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Great Ideas — 25 Fall Wreaths!!

10 Sep
Felt Flower Wreath @ Nest of Posies
Brass Thumbtack Wreath @ Madigan Made
 Yarn Wreath with Felt Flowers @ Home Stories A2Z
 Paper Plate Wreath @ Blue Sky Confection

 Ruffled Felt Fall Wreath @ K.I.S.S
How to make a Yarn Wreath @ My Blessed Life
Candy Corn Wreath @ The Cards We Drew
 Striped Burlap Wreath @ Life, Made Interesting
 Back to School Pencil Wreath @ Organize and Decorate Everything
 Fall Coffee Filter Wreath @ Craftberry Bush
 Witch Chevron Wreath @ CraftOManiac
Welcome Wreath @ Miss Lovie
Sweater and Burlap Wreath @ Today is My Someday
Burlap and Felt Flowers @ Quiver Full of Blessings
Halloween Embroidery Hoop Wreath @ The Thriftress
 
Grocery Bag Wreath @ Loo-La-Bee Simplicity
Fall Paper Medallion Wreath @ O. Alouette
Fall Burlap and Rosette Wreath @ The Tanners
Alma Mater Wreath @ Vintage Gwen
Fall Felt Wreath @ Lady Anne
Coffee Filter Fall Wreath @ Mary’s Meanderings
Spray Painted Wreath Redo @ Lookie What I Did
Shimmery Leaves Fall Wreath @ Crafts ‘n Coffee
Autumn Fall Wreath @ Homespun With Love
Wow – I am AMAZED at the ideas linked up!!! Seriously, I get recharged every weekends by looking at YOUR ideas!! 
Come link up YOUR ideas and win a $40 sign to Signs by Andrea. 

Have a SUPER Saturday!! 
xoxo


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Great Ideas — Free Printables {2}!!

3 Sep
 Do Your Best @ Kiki Creates
Trick or Treat Printables @ I Heart Naptime
Autumn Subway Art @ Vintage Marigold
Weekly Meal Plan @ Mine For the Making

Keep Calm @ Lil Luna
Bridal Shower Cupcake Toppers @ One Rad Mother
Football Party Squares @ She’s {Kinda} Crafty
Thanksgiving Printables @ Crissy’s Crafts
Candy Corn Banner @ My Computer is my Canvas
Back to School Subway Art @ Balancing Home
Make Beautiful Things @ Landee See Landee Do
 First Day of School Apple Printable @ Jaysey’s Crazy Daisy
 Lunch Jokes @ Sprik Space
 Clever Thoughts @ Sweet Bee Buzzings
 Proverbs Printable @ Agape Love
Fall Subway Art @ House of Bledsoe
LDS Sept. Visiting Teaching Printable @ Sugar Tot Designs
Do Small Things with Great Love @ The Creative Paige
 Fall In Chocolate @ Our Forever House
Autumn Leaves @ Mine For the Making
September 11th Printable @ Junk in Their Trunk
School Subway Art @ While He Was Napping
Once again, amazing projects!! 
I love the weekend and seeing YOUR ideas!! 

And come link up YOUR projects and enter to win — 8 Piggy Paint colors plus chemical-free nail polish remover {$64.99 value}!! 

 

 Have a Happy Saturday!!
xoxo



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10 Favorite Fall & Halloween Tutorials {plus a little something for you}

31 Aug
Tomorrow is September and, in my mind, the beginning of Fall. 
And since I’m such a Halloween Freak — I am excited for Halloween!! 
The other day the new Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts Magazine came in the mail — and I was excited and honored to have my {Creepy} Specimen Art included in this issue.  
So fun!! 
This issue has a many fun Halloween ideas PLUS 78 Winter Holiday projects — including ornaments, wreaths, pillows and stockings!!
And all the info on how to make the projects, including patterns for many. 
So, in the spirit of Fall and Halloween, here are 10 of my past Fall and Halloween projects to get you in the Autumn mood: 

 
I’m so excited for Cooler Weather, Wearing Boots and Soup in the Crock Pot!
I have a copy of Holiday Crafts for one of YOU! 
**To enter — all you need to do is leave a comment with what YOU love most about Fall! 
Have a Wonderful Day!! 
xoxo

PS — I will be sharing my first Halloween Project tomorrow over at the Halloween Spooktacular at eighteen25. It’s going to be fun!!!

