Fun & Easy Costume Idea

Hello everyone! Okay, here we go! We’re all thinking about and looking for some great costume ideas this time of year for the parties, get togethers and of course, trick and treating we’ll all be doing. Well if you’re in a time crunch and looking for an easy and adorable idea, here’s one that we’re in love with….

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Fruit Loop Halloween glasses by Ashley of Sugar & Cloth.

Adorable right? Such an easy idea if you’re looking for something simple. Of course, you can always build on this as well.

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You can get the full tutorial here:

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Halloween Round-UP

Hello everyone!  Boy, the temperatures sure have plummeted around here the last few days  and I’m starting to actually believe it’s fall. Of course, we know how fast Halloween sneaks up on us  so I’m gathering my ideas for some fun projects this year and thought I’d first share some of my projects from past Halloween’s.

Poison Apple Recipe book Such a fun kitchen decoration or for any table for that matter.

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Poison Candy Apples (Not really poison) If you’ve never made them before, you should.

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Hope about a drink with your apple? Our Witches Sour Apple Brew is sure to hit the spot!

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Hope you can use some of these ideas this year! Watch for more fun ideas coming.

Individual Fruit Jars :: Tip of the week

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to share my Tip of  the Week, Individual Fruit Jars, that we put into action this past weekend.
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My daughters and their friends invited us moms to the Carrie Underwood concert with them.Yep, that’s right.

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Carrie is adorable and sounded wonderful! It was such a fun afternoon and evening with my girls! The concert was held at a great outdoor venue, Ravina, which you Chicago friends will be familiar with.

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Everyone arrives early evening to secure a perfect spot on the grass to set up a picnic. No picnic tables here. Blankets on the grass with our Ravinia table in the center.  Crate and Barrel actually sells a table just for the concert goers which is small, portable and low to the ground. Genius!

We packed lots of goodies to eat but the one I wanted to share with you today was our individual fruit jars. I purchased a bunch of delicious fruit and filled a jar for each of us.

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It was perfect to nibble on whenever you wanted it…

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and close it up when you didn’t.

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People sitting around us thought they were cute and loved the idea! (that was sweet of them) and we did to! Not only convenient but a fun way to  eat! Much better than putting it in a plastic container for everyone to pass around. Don’t ya think?

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Making individual servings is always a favorite of mine. Makes it easy for people to move around to mingle and still eat.

(Remember to make up some extras for the guys at home. It’s a fun way to eat and watch the football games.) Hope you’ll try it soon!

 

DIY Painted Doormat

Hi everyone.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a DIY, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy whipping some up.

I’ve been wanting a mat at my backdoor to wipe our feet on after we’ve been out watering the flowers, so I figured a “friendly” little pop of color would do the trick.  I turned a boring brown straw doormat into a happy little greeting. Wanting that pop of color, I choose pink, what else? And it matches my flowers. The world always needs more pink, right?

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This little project was super easy, and only required a few materials. You will need:

  • A doormat. I got mine from Crate & Barrel, but you can find them everywhere.
  • Spray paint. (I used Rustoleum indoor-outdoor.)
  • “Hello” or other word or phrase printed on paper.
  • Contact paper.
  • An X-ACTO knife.

Step 1:
Find a font you like, and print your word (I used “hello”) off your computer. This will serve as your stencil, so make sure the font will be easy to cut
out. (Be sure to hold on to the section of the letter you cut out because you’ll need them when you spray paint.)

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Step 2:
Cut out your word carefully with clean lines.

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Step 3:
Trace the word onto the contact paper. This will serve as your stencil. I used the contact paper for the stencil rather than printer paper so the spray
paint wouldn’t leak through. (This contact have a slight adhesive on the back.)

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Step 4:
Lay your stencil where you want it on the mat. Make sure you place the inside pieces of the letters where you want them, too. (I forgot the inside of the
“e” and “o” in this photo, but thankfully I remembered to include them before I got out the spray paint!)

I used more of the contact paper to completely cover the mat.  You don’t want any paint to sneak into places it shouldn’t.

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Step 5:
It’s time to spray paint! Rather than move the can in a sweeping motion like you normally would to spray paint, hold the can directly above the stencil,
and keep it still as you spray. This will ensure no paint seeps outside of the stencil. You may need to spray a few coats to make the color more vibrant.

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Step 6:
Peel away your stencil and let the mat air dry.

And that’s it! You have an adorable doormat that is so cute no one will want to step on it.

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I love the way it turned out! You can even add a cute pair of flip flops so your watering shoes will be ready when you need them.

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Summer Fun Making Crayons

Hi everyone—A few days ago I mentioned that I’m participating in a Summer Camp linky party with other bloggers to bring our readers lots of fun ideas to do with the kids this summer.

Well, today I’m guest posting over on Design Dazzle and sharing with you a fun rainy day, or sunny day, activity to do with the kiddos.

Would love for you to stop by,  join the fun and see how to make Colorful Crayons.

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If you have an activity you’d like to share with us just click here and link it up. We’d love to see what you’re up to.

Have a Colorful Day!

Bow Tie Napkin Rings DIY~Father’s Day Celebration

I had so much fun this year planning our Father’s Day celebration. The whole party was centered around one of Dad’s favorite past times, golf.
As promised, I wanted to share with you how easy it is to make your table a little more festive by just adding a simple decorative element like, in this case, a Bow tie napkin ring. And the real plus is that it only cost pennies and a few minutes to make.  (we love that, right?)
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1. Just download this Bow-tie and copy onto heavy card stock.

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2. Cut them out.

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3. Put a dab of hot glue on the back and push a thin hair tie into it. Hold for a few seconds to secure.

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4. Pull your napkin through and add a golf tee.

So, so simple! Doesn’t it look like fabric?

