Thursday, September 18, 2014

7 Halloween Decor Ideas!

I know, I keep saying I'm going to do a blog post on this, because I made most of these about a week ago, but I just haven't had time. If you don't believe me, I actually didn't have time. Okay?
There were supposed to be some creepy Halloween ideas and some cute ones, but I couldn't think of any more cute ones, so they're mostly creepy.

Halloween Themed Shams
If you don't know what a sham is, it's a fancy pillow for when you make your bed (and you don't sleep on it). These fancy pillows have removable pillowcases. I was planning on making throw pillows, but why not use shams since the pillows are already pre-made and pre-stuffed?
For the blue pillow, I took some Halloween patterened fabric that I happened to have on hand, and basically replicated the white sham pillowcase I had on it before. I don't think you need me to explain it.
For the second pillowcase, I replicated the pillowcase it previously had. I did the folded over back. The previous pillowcase was too big, and I guess I didn't make mine small enough, so it's a little loose at the bottom and top. It's hard to tell, but the fabric has leaves on it and is dotted/ombre orange. It's the perfect universal fall fabric!

Random Blankets
If you have any fall-themed blankets, you can either frame them and hang it up, fold them and put it on your bed like I did (shown above), or hang them on something. I decided to fold mine because I felt like I needed some color on the front side of the bed.

Scattered Stuffed Animals
I know, it seems a little juvenile. But I thought it added a cute childish touch to my room. Also, I have a lot of old Halloween stufffed animals and I needed somewhere to display them. So, I scattered them randomly around my room.

Jar of Eyeballs
All I did was paint some balls white (for some of them, I used white Model Magic so I didn't even have to paint them white), then paint a blue circle on them (I picked blue because that's the universal Halloween eyeball color), then paint the pupil as a smaller black circle on top, and then paint the red veins. Then, I threw them in an old pickle jar and arranged it with a spooky-looking beaker and some candles (I turned the labels so you can't see them).

Specimen Jar
All you really have to do is find a jar, and find something spooky-looking to put in it, then make the water murky and red (dirty and bloody). To do this, I added some red food coloring, and add some instant coffee to make it brown/murky. For my specimen, I used a clump of pillow stuffing (I got it at a fabric store a few years ago, it was just what I had lying around) and submerged it into water. I got the white stuff on top by adding some acrylic paint. It's up to you to guess what's in there! I was thinking something along the lines of brains. I used an old jam jar, but mason jars will also work beautifully.

Hanging Spiders
To make these hanging spiders, I took a pom-pom and glued on the bent legs made of pipe cleaners. I waited for it to dry, then threaded friendship bracelet string through a sewing needle (which was no easy feat, I assure you! I ended up splitting the mini strings inside the string, wetting it, and then threading each half through). I tied a triple-knot at the bottom, and pulled through. I taped the top of the string to my ceiling next to my ceiling light.

Store-Bought Decorations
We can all be lazy. I know I'm lazy. I was particularly lazy last year, when I bought these bat lights. I got them for $15 at CVS (they have them this year too, I checked). I know, it's a rip off, but clearly I didn't realize that then. Anyway, you can always just buy decorations. Nobody will think any less of you for buying Halloween decorations. You can get plastic skeletons with incorrect/simplified bone structure (we learned about that in science last year), smaller plastic spiders, gourds and pumpkins, you name it. You can buy lots of stuff you can't make (and vise versa). So I sugguest you do a combination of buying and DIYing.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Real Life Conditional Statements

Sounds boring, I'm aware of that. It's basically applying math to English. We're doing this thing in math where you turn a conditional statement (a-->b form, a being the hypothesis and b being the conclusion) into another kind of statement. For example, the converse is b-->a form, the inverse is ~a-->~b form (~ meaning "negative" or "the opposite of"), and the contrapositive is ~b-->~a.
Now that's basically all you need to know, you can just skip the part in italics if you don't care. It's just more info to help you better understand this math thing. All you really need to know is that I used a math technique to make modern references.
The conditional of a given statement has the same meaning as the contrapositive.
The converse of a given statement has the same meaning as the inverse.
These are usually in "if-then" format, or you can use "disguises" to make them look different but mean the same thing. A biconditional statement is in "if and only if" form and combines all 4 forms.
Now that you know all those useless math words, I'll tell you some modern examples of how you can use this, because I came up with a few that I thought were pretty funny.
  • You erase if and only if you made a mistake. (biconditional)
    • If you make a mistake, then you erase. (converse/conditional)
    • If you erase, you made a mistake. (converse/conditional)
    • You erase every time you make a mistake. (converse/conditional)
    • You erase only if you make a mistake. (converse/conditional)
  • You take a selfie if and only if your hair looks good. (biconditional)
    • If you take a selfie, then your hair looks good. (converse/conditional)
    • If your hair looks good, then you take a selfie. (converse/conditional)
    • If your hair looks bad, then you don't take a selfie. (inverse/contrapositive)
  • You eat chicken pot pie only if you're not a vegetarian. (conditional)
    • If you eat chicken pot pie, then you're not a vegetarian. (same meaning)
    • If you're a vegetarian, then you don't eat chicken pot pie. (contrapositive)
  • If you like cats, then you are cool. (conditional)
    • If you are cool, then you like cats. (converse)
    • You are cool only if you like cats. (conditional)
  • If you use the word "rager," then you have Yik Yak. (conditional)
  • If you don't do summer reading, then you are lazy. (conditional)
  • If you don't eat doughnuts, then you will be skinny. (conditional)
  • If William and Kate have another baby, then they have a nanny or ten. (conditional)