Make Your Own Spooky Books

Last weekend we did a fun project.  Spooky books.  Good for Halloween, or anytime.


What you’ll need:

  • Old books
  • Paper towels
  • Small plastic Halloween paraphernalia – spiders, skeletons, etc. (Ebay)
  • Letters – either scrapbook stickers, foam letters, card stock cutouts, etc.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue N’ Seal
  • Black craft paint (can find in Walmart in the arts & crafts section for $1)
  • Metallic craft paint (can find in Walmart in the arts & crafts section for $1)
  • Paintbrushes


Step one: Hot glue everything in place on your book cover the way you want it.  For the skeleton book, I cut the wings off the bat and hot-glued them on first, then the skeleton right over that.  I also hammered thumbtacks into the corners for extra detail. I bought these toys on Ebay.

Step two: Once you get everything glued into place, spread a damp paper towel (it’s best to separate it into one-ply) over the book and glue over everything. Make sure it’s damp! It will stick much easier that way, and then you can just brush the Glue n’ Seal right over it. Don’t try to make it perfect, the creases and wrinkles are what give it that leathery look. Use a small paintbrush to really jam it into all the crevices nice and snug.

Step three: When the Glue n’ Seal dries, paint the whole thing black.  You will be distressed at this point, because your book will look super lame.  DON’T WORRY!  The next step is the best part.

Step four: Once the black paint dries, lightly brush the metallic paint over the details.  This is what really brings the book to life. I just dab a tiny bit on my fingertip and rub it in. A little goes a long way.




Yesterday I made my own incense!  A woodsy scent of Frankincense and Sandalwood.  A friend posted directions on his blog, and I followed them.  Here’s his blog entry:

These are the quantities that are suggested (once you read the blog you will understand):

2 heaping tablespoons of Sandalwood
1 heaping tablespoon of Frankincense
5 or 6 tonka beans
1 teaspoon of black pepper corns
1 heaping tablespoon of benzoin

Then add about twice that much makko.

A fun project!


Kick Ass Egg Salad

I combined and modified a couple of recipes for this.  The end result is the best egg salad I have ever had.

  1.  Place 8 eggs in a saucepan
  2. Cover eggs with cool water one inch above eggs
  3. Place lid on pan
  4. Bring to gentle boil
  5. Turn burner off
  6. Let eggs sit for 7 minutes with lid on
  7. Make bowl of ice water big enough to hold eggs
  8. Pour out hot water and place eggs in ice bath for 5 minutes
  9. Crack eggs and peel
  10. Place in large bowl
  11. Add 3 tablespoons of mayo
  12. Mash eggs and mayo with fork (make pieces as large as desired)
  13. Add pepper
  14. Add 1 teaspoon of sweet relish
  15. Add 1/2 teaspoon of onion salt (I make with 1 part onion powder and 3 parts salt)
  16. Add 5 drops of yellow mustard for every egg
  17. Mix all together
  18. Let chill for 30 minutes in refridgerator
  19. Toast bread and enjoy!

    Yields 4 sandwiches.

Lansdowne Theater

On April 15, 2016, we went to Lansdowne, PA, to shoot the abandoned Lansdowne Theater.  The Lansdowne Theater opened on June 1, 1927.   While the theater was primarily a movie house, it did host live performances on its stage.  Many people remember the famous Lansdowne Theater organ which originally accompanied silent movies and then was played nightly before shows and during special events.  The organ was removed from the theater in the late 1970s.   On July 3, 1987, during a showing of Beverly Hill Cops II, an electrical fire broke out in the basement of one of the building’s retail stores. The 100 patrons were safely evacuated from the theater, but significant damage had been done to the electrical system that serviced the auditorium. Raff and his partners continued to make repairs, but the project was never able to regain a financial footing.

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