Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Wishing all of my bloggy friends a very happy Halloween!


Friday, October 28, 2016

My First Xmas Project of the Season

I know Monday is Halloween, but who isn't already thinking about Christmas projects?  I know I am.
I'm battling my first cold of the season, so I had some down time this week to do some crafting.
I used an old spaghetti tin to make this pretty.  First I added some sheet music as my background.  Then I picked the pretty French image (from the Graphics Fairy) and glued that on the sheet music.
Next came the fun part - and I do say that with a touch of sarcasm. I added some cheese cloth to the front of the image.  Not exactly an easy task to do while handling a hot glue gun.  Ouch!  I then added some lace, burlap trim and buttons.
My finishing touch was the Scrabble letters to spell out Noel.

Happy to say I had everything I needed on hand for this quick Xmas project.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mystery Solved

I'm happy to report that I have FINALLY figured out why I couldn't comment on many of your blogs.  And it did not take a Ouija board to do it.  Something to do with enabling cookies, java script and a whole lot of other techie words I don't know.  Anywho, I fixed it and am ready to roll again!


Monday, October 24, 2016

New to My Etsy

I have been woefully neglecting my Etsy shop of late.  Sure, I've been fulfilling orders, but I haven't had a chance to add too many new items.
Over the weekend - in between playdates, sleepovers and giving our garage a must-needed fall cleaning - I spent time whipping up some new items.
I love lavender sachets, so I broke out my stamps and ink for these two designs: a country bunny and the White Rabbit.

I also used the country bunny stamp to make some quick, new tags.
It felt good creating some new items for the shop.


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.