Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Easy Fall Applique and Envelope Pillow Cover

Today I'm going to share with you a quick & easy Fall pillow I made. I appliqued the "Fall" letters onto the front of envelope style pillow cover that I made from an old curtain that we had.

This project was fun & economical for all sorts of reasons. By using an old curtain I was able to save money on the cost of the fabric and I have plenty of the curtain fabric left over to make a few more matching ones. Making an envelope style pillow cover that slides on and off of the pillow form allows me to change out the pillow whenever I want, and it's easy to make!

By adding just a few elements, like these beautiful handmade buttons from Button Mad, adds just enough texture and dimension to your pillows without much cost. And hand sewing a few buttons on is pretty easy too! 
I was lucky enough to receive these beautiful, Colorful Fall Leaf buttons, in exchange for a tutorial which was all made possible through the Totally Tutorials Supplier Exchange Program

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Fabric Banner Tutorial Revisited

I'm going to re-share with you all the Halloween Fabric Bunting post that I did last year. I didn't have to many readers back then and think it's still a cute banner so why not? It's one of the first "in-depth" tutorials I did too! 
(Not sure if that's a bad or good thing! LOL) Enjoy! 
I love banners and pennants and have made a ton with paper, but just haven't gotten around to doing the fabric ones. I have the fabric for it (oh do i have the fabric!), it was just a matter of taking the time to do it.

There are so many different ways to make a fabric banner and part of my problem is I wasn't sure how I wanted to do it. Well, I decided how and I made a Halloween Fabric Banner! I love how it turned out so much that I wrote up my first tutorial and I'm super excited to be sharing it with you. This was super quick & easy to make and if you wanted to get in a last minute Halloween project this would be perfect. I was able to make it in a couple of hours and that was with my two little ones awake!

I've tried to explain what I'm doing in the photos the best I can, but if I've missed something or if you have any questions or comments please feel free to share. 

Here we go!

Monday, October 22, 2012

36 Halloween Party Decoration, Printables, & Favor Ideas

Hey all, sorry for getting the final party planning post out! I've been a little behind in my own party planning and then I thought I lost my post and had to start over then found it then....Argh!!! 

So, a party isn't complete without some decorations & some sort of party favor. I've collected some fun ideas that I think are super cute! There is a good mix of DIY projects and some are links to some super cute free printables, a little bit of everything to help you along your way to a fun party. Well, here it is! Thank goodness, Enjoy! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Ten Halloween Kid-Friendly Drink Ideas

Growing up my mom almost always made some sort of punch for special events. So it's kind of become a thing of mine too, always trying to find a new punch recipe to go along with whatever party I'm planning. 

I've rounded up ten different kid-friendly drink or punch recipes that will make your party a little more festive. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

15 Halloween Tasty Sweet Treats

Hey All! Since I spent most of Monday at the dentist office, I figure why not add  some super sweet Halloween treats to this whole party planning thing? I mean it is Halloween after all and isn't that really what it's all about, the treats?!?  Right?

So here are 15 super yummy treats I found. 
Oh, and since I was a Dental Hygienist before my Stay at Home gig, may I remind you to please brush and floss all those adorable little pearlies in your life. Don't want the sugar bugs to take over during this super sweet time of the year ;-) 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

15 Halloween Savory Eat - Treats

I've been trying to plan something to make for the "Monsterly Main Food" for our little party and I found trying to come up with something Halloween, without being to spooky or gross, and kid-friendly can be a little difficult.   

So I looked around good 'ol Google and Pinterest and came up with a few things, fifteen to be exact, that might be worth trying. So here are 15 Halloween Savory Eat Treats, and there are even a couple of "healthier" options included. 
I know, that's kind of a crazy thing coming from me ;-)   

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

15 Halloween Kid Crafts

Now that we are in the second half of October we are pretty much in full Halloween mode. I'm planning a "Not-So-Scary" Monster Mash and just trying to do some fun Halloween stuff with the kids. So This week I have a few great ideas picked out that look fun to do and yummy to eat and thought I'd share with you all. 

 And since snow has been in our forecast lately, and we are starting to do more indoor activities, I thought today I'd start off by sharing fifteen different Halloween Crafts for Kids. Some of them are hands on for your toddler or pre-schooler, some for kids a little older, and some you will just want to help with and join in on the fun with them.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Feathered Turkey Sign - Gobble 'til You Wobble

It's not to early to start thinking Thanksgiving is it? I mean it does kind of seem to sneak up every year, getting lost somewhere in between Halloween and Christmas. At least it seems to happen that way to me.

Well, today I have a tutorial for a "Gobble 'til you Wobble" Turkey sign and it is fun, bright & Full of feathers!  And