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Happy Halloween!

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It’s here! Happy Halloween Everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday filled with lots of your favorite candy and favorite people! Eat , drink, and be scary, for tomorrow we have to start being extra good for Santa!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Reloved Feature November 2014

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2 DSC 0155 3 Reloved Feature November 2014Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Reloved Magazine!!! I am just over the moon to announce that I have three holiday projects featured in the November issue of Reloved, and one of them is on the cover! Never in a million years did I ever imagine that something I made would grace the cover of a magazine, especially one as fabulous as Reloved! If some of you are not familiar with Reloved, it is a fantastic UK mag that features diy projects, home decor, interviews with cool people, all kinds of things related to repurposing and lovely thrifting! It is a beautifully designed publication and always has so many awesome quality diy projects! In the US we are usually a month behind on issues, the November issue should be here in stores any week now. You can find issues at retailers like Barnes and Nobles and craft stores like JoAnns and Michaels. To learn more about Reloved, check out their website Here. You can find cool articles on their blog and subscribe to the magazine. You can also subscribe and download issues on your phone or tablet through the app store. I feel so blessed to be included in this wonderful issue! It made my year!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- October 2014

Hey everybody! Can you believe it’s the end of October already! I know I’ve said it like a million times, but this year feels like it is just flying by! I’ve been really busy finishing up Halloween crafts and planning out my holiday lists, so I haven’t had beaucoups of time for pinning this month. I usually pin at night before I go to bed, but lately I have been out as soon as my head hits the pillow. I did add to several of my favorite boards this month, including my Halloween board.Here’s what I’ve been pinning this month:

From my board Words to Live By:

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From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

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From my board For the Home:

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From my board Art!:

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From my board My Style:

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From my board Pets and Animals:

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From my board Halloween:

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28 The Wonderful World of Pinterest  October 2014I just love Pinterest! I really do! I know Halloween has not even come yet, but I am already getting pumped about Christmas! It is my favorite time of year for everything! I am sure my boards will be flooded next month with all kinds of holiday pinspiration! Can’t wait to share them with you in November! To see these pins and so much more, head on over to my Pinterest account here. Until next month….

Happy Pinning!

Five Minute DIY Halloween Spider Hair Clips

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5 DSC 0195 Five Minute DIY Halloween Spider Hair ClipsSince Halloween is not until Friday, I thought I’d squeeze in one more super easy diy for the holiday. These little spider hair clips are incredibly easy and fast to make, and they are a perfect weeknight craft! You can make a whole batch of them in under twenty minutes. Here’s the how-to……

Here’s What You Need:

*Fake Spiders (I bought my glitter spiders at Walmart)

*Hair Clips

*E6000

Instructions:

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First gather your supplies and remove spiders from their packaging.

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Dab a bit of E6000 on to the front top of the hair clip.

1 IMG 7844 Five Minute DIY Halloween Spider Hair ClipsFlip the spider on its back and glue the hair clip to the belly of the spider. If you are using the E6000 you may want to use a few books to hold the hair pins upright on the spiders so they dry properly. Once the glue is thoroughly dry you are ready to wear!

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8 DSC 0184 Five Minute DIY Halloween Spider Hair ClipsI love these fun spider hair clips! My sister in law Valerie just dyed her hair purple, and they look amazing in her hair, dontcha think! You can pile them on for a funky look, or just wear one or two to add a little Halloween style to your day. You could do the same thing with other creepy Halloween critters too. Have fun with it and make it your own! I’ll be back next week with a start to the Christmas holiday crafting! Can you believe it! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- October 27th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am very excited about this week since my birthday is Thursday, and Halloween is coming up on Friday! I love Halloween! It has always been one of my favorite holidays of the year! It’s the decorating, what can I say! So, since Fright Night is this week, I thought I’d share a vintage Halloween collection of some of my favorite Halloween finds with you all today. Check em’ out:

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Vintage Cathrineholm 5.5″ Orange Lotus Bowl – Mid Century from House of Seance

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vintage 1950s dress / 50s party dress / Bye Bye Baby from Dronning

