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October 2011

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Halloween Bunting Banner

Hello everyone!
We are in the middle of traveling right now but…

Happy Halloween!!

I shared this tutorial a week or so ago as a guest post and thought today would be a great day to share it with all of you since it is Halloween.


Halloween Bunting Banner


Would you like to know how to make it?
Here ya go!

Supplies:
-Black and Orange Burlap
-Bias Tape
-Hot Glue Gun
-Paint
– Stencils (optional)
-Cutting machine (optional)

How to make it:
I created a template with my Silhouette of the two sizes of my bunting flags but you can easily draw and cut it out by hand as well.

I created a template 4 x 4.5 to use to cut out the orange burlap.
I also cut out a 3 x 3.5 to use to cut the black burlap.

I then doubled the the burlap and laid the template on top to cut around.
Cut the number you need for whatever saying you are putting on your banner.
I needed 11 triangles of each.

Take a stencil or you can free hand it, and lay it on top of the smaller triangle.
Take your paint and paint it in.

I used a light gray paint.

Continue until your saying is complete.

To make the actual banner, lay the smaller triangle on the larger one. Open up the bias tape, I used a double folded bias tape, and put the flag inside. Make sure the edge of the flags are up against the center fold.

Add hot glue on top of the flags.

Then fold down and press smooth.

I also put a super small dot of glue at the tip of the black burlap to prevent it from flapping up.

Here is the “Fright” banner.

And here is my “Night” banner.

I think they look great around the Halloween art I created!

Hope you like them as well!

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Guest Post: The Diary of Dave’s Wife

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Hello Everyone!

I am {REALLY} excited to be Guest Posting here today!

My name is Kristy from

If you are Curious How I became DavesWife

You can read my Story Here

{it’s NOT what you think!}

I don’t know about you, but I have been spending most of my week
getting ready for Halloween!

Buying Candy, Sewing a Costume, & Making Treats!

And since there are only a few days until it’s actually here,

Have you remembered to get your kiddos something to carry their treats in?

Instead of buying them a cheap plastic pumpkin or pulling out an old pillowcase why not make them
an adorable bag that they can use every year!
Because if you kiddo is anything like mine, I will be the one carrying it around for him!

And If I am going to be carrying it, it better be CUTE!

So Today I am going to show you a quick Tutorial on My

Last Minute {Trick or Treat} Bag

For this little project you will need to purchase a cheap canvas bag

&

Some Iron Transfer Paper from your local craft store

Here is the bag I started with.

Next, I created the lettering in Photoshop and printed it out on Iron Transfer Paper in Mirror Image.
it looked a little something like this:

If you would like to use this same lettering simply click on the above image to download!

Once your image is printed, You will want to cut out around all of your letters

to eliminate any excess white areas.

This would be an excellent time to get caught up on any shows hanging out in your DVR

Currently I am loving all the re-runs of the old school 90210.

But whatever you do, {DO NOT} skip this step.
If you try to Iron the whole page onto your bag

You will have excess clear transfer all over the front of you bag and it won’t look very pretty
{trust Me}!
Once your letters are cut out. {they don’t have to be perfect}
Get out your trusty Iron and get it nice and Hot

&

Iron out any wrinkles or fold lines out of your bag!

Next turn off the steam on your iron and place your letters face down on your bag like this:

Next, Iron down your letters per the instructions on your Iron Transfer Paper .
{Not ALL Iron Transfer Paper is created equal}
Once it has cooled off you should be able to peel off the backing really EASY!

Doesn’t it look Sharp?

Once it is all peeled, Embellish with some Cute ribbon or Pom-Pom Fringe

Or a Plastic Skeleton from the Dollar Store.

And your kid will have the CA-UTEST
Trick or Treat Bag in the Neighborhood!

That is a super cute bag Kristy!!
Thanks so much for sharing!

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Guest Post: A Girl and a Glue Gun

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hi! i’m kim. I blog over at a girl and a glue
gun
and i’m super excited to be here today! I’m letting the
glue gun cool and making these paper lanterns…

all you need is a sheet of black posterboard and some tissue paper.
and some tape…

and a pair of scissors..

and your time.

and effort.

oh. and a ruler.
and pencil.

but the only thing you need to buy is the posterboard and tissue paper.
I actually bought the posterboard to make a witch silhouette for my
window…but decided to make these instead….

i took the length of the posterboard and divided it by 4….(squint
and you can see the lines?)

and then i added a frame around each one….

then i doodled and came up with some halloweeny things and cut them out.
(you want to make sure that parts of it attaches to the border and
don’t accidentally cut it or you are going to be doing a lot of tape
repairs.)

these are the pumpkin ones…

i took the ruler and a pen and scored down the middle to make the fold
nice and crisp

then i got this 30..oh wait..BONUS 40 sheet gift tissue
assortment from the dollar store.

i just cut a piece to size and taped it to the back…(or inside)

then i folded them and taped them into a box…

and put one over my scentsy…..

and one over some orange lights…

if you are feeling the need to tell me that the candy corn is in the

wrong color

don’tevengothere.

i’m aware.

did it on purpose matteroffact.

they make a perfect party centerpiece…

you could add an additional black posterboard to the top and
hang them….

and the best part..
they store flat!

thanks for having me….
if you want to come by and see what other crap i’m up to

feel free!

Those are adorable Kim!
Thanks for sharing!

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Catch a Glimpse Party #51

It is party day!

Catch a Glimpse Button

What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!

