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Halloween is Near!

Halloween is roughly a week away, so I thought I’d round up all of my favorite Halloween decorating ideas from the Internetz and present them here for you! I am one of those people that likes rather macabre, creepy-cool things all year round (like anatomy charts and taxidermied anything) so IF I’m going to buy or make something for Halloween, I probably want it to be something I wouldn’t mind having around my house forever. I also think that if your Halloween decorations can do some double duty for your fall/Thanksgiving decor – then they’re even better!

Branches – are (usually) free! You can find some wonderful, knobbly branches in your own neighborhood or backyard. But how to style them? Let me count the ways!
You can spray paint, glitter-ize, or even add some little fall-colored pom poms for some home-made pussy willow branches (or even some ‘bittersweet’ branches).

1. pussy willow branches 2. branch centerpiece 3. bittersweet

1. Betz White pussy willow branches 2. EAD branch centerpiece 3. Bittersweet

Paper Crafts – there’s so many easy things you can do with some simple black or orange construction paper! How about decorating all the art in your home, and giving them Halloween masks? What about some adorable bat or spider bunting for your doorways? Or maybe some flying bats to greet you at your front door? Country Living has an amazing gallery of some cheap-o paper crafts!

paper craft ideas from Country Living

Lanterns – beautiful and practical in the fall when it gets dark earlier at night. Lanterns can be made out of things you have around the house, like milk jugs or paper bags.

1. spirit jugs 2. paper bag lanterns 3. skull light

1. FamilyFun ‘spirit jugs’ 2. Design* Sponge paper bag lanterns 3. Martha Stewart papier-mache skull light

Terrariums – are a really big knick-knack trend this year, and you can easily adapt this to make spooky miniature scenes or even pretend specimen jars of creepy-crawlies and animals. Glass cloches and apothecary jars are easy to find at craft stores and decor stores like Micheal’s and TJ Maxx.

1. jar terrariums 2. cloche 2. apothecary jars

1. Country Living jar terrariums 2.Pottery Barn cloche 2. Martha Stewart ‘potion display’

And finally, last but not least, RAVENS! Feathered ravens are available at almost any store you can think of – from the Dollar Store to CB2 and Pottery Barn. They come in different sizes, and some have positionable wings. I think that they’re perfectly creepy-cute and I’m excited to get some for my house!

caw caw!

1. no source 2. Pottery Barn crow 3. Halloween house tour from Apartment Therapy

I’ll let you know if I end up doing any of these crafts! Enjoy your weekend!

♥eth

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Inspired: Objectified

I’ve started a personal project inspired by this poster for the movie Objectified: A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit. The poster was designed by Build and I love the way they make letters out of objects (not a fresh idea, per-say, but always a great one when executed well).

*As an aside, if you haven’t seen Objectified, I highly recommend it. It’s a fascinating documentary about – duh – objects. If you’re a designer, it is an easy and interesting way to explain design to your friends/family – and if you’re not a designer, it’s still fascinating because of all the interesting concepts that are brought up (i.e. the relationship of cars to their owners)

I’m working on two different ‘alphabets’ – one made of famous designs (like the Panton chair making an ‘S’), and one set of letters made of tools used to ‘design’ (various tools and crafting objects, etc.). I already have the letters I, D, S, and A done because I put them together for a t-shirt competition for this year’s IDSA @ GT.

Progress will be posted ASAP 🙂

♥eth

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Project: Guinea Pig Mansion

I live in a two guinea pig household. We just moved their cage from our office into our living room. The new room combined with the colder weather has cured all of their boredom woes, and it makes me very, very happy! It is so nice to have happy, active piggies again.

To make a long story shorter: pet store cages are awful for small animals. It is easier, nicer, and cheaper to make them a much larger C&C cage (out of those wire grids from Target and corrugated plastic from a craft or sign store). More information can easily be found on Cavy Cages – the website I frequent as my go-to guinea pig resource. (Yes, it DOES worry Boyfriend that I sometimes spend a few hours reading forums about guinea pigs.)

I currently have a 2×5 cage for my piggies, but I’d like to make them something that looks more ‘furniture’ and less ‘cage’. I was really inspired by this DIY IKEA-hack rabbit hutch on Design*Sponge. I’d like to create something the same size (slightly bigger or smaller, depending) as the current cage – just nicer looking. I realized this was possible – and also probably pretty easy – when I found this antique-trunk-turned cage for a different rabbit (supposedly Hilary Swank’s (celebrity bunny?)) in the comments on the same post.

Cute, right?

So, then I did a lot of research (read: internet browsing) and have found a lot of beautiful, wonderful solutions. A lot of the more intricate and interesting cage set-ups are for bunnies, but they’d be easily changed for pigs. You can look at all the different pictures I’ve collected here. This is my favorite cage by far as of right now:


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I still have a lot of planning, tinkering, and researching to do. I won’t bore you with ALL of the details right now. Basic details are:

  • open top-cage (tried holding some boards over the cage – just too dark!)
  • making some of the walls more solid (back, maybe the shorter sides?)
  • plywood! (but painted with non-toxic glossy paint, many coats – which apparently is water proof)
  • most likely making one side of it really ‘decorative’ (i.e. like an adorable little cottage with windows, etc.) (this side would be taller and more protective, so we can turn the cage around if lots of guests come over – giving the pigs more security and privacy, and less strange people’s fingers)
  • creating “platforms” within the cage itself (essentially, adding more interest to their cage and extra “floors”, “layers”, what have you – without actually adding extra boxy layers on top of the cage itself so we can get them out easily and maintain a streamlined profile)
  • DIY-ing some adorable hidey-houses

This well definitely be an interesting project! I’ll keep you updated.

♥eth

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Planetary: Cecil Balmond

‘Earthquakes’ is one of those topics that everyone knows about, but no one really knows that much about it. We’re all familiar with earthquakes, but I doubt that most people know about P waves, PP waves, AND S waves! So how do ‘earthquakes’ relate to design? Cecil Balmond is a “is a world renowned designer, artist, mathematician, thinker and writer” and he challenges traditional theories about underlying mechanisms and design. Instead of relying on a skeleton to strengthen a building during an earthquake, he relishes the fluidity and flexibility of a structure with “overflowing kinetic energy”.

An exhibit earlier this year in Tokyo, Japan featured his work in three different ‘phases’, but all three focus on geometric patterns,and finding rhythms that develop naturally through genetic codes. Besides his ‘flowing kinetic energy’ concept, Balmond also wonders if it is possible to delegate the code that gives life’ to a building, and see if it could grow and flourish from this initial genetic code, instead of having everything about the structure designed from the beginning. Really interesting stuff! There’s a much larger description of the exhibit (and source of my info and pictures) here and more about Cecil Balmond here.

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on other details, like graphics

As far as graphic treatments go, I already have three ideas.
1. color theme of yellow cup, clear/white saucer, green plate = “lotus blossom” (maybe too literal?!)
2. creating a graphic that looks one way when the set is aligned mismatched, and lines up when they go together (like puzzle pieces, ok?)
3. an all over pattern of fresh fun!

A few inspirations are as follows:

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VIVA

I visited unboundary yesterday.
It made me feel inspired again – I think there is hope for me, after-all.
Also reminded me how much I need an animal in my life, because there were tons of dogs there.

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