546 posts categorized "arty & crafty"

Creepy Cute Pastel Goth Halloween


we have conjured the ghost cookies, constructed our frankenbunny fashion, and painted the pumpkins pastel. this can only mean one thing -- #creepycute2015 has commenced! let the party begin.

jonathan and i celebrated in true kawaii fashion with potent pastel potions, sinister sweets, and to DIY-for decor. come frolic in the candy-hued underworld with us!

Pastel goth party decor lavender cat and eyeball cupcakes

blue food -- the life-blood of any pastel goth gathering! jonathan created these aqua-swathed, purple cupcakes using this magical mixture and a touch of blue and yellow food coloring for the frosting.

generously adorn your sweets with candy eyeballs. after all, why settle for a third eye when you can can have a thirtieth eye?

Pastel goth ghost royal icing sugar cookies

a parade of pastel ghost cookies! here's how to make 'em.

Pastel goth party desserts bat cucakes and ghost cookies

Pastel goth gradient pumpkins and gummy teeth candy 2

SPECIAL TREATS: gummy teeth and skulls for the kawaii kandy karnivore.

SPECIAL TRICKS: behold how jonathan transformed creepy halloween decor into creepy cute, camera-ready creations. these gradient jack-o'-lanterns are absolutely spellbinding!

Pastel goth lavender bat Halloween cupcake

Pastel goth kawaii purple cream soda and bat

a most curious cream soda. learn how to concoct this magical, foggy brew on happy mundane.

DIT pastel goth pumpkin halloween decor with cat head maryjanes

drippy pastel pumpkins -- see how to make them here.

Pastel goth lavender martini cocktail with gummy eyeball

for the witching hour -- a soothsaying lavender martini! i took inspiration from this recipe:

soothsaying martini:

2 oz. vodka
1 part concord grape juice
1 part chambord
crushed ice

pour ice, vodka, grape juice, and chambord into a martini shaker and shake vigorously. strain well and serve up.

garnish with gummy eyeball. after all, soothsaying requires clear vision.

Happy mundane pastel goth creep it real

jonathan creeps it real.

Whorange Pastel Goth Pink hair kawaii

i made a new friend.


more DIY decor magic from the laboratory of happy mundane.


Pastel goth fashion happy mundane and whorange

Pastel goth fashion bat caps happy mundane and whorange

and finally, the most important ingredient to a super kawaii, pastel goth party: friendship and kindred spirits!

jonathan and i wish you a very happy halloween! creep it real, darlings!



DIY bunny felt applique costume on sweatshirt

in celebration of my #creepycute21015 halloween adventures with the eerily talented jonathan lo of happy mundane, i'm embracing a 30-minute costume in pastel goth fashion.

behold - frankenbunny!

i admit, i'm queen of the lazy, last minute costume. it usually involves a mask and something vintage from my closet. nothing too advanced, but enough to get me into a costume-required party.

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all that is needed for this quickie frankenbunny costume is the following:

1). pastel sweatshirt. i chose a long one in order to wear alone with tights, but you can chose a shorter one to wear with jeans or a skirt.

2). felt 9" x 12" sheets in pink, black, and white. available at most craft stores.

4). scissors.

5). round head straight pins.

6). pellon fusible web, iron, and damp cloth.

7). frankenbunny template printed onto 8.5" x 11" paper. DOWNLOAD THE PDF TEMPLATE HERE!

DIY bunny skull felt applique costume on sweatshirt

step 1:  iron felt to fusible webbing. this adds weight to the felt makes it easy to iron your bunny directly onto your sweatshirt. see how to use fusible webbing here. it's soooooo easy!

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step 2:  after you have fused your felt, pin template to fabric. you may also draw the bunny design directly onto the paper side of the fusible felt and skip this pinning step.

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step 3:  cut bunny head shape.

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step 4:  iron pink and black felt to fusible webbing. cut bunny eyes, teeth, nose, and ear inserts.

