We’ve Been Featured on HLNTV.com!!!

I’m SO EXCITED to share with all you that one of our crafts has been featured on HLNTV.com!! Yeah!!

HLN (Headline News, a sister network to CNN) has been challenging its anchors to create some Halloween crafts they found on Pinterest.  Check out what they found on our site…

Mummy Pumpkin Complete

It’s the Mummy Pumpkin!!

This project was so quick and easy to make, and I can’t wait to watch one of the anchors recreate it on HLN’s Weekend Express this Saturday!

Hopefully these cuties will grace many doorsteps this Halloween.

Make sure you check out all of the other fun crafts over at HLNTV.com!

Mummy Pumpkin Outside

So tell me… what do you think of our Mummy Pumpkin?  Would you attempt it?  I’m “dying” to know!

Lizz

Black Rose Skull Wreath

Halloween may still be a few weeks away, but there’s no reason we can’t start our creepy crawly decorating now, right?

I made this wreath for our door last year, but since I was taking a little bloggin’ break I haven’t posted it yet.  Let me tell you, not only is the one of my favorite wreaths so far, it was incredibly easy to make.  So let’s get to it!

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First, you will need to raid your local craft store for goodies.  I was able to find bunches of black roses, purple glitter skulls, and glitter spiders all on clearance.  I splurged on a Styrofoam floral wreath (by splurged, I mean I used a Michael’s coupon of course).  Add a hot glue gun to the mix, and you’ve got all of your items!

I started with the placement of the large skull, as this was clearly the focal point of the wreath.  Since the wreath was Styrofoam, all I had to do was poke the stick the skull was attached to into the wreath.  Once I had that in place, I cut the flowers off of the bunch (leaving as long of a stem as possible) and poked them in as well.  If I found that the stem was too long and came out the other side of the wreath, I just trimmed the stem a bit.  The spiders were also on stems, so they were placed the same way.  Easy Peasy.  I hot glued a hidden loop of string in the back for hanging.  I have a window on my front door, so a suction cup with a hook on it works great for hanging wreaths without a giant bow on the top.

If I had wanted to re-use the wreath with new items, I could stop there.  However, this wreath will now be gracing a friend’s door for Halloween, so I went back with my glue gun to secure each piece.  I would recommend putting the whole thing together before doing any gluing in this case, since I found that some floral adjustments were needed when I stepped back for a good look.

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Love this wreath?  Then !!

So there you go.  This baby took hardly any time to throw together, and I love how it’s scary without being scary.  Make sure you come back to check out this year’s wreath which I will be posting soon!  And if you need more inspiration, feel free to check out our Spider Web Wreath from 2 Halloweens ago, which comes with the bonus post of how to make an interchangeable yarn wreath.  Oh yes…

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Have you made a great Halloween wreath you would like to share?  I would love for your to link to it, or describe it, in a comment below!

Happy Wreathing!

Lizz

Chalkboard Wine Glasses

For this past Christmas, my sister came up with an awesome idea of exchanging handmade gifts.  I had such a good time putting my crafty skills to work, and the gifts were so personal and unique.  I (obviously) couldn’t post them before the holidays, so I saved them for a bit.  With Mother’s Day approaching, I thought now would be a good time to share.  And I will be starting with the gift I made for my mama…chalkboard wine glasses.

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I went to the blue and yellow beacon (more commonly known as IKEA), and got some simple wine glasses, and one of their cardboard glass holders to wrap them in later.  Since I planned on only making the base of the glass into chalkboard, I used masking tape to tape a nice straight line at the bottom of the stem.

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Then I used some saran wrap to cover the top of the glass completely, and taped that as well, leaving only the base exposed.

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Then next part has no photos since I was by myself, spray painting.  But it’s pretty easy.  Get a can of chalkboard spray paint (available at hardware and craft stores).  Hold the glass by the top (I recommend wearing gloves and long sleeves), and spray the base of the glass on both the top and bottom.  Be sure that you are holding the can about 12 inches away from the glass, and spray in short spurts, so you don’t get runny parts.  Place the glass upside down to dry completely.  Do a second coat.

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Once completely dried, peel off all of the tape and wrapping.

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They turned out great!!  Now nobody will lose their glasses during a party!

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I seemed to not have taken a picture of the wrapped product, but I just put a few pieces of chalk and curled ribbons into each glass, and Skylar made holiday chalk drawings on each of them.  I put them into the cardboard glass holder and put the whole thing into a bag.  Very cute!

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Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Lizz

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If you would like to pin this on Pinterest, just click the button:  

St Patty’s Revisit

Since we did so many St Patty’s Day projects last year (and I couldn’t finish my project for today’s post!), I thought I would show you some of those projects again. If you are looking for a fun last minute project, we have lots for you to try!

(just click the photo to see the original post with instructions)

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Make your own St Patrick’s Day shirt using freezer paper

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Make a leprechaun sundae

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Make a leprechaun trap

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Enjoy a St Patrick’s Day muffin tin meal

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I hope you found something you might want to try!

