I love giving gifts. However, I always struggle with what to give. It doesn’t matter the person. I love surprising people but only if it’s something I know the receiver will love and use. My mom’s 60th birthday was coming up and thankfully this was not a hard one for me. I had purchased a birthday board from a craft activity in my area and had been waiting for the right opportunity to put it together and give it to my mom. YAY for birthdays — 0r any gift-giving holiday.
Wooden Board-22 1/2 X 5 3/4 X 1
Wooden 1.5 inch Circles
Metal Jump Rings-Amount varies
12 Eyelet Screws
Vinyl Birthday Word and Month Letters
Sawtooth Picture Hangers
I started by sanding my board. I wanted smooth edges and to have them rounded. I then traced my wooden board on my paper. Then the painting began. I thought that I would have all the paint colors that I would need when I choose my paper but quickly realized that I would have to make my own colors, which is not my favorite thing to do. I either always make too much or too little. I chose to paint with 3 different colors to coordinate with my paper but when doing yours the sky’s the limit. Do it as plain or as fun and crazy as you would like. The thing to remember is that you need to paint the month wooden circles as well as the birthday circles. I didn’t do that until I was all ready to put it together. Kind of important.
With Halloween just around the corner we were more than excited to bring you another Triple Tuesday. And what better way than with a fun Halloween decoration. This was definitely a fun one since skulls are something lacking in all of our homes. The best part was we were able to pick these plastic skulls up at Shopko for $5.00. BEST. DEAL. EVER. Simple and cheap and they turned out SO fun.
I found my inspiration online and decided to be a bit ballsy and free hand it. Looking back I think it took more time then I expected but I seriously love the end result and would do it again in a heartbeat. I started by painting my skull Quaker Grey and painted the teeth white. I then drew on my design.
I thought that I could do the whole design with sharpie but it was taking forever so I switched to paint. It went so much faster. I traced the design with Sharpie and painted the inside with black paint. So much smarter. The teeth were too white so I took Payne’s Grey and watered it down and painted it over the teeth. I wiped it off with a paper towel to give the teeth a darker look. So much cooler.
For my skull, I decided on my color scheme first — gold, black and purple — and then went from there. I really wasn’t sure what to do at first but it kind of all came together…at the last minute, no joke! 🙂 I used a gold metallic acrylic paint for the skull, leaving the eyes and nose. I found some Halloween plastic gemstones (a combination of adhesive and glue on kinds), a fascinator hat and a black and purple paint pen at Hobby Lobby and Walmart. I then glued on the hat and gemstones and stuck the adhesive gemstones around the eyes. Next it was time to draw on a few added artistic features. I looked online for a few pictures for inspiration and finished off the skull by painting around the mouth, chin and nose. All done!!
For my skull I knew I wanted a spider and spiderweb on the top. The only decision I had to make was what color scheme I would go with. I’m SO glad I decided on metallic purple. The color is perfect! And even though I hesitated painting the teeth black, I’m so glad I did! After the paint was dry I added the spiderweb with some basic puff paint in metallic gray. And for the final touch, I glued a cute glittery spider on top. So quick and easy! I love how it turned out!
Now it’s time we pull out the rest of our Halloween decorations and add these awesome skulls to our collection!
It’s kind of sad to admit this — I got all excited to get out my Fall decor but when I actually pulled out all of my things, I realized I had like 2 or 3 items. What?? How does that happen? Fall is my favorite season so you’d think I’d be going all crazy in the decor department. So I decided I’d throw some pieces together this year so that when next year rolls around I won’t be as shocked.
First on the list, was creating a banner for my mantle. The great thing about banners is they can really be hung anywhere. You don’t have to have a mantle to decorate with them. And this banner was actually pretty simple to make.
Glitter balls (optional)
Letters (printed & cut out)
I picked up my felt sheets at Hobby Lobby. I bought more than I needed but I didn’t want to run back to the store. I used3 felt sheets of orange (for the banner and leaves), one seafoam, one brown, one champagne and 2 sheets of the gold glitter fabric (for the letters and the leaves).
To start, I printed out a leaf pattern, cut it out, pinned it to the felt and cut the leaves out — 4 leaves of each color.
Next, I printed out this banner template. It seemed bigger than I wanted my banner to be so I actually scaled it down to 75% and then printed it out. I had to play with it a little bit to get the size I wanted. I cut out 6 pieces for the word ‘Autumn.’
That’s right, it’s Taco Tuesday! And what better way to celebrate a Taco Tuesday in the Fall than with a DELICIOUS bowl of (EASY) Taco Soup? This recipe is quick and easy! Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 yellow onion – chopped
1/2 green pepper – chopped
1/2 red pepper -chopped
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can corn
1 small can tomato sauce
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1/2 cup salsa
taco seasoning – to taste
I love decorating for fall. The colors are amazing-the different shades of orange, yellow, brown and burgundy. Who knew that such colors could cause such a stir of emotions. To see them outside is breathtaking and then to bring them inside causes the same reaction. It’s beautiful. I’m sad that it goes so quickly and that I don’t enjoy it as much as I should. I feel that winter comes too fast.
