HGTV Obsessed Episode 39: The Crafty Lumberjacks and Jen Perkins
This week we’re talking about Halloween with the Crafty Lumberjacks (aka Dennis Setteducati and Andrew Boza). Then, Jen Perkins, the Queen of Kitsch, talks about Halloween trees and collecting vintage decor.
The Crafty Lumberjacks (Dennis and Andrew) are flannel-loving craft bloggers and experts in all things DIY — especially holiday decor. The pair have been a mainstay on HGTV Handmade for years. In case you’re not familiar with HGTV Handmade, it is a collaboration between HGTV and YouTube. Subscribe to find craft ideas, DIY projects, clever hacks and home tours of creative influencers.
Whether you're looking for Halloween costumes for your cat or want to how to make planters from vintage cookie tins, the Crafty Lumberjacks have a slew of ingenious crafts and DIYs.
Andrew and Dennis are former professional actors. They met on a national tour of Fiddler of the Roof. They quickly realized they both loved crafting and often made crafts for the cast and crew. And because it was Fiddler on the Roof, Andrew and Dennis had to grow full beards for their roles in the play. Someone said they looked like lumberjacks, then the name Crafty Lumberjacks became their handle.
Andrew and Dennis love entertaining for any holiday, but they are especially fond of Halloween. Every year they go all out decorating their whole apartment with a haunted hallway, Halloween tree and a laboratory lavatory. Most years they throw a big party for Halloween, but Covid has put a kibosh on that the last two years. But when asked about the key to throwing a successful Halloween party, Andrew and Dennis strongly suggest having activities and games like trivia or having crafts that guests can make. They also advise having a signature cocktail for every party, no matter the occasion.
Andrew and Dennis are known for their clever couple's Halloween costumes. In the past, they've dressed as Mario and Luigi, 90s Bugs and Taz, and tortoise and hare — but their most famous couple costume is the sticky bandits from the movie Home Alone.
Next up, Marianne talks with crafter extraordinaire Jen Perkins. She is known for her colorful and kitschy crafts, holiday trees for every occasion and her wonderful collection of vintage treasures. She combines all of these to create some of the most fun and original displays you could imagine. Halloween is one of her favorite times of the year and she goes all out making it joyous for kids as well as adults. Her Halloween decor skews cutesy instead of creepy because she always has kids in mind. “Aesthetically, I just don’t vibe with severed hands … fake blood is JUST NOT in my color wheelhouse,” says Jen.
Jen is a collector of vintage toys, memorabilia, holiday decor and old household items like radios and cameras. She uses her holiday trees to display her collections. “I just realized that trees were a great way to display like, collections, you know whether it be your 20 creepy cameras,” explains Jen. “So, it started with that one tree and then it kinda got more. And then a company reached out to me and sent me a candy corn-colored tree and then from there I was just like what trees come in all colors, shapes and sizes. You could have one but why when you could have a hundred?"
Step into "Queen of Kitsch" Jen Perkins' home decorated for the holidays with tinsel, vintage toys, retro ornaments and more than 100 Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes (we counted).