Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ouija Lamp

I have a couple of Ouija Boards that I have picked up at Goodwill that have been sitting on a shelf ignored and unused.
So when I came across this lamp on craftster, I knew I wanted to do the same.
Fast forward months later and I still hadn't begun. I had collected a lampshade, but alas I couldn't find the perfect one used in the inspiration lamp, so I made do. I carefully peeled the paper top from the board and decoupaged it onto the shade. I robbed a black feather boa from an old piece of lingerie, added some ribbon and a dollar store bird and called it done.
But it sat unused until the end of September when DH called me out on my laziness and said I would never finish it. That lit a fire under my butt and I quickly found a lamp at Goodwill that I could robbed the light kit from. DH then promptly attached the light kit, added a red bulb and hung it for me in the dining room.

And without further ado, here is my Ouija Lamp.

I do admit that I think the original lamp looks better, but I am happy with the end result. I have delighted in my BIL's freaking out, and the admiring glances of friends who appreciate my spooky decor.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

More Crafty Wreaths

I had to break up my Wreath Pins into 2 posts, because there was such a wealth of people who shared their talents this year.

How Freakin' Awesome is this? Seriously, I love it.

And this one? Yes, it's made from store bought props but it's reuse is one of the best I have seen.

How about this simple beauty?

Or this one that's beyond creepy?


Pinterest is hands down my favorite site on the web, it's a wealth of tips and tricks and decor ideas. You download an app for your browser and when you come across something you like you "pin" it and it's saved to Pinterest. You "pin" an image as a visual reminder and pinterest saves the original link, so that it makes it super easy to revisit. It's bookmarking but better, because you can access it from any computer, not just your home.

I've been "pinning" my favorite Halloween wreaths and want to share. These are all handmade crafty wreaths that you will not find in any store.

Seriously, why waste your money on fluffy glittery mass manufactured decor? You can totally be inspired by these talented people and make our own.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!!

Yay! Zombie Pumpkins has templates of Sam from Trick R Treat! DH and I couldn't resist carving our favorite little Halloween buddy!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Best Month of Them All...

October is my favorite month of the year. Seriously who doesn't love it when the trees go from green to such beautiful colors that just take your breath away.
It also brings cooler weather, which means breaking out my favorite piece of clothing. The super comfy hoody.

Most importantly it's the month that brings the best holiday of them all. Known by many names...Samhain, Samhaim, Calan Gaeaf, All Hallows Eve, All Saints Eve, or the more common Halloween.

One of my earliest memories was going out with my older cousins Trick R Treating. I was five or six. I had a pink and white Barbie Cowgirl outfit. It was vinyl and I loved it. We didn't use plastic buckets or fancy bags. We used pillow cases. We would fill the pillow cases, return to the house, dump the candy and go back out again.
When we were older I remember changing costumes and making the rounds a second time. It seemed like almost every house had a light on and was giving out candy. It seemed like every house had some kind of decoration.

As I got older and was too old to Trick R Treat, I helped my Mother decorate our yard and give out candy. We stuffed old clothes to make fake monsters with old masks. Cobwebs covered the yard. Classic Halloween music boomed from our house. A strobe light made it all even more spookier. We delighted in kids saying we had the scariest house in the neighborhood.

Now as an adult, I don't get to Trick R Treat anymore. We live in an apartment and tho there are many kids in the neighborhood, we have never had a knock on the door. Not one single knock. In fact this year our complex newsletter suggested doing a Trunk or Treat event at the local YMCA. No mention of door to door Trick R Treating. That seems so entirely sad.

But we celebrate anyway. We light all the pumpkins and candles, and we have a Halloween movie marathon. It's also our anniversary and we do other freaky things. ;)

That being sad, I love hitting Michaels, Target and other big box stores to see the newest of the Halloween goodies. I love hitting the thrift stores for costume inspirations and I love checking out the fly by night Halloween shops that pop up and are gone so quickly.

But mostly I love the inspiring craftiness of other Halloween fans on the web. I recently became addicted to Pinterest, the best kept secret of the internet. Pinterest has only feed my Halloween and Horror addiction. If you haven't checked it, you should. If you need an invite, leave a comment with your email addy and I will send one to you.

Here are a few of my Halloween favorites courtesy of Pinterest.
Use cookie cutters to carve your pumpkin!

Slithery Spooky Halloween Wreath

A chandelier from a broken umbrella!

Easy Pumpkin cake!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Nothing is as creepy as....

DH has always had an interest in Taxidermy, and luckily I share that interest as well. While I enjoy the creep factor in mountings and skulls, DH has watched a few videos and a read a book or two on the subject.
He hasn't actually begun learning the craft because we still live in an apartment and I am sure our neighbors wouldn't be happy about the smell of rotting animal carcasses or boiled flesh.
Even though neither of us are hunters, we have collected a few pieces inexpensively.

