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September 29, 2014

Bloody Vampire Kid Cocktail

Halloween! My husband’s very favorite holiday to celebrate is Halloween and it is my second favorite after Christmas. We love everything about it from the decorations to the costumes and fun frightful foods. We try to make it a point to visit all of the local Halloween events and enjoy simple nights at home watching classic Halloween movies (Hocus Pocus of course) with fun snacks. As the boys get older we can start doing things that are a bit more frightening and they had so much fun drinking their first Bloody Vampire Cocktail and watching Monster House last weekend.

Bloody Vampire Kid Cocktail

These bloody vampire kid cocktails are so simple to make. They are perfect for a Halloween party and with a few tweaks you could serve them as grown up cocktails too!

I picked up the vampire teeth at Target for $1 but if you don’t have a Target in your area the dollar store usually carries them this time of year too. The teeth were a big hit with the boys because even after the drink was gone they were playing with them.

Bloody Vampire Kid Cocktail - Halloween Drink

Bloody Vampire Kid Cocktail Recipe:

  • Grenadine
  • Red food coloring (liquid not gel)
  • Clear lemon-lime soda
  1. Pour lemon-lime soda into a pitcher and add 4-5 drops of red food coloring. Stir and add more if needed until it is bright red.
  2. In the bottom of a glass add 1 tablespoon of grenadine and then fill with red soda.
  3. Garnish glass with vampire teeth.

**I used mini mason jar glasses and the teeth fit perfectly inside the cup, but you could always freeze them in an ice cube mold and float the vampire teeth ice in the drink.

Bloody Vampire Kid Cocktail

Bloody Vampire Kid Cocktail

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Chalk Paint Pumpkin–Fall Craft

I have been crushing on chalk paint and chalkboard paint for years now. I love the matte finish and how easily it covers all sorts of surfaces. A few weeks ago my grandma was visiting from Illinois. This is my crafty grandma who inspired me with all of the crafts she did and the one that taught me how to sew. It isn’t a visit from gram without a trip to Joann Fabrics. She helped me get some supplies for this year’s Santa sacks and while we were there I found the cutest paper mache pumpkin!

Upon further inspection I found the pumpkin was 50% off so then it was confirmed that he was coming home with me. I brought him home and gave him the chalk paint and wax treatment.

Chalk Paint Pumpkin - Easy Fall Craft and Decor

Chalk Paint Pumpkin - Easy Fall Craft and Decor

The kids and I are still living with my parents and all of my fall and Halloween decorations are buried somewhere in our storage unit. My mom has pulled out a few of her fall decorations including the fall pumpkin painting I did for her last year but I prefer a home that looks like it threw up Fall all over.

Chalk Paint Pumpkin - Easy Fall Craft and Decor

Chalk Paint Pumpkin - Easy Fall Craft and Decor

This is how I made my pumpkin -

Supplies Needed:

  • Paper Mache Pumpkin
  • Chalk Paint (I used the new Folk Art brand)
  • Chalk Paint Wax (I also used the Folk Art brand of wax)
  • Foam brush
  • Newspaper
  • Lint free cloth or scrap from an old t-shirt for wiping wax

Directions:

  1. Start out by spreading newspaper over your work area to catch any mess you might make with the paint and wax.
  2. Using a foam brush paint the entire pumpkin in chalk paint in your desired color then let paint dry.
  3. After paint is completely dry rub wax into crevices and lines of the pumpkin using a lint free cloth. Allow to dry for a minute and then rub off with cloth taking most of the wax back off.
  4. Allow the coat of wax to dry and then it is ready to display.

For more of a rustic look you could take a piece of sandpaper to small areas of the pumpkin. I am working on changing out my palette of fall colors so I went with a bit of a non-traditional color but I think an orange chalk pumpkin would look awesome right next to this guy. In the end I embellished mine with an orange and cream pom pom trim and it looks quite awesome in my mom’s home. Next year it will look quite often in my own home!

Chalk Paint Pumpkin - Easy Fall Craft and Decor

Just a friendly not – the wax process can get a little messy so you might want to wear gloves. Luckily if you don’t have any it washes off pretty easily.

Chalk Paint Pumpkin - Easy Fall Craft and Decor

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September 24, 2014

Salvaged Barn Wood EAT Sign

When I was in grade school we lived in a small town in Northern Illinois and my parents bought three acres of land out in the country. The land had a barn, old ice house and a corn crib on it. Throughout grade, middle and high school my brother, sister and I helped our parents transform the overgrown and run down property. We turned three acres of field into yard, planted grass and trees and helped with a huge garden each year. The corn crib and ice house were knocked down and we spent what seemed like a whole summer power washing and scrubbing every inch of the old barn that was the star of the property. We had just as much fun at ‘the barn,’ as we came to call the property, as we did work. My parents had parties and bonfires and we camped and fished out there through the summer months. You could look up at the sky at night and see a million stars shinning back down. I have so many memories at the barn. It was where I drove a car for the first time and got my first flat tire. The barn was where I learned to use a riding lawn mower, fill it up with gas and nurse a tree back to health after running it over with the tractor.

When we moved to Florida my parents sold our small town house and the three acres in the country. There were boards they had saved from the corn crib and barn that they brought with them to Florida because of the memories they held. The piece that meant the most was one that was barn red with white painting which had the name of the town where the barn wood came from (Sandwich, IL) and the company that built it.

Salvaged Barn Wood EAT Sign - Painted Sign Decor

After my mom saw the ‘eat’ sign I made out of an old wooden shelf she had given me she wanted me to do the same thing with the piece of salvaged barn wood she had. Before we painted the ‘eat’ and hung the sign in her dining room it was tucked away in the garage where nobody could see or enjoy it. Each time I see the sign hanging in my mom’s dining room it brings back so many good memories from throughout my childhood. The sign also looks killer next to her red accent wall!

Salvaged Barn Wood EAT Sign - Painted Sign Decor

To get the tutorial to make your own EAT Sign go HERE!

Salvaged Barn Wood EAT Sign - Painted Sign Decor

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September 20, 2014

Fall Pumpkin Painting

Last year my mom wanted me to paint her something to hang on her entryway wall for fall. She wanted it to be pumpkins so she could keep it up from September through November and she also wanted it to have green and brown to tie in the other colors from her living room. She bought a large canvas to fit in her entryway alcove and this is how I painted it. I wish I would have taken pictures throughout the painting process because it was more simple than it looks!

Fall Pumpkin Painting

Fall Pumpkin Painting

Since I am living with my parents right now I walk by this painting mutliple times a day and wonder why I didn’t paint myself one! I might just have to paint one for myself and then I can take step-by-step pictures so you can paint one too!

Fall Pumpkin Painting

Fall Pumpkin Painting

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September 19, 2014

Football Words Tote Bag {Football Game Day Ideas}

Football season is here! When I go out to show my support at football games I find myself dressing for the weather, bringing snacks or even blankets. I like to bring a bag along with all of the game necessities which is why I created a football words tote bag! If you are a mom, college student or cheerleader this bag is perfect for game day!

Football Tote Bag

I purchased my tote bag at Hobby Lobby for $2! and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the words on brown heat transfer vinyl. If you have a favorite player or a child that plays football you could personalize the bag with their jersey number on the opposite side! The tote bag took less than ten minutes to make and I know it will be a hit!

Football Tote Bag

Need more football ideas? I have teamed up with some other bloggers to bring you 10 DIY Football crafts and tailgating recipes!

10 DIY Football Crafts and Tailgating Recipes

 
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