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Vending on Haunted Grounds

I snapped some photos of our shared booth space at 13th Street Morgue/Dungeon of Doom last Friday. Stephanie and I had a lot of fun talking to people after they came (running and screaming) out of the haunted house!

Head out to the 13th Street/Dungeon grounds for a good scare for Halloween!

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Join us for a good scare!

You may remember the custom orders we did for our friend, Tiinia, and her Friday the 13th wedding at a Dallas haunted house’s grounds (which was all featured on Offbeat Bride – how cool is that?)

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We’ve become friends with Tiinia and her husband Kevin, who play delightfully creepy characters at 13th Street, and Alex, the owner/operator of the haunt grounds, and we’re constantly in awe of their talents!

Several weeks ago, our friend Stephanie from Studio Longoria sent me a message with a great idea. Since we (JuJu Eyeball) and another of our Etsy teammates, Amy of Larkspur Studio and Frankensister all sell Halloween appropriate items, why shouldn’t we contact some local haunted houses to see if we could set up shop on the grounds?

I instantly thought of Alex and his awesome haunts, 13th Street Morgue and Dungeon of Doom (which neighbor Reindeer Manor.)

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So, I got in touch with him, and we’ll be setting up booths this Friday, 10/18, and next Friday, 10/25; we’re so excited! It’s definitely a unique job. It’s not an arts and crafts “show” or convention, and we won’t be working typical show hours, which are usually morning to mid afternoon, or afternoon to evening. Nope, we’ll be set up in time for the houses to open at 8, and we’ll close the place down around 12:30 a.m. So, if you’re in the DFW area, and you’re looking for some fantastic Halloween fun (maybe after a Friday night football game?) come out and see us!

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Whatever Weekend – Local Arts & Crafts Shows

If you’re looking for fun, inexpensive, or family friendly events to check out in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this month, take a look at the wonderful festivals and arts and craft shows that are going on!

Local shows and festivals on Pinterest.

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Make It Monday – Embroidery Madness!

Before I delve into the world of embroidery, let me just say what an awesome time we had at the Dallas Comic-Con Sci Fi Expo on Saturday! We got to meet sweet/funny/genetically-blessed-with-amazing-bone-structure Eliza Dushku, and I got her autograph:

A classic Faith pic from the Buffy series, signed (with kisses) by Eliza Dushku.

 
She even said she liked my JuJu Eyeball fuzzy eyeball earrings! I didn’t give her a card like I did anyone else who liked them, because, well, I was starstruck and thought it might look a little sleezy: “I’m a big fan! … Oh, you like my earrings? Here’s my card (insert cheezy salesewoman smile.) No, really, I’m a big fan!” I mean, you only have so many seconds to make an impression, and, call me crazy, but taking the earrings out to give to her also seemed a little creepy.
 
So, on to today’s topic! My grandmother and great aunt used to embroider all the time when I was little, and I was fortunate enough to inherit some of their supplies. Over the past few years, I’ve picked up the needle and multicolor thread again as a hobby, but recently I’ve decided to incorporate embroidery in some of my work for the new shop. I’ve always enjoyed creating and drawing monsters and creatures, so I decided to start on my first monster embroidery project to see if I would be able to transfer some of my drawn ideas from paper to a fuzzier medium. Here are the results so far:
 

Still trying to come up with a name for this guy ...

 
Comment below if you have any monster names for this guy! The idea is that I’ve seen lots of really scary monster drawings, and a lot of adorable plushie monsters that tend to incoporate embroidery, but I wanted to create something somewhere in the middle. Still cute, but something a hardcore creature fan could appreciate.
 
If you’re looking to start embroidering, or if you’d like to try to embroider your own design, here are some links and tips:
 
Sublime Stitching has great, basic tutorials for beginners.
 
Transfers that you find at craft stores are great for practice, but there aren’t any rules that say your design has to look a certain way! If you’ve come up with a cool sketch you think would translate well to stitchery, use a transfer pen or paper, or simply pin a copy of the drawing to the back of your fabric and trace with a pencil if your fabric is thin enough.
 
You really only need a few stitches to embroider most designs. My top 3 are backstitch, split stitch, and satin stitch. Depending on what style embroidery you decide you like, your top 3 might be stem stitch, french knot, and running stitch! Build up your arsenal of stitches to find out which are your favorites. P.S. – If you’re looking for a style with less variation, try crosstitch. You stitch “x”s the whole time, and the design still turns out looking awesome.
 
Anything you can sew, you can embroider: paper, fabric (towels, clothing, curtains,) trim, canvas …
 
Two more great contemporary resources for ideas, tutorials and patterns are Mr. X Stitch and Urban Threads.
 
Finally, you may mess up. Your thread may knot, you may use the wrong stitch or wrong thread color. The cool thing is, though, that you can snip the thread, pull, start over again, and no one will ever know!
 
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