Itching to Start Stitching?

With the Urban Self Reliance workshops in full swing, it’s easy to pick up sewing skills at many Seattle Public Library branches during the month of October. For instance, SewUpSeattle leads a ‘Costume Repair and Swap’ at the Ballard branch Monday, October 29 at 5pm and Capitol Hill branch on Saturday, October 20 at 1:30pm. Bring a costume — or costume-worthy clothing — to remake, repair or simply trade in. It’s a spook-tacular occasion to scare up a new Halloween costume. Continue reading “Itching to Start Stitching?”

Halloween for Grown Ups


I am one of those people who just loves to decorate my home with each new holiday and season.  Because of this, Autumn has become my favorite season of all –the changing leaves, colorful pumpkins, and plethora of holidays throughout is just too much for me to resist.  In order to get myself properly decorated for the upcoming months, I turned to our trusty library catalog to find some helpful books.  Naturally, I started with the nearest approaching holiday: Halloween.  My search was “Halloween decorations.”  My results were abundant.  Here were some of my personal favorites:

pumpkin chicPumpkin chic : decorating with pumpkins and gourds by Andrew McCaul, Lauren Hunter and Mary Caldwell.

Beautiful and sophisticated ways to decorate your home during the Fall season after a trip to the pumpkin patch.

  halloweengrownHalloween : a grown-up’s guide to creative costumes, devilish decor & fabulous festivities  by Joanne O’Sullivan.

More costumes and masks than decorations – – but they are all for adults, and they are all easy to make. I know I always have trouble coming up with a costume, so this book will help!


Extreme pumpkins : diabolical do-it-yourself designs to amuse your friends and scare your neighbors by Tom Nardone.

This book has amazing, fun and definitely creepy pumpkin-carving designs to impress your friends and neighbors!

Halloween : the best of Martha Stewart living by the editors of Martha Stewart living.

It’s Martha Stewart, the queen of decorating – need I say more?!

                     Happy decorating!

                                                              ~Samantha W.

Halloween Costumes – DIY

If you’re anything like me, and studies show you are, Halloween has already got you in a tizzy. The big question is how to outdo your friends and families with an amazing, clever and altogether unforgettable Halloween costume.

As we all know, the best Halloween costumes are DIY (Do-it-Yourself) through and through. The venerable CityRag Blog has a great slide show of hilarious and unique DIY Halloween costumes:

If you are just looking for a good laugh you might want to check out Retro Crush for pictures of vintage costumes they proclaim are the “worst Halloween costumes of all time”.

While most of these costumes defy explanation, my personal favorite has to be Continue reading “Halloween Costumes – DIY”