To bring the colors indoors, I knew that I wanted to create my own fall centerpiece with a table runner and fall flowers. To start, I was excited when I saw these painted mason jars. To create the fall colors on my mason jars, I mixed different food coloring together. For the light brown I did 6 drops of red, 2 yellow and 1 blue. For the yellow I added 7 drops of yellow and 2 orange. For the orange I did 7 orange and 2 red.
I was able to pick up all of my supplies for the table runner and flowers at Hobby Lobby. I was excited since all their fabric was on sale and so were their fall flowers. I also filled the mason jars with acorns and they were in the fall section (also 40% off). It was a great day to be at Hobby Lobby!
For my table runner I cut my fabric strips to 4 3/4X13 and cut out 2 of each pattern. It ended up being 77 inches long. I did a seam around the whole thing and then ironed it flat. It was so simple and easy and I really loved the end result.
It was such a fun project and one that anyone can do. Be sure to share your favorite fall crafts with us. We love hearing from you.
Leaves are falling all around,
On the rooftops, on the ground.
Leaves are falling on my toes, on my head and on my nose!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again we LOVE Fall!! There’s just something about the season that makes us happy! My personal favorite is watching the leaves change. It’s so magical and colorful and bright! So I set out to find some crafts using leaves or that have a leaf theme so that I could bring a little bit of the outdoors inside.
Here is my “Fantastically Fall” decor list:
The Easiest, Cheapest, Quickest Fall Table Runner – via Dreams & Midnight Jabber
Misty made this last year and it seriously is so cute! I wanted to make one after she shared her post but I ran out of time and so this year, it’s on my to-do list. 🙂
Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder – via Spark & Chemistry
Leaf Printed Linens – via Funtober
Clay Leaf Bowls – via Urban Comfort
I have seriously enjoyed reading Marie and Michelle’s get-to-know you posts. I actually learned a couple things about them! Now it’s my turn for you to learn about me!
1. What’s your middle name? Dawn, yeah, yeah, my name is Misty~Dawn
2. What was your favorite subject in school? When I was little I used to say recess lol, but I actually really enjoyed History when I got older.
3. What are 3 things you can’t leave home without? My phone, Melaleuca Lip Balm and a Diet Coke
4. What is your favorite song at the moment? Definitely Move by Luke Bryan, it has such a great beat and it makes me want to break out my cowgirl boots and dance. And let’s not forget what a joy it is to watch Luke Bryan perform 🙂
5. What is your favorite food? It’s no secret that I LOVE carbs! So breadsticks, pasta, french fries, rolls, I love it all. Continue reading
If you haven’t figured out by now I love the fall and I also love food. One of the wonderful things that happens in the fall — that happens only in the fall — is corn on the cob. My family could eat it year round if there was a way to have it year round. We love it boiled and loaded with butter, salt and pepper. Or our favorite is the Mexican-style corn where you grill it in the husk, shuck it and load it up with mayo and parmesan cheese. It’s messy but delicious!
So the next best thing to corn on the cob is freezer corn since you take it right from the cob and use it whenever you want. It’s so much better than store bought corn. Before you get started, I will warn you it does take some time. Usually a whole day. It took me a couple of years to train my kids to shuck the corn properly and to get all the silk off but now they are master corn huskers and can actually do it faster than me. I made the mistake of doing freezer corn this year while they were in school and that was not smart. I was still doing it when they got home from school. A lesson learned for this mom.
There are a bunch of recipes out there on how to do freezer corn but today I will share what husband’s family has been doing for years and we continue to do in our family. I must add that I have cut the recipe in half, not the corn just the other ingredients. It seemed I had too much liquid by the time the corn was boiled. I’ve been much happier with the results and the flavor is the just the same, in my opinion. In fact, I haven’t told my husband that I’ve changed it and he hasn’t even noticed. This is my set up for shucking corn. I usually do enough corn to last 2 years but we apparently ate more last year than we normally do so I did 20 dozen this fall. I get a big tub for all the husks and a small one for the corn. I was told by the lady that I buy corn from to start at the top and pull the husk down in 2 stripes, silk and all and it will come off very easily. Continue reading
If you are looking for something to do this weekend, have about two hours to spare and feel like putting your woodworking skills to good use this is the project for you!
I’ve been wanting to put a shelf in my laundry room for awhile now but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on buying one and I couldn’t find one that would work for the space. Soooo…I decided I’d put one together that WOULD work. I’m pretty happy with this little shelf not only because it turned out pretty similar to what I had in my head (that never happens) but I did it ALL. BY. MYSELF. No lie! All the cutting, nail gunning and painting was done by me. Oh yeah!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
1 of each – Pine Board (1/4 x 1/2 x 2, 1/4 x 1/2 x 4, 1/2 x 8 x 4)
3 – 7″ x 7″ Wooden Shelf Brackets
** The wood materials are for a 4′ x 7 1/2″ shelf ** Continue reading
Now that school is back in session I think I may actually have time to curl my hair, paint my nails and spend a little more time on my makeup…haha who am I kidding?! I’ve got a baby!!! But seriously, over the past few months I’ve discovered some great beauty products that I simply can’t live without. And as an added bonus none of them are more than $20! Continue reading