It's already October 10, how is that even possible? I thought I was getting started early on Halloween costumes this year, but I have a feeling I'll be scrambling once again, ha! I'll be sharing our costume progress so far tomorrow. In the meantime, I wanted to tell you about a new Halloween book that Lark Crafts sent me for review.
Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects by Susan Wasinger is pretty awesome as far as holiday craft books go. Lark Crafts has proven to do an excellent job in the holiday category, with gems like Fa La La La Felt and Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays. Fresh off the presses, Artful Halloween belongs in the same basket, featuring a beautiful layout and a solid offering of craft projects that are creative, aesthetic and more importantly, not cheesy (which matters a lot to me, when holiday decorating is concerned!).
I already loved Susan Wasinger's work in her books Eco-Craft and Sewn By Hand (also published by Lark). Artful Halloween will surely become my go-to craft resource for October in years to come. Wasinger offers a variety of spooky projects to decorate outside as well as inside the home, along with ten pumpkin-decorating ideas! Some projects are very quick, some are a bit more involved, and most use craft supplies you already have on-hand or can easily find at your local craft store. Love that!
But instead of gushing on and on, let me show you a few examples of why I think this Halloween book kicks butt. And keep scrolling down to see a project I made from the book as well as a giveaway!!
The Alchemist's Book Pennant Garland
Gone Batly Note Cards
Glow-in-the-Dark Treat Buckets
Spooky Spirits Bottle Wraps
Black Skeleton Flower Garland
Monstrously Adorable Cupcake Toppers
Ghoulish Owls Wall Hanging
Black Lace Votives
I loved the Black Lace Votives project and picked up some black lace on my last visit to the craft store. Instead of votives, I used jelly jars with tea lights. It turned out great! Perfect decoration for October!
If you'd like a chance to own this book, you're in luck! Our friends at Lark Crafts are generously offering a copy of Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects to one lucky winner.
To sweeten the pot, I am throwing in several short lengths of black lace (roughly 8-10 inches each), perfect for making your own Black Lace Votives...
...as well as a PDF pattern for my Pumpkin Burlap Art (which can also be found in my Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs shop on Etsy here).
Happy early Halloween! (And huge thanks to Lark Crafts for the giveaway! For the latest on their books, including free projects and giveaways, check out their website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.)
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