Monday, October 22, 2012
I think this wreath is beautiful (and yes, I realize I'm totally biased considering I designed it) and I'd just go ahead and keep her for myself but I've never decorated my house in blues/whites for the holidays.... it seems like with toddlers, using bright colors just adds more to the charm of the holidays. Maybe when they're older I can change out all of my holiday decorations for something more sophisticated like this?
And I know - it's WAY too early to start talking about Christmas/holidays but you know - it's just lurking there behind the corner of Halloween!!! Ready to pounce and make us all stressed out about what we're going to get Grandma Fran! ;)
Or, do you just count yourself lucky/happy if you can get up a Christmas tree by the 24th? Some years I'm amazed I can do that - this year should be really interesting - my youngest will be 16 months and I think - very intersted in pulling ornaments off the tree. We'll probably be that family that only has ornaments on 3/4 of the tree, might even be tying it up so she can't pull it over! ;)
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Oh My! I went a little crazy this year with the Halloween decorations.... my husband pretends he likes it but sometimes I wonder if he thinks I have too much time on my hands. (Which - I don't.... I just don't sit still which means every minute I'm not changing a dirty diaper - I'm probably in our office/sewing room doing something crafty!) I LOVE a lot of what I did - it's not really 'staged' well but I'm not trying to win awards - just trying to make the holidays fun for my little girls. Here's a peek into our home and what I did:
My mantle! By accident actually, I ended up with a black and orange theme this year and I have to say - I really like it! It's a bit vintage but a bit modern too.
And there you have it! A 'tour' of sorts of our Halloween decorations! Do you have decorations up in your home yet?
|These awesome candy jars were a DIY project found on |
the amazing blog, eighteen25 - love those gals!
|The ruffled streamers were an amazing idea I found on the blog Made. SO easy and so much more fun that plain old crepe paper streamers!!!!! They pack a punch for just a little bit of money!|
|I have two young kids so one way they can help me decorate is with window clings... they're ususally cheap (especially at the Dollar Store) and my 3 year old loves putting them on our windows. I usually sneak a few into our family photos too. :)|
|My favorite artwork in our whole house - a panoramic print by Craig Hergert.|
|The BOO sign I re-did this year. Last year I just glue/glittered letters and put them in frames... not so much. Using the thin wooden letters from Hobby Lobby worked out so much better! (Another great project idea from eighteen25). Of course ALL I can see is how the "B" is slipping down the frame.... I need to re-stick that sucka!|
|Please excuse the awful photo! Anyhow - the black cat garland was a find at Target last year (I think) - the googly eyes and washi tape garland were tips I found on the blog Landee See, Landee Do via eighteen25.|
|Lots and LOTS of bats, orange ribbon, black crepe paper garland......|
|Some of my current favorites: my pumpkin candlesticks and Halloween Trees! The haunted house is from the Dollar store and the Bat "Boo" decor is from HomeGoods.|
|Our bookshelves in our dining room have a mish-mash of a bunch of things.... monster tissue boxes, paper plate pumpkins (my 3 year old did these) and Halloween paper garland from last year's decor.|
|please disregard how much stuff (CRAP) is on my fridge.... but, you can see that I continued on with the bats in our kitchen/laundry area... I am crazy, aren't I?|
Sunday, October 14, 2012
|Source: The V Spot|
I thought this was the CUTEST idea ever! I have an old typography style globe that I picked up last year at a garage sale for $3. I love having it around the house and I had it up in the house for my 'back to school' decorations but adding it to my Halloween decor seemed too good to be true!
Well, it was.
Egad! What a mess! I bought some 'removable' glue dots and went to town... until the ribbon corners/edges started getting caught up in the metal frame as I was spinning the globe to add the next section of ribbon. So, I got out my trusty 'blue painters tape' (I swear, this stuff is ALL over my house....) and tried to tape down the corners/edges to keep them from catching. DID NOT WORK AT ALL. The ribbons just never seemed tight enough, everything just caught up in the frame as it spinned and finally - I decided it was just time to give up. :(
Globe - 1, Amy - 0
Oh well.... I've had a lot of DIY successes lately so I suppose it's not too awful that this one didn't work out! My excuse? That my globe had the bumps of the typography. ;) Yep, that's my story!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
|Source: The New Home Ec|
I was really hoping to make some simple slip covers for the pillows I keep on our couch and love seat and was most inspired by this one:
Source: Someday Crafts Blog
I used the template she had but it printed out super small so instead I free-handed my skeleton and bones. I cut them out of white felt by using a fabric marker to draw the outline. Rather than embroider the felt skeleton pieces onto my pillow piece, I machine embroidered it using orange thread.
After that, I decided to make use of some fabric strips I had in my stash. I made them into ruffles then pinned and sewed them onto pillow pieces as well.
I'm happy with how everything worked out! The ruffle pillow covers aren't perfect and I'm realizing the black fabric is tough. We have a golden/lab mix dog and his hair shows up! With a 3 year old and a 1 year old it seems like our throw pillows are CONSTANTLY on the floor whether I want them to be or not. ;)
Monday, October 8, 2012
Cute, huh? But the price just didn't seem as cute. So, I set out to recreate them in my 'own way'. I personally think mine turned out even better!
|My Punkins.... also purchased at HB|
|This sad guy on the right needed some glitz and glitter to 'fit in with the right crowd' so I gave him some sparkle!|
|with some spray adhesive and pretty orange glitter|
|and added some gold glitter glue to his stem|
|I picked the WORST time to glitter! It was super windy so now there is a fine coating of orange glitter all over our back patio... oops! :)|
|Now this guy fits in! I did spray some clear coat spray paint over the top so the orange glitter wouldn't shed so much.... we'll see if it works!|
|Not sure why I didn't take a pic - but I cut two scalloped edge circles out of black felt and hot glued them together (the one on top is a bit smaller). Next I hot glued this fringed crepe paper around the base twice.|
|to get this! (See the scalloped circles? NOPE - not even close to perfect...)|
|then I added some of that awesome fringe to the base of one of the punkins|
|to get this!|
|then I glued it all together! Candlestick to scalloped circles to fringed punkin!|
|for another of the candlesticks I added a ruffled flower and for a bit more stability I also glued a square of black felt. What it ended up looking like:|
|This guy also got a ruffle base as well as a jaunty little burlap flower 'hat'!|
|and my glittery guy? He got some fringe and worked perfectly on the shorter candlestick|