Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Our Spooky Tea Room

I dressed up our tea room/she shed last week.  Here she is all dolled up for Halloween.
Remember those thrift store frames I found last week?  Here they are in all their creepy glory.  The Ouija board was a garage sale find.  I made the bottles and chalkboard frame a couple of years ago.
Here's another look.
Glad I got her all decorated because this past weekend is a blur between pumpkin picking...
And getting the boys' costumes at the Spirit Halloween store.  I couldn't resist these Ouija board mints.  The mints are awful but the tin is a keeper.  I've already added it to my indoor Halloween decor.


Friday, October 14, 2016

~Book Reviews~

Once the cooler weather starts, I love to curl up on the couch under a blanket with a good book.  This week I had two great books to read.
It's not secret that I am a HUGE fan of Ikea.  I love trolling Pinterest for IKEA hacks (seriously, don't you too?!).  I Modify IKEA by Elyse Major and Charlotte Rivers offers a ton of ideas that I'd never seen before in easy to follow DIY instructions.
I mean, c'mon, how cute is this pouf?  You can make it by using three Signe rugs (along with some other non-IKEA supplies).
Or how about this window seat using an Applaro bench.  The bench is only $60.  I think this will be the first project I tackle as I've been wanting to add a bench for under our stairs in the basement.  And that's only a small fraction of what I Modify IKEA ($24.99, Ulysses Press) has to offer.
Now it's also no secret that I can't draw.  I can craft, create, paint, etc., but drawing is not my strong suit.  But with Draw Like This! by Christopher Locke, maybe it can be!
This quirky, hand-drawn guide provides a series of fun, easy-to-follow "exercises" and plenty of room to practice.  I'm going to try the skeletal structures for some Halloween-inspired decorating.
My boys love the ink blots and have been creating their own.
Seriously, Draw Like This! ($16, TarcherPerigee Paperback) has everything you need to develop or enhance your artistic skills.  

Both would make great holiday gifts!


Note: I was provided copies of I Modify Ikea and Draw Like This! for review.  However, all opinions, text, photos are my own.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

French Market Halloween Tags

Whipped up these cute Halloween tags over the weekend.
I couldn't stop at just the tags, so I made some stickers too.
Both sets can be found in my Etsy.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Are My Comments Showing Up?

My brain is about to explode.  Seems I'm having trouble leaving comments on your blogs.

I've visited quite a few bloggy friends' blogs in the last few days and I have to ask: are my comments showing up?  My blog perpetually tells me to sign in.  So I do.  Then when leaving comments, I choose Google account to leave a comment - like I've always done.  But now I notice it's not saying your comment needs approval before appearing and on certain blogs, my comments no longer immediately show up.

Any idea what's going on?????  I left comments this morning on Homeroad, Pandora's Box and Southern Day Dreams.  Ladies, do you see my comments?


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Creepy Scrabble Tile Holders

My Halloween projects are officially in full swing.  This is a fun one.  All you need is some black craft paint, Scrabble tiles, tile holders, Glue Dots, sand paper and some creepy embellishments.
I started by painting each tile holder black.  Once they were dry, I sanded off some of the paint in random areas for a more aged look. Then I broke out my Scrabble tiles to see what words I could spell.
Once I had all my letters, I simple applied them using the Glue Dots.  This is ideal because the tiles can be removed and the holders can then be used for your next project!
Then I just added random Halloween-ish items I already had in my craft room.  Some got little pumpkins and a faux frozen Charlotte doll, while others got Bingo chips and vintage images found on The Graphics Fairy.

These were a big hit with my boys, and I must admit, I really enjoyed making them.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Friday's Thrifty Finds

I know it's Wednesday, but wanted to share Friday's thrifty finds.
I wasn't able to hit a lot of garage sales this summer, so I made up for lost time this past Friday.  I found this great vintage scale, a variety of tart tins, a Mason jar and some ornate frames.  I'm already searching for some creepy Halloween images to add to the frames.

The entire lot cost me $5!


Monday, September 19, 2016

Creepy Halloween Bottles

I'm not a big wine drinker, but thankfully a lot of my friends are. Thanks to many of them, I was able to create these creepy Halloween bottles.
I started by removing the labels from each bottle.  I don't have Goo Gone, so I just used good old fashioned scrubbing and hot water. Once the labels were off, I gave each bottle 2-3 coats of black paint.
Once the paint was dry, I broke out some white candles and just started melting them over the tops of the bottles and down the sides.
You could add candles or leave them as is depending upon your taste.  I picked up the orange candles from the Christmas Tree Shops ($9.99) over the weekend.  I'll be using them on our porch once I start officially decorating for Halloween.