Monthly Archives: October 2011

Fresh Find Friday: Halloween Roundup

October 28, 2011

Howdy! It’s the final weekend in October and here are some last-minute tips and ideas to make this year’s Halloween one for the books. I’m excited for the parties and the candy! And the costumes! And the pumpkins!

What are you all up to?       

            SWEETPAUL_20110728_013photo by Linda Pugliese

Holy spooky! These tags are so easy to make it’s scary! Just print out the skulls and glue them over the heads in old photographs! Easy as pumpkin pie!

Pacman Halloween garlandphoto by mini-eco

Somebody please make this. It’s a modern take on the classic Halloween garland. And who doesn’t love Pacman???

     created at: 10/21/2010photo by curbly

I’m picky about my wreaths. I don’t want something ugly on my door. This beauty does not disappoint. I just love crepe paper. You can do anything with it!

     4686243221 15cbfa87a1 z 5 Amazing Halloween Make up Ideas!photo via Poppytalk

Not sure what to be? Here are some easy suggestions that definitely glam up any lackluster costume. 

Skull Candle, Large, Blackphoto via West Elm

Perfect decor. Perfect lighting. Perfect shape, colors. etc… And they’re on SALE

Have a great weekend! 

DIY wedding tips and tricks from a master.

October 26, 2011

I want to share a blurb from one of my new favorite blogs, Martha Stalwart. Sheesh! This girl is so crafty it hurts! She was recently married and put on the whole shindig with the help of her friends and family. Read below for lots of tips and tricks to throwing the perfect DIY wedding. 

upstate New York picnic wedding

The bride & groom decided to have a picnic themed wedding outdoors. They had tables and blankets and used picnic baskets as their centerpieces! They had cute foods that were made by her loving mother and they even made their own wedding cake!

upstate New York picnic wedding

upstate New York picnic wedding

All photos above by Channing Johnson via Ruffled

All photos below by Delia Hauser of Martha Stalwart 

Above: the bride workin’ on her bouquets. So pretty!

Below: the groomy workin’ on their picnic basket centerpieces!

The aftermath. The bride suggests that you hire a cleanup crew because, as you can tell, you don’t want to clean this up the night after your wedding!

Tip #1: Prep absolutely EVERYTHING you can before the week leading up to your wedding.  We spread out our projects over about 7 months to save headaches and most importantly, money!  If you are only spending 50 bucks here and there to tackle gift bags or favors or your cake decorations, the final cost of your wedding won’t sting so much.

Tip #2:  Have a notebook with a plan.  A REAL plan.  I typed out every project I could think of for the week and then divided it between the days.  I had layout charts for the tables, the food and the decorations.  When the last minute details are coming together, you’ll be getting ready, so your notebook should be a solid replacement for yourself.

Tip #3: Things will go wrong, no matter what, so be ready to laugh about it or to just let it go.  We had rain all week, humidity that felt like a jungle, a sagging cake, no phone or wifi, and mosquito bites all over our bodies and faces…just to name a few!

Click here to read the full post complete with photos and more tips on creating your perfect day! I’d say it was a success!

Tut Tuesday: Glitter Lanterns!!!

October 25, 2011

Hey ya’ll! I saw these from my favorite go-to gal for the projects and I just had to try my hand at them. I’ve got a shower coming up and these are perfect decorations! Ohhhh, I’m just smitten.

Supplies: Paper Lantern, Spray Adhesive, Glitter, Aerosol Hairspray, Large Sheet

Holding the lantern over a sheet, spray it with the adhesive and sprinkle glitter over that. Once your lantern is covered with glitter, spray with hairspray to set in place. And BOOM! That’s it!

Pretty lanterns for everyone!

       

I think I like glitter too much. A little excessive? Nah…

sosodeb, this one’s for you!

October 22, 2011

You can definitely make the marshmallows tonight and store them until Monday. They may not taste as fresh as they would if they were eaten tomorrow, but they definitely will not harden. The caramel will stay soft, and the cereal mixture will stay crunchy. You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Try storing them with a soft piece of bread for added moisture. Good luck! You’ll have to let me know how they turn out!

I can’t believe it’s not butter. Err, I mean sugar.

October 19, 2011

I am so amazed by this spookishly sweet breakfast put together by Sarah Young of Sheek Shindigs. It’s so cute and, believe it or not, healthy! She decided to do some breakfast that’s lighter on the calories and more vitamin-packed for the kiddos. That is cereal in those tins. Cereal, I tell you! Ah! So great! Go over and check it out!

**In other news: I am headed out of town to spend some much-needed quality time with my family. Activities include, but are not limited to: sleepovers with sisters and niece, THRILLER, lots and lots of baking, and possibly a trip to the zoo! My head is about to explode from all the fun that’s ‘bout to happen. 

Tut Tuesday: Customized Cupcakes

October 18, 2011

Hola! I hope everyone had a nice Monday. It was pretty chilly here. Perfect CHILI weather. Yum!

So today’s post is about customized cupcakes. We’ve got a baby shower coming up and I am playing around with ways to use mom’s and baby’s initials for the cupcakes. I had originally intended to use Royal Icing, and I’ll just tell you now: I failed. I didn’t make my letters thick enough and they broke. It’s a real pity because I thought they were pretty pretty. And there are no pics of the broken letters. Just this explanation. 