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step 5:  place eyes, nose, teeth and ear inserts into white bunny head. iron and fuse them to head. again, consult this tutorial if you've never worked with fusible webbing. 

step 6:  place bunny design on your sweatshirt. pin design to your sweatshirt to determine placement. once you iron the bunny head on, it is FUSED, so do not skip this step! make sure you like the placement. iron frankenbunny onto sweatshirt.

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step 7:  optional: for added hold and safe washing, sew fused bunny onto sweatshirt using a small running stitch.

step 8:  that's it! add black and white tights, a black parasol, and a pastel wig. oh, and false eyelashes, of course!

stay tuned for more creepy cute halloween from me and happy mundane this week!

for halloween decor DIY to DIE FOR, click on over to happy mundane to see the latest and greatest in creepy cute creations. jonathan creates pastel party magic with a spray paint can, and you can, too!

DIY bunny felt applique costume on sweatshirt pastel goth


Royal Icing Pastel ghost cookies Halloween-50

darlings, it's time!

i have collaborated with the talented and mesmerizing jonathan lo of happy mundane to bring you the creepy cute world of PASTEL GOTH! prepare to meet lavender creatures and mysterious pumpkins that glow gloriously soft gradients.

visit happy mundane to see jonathan's latest bag of tricks. you'll be glad you did!

of course, i'm all about the treats at WHORANGE. pastel goth ghost cookies, in fact! take my hand and we will journey into the land of single-bite, sugary spirits.

for the recipe, i consulted the amazing sweet sugar belle for her easy-peasy sugar cookie concoction. i've tried several recipes and sweet sugar belle is my fave so far. she also offers tons of helpful tips for amateurs like me. please refer to sweet sugar belle's sugar cookie and royal icing recipe on her website as you follow along.

meanwhile, i'll show what it looks like to conjure the cookies.

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rolling dough with friends.

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the little 1.5" tall ghost is actually an upside-down, mini tulip cookie cutter. i first saw this trick on make me cake me. due to the tiny size, i coaxed over 100 cookies from one batch!

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whipping up the royal icing requires only 4 ingredients: powdered sugar, meringue powder, clear vanilla extract, and water. so easy! i used wilton's meringue powder, although i hear there are much more tasty options available. explore and let me know!

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who doesn't love a stiff peak?

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mixing the royal icing color is tricky. be sure to start off with just a teeny tiny drop, mix it up, and add more color if desired. i used wilton's royal icing color because it's readily available at michael's. however, americolor is supposedly much, much better.

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pastel piping. i used a #2 tip size. i highly recommend this trick for fast and easy bag filling and clean up!


my favorite step is flooding the cookie with thinned icing after the outline has dried. the flood bottles remind me of 2nd grade glue dispensers.

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adding faces. :| :| :|

i used a #1 tip size.

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the final step: RAINBOW DISCO DUST! because even ghosts want to feel fabulous!

there you have it -- the pastel underworld of cookie decorating! not too scary, right? 

these little ghosts are perfect for beginners. due to their tiny size, you can make a billion and practice your piping skills.

stay tuned for more creepy cute from me and happy mundane! follow our supernatural journey on instagram @happymundane and @whorange and snapchat, too! (snapchat: @happymundane and @tulajeng.)

R.I.P = Rest In Pastel. xoxo

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Jocelyn Anderson Daydream Believer

it's monday, darlings...

some of us are returning to the grind. others are bikini-clad and roller skating down the beach promenade in aruba.

if you're joining me in the glorious grind, let's meditate upon a few get-me-through-the-day slogans, shall we? each phrase is perfect for chanting during your commute, while sitting at your desk, or in a board meeting.

FUN FACT: if you add the words "in a disco" to the end of any of these phrases, your day will improve 150%. guaranteed!

I woke up like this neon sign

example: "i woke up like this in a disco."

You Rule Sorta by Erik Marinovich

example: "you rule sorta in a disco."

happy monday, kittens!