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Make sure to come back tomorrow for a special St Patrick’s Day themed Gluten Free Friday!

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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For you Pintrest fans out there, if you are loving what you see, click the link below to pin your favorite project(s):

 
Make a Shamrock t-shirt

 Leprechaun Sundae

 Leprechaun Trap

 St Patrick’s Day Muffin Tin Meal

Rainbow Fruit Skewers

This past weekend, Skylar and I were invited to a St Patrick’s Day party.  We love a good themed party, and we were really excited to join in the festivites.  When I asked what dish I could bring, I was given instructions to bring whatever.  Oh, the possibilites are endless!

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I knew there would be a lot of kids at this party, so I opted to make something on the healthy (and gluten free) side that everyone would enjoy.  And, of course, it must have a St Patty’s theme!  Enter Rainbow Fruit Skewers…

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Don’t those just make you feel like there’s a pot of gold somewhere close?!

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After choosing our fruits of many colors, I cut them into similarly sized pieces, then laid everything out for a bit so it wasn’t super super moist.

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I put them onto the skewers, and Voila!  A beautiful rainbow of a healthy treat!

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Stay tuned for more St Patty’s Day fun!!  If you want to see the fun things we came up with last year for this jolly green holiday, Click Herefor all of our St Patty’s Day posts.

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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If you would like to add this post to your Pintrest page, Click here to Pin It

Quick Thanksgiving Centerpiece

With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner (as in tomorrow), I thought I would share a pretty fall centerpiece I made.

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I’ve been wondering what to do with all of those gourds we somehow collected around Halloween.  They have such lovely fall colors, it seemed like a shame to not reuse them somehow.  So I took a wide clear glass vase, arranged them inside, and added some fake fall leaves I had.  Ah ha!  Quick and easy centerpiece. 

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I think this would look nice in a clear shallow bowl as well.

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Good luck to everyone in their cooking/traveling/holiday preparations.

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Lizz

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Would you like to pin this on pintrest? Click here: Pin It

 

Halloween Mummy Pumpkin

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

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I bet you have all been ready with beautiful carved pumpkins sitting on your doorstep for the past week.  Me?  Not so much.  If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m a bit of a procrastinator…Okay, that’s an understatement…I leave absolutely everything to the absolute last minute.  Including this year’s pumpkin.

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While I love the toothy grin of a jack-o-lantern, I’m not the biggest fan of touching gross stuff.  Pumpkin guts definitely qualify as gross stuff.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate my mother who loves to carve pumpkins with her granddaughter.  This way, Skylar gets the pumpkin carving experience, while I get to be all arts and crafty with ours.  This year’s inspiration came from Pintrest (as all recent good ideas have).

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I give you…. The Mummy Pumpkin!!

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Duhn Duhn DUUUUHHHHHH!!!!!!!

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This pumpkin took me all of 10 minutes to do (uh, at 8:00 last night).  Perfect for a last-minute-aholic like me.  (who still needed to hem a Halloween costume before school the next day…I told you I was a procrastinator!)

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Here’s the skinny…

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Get yourself a pumpkin. (or have your daughter bring one home from a field trip)

You will also need large googly eyes and cheese cloth (both can be purchased at Michael’s).  Since we had a free pumpkin, this whole thing cost about $3.

Also, you will need to come packin’ heat, in the form of a hot glue gun.

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Start by gluing the eyes to your pumpkin

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Since you will probably not be bringing your pumpkin in to the store you will need to “eyeball” the size of your googly eyes (hehe!).  I think my eyes were a tad to big for our small pumpkin (40mm), so our mummy looks a little surprised.  No biggie though, it is Halloween after all!

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You will need to cut your cheesecloth into strips.  Mine were about 1 inch wide.  They don’t need to be perfect, and actually look a little better if they aren’t.  Then wrap the cheesecloth around the pumpkin, leaving the eyes uncovered and a few exposed spaces.  Carefully use the glue gun as you go to secure the strips on the backside of the pumpkin.  Once finished, use dots of glue all around the front and bottoms to finish securing the strips.

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And there you have a very quick, last-minute, (slightly startled looking), no-carve mummy pumpkin.

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Okay, enough about pumpkins….let’s go get some candy!!….I mean, let’s take the kids to get some candy!!

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Happy Halloween!

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Lizz

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P.S.  I think this is a great project to use on one of those plastic pumpkins (also available at Michael’s).  That way you could save this guy for many Halloweens to come.  No gross guts to deal with either.  It’s a win-win!

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I will be sharing our Mummy Pumpkin at these awesome link parties:

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree

Made It Myself Monday @ You Had Me At Craft

I was featured on Momnivore’s Dilemma!

I’m so excited!  I have been featured on this week’s Creative Juices over at Momnivore’s Dilemma!

