Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Outfit details: Thrifted dress, Red Velvet top, Von Maur coat (similar), Target tights (similar), Payless shoes (similar), thrifted/DIY purse

Happy Halloween, everyone! I'm excited to pass out candy to all the trick-or-treaters tonight, provided there are any... The weather here has been awful! But clearly it's nothing to what those east of here are going through. I hope you're all staying safe!

What are you doing to celebrate Halloween??

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Charlie Brown Costume

You all know I like to make as many costumes as possible for Halloween. This year I was feeling really uninspired up until the last minute, when I found this awesome Charlie Brown shirt. I was actually planning on making a whole set of Peanuts hats in time for Christmas this year, so I decided to just get an early start and go as Charlie for Halloween this year.

photo via peanuts wiki

I knit the hat and used felt to cut out the facial features and stitch them on. Like I said, I bought this shirt, but you could easily use fabric paint to make your own. Then you just need black shorts (or rolled up pants if it's cold), yellow socks, and some brown shoes. So easy! How did I do? And what are you planning on being for Halloween this year?

Photo via Jocelyn

Sunday, October 28, 2012

DIY Leaf Mosaic Candle

I always love keeping candles in my apartment. The plain glass jars are fine and all, but sometimes I think they could use a little sprucing up to go along with the season. For this project, I did something sort of similar to the craft at our last craft night, but I went for more of a mosaic look.

What you need:
  • glass jar candle
  • fake fall leaves
  • mod podge + a paintbrush

It's pretty simple - rip up the leaves into little pieces and use the mod podge to coat the glass and fit the leaf pieces around the jar. Then add another layer of mod podge over the top and let it dry thoroughly. It's a super simple project, but it makes my candles a little more fun and festive, and it could easily be translated to fit different holidays or seasons.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Blahs

Life lately hasn't been very interesting. The weather has been rainy one day, warm the next, and freezing the next. So trying to make plans to enjoy Fall has been complicated. At least I've been catching up on my sleep. What do you do to get through the blahs?

Outfit Details: Modcloth top, purse, and belt, H&M vest (similar) and skirt, Steve Madden flats (similar) *this post contains affiliate links

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Every fall, I get the urge to hibernate a bit. So life has been kind of boring (which isn't always a bad thing), but here are a few snapshots.



acorns on a walk/knitting all the time/wine nights/relaxing on the couch/decorating my apartment/more walks

What have you been up to lately?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Muppet Hats Vol. 2

Remember my Muppet hats? That was probably my favorite set that I've ever made and to this day it's the most popular post on this blog. Well, turns out that I wasn't done with just ten. I recently made a few more as part of a set that will be used for a school play - I'm really excited!

Dr. Teeth - The leader of The Electric Mayhem turned out to be my favorite hat of the entire set! Like most, he's just made with acrylic yarn and felt facial features, but I used a funky, sparkly orange fringe yarn for the facial hair.

Floyd - I think this one is my second favorite. I used the same type of yarn for Floyd's facial hair and eyebrows.

Janice - The hat itself was pretty straightforward. I had to look around a bit for a wig that would work, but thank goodness Lady Gaga is still a popular Halloween costume haha. She usually pulls back her bangs or wears a beret, but it was a little difficult to get that look lying flat. I think you get the idea though.

Scooter - He is one of my favorite Muppets, but one of the most difficult hats I've had to design, even though he looks relatively simple. All the facial features are just made of felt, but I tried to stitch the mouth on so that the nose area stuck out a little more when the hat is actually on a head. Again, this is a little difficult to portray when lying flat.

When I get some time, I might actually make a few more. I might have a problem actually, but I'm happy with how these turned out and I'm hoping to get a few photos of them in action. I'll definitely share them if I do!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sponsor in November

It's that time again! Since the end of October is drawing near, it's time to open up sponsorship again. As always, it's pay what you can pricing, and I do accept trades with other bloggers. I have some exciting posts planned for November, and a few cool projects to look forward to as well. I hope you'll consider partnering with Wattlebird!


