Fall is in the air here in NYC. The temps have dipped to the 50s at night and the humidity is low. I love it. I feel energized. All of a sudden there aren't enough hours in the day to craft, bake and just be outside. So long oppresive summer heat and hello falling leaves, pumpkin flavored everything, apples and holidays. Of course we'll probably see another a few days of 85 plus but I'll enjoy this for now.
Cooler weather also means a return to my craft room which is much too hot and stuffy to inspire any creativity in the summer months. Several of the holiday crafting magazines are already out and two I picked up both featured paper houses for Christmas. I've made these before (check them out HERE, they are a bit cuter than I remember) but I thought to shake it up this year by making a haunted version
These pictures are terrible, the house is much cuter than it looks here.
As with the sugar plum houses I made the patern up as I went along and it is extremely crooked. Luckily that works for a haunted mansion. I got black glitter on everything. Including in my coffee across the room.
I put a fun little trim around the eaves made of crepe paper punched with a continuoous icicle punch from Martha Stewart Crafts. Again, much cuter in person. I'm still working on it and hope to find some black bottle brush trees (or make my own thanks to a suggestion from Sarah) and something to make a fence and gate from. Ooo and maybe some tomb stones . . . .
I really enjoy making paper houses and think I'll whip up a whole village of spooky abodes. Yeah Autumn.