My Creativitis

The Rantings of a Crazed Woman with Chronic Creativitis

Oct 16

More free patterns for the Halloween Chess Set pieces!  This post focuses on the Bishops, Knights, and Queen for the orange side of the Chess Set, which I first posted back in August.

Draculas, Ghosts, and the She-devil Queen

Below are the links for the patterns and the instructions, which are all in pdf format.  As I mentioned in the past two posts, the patterns need to be printed the correct size.  I’ve found that the best way to accomplish this, as far as I know at this point, is to right click on the pattern links.  Then click “save link as. ”   Select where you want to save it and rename it if you wish. After you’ve saved it, you have to go find it,  open it, and print it. When you print, be sure to set your “page scaling” to “none.”  If you don’t do that, your patterns could very likely end up the wrong size, which could make your characters look a bit odd. To check your sizing, measure the width of Dracula’s cape on the printed pattern.  It should be five inches across.

 

Patterns:

Ghost, Dracula, She-devil

 

Instructions:

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Ghost

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Dracula

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for She-devil

 

 

Ghostly Knights

These ghosts are very easy and basic!  I glued them towards the back of their stands to make room in the front for the arms. That way, the piece doesn’t take up too much room on the chess board, which, incidentally, has to be a bit larger than normal – if you hadn’t noticed.  Making your own chessboard might be something to consider at some point, also.  If there is enough demand, I’ll come up with some patterns for that as well.

 

Bishop Dracula

Notice the position of the collar.  Gluing that in place is a bit tricky, but it’s so worth it!  The hair piece is fun.  If it doesn’t line up quite right, trim it very carefully, little snippets at a time, until it’s just right.

 

She-devil Queen

She-devil backview

She-devil, the Queen

Hopefully these pictures are helpful.  Notice the space between the horns and the ears.  It’s kind of hard to tell with all that hair, but I think when you get down to making it, you’ll figure it out. Have fun with it!

 

Only three critters to go!

 

 

 

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Aug 20

 

My family has a passion for doing crazy things,

Which brings me to the reason for making Queens and Kings.

The Green Team

My Mom was born on Halloween, her name, it means ‘bewitched’

Which worked out really well when my mom and dad got hitched.

For Dad, you see, loves Halloween and can dress-up fit to kill

And visit certain neighbors and give them quite a chill!

The Orange Team

So that is how this chess set became a family game.

And now I’ll introduce you to each playing piece by name:

 The first piece is my mother, because she is The Queen

And she makes the cutest little Witch that you have ever seen!

Grandma Witch

My dad became The King because she had married him,

And he, for many years now,  has dressed up to be The Grim.

Grandpa Grim

From there the pieces of the game just seemed to fall in place,

And every family member came to occupy a space.

I am the oldest child in our family of four

And three of us got married to create a dozen more.

I’d like to introduce them now and tell you how they fit

(Although it takes a minute to come up with all this wit.)

My husband’s name is Bill and he is the other King,

And dressing up as Skeleton has often been his thing.

It was the costume of his choice before we’d even wed,

And to this day he’ll bring it out to fill the heart with dread!

Skeleton Bill

But  for myself my favorite thing to dress up – and to play,

Is simply a She-devil,  ‘cuz that’s what people say

Is hiding deep inside of me and sometimes will slip out

To pull a little prank or two, to make somebody shout.

Devil Sheri

My brother is Count Dracula, and his costume is the best!

His dentist made him vampire teeth, and that is not a jest!

His costume is distinguished and he always looks well-dressed.

As he plays the role of Bishop in our family game of chess.

Dracula Darryl

His wife, whose name is Patti, is standing by his side

And she is rather Ghostly as she quietly doth glide.

Her position on the board is always as the Knight

And with her playing in the game, we’re sure to do alright.

Ghost Patti

 The other Knight across the board, upon my parents’ team

Is a character whose very sight will often make you scream!

But our Mummy is so cute and sweet she simply steals your heart,

And my sister is the fitting one who gets to play that part!

Mummy Denise

The Bishop who stands by her in this wild little game

Is, of course, her husband, and Louis is his name.

He has the part of Frankenstein, a mighty man of strength,

And to protect his King and Queen, he’ll go to any length!

Frankenstein Lou

The Castles, oh so fitting, in this gruesome little game

Are the headstone and the coffin, both of which are very plain.

But their looks can be deceiving as so many of us know

For inside of them is just the place for all our ghouls to stow.

Castles

 And now I’ll introduce to you our precious little ones:

The characters we love, who play the parts of all the pawns.

Our youngest brother, Jim, is represented by the Bat.

Jim, The Bat

And each and every grandkid is distinguished by a Cat.

Willliam, Samantha, Robyn

 

Bryce, Nathan, Jared, Justin, Jake

 

Ben, Tim, Emily, Sara

 Now Jim has never married, and he likely never will

But some grandkids have started up that matrimony hill.

A few of them have kittens and have started on their way

To make their own adventures in this world of work and play.

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