Halloween spooky eyes for bushes

So I know this is after Halloween, but I wanted to post this because I like how it helped the look of the house for decorations. I made color changing spooky eyes for the bushes in front of my house.
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I took a toilet paper roll and painted the inside white to help reflect the light outwards. Then cut out the eyes and on the other side I cut a whole for the LED color changing candle.

Painted inside of TP roll. Hole for LED candle.

Painted inside of TP roll. Hole for LED candle.

Here is the example of both.

color change candle next to cut out eyes of TP roll

color change candle next to cut out eyes of TP roll


Finally the LED color change candle from a dollar store.
Color chance LED candles

Color chance LED candles

I think they added an extra bit of spookiness to my house. Next years spooky eyes will have a more refined look but still look good in the bushes.

Block #1 pattern – written out

Hi All! So it’s been a week since I posted Block # 1 and so I have crocheted it 2 times, each a bit different. Now mind you, these haven’t been block so they are just pulled back into a square for you to see the overall look.

lacy block 1

block # 1

The first is the standard way when reading patterns when there are long chains and a stitch connecting those chain strips to do that stitch ( usually a slip stitch,{sl st}) into the previous row’s chain strips. Also for this for the clusters (cl), I went into the stitch between the previous row clusters. You can see that the clusters are not as nicely formed as in the second picture.

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The second what I crocheted the block is to do a single crochet(sc) into the chain strips. Then for this block for the clusters, I crocheted the clusters around the space of the previous row clusters. You can see the difference in the look of the clusters in each picture.

Block #1 with chart.

Block #1 with chart.



Here is the pattern for block # 1 as per the chart next to the picture.

If you want to do a larger block or make a blanket or other item, multiples of 19 + 9

Cl : (yo, pull up loop, yo pull thr 2) 3x, yo pull thr all 3 loops.

ch 45. turn

row 1 :  Sc in 12 ch from hook. ch 3, (1 cl, ch1) 3x,  1 cl, ch 4, 1sc in 3rd ch from cl. ch 5, 1 dc in 3rd ch from sc. ch 5, 1sc in 3rd ch from dc. ch 3, (1 cl, ch1) 3x,  1 cl, ch 4, 1sc in 3rd ch from cl. ch 3 dc in last ch of foundation. turn.

row 2 : ch 5, sc in 3rd st of previous row. ch 5, 1 cl in space of first 2 cl of previous row. ch 1, repeat cl in next cl space of previous row. ch 5, sc in 2ch before DC of previous row, ch 5, sc in  2nd ch after DC of previous row. ch 5, 1 cl in space of first 2 cl of previous row. ch 1, repeat cl in next cl space of previous row. ch 5, 1 dc in 5th ch of previous row. Turn.

row 3 : ch 3, 2 dc in 1st st. ch 5, 1 cl in space of first 2 cl of previous row. ch 1, repeat cl in next cl space of previous row.ch 5, 5 dc in ch-5 space. ch 5, 1 cl in space of first 2 cl of previous row. ch 1, repeat cl in next cl space of previous row. ch 5 3 dc in 3rd ch after sc of previous row. turn

row 4 : ch 4, (dc in dc of previous row) 2 x. ch 5, 1 cl in space of 2 cl of previous row. ch 5, (dc, ch 1) 4x. dc. ch 5. 1 cl in space of 2 cl of previous row. ch 5, (dc,ch1) 2x. dc in last stitch. turn.

row 5 : ch 3, 1 cl in space of first ch-sp of previous row. ch 1, 1 cl in space of next ch-sp of previous row. ch 5, sc in 3 ch of ch-sp of previous row. ch 5, dc in top of cl-st, ch 5, sc in 3rd ch of ch-sp of previous row. ch 5, (1 cl in ch-space previous row between dcs,ch 1) 4 x. 1 cl in last space of previous row between dcs. ch 5, sc in 3 ch of ch-sp of previous row. ch 5, dc in top of cl-st, ch 5, sc in 3rd ch of ch-sp of previous row. ch 5 ,1 cl in space of first ch-sp of previous row. ch 1, 1 cl in space of next ch-sp of previous row. dc in ch after 2nd cl. turn.

row 6 : ch 3, 1 cl in space of next ch-sp of previous row. ch 5, sc in 2ch before DC of previous row, ch 5, sc in  2nd ch after DC of previous row. ch 5, 1 cl in space of first 2 cl of previous row. ch 1, repeat cl in next cl space of previous row.  ch 5, sc in 2ch before DC of previous row, ch 5, sc in  2nd ch after DC of previous row. ch 5, 1 cl in space of first 2 cl of previous row, dc in ch after cl. turn.

row 7 :.ch 9, 5 dc in ch-5 space. ch 5, 1 cl in space of first 2 cl of previous row. ch 1, repeat cl in next cl space of previous row. ch 5 5 dc in ch-5 space. ch 5, 1 dc in top of dc of previous round. turn.

row 8 : ch 9, (dc, ch 1 in dc of previous row) 4x, dc in last of dc, ch 5, 1  cl in space of 2 cl of previous row. ch 5, (dc, ch 1) 4x. dc. ch 5, dc in top of ch of ch-3& cl of previous row. turn.

repeat from row 1 for 1 more time for a whole block.

