Do It Yourself: Halloween Wreath

by tatiana on October 15, 2012

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Over the last year or so, I started the loose tradition of creating a seasonal wreath to hang on my front door. I say “loose” tradition because up until yesterday, the wreath I made for Fall of 2011 was still up. But, who cares! Now a cute Halloween wreath hangs in its place. Here’s how I made it.

Hot Glue
Elmer’s Glue (or a Glue Stick)
Foam Wreath
Chunky Black Yarn
3 Kinds of Fabric
Tulle (I used black and white)

Step 1: Tightly wrap your chunky black yarn around the foam wreath. If you have thinner yarn (like a worsted weight) that’ll work just fine, but it will take longer. Every three inches or so I would place some hot glue on the foam (in the back — I’d advise against glue or strings visible in the front) to secure the placement of the yarn. The foam can be slippery — we don’t want to leave any gaps.

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Step 2: Locate some cardboard. I made frozen pizza for dinner that night and decided that the circular cardboard that lives under the pizza would be perfect. Proceed with drawing an easy bat shape on a piece of paper. Cut it out and trace that onto your cardboard. Make three.

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Step 3:  Grab your three different fabrics and using very little Elmer’s Glue or a Glue Stick, place the fabric onto your cardboard bats. Let the glue dry. Then make cuts around the fabric to make folding over and hot gluing your fabric a little easier… we want to make sure we’re able to see the shape of the bat.

Step 4: Make bows out of your tulle (sorry I forgot to take photos of this step!). I did this by folding my yard or so of tulle twice, then cutting a strip about 6 inches wide, cutting the folds on the ends and then tying the middle once.

Step 5: Hot glue the bows to the back of the bats. I have two solid color bats and one in a bone print fabric. I used white for the two solid colored bats and black for the print.

Step 6: Hot glue the bats to your wreath. You can place them anywhere you’d like, but I liked the way they looked at the bottom of the wreath.

Step 7: Tie a small piece of yarn in a knot and hot glue it to the back of your wreath at the top.

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Step 8: Hang your wreath and wait for compliments from your neighbors!


DIY Veruca Salt Costume

by tatiana on November 6, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I had a hard time coming up with a costume idea this year. I had 3 ideas that I was debating between for a few months and found all of the items I needed for what I thought was the best costume, and then just a week before Halloween I completely scratched that idea and went with Veruca Salt. And I’m happy I did.

“Don’t care how, I want it NOW!”

I like treating Halloween as a time to pay homage to people, characters or icons I admire. Here are some of the costumes I’ve made over the last four years:

From left to right: Courtney Love, Virgin Guadalupe, Feminist Uncle Sam, Hello Kitty [click to continue…]


Links of the Week – March 18 & 25, 2011

by tatiana on March 25, 2011

NSYNC in their memorable Disney Channel concert performance. Check out the pants. Whatever happened to JNCO jeans?

Happy Friday, folks. I hope you’re not like me and have that horrid song by Rebecca Black stuck in your head. I’m sure you know the one. I’m sad that it’s the song I now associate with Friday instead of NSYNC’s “Just Got Paid” (Friday ni-eet). Oh well.

Moving along, I didn’t get to posting my links from last week, so this week is a double-decker-dose of linky goodness. Hope you’re hungry for some KNOWLEDGE (and a little nonsense):

That’s all folks. Have a lovely weekend, and don’t forget that tomorrow is Saturday. We so excited. (I promise, that’ll be my last reference to that song, ever).


Viktor & Rolf vs. Bath & Body Works

by tatiana on December 30, 2010

Over at Casa Jimenez, my family decided that since my sister will be getting married in 2011, we should cut back on spending at Christmas. There are 6 people in my family, so things can get a little pricey. We decided that it would be best to pull names from a hat this year.

Then, I think we all independently decided to STILL buy things for the other family members whose names we did not pull, by calling it a “stocking stuffer”. So I bought a bunch of cool stuff from Japantown (my new favorite SF neighborhood) for my mom and sisters and got my Dad a Starbucks gift card… because, really, what is my Dad gonna do with a Hello Kitty change purse, or cute facial tissues? Anyway, my mom, being the straightforward woman she is, just sent me an email asking me what I wanted from “SantaMom.” I made a pretty comprehensive list which included things I will not buy myself, one item in particular being:

Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf, which retails for around $125 at Walgreens

So, because my Mom is totally awesome and my bargain shopping guru, she did not buy me Flowerbomb but INSTEAD bought me this bad boy:

Black Amethyst by Bath & Body Works, retails around $15

When I pulled it out of my stocking, I was like… what is this? But then I smelled it… and to my surprise it smelled ALOT like Flowerbomb. How did she do it? “How did you do this!?” I asked my Mom. And she responded “I just picked the fragrance at Bath & Body Works that smelled the stuffiest.” Despite the slight jab at my preference in fragrance, she did a really great job. We laughed, I sprayed the Black Amethyst and shook my head in half amazement, half embarrassment. It was a pretty great Christmas.


Holiday Shipping Deadlines

by tatiana on December 15, 2010

Just a quick reminder that if you’re still thinking of snagging some goodies from Babushka Designs for your loved ones this holiday season, act fast! Shipping deadlines for domestic orders are this Saturday, December 18th. Happy shopping!


"Does Pandora have a Hanukkah station?"

by tatiana on December 2, 2010

Happy Thursday, and happy Hanukkah, everyone! Last night I was invited to a hanukkah dinner (my first!) and it was great. We had beet & carrot latkes (or, beet-kes, as someone aptly dubbed them), challah, potato soup, and fun Hanukkah-themed cookies. The highlight was hearing the origins of the holiday.

I couldn’t help but take a picture of the pretty decorations Kate made. They’re really easy to make. I think black, gold and white would be an awesome combo for my room.


Gonna take 'er down to Thunder Road

by tatiana on November 26, 2010

This year I spent Thanksgiving day at the mister’s family’s house about 2 hours outside of San Francisco. Everything was great… and I opted to take a photo in their 1957 Thunderbird. If I look nervous, it’s because I was. I was sitting in an antique! Ugh. It was a beauty.


DIY Hello Kitty Halloween Costume

by tatiana on November 2, 2010

This DIY costume is a little more Sandra Lee than Martha Stewart in that it’s semi-homemade. I’ve been a little obsessed with Hello Kitty lately… wait… LIES… I’ve been obsessed with Hello Kitty ever since the day my mom pushed my stroller into the Sanrio store at the Montebello Mall in the 1980s. Recently I’ve embraced my obsession, in what some would call a semi-obnoxious way. Halloween definitely gave me an excuse to exploit my love for this timeless icon. [click to continue…]


Spotlight: Makeup Artist Arianna Jimenez

by tatiana on October 30, 2010

Halloween is in full swing, and really, what would Halloween be without make-up? I thought I’d shine a little spotlight on my super talented little sister, Arianna Jimenez who blogs about her work over at Stilettos and Eyeliner. (Update: She is now blogging over at A+K Photography!)

Her makeup looks are spooky, nostalgic, fantastical, but always beautiful. Check out her blog for the neat new makeup looks she has a-brewin’. Yay!