Celebrating Autumn with the Dollar Store and a Fall Linky Par-tay!

6 Oct
Happy Autumn!!
Don’t you just love this time of year? 
What does it remind you of? Raking Leaves, the Pumpkin Patch, Hot Cocoa, Homemade Doughnuts and the Dollar Store. Wait……………. What? 
It doesn’t remind you of the Dollar Store???
 It should!! There are some awesome Fall Finds at the House of A Dollar.
 What you might ask? How about these little beauties?? (the big one I fished out of a trash can) Add a little paint and some cool Weathered Wood medium (I got through the DIY Club) and — Voila you are almost at Pottery Barn! But instead of paying $75, you are looking at $5 for the lot, plus add a couple votive candles and some fabric and you have a sweeeet  Autumn Vignette for less than $10!!
  Now, that’s what I’m talking about!!!
You want to make some?
Supplies:
Dollar Store Pumpkins
Assorted pretty paints {mine are DecoArt — Silver Sage Green, Spa Blue, Blue Harbor, Citron Green}
Paint Brush
Black Spray Paint
Polyurethane Spray Paint
Tray
3 Dollar Store Glass Vases
Some Scrap Fabric {36″ in length by 5″ in wide each}
Glue Gun
Here’s what you do:
Spray paint your pumpkins black {or you could use brown, or even white}.
Paint a layer of the Weathered Wood medium over all surfaces of the pumpkin, except the stem. Let dry.
Mix up your paint. I experimented with mine. I started with one shade, and then with each pumpkin I changed the color just a little bit so they all went together but weren’t the same exact color.
Paint each of the pumpkins. It depends on what you want your pumpkins to look like as to how you paint them. If you use heavy paint, it will drip down a little and expose more of the underlying paint color. If you use a very thin layer of even paint, it will crackle in very small, even crackles. I kind of like a little more of the underlying color to show through, so I put my paint on pretty thick.
Let the paint dry on wax paper.
Once they are dry, spray them with a coat of polyurethane clear spray and let dry again.
Meanwhile, you can work on your ruffly votives!

Take your material, sew a big, running stitch down the center of the material and then gather it together by pulling on the end of the thread and pushing the material down. Once it’s ruffles, wrap it around one of the votives to see how big it needs to be to wrap all the way around. Once you have figured out how ruffled it needs to be, hot glue it onto the votive all the way around and when you get to the end, fold the end of the material under and secure.
If you have an old tray — spray or paint it the color you want and then add a coat of the same polyurethane spray.
Now you are all set to arrange your Dollar Store Autumn Vignette.
Not only will the beauty of the scene make you happy, but the price will make you smile!
 And, now for my FIRST Ever FALL Linky Party!! 
Come link up the Autumn Projects that make you smile!! I am excited to see YOUR Fall ideas! And, each project that you link up enters you to win my wonderful giveaway this week from
COUPLES Custom Sterling Silver Forever Necklace

Custom sterling silver, four teeny tags necklace with charm

Vintage inspired chrysanthemum earrings -- sterling silver posts
Have you seen  The Pretty Poppy Store?? It’s gorgeous!!
 
So – come link up YOUR Autumn Projects — 
I’ll do a wrap up post next week with my favorites!

If you haven’t check out: 

Myra from My Blessed Life shared her Decorating/Crafts on Monday with a giveaway!!
Deborah from Taste and Tell shared a recipe on Tuesday and delicious giveaway!!
And don’t miss — 

Liz from Hoosier Homemade shares Delicious Treats tomorrow!!
Amy from Positively Splendid shares her Decorating/Crafts on Friday!!

