Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Craft Ideas

There are so many fun craft ideas for Halloween that I still want to try! Forget Christmas, I think Halloween is my new favorite holiday. Well, I say that now but once the Christmas craft ideas start rolling in on Pinterest it might be another story!

Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite Halloween craft ideas along with a sneak peek at one I put together. Who doesn't love sneak peeks, especially from TV shows...wow is Revenge, The Walking Dead and How to Get Away with Murder making me wish it was Thursday and next Sunday already!

After putting my Halloween craft ideas collage together, I noticed a pattern in the projects...do you see it?! No, well they either have string or a skull in them or both! 

1. Mummy Mason Jars

You know I can't resist a mason jar craft! There are tons of Halloween craft ideas on Pinterest using mason jars, but these mummy jars were my favorite. Blogger Linda at It All Started With Paint used rubber bands to create the mummy effect on the jar and painted on the eyes to complete the look, pretty cool right?! I need to grab some more jars from the thrift store now that I've painted all the ones I have in my collection! 

2. Mummy Door...

Monica is pretty creative at Halloween door decor, okay let's face it she's creative at everything she gets involved in! Hand her a few pieces of wood and a nail gun and you're sure to get something amazing in return! OK, so back to the door! Last year she created this awesome Mummy door and the year before she made a Frankenstein face. If your door needs a little help this Halloween stop by East Coast Creative for both of these fun door decor tutorials. 

3. Skull Wreath...

I just have to say it, this Halloween skull wreath from Desiree of The 36th Avenue is bad-ass! I showed this Halloween craft idea to my younger sister and she wanted one to hang up in her room all year long! It's Gothic, but romantic at the same time. It sort of has a 1920's look and feel to it. I love the texture of the yarn she wrapped around the wreath foam and how she spray painted the colored flowers black. I need to get a wreath form and start creating awesome ideas like this one! 

4. Jack String Garland...

I love The Nightmare Before Christmas and Jack Skellington, I mean who doesn't right?! I spotted this amazing Halloween string garland on my friend Heather's round up on Brit & Co. and just had to share! The original tutorial can be found on Disney Family. If you've ever used a balloon to create a string lantern or ornament then you will have no problem creating this Halloween craft. 

5. Halloween Yarn Hoop Art...

I saw this fun Halloween craft idea on Pinterest a few weeks ago and I'm just learning that the blogger who created this is only 14 years old! If you haven't heard of Emma at Craftinge then I urge you to get on over to her blog, check out her crafts and share, share, share! I love that she's a teen with a DIY blog sharing her ideas with the world. 

6. Skull String Art...

More awesome string art and another skull!! You really can't go wrong with skulls for Halloween, they can be a little too creepy at times, but with clever craft ideas like this one you can make them fun and cute. Elsie at A Beautiful Mess used a large skull print out to create the shape she wanted with the nails, then got to work with the string! Have you created string art before? It's something on my to-do list that I hope to make one day! 

These are just a few of my favorite Halloween craft ideas, if you're looking for more follow me on Pinterest and check out my Holiday and Halloween Crafts boards! 

Are you ready for the sneak peek of the Halloween craft project I made?! 

I also shared a bit more on my Instagram page, are you following me there? I'll have this tutorial and my painted pumpkins on the blog next week so make sure to stop back for more Halloween craft ideas! 

Have you started decorating and making Halloween crafts yet? 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall and Halloween Decor Ideas

I've never been afraid of mixing different decor ideas for one party. Our wedding was a little bit Spring and a little bit Summer with yellow calla lilies, hydrangea and lemon centerpieces, and a beach themed cake! 

My pumpkin craft night is next week and I wanted to have fun with the same idea and mix fall and Halloween decor ideas together for the party.  The inspiration for my party decor started with this incredibly awesome spiderweb garland Jen of 100 Directions created for the Cricut Design Space Star Challenge.

Jen made a downloadable SVG file of the spiderweb and since my boss Monica of East Coast Creative blog is part of the Cricut Design Space Star challenge as well, I already knew how to use the new Cricut Design Space

However, that's when I found out the hard way that my Cricut Expression is not compatible with the new technology that the new Cricut Explore machine uses. Therefore I was unable to download and use Jen's awesome spiderweb in the design space. 

So I went through the cartridges I had on hand and luckily I found a few fall images, like the pumpkin seen below, that I could work with.   

