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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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Hooray DIY banner by Hank and Hunt

kittens, i've been working on a secret project for the last week. if all goes well, i'll be able to tell you later this year. anticipation!

i'm still in the thick of it, but wanted to take a brief pause to say HOORAY for side projects. i think this DIY banner on hank and hunt and photo pretty much captures my excitement and stonefaced exhaustion.

make a hooray banner yourself to celebrate whatever strikes your fancy -- being a good friend, keeping a plant alive, a good hair day, the sky's the limit!

Party statue realness

download and print your hooray banner at hank and hunt.

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!


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.}

pussy galore

Cats and kittens on sticks

a party ain't a party until you got kitties on a stick.

join the fabulous feline fete at oh happy joy.

doggie domiciles: architecture for dogs

Papier Papillon by Shigeru Ban for a Papillon in Architecture for Dogs

japanese graphic designer, kenya hara, collaborated with a handful of acclaimed artists and designers to create architecturally awesome doghouses and structures. each design was specifically customized to particular a pooch's size, shape, and temperament.

the result - 13 stylish canine spaces. but, that's not all...each creation comes with a DIY, downloadable blueprint! yes, you can build your doggie their own architectural pad!

from ribboned cardboard sculptures to pug plywood mountains, our loyal four-legged friends definitely deserve a little structural swank.

Pointed T by NDC Haruka Misawa for a Japanese Terrier in Architecture for Dogs

{above: 'pointed T'  by hara design institute for a japanese terrier.}

Mount Pug by Kengo Kuma in Architecture for Dogs

{above: mount pug by kengo kuma.}

Mobile Home for Shiba by Toyo Ito in Architecture for Dogs

{above: mobile home for shiba by toyo ito.}

Chihuahua white cloud by Reiser and Umemoto in Architecture for Dogs

Chihuahua cloud by Reiser and Umemoto in Architecture for Dogs

{above: chihuahua cloud by reiser + umemoto.}

Kenya Hara dog ramps Architecture for Dogs

{above: for long-bodied, short-legged dogs by atelier bowwow.}

see all 13 structures (including videos of the dogs interacting with the designs) at architecturefordogs.com

{top image: papier papillon by shigeru ban for a papillon.}

Turn IKEA into I-CANDY: rainbow bookshelf

Elia Maurizi and Francesco Pepa ikea hack book shelf colored brackets

Elia Maurizi and Francesco Pepa ikea hack bookcase colored brackets

IKEA hacking. it happens and we love every moment of it. let's celebrate the miracle of turning IKEA into I-CANDY by admiring this splendid bookshelf hack by elia maurizi and francesco pepa.

using six pieces of the EKBY TRYGGVE solid wood shelf ($6.99 each), ten EKBY TÖRE brackets ($5.00 each), and some paint, they crafted this colorful, practical, and super purty shelving unit.

Ikea hack EKBY TRYGGVE and EKBY TORE book shelf latex pain

learn more about the transformation here!

{via apartment therapy.}

wine crate furniture

Modern cubby bookshelf barcelona chair

Modern cubby bookshelf crate desk

Modern cubby bookshelf crate bedframe

paint them up or keep them raw. just think of them as a step up from milk crate furniture.


{top and bottom image via blood & champagne. top and middle image - the box house in florence, italy.}

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