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12 Garlands for the Whole Year

Be ready for every holiday and season with these 12 Garlands for the Whole Year. From New Year’s Day decor to garlands you can have up from fall through the winter, these seasonal decorations are great for beginning crafters and decorators!

12 Garlands for the Whole Year

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January

january

February

february

March

march

April

april

May

may

June

june

July

july

August
This garland is made of pool noodles! What a fun idea! Dress up your pool party with this fun, waterproof decoration!

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September
Dried apples make a festive garland you could use all the way through the fall and winter. Use it on your Thanksgiving table, too for a festive touch.

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October

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November

november

December
This one doesn’t have a tutorial, but it’s pretty easy to figure out! Some fake snow, some little fake trees, and a garland of plastic lights and you’re set to go!

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17 Fun Facts about Disney Pixar’s Coco

If you haven’t seen it by now, I highly suggest you find the time to check out Disney Pixar’s newest masterpiece, Coco. A story about life, love, death and everything in between, this heartwarming movie stars an all-Latino cast…and is absolutely STUNNING to see in theaters!

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Coco recently won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Movie (duh) and I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes home at least a couple Academy Awards as well. If you’ve already seen Coco or are interested in learning a little bit more about how this movie came to be, here are 17 fun facts that may surprise you!

17 Fun Facts about Disney Pixar’s Coco

Marigolds play a huge role in Dia de Los Muertos, helping to guide spirits home to their loved ones. Therefore, marigolds are the only living plants in The Land of the Dead.

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Dante’s breed is Xoloitzcuintli, which is the national dog of Mexico.

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When you see anyone playing the guitar in Coco, they are actually playing the correct notes. Animators studied videos of musicians to make the guitar playing as authentic as possible.

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There were 500 individual pieces of clothing created for background characters.

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The cleft that appears in Ernesto’s chin when he is alive also appears in his chin when he is dead. His bones are so pristine because he’s so well-remembered by family and friends.

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The director of Coco (Lee Unkrich) also directed Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 3.

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In totality, the film took 7 years to make.

To stay true to the story, Coco features an all-Latino cast, including Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia, Bernal, Edward James Olmos, and Gabriel Iglesias.

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Coco marks Anthony Gonzalez’s (Miguel) first film. He was also 12 (just like Miguel) when recording his lines and has previously made TV appearances on Criminal Minds and Beyond Borders.

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Unkrich’s son was actually responsible for creating the design on Ernesto de la Cruz’s guitar.

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In true Pixar form, there are several Easter eggs in this movie, including an appearance by the Pizza Planet truck, Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. piñatas, and a poster for The Incredibles.

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Just like his character, Anthony Gonzalez loves to sing. Every time he sang for the film, it reminded him of his grandpa, who passed away when Gonzalez was 6 years old.

Edward James Olmos accepted his part in the movie without even reading the script. The director pitched him the idea – that if you don’t tell the stories of your loved ones, they cease to exist – and Olmos signed on immediately.

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Coco opened in Mexico almost four weeks before it opened in the US. It quickly surpassed The Avengers (2012) as the country’s highest-grossing film.

The Land of the Dead is inspired by the Mexican city of Guanajuato, which is known for its colorful houses that almost looked stacked.

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The orchestra conductor for Ernesto’s musical show, “Sunrise Spectacular”, is a caricature of the film’s composer, Michael Giacchino.

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Despite the film’s predominately Latino cast, John Ratzenberger continues his streak of appearing in every one of the studio’s feature films. In Coco, Ratzenberger plays a ghost named Juan Ortodoncia. He is allowed to cross over to the land of the living because his dentist remembers him.

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October 31, 2017 · 9:48 am

7 Day of the Dead Crafts

YOU GUYS…have you seen this preview for Pixar’s new film, Coco?

DOESN’T THIS LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING?

Besides the fact that I love almost everything that Pixar does, I cannot wait to see their interpretation of this Dia de los Muertos story.  The color palette alone is reason enough to check this film out, but I have a feeling the music, the plot, and the overall message about death and remembrance will help this film go down in Pixar history as one of the greats…fingers crossed, at least!

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I’ve always been fascinated with the sugar skulls and other decorations that make Dia de los Muertos one of the most ironically colorful holidays in existence…and if you want to add a little color to your Halloween décor this year, be sure to check out these 7 sugar skull-inspired Day of the Dead Crafts!

7 Day of the Dead Crafts

Felt Day of the Dead Doll

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Day of the Dead Garland

day of the dead garland

Sugar Skull Perler Beads

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Sugar Skull Painted Rocks

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Day of the Dead Planters

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Day of the Dead Lollipop Wrappers

day of the dead lollipop wrappers

DIY Painted Skull

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23 Fun Facts About Horror Movies

Well, we’re about 12 days from Halloween…time to line up those scary Halloween classics and indulge in some monster movie marathons!

