Archive | October, 2009

Decoupaged Pumpkins

30 Oct
Are you looking for a way to transition your Halloween decorations from Halloween to Thanksgiving? This is a fun project and gives you pumpkins that you can use all Fall. These could be also cute centerpieces on your Thanksgiving table.
So if you want to make these:
Supplies:
real or fake pumpkins
Decoupage medium
scrapbook paper
scissors
3 different type of ribbon
paint brush
bowl
Assorted twigs and leafs
Gorilla Glue
Instructions:
  1. Cut out leaves from your scrapbook paper.
  2. Cut lines in the paper leaves on the edges – this will make the leaves mold to the pumpkin shape easier.
  3. Soak the leaves in a bowl of water for a few minutes. Once they start to get soft, take the them out and let drain off on a kitchen towel.
  4. Spread a thin coat of mod podge over the entire surface of the pumpkin.
  5. Take each leaf and put a thin coat of mod podge on the inside. 
  6. Put each leaf on the pumpkin in a random pattern. Use a paint brush to add a layer of mod podge to the top of each leaf and smooth each leaf onto the pumpkin.
  7. Let dry.
  8. After the pumpkin is dry, add some berries, twigs and leaves to the area around the stem. Attach with Gorilla Glue and let dry.
  9. Cut three lengths of coordinating ribbon. Tie in a bow around the stem.
  10. You are done!
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XOXO

New Pillow, Cupcakes and Halloween Parade

29 Oct
I made this saying into a pillow. I think it’s funny. I used some soft houndstooth with the burlap.

 {making the cupcake wrappers}

I was so inspired from all of those Halloween treats I posted about uesterday. When the kids got home from school we made some cupcakes and used the free printables and cupcake wrapper templates. We took some over to our new neighbors but they weren’t home – darn.

This morning we went over to Hannah’s school for the Halloween parade. It was great to see all of the kids dressed up in their costumes. Ella was excited to dress up too! And I finally go around to making the skirt for Hannah’s costume last night. Here was our inspiration:
And the final costume:
I have been working on some more burlap things, I am almost ready to show them. But I have this pesky feeling that I am coming down this something. You know — headache, hot under the eyes, beginnings of  a sore throat. Maybe if I take some zinc. Would that help?
XOXO

Spooktacular Halloween Munchies

28 Oct
Are you looking for something festive to make for a Halloween party, to take to your kids’ school event, or just for fun? Here are some of my favorite Halloween munchies.
Ghost cupcake from My Sweet Saucy
Mummy Cupcakes from The Daily Southerner
Creepy Spider Cupcakes from Kraft Canada
 
Eerie eyeballs from Chica and Joe.
Taste of Home’s Ranch Snack Mix.
Creepy Deviled Eggs from Divine Dinner Party.
Easy Halloween Truffles by Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Salty Bones Breadsticks
 
and scary apple bites from Disney Family Food
 
Ghostly Halloween petit’s
Bootiful cake
Poison apple – I love how they use real branches and small apples From who else — Martha!
Witch Hat Cupcakes from Cupcake Take the Cake
 
And when you’re through, print off these free adorable Halloween tags from Paper Glitter. 
 
Or make up these free Halloween picks from Accent the Party – aren’t they cute?
Or make these wonderful cupcake wrapper from Skip to My Lou
I don’t know about you, but looking at all of these great munchies makes me want to make something fun with my kids. And speaking of kids, this one had crazy hair day today!

(she wanted more pretty than crazy hair…)
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
XOXO

PS – Thanks for all of your sweet comments about my kitchen re-do – you guys are so nice! I have been working on more burlap projects and pillows. I will fill you in tomorrow!

Kimba’s DIY Day: My Kitchen Redo

27 Oct
I’m pretty much done with my kitchen redo. There are a couple of projects that I still have to do, but they will have to wait. Thanks for all of your nice comments about my burlap magnet boards. I have been working on more this weekend and I can’t wait to show them to you. I found some different ways to embellish them and I think they turned out pretty cute.
When we moved into our home the kitchen looked like this:
We’ve done a few things over the time we’ve lived here like put in granite counters, a tile backsplash, new appliances and paint. This fall I redid the barstools — painted, mod podged the seats and added vinyl numbers. They looked like this before:
Then I made the burlap curtains. This was the before:
And after:
Then I made some burlap tassels and hung them at the end of the curtain rods.
We switched the old light out for this really cool one that my mom found in her attic. It has great thick glass globes. It really adds a lot of character to the room.
I ordered these benches from a catalog company online with a 20% off coupon that I saved. I had a upholsterer build a middle bench to fit our oddly shaped corner. One of the benches has a cushion that pops up and I can keep my tablecloths and placemats underneath the seat!
This was what was in the space before:
 
