Boo! Who doesn’t need a set of bloody candles to celebrate Halloween properly?! Especially when they are super easy to make.

You need white pillar candles and some red candles. I used tapers–and almost used them entirely.

All you have to do it light the red candles and drip them down the sides of the white candles. Very little effort for a cool effect!

Tips:

  • Place foil underneath or be prepared to scrape candle wax off the table top.
  • If you drop to much “blood” in one spot it starts rolling pretty fast and doesn’t land where you expect it to. You can get burned so be aware!
  • This should be a supervised activity if done with children and never ever leave candles burning unattended!

Isn’t my helper handsome? Aaron loved doing this.

I was burning the pillar candles at the same time that we were dripping because I wanted to create a crater in the top of the candle.

I saw this video and was inspired! My Dollar Store didn’t have jars big enough to do apothecary jars, but I did do some candle holders.

The pieces for the candle holders came from the dollar store, as well as the bottle of alcohol to wipe them down to help the glue stick better.

I got the E6000 from a local craft store. The battery operated candles also came from there.

This was super easy! I washed the pieces to remove the stickers. Then I applied glue to the candle holder and placed on the bottom of the jar. Voila! Dollar Store craft complete!

 

 

Are you going to do this? I’d love to see what you do! Next up…bloody candles for Halloween!

 

I have another podcast up. And forgot to tell you about it! Check it out!

String Theory, a local yarn store, held a contest this summer and I entered. I had to use a skein of Pediboo yarn and knit something. I designed a cowl and I won! I am so pumped! I had absolutely zero expectations of winning, so this is extra great!

When I get the cowl back I will be writing up the pattern to sell. It will be my second in my line of pattern designs. Then I’ll be working on the third. I have an idea for a baby hat…

By the way, the Pediboo yarn was a dream to work with. I loved how it felt and it knit up like a dream for me. I have another skein in lime green…what to do what to do…

Yay, I finished! I didn’t finish right on time, but I got it done during summer. That counts, right? I mean, it was even the right year!

I added some width (about 20 extra inches according to the pattern notes) and a little to the depth. It’s definitely big enough. But it’s really really wispy and will only be good during the hot summer days! There should be a few more of those this year though, so I’ll get to use it.

This was knit with Knit Picks Gloss Lace. I really like the yarn. Luckily, I have some more in a nice lavender color. Oh what to knit!

Let me know what you think!

I’m so excited! I managed to create my very own podcast! Episode 1 is alive on itunes. Just search for playwithsusie and subscribe if you want!

This week I talked about the Ravellenic games and my current WIPs. I have so many! Ugh! I promised links to things I mentioned, so here you go!

By the way, on Ravelry I am QusieSusie!

Judy’s Magic Cast-On video by KnitPicks

Handshake Mitten

Malice in Wonderland KAL

Wingspan

Cast On, Bind Off

Wendy Johnson Summer Solstice KAL

Completed the Sabrina A-Line Sweater by Vera Sanon in a KAL in the ravelry group, The Curvalicious Sisterhood

I came across this website, Rhythm of the Needles, and thought I would share it with you. Apparently the site’s URL changed and the owner is trying to get the word out. Go visit her!

I finally finished my Sabrina A-line sweater. It’s a Vera Sanon design and was a KAL through the Ravelry group, The Curvalicious Sisterhood. I like how it turned out.

I’m still knitting my second wingspan. It’s become my knit-away-from-home project, so it doesn’t get a lot of work.

I also am knitting Wendy Johnson’s summer shawl for her knitalong. I was all caught up…then fell behind! I’ll catch up this weekend. It’s gorgeous and I’m using a really pretty blue yarn.

I designed a cowl and took it to String Theory Yarn Company in Glen Ellyn (IL) for the Pediboo contest. It turned out really cool and I’ll be writing up the pattern for it. I didn’t get to take pictures, so it won’t get done until I get the cowl back in mid-September.

What have you been up to? Anything crafty? Tell all!


Click the image for the PDF version that can be printed out!

 

 

For years we’ve been headboardless. Nothing grabbed either us, so we went without. On a recent adventure day with Kelly, we went to a junk warehouse (I’m not linking because they are closing soon!) and I spotted a door stuck in the corner behind some other items. When the clerk told me it was $40, I tossed right into Kelly’s car.

The only things we did to it: 1) Jim removed the hardware and wiped it off, 2) I polished it. We hung it on the wall using monkey hooks.

I love the rustic look. It fits perfectly across the width of the king-sized bed.

I know I need to add another piece of art above the bed. I’m waiting for another canvas sale at Costco to print out one of my flower pictures.

What do you think? Is this worth $40?

Have you seen the free Wingspan shawl on Ravelry? You’ve got to check it out.

I had some sock yarn that didn’t feel like something I would want socks made out of. It was stiff, a little rough. But the colors are great. So I whipped it up into the Wingspan! This was the fastest thing I ever knit! It took me 5 days!

The pattern is intuitive, so once you get the rhythm down, you can roll right along. I liked it so much I cast on another ball of yarn to make another. This time I making some adjustments, adding stitches to the cast on so it’s bigger overall. I also have two balls so I can make it as big as I like. I’m not knitting as fast as before because I have some other projects on the needles.

 

 

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