I have a lot of scrapbook paper in my craft collection and found the perfect colors for this project. 

Items Needed for DIY Pumpkin Garland

Cricut Cutting Machine
Cricut Mat
Cricut Cartridge: Stretch Your Imagination 
Scrapbook Paper
String, Ribbon, or Tape 
Hole Punch
Zots (glue dots)

Step 1: Lay your paper on the Cricut Mat and load it into the Cricut machine. Determine what size you would like your pumpkins, mine are 4'', then on the Cricut Expression machine you will hit the "blackout" button then the pumpkin symbol, and hit cut.

Step 2: Once you have enough pumpkins cut, I printed 24 of them, punch out a hole on the edge of each pumpkin. Next string them onto your ribbon. (Note: If you don't have a hole punch or ribbon you can just use glue to hang them up in a line like Jen did with her spiderweb garland, easy peasy!)

Step 3: You can leave it as is and tie the ends of the string so the pumpkins hang with space between them. Or if you want your garland to look like mine, use zots or craft glue to connect each pumpkin together. I overlapped mine so the hole from the punch wouldn't show. 

Step 4: Hang your garland and enjoy the beauty of your work! 

After I hung my garland I stood back and felt like I needed more decor on the wall (the garland came first then the owls and leaves!). I went back to my craft room/office and grabbed my Hoot 'n' Holler cartridge to look for an owl image to cut. 

I just couldn't host a fall party without a few owls on the wall! Look how cute this little owl family is. Why haven't I been using my Cricut machine more?! 

I now had the fall decor look I was going for, but still needed more Halloween decorations to go with the spooky signs I had. 

So I went back to look through my cartridges for a third time and couldn't believe the Halloween images I discovered on the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. There was a witch hat, a bat, a mummy and a skeleton, a ghost, and wait for it....a spiderweb! Can you believe that I found a spiderweb image right in my own cartridge collection, who knew it would be hiding among the paper dolls?!  

I used tape instead of stringing them together since the web was so delicate, a few of them actually ripped as I was trying to hang them up!

The paper doll cartridge was hiding these awesome skulls as well! 

Have you started decorating for Halloween yet? Or do you keep your October decor strictly fall themed? 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day! 

Linking up with Sarah at Sarah Halstead for her new link party...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Favorites: High Five for Friday!

Wow, it's Friday already, where has this week gone...where has September gone?! This morning I saw a tweet from a new blog friend Ricci at Imperfectly Ricci about a High Five for Friday link up from Lauren Elizabeth and thought it would be fun to join in and wrap up my favorite things about this week. I had a pretty good one so why not share it...

1. You know the week is going to be great when you start things off with a rainbow...

2. Although I still can't believe it's October, I love the changing of the leaves, the cool night air, and can't wait to get together with my girls for pumpkin craft night

3. I have the sweetest friends and family members in the world who still continue to surprise me with little owl gifts. This adorable fall owl flew all the way to Pennsylvania from Florida via my awesome friend Casie! She has such a big heart. Right now she is trying to raise funds for her local St. Baldrick's Foundation chapter to help kids who are battling childhood cancer. Stop by her personal page for more info on how you can help #whipchildhoodcancer.

4. Halloween is in 28 days! Even if we don't get the chance to dress up this year, I still love the thought of just giving out candy and seeing the costumes of the trick o' treaters. Do you give out candy in your neighborhood? 

5. I have a feeling it's going to be a crafty weekend! I'm in the mood to get back to my Project Life scrapbook, make a few cards, or maybe even spray paint something! 

Oh and one more thing, if you haven't heard about the #IAmBraveandBeautiful movement then you need to head on over to Brassy Apple and join in!

That's it for how my week went, how was yours? 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


We all have those days when we just don't feel brave and beautiful. We don't feel like getting out of bed, showering, doing our hair, and putting ourselves together.  There are days when I think, "Heck I work from home and don't need to go any where today, why should I bother!" However, those are the days when I feel less energized and less motivated. So, why bother? Because it makes me feel good inside. It doesn't matter if no one else knows that I'm having a great hair day or can see the awesome new color I painted my nails, I can see it. I'm doing this for my soul, because if I can't make myself happy, no one else ever will. When you start your day off right and have a happy heart you can accomplish and conquer anything. 

