Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Porch

Welcome to our Halloween front porch!

My favorite part is the skellie tree!!  I took a stick from my yard and stuck it into the pot of mums.  

As I have said, I'm not really into scary Halloween stuff.  But these little skeletons are too cute tied to the branch with tulle to be scary!! 

Not-so-spooky but oh so festive Halloween tulle wreath and pumpkin lights.

They look so cute lit up at night!

I hot glued some ribbon to basic terra cotta pots.  I think it adds a little sass and flair to them.  

I hope you all have a very Happy and safe Halloween!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween wreath

I'm in the last minute Halloween decorating crunch.  

I updated my tulle wreath for Halloween.

It originally looked like this.  

I simply hot glued a felt spider web and some glow in the dark spiders to it. 

A cute and easy update for Halloween!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween inside our home

As I lugged the many (too many) boxes of Halloween paraphernalia out of my attic, I swore I was not going to buy any more holiday decorations this year. 

So I have (mostly) made due with items from Halloween's past.  And most of the items we have will carry us through Thanksgiving.  Yay!   I still love my shiny and glitter pumpkins that I have picked up or made over the years. 

And one can't go wrong using photos as decorations.  Look at the pics of my babies in their Halloween costumes over the years.  LOVE them!!!

Oh sure, I did purchase a few fresh pumpkins from a local farmer to place here and there around our abode.

There are pumpkins with Halloween banners...

on our mantel.

This little baby pumpkin was chosen by my daughter and has a place of honor in an apothecary jar.

Another shiny pumpkin on our kitchen table.

And the one purchase I have made this year, a chevron pumpkin plate, with some owl friends.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Jack-o-lantern treat cups

As I was browsing the Target Dollar spot the other day, I found some orange cups and thought they would make perfect Jack-o-lantern treat cups for my son's pre-school class.

Pretty cute and super easy- just like always!

I took those plain orange cups and drew a jack-o-lantern face onto each of them with a Sharpie.

Then I filled the cups up with Halloween trinkets.

Lots of little treasures that small kids like: tattoos, glow in the dark bats, rings and a bouncy ball -and there is only 1 lollipop!  

Then I put the cup into a cellophane bag which was then tied with black and white ribbon.

Easy Peasy!  And hardly any sugar, which I'm sure all of the moms will appreciate!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Easy Halloween banners

Hi my name is Candice and I'm a craft supply hoarder.  It's a little ridiculous.  I could open my own store.  I never mean to buy so much.  I usually go to the craft store to get a few things for my current project, then something catches my eye and I get an idea for another project and buy all the supplies (and more) for both.    Needless to say, I have enough craft supplies to last forever.

I used a tiny bit of my stash to make a few Halloween banners to embellish our home.

The paper chain banner is just like the ones we all used to make in grade school.

With this one, I used some nice, double sided patterned paper, (that's an Amazon affiliate link) cut into 0.5 inch x 6 inch widths.  

I folded each strip into a circle and stapled the ends.  Easy peasy!!

I made the felt banner just like the one I did for my daughter's birthday.  I cut 3 inch triangles (Instagram photo of crafting while watching General Conference) out of black and orange glitter felt and houndstooth felt. 

I strung the triangles onto bakers twine (that's also an Amazon affiliate link).

It's a little bit thicker string so it worked a lot better then the embroidery floss I used last time

Here are both of the banners and glittery bats in our dining area Halloween display!

Do you hoard craft supplies?  Have you used them to make any crafts this holiday season?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween pedestal

I love buying something and turning it into something else.  When I saw the cutest (there's that word again, I need to get myself a thesaurus) appetizer plates at Target, I knew I could do something with them.

I made a mini Halloween pedestal or cake stand or pumpkin stand- whatever you want to call it!

I purchased an appetizer plate and snack dish for around $3.

Putting it together was as simple as removing the plastic lid from the snack dish and turning it upside down,

putting a glob of hot glue onto the bottom,

and centering it onto the bottom of the plate.  I'm not sure how long the glue will hold.  I do know it won't hold permanently- which works for me since I plan to take it apart to store it anyway.  If a permanent hold is desired I suggest using E600 or an epoxy.

This wee-little pedestal is an excellent  mini pumpkin holder!! 

And it's a fine handsoap holder in our bathroom too!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween embroidery hoop background

Do you ever start a project with one thing in mind and end up taking the project somewhere else?  Yes?  Me too!

This Halloween embroidery hoop art ended up being such a project.  

My inspiration is from this Woman's Day Halloween celebrations magazine. 
I loved the idea of framing lace in embroidery hoops with spiders.  It's so cute!!  And since I'm all about the cute Halloween projects, I gave it a shot.  But when I got to the craft store to buy some lace, it was $8 a yard, which is a bit more then I wanted to spend.  Next to the lace section was the tulle section.  Tulle looks almost like lace and it was only $1.25 a yard, so that's what I decided to use.  (As you can see, I did use some lace, but I'll get to that later in the post.)

I gathered my supplies:  2 different weaves of black tulle, orange tulle and wooden embroidery hoops.

Once I got everything framed in the embroidery hoop, I was underwhelmed.  Not even the glow in the dark spiders I planned to use were going to save this project.  You can barely even see the tulle in the hoops.  Boring!!

I hoped adding lively trim around the edges of the hoops would spark things up.  I used glittery ribbon for the orange tulle,

black sequins for the larger weave black tulle,

and black tinsel for the smaller weave tulle.  But it was still so boring!!

 I dug through my stash looking for different fabric to use in the hoops instead and found a scrap of black lace (from a different failed project, ha!)  to go into one of the hoops.  I liked it so much better.  I hung the hoops up to see if it was worth it to go back to the store to get the lace I should have just gotten in the first place!  Grr!!  After looking at it  for a few moments, I figured it would make an interesting back ground for something else.

So when I did the glittery bat stem  in a jar with candy corns I knew just where to put it  It went perfectly in front of the embroidery hoops.  Now the tulle and lace, that were once boring, add an interesting texture to the back ground.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Glittery Bats

I'm slowly but surely combing through my Halloween bins (yes that's plural- I may be a holiday decoration hoarder) and getting my house spiffed up in it's spooky day finest.  I'm not at all into scary stuff because I am such a wimp.  So I LOVE the cutesy things.  

I think this bat stem in a jar of candy corns qualifies as super cute!!

When Michaels first put out their Halloween decor and crafts a few months ago,  it was blistering hot here.  We were still swimming and drinking lemonade and I was so not in the mood to think about the fall season yet.  But I knew if I didn't grab the bat stem then, I would eventually want it and it would be gone when fall got here.  So I snatched it up, put it away and didn't think about it until last week when I pulled out my Halloween stash.

I wanted to showcase the bouncy bats, so I folded the stem and put it into an old spaghetti sauce jar.

Then I filled the jar with candy corns to stabilize the stem.

So charming and festive!   

I added some small orange pom pom trim and black polka-dot ribbon around the neck of the jar.

The bats are glittery and have sequins on the stems.  

So merry, not so spooky and quite a bit cutesy!  Perfect for our home!!