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Vintage Brooch – Whimsical Pearl Spider Pin, cute accessory for Halloween from Mannequin Reject

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75 Vintage Halloween Trick or Treat Paper Bags / Candy Goodie Bags from SevenBC

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Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash Vintage Camera, CANDY CORN TRIO Colors from High Places Photos

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1pc VINTAGE HALLOWEEN FRINGE 1950s Paper Goodness from Covetable Curiosities

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Vintage 1950s 1960s Mod Halloween Decor, Tall 14” Honeycomb Halloween Hip Cat Table Top Decoration by Amscan, Vintage Halloween Collectible from MothWorksVintage

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Rosbro Halloween Witch Black Cat Pumpkin Candy Container from Gizmo and Hoo Ha

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Vintage LE Smith Orange Bittersweet Slag Glass Vases – Set of 3 from House of Seance

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Vintage 1950s or 1960s Magic 8 Ball Fortune Teller Game Paper Weight Conversation Piece in Original Box by Alabe Crafts Inc. from Grandmother’s Attic

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Vintage 60s Halloween Orange Plastic Pumpkin Jackolantern Trick or Treat Candy Basket from San Diego Vintage

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Aren’t they all awesome! I don’t think I can even pick a favorite this week, I adore them all! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage goodies! Until then…..

Happy Shopping!

DIY No-Sew Spider Web Trick or Treat Bag

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03 DSC 0141 2 DIY No Sew Spider Web Trick or Treat BagHappy Friday everyone! The best thing about Halloween when you’re little is dressing up for Halloween and going trick or treating! When I was little we got a new bag or bucket for every year. I think I had a few pumpkins, and tote bags we decorated, and I know I had a few happy meal buckets. I don’t have kids of my own just yet, but I do like to make a bags for Halloween every few years. Here’s my latest Halloween tote…

Here’s What You Need:

*Black Tote Bag

*White Doilies (I bought mine in the dollar section of Michaels)

*Glow in the Dark Plastic Spiders (I bought mine at Dollar Tree)

*Fabric Glue (I like Fabritac)

Instructions:

 

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Gather your supplies. Lay out your doilies on top of your bag where you want your “webs.”

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Once you have your doilies positioned where you want them, trim off the excess doily close to the edges of the bag.

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Load up the back of your doily with fabric glue.

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Glue your doilies down onto the front of your bag, lining them up where you need them. Press down firmly and smooth out the edges.

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Once your doilies are dry, you can glue on your spiders. Place a dollop of hot glue to the underside of your glow in the dark spiders. Press the spiders onto your bag where you want them.

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Once everything is nice and dry you are ready to fill er’ up and go.

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06 DSC 0127 2 DIY No Sew Spider Web Trick or Treat BagI just love my spider web tote! My favorite part is that the little spiders glow in the dark! It was super easy to make and pretty inexpensive too! Although I use mine for running errands, I think it would make a wonderful trick or treat bag! I think that kids would like the glow in the dark features maybe even more than I do. I am a sucker for doilies as well! I hope some of you guys will make one of these for yourself or your kiddos this year! It’s a blast! I’ll be back next week with more Halloween fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Halloween Felt Cute Candy Corn Plushie

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One of my absolute favorite things to make are plush toys! They are so fun and rewarding! They make great gifts for kids and funky adults like me and my sister! Every Halloween I have to make some kind of plushie. This year I decided to make a little cartoon candy corn for Hannah. Here’s the how-to…..

What You Need:

*Pattern(see below)

*1 sheet each of white, yellow, and orange felt

*Marking Pen or Pencil

*Black and Orange Embroidery Floss and Embroidery Needle

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating thread

*Scissors

*Stuffing

Here’s The Pattern:

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Instructions:

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First, cut out your felt pieces. Draw in your face with a marking pen or pencil.

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Stitch on the face with your black embroidery floss. I used all six strands and used a simple back stitch embroidery stitch.

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Once your face is stitched you are ready to stitch your pieces. line up the top of the bottom piece with the bottom of the middle piece, right sides together. Stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Open up the seams and lightly press open with your fingers a few times or a cool iron.

