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DIY Monday: Halloween Decorating Ideas

Reblogged from The Blue Bird Patch

 Make Your Home Stand Out From the Rest.
Halloween is finally around the corner. Nothing like a good set of pictures to help us gather ideas for our homes. Besides Thanksgiving, Halloween is and will always be one of my favorite holidays. I enjoy Halloween not because of the free candy you might get, but simply because is the only day of the year that makes me feel like a kid again.
If you ask me, what’s the first word that comes to my mind when I hear the word “Halloween” my answer will always be “laughter”. I don’t know about you, but Halloween just makes me giggle and laugh uncontrollably.
I love decorating my front door but by looking at the pictures this year I need to pump out the volume. I’m not exactly sure what I want to do, but hopefully it will be something SPOOKtacular!
Have Fun Decorating & Happy Halloween Ya’ll !!!
 
 
 
 
Have you already decorated your home?
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DIY Monday: Scented Pine Cones

Since the weather is beginning to turn into fall (Well kind of for me ~ I do live in Florida – LOL), I have been itching to put some touches of fall around the house. I love the rugged look and smell of scented pine cones. Not to mention the fact that you can find them everywhere and for FREE! So this year I thought it would be fun to make my own scented pine cones and use them as fall decorations. It is quite easy to make and the kids can even join in on the fun. So let get Crafting!

Here’s What You Need:
Pine cones
Glue
Foam brush
Spices
Mixing bowls
Plastic bag
Spoon

Clean the Pine Cones – If you collected the pine cones yourself, you should clean them so you won’t have trouble with insects or sap. Wash them in the sink.

Clean the Pine Cones Pt. 2 – Place on a foil-covered cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour at 200F. Stay in the kitchen to watch for any smoke or fire, as there is a small chance due to the sap.

Prepare the Glue – Mix together equal parts of glue and water in a bowl.

Mix the Spices – Place your desired spices into a plastic bag and mix together. Some suggestions: Cinnamon, Allspice, Ground Cloves and/or Nutmeg.

Coat the Pine Cones With Glue – Dip a foam brush into the glue mixture and paint onto the pine cone.

Add the Spices – Place the glue-covered pine cone in the spice mixture bag, then shake.

Dry the Pine Cones – Allow the pine cones to dry in the bag at least overnight. Tap them when you take them out of the bag to remove any spices not sticking to the glue.

* Designer’s Tip – These pine cones can also be added to a fire to fill your home or campfire with a lovely aroma.

Source: About.Com

DIY Monday: Mesh Pumpkin Wreath

Happy Fall, y’all! This is one of my favorite times of year to Decorate! Decorate! Decorate! The changing of the leaves, the crisp cool air and the Fall nights growing longer and longer with each passing day. The sheer thought is getting me all gitty and excited inside. Oh how I love this time of year. Anywho, Today my friends I discovered a niffy craft idea of a pumpkin wreath made out of mesh. This wreath would transition perfectly on any door from the beginning of Fall all the way to Thanksgiving. So without further a due here’s how you can make one or two or three of your very own. Happy Crafting!

Here’s What You Need:

two rolls of 4″ orange mesh (found at Hobby Lobby, or this website)
one roll of 4″ black mesh for the stem
one roll of green 4″ mesh for the leaves
large embroidery hoop (however big you want your wreath to be)
2 packages of orange pipe cleaners (and wire cutters to cut them in half)
latch hook canvas (found at Hobby Lobby)

We attached our latch hook canvas to the hoop using wire and trimmed the ends to give us a base for our pumpkin.

Roll approximately 10 inches of mesh and cut. Make this into a little roll.

Twist 1/2 of a orange pipe cleaner around the middle of your roll to create a bow-type object. Make sure the pipe cleaner is super tight. Then, thread the pipe cleaner through the holes in your canvas and twist on the back. You won’t need to put one through every single hole, just keep adding to the wreath until it fills in.

Keep going, you’re almost done.

When your wreath is as full as you’d like, add the stem and leaves with the rest of your mesh. Voila! Hang on your door and enjoy 🙂

Source: Fleur de lis and Footbal

“Date Night” In A Jar

I’m sure I’m not the only one – but I’ve been stuck on Pintrest a few times this week, just browsing at what other people find interesting enough to ‘pin’.  Anyway, I came across this idea and thought it would be perfect for Ty and I .  We’re usually pretty good at occupying our time with things that need to be done and things we’d like to check out but as most couples find, there are the days where the conversation goes something like this:

Would you like to do something this weekend?
Sure!
What you wanna do?
Hmmm . . . It doesn’t matter . . .What you wanna do?
It doesn’t matter . . .

