Spring 2020: I’m an artist in Intangible – a colorful group fiber arts show in collaboration with Craft Yarn Council at Sweet Tooth Hotel in Dallas, TX. The show is open now! Please go see it if you can!
It’s that time of the year again when Treetopia celebrates its biggest scare-fest! They partnered with 12 influencers – including me! – to join their brand ambassador, Jennifer Perkins, in a very unique influencer- hop. Everyone is decorating a room in their homes with a haunted house theme featuring colored trees and foliage from Treetopia, and you have a few ways to win your very own tree! Scroll to the bottom of this post enter. #TreetopiaScaryRooms
While looking at tons of images of haunted houses, I for some reason got really inspired by a particular Alien Autopsy room and completely ran with that theme.
I had so much fun decorating my 5 foot pink tree with pink lights courtesy of Treetopia. I used little green aliens, medium-sized glow in the dark aliens, assorted green tree ornaments, and I made my own UFOs with pie tins, treat container toppers, flat back rhinestones, and really awesome stretchy mesh tubing! I love the contrast of all the green decorations with the pink tree.
A Closer Look At Our Lab
While I focused on crocheting the guest star of my Scary Room – George, the crocheted, autopsied alien – Manda helped me create the crazy laboratory around him. She started by draping everything with plastic painter’s sheeting to create that “secret pop-up laboratory” look.
Initially, my goal was to crochet a bunch of organs to suspend in jars filled with colored water, but I was really pressed for time, so Manda improvised and started digging around in the kitchen for anything and EVERYTHING to put in our jars.
Me: What’s in the blue jar?!
Manda: KALE. AND A ROCK.
We surrounded our laboratory shelf with a 10 ft. pre-lit white Christmas garland which Manda also decorated with aliens, green tree ornaments, and plastic aliens to coordinate with our tree, because who says labs can’t be festive, too?
The “I.V.” bags are actually something you can water your plants with as you set how much it “drips,” and we just hung them on a silver lamp that I almost gave away because I don’t really use it.
Other things in our jars: jumbo bubble wrap, eggs that Manda drew veins on with Sharpie, Polyfil stuffing, udon noodles, FROZEN CHICKEN BREASTS, a dried up air plant, and 1 actual crocheted organ.
We just bought a new cabinet for our living room to hide our vacuum cleaner in, but it made its debut as our mad scientist storage area including anatomical research photos and other intimidating looking tools we happen to have in our garage at the moment.
George, The Crocheted Alien Who Was Tragically Autopsied But Feels Relatively Okay About It
So, I spent a million hours crocheting this alien autopsy, but I didn’t get great photos of him because he was on my dining room table, and I couldn’t get high enough to get his whole body in the frame.
Win Your Own Halloween Tree!
Giveaway #1: Open to U.S. residents over the age of 18 only. Treetopia is hosting a treasure hunt! Find the Treetopia logo hidden in my photo above, screenshot it, and use your screenshot to enter to win at this link: http://bit.ly/TreetopiaScavengerHunt You can also take screenshots from the other bloggers in the Treetopia Scary Rooms blog-hop! It started on September 23rd and ends on October 10. There will be three winners! You can see the types of trees you might win in their terms & conditions.
Giveaway #2: Open to U.S. residents over the age of 18 only. I am also hosting my own giveaway right here on my blog. You can enter to win the same 5 foot pink tree that I used for my alien tree. It’s the perfect shade of pink and pre-lit with pink lights. I must admit, it casts a pretty eery glow at night. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. I will choose 1 winner on October 5th, and your tree will be coming from Treetopia! Good luck!! I can’t wait to see your Halloween Trees!
My crocheted freak shake is on the cover of Mollie Makes Magazine, Issue 108! The pattern available inside includes the mug, the donut, the whipped cream topping, the chocolate sauce, and the strawberry skewer.
The magazine commissioned this project from me, and of course I had to say yes! I had no idea it was going to be on the cover, though, so that was really exciting to find out when they sent me a preview of the magazine in July.
I crocheted some quick and easy bunny-shaped egg cozies for a project I’m doing with the video app TikTok, so I decided to post this pattern for free here for you guys! I don’t have exact yardage, and I don’t have step out photos, but hopefully the pattern is SO EASY that you won’t need much visual help. I hope you have a very Happy Easter! Enjoy!
Row 5: Ch 1, skip one hdc, and (3 sc) and sl st in last hdc. Break off.
With wrong side of the cookie facing you, insert hook into 2nd to last hdc of body Row 3.
Row 1: Repeat Row 4.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. 3 sc in 1st stitch. Sl st in last st and break off.
Insert hook where head and body join and work moving away from the head.
Row 1: Ch 2 and hdc in same space. Hdc in next hdc. Turn. (2 sts)
Row 2: Ch 2, and hdc in same space. Hdc in next hdc. Break off.
Repeat Rows 1-2 on the other side of the body.
Weave in all ends, making sure especially that there isn’t a big hole in the middle of the face where your magic ring was.
To work the white Icing, insert hook into crotchal area (I find this is the most logical place to hide any inconsistency), and with White, sl st evenly along the edge of the cookie. Exercise control while you sl st around. These sl sts should NOT warp the cookie in any way. If your cookie is starting to curl inward, you are sl st’ing too tightly or too far apart. You do want the sl sts to look as uniform as possible. When you go all the way around and get back to the crotchal area, I cut the yarn and just pull the tail all the way up and out of the top of the cookie and then use a tapestry needle to weave it back down to the back of the cookie to tie off and weave in the end. I think this looks more clean than breaking off the normal way, but you can figure out what works best for you, too.
To work the Smile, use Pink and sl st evenly along the spaces between Rnd 2 and Rnd 3 of the head, which form a perfect smile guide. Break off and weave ends into the back of the cookie.