October Ceramic’s Class


For the month of October I am offering a ceramic class as the guild which is all about creating a Halloween themed ring/earbud holder. Really you could even use it to hold a donut!
Of course during my class I plan to play some of my favorite vintage Halloween music, and offer some tasty Halloween themed treats for everyone to enjoy while we create. The studio is located in Waynesboro Pennsylvania, which is South Central PA, located very close to the Maryland border (not far from Hagerstown MD or Chambersburg PA) You can sign up for my Halloween class at the guild’s website here.

Gourd Guy Jars DIY


Its that time of the year when the Summer is ending, and Halloween seems just around the corner. I start seeing the fall items appear in stores and immediately want to start making Halloween decorations. For the past two years I have made “gourd guys” with the faux pumpkins and gourds you can find at any craft stores. First I turned them into ornaments and a topper for my Halloween tree. Then last year year I used them to create a wreath. This year I still had the urge to paint their little faces but wanted to create something new.

You’ll need:
-faux gourds and pumpkins, these come in all kinds of sizes and you just want to pick something that matches up with the size of your jars
-floral picks with red berries for noses, these are found in the floral section of most craft shops and come in all sorts of sizes. Round balls or some times longer oval shaped berries.
-acrylic paint and brushes
-glue, I used a hot glue gun
-glass jars and corks that fit into them
-sharp x-acto knife for cutting into bottom of pumpkins
Follow my tutorial for painting the pumpkins faces found here.
Trace the top of the cork onto bottom of your pumpkin or gourd, and use x-acto blade to carefully cut away a space for the cork.
Use hot glue and hold cork in place while it dries. Thats it! Its very easy!
You can make tiny jars, or bigger jars which I think would make fun gifts filled with candy. You can fill your jars with sweets, colored water for potions, or even something like bobby pins, q-tips, etc and display them in the bathroom to bring some Halloween decor to other rooms in your home. If you choose to make some and post it on social media please consider using the hashtag #gourdguys so I can find it.


Halloween Pillows

I love turning old Halloween decorations into new items I can use in my home. Recently I turned a piece of crepe paper from the 1920’s, a cardboard cat die cut, and a vintage Halloween plate into fabric for 3 new double sided pillows. You can find the fabric to make 3 of your own over on Spoonflower here.
I like the scan my ephemera in at atleast 300 DPI, then clean up and change colors/alter a few things in Photoshop.