altered, decor, spring, Wishblade, Xyron

I give up!

On getting a good picture of this project πŸ™‚  Sorry.  I’ve been stressing about it for a week, and it just isn’t a great picture, but I hope you’ll still appreciate that it’s a cute project!

Silhouettes are a tad popular right now, and I thought about this one night and decided that I’d do this project to add a little something to my Easter decor.  I like how they turned out, but I did manage to buy two out of three frames with no built in stand and I have to do something about that.  What a dork!

I searched the web for pictures that I could trace in my Create and Cut software.  Cut the chicks out in two different sizes and flipped one.  I used mostly scraps of paper for everything else.  Clouds were cut freehand and all the inking was done with a sponge for an antique sort of effect.  I hot-glued the goodies to the outside of the frames because I like that look.  I also chose three different frame styles to make it have that eclectic look.  (They are all white, not that you can tell from this awful picture).

Anyway, thanks for looking!  I hope you’re having a good time getting your house ready for spring!

altered, decor, Spellbinders, Xyron

Family Quote Frame

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to make this project for Xyron to use in Michael’s.  It’ll be on a tear off sheet in the aisle with the Creatopia once they’re in stores (at least I think so πŸ™‚ ).  I don’t have instructions to share right now, because they will be in stores, but I thought I’d share it so you can at least see the project.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out!

The supplies were all purchased at Michael’s, and the dies that I used are the new Spellbinder’s dies for Xyron.  They’re really pretty!
Thanks for stopping by!

altered, Christmas, decor

Another project down!

This project was shared with me a little while ago and I knew that I wanted to make a set for my house.  The originals with instructions are over at Shanty 2 Chic and they are so cute!  Those are shabby chic, and I like that style a lot, but it doesn’t really go with my Christmas decor.  I’m all about the glitter and sparkle!  My fake tree is silver if that helps you understand πŸ˜€

Anyway, here are the trees that I made…

I bought one large and two smaller styrofoam tree forms.  The ribbon all came from Wal-Mart (believe it or not) and I don’t have a ruffler foot, but my mom came over one day and gathered it all for me after I told her I was too lazy and impatient to do it myself.  The candlestick bases are from Hobby Lobby and so are the glass doorknob tree toppers.  All on sale, woohoo!  I added a little more cheapo wired ribbon around the toppers to help hide the top and wrapped it around a pencil to give it that ringlet shape.  The bases are attached with liquid nails.
Anyway, I hope you like them!  I know I do πŸ™‚

decor, Hanukkah, scrapbooking

Let’s catch up!

How about we talk about why I’ve been so absent lately πŸ™‚
We can start with Thanksgiving!  We stay home and cook our own meal (that way we get leftovers).  We were busy with that on Wednesday and Thursday of that week.  The meal came out great and I even made some of the little pilgrim hats that I shared on Facebook.  If you get the Fiskars newsletter you’ve seen them too.  The kids all loved them!

They hold crayons.  I gave the kids each one with a new pack of crayons inside and some cardstock to draw on.  They liked getting to color while they ate dinner.
I also made some pies to take to our friends’ house after dinner.  I don’t like pie, but I think they turned out okay because they were eaten!

Pioneer Woman’s Scrumptious Apple Pie

Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin Cream Pie

So we wrapped up Thanksgiving and had to haul some booty to get the house ready for Christmas and Hanukkah.  I had to take down the fall decorations and get out my Christmas stuff and all that takes time.  We didn’t really have time because this year Hanukkah started on December 1st.  I host Hanukkah dinner every year for my husband’s family and some of our friends.  I make a ton of stuff from scratch and have to clean this whole monster of a house and it takes a while!  We were scrambling to get done, and I had to change and eliminate some things from the menu so that we’d get done in time for everyone to be here Saturday night.  Some friends came early and helped us to do all the last minute things that seem to slow us down at the last second and we were actually ready to go by the time everyone else got here!

Star of David shaped butters.  Because I’m OCD.

Challah!  I made a TON this year.

Placecard/Favor boxes

Remember those tissue paper balls I showed a couple of weeks ago?  Here they are!

Anyway, that whole bunch of busy time is done, but I have plenty more coming up.  Celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas makes for a busy December, but then you add in my birthday, a holiday party and holiday baking and things get lost in the shuffle.
I’ll be back this week with a holiday ornament and I’ll get to posting the holiday crafts I’ve been working on.  Have a great week!

Christmas, decor, Hanukkah

Busy!

I can’t show everything I’ve been working on, but here’s a pic of something that’s been keeping me busy this week. πŸ™‚

I’ll be sure to share pics of the whole to-do once it’s all done, but for now here’s a peek.