And of course it would be great if you'd check out the amazing October sponsors!! Email wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com for more information or to reserve your space!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Currently, I'm sitting on my couch, watching the Detroit Tigers win the third game in their series against the Yankees. I've always loved baseball, but I've really loved watching my team this year, even though they stress me out way too much all the time. AND SPEAKING OF STRESS, I've also been watching Parenthood, which seems like it should be a nice little show about a family that has nothing super dramatic going on, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT IT IS AT ALL. My life is basically an emotional roller coaster right now, even if all of those emotions only come from things I watch on TV.

Currently, I'm enjoying the weather so much. It's actually been in the 60's and 70's a few days this week, so I have been hanging out outdoors quite a bit.

Currently, I'm looking forward to December, when I get to take a trip to the happiest place on earth (Disneyworld, duh). I've never been at Christmas time, so I'm sure it's going to be even better than usual, PLUS there's a new Fantasy Land so I'll basically be like a kid in, well, Disneyworld.

Currently, I'm working on a lot of DIY projects for this blog and Party On. I'm having one of those weeks where I just get so many ideas - I love it. ALSO, I may or may not be making some new Muppet hats (I am). I'll share soon - promise!

Currently, I'm trying to take as many pictures as possible. I've had my DSLR for nearly a year and I've barely learned anything about it. I had some grand plans for research and tutorials, but my attention span and workload have not cooperated. And I'm more of a hands-on learner anyway.

Currently, I'm wearing a Modcloth dress, hair clip and belt, F21 cardigan and tights, vintage purse, and Payless shoes.

A New Venture

I'm excited to unveil a new project I've been working on quite a bit lately. A few months ago I was talking to my mom, who has always been really great at planning parties, and she was talking about the possibility of putting together a book about party and event planning. I suggested starting a blog, and she jumped at the opportunity. So I've been helping her put one together, and now it's finally ready to go!

On this blog, Party On, we're going to share different party ideas, DIY projects, recipes, gift roundups, and more. I'm really excited to see how it grows, and it would be really great if you could check it out!

Monday, October 15, 2012

DIY Unicorn Costume

I actually had kind of a hard time deciding on a Halloween costume this year. This isn't a problem I normally have - it's much more common that I have way too many ideas so I need to find more parties to go to so that I can wear all of my cool costumes. But this year, instead of doing something crazy or timely, I decided to go with a timeless and wonderful creature that I've talked about making into a costume for years. Obviously I'm talking about a unicorn.

This was a really easy costume to make. There are basically two elements - a headband and a tail. For the headband, you'll need some white and yellow foam boards, pink sticky back felt, mod podge, glitter, hot glue, and yes - a headband (preferably white).

Cut the white foam board into triangles that are just over 2 inches tall. The pink felt should be cut into triangles that are about half the size. Stick the pink felt onto the white foam leaving space at both the top and the bottom. Glue the bottoms of the ears to the back of the headband, leaving at least an inch in between the two as shown. There will be a little bit hanging out from the bottom of the headband. Once the glue is dry, cut the excess off.

The yellow foam should be cut into a rectangle that's at least 4x6 inches. Roll the rectangle into a cone and secure it with the hot glue. Then you'll need to cut part of the bottom so that it can stand on a flat surface but point forward (as shown). Before actually attaching it to the headband though, you'll need to cover it with mod podge and sprinkle glitter all over it (what is a unicorn without glitter, after all?)

Once the glitter has stopped falling everywhere (seriously, my apartment is covered) glue the horn to the top of the headband so that it is pointing toward the front. Done!

The tail is even easier. All you'll need is some white yarn (preferably one with glitter) and a large safety pin. Cut the yarn into strands that are between 3 and 4 feet long. I cut about 20 strands. Then fold them in half and thread them through a large safety pin. Take another piece of yarn and tie it around the yarn at the base of the pin. Done!


Then all you need is a white dress or outfit (my dress is from Ross and flats are from Payless). I'm contemplating going out and looking for something with a little more pizazz (a.k.a. sparkly) but I'm still on a shopping hiatus so I may have to stick with this outfit.

I'm really excited for Halloween now that I've finally finished this. But I do hope that I can get back to the multi-costume tradition for next year. What are your Halloween plans? And more importantly, what are you going as??
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