xoxo

XOXO

Great ideas — {Fall Wreaths}

2 Oct
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I l.o.v.e. this Simple, but Bright Halloween Wreath @ The Speckled Dog
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_cmDZYPo0r_c/TJ67f6uW_AI/AAAAAAAAAW4/-KxbRD0VCSI/s1600/wreath+012.JPG
And this Rosette Fall Wreath is adorable @ Songbirds & Buttons
How about A Creepy Eyeball Wreath this Halloween? @ Crafty Sisters
https://i0.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_jYGTGBPnMvQ/TKN4b08ILWI/AAAAAAAAH8c/xzIzfcIlS5g/s1600/006.JPG
And this Eyeball Wreath is super sppoky too! @ A girl and a glue gun
 I love the contrast in this Orange and Black Wreath @ Black and White{Side by Side}
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/gavin27sbirthday2nd0671.jpg?w=300
 Make a Bright & Happy BOO Wreath @ Dangerously Domestic
 Or this Fun EEK Rag Wreath @ Sassy Sanctuary
Find out how to make Beautiful Fall Wreath for not very much $$ @ Let’s Talk Chaos
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7zllxUS6YW4/TKY7MefvkHI/AAAAAAAAAkI/RSdB7awsbPQ/s1600/hween+wreath2.jpg
 I love this Mesh Wreath and that {spooky} cloth ghost! @ Life with Lulu and Junebug and Carter Too!
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_r8braNCNSvI/TKUw5VXzoqI/AAAAAAAAAfU/zAaRWXfZyBg/s1600/IMG_0004.jpg
 Create a Fabulous Wreath with items from the Dollar Store! @ Crafty Mama
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_NB9K8pdUAmQ/TKEI-bMNB-I/AAAAAAAABaQ/_REHXxmv_og/s1600/DSC_0042.JPG
Create a Bright & Colorful Burlap Halloween Wreath @ It’s Toile Good
https://i0.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/_qpOfFO6y4uE/TKPcYo9-e0I/AAAAAAAAAVo/ka5pSq2Zrw4/s1600/DSC_0029.jpg
And this Ruffly Burlap Halloween Wreath is adorable @ Classy Clutter
Love this Creepy Bookpage Wreath {from a $ Store Thesaurus} @ Starshine Chic
https://i1.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/_hPVYsvUyAGg/TGlKXbfhouI/AAAAAAAAB2A/OE3YZh_BcR4/s400/IMG_1808.JPG
Create a Festive Autumnal Yarn Wreath @ Black and White {Side by Side}
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_d-0RmmAdars/TJ5oJJ4VKZI/AAAAAAAACVc/30y39otXPRY/s1600/Button+Bat+Wreath.JPG
 And here’s a different take on a wreath — make a Super Button Wreath Plaque @ Mod Podge Rocks
https://i2.wp.com/1.bp.blogspot.com/_NB9K8pdUAmQ/TKTejMpmKjI/AAAAAAAABbk/5n4EBnLuTJ4/s1600/art+together.jpg
Make a DIY Wreath Hanger out of a broken chair @ It’s Toile Good
Or — love this — A Candy Corn Wreath made out of Salt Dough! @ That Red Headed Step Child
https://i2.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_wEUknzb8q_E/TKHu4ixiaRI/AAAAAAAAA5g/DbvBL0RAh_o/s1600/Wreath+Stand+1.jpg
Love this Fall Wreath and find out how to make this DIY Wreath Stand @ Crazy Craft Bugs
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/fallwreath1.jpg?w=231
Hang your wreath on a shutter for a festive look @ Klucking Bear
https://i0.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/_q4wz7W2Anms/TJPTGuKygjI/AAAAAAAABWo/kxCFlMN9dOM/s1600/IMG_0572.JPG
Or, instead of a wreath, make a Eye-Catching Candy Corn Door Decoration @ Nap Time Journal
https://i2.wp.com/1.bp.blogspot.com/_-JtV-j1gCHo/TKSQPIwrjGI/AAAAAAAADkQ/nL9BhfsDGFs/s640/044.JPG
Create a {spooky} Door Hanging @ Sawdust and Paper Scraps
https://i1.wp.com/1.bp.blogspot.com/_maqvvJ4hn_Y/TJgwVtWsI1I/AAAAAAAAGRc/ulXR5DCPszQ/s1600/055.JPG
Add a little Halloween Sign to your wreath @ Le Chateau de Fleurs
Get back to nature by creating a Rustic Fall Wreath @ Kuzak’s Closet

There are sooo many fun ideas going on at The Weekend Wrap Up Party!! 
Another Fall Roundup is coming up tonight! 
Come link up YOUR great ideas! 
I want to feature YOU!
And, come enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Camille’s Closet
Perfume and Flower Locket necklace
Have a {spooky} Saturday!!!
xoxo