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It seems that the lovely Nicolette (who also writes about some gluten free stuff for those who are interested) really like the wreath I made.

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I hope you all get a chance to check out Momnivore’s Dilemma, and see the other goodies over there today.

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Have a great day!!

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Lizz

Spider Web Wreath

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I have officially made my first wreath!

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I showed you in *This Post* how I created a nice white yarn wreath.  The possibilities are endless for decorating it!  I also love the fact that I can change the decorations as the holidays/seasons change.

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Here is the first one, made with an obvious Halloween theme:

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I am so happy with the outcome!  Here’s what I did:

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The whole idea for this wreath started when I found this little guy at one of those temporary Halloween stores that pop up this time of year.

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I certainly could have made this myself, but it was a buy one get one free deal that ended up costing me about $2 each.  Sounds like a deal to me!  If you can’t find something like this, you can take two styrofoam balls (one slightly larger than the other), and glue them together.  Then wrap them with a tinsel of your color choice.  You will need some wired tinsel for legs, and googley eyes.  That’s it!

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For the web, I used the same yarn I had used to create the wreath itself so it would blend in.  To create the frame I used 4 lengths of string to create a pie-shaped crossing.  I tied each one on the backside of the wreath with some tight double knots and trimmed the ends.

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To make the little web connections, I took a long length of yarn and started by tying it to one of the frame strings in the front of the wreath.  I made sure to choose a starting spot where I would be placing the spider, effectively hiding my knot.  Then I wrapped the web string around each frame string once.  I was careful to not pull to tightly or the frame would move out of place.

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I continued wrapping in a spiral shape around all of the frame strings.  Once I got to the middle, I tightly tied off my string on the backside and cut the ends as short as possible.

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Now it looks like a web!!

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I glued on a few pieces of velcro (the harder grabby side) to the body and a few legs of my spider, and placed it onto the wreath (making sure to hide that starting knot).  The velcro grabbed right on to the yarn.  Now when I’m ready to change the wreath decorations, I can just pull the spider off and cut the web!

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I love this and it looks great on our door.

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I hope you’re all having fun getting your place ready for Halloween.  Have a great day!

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Lizz

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I will be sharing this cute Halloween project at these parties:

DIY Thrifty Thursdays @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

Halloween Link Party @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree

Made It Myself Monday @ You Had Me At Craft

White Yarn Wreath

I keep seeing all these lovely wreaths all over the internet, and I’m been chomping at the bit to try one.  My current favorites are the yarn wrapped ones.  Since we have very little storage around here, I cannot make a new wreath for every occasion.  But I want to!

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So, I’ve come up with a way to make one wreath where I can just change out the decorations!  Problem solved!!  First, I needed to make the base wreath.  I will show this step today, then later I’ll show you how we decorate it.  I started by grabbing the few things:

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A styrofoam wreath, white yarn, and a glue gun is all you will need.  Everything can be found at your local craft store.  I had a coupon (of course) to knock down the price of the styrofoam wreath to about $4, but *here* is another idea to do this even cheaper.

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Since I want this to be a frequently used wreath, I decided to take the extra step to create a little loop in back for hanging.  I simply cut a length of yard, and glued it to the wreath, leaving an unglued section up, like so:

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Now it’s time to wrap.  This took me some serious time (like an entire Sunday, since I kept taking breaks).  It would have been easier if I had purchased white styrofoam, but I didn’t like the shape of the ones they are offering at my local store.  I really wanted this completely rounded one, and not one of the wreaths that are flat in the back and/or front.  I got green knowing it was going to take some effort.

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I started by gluing my yarn anywhere on the wreath, and wrapping it around.

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(here I started wrapping over that string used to make the loop)

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Because of my green foam, I needed to make sure that every wrap around was pulled tight, and then VERY tightly shoved together so nothing showed through.  Every 20 or so wraps around, I squeezed a drop of glue and wrapped a few times over it to hold everything in place.  Doing this allowed for a few breaks to rest the fingers, and insured that you didn’t lose any progress already made.

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(see my glue dots?)

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Another little trick I figured out helped solve the issue that the inner part of the circle is smaller than the outer one.  In the picture above, you can probably see that it looks like sometimes the yarn is sticking out.  After every 10 or so wraps, I would wrap one layer of yarn over the top of the last one, but only on the inside of the circle.  This helped make sure all the angles were right.

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Once I (FINALLY) got all the way around, I used some glue to make sure that last bit of yarn would not unravel.

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(this pic shows how I wrapped around the loop, and on the left you can sort of see the glue to finish off.  Don’t worry, this is the back and nobody will see this part)

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So, was all that effort worth it?

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Oh yeah!!

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And I cannot wait to show you the amazing (removable) Halloween decoration we made for this.

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Have you seen/made a wreath like this one?  Do you have any suggestions for upcoming holiday decorations?  I’d love to hear them!

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Have a lovely day!

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Lizz