Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Halloween Craft Tutorial

Hey, wipe that surprised look off your face.

I do craft tutorials all the time here on Jenny Matlock.

It's a tangent thing, really. I am forever going off on a craft tangents. Don't you remember?

OK. Well maybe, technically, I don't always share my craft tangents with you because once in a great while they don't translate quite as well as I think they will from brain to execution.

BUT...

This one turned out perfectly.

It's about how to make neat spider webs on your windows using an advanced craft technique I have perfected at great personal risk.

Ready?

OK. Close your eyes and open them when I count to three...

ONE...

TWO...

Hey, no peaking!

...

THREE!!!!!

Look! Look! Isn't this cute, cute, cute!



See that spider down in the right hand corner? Isn't that sweet?

I'm going to do all the windows in the french door and put different colors of spiders in each one.

Won't that be adorable?!?

Now, I know you're ready to get the directions.

OK. Got a pencil?

No, don't be intimidated. I double-durn-guarantee you can do this craft, too.

OK. Ready? Cool.

Here's what you need.

A rock.

It's important that you get just the right size.


If it's too big it may make the whole window shatter.

If it's too small it may not crack the window.

Sigh.

OK, don't hate me for using any photo-op at my disposal.

I'm a blogger, you know?

And every opportunity, including windows broken by the lawn mower, count as fair game.

But it is kind of neat, right?

Right?

I know you'll agree with me. Mr. Jenny didn't think it was quite as cute.

Double sigh...

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40 comments:

5thsister said...

No, I bet Mr. Jenny did not. Such is life. A cracked window here and there, a stubbed toe every now and them with an occasional true crises thrown in a time or two for good measure. And sometimes, just sometimes, the spider is not truly evil or something to be feared and can make things better if you just give him a chance.

Love you!

Kat said...

Talk about making lemonade! This made me laugh out loud. At the first picture, I was scratching me head and asking "how did Jenny do that? Too cool!" Somehow I doubt Mr. Jenny is going to get behind using this "treatment" on all the windows :) Kat

Cheryl said...

As a photographer, erm yeah right, I actually knew it was broken from looking at that first shot. Great capture, by the way. I agree with Polly, you made beautiful lemonade out of what could have been a lemon had you let it get you down.

Meri Wiley said...

Hey Girlfriend,

Long time no talky. I'm so glad you've gotten into the Halloween spirit, and your decorating methods are spot on! Have you done the "don't water your yard so it looks like a dead forest," or the "keep buying hamsters that die early so you can bury them in the back yard for a neat graveyard look"? Try em' I guarantee your house will look haunted.....no, feel haunted in no time.

Love ya'
Meri

J. Kwiatkowski said...

Wow! You guys really committed to the Halloween decorating.

Terra said...

I agree your commitment to the Holiday is to be commended. The window looks amazing. I am certain the replace cost, time and hassle won't be an issue for Mr. Jenny...he just loves all that you do!

My iphone screen looked just like that window a couple weeks ago...it happened after a 1 foot fall to the concreet patio...I tried to keep using it, till I found myself digging glass out of my EAR...

Broken glass.

Bummer.

mub said...

I am almost tempted to do this so we can get new windows. I'm not so sure Martijn would like the several thousand euro craft project though ;)

June Freaking Cleaver said...

And here I was, ready to go to Hobby Lobby to buy crafting equipment!

It was like April Fool's and Halloween, all in one!

Ya got me!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL! Oh, Jenny... that is priceless, and it looks just like a craft that I can do!!! YEA! Finally! At looooooong last!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Theresa said...

OH NO, a broken window by the lawn mower... I bet Mr. Jenny was not happy! But for the sake of sharing with blogging, you MUST take a picture and do some staging:) Have a great day dear Jenny, hope you get the window fixed! HUGS!

Deb said...

I love it Jenny.....your turned lemons into lemonaide...

Silke said...

Well, way to go for looking on the bright side of things... Even if the view isn't so clear anymore... You are so funny!! Hugs, Silke

La said...

Stunning! I've seen a lot of Halloween craft tutorials, but none as creative as this.

pam said...

