October 29, 2010

Halloween Festivities

Yesterday was a busy Halloween day! We carved  pumpkins, made some more Halloween sugar cookies, and then I baked some scrumptious pumpkin seeds.

The pumpkin seeds must be good because Wyatt and Mason have been eating them all morning. Who am I to stop them? They are healthy and at least I am not being begged for Halloween candy at 10 in the morning.

The boys are putting sprinkles on their cookies.

Wyatt wouldn’t reach into the pumpkin without a spoon.

The pumpkin seeds I made. I just tossed them in some olive oil, minced garlic, everglade seasoning and a dash of fajita seasoning. Then baked them for 40 minutes at 300 degrees.

Well I am off for a Halloween filled weekend… I work tonight and tomorrow morning. Then tomorrow we are going to a Haunted Trail with a hayride. Sunday we’ll be out trick-or-treating through town.

Enjoy your Halloween weekend! Be Safe!

October 23, 2010

The Mustache On-a-Stick How-to

8 Days Until Halloween!!!

-I am so excited that we are getting family pictures in a few weeks! When I booked the photo session I immediately started thinking about props I could take that would show my families style and personality. I don’t want this to be like the Sear’s photo session we had a couple years ago. Though we liked them – they were just plain and typical!

I have seen ‘mustaches on a stick’ on ETSY and I think they are so funny! I started looking through all of them and found the ones I liked and some I didn’t. When I told my husband about my idea to buy them he suggested I make my own. I did a little research and then did just that! After making them my mind started running to Halloween. How funny would it be to take my mustache to work on Halloween? Everyone would get a kick out of it!

Talk about EASY! These were so simple. No sewing involved.

Here is what you need:

  • Glue gun
  • Thin cardboard (from a cereal or cracker box)
  • Black felt
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock

Here is what you do:

  1. Fold a peice of cardstock in half and draw half of the mustache against the fold. (Just like you did in grade school to make hearts) Cut out the shape.
  2. Unfold the mustache and trace it onto a piece of your box. Cut it out. This cutout will be the backing for your felt ‘stache so that it isn’t flimsy.
  3. Pin or hold the cardstock to the felt and cut out your mustache.
  4. Hot glue your cardboard to the felt. You may have to trim some of the cardboard so you don’t see it once they are glued together. Then glue the bamboo skewer to the back.
  5. Ta-da… your very own mustache in minutes!

Have fun!

October 18, 2010

Theme of the Week – Halloween Party

I love all of the Halloween party items I have been seeing on ETSY. If you are hosting a Halloween bash – your going to love these!

Fantasy Magic Potion Labels digital collage sheet 18 labels for decoupage witches brew supplies and more

Digital Magical Potion Labels by Magic Pug. These would be great for labeling wine bottles or just to make Halloween decor out of recycled glass jars!

Halloween Cupcake Toppers...set of 12

Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Little Pumpkin Papers.

3d Pumpkin Fondant Cupcake Toppers for Autumn Parties, Halloween, and More

Pumpkin Fondant Cupcake Toppers by Two Sugar Babies

Spider Web Wine Tote Bag

Wine bottle Tote Bag by Bloom and Barnacle

ITTY BITTY Bite Size BAG OF BONES  Sugar Cookies, 8 dozen

Itty Bitty Bag of Bones Sugar Cookies by Sugar and Flour

vintage inspired handmade happy halloween party hat

Party Hat by Crepe Confectionary

Printable Spooky Spider Orange Kids DIY Halloween Party Invitation

Printable Halloween Invitation by Ink Obsession Designs.

I am loving this Theme. These items make me want to throw a Halloween Party. Somehow I got stuck working most of the Halloween weekend! I’ll be off to take the kids Trick-or-Treating though! I wouldn’t miss that for the world.

Have a good day -  12 Days until Halloweenie!!!