{images: "daydream believer" by jocelyn anderson for friends of type; "i woke up like this" via they all hate us; "you rule sorta" aka "champoo" by erik marinovich for  friends of type.}

Whoranging for Jim Hodges

Jim Hidges chiffon and silk headscarves installation Heres Where We Will Stay 1995 Hammer Museum

over the weekend, i boogied on down to the hammer museum to catch the closing day of jim hodges' "give more than you take." it was gorgeous and moving and magical and textured. much of his work revolves around the fragility of life, transformation, and growing up gay in spokane, WA.

if you get a chance to see hodges' work in person, drop everything and check it out. it's worth every step to the journey!

Jim Hodges Give More Than You Take Hammer Museum

Jim Hodges Untitled one day it all comes true 2013 Denim fabric and thread art Hammer Museum

Jim Hodges Changing Things detail 1997 Silk plastic and wire Hammer Museum

Jim Hodges As close as I can get detail 1998 Pantone color chips with adhesive tape art Hammer Museum

Jim Hodges mirror mosaic Hammer Museum

Jim Hodges sketches on napkins Hammer Museum

Jim Hodges The Dark Gate Hammer Museum

{photos by whorange.}

size matters: jacob hashimoto's gas giant

Jacob Hashimoto Gas Giant MoCA Los Angeles

it is amazing what paper, thread, wood, and a whole lot of patience and creativity can do.

this week , steve and i boogied on down to jacob hashimoto's breathtaking exhibition "gas giant" at the MoCA at the pacific design center. comprised of 30,000+ kite-like, paper sculptures, hashimoto's  installation is so sweeping and magnificent, you may curl up on the floor and cry, kittens.

just warning you.

behold the 50-foot strands of papery, gravity-defying grandeur...

Jacob Hashimoto Gas Giant paper installation MoCA at Pacific Design Center

Jacob Hashimoto Gas Giant paper and wood installation MoCA at Pacific Design Center


Jacob Hashimoto paper and wood Gas Giant MoCA Los Angeles

Jacob Hashimoto paper and wood Gas Giant MoCA

Exploring Jacob Hashimoto Gas Giant MoCA at Pacific Design Center

"gas giant" runs until june 8th, so shimmy on down now!

more info at moca.org.

turn IKEA into I-CANDY: pendant lamp

DIY IKEA hack pendant saucer lamp by a beautiful mess

IKEA hack pendant saucer DIY lamp by a beautiful mess

the ladies at a beautiful mess turned an IKEA angenam bowl into a fancy pants pendant lamp.

oh, the glorious power of imagination and an electric drill!


Prism by Lilly Piri rainbow deer

DipDye Brushtail Lilly Piri

magical rainbow wonderlands -- they are all around you. and in some cases they are on you!

you just need to know where to look, darlings. no LSD required!

{prism deer and dipdye brushtail by lilly piri.}

body electric: janine rewell for minna parikka

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes body painting 2014

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes pattern body painting on models 2014

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes pattern body paint on model 2014

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes 2014 photographer Jonas Lundqvist

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes photographer Jonas Lundqvist

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes black and white pattern body paint

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes art body painting photographer Jonas Lundqvist

artist janine rewell and shoe designer minna parikka collaborated on this head-to-toe bit of body painting fabulousness for minna's 2014 scandinavian spring collection of colorful kicks. body painting was applied by the skilled hands of saara sarvas & riina laine.

photographed by jonas lundqvist, the result is a wonderland of psychedelic splendor. check out the video and see how they did it...

{via grain edit.}


Origami DIY paper basket in the office

Soffa DYI origami paper basket

Origami DIY in the office

Origami in the office

in my dreams, i am an origami master.

in my mega-dreams, i am an origami master that speaks czech.

luckily, this origami paper basket DIY actualizes both. give the crafty project a try. instructions are in both english and czech.

oh, and the measurements are in centimenters. yes, you can exercise your metric system knowledge, too.

let's fold, kittens!

{origami paper basket DIY by soffa magazine.} {via vosgesparis.}

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