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Guest Post: Craftaholic Anonymous

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hi! my name is linda and i’m a craft addict. {for reals. just ask my hubby, Davis} i’m the girl behind Craftaholics Anonymous a site brimming with crafts, home decor, DIY, tutorials, and holiday decorating! my crafting philosophy is: Crafting doesn’t have to be expensive, just CREATIVE!

i had the opportunity to meet Allison right before she moved from Richmond. so its fun to be here on her cute blog! although Richmond will never be the same without her 😉

today i’m going to share with you how to make super cute bows to add to your “Gift in a Jar” gifts this year. Gifts in a Jar are great {who doesn’t love a great mason jar, right??} but its always fun to spice things up the classic jar gift and make them a little different. and cuter!

with bows all the rage right now, these are sure to be a hit with your neighbors, friends, and co-workers!

{note: i filled my gift jars with Hot Cinnamon Milk mix. which is DIVINE. you have to try it! love at first sip. promise. you can get my recipe here.}

These are super easy to make. PLUS you can even use your scraps to make them. sweet!

Supplies

  • fabric
  • scissors
  • and that trusty sewing machine!
  • TEMPLATE {Click to view the bow template. Print on 1 sheet of paper. Pattern should be approx 10.5 inches long by 2 inches wide.}

for each bow, cut 4 pattern pieces using the template.

take 2 pieces and with right sides together sew together using 1/2″ inseam. leave small end open.

*leave the small end of the pattern open so you can turn it right side out later*

when sewing around the curved portion of the fabric, go slowly so you can get a nice rounded seam.

next, make small cuts into the fabric about 1/4″ apart around the curved portion. DO NOT cut the thread!

REPEAT above steps with the remaining 2 pattern pieces.

using a dowel or blunt scissors, turn right side out and iron flat.

take one side and tuck in the unfinished seam about 1/4″

insert the raw edges of the other side into the opening.

so that it looks like this.

sew shut.

then fold over that same seam….

and sew across it.

And that’s it! This template works with all regular mouth glass jars.

just add a gift tag and your jar is ready to go!

*and don’t forget the Hot Cinnamon Milk recipe to complete the gift! {this is SO delish! it’s like eggnog, but without the eggs and a lot less calories!}

happy {holiday} crafting!

linda

Thanks for sharing Linda!!

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Guest Post: The Elephant’s Trunk

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Hello there everyone, my name is Lauren and I blog at The Elephant’s Trunks and also have an Etsy shop of the same name where I sell handmade wine accessories and original, affordable canvases. I’m so excited to be here today to share a favorite fall recipe of my Mom’s that became a favorite of mine and now I can’t wait to pass on to all of you, pumpkin rolls.

Pumpkin Rolls (ingredients are for one pumpkin roll):
-3/4 cup of flour

-1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

-2/3 cup of pumpkin

-3/4 cup of sugar

-1/2 teaspoon of salt

-3 eggs

-1 teaspoon of baking powder

-2 teaspoons of cinnamon

-1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine eggs, sugar and pumpkin in a mixer and blend together thoroughly.

In a separate bowl combine all of your dry ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer and allow all ingredients to mix together.

Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet, grease and lightly flour the parchment paper.

Spread all the ingredients from the mixer onto your parchment paper. It is important to make sure that your pumpkin roll is spread thin and evenly so that it is easier for you to roll it when it comes out of the oven. Spread your mixture even thinner than shown in the picture. Place in the oven and back for 15-20 minutes.

After your pumpkin roll comes out of the oven while still hot roll the roll up with the parchment paper inside and allow to cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

-8 ounces of cream cheese

-1 teaspoon of vanilla

-6 tablespoons of soften butter

-2/3 cup of powdered sugar

While your pumpkin roll is cooling combine all ingredients for frosting together in your mixture until frosting is a creamy consistency.

After your pumpkin roll has cooled, unroll,spread frosting inside and re-roll up (this time don’t roll up the parchment paper inside).

Cut, sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Thanks for Allison for having me here today and best of luck with your move 🙂

That looks so yummy Lauren! Thanks for sharing it!

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See you soon!!!

Hi all!!!

So sorry that I have been MIA this past week!
We are preparing for our next move so I have been busy, busy!

I just wanted to let you all know that starting this week through Thanksgiving, I will have some wonderful bloggers guest posting for me.

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I hope you enjoy all of their fabulous posts and ideas!
They are all super talented!

I will try to check in periodically to see how you all are doing and to keep you all updated on our new house but I won’t be around too often.

Of course, the Catch a Glimpse party will still occur every Thursday there just won’t be a feature post on Fridays.

So, I will see you all soon!!!! 🙂

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Catch a Glimpse #50

It is party day!

Catch a Glimpse Button

What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!

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{Feature Friday} #49

There were a lot of fabulous ideas linked up this week but I decided to make the features
“All Things Halloween.”

The most viewed link was this:
Sweeter than Sweets shared No Carve Pumpkin ideas.

Here are some other great ideas shared:

Bev from Flamingo Toes shared her Halloween Mantle

Chicken Babies shared a fun Spider Game for kids.

Spooky Yarn Wreath created by I Heart Nap Time.

Black and White Pumpkins by a. steed’s life

Spooky Mummy Wreath created by Dream Home DIY

Freaking Craft shared her spider web table runner idea.

Bat Wreath from Directions Not Included

Johnny in a Dress shared her great Boo to You Wreath

Halloween Pillow from Keeping it Simple

Thanks for linking up everyone!
Feel free to grab a Featured Button!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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Catch a Glimpse Party #49

It is party day!

Catch a Glimpse Button

What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!