October 12, 2010

DIY Candy Corn Decorations

Halloween is getting so close. I got Wyatt his Thomas the Train costume, and I think Mason is going to be a skeleton…

Today I am going to show you how to create an easy candy corn craft. I saw the idea on another blog, and it came from Better Homes and Gardens. The one that they have is super cute and very inexpensive, but my version is even less expensive!!

What you need:

  • black spray paint
  • white, yellow, and orange acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • black rick-rack
  • 2 cardboard cones
  • 2 terracotta pots
  • hot glue gun

I had some black Krylon spray paint and acrylic paint already. I bought two different sized terracotta pots, black rick rack and two cardboard cone shapes from Michael's (the cones are in the Christmas craft isle). All together it cost me $5 for the supplies. TIP: When buying the pots, make sure the base of the cone fits in them!

I took the terra cotta pots and spray painted them with black spray paint. Easy enough! Then I used white, yellow, and orange acrylic paint on the cones to resemble a candy corn. After that dried- I used Mr. Hot Glue Gun (my craft friend) and glued the rick rack over where the paint colors met. This is good because it adds a pop and it hides any imperfections where the two colors meet.

The final step is to put some hot glue around the bottom of the cone and then carefully put it into the pot so that the cone is standing up straight.

Now they are sitting pretty with all my other Halloween decor! I just love adding decorations to my collection. The best part is when you pull everything out the following year - it is like Christmas because you always forget what you have!

Enjoy! Check back tomorrow for my new Theme of the Week - Halloween! PARTY!

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October 11, 2010

A DIY Fall Banner by our Guest Blogger!

Kate from The Starr Family is here!

Hi, there! I am so excited to be joining Kelsey today… celebrating 31 days of Halloween and beautiful Autumn! I have an easy peasy NO-SEW craft to share today. One that even the most simple of simpletons could handle (that would be me thankyouverymuch). We are talking fabric and hot glue my friends! Amen.

The Fall Banner
What you need
Fabric (approx. 1 yard burlap/linen)
Hot Glue Gun
Paint/Black Sharpie/Paintbrushes
Pumpkin Spice Latte (I’m pretty sure it helps)

1. Cut out your pennants. I measured my large burlap pennants 6” across the top. My linen pennant layers were about 4”across the top. [The linen layers will be placed on top of the burlap.]

2. Trace your letters onto the linen. I chose to freehand Blackadder font; you can use any stencil. Fill in the letters with paint. I used charcoal gray acrylic paint. [Note: test your paint on your fabric first to see what fonts work and how dark you want the paint to be!]

3. Once the paint has dried, glue the top linen layer to the bottom burlap layer. Then glue the string across the back of the pennants (hemp works perfectly and gives a rustic look).

4. Tie little knots on the ends of the string… and you are finished! How ‘bout them apples, so easy!! You even have time to make another… I can see the word THANKFUL to hang in November.

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     Oh and one more thing! With your leftover fabric, you can create a mini-version!

I simply used a black sharpie marker instead of paint; making certain not to put much pressure on the marker (gives it a softer look). I also added leaves at the end. It makes a perfect gift!
Good luck and have fun with it! If you get crazy brave and decide to use thread, try a different version HERE!

Happy Happy Halloweenie!

October 4, 2010

DIY Halloween Wreath

27 Days Until Halloween!

I have seen so many fabric wreaths and I love the look of them! I decided to try to make one with some scraps of Halloween fabric that I had in my fabric bin. I gathered up a roll of orange ribbon, some black tulle, and any black or orange fabrics that I had.

Rag Wreath Tutorial

Then I went to Michaels in search of a wreath form, and to my surprise I found them in three sizes
I cut all of the fabrics into strips about a foot long and 1-2 inches wide. Normally I would use my rotary cutter to make straight lines, but since I knew these strips were going to be knotted onto the wreath I just used a pair of scissors. Then I sat down on the couch with my family and started knotting.

I knotted fabrics all the way around the form, and then used black ribbon to make a hanger. I love that the fabric is fraying and it has that rustic look to it. I can’t wait to make more of these. The best part is that it was done within an hour and super easy! No sewing, no gluing, just knotting!!