I know, I know. We live in the Land of Paradise (as one of my friend calls it) and all we can say is “It doesn’t matter”. Well not anymore a solution has arrived. So to create your every own “Date Night In A Jar” all you have to do is pick up some coloured popsicle sticks, a black sharpie and a drinking glass from your local dollar store. Next you just write the different date ideas on the coloured sticks.  Now how easy is that?  And after browsing random sites online I came across this list of ideas to use as a guide. Enjoy & Happy Date Night!

Pink Sticks: Activities Outside the Home – $$
Hotel stay for the night
Jacksonville Jaguars Home Game
Coupes Massage
Dinner and a movie (her choice)
Dinner and a movie (his choice)
Progressive Meal (drinks at one restaurant, appetizers at another etc; )
Pool/ Darts at a Local Dive Bar
Castle Fun Park
Drive-In Movies
Dessert-Only Date
Bowling
Coffee Date
Golf/Driving Range
Go to an Amusement Park
Aquarium/Museum/Cultural Tour
Go-Karting
Visit a Place Listed in an Entertainment Book
Go to the Zoo
Go Rock Climbing
Try a New Cuisine

Orange Sticks: Activities Outside the Home – $
Picnic
Canoeing
Raquetball
Iceskating
Go to the Beach
Go See a College Sports Event
Go for Ice Cream
Go for a Scenic Drive
Go Wander through the Mall
Yardsale/Antiquing/Thrift
Visit an Art Gallery
Visit a Local Farm
Go to a Book Store
Visit Another Town – Walk Around Main Strip
Listen to Live Music
Have Lunch at a New Restaurant
Go Out for Drinks
Visit a Tourist Spot in Our Hometown
Go Swimming
Go See a Local Band
Go Fruit Picking
Visit a Winery

Blue Sticks: At Home Dates – $$
Fondue Night
Takeout and Scrabble
Nachos and Yahtzee Night
Paris night: Baguette, French Wine, and Cheese
Chinese Food at the Warf
Sculpture a Block of Ice Cream (Get generic brand to ensure firmness)
Make (decorate) T-Shirts for Each Other
Indoor Unbirthday Party (for both of you)
Build a Hobby Shop Project Together
Champagne & Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Accomplish a ‘Home’ Project
Restaurant at Home (Recreate a menu from your favorite restaurant)
Make Ice Cream Sundaes

Green Sticks: At Home Dates – $0
Popcorn and a Chick-Flick
Crosswords and Breakfast for Dinner
Make a Dessert Together
TV Series Marathon
Homemade Pizzas and an Italian Movie
Cook Dinner Together – with Smooches
Bake Cookies Together – with Smooches
Read on the Couch Together
Sensual Back Rub Night
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Bath Night
Carpet Picnic
Work-Out Together – set up stations: jump rope etc;
Total Theme Night – Dress, Dinner & Movie

Yellow Sticks: Activities Outside the Home – $0
Go for a Walk
Jogging
Hike in the Woods
Lie in the Grass & Find Shapes in the Clouds
Build Sandcastles/Snowmen (depending on the season)
Go People Watching
Go Snorkeling
Make Kites and go Fly Them
Roller Skating/Skateboarding
Explore a Local Park
Play Frisbee
Play Basketball
Go for a Bike Ride
Stargazing
Watch the Sunrise/Sunset
Take a Walk Around a Lake

DIY Monday: “No Sew” Fringed Infinity Scarf

You may know that scarves are the hot accessory trend right now! And anyone who knows me, knows I’m a HUGE scarf lover! I own so many scarves I can’t keep up. I wear them all year round and with just about everything. So to welcome in the Fall/Winter season I am posting a tutorial I found on the internet that is SO COOL! It’s an easy-peasy, do it yourself, no sew, infinity scarf project you can do in the comfort of your own home. So Without Further A Do Let’s Get Crafting!

Here’s What You Need:
Old T-Shirt
Good Scissors

Go through your old T-shirts and find a daring print or color combo. For a cleaner look, choose a solid.

