Halloween comes eerily early to The Art of Doing Stuff.

Tis the season at last.  Everywhere you look, there are snowflakes,  Christmas ornaments, and little children bounding down store aisles picking out stockings, candy canes and mugs with Santa on them for hot cocoa.

Somewhere under the store shelves, in amongst the dust bunnies and broken shards of glass you might find a dirty old Halloween costume with a piece of gum stuck to it.

The minute you can’t find any Halloween stuff in stores you know, that Halloween must be just a month and a half away!

Stores really know how to wreck the natural high you get from getting ready for the holidays.  How am I supposed to get excited about shopping for Halloween when all evidence of it is gone by September 1st?

So it was with great embarrassment I bring you this Halloween post.

I wanted to feature all the things that my sponsors have that are in any way Halloween related because if I left mentioning them until my October sponsor post, you wouldn’t have time to order stuff and get it delivered by Halloween.

So at least I have a valid reason behind my early holiday hurrah.

I’m sure the stores do too, but I don’t know what they are, so I will simply continue to think they’re assheads and stupid.

I’m going to start off with the scariest of stories. I won’t get into the guts of it, but in a nushell, several weeks ago, on a night with a howling wind, I witnessed a death. Of almost all the photos on my blog.


Seriously. Thousands of photos gone. GONE. It wasn’t a little issue either. It was a big one.

You wanna know who got my photos back? You wanna know who had to create an entire plan on a whiteboard, to save my photos, my posts and my comments when no one else could?


How did they get my photos back when no one else could?

Because they’re like me. If they don’t know, they’ll figure it out.


Download this Phrenological Chart from Disposable Art Shop.

Print it and frame it for the Halloween season.




 Yeah.  These are good for ANY season and any holiday.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these boots from LAB consignment.

They are kickass, badass and a class act all in one.


 Need to get the Halloween makeup off?

Use FACEatleier’s makeup remover, MELT from Ellenoire.



 Here is what I would do with these downloadable silhouette prints from Art & Jelly Printables.

I’d print them in black and white, then I would glue a dolls eye on each of them where they eye would be.





My sister and my mother always have a candy jar out.

There are kids in the family.

Kids pick their noses.

I don’t want to eat candy after a nose picker has pawed through them.

Put Halloween candy like, candy corn in one of these eerily green mason jars with a pourable spout from reCAP.

Everyone, (nose pickers included) can just pour the candy into their hands.



I’m pretty angry I didn’t grow this  Black Futzu pumpkin from Cubits this year. It’s so unique and beautiful.

Perfect for Halloween decorating, then eating later.

I KNEW about it and WANTED to plant it but I completely forgot about it.

I am going to order this pumpkin seed immediately so I have the seed ready to go next spring.



 I’ve always lived by the notion that Halloween decorating doesn’t have to be kitchy.

It can be eerily and darkly beautiful.

Like these tiles from Cement Tile Shop.




Tea towel with skull from Diamond Dust Studio.

What is there to say?



 I’m not sure how to relate this fantastic beeswax Board Butter

from Cattails to Halloween, but if you can feel free to let me know.





Looking for a quick, easy Halloween costume?

Pick  up this natural linen waiter’s apron from Rough Linen.

If you like the whole slutty aspect of Halloween costumes, pair it with nothing else.





Speaking of Halloween costumes if you wanted to look great, you could just dress up like Daniela from Curious Citizen.

She honestly has one of the most undervalued blogs out there.  GREAT writer.


Again, this kit for making a Wool Fox from Craft de Ville probably isn’t very Halloweeny.

But if you ordered it now, you could get it made by Christmas!

Which as well all know, according to the stores … is just  a moment away.

Know what else is just a moment away?

The weekend.

Have a good one.


W A I T!!!!!!!

I have something Etsy related for you!  Etsy has now gotten quite brilliant.  They’re having Etsy fairs around the country.  This Saturday it’s the ETSY: Made in Canada event.

Click HERE to find an Etsy pop up market this weekend near you!

And here’s a fantastic video from Etsy highlighting some of the great Canadian makers.


  1. Stephanie Hobson says:

    Please, pretty please, tell me you’re going to hang the chicken bone wreath on the girls’ door!!! I know they’ll love it.

