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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Along Came A Spider…

Thank you so very much for your kind comments about yesterday’s fantle” ~ faux fall mantle. As promised here is the easy peasy tutorial on how to create your own spooktacular web.

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I opened my boxes of fall décor on Saturday and was once again reminded that all of our holiday décor was in traditional harvest colors.  I was ready for something new but had no budget. So I spent the weekend painting, primping and giving all of the interior accessories a soft neutral palette.

Afterwards I thumbed through the most recent issue of Country Living looking for a bit of inspiration. I really loved the “Arsenic and Old Lace feature”.

I was inspired since I have an entire trunk filled with vintage and antique handiwork. Now while I didn’t have any old frames lying around I did have a handmade gift that was enjoyed all through the 90’s. (If you’re a certain age you probably had “country décor” too. :) I always thought that the shape of this embroidery hoop was…eerie. So I disassembled the wall hanging and spray painted the hoop black.

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I rustled through my doily stash and found an small oval dresser scarf that fit almost perfectly.  The lace was sandwiched between the two rings and tightened down. I propped it up against the wall and it was almost immediately proclaimed by Sweet Boy to be “awesome”. Which was quickly followed with “It needs a spider.” Which it DID! I dug around and found an old plastic spider ring and it wasn’t quite… right. I went to Michaels for some other supplies and found two glitter spiders on sale for a little over a dollar. The bonus was that their underbelly’s featured a wee spring clothespin that I easily clipped on to the lace.

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Glitter makes everything better.

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I thought that a grouping of “wall webs” would be fun. While I was at the craft store I did price embroidery hoops and the large specimens were around $15.00. Holy golden webs Spiderman! So I cruised by Goodwill and found an empty hoop for $1.00 and I will be on the lookout for a few more.

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Until then, one is fun.

Laura

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21 comments :

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love how you put this together!!! Just AMAZING!!!!

Sandy said...

Sweet Boy was right, it did need a spider! I love how quick and easy this process is. I saw one of those pointed doilies hung with fishing line draped in a corner of a store last week that had a web-like appearance, it needs a spider too. Great mini tutorial!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

looks great and so creative. now I'll be looking for hoops too:)
Look what ya started lol

chris mckinley said...

Very nice!! The spider makes it!

chris

Karena said...

How creative Laura...I love how you come up with ideas with almost no budget. Of course you must keep Everything!

My Mother gave me a large embroidery hoop recently; I think I should be more appreciative at the price they are at!

xoxo,
Karena
2012 Artist Series

Teresa said...

ahahahah that spider never met better in its life ;)

I love doilies too. I learned crochet by doing hundreds of them... during a time I even ressented because when my Aunts wanted me wuiet they would order them but I kep a few and others made by them before the vintage came along and all of the sudden everyone in the family liked them.

I'm starting to think that moving with you is an experience you keep so many things, Dear Friend.

Luchy Us!

Love,
T

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I think this is my all-time favorite easy Halloween craft that packs a big punch! My kids will love these, and can even make their own! You're a genius. (I even have the hoops I purchased on sale, not knowing what I'd use them for, but now I know!)

ImagiMeri said...

So, so cool girlfriend. I love your "fantel" and I know it looks just perfect in your beautiful, adorable, home.

Love ya'
Meri

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

You did a good job Laura! If you wonder at my lack of comments through the halloween faze - I don't like the holiday at all. So I usually just stay quiet!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I knew immediately yesterday what your trick was! That is so cute. I don't "do" halloween, but I love the lace in the hoop!
How anyone can buy anything much these days...regardless of what it is, is beyond me.
I went to Walmart the other day...I purchased 4 home items...it was over $70.00! And it was just needed stuff! Next move? A CAVE!

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

What a great idea! I've never seen anything quite like this, but I love the look!

Debra said...

that is just too cute! and so creative! Love it!

Vel Criste said...

this is such a great idea, thanks for sharing this Laura!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Just spooktacular! Couldn't resist, hehehe!

Louise said...

It's really clever and pretty, in a creepy way!:)

It's All Connected said...

This is a really cute idea and so simple to put together! ~ Maureen

bobbie said...

Truly inspired!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Cute, cute cute. No I am having the cloche party the middle of oct. We just had the summer one in Aug. so I thought I would wait a bit. Hope all is well. Still borrowing DH's computer. Mine will be here the first of the week. Hugs, Marty

Sherry said...

Thanks for joining HSH!
Sherry

EnchantedBella said...

I loooove this idea. So wonderful!!
I like taking things like that and using them in different ways. Great idea thanks.
Rebecca

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Love how our limitations force us to be more creative! :D