Today I am putting myself out there thanks to blogger Megan at Brassy Apple and 101+ other bloggers who shared their #IAmBraveandBeautiful story. Megan was inspired by Colbie Caillat's new song and video Try....

Colbie and the women in her video take their makeup off, let their hair down and show us who they are beyond what everyone sees every day. 

These women are being Brave and Beautiful and that's what Megan, and her friend Cobi of Peace from 6 Pieces want every woman to feel, makeup or not. So together with a few other bloggers and with the help of Robbins Creative they created this beautiful and inspiring video to keep Colbie's message and movement going....

A lyric and powerful message from Colbie Caillat's Try:

 "Take your make-up off. Let your hair down. Take a breath. Look into the mirror, at yourself. Don't you like you? Cause I like you..."

I didn't always like myself, because others didn't like me. 

I was never trendy and wore clothes that no other kid or teen would be caught wearing to school. I was taller than everyone in my class, and even a few of my teachers. My deep voice makes me sound like a man, and more often than not I was overweight. These are the insecurities I carry with me because other kids and teens didn't like these things about me. 

It wasn't until I met my husband that I finally started to believe someone could love me for me. I actually thought I would end up a scary cat lady! Yes, I knew my parents loved me, but the hurt and pain was already there and will always be there. However, I have come to learn that it's not about how someone else feels about me and whether or not someone else likes me, it's about who I see when I look in the mirror. 

Do I like me?

My wedding day was probably one of the few days where I actually wore makeup on my entire face. But it wasn't about the makeup, it was about me loving myself makeup or not. It was also about the man I met who loved everything about me and wanted me to love everything about me too. 

Give yourself the power to be brave and beautiful, don't give that power to someone else. Stand up for yourself and be kind to others. This movement is not only about how we see ourselves, but how we see others as well. There are too many young girls and women out there who hate on each other and bully because they have their own insecurities. But it's time to let it go, it's time to inspire one another and reach out to the women who don't feel brave and beautiful. 

Join the movement and help us inspire the world...

#IAmBraveandBeautiful makeup or not. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIY Pumpkin Craft Night

Can you believe it will be October 1st tomorrow?! It may say September 30th on the calendar, but outside it feels like Summer again. Just when I was all set to wear jeans and a hoodie every day, the temp goes up to 77 degrees and I need to pull the shorts back out! 

Well, at least the leaves are still changing, because honestly that is my favorite thing about fall, well that and all things pumpkin! I don't have any amazing photos of this year's foliage just yet, so for now you'll have to enjoy these throwbacks from 2012! 

These were taken at a nearby lake that we love to visit and fish at. There is a beautiful walking/bike path that I have plans to visit in a few weeks. I'm just waiting for more coverage of the colors, right now they are pretty scattered. 

This year I'm excited to do more fall crafts, have you seen the DIY fall mason jars I painted? They turned out exactly the way I pictured, and that's pretty epic for me! Since I've been getting into a lot of crafts on my own (with the help of my handy guy), I thought it would be fun to put together a fall DIY pumpkin craft night with my local women's group. 

I explained that it will be no carve pumpkin craft night and sent them a few inspiration photos. Plus I have since found a few more fun ideas to try...


I first shared these fun tribal pumpkins from Bliss at Home in my Fall Favorites round up post. I love the simplicity of this idea and the way it still makes a statement about your style and the current trends. Are you a tribal girl?

I can't decide whether it's the fun glittered stems or the pop of the color that I love more on these painted pumpkins from Aunt Peaches blog!  I just hope the ladies like glitter as much as I do!

I'm really looking forward to testing out this ombre look from Funkytime blog, now to decide on the colors!

I'm still a sucker for a pretty chevron print. I know some are over this trend, but to each their own, right? Plus, this print looks pretty cool on these pumpkins...am I wrong?! 

Whether it's newspaper, scrapbook paper, or stickers, you can use mod podge to help decorate your pumpkins with creative designs like the ones seen here. I love both of these ideas; while the top idea is more for Halloween, the botanical white pumpkins can dress up your home all season long! 

Our DIY pumpkin craft night is set for Tuesday Oct. 14, so you'll have to stop by on Oct. 15 to see how everyone did! Which pumpkin design is your favorite? 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Our Love Story: It Started with HELLO!

This post is sponsored by Lindt but all opinions of their delicious chocolate are my own!

