Yes, I wore this as a normal outfit this day, hahah.

madeline costume

Dress: F21
Collar: Red Velvet Shop
Ribbon: Vintage (from my grandma)
Shoes: Payless
Hat: Borrowed from Whitney

**Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW

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October Sponsors

Holy crap - where did October go??

Dresses from Shabby Apple

Seriously, this month went by so fast. I can't believe it's almost time for Thanksgiving (and the time when you can listen to Christmas music and have it be socially acceptable - but I've already been listening to Christmas music and just not telling anyone. Except I'm doing that now. Oops.)

So with the start of a new month, I'm doing a new call for sponsors. I'm still running a $5 ad special for the first few people to email me. Ads are 200x100px (you don't have to have the ad emailed to me first to get the discount - just let me know you're interested). Either email wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com or leave a comment here including your email address, please. Also, be sure to check out the October sponsors above because they are fantastic! Happy almost-November!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Costume Party: Marge Simpson

Happy Halloween week! I'm kicking off my blog costume party with a costume I made for myself last year: Marge from The Simpsons. I got the idea from a pair of red shoes and green dress that I already owned. I knew there had to be some way for me to fashion a wig out of blue yarn, so I played around with it for a few days and this is what I came up with:

To make: Knit a regular old blue beanie to fit your head. Then, begin knitting another of the same size. But when it would normally be time to start gathering stitches to bring the hat to a close, keep going instead. Do this until you've knit about 12-14 inches, then finish the hat. Stuff the inside of the larger hat with batting or cotton stuffing, and crochet it onto the normal sized hat, leaving more of the normal sized hat out in the back, so the wig can be worn without tipping off the back of your head. This wig is a little tempermental, so I recommend using a couple of bobby pins just to make sure it doesn't fall off when it's windy.

From there, I made a beaded necklace, and paired it with a few accessories already in my closet. It was one of the simplest costumes ever, and everyone got it right away!

Wig and necklace: handmade
Dress: Victoria's Secret
Earrings: Modcloth
Shoes: Vintage


Do you have a costume you'd like to share? Email wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com to join the costume party!

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