Also, this has been keeping me busy today…

Gotta love pretty presents!  I think I’ll be putting the tree up this week so I can have the house decorated in time to host dinner on Dec. 4th.  Then I’ll have somewhere to put these!

decor, Halloween

Felt for Halloween

I had seen this idea shared from a couple of different blogs (neither of which is coming to mind right now).  They used felt to make these fake blood drip table covers and I knew the kids would love them.  Felt is such a great material to work with!  It doesn’t need to be finished because it doesn’t fray, so it’s prefect for people that are afraid of breaking out their sewing machine.  It comes in a 72″ width (wider than decorator fabrics) so it’s great for table cloths.  I’m actually hoping to get enough to make a table cloth for the whole length of our dining room table for next year.  They put felt on sale a lot in the fall because it’s great for making costumes.  I paid about $2.50 a yard for this stuff and I love the way the covers turned out.

 This table is in my entryway and it was the first one I tried making.  I laid a piece of felt over the table and put in pins along the top edge so I wouldn’t cut the drips up too far.  I turned it onto the backside once the pins were in and drew the drips with a sharpie.  Just cut along the lines and you’re done!

ο»ΏThis is the hutch in my dining room.  Same basic steps as the other cover, but I didn’t have to do any corners on this one because  the sides fit along the inside of the opening.
decor, Halloween

Argyle Pumpkins!

I had originally seen pumpkins like this at a local decor store.  I really wanted to buy some, but the smallest ones were $12 each and I just couldn’t swing that.  I ended up buying some of the craft pumpkins (I chose the white ones because they’re different and i liked them a lot).  If the pumpkins are out of your budget, wait until after Halloween and keep and eye out for a good clearance sale.  I am totally getting more for next year if I can find them at 75% off!

I used latex artist paints on them (they put the tubes on sale at Michael’s all the time), but the black lines on the smaller ones I just drew on with a sharpie.
Now, these aren’t prefect straight lines, but that’s not what I was going for.  I did a lot freehand.  I started by measuring around the widest part of the pumpkin, then dividing that measurement up evenly.  On the small pumpkins I made a mark every 1.5 inches, but on the large one I made the mark every 4 inches.  Just do whatever you want whether you like the smaller diamonds or larger ones.
I didn’t draw lines to fill in, I just made little dots and did everything else freehand with the brush and the marker.
These are very easy to make, and they fit into that category of decorations that I can leave out after Halloween because they’re great for fall and aren’t covered in bats and skeletons πŸ™‚

altered, decor, fall, Halloween

Decorating on the Cheap: Halloween Candy!

I really enjoy decorating for the seasons and holidays, but it can get expensive.  For some parts of my decor every year and for every season, I use candy.  It’s cheap, easy to find, and pretty.  There are hearts for Valentine’s, hard and ribbon candies for Christmas and for Halloween..TONS of goodies!

(All of the containers I use in this post are things that I’ve had for years. Some of them you can still buy, but some you can’t. I’ll try to share where I got things when I can.)

This is the first thing I put together this year.  I’ve had these out for a little while (so forgive the fact that they’re looking a little low.  Some of us can’t resist the decorations πŸ™‚

These are vases I bought years ago from Southern Living at Home. You could easily buy inexpensive bud vases at any craft or big box store, and candy corn (or Indian Corn, which is what they call this stuff with the brown on the bottom) is one of the cheapest and easiest things to buy this time of year.
I also bought these goodies…

The two bigger bags were 88 cents each.  The caramel filled chocolate eyeballs were more expensive, but they were just too awesome to resist.
Here are some things I did with those eyeballs πŸ™‚

 This is a vase that I’ve had for a while, but I bought it for about $3 at Michael’s and I’m pretty sure that you still can.  I added some super cheap paper from the dollar spot at Target to it and a couple of Halloween embellishments.  the skulls, mice and snakes?  A buck a package at either the dollar store or the grocery store.

 This is a mini ice bucket (again, I’ve had it for a while.  Bought it at an antiques store).  I just layered the stuff in there.  They layering would be really cute in a great bog apothecary jar, but I don’t have any of those.  The crow is from Michael’s.

ο»ΏThis is just a cup that I bought years ago to drink my mudslides out of  πŸ™‚  They’re not cheap (about $6 each at Cost Plus) but I love the fact that it looks like a cauldron.
I dipped in to my stemware stash for these too:
I don’t drink champagne that often, but these would be so cute at a place setting for a fall dinner.  The little pumpkins are cute and cheap for a little scatter/confetti for a pretty table.
I also layered the pumpkins and candy corn in the ice bucket for a different look.

Just take away the Halloween accessories and this can stay out to decorate through Thanksgiving.

I also keep these candle holders out on my dining room table all year.  Just switch out the candy and the ribbon for a different look for every season.

Those little acorns came in a bag at the dollar store.

Finally, a re-do of the first picture with the vases.  This time with a different fall candy in each one.  They were getting low anyway πŸ™‚

I hope this helps if you are looking for some ideas for decorating for Halloween on the cheap!
My husband is going to be soooo glad that I finally got this post up.  He’s been trying to eat this candy for a week!