DH has had an a set of steer horns since before we were married and they have always resided over the entrance to every home we have lived in.

In our dining room is two sets of Deer Taxidermy. One is a skull and antler mounting I picked up at Goodwill for $3 last year. The other is an unmounted skull and antler a former coworker gave DH a few years ago.

More recently, a coworker saw these creepy "Owls" while cleaning out the home of a recently passed away relative and thought of me. I am almost positive that someone stuffed ordinary birds and just applied googly eyes and feathers to give it the Owl look. No telling how old they are, but I appreciate that she saw these and knew her "weird" friend would love them. Indeed I do.

Our newest addition, I picked up at the Atlanta Festival in Atlanta Indiana for a mere $10. I dubbed him "Bob" and people stopped us all day wanting to take a look at my purchase. One man even reached into our cart to pull it out before we quickly stopped him. He was by far my favorite thing I saw there, and ironically, the seller tried to buy it back later.

Note. I apologize for the weird formatting of this post. My html skills are a little rusty, but I am really doing nothing different than any of my other posts.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Here's a little disclaimer.

I was on blogger one day and randomly trying to see if various blogs were available. Taken. Taken Taken. And they all have absolutely NO CONTENT. No Posts.
What's the purpose of having a cool blog name and then not using the blog? Are you hoping someone will come along and buy the blog from you? If so, it's a dick move and shame on you.
So anyway, I tried and was surprised to find it was available. I wanted it. My house if full of horror crap, and I love to craft. Why not? Well, I do have another blog that I neglect, so I suppose there's the chance I will do the same with this one. And do I expect people to even read this blog and give a damn about what I say or the stuff I make? No, not really. If I get readers, cool. If not, this will be a place for me to keep my memories.

So that being said, I not associated or affiliated with the following folks, who I discovered after doing a google search:
HorrorCrafts on Etsy very cool jewelry btw.
Horrorcraft on Facebook
Or any books, games, funhouse, haunted house, videogame or movie using the name "Horrorcraft".

Old Crafts from Old Blog...

I do have an old neglected blog that I used to post crafts to, spooky and non-spooky related.
I thought I might post a "best of Enduremyworld's Horror Crafts" here:

Have a deadly sweet tooth check out the Skull Cake I made for last year's Halloween party.

Need a quick Halloween costume? Check out Dia De Lost Muertos Makeup and Headband

Have a bunch of Halloween towels that never get used? Try re-purposing them, like I did with the Spider Plastic Bag Holder
Is your trash can a boring dollar store special? Slap some paint on it, decoupage your favorite Horror movie's images all over it, and cover it with glue, like I did with the Devil's Rejects Trash Can

How to Ruin a Set of Dawn of the Dead Collector Trading Cards

At last year's Famous Monsters Convention in Indy, DH picked up a couple of sets of Horror Trading Cards. They sat on our mantle for over a year until he mentioned how cool it would be to put them on the coffee table and cover them in resin.

He decided that the set to be sacrificed would be the Original Dawn of the Dead set. I agreed and immediately went to Michael's with a 40% off coupon and purchased the 32oz kit of Envirotex Lite.

Here is a couple of before shots, the table had been painted black a couple of years ago and had a great distressed feel.

After a light sanding to remove the polyurethane per the resin instructions.

It took 3 coats to properly cover the cards, and we did the first coat outside. We failed to cover it, and several bugs committed suicide in the sticky substance. We did the final 2 coats inside after we realized that the resin was very low odor and probably wouldn't kill us or the cats. We also had to buy another 8 oz kit to do the final coat.

It took 72 hours to do the hard cure, but we could actually knock on it after about 8 hours. I went ahead and did another coat of poly to the rest of the table to give it a high gloss sheen.
The final product, which DH was completely happy with.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011


I visited Michael's this weekend and was thrilled they had Spookytown already up and set up. I realize summer isn't even over yet, but I can't help but get excited.
Michael's selection is apparently clown themed and I am not so crazy about clowns. So it makes easier for me to not buy everything in stock. Besides, the giant bookcase DH built a few years ago just for my collection is full. There might have room for some figurines and that's it. So if I buy any this year, it will probably go into storage until we move into a bigger place. But I can look on the Lemax website and dream, because Michael's only has a sliver of what Lemax makes.
I wish I had room for:
Grinning Goblin Brewery
Wicked Windmill
House of Wax
Transylvania Zoo
Horror High
Temple of Terror
Monster Romance
Doomed Temple
Heads Will Roll
Haunted Pyramid
Torture Factory
Blood Bank

My favorite large piece is probably The Bates Hotel, what's your favorite?