Great ideas — {Fall Wreaths}

2 Oct
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_c1CAVVExbfA/TKZMGb3HzeI/AAAAAAAAA-c/KDRhfcMNksQ/s1600/DSC03211.JPG
I l.o.v.e. this Simple, but Bright Halloween Wreath @ The Speckled Dog
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_cmDZYPo0r_c/TJ67f6uW_AI/AAAAAAAAAW4/-KxbRD0VCSI/s1600/wreath+012.JPG
And this Rosette Fall Wreath is adorable @ Songbirds & Buttons
How about A Creepy Eyeball Wreath this Halloween? @ Crafty Sisters
https://i0.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_jYGTGBPnMvQ/TKN4b08ILWI/AAAAAAAAH8c/xzIzfcIlS5g/s1600/006.JPG
And this Eyeball Wreath is super sppoky too! @ A girl and a glue gun
 I love the contrast in this Orange and Black Wreath @ Black and White{Side by Side}
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/gavin27sbirthday2nd067.jpg?w=300
 Make a Bright & Happy BOO Wreath @ Dangerously Domestic
 Or this Fun EEK Rag Wreath @ Sassy Sanctuary
Find out how to make Beautiful Fall Wreath for not very much $$ @ Let’s Talk Chaos
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7zllxUS6YW4/TKY7MefvkHI/AAAAAAAAAkI/RSdB7awsbPQ/s1600/hween+wreath2.jpg
 I love this Mesh Wreath and that {spooky} cloth ghost! @ Life with Lulu and Junebug and Carter Too!
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_r8braNCNSvI/TKUw5VXzoqI/AAAAAAAAAfU/zAaRWXfZyBg/s1600/IMG_0004.jpg
 Create a Fabulous Wreath with items from the Dollar Store! @ Crafty Mama
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_NB9K8pdUAmQ/TKEI-bMNB-I/AAAAAAAABaQ/_REHXxmv_og/s1600/DSC_0042.JPG
Create a Bright & Colorful Burlap Halloween Wreath @ It’s Toile Good
https://i0.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/_qpOfFO6y4uE/TKPcYo9-e0I/AAAAAAAAAVo/ka5pSq2Zrw4/s1600/DSC_0029.jpg
And this Ruffly Burlap Halloween Wreath is adorable @ Classy Clutter
Love this Creepy Bookpage Wreath {from a $ Store Thesaurus} @ Starshine Chic
https://i1.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/_hPVYsvUyAGg/TGlKXbfhouI/AAAAAAAAB2A/OE3YZh_BcR4/s400/IMG_1808.JPG
Create a Festive Autumnal Yarn Wreath @ Black and White {Side by Side}
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_d-0RmmAdars/TJ5oJJ4VKZI/AAAAAAAACVc/30y39otXPRY/s1600/Button+Bat+Wreath.JPG
 And here’s a different take on a wreath — make a Super Button Wreath Plaque @ Mod Podge Rocks
https://i2.wp.com/1.bp.blogspot.com/_NB9K8pdUAmQ/TKTejMpmKjI/AAAAAAAABbk/5n4EBnLuTJ4/s1600/art+together.jpg
Make a DIY Wreath Hanger out of a broken chair @ It’s Toile Good
Or — love this — A Candy Corn Wreath made out of Salt Dough! @ That Red Headed Step Child
https://i2.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_wEUknzb8q_E/TKHu4ixiaRI/AAAAAAAAA5g/DbvBL0RAh_o/s1600/Wreath+Stand+1.jpg
Love this Fall Wreath and find out how to make this DIY Wreath Stand @ Crazy Craft Bugs
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/fallwreath.jpg?w=231
Hang your wreath on a shutter for a festive look @ Klucking Bear
https://i0.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/_q4wz7W2Anms/TJPTGuKygjI/AAAAAAAABWo/kxCFlMN9dOM/s1600/IMG_0572.JPG
Or, instead of a wreath, make a Eye-Catching Candy Corn Door Decoration @ Nap Time Journal
https://i2.wp.com/1.bp.blogspot.com/_-JtV-j1gCHo/TKSQPIwrjGI/AAAAAAAADkQ/nL9BhfsDGFs/s640/044.JPG
Create a {spooky} Door Hanging @ Sawdust and Paper Scraps
https://i1.wp.com/1.bp.blogspot.com/_maqvvJ4hn_Y/TJgwVtWsI1I/AAAAAAAAGRc/ulXR5DCPszQ/s1600/055.JPG
Add a little Halloween Sign to your wreath @ Le Chateau de Fleurs
Get back to nature by creating a Rustic Fall Wreath @ Kuzak’s Closet

