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Happy Halloween!

     Happy Halloween everyone!

     If you celebrate Halloween, I hope you have a fun night, and if you don’t, well, I still hope you have a fun night – enjoy watching a good movie or something!

     I know, Monday is typically my planner post day but I don’t have any planner pictures to share with you today. Being Halloween, I thought it would be fitting to show you something Halloween related so I have this instead:

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     Totoro! Or, a badly carved, somewhat sinister and sleepy version of Totoro, to be precise. I posted a picture on my Instagram a few days ago of the pen sketch on the pumpkin but this is what is looks like carved out and lit up in the dark! I just really wanted to try carve Totoro because…actually, I don’t think I really need a reason to want a Totoro. For anyone interested in the image, I just googled ‘Totoro pumpkin’ and this is the image that came up.

photo-halloween-2016-totoro-pumpkin-1     I must admit, carving Totoro was hard. There was quite a few small sections which I had trouble with and I messed up the eyes a bit. Also, he doesn’t have a nose because I couldn’t carve it with the tools I had. I did buy a cheap pumpkin carving set but the blade on the tool came out of the holder so it was really hard to use! To carve this, I ended up using the tool that came in the set (only now with no handle making not so safe to use), a random small but sharp knife my mom found in the drawer and a hacksaw blade wrapped in a handkerchief provided by my dad. But hey, after a few hours, I eventually carved something that vaguely resembles Totoro!

     Here’s a slightly more successful Halloween craft I worked on, a little box of sweets for my sister when she comes round:

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photo-halloween-2016-box-2     Can I just say that I really wish craft stores in Ireland would acknowledge Halloween? This black and cream striped card was the closest thing I had to Halloween themed paper. I did find these cute bat dies for really cheap but that was seriously it! Luckily I got some Halloween washi tape samples from a pen pal so I was able to dress my box up a bit.

     I can’t remember where I saw the idea for using clear plastic like that to make it look like things are floating, but when I got the bat die, it seemed like the perfect thing to do!

     For anyone interested in the box shape itself, I learned how to make it from one of Pootles YouTube videos (which you can also just find on her blog here). I absolutely love the bag in a box idea, it’s just super cute, isn’t it!

     Anyway, that’s all for me for today’s post. Don’t worry though, planner posts will resume as normal next week!

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13 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!

  1. It’s a wonderful Totoro! Every year, I lose blades on those pumpkin carving tools. Well, actually, this year: 2 pumpkins carved, no tools damaged! Seriously, a first. I find those complex bits difficult, too; more than once, I’ve saved a carving by using a toothpick to hold in an accidentally hacked-out bit. =D

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    1. Thanks! And congrats on not losing any pumpkin carving tools this year xD I’ll have to keep that toothpick trick in mind for next year – almost lost Totoro’s whiskers because they’re so thin!

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  2. oh gosh i’m so glad i included the washi samples for you! i had a hunch that other countries didn’t “do” halloween like the US does. i love to include washi samples anyway, but i’ll be sure to stick holiday themed ones in my future letters! :3

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    1. Ya, halloween craft supplies are just nowhere to be found here! You can get stacks upon stacks of christmas paper but halloween – nothing! So yup, so glad for that washi tape! At least I’ll know for next year to try buy some stuff online to make some crafts xD

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  3. Totoro!!! He almost looks as though he’s rolling his eyes in the lit-up version of the pumpkin; like “seriously, can I get back to sleeping in my tree already?” 😀 I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to carve out those teeny whiskers! Hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

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    1. Haha, he totally does look like he’s rolling his eyes! The whiskers were tricky to carve, one of them actually fell off, and I couldn’t carve the nose because it was too small. I’ll just have to find a bigger pumpkin next year, like one of those competition size ones, so I can have a bigger Totoro 😀

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