I made a burlap magnet board to fit on this skinny wall. Since my fridge isn’t magnetic this is a good place for me to keep wedding invitations, postcards and notes to myself of things I need to do.
I painted this door with chalkboard paint this summer and the kids love writing messages to each other. I added a cute black and white knob to tie into the room’s color scheme.
 The runner that I wanted to get for the kitchen was over $60 at Ballard Designs so I found this runner by the foot at Home Depot. It was $2.50 a foot. I finished off the edges by using an adhesive ribbon on each end. So instead of paying $60+ and shipping, I paid $15. I bought a couple of feet extra to make a rug by the door that goes to the backyard.
 I made a Family Rules Canvas to hang in my kitchen nook, which I found at The Pleated Poppy. So great!
 
My sister made this silhouette board for my birthday. I love it!
I added a light from Walmart for $9 to add a little warm glow to my desk area and I’m done!
I am linking up wih Kimba’s DIY day! Go over and see all of the great projects – it is truly incredible!

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

XOXO

Kimba’s DIY Day: My Kitchen Redo

27 Oct
I’m pretty much done with my kitchen redo. There are a couple of projects that I still have to do, but they will have to wait. Thanks for all of your nice comments about my burlap magnet boards. I have been working on more this weekend and I can’t wait to show them to you. I found some different ways to embellish them and I think they turned out pretty cute.
When we moved into our home the kitchen looked like this:
We’ve done a few things over the time we’ve lived here like put in granite counters, a tile backsplash, new appliances and paint. This fall I redid the barstools — painted, mod podged the seats and added vinyl numbers. They looked like this before:
Then I made the burlap curtains. This was the before:
And after:
Then I made some burlap tassels and hung them at the end of the curtain rods.
We switched the old light out for this really cool one that my mom found in her attic. It has great thick glass globes. It really adds a lot of character to the room.
I ordered these benches from a catalog company online with a 20% off coupon that I saved. I had a upholsterer build a middle bench to fit our oddly shaped corner. One of the benches has a cushion that pops up and I can keep my tablecloths and placemats underneath the seat!
This was what was in the space before:
 
I made a burlap magnet board to fit on this skinny wall. Since my fridge isn’t magnetic this is a good place for me to keep wedding invitations, postcards and notes to myself of things I need to do.
I painted this door with chalkboard paint this summer and the kids love writing messages to each other. I added a cute black and white knob to tie into the room’s color scheme.
 The runner that I wanted to get for the kitchen was over $60 at Ballard Designs so I found this runner by the foot at Home Depot. It was $2.50 a foot. I finished off the edges by using an adhesive ribbon on each end. So instead of paying $60+ and shipping, I paid $15. I bought a couple of feet extra to make a rug by the door that goes to the backyard.
 I made a Family Rules Canvas to hang in my kitchen nook, which I found at The Pleated Poppy. So great!
 
My sister made this silhouette board for my birthday. I love it!
I added a light from Walmart for $9 to add a little warm glow to my desk area and I’m done!
I am linking up wih Kimba’s DIY day! Go over and see all of the great projects – it is truly incredible!

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

XOXO

♥Twilight♥ Halloween

25 Oct
You may not know that about me, but I ♥ Twilight. I took my two oldest kids to see the midnight showing when it came out last year. And my friend and I put together an exciting Twilight party when the movie was released on DVD. So when my friend Jen at Harried Mom of Four made this Edward pumpkin I was impressed and secretly coveted it. Then I found out that she was giving one away! And guess what? You can win it! Go on over to her blog and enter to win. The giveaway ends tonight at midnight. Good luck!
And if you still haven’t gotten your Twilight fix, You could make a Twilight pumpkin with a picture from the movie by following the instructions at  Designs by Vanessa. Wouldn’t that be great?
Have a Great Day!
 XOXO

♥Twilight♥ Halloween

25 Oct
You may not know that about me, but I ♥ Twilight. I took my two oldest kids to see the midnight showing when it came out last year. And my friend and I put together an exciting Twilight party when the movie was released on DVD. So when my friend Jen at Harried Mom of Four made this Edward pumpkin I was impressed and secretly coveted it. Then I found out that she was giving one away! And guess what? You can win it! Go on over to her blog and enter to win. The giveaway ends tonight at midnight. Good luck!
And if you still haven’t gotten your Twilight fix, You could make a Twilight pumpkin with a picture from the movie by following the instructions at  Designs by Vanessa. Wouldn’t that be great?
Have a Great Day!
 XOXO