  2. caryl hodgdon says:

    Have you seen the squash called the lunch lady???Green and warty!!

  3. Tigersmom says:

    You could use the board butter to renew the handle on your witches broom.

    And those aren’t foxes! They are Hallo-weiner dogs that have been scared tall.

  4. Su says:

    Love the boots…. and are there Etsy pop ups in the US??

  5. Heather says:

    Love, love, LOVE the waiter’s apron. Problem is everything hits my boobs on the way down to my lap. Half aprons are useless for cooking. 🙁

  6. Janet says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for Halloween! I just got back from an extended trip and headed out to see what was new for Halloween (my favorite holiday) this year and was horrified to see Christmas had taken over. I love Christmas, but it’s just tooooooooo early.

  7. Patti H says:

    When I worked in retail many years ago, I told the store manager that I refused to put up Christmas displays before Halloween. He won but I slowed the process to doing a few things each week instead of the big shabang all at once.

    Thank you for showing the caps for Mason jars. So much better in the long run than the Pinterest hack using an empty OJ or milk carton spout. I just ordered several lids from reCAP.

  8. Sandra says:

    I totally get what you are saying about the whole decorations gone by September 1 thing. Frustrates the stuffing out of me when summer hasn’t even ended and Santa is already pushing his agenda on us. Admittedly I have enough Halloween decorations to adorn three homes, but one always needs the option of purchasing more should she find, say, a handsome wooden candycorn man with long wiry arms and legs holding a baby candycorn in a bucket. Now that’s just priceless and Lord knows it won’t be around tomorrow, so yeah, buy that fella because chances are next time you go shopping there will be reindeer where that fella once stood.

  9. Kat says:

    OMG are you not making anything cool for Halloween this year? Every year I wait to see what project you make for Halloween. I will hyperventilate if you do not. I might even cry. P.S. the link that says “Read the Full Article” in my last 2 emails wasn’t working I had to go up to the Heading link and go to your homepage to get here. It might have been chrome but I am not sure.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Kat! I’ve checked my recent emails and the links are working fine so it might be a Chrome glitch. Sometimes those things just go away. ~ karen!

      • Pam'a says:

        ‘Don’t think it’s a Chrome glitch, because I run Chrome and haven’t experienced it. Chalk it up to the HALLOWEEN GHOST in your machine!

  10. Nur Costa says:

    Loved the post Karen!

    And specially, the skull tea towel!

    Well, I just LOVE skulls 🙂 I think that maybe because since I was a little girl I loved horror stories. And books.
    That’s the only thing I have in common with my mom, actually.

    Thanks for sharing this. Brought back some nice memories…
    Much love from Barcelona!!

    pd: again, loving the vertical photos.

  11. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Love it all..and I am going to make a fox..

  12. Stephanie says:

    I want to make a fox too – the Craft de Ville website says we (The Art of Doing Stuff readers) can get 10% with the coupon ARTDEVILLE until October 31 (on our first purchase), BUT – it doesn’t work! :'( It says it has expired or is invalid…

    Karen, would you mind checking with them and seein what’s up? Thanks!

    Hi to Cuddles and Cheez Whiz and the gang!

    • Stacy says:

      Hi Stephanie! I am Stacy of Craft De Ville. I am SO sorry about the coupon code! There was a setting error on the back end of my website… :/ eek! I have fixed it!

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  14. Dagmar says:

    Hi Kat, you know the problem that you describe about not getting the full article when you receive your email from the Art of Doing Stuff. For about the last 6 months or so I get a message in my inbox that says ” -cause it ain’t that hard. Any of it. Is this email not displaying” I am aware that this is a phrase that I have seen on Karen’s blog on every occasion, so I just open it, and then I get the post once I open that. It never used to do that before-but technology changes so quickly that who knows why this happens, so long as I still get my daily dose of Karen. Have a good week-end everyone…Dagmar

  15. Mel says:

    Thank you for letting us know about the Etsy Market! I love Etsy, and today my husband and I and my toddler went to Toronto and bought some lovely wares from some amazing artists. I got some Christmas gifts bought, some weren’t even for myself.

    • Karen says:

      That’s fun! You’re doing better than me with Christmas shopping. I tried today but just ended up buying $180 for myself! ~ karen

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