I often talk about my husband and how he helps me with my DIY projects, mentioned things we enjoy doing together, places we visited, and have blogged about our wedding and anniversaries, but I have never really shared our love story before. 

Back in 2005 I started a new job as a data entry clerk and met the man I was going to marry. It's crazy to think that next year we'll be celebrating ten years together and five years married, how time flies when you're in love!

This adorable interactive web-series from Lindt Hello titled, "It Started with Hello", featuring office mates Eva and Jude reminds me of how Mike and I met at work and makes me wonder how things would have turned out if he didn't say hello. But it also makes me think back to that moment when he did and what it was about him that made me say hello back! Can your life really change with one hello?

I bet it can change with one hello when you have Lindt Hello chocolate!

 There are so many ways to break the ice when you want to spark up a conversation, whether it's a romantic one, the beginning of a friendship, or when you're new in an office. You could pay them a compliment, find out if you share common interests, get flirty, or hand them a fun new Lindt Hello chocolate bar that will do all the work for you with it's creative and catchy "Hello MY Name Is..." packaging.

How cute are these candy bars?! They actually say "Hello" and "Nice to Sweet You" on the chocolate bar pieces. If these were out when Mike first said hello to me, I would have adored him even more! Actually, come to think of it he did win me over with food! I worked second shift and right around dinner time he returned to the office from his deliveries and ordered us a pizza....swoon! He said it was for everyone in the office, but I know he really did it so he could stay longer and we could have dinner "together".

 As you can see I was very excited to try these out and purchased one of each flavor, which were inspired by classic desserts. If you love cheesecake then you are going to fall in love with the Strawberry Cheesecake chocolate bar, it's so smooth and creamy! The other flavors are Caramel Brownie, Crunchy Nougat, and Cookies & Cream, and are just as amazing as the Strawberry Cheesecake!

What I love about the Lindt Hello besides the taste and fun packaging, is the range of sizes they come in. You aren't stuck with just trying to sneak a big candy bar on your co-worker's desk when you're trying to be flirty. You can grab an assorted mini-stick bag instead and drop a little hint of hello on their desk when they step out of the office! But if you really want to be someone's best friend, I'd go with giving them a six piece Lindt Hello chocolate stick, which is a great way of indulging in chocolate without going overboard....and is best friend approved!

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More on our love story to come next time, as they say, to be continued....

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIY Fall Mason Jar Decor

Happy first day of fall...y'all! The weather is breezy, the leaves are golden, and I'm rockin' my favorite hoodie, which means it's the perfect day to share my fall mason jar decor with you! 

If you don't have the Rhonna Designs photo app, you need to get it. After seeing an inspiring fall photo from Just a Girl on Instagram, I used the photo app to transform my own fall leaf photo into a masterpiece. Every time I look at it I have images of Thanksgiving dinner, colorful fall walking paths, Steelers football games, and tons of pumpkin recipe goodness dancing in my head! 

Fall is my favorite season to decorate for, I love the way the warm tones make our home feel so cozy and inviting. This year I created DIY fall mason jar decor that matches perfectly with the other items I already had stored in my closet from last year. I really enjoyed making these and may even put together a DIY mason jar craft night for my women's group for the holidays...what do you think ladies?! 

Last week I posted the DIY spray painted mason jars I made for my sisters and gave a little hint of how crazy I went with the gold! But, I'm not sure you were ready for how much gold you were going to see! 

My little craft crate was painted yellow a few weeks ago, but after I sprayed my mason jars gold I just couldn't stop and wanted more of this bold metallic color. Plus, the yellow didn't match my mason jars! My husband was getting a little worried and asked, "Are you going to spray everything in the house gold?!" Well, is there anything else that needs a makeover?! 

This adorable basket didn't need any gold, but the little mason jar did! When you're a Steelers fan and have black and gold spray paint handy, this is a must.

The mixture of colors I spray painted the jars looks great with my fall decor and with the zinnias that are still blooming in my garden. Now to create a set that matches my Christmas decor!

I can't believe all of my mason jars are now painted, it was just a few months ago that I posted craft ideas for them! I guess I'll have to restock, who wants to take a trip to the craft store?!

Have you started decorating for fall yet? I can't wait to pick up a few pumpkins to decorate, have you seen this DIY ombre pumpkin from Funkytime....

Thinking this is what we'll make for our little craft ladies' night in instead of the mason jars, hmm decisions, decisions?!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great #firstdayoffall!