Monday, October 20, 2014

Episode 138: A Super Simple Bow

I was doing a little bit of retail therapy in between shuttling kids.  Do you have those, softball, birthday parties...oh my!  Seems like all my weekends are like that...a sincere reason why I have grown to love Mondays.  Anyway, I saw some beautiful bows on a Christmas tree, then I chocked at the price.  I don't buy bows anyway, but I was curious what the price, $28 EACH!!!  What????  I thought to myself, as I often do, "You've GOT to be kidding!  That's just highway robbery!  They should be ashamed."  But again, I thought that....on the inside.  Then I examined the bow.  The ribbon was high quality, no doubt, but the structure honestly didn't seem intricate at all.  Simple, but effective.  I was intrigued.  I decided to try and replicate the bow for my Halloween tree.  I'm so glad I did.  I LOVE this technique!  Check out the finished bow:


3 Different Kinds of Ribbon--
Green Ribbon is d. Stevens and was purchased at a local retailer ($19, but was 20% off, 10 yd)
Chevron and Orange ribbon are from Sam's this 2014 season ($8, 50 yd each)
Floral Wire (any gauge)
Wire Snips
Sharp Scissors
Pro Bow the Hand bow maker, not necessary, but that's what I used

To make the same bow as the one pictured above, you will need 66 inches of the green ribbon, 12 inches of the black and white chevron ribbon, and 10 inches of the orange polka dot ribbon per bow.

For the detailed instructions, please check out this video:

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Episode 137: Halloween Candy Doorscape 2014

Hi Everyone!

Well, here it finally Halloween Candy Doorscape!  I just love decorating for Halloween!!

I actually already had a lot of these decorations from previous years.  I just added the dollar store Large Homemade Halloween Candy that you saw in the previous post.  


Orange Metallic Deco Mesh (Hobby Lobby)...remember you get what you pay for with deco mesh
Candy Corn and Orange Chevron Ribbon (The Paul Michael Company)
Pixie Sticks and Small Candy (PYL Tutorials)
Candy Corn Picks (RAZ, Imports)
Wooden Candy Medallions (Made those years ago)
Large Homemade Halloween Candy (See link above)
Floral wire.

And a SUPER cute Candy Corn door hanger from the Etsy Shop: The Wayward Whimsy!  Man I wish I could watch her make her creations!!!

Check out the video:

And here are a few other photos:

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Episode 136: Quick, Easy and Cheap Halloween Decorations

This year I decided to get away from the witch doorscape theme I've been doing and go a different direction--CANDY.  Stay tuned for the doorscape video in an upcoming post.  I had a lot of fun putting that door up, even though I was sweating in mid-October in Houston and had to apply bug spray.  (I hate Houston weather.  Why can't it get cold already????)  I digress...

I wanted to add to my collection of homemade candy decorations this year, so I made these:

They are SO easy and cheap.  I got twelve 27.5 inch balls for under $15.  One extra large Styrofoam ball at Hobby Lobby costs $20!  Yes I know that I run the risk of these not lasting near as long as Styrofoam, but since this project is so easy to recreate, I'm ok with that.


Dollar store beach balls (Mine came from a generic dollar store)
Plastic tablecloth material sold on a roll in the party section of Hobby Lobby
Rubber bands or pipe cleaners
Ribbon of your choice (Mine came from Sam's)
Floral Wire

Check out my video for the detailed instructions:

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

40 Things for my 4-0

So today is the day I turn the big 4-0. Not going to lie. I don't love that fact. But, moving on. So I thought, "I wonder if I could name what I consider to be the 40 Must Haves for a Crafter"?  I will take that challenge!  See how many of these you have. Here goes:

1. Um, a hot glue gun and glue. Duh!!
2. Scissors-some for paper and some for fabric
3. X-Acto knife
4. Silhouette Cameo
5. Mod Podge of various types!
6. Scrapbook Paper
7. ATG Tape Runner
8. E6000 glue
9. Vinyl of MANY colors!
10. Printer
11. Acrylic Paint
12. Fun Foam
13. Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite
14.  Laminator
15.  Deco Mesh!!!
16. Stamps for every occasion 
17. Computer
18.  Spatula for removing paper and vinyl off of cutting mats
20. Sewing Machine
21.  Paint Pens (Love/Hate Relationship)
22.  Letters! Wooden, paper mâché, metal...all of it!
24.  Fabric
25.  Floral Wire
26.  Pro Bow The Hand  Bowmaker
27.  Cuttlebug
28. Dimensional Paint/Puff Paint
29.  Glitter Spray
30.  Self Healing Mat or 2 
31.  Rotary cutter or 2
32.  Wire Cutters
33.  Aloe Vera Gel or Apple Cider Vinegar for hot glue burns
34. Basic tools--hammer, tape measure, screwdrivers
35.  Staplers--regular, plier type and staple gun and staple remover
36. Valspar Spray Paint
37. Wrapping Supplies--paper, tissue, treat bags
38.  Paint brushes!--foam ones, thin ones, thick ones, cheap ones, nice ones 
39.  A Pinterest Account. Don't understand the women that hate on Pinterest. 
40. And....chocolate (which I plan on having at my birthday lunch along with a Bellini)

I'm sure I could add a bunch more, but let's just start with 40.  How many of these do you have?

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Episode 135: You've Been Boo-ed!

I really like the Halloween tradition that has developed in recent years--Getting Boo-ed!  If you aren't familiar with this new tradition, it is where a neighbor bakes or buys Halloween goodies, packages them up super cute, includes an "I've Been Boo-ed"  or  "We've Been Boo-ed" sign with instructions on how to continue the game, and then places the gift on another neighbor's doorstep to pass on the fun fall festive atmosphere (say that three times)!  It's a great way for your neighborhood to show some love.  So, I thought, why not start this out earlier with my middle schooler and her friends? Why not "Boo" each other's lockers????  Fun, right?!  So, I decided this would be my first Halloween craft. Here's a pic of the finished project:  a Boo Bag with a corresponding locker magnet.


Chalboard from Michael's
Orange Paint (Anita's Mandarin from Hobby Lobby)
Basic Brown Paint
Mod Podge Melts
Chevron Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
Candy Corn Embellishments (Michael's)
Martha Stewart Spiderweb Border Punch (probably going to have to eBay it)
Glue Gun and Hot Glue
Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive (works REALLY well)

White Vinyl (
Silhouette Cameo
White Cardstock
Treat Bag

Check out my video for all the details and how-tos!

Get out there and BOO a neighbor...or a schoolmate!

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