Cut horizontally across the shirt, just below the armholes, to create a rectangular tube.

Working your way around the tube, make a series of vertical cuts that extend from the raw edge upward. The longer the cut, the longer the fringe will be.

Tug down on each strand to elongate it. You can also have some additional fun with it by knotting some of the ends!

Now all that’s left is to show it off with that perfect outfit.

Source: Lakeland Local

DIY Monday: Silk Flower Hair Bows

Being a newly natural beauty and totally loving my TWA, accessories have become my new best friend. I mean from headbands to scarfs to BIG earrings I got it covered. Well I least I thought that I did. And then I discovered the love of silk flower bows. So if you haven’t quite mastered the bow making craze that is going on, this is a great tutorial to add some color and fun to your hair without breaking the bank.

Here’s What You Need:

Artificial Silk Flowers
A hairclip or pin
A hot glue gun
Embellishment for the center

Easy enough, right? So lets get started. First pick out any kind of artificial silk flowers you like.
The flat-ish versions seem to work best. The flowers that were used in this tutorial are large Gerber Daisies.

Time for decapitation! Pop off the flower of your choice and pull the plastic green piece off the back.

Now pull your flower off the little plastic stem thing. Important maintain the order of the petals of you liked what it looked like before.

Starting with the petal that was on the bottom and make sure you align the holes!
Dab some hot glue around the hole in the center and stack on the next petal. Hold for a count of 10.

Repeat with all the additional layers. Working your way to the top, the (smallest) layer.

Now It’s Bling time! Choose an embellishment for your flower center. Buttons, gems, rhinestones, try anything!
If you don’t have an embellishment, you can use the ‘center’ of the flower and that’ll give you a more ‘natural’ look.

Take your embellishment and glue it in the middle of the flower.

This tutorial gives you the option of being able to choose what you can use your flower for on a daily basis.
It will look great on your bag, in your hair, on a baby hat or even as brooch.
Rather than roping yourself into one way of using it. Glue down a strip of felt with a clear channel.
This will allow you to push a hair clip through it or pin it to whatever else needs a little daisy love!

*DESIGNER’S NOTE – Not crazy about daisies? Then use any type of flower that you like. Mix & match colors.
Be Creative but most importantly make it your own. If you would like a more fuller look, use two flowers instead of one.

Source: shannonmakesstuff.blogspot.com

DIY Monday: “No Sew” T-Shirt Necklace

The last time you made a necklace, it probably involved macaroni. Well here’s an idea inspired by a project on the blog aprettypennyblog.com: Turn an old shirt into a piece of wearable art that’s quite grown-up.
Read more to find out how to make one of your very own!

Here’s What You Need:

an unwanted cotton t-shirt
a pair of sharp scissors
about half an hour

Lay the shirt on a flat surface and smooth it out with your hands. Start by cutting off and discarding the hem.

Beginning at the bottom of the shirt and working your way up, cut 1-inch strips to make loops. Vary the width of your strips based on your desired necklace thickness. I wanted a lot of tubes, so I kept my strips small.
You can also cut a variety of sizes for one necklace if you want a less-uniform texture.

Stretch out the loops you just made so the cotton curls in on itself and forms long tubes.
Double up each tube, matching up the seams at one end.

If you break a loop at the seam while you’re stretching it out, just tie it back together with a simple knot and trim the excess.
{This really is a fool-proof project}

Group all of your tubes by size, keeping the seams together at one end.

The illustration shown here uses a women’s tee, so the tapered fit resulted in a great variation of tube sizes.
If you’re using a men’s tee, you can cut the tubes into various sizes and tie them back together as shown above.

Gather them all together, with the longest tubes on the bottom and the shortest on the top, but save one!

Cut the tube you saved in half to make it a long string. Tie the string in a knot near one end of the section of seams. Tightly wrap the string around all of the seams to cover them. Be careful not to get the tubes twisted or tangled as you’re wrapping.

When everything is smooth and covered, tie off the other end of the string in a knot (using one of the necklace loops if you need to).

That’s it! A Fabulous Necklace. Hand made in about 30 minutes flat!

*DESIGNER’S NOTE: Want to turn this necklace from fabulous to Fan-Tabulous?
Show off your wild side by Mixing & Matching other colors.