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So, so effective! It makes a big impact on your table!

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Have a Happy Father’s Day celebration!

{Party Theme} A Sparkly New Year’s Eve

Hi Everyone! Well, we’re in the final stretch now for Christmas and, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. I put together some great New Year’s Eve party inspiration and am sharing it over on the Tiny Prints blog. Yep, that’s right.

I’m so excited to be guest posting on their blog today.   You know I love the selection of wonderful cards and invites they have and I always have so much fun putting together parties and DIYs for them.

My latest post,  A Painted Lighted Canvas, was part of the New Year’s Eve inspiration I created.

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In case you missed it, you can get the full DIY here.

Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll see over at Tiny Prints.

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I hope to see you over at their blog so we can toast to the New Year!

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Cheers and have a wonderful New Year’s! ♥

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{DIY} Painted Lighted Canvas

Greetings everyone! Have you’ve seen some of the wonderful lighted signage that seem to be popping up  in the stores?  I did a New Year’s Eve post for Tiny Prints blog (that will be posted this weekend) , and, as part of the decor for the post, I made this painted lighted canvas for our mantel.

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I chose the word SPARKLE which I thought was so fitting for the holidays and especially New Year’s Eve.

I thought a lighted canvas would freshen up the look of the mantel and add a little glitz!

They are fairly easy to make and don’t take to much time.  The result is so pretty, I think:)

If you’d like to give it a try it only takes a few items and about an hour or so.

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1. You’ll need a canvas. (decide how big you’d like yours to be. I purchased mine at the art supply store, which has a huge selection of sizes.

2. Choose a paint brush that will be the width of your lettering.

3. Gold acrylic paint.

4. Watercolor pencil. (This is important. Do NOT use a lead pencil because it will muddy up your letters when you paint them. The watercolor pencil is great because if you make a mistake  just dampen a cloth and wipe it away.

Now, you can be as creative as you want here. Either free hand your lettering or photo copy your word using the font you like. Enlarge it to your desired size and transfer it to the canvas. I printed off the word SPARKLE and free-handed mine onto the canvas.

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Take your time painting over the letters. It took 2 coats of paint to get the color I was looking for.

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After it dries, hold the canvas  up to the light to decide where you want to poke holes for the lights.

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I used a strand of 100 soft white mini lights. (you can use battery operated lights if your prefer) I’ve seen them at Target. I used the plug in ones simply because I had them on hand and I have an outlet on my mantel.

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To poke the holes in the canvas I used a very sharp pointy scissors. ( Actually I used my manicure scissors. They worked perfectly.) Be careful to only make the holes large enough to push the light through and snug enough to hold the light in place.

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For the Christmas season, I used my gold reindeer and silver glittered tree. For New Year’s just change out the reindeer for the champagne glasses. There you have it.

Hope you like it as much as I do and that you’ll give it a try. CHEERS!

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I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Be sure to come back over the weekend to check out my post on Tiny Prints blog. Thanks and feel free to pin away.

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{DIY} Wrapping it Up

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share with you another favorite one of my gift wrapping ideas that, again is so easy and cute to make.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to present gifts uniquely and beautifully.  I believe when you take the time and make the extra effort to wrap a beautiful gift it makes the gift all that more special.

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Christmas towels and placemats are everywhere and so darn cute. For this project you’ll need a kitchen towel (the cotton thin ones)  and a placemat. (I showed how to make the bottle here)

I found this adorable placemat at Crate and Barrel and it’s perfect because the design is in the corner. (Sorry, slightly out of focus and cut the corner off, oops!)

 

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Lay the mat flat and then fold it in half matching up the side and bottom.

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You’ll need to secure them together.

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You can either stitch them together down the side and bottom or iron on stitch witchery or use a bead of glue. I choose the hot glue here. Gently press and hold for a few seconds.

It makes a beautiful finished bag!

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Now you’re ready to insert your gift and secure with a ribbon.  What do ya think?

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Next, I purchased this towel at Crate & Barrel also. I liked it because of the cute ball fringe. Bonus!!!

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It’s also an extra wide towel so I’ll get 2 bags of this one. woo hoo!  Lay it flat, press and cut down the center.

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You will need to finish off the edge that is cut. Fold over the raw edge 1/4 inch and press.

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Now to finish,  place the bonding tape carefully along the edge of the towel and press. Fold the towel back over taking care not to move the tape. Now press to secure.

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The bag on the left is the finished one I just showed you how to make.

To get the bag on the right simply leave open one side and glue down the other side and the ball fringe edge.

This is perfect for giving a magazine subscription.

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How you’ll try this idea.

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Do you know anyone that would like to receive one of these? Give it a try and you’ll be happy you did.

Have a sweet day!

The party I’ve linked to: Tater Tots & Jello

{DIY} Unique Christmas Wrapping Idea

Hi Everyone,

I’ve always been the type of person who loves the presentation of a gift.  So, I’m always trying to think of new ways to wrap.   I love the look on the recipients face when they get the gift. It makes me so happy to make someone else smile.  My mother used to say, when I handed her my gift, that she just wanted to hold it awhile before opening it just to look at it. (thanks sweet mom)!

One easy, inexpensive way that always packs a punch, is using Christmas socks. (I always love them and want to buy them).

This idea is so much fun and you can actually make it just before walking out the door to your party. (providing you have the socks on hand).

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Just cut off the heal of the sock because you won’t be needing that part. (sorry cute little toes). (I used the knee-high socks here).

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Secure the bottom with double stick tape, add a gift tag with twine and you have a gorgeous presentation.

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There you have it!

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So  hurry out and get your socks. I always keep some on hand for a quick hostess gift or in case friends stop over. You’ll have a beautiful gift for them.

Have a sweet day!

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