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Stitch the top to the middle with right sides facing. Do the same thing with the other pieces. You should end up with two candy corns. Lay the front and back together with right sides facing each other. Pin all the way around, matching the seams at the sides.

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Stitch all the way around your candy corn leaving a small opening in the bottom for turning and stuffing.

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Turn the candy corn right side out through the hole in the bottom.

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Stuff your candy corn with fiber fill or other stuffing of your choice.

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Whip stitch the opening in the bottom closed with some orange thread. To finish off, tie some ribbon around the neck in a bow.

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03 DSC 0114 3 DIY Halloween Felt Cute Candy Corn PlushieIsn’t he adorable! I named him Carl. My sister loved him and he is now residing in her room! I would have made one for myself, but Beau would have destroyed it, since anything with stuffing automatically becomes his. I hope you stitchers out there enjoy this little pattern! I can’t wait to see your cute little candy corns! I’ll be back tomorrow with a no sew trick or treat bag! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Frame

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03 DSC 0126 3 Easy DIY Halloween Glitter FrameHey everybody! Today I am going to share a super easy and quick Halloween diy with you, my spider covered glitter frame. You can get most of what you need at the dollar store. The best part is that it can be made in less than half an hour, which makes this perfect for a weeknight craft!

Here’s What You Need:

*Black Frame (I got mine at Dollar Tree)

*Black Glitter

*Mod Podge or Clear Drying Craft Glue

*Halloween Spiders( I got mine at Dollar Tree)

*Hot Glue

Instructions:

 

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First, gather up all your supplies. If you can remove the glass, do so at this time, if not, tape up the edges of the glass.

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Paint a thin layer of decoupage medium on your frame. You can paint it all at once if you are quick, or you can work in sections.

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Once you have your decoupage medium painted on, sprinkle glitter all over the wet medium. Carefully lift up edges and tapp the frame gently to remove excess glitter.

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Set your frame aside to dry. Once the medium has dried well, you can add the spiders. Add a dab of hot glue to the belly of a spider. Glue the spider down to the frame where you want it. Glue more spiders on in the same way until you have a look you are happy with. I di one side of my frame and then the top opposite corner on mine, but you could just as easily cover the whole frame, or do even less. Once the glue has dried, you are ready to add your art print and enjoy!

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02 DSC 0130 3 Easy DIY Halloween Glitter FrameI think it turned out pretty dang cute! I love the art print with it from The Cottage Market! It is one of four designs. You can find them all Here. I used stretchy spiders since they looked a little creepier to me, however you can use any kind of creepy crawly you like! I love this frame so much, I think I may make another one with some little snakes. I’ll be back tomorrow with a cut Halloween plushie! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Halloween Wreath

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02 DSC 0090 2 DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Halloween WreathHi guys! Today I am going to share my new Halloween wreath DIY with you all! I have been a fan of Tim Burton and Nightmare Before Christmas since I saw the movie when it came out in theaters when I was a kid! One of my favorite things from the film is the “Christmas” toys and decorations the Halloweentown villagers make. There is a spooky possessed christmas wreath that I love and have always wanted to make one of my own. So, this year I thought I’d make my own monster wreath for Halloween. I swapped out the traditional green wreath and red bow for a spookier black and orange . I have seen lots of Monster wreaths on Pinterest this past year that were adorable like this one. Here is how I made mine…

Here’s What You Need:

*Black Tinsel Holiday Wreath

*Black Tinsel ( I bought skull tinsel at Dollar Tree)

*Halloween Bow or Ribbon

*Stiff White Felt

*Marking Pen or Pencil

*Scissors

*Pumpkin Fac Set ( I bought mine at Dollar Tree)

*Hot Glue

Instructions:

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First, lay your wreath on top of your stiff white felt sheet. Draw in the teeth with a marking pen or pencil.

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Carefully flip the wreath and felt over and trace a circle around the wreath on the felt where you need to cut it out.

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Cut out the teeth felt pieces. I wasn’t happy with my first set, so I flipped the felt over and drew in another set on the other side, that is why there are pencil marks on the back.Glue the felt mouth pieces to the back side of the wreath with hot glue or strong craft glue.

