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Artful Halloween {Book Review!}

My birthday is in October {today, actually!} so I feel like everything fall-ish is especially for me somehow. Maybe that's weird.  Whatever.  I have always loved Halloween, but I rarely decorated much for it until recently.  I've never really enjoyed the cheap-y plastic decorations and store bought costumes that are so common.  I'm  more of a hand-made girl myself.  But in the past couple of years my eyes have been opened to a whole new world of Halloween decor -- handcrafted and classy, with touch of spooky thrown in for good measure.  When I received a copy of the new book Artful Halloween by Susan Wasinger to review I instantly fell in love with the whole concept.  It's Halloween . . . only better!

This book is filled with page after page of creepy-cool eye candy!  From glass eyeball magnets to disembodied hands in gloves to black doily spider webs, there's a little bit of everything.  There are also a bunch of ideas for glamming-up pumpkins.  {I may never carve a jack-o-lantern again.} The photos are gorgeous and the instructions are super-easy to understand.  Your finished project will look crazy fancy and special.  Only you will know that anyone could make it!  Each project uses things that are commonly available -- doilies, thumbtacks, book pages, and crepe paper.  In fact, you may already have a lot of the supplies on hand. {Totally sweet, right?}

I was so inspired that I couldn't wait to make a crazy stitched spider web pillow for the bench on my front porch.  What do you think?  Sooo cute, right?!

In the book, Susan uses the stitching technique on an apron, which is also completely adorable.  I love that her ideas can be used in so many cool ways.  

Would you like to have a copy of the book for yourself?  I have an extra one to give away, lucky ducks!  It's my birthday, after all.  Time for me to give a little gift to my bloggy besties.  Just leave a comment on this post telling me what your most memorable Halloween costume has been.  {Make sure to leave your email address, too, so I can contact you if you win!}  I'll pick a winner Monday, October 22nd at 9:00 a.m., so get your entries in before then.  Happy Halloween crafting, friends!

This book was given to me by Sterling Publishing and Lark Crafts to read and review.  The opinions are 100% my own.


  1. Oooh, oooh. First entry. Do first entries ever win? My most memorable Halloween costume was being "the baker"--as in the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. And that shows you WHY I need this book to glam up my Halloween decor. I come up with nothing awesome on my own:-)

  2. I think the pumpkin costume that most of us ended up in at one point is pretty memorable :-)

    1. Love that pumpkin costume . . . Ahh, the gold old days before every girl had to look like a hooker on Halloween . . .

  3. My favorite was the year I bought a simple little angel halo (headband) for me and a simple little headband with devil ears for the hubster. I thought to myself, "self, you can wear white and the halo, and hubby can wear black and the devil ears." It was soooooo simple, I thought for sure hubby would go along... Until I showed him. He INSISTED on wearing the halo and made me be the devil. He wouldn't budge. Whatever. Put on the girly little sparkly white boa covered halo - see if I care. I ROCKED those devil ears!

  4. When we were first married and worked at the same company, Erik and I dressed up for the department costume contest. I spent hours crimping my hair and dressing up "totally 80's" while Erik pinned a green towel to his shoulders and went as Super Pickle. He won.


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