Now, I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a total wuss when it comes to scary movies.  My Halloween movie line-up usually consists of five movies:

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Then probably Beetlejuice again…Yeah…I’m daring.

But recently I’ve had a bigger appreciation for the horror genre.  I still hate gore and blood, but I love a good psychological thriller or ghost story…

So here are a few fun facts about some classic (and not so classic) horror movies!  For more fun facts about Beetlejuice or Hocus Pocus, you can check out these posts:

Fun Facts about Beetlejuice

Fun Facts about Hocus Pocus

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23 Fun Facts About Horror Movies

In the 9 MINUTES of screen time Max Schreck has as Count Orlock in the classic, Nosferatu (1922), he only blinks one time.

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The Exorcist was the first horror film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.  It actually earned 10 Oscar nominations, including one for Best Supporting Actress for Linda Blair, who was just 15 at the time.

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Popular British actor David Warner was actually the first choice to play Freddy Krueger.

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Psycho (the original) was actually the first American film to feature a toilet.  It’s also the first film in which we hear a toilet being flushed.

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Stephen King was actually not a fan of Kubrick’s The Shining, and actually didn’t like the casting of Jack Nicholson, either.  SCANDAL.

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To better entice Fay Wray into staring in King Kong (1933), he told her, “You’re going to have the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood.”  She was hoping for Cary Grant, which is why she said yes.

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Serial Killer Ed Gein was the inspiration behind Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  Among the items discovered in his Wisconsin farm were four noses, nine masks made of human skin, numerous heads, lampshades and bowls made of skin, lips and a belt made of nipples.

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Paranormal Activity is the most profitable film of all time.  It cost $15,000 to make and grossed $193 million worldwide.

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In 1909, Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto claimed that one of his family’s servants placed a voodoo curse on his childhood toy, Robert the Doll.  He would knock over furniture and conduct conversations with Otto.  This true story was the inspiration behind the film, Child’s Play.

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The name of the demon in The Exorcist is Pazuzu.  It’s never mentioned in the film, but it’s taken from the name of the king of the demons in Assyrian and Babylonian mythology.

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Sissy Spacek was adamant that her own hand appear in Carrie’s final scene.  She was buried in the ground to film the iconic scene.

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The Blair Witch Project was filmed in only 8 days.

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The skeletons in Poltergeist are real human skeletons.

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Tony Todd had a mouth full of REAL BEES in Candyman.  The only thing preventing him from swallowing the bees was a mouth guard…and the only thing preventing them from stinging him was seriously calm nerves.

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The color red is present in almost every shot of The Shining.

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Crewmembers were so creeped out by Tim Curry’s performance in It that most people avoided him during filming.

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To make the tension between the actors authentic on The Blair Witch Project, the directors gave them less and less food each day.  This would NOT be okay with me!

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Michael Myers’ mask in Halloween is actually a William Shatner mask modified and painted.

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The writer of The Mummy (1932) was present for the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

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The 20-second transformation scene in The Wolf Man (1941) took 10 hours to film.

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Pennywise’s hair in It was Tim Curry’s real hair.

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Bosco Chocolate Syrup was used as blood in Night of the Living Dead.

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The director of The Exorcist, William Friedkin, would have the prop man occasionally shoot shotgun blanks into the air to surprise the actors and get a more authentic reaction.

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Adorable Little Crocheted Pumpkins

It’s FINALLY fall in Chicago!

For a few days there, Chicago was experiencing weird 80 degree fall days and I was having NONE OF IT.  BRING ON THE SWEATER WEATHER!

To help cozy up my house for cool weather, I decided to make a couple of these adorable little crocheted pumpkins.  Aren’t they the cutest?!

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This pattern is very forgiving and you can make a whole series of pumpkins smaller and bigger than this by stopping or continuing your increase rows.

You can find this pattern at 5littlemonsters.com.  I made two of the “large” pumpkins, but there’s also a pattern for a pumpkin about half the size of these.

You can also add a little face for a fun jack-o-lantern or just leave them as is to decorate your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving!  I think I might even make some pumpkins in a series of fall colors to help cozy up the living room!

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16 Book-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

Dress up like your favorite book characters with this collection of book-inspired Halloween costumes! From Dr. Seuss to your favorite kid-inspired costumes, these ideas can often be made with items you have in your closet already!

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16 Book-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

Amelia Bedelia

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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Corduroy

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Charlotte’s Web

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The Giving Tree

giving tree

Goodnight, Moon

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Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Caps for Sale!

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I Spy!

ispy

James and the Giant Peach

james and the giant peach

Matilda

matilda

Max from Where the Wild Things Are
(I’ve actually done this costume before and it’s SUUUPER comfy!)

max

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

mouse a cookie

Green Eggs and Ham

sam i am

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

three bears

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

whimy kid

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