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Next, take your pumpkin face kit out and get the eye piece. Hot glue the eye piece to the top front of the wreath where you like it.

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Now if you want you can add the tinsel arms and the bow tie. I used tinsel garland that had skulls on it with black and silver tinsel. I just cut all the skulls off, then I cut the tinsel into two short pieces and two long pieces for a total of four arms. Glue the tinsel arms to the back bottom of your wreath. To finish off glue or tie on the Halloween bow.

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01 DSC 0094 2 DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Halloween WreathEven though this little guy is not exactly like the wreath in the movie, I just adore him! It is just perfect for Halloween, and looks fantastic hanging on our front door! This wreath was so super easy to make, and I was able to complete it from start to finish in under an hour. I also love that this is something you can let the kid’s help with as long as you’re handling the hot glue. I do hope some of you all will give this diy a try this year, you’ll love it! I’ll be back tomorrow with another spooky project! Until then….

Happy Crafting!

DIY Mid Century Modern Halloween Village

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07 DSC 0169 3 DIY Mid Century Modern Halloween VillageHey guys! Halloween is coming early to the blog! Every day this week I will be sharing a new Halloween DIY with you all! To start off the crafting I thought I’d share my favorite project first. I am a huge fan of vintage putz houses, so much that I made these houses at Christmas last year from templates I found on RetroRenovation.com. So, when I was thinking about Halloween crafting this year, I just knew I had to make a little mid mod spooky neighborhood. This project is really easy, it’s just time-consuming. I makes a fantastic project for a craft night with the girls! Or a weekend diy!

Here’s What You Need:

*Templates (Links are Below)

*Xacto Knife

*Chipboard (like cereal boxes)

*White Pain for Primer

*Paint (I like the Martha Stewart Craft Paint)

*Mod Podge or clear drying craft glue for glitter

*Glitter

*Vellum

*Hot Glue

*Black Foam Core

*Fake Spider Web Pack

*Bottle Brush Trees

*Halloween Miniatures or Cupcake Picks

*Paper Straws  Striped

*Battery Operated Tea Lights

Here is the link for the page where you can download the 1st house

Here is the link for the page where you can download the 2nd ranch house

Instructions:

For more detailed instructions, see the full tutorial for the Christmas houses RetroRenovation.com Here. Here is the basics and what I did differently. First trace and cut out your chipboard template pieces. I extended the roofline by a couple of inches on two of my houses to add some mid mod supports for styling.

Next, prime your chipboard pieces. Then paint your houses how you want them. Paint your roofs to match your glitter or accent the glitter. I painted my roofs black.

Now you need to glitter your roof pieces. Paint the decoupage medium or clear drying craft glue onto the roof pieces, then sprinkle with glitter and tap off the excess. Set aside to dry.

Next, Cut out your bases from your black foam core. My base pieces were cut around 9×11″. Take your spider web material and stretch a little of it over and around your foam core base a couple of times. Secure with a little glue if needed.

Now, glue your house pieces together. Glue the house down to the base, and glue on the roof. Now you should have a nice little house and base.

If you have extended the roof pieces, you need to add in the roofline supports. Measure and cut pieces of your striped paper straws to fit the space between the base and the edge of the roofline at an angle. Glue the straws in place.

To finish off, glue trees and your plastic minis to the base where you like. I used jack o lantern cupcake picks and bottle brush trees to glue around the door and house, and I glued a couple of large spun cotton spiders to the roof of a couple of my houses. Once everything is glued and dried, you can add a battery operated tea light to each house through the opening in the back. Light them up and enjoy!

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03 DSC 0174 3 DIY Mid Century Modern Halloween VillageI LOVE my spooky mid mod Halloween village! It was inspired in part by Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. I love black and white in Halloween decorating! These little houses are going to go in the big shelf above my bed. I think they’d look amazing on a fireplace mantel too! So, if you are looking for a really fun and rewarding diy to tackle this month, give this one a try, it’s so much fun! I can’t wait to see your projects! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun Halloween project! Until then…

Happy Crafting!