There are sooo many fun ideas going on at The Weekend Wrap Up Party!! 
Another Fall Roundup is coming up tonight! 
Come link up YOUR great ideas! 
I want to feature YOU!
And, come enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Camille’s Closet
Perfume and Flower Locket necklace
Have a {spooky} Saturday!!!
xoxo

Fall Project — Ruffled Fabric Pumpkins!

28 Sep

 Who says pumpkins have to be orange? I have loved seeing the fabric pumpkins floating around blogland right now. I wanted to make some fabric pumpkins and add some ruffles. Everything looks better with ruffles, right? LOL.

Here’s what I came up with. 

I love how bright and happy they are!!
 Here’s what you need:

Fabric — I used Canvas for two pumpkins, and patterned fabric for the others
Rotary Cutter (or scissors)
Self Healing Mat
Ruler
Glue Gun
Elastic (for thicker material)
Sewing Machine
Pins
Polyfill Stuffing
Needle and Thread

Here’s what I did:

  • I cut out my material. (I used a rotary cutter and ruler).  The general guideline I followed was the length of my pumpkin was twice as long as the width. But I experimented and made them all sorts of sizes. You need two pieces of material, one for the front, one for the back. Turn the material so the outside material faces inside and pin shut.
  •  Sew the material on both of the side seams.
 
  • Then you need to sew the bottom of the pumpkin. Now this side needs to be gathered. So if you have thin material, you can sew a big, running stitch so you can gather the material. 
  • ***If you are using canvas, it is extremely hard to gather the material without breaking your thread (I know this from experience — lol). What I did was add some elastic to the bottom of the pumpkin. Take a length of elastic. Sew the beginning of the elastic to the beginning of the side. Backstitch so it is secure. Then stretch the elastic along the side of the seam where you are going to stitch. Stitch along the elastic while pulling it tight until you get to the end of the side. Now that side should bunch up.***

  • If using regular fabric, gather up that side of the pumpkin by pulling on the string and bunching up the material as much as possible. When it is all gathered, use a needle and thread to secure the ends so it doesn’t unravel when you stuff the pumpkin later.
 
  • Once all of the sides are sewn, Flip it so it’s right side out and the seams are on the inside. I added about a cup of rice to the bottom of the pumpkin. Just to make it more secure and help it stand up straight.
  • Now stuff the pumpkin with your polyfill stuffing.
  • Now I gathered the material and hot glued it together. I tried to stuff the pumpkins as full as possible so the pumpkins would look round and full.
  • For the canvas pumpkins, I used some straight pins to hold the material in place while the hot glue cooled.
  • Now make the stems. I freehanded the shapes with the tops narrower than the bases. For the smaller pumpkins, I made long, skinny stems.
 
  • Hot glue the stems on to the top of the pumpkins. I turned the material under at the base of the stems so the raw edges wouldn’t show.
 
  • Now it’s time for the ruffles!! I made my ruffles 1.5 inches wide. I used a fat quarter to make the ruffles on the largest pumpkin. I cut the fat quarter into strips 1.5 inches wide. Then I sewed the strips together, making one long, continuous piece of material. I used a wide, running stitch and then gathered up the whole length of material – creating a long ruffle. I hot glued the ruffle on to the pumpkin, wrapping it around the pumpkin — starting at one side seam, then once it had wrapped all the way around. I cut the ruffle and attached the other end to the beginning so it wrapped all the way around. Then I started the ruffle underneath that one. Leaving about 1/2 inch between the ruffles. For the large pumpkin I made 4 ruffles. On the medium sized pumpkin I made two rows of ruffles. 

 

  • For the small pumpkin, I cut a 1/2 inch ruffle and put it around the center. You can ruffle the pumpkins as much or as little as you like.  
Have fun!!

Have a Fabulous Fall Day!!!
XOXO


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