Funny...but there is beauty to be seen in it!

BEAR's Mom said...

This is H.Y.S.T.E.R.I.C.A.L.

you are one talented chick :)

maybe Steve will mention it on Sunday :)

~victoria~

H said...

Awwww! What a pane!!

Hope it isn't too much hassle and expense getting it all sorted. Does the insurance cover it. Mine did when the patio door shattered.

Diana said...

Well Mr. Jenny just hasn't gotten into the spirit of the holiday yet! It does make quite the fancy spider web. But I'm sorry Jenny, I don't think that I could afford this craft project! Love Di ♥

Jocelyn said...

What a crafter you are!!!!! What a great tutorial...

Joe is leaving town for 5 days...so I will be creating away!!!! :-)

Have a great day sweet friend!!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh my goodness!!!
Your poor window. But on the upside, the timing was seasonally correct. :)

One Mama said...

Oh my goodness! That's looking on the bright side! At least it isn't cold yet?

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

haha! Oh dear! Sorry Mr. Jenny! ...but your craft how-to Jenny...hilarious!!!

Blessings & Aloha!
(Oh...I sure hope I can get my next Alphabe-thursday assignment ready for this week!!!)

Willoughby said...

You had me there for a minute! I thought "what a cool technique"! Now that I know what it is, it's not so cool! I'm cringing to think what it will cost to repair.

Jeanie said...

Very cute and creative. Pricey, but cut and creative.

Aging Mommy said...

I think it looks just perfect for Halloween but might get a bit hazardous if you try and actually open the door, not to mention drafty :-)

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ouchieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Cheryl D. said...

Wow! This craft is so easy to do. Even I could do it!

I have to get right to work on it!

I'll teach it to my daughter too. I think she'll get into this craft.

Pixie said...

Great giggle as always hun! And yes do be careful....wouldn't want that awesome free halloweeny treated pane of glass to get you!

Wanda..... said...

Jenny! Talk about being resourceful and clever, your brain is always working, isn't it!

Jessica B said...

LOL! I was reading along and thinking that was a really cool web! We work with what we have, right??

Jo said...

Shame on Mr. Jenny for not loving this "so easy to make that a 6 year old could do it craft" ... Why I bet Mr. Jenny wouldn't mind at all if you decorated all of the windows ... as long as there were lots of colourful spiders .... okay, i will stop my silliness here ... and say wow, you had me going ... i thought it was an amazing craft until i found out how it was made ... i think i will pass on this one hon ...

RockiBottom said...

Hey, I thought it was clever and funny!
I was expecting it to be a hot glue spider web or something, but nope... you blew me away. LOL

Cassie said...

Well, that's just loverly! Tell Mr. Jenny that at least it wasn't a rock thrown from a snow blower (been there, done that)....which would mean you live someplace cccccold!!

Tina said...

Snork. THAT was hysterical. You had me going. I though, WOW! She made it look broken! How did she DO that? Good one, Ms. Jenny.

Brenda said...

Oh man, who was on the lawn mower? Great aim!

MommaHensCoop said...

oh my goodness! Though the whole post I was thinking,"wow, how did she make those cracks look SOO realistic?!"

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So have you convinced Mr Jenny to wait until AFTER Halloween to replace said 'crafted' window?

Sue said...

You always go a little beyond what's expected, Jenny, which is the mark of a true artist.

Your technique should be held up as performance art of the highest caliber.

Ii am currently searching for a rock big enough to create the same effect on my new (double-paned and triple thick) windows.

Or maybe a boulder...

;)

tsonodablog said...

My first visit to your site, and Love it, Love it, Love it. The craft tutorial was priceless. You had me going there.
I'm thinking of joining your Saturday Centus, as I love to write short stories, but I honestly do not understand the whole "linky" process yet. I will study-up, though, and hope to join in next week.
Love your Blog. Keep 'em coming!
Terri

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I was so excited. I thought, "if Jenny can do this...I can"! Yes, I could...but I want to make it to anniversary number 36.

Amy said...

Awesome! Keith saw it, and has been begging for a spider ever since. Silly boy of mine. Love your spider, by the way.