The good news is that the cupcakes are delicious! 

Supplies: Cookie sheet, piping bag (or heavy duty ziploc with a tiny cut in one corner) filled with royal icing, parchment paper, letters drawn onto some paper with a thick marker, and some pocket change

I used some pennies to hold down each corner of the parchment paper and started piping my little heart out. Now, you will want to work out before you do this. My hands were killing me because it was so tough to pipe out the royal icing. It hardens, ya know?

After I piped all my letters, I put them outside to set. It was cold so I knew they would set fast. While they were drying, I frosted my cupcakes, did some laundry, saved the world, etc. 

**And then I brought the letters inside and tried to peel them off of the parchment paper. I piped them too thin and they just fell to pieces in my hands. I was devastated. After picking myself up off the floor the crumbled letters up and throwing them in the trash, I had a plan.

I melted some chocolate chips and put the mixture in a little ziploc baggy. Snip, snip at the corner and boom! I just decided to pipe some chocolate letters instead. 

I used nickels to hold down the parchment paper this time because I’m rich. 

I let these letters chill outside and then brought them in to attempt peeling them once more. Sho’ nuff. It worked. I’ll be re-trying the royal icing again, but these will do for now. 

What do you think?

Fresh Find Friday

October 14, 2011

    HEEEYYYYY YOOOOUUUUU GUUUUYYYYSSSS! (For my sake, I hope you have seen The Goonies.) It’s Friday and I am so glad! We are going to be picking some more pumpkins tomorrow. We may even try to pick some apples. So excited for that one! Here are some fresh finds for the week. Enjoy!

                    photo by Skip To My Lou

I’m loving this printed tote. It’s the perfect craft to do with some kiddos!

photo by inchmark

My boyf’s/husb’s birthday is coming up and this is a great idea to keep in mind. Bottlecaps labeled with different numbers for each year. Super fun.

photo by Dinner: A Love Story

Baked Apples with Caramel? Whhaaaaaattttt?

photo by Stitchographie

These would be a great gift to give to some newlyweds. Please go and stop by Stitchographie! Your heart AND cart will be full. :)

                  2012 Garden Calendar Print

Last, but certainly not least, this calendar is all I want for Christmas. Yes, I’m thinking about my Christmas gifts right now. It wouldn’t hurt to have these recipe cards. Or any of these holiday cards. I am so in love with all things Rifle Paper Co. I was pretending I was rich and adding everything I liked to my cart, and the total was over $500. Oops!!! Good thing I was pretending!

**Happy Weekend**

Just a quick uplifter…

October 12, 2011

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I came across this post and had to share it. Sometimes I get bogged down because I think, “What am I doing this for? Who would even read what I have to say? I’m not good enough.” Reading this really helped me re-focus and I’m going to really tap into my creative side and see if I can’t get the results I REALLY want. :)

—The following is a must-read for everyone working (or aspiring to work) in a creative field.  


“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one [project]. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” -Ira Glass


 
I found this post here. Thank you, Delaney Gates and the folks over at Knot & Bow.



Tut Tuesday: Stampy McStamperson DIY

October 11, 2011

Do you know what I love to do in my spare time? I like to make stamps. Lots of them. They are so easy and you can have one traced, carved, and printed in under an hour. It’s the perfect hobby! Because it’s fall, and because I love apple cider, I decided to make a stamp to attach to some apple cider treats for the neighbors.

**I apologize for the less-than-wonderful pics. I work all day and by the time I get home to work on these projects, it’s pretty dark. I don’t get the best lighting, but hopefully these look appealing. :)

Super easy instructions below:

Supplies: rubber pad, lino handle and lino cutters (my rubber pad and lino cutters are from Speedball), x-acto knife, pencil or marker, ink pads, shipping tags

I decided to use an apple on the tags so I traced a couple on a piece of paper and then chose the best one. Once you choose your apple, go over the pencil with a marker. 

Lay the paper over the rubber pad and trace the marker making sure you really coat the paper so the ink bleeds through onto the rubber. That was a long sentence. Did it make sense? :)

Now that you have traced an outline of the apple onto the rubber pad, you can start carving. I took my lino cutter and traced around the outline of the apple. 

Carve away all the negative space that will not touch the ink. Make sure you really think this through before you start carving because it can be confusing. The lino cutters are great because they have different sizes to cut away large and small amounts. I use the x-acto knife to flatten most of my edges so that they don’t get inked.

Once everything is carved away, coat your lil’ apple with some lovely ink.

And practice a few prints onto some paper.

If you are happy with the practice prints, move on to the shipping tags! Print as many as you want! I attached mine to some jars filled with apple cider and then wrote the recipe on the back. So fun. So easy. So affordable. Those are the three ingredients to a happy hobby. :)

Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

8 c apple cider

3 c fresh squeezed orange juice

1 orange peel

5 cinnamon sticks

1 apple (sliced into thin wedges)

dash of brown sugar

Combine all of the ingredients into a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for at least one hour. The longer it simmers, the stronger the flavor!

Enjoy!