Hope you get a chance to make this block #1. You can make a whole blanket, a sweater, a shawl, or just the block from this pattern. Let me know if you need help reading the pattern or making the block. Hope you like it.

Crochet Block #1

I’ve decided I want to start a block of the week/month. I love to crochet and I could always use more blankets. So I’m going to start crocheting a block I’ve found on the internet every week or every month depending on what I can get done. So here goes.

Block #1 with chart.

Block #1 with chart.

This is the first block that I will be completing. I hope you will join with my as I start this adventure of croching blocks to eventually have a crocheted mixed block blanket or multiple blankets. If you can follow along with the chart or I will try to decifer it and write out a pattern based on what I can see. Let’s get started.

Halloween Garage Spider web

Here is my finish look at my spider web for the garage door

This is the finished look for my garage door spider web. Scroll down to see how I put it together.



Started laying out the streamers for the main branches of the spider web.

Started laying out the streamers for the main branches of the spider web.

I used Black streamers to make ths spider web. They are about a buck at the dollar store for 2 rolls.

Here is most of the branches put up.

Here is most of the branches put up.

I taped the steamers to the door with just ordinary packing tape.

Here, the web is done. Now to put the spider up.

Here, the web is done. Now to put the spider up.

I had made a spider body out of a black trash bag and was trying to figure out how to hang it up but ultimately it didn’t work no matter what I tried. So I went to plan B.

Sketched spider, started to paint then realized I wouldn't be able to see the lines so I started cutting it out.

Sketched spider, started to paint then realized I wouldn’t be able to see the lines so I started cutting it out.

I was glad I had only painted a little when I realized I wouldn’t see the lines. If I had gotten much further I would have had to redraw the lines on the back of the poster board.

Fully cut out spider, now to finish painting it black.

Fully cut out spider, now to finish painting it black.



Finished painting the spider, now to hang it up.

Finished painting the spider, now to hang it up.

I added tape to the head and body in mulitple spots and then taped the back legs on each side down because they wanted to fall away from the spider and you would not have seen them.

Spider up on the garage web, but my husband thought it needed another main branch up with the cross branches. So that's what we did.

Spider up on the garage web, but my husband thought it needed another main branch up with the cross branches. So that’s what we did.



Here is my finish look at my spider web for the garage door. My original spider body I had made didn't look very good so I made one from a poster board and I think it actually looks much better so this is what we have. I Like it. I may have to retape some of the streemers to the door but that shouldn't too much more trouble.

Here is my finish look at my spider web for the garage door. My original spider body I had made didn’t look very good so I made one from a poster board and I think it actually looks much better so this is what we have. I Like it. I may have to retape some of the streemers to the door but that shouldn’t too much more trouble.


Hope you like what I did. If you have any suggestions, I like to hear from you.

figured it out

So In the time I posted last night on FB that I now blog, and just a few minutes ago, I had the wrong link up for the name of the blog. I was under the impression I HAD picked the name of the blog and that would also be the name of the link too. Apparently not. It was my email address website with the name of the blog when you got there. Sheesh! that took a while to figure out. I have to go back and see if that’s what the introduction says, otherwise I may need to make a comment for the whole site. That was annoying to figure out. I didn’t know what to type into the help bar.

My House monster teeth

finished monster teeth/face up on house.

finished monster teeth/face up on house. Larger version at end.

My idea for making my own house monster teeth/face for the entry way.Taken from a Pinterest pin.

My inspiration link.

I cut out a pattern on newspaper and cut out 2 of each side and 1 of the center teeth

I cut out a pattern on newspaper and cut out 2 of each side and 1 of the center teeth

The eyes are nearly a whole circle. I used a large platter plate and then adjusted it when I cut the eyes out.

The eyes are nearly a whole circle. I used a large platter plate and then adjusted it when I cut the eyes out.

All the teeth cut out. Now to paint.

All the teeth cut out. Now to paint.

2 layers of white. (not pictured - painted just edges of teeth with black for outline.

2 layers of white. (not pictured – painted just edges of teeth with black for outline.

Whole face painted.

Whole face painted.

This was me playing in Photoshop of the complete painted face against my house to see what it would look like.

This was me playing in photoshop of the complete painted face against my house to see what it would look like.

finished monster teeth/face up on house.

finished monster teeth/face up on house.



Looks pretty darn close to the photoshopped picture, don’t you think? I like my completed house monster teeth I DIYed for the entry way. It took a while to figure out how to get the teeth and eyes mounted to the house. I ended up taping 2 overlapped yard sticks I got at Lowe’s for $0.69 a piece and then took some yarn( might have to change that) and tied it to either end and over the arch. The eyes are just taped to some heavy-duty wire and hung on the christmas light hooks. I may have to adjust it again if the breeze picks up but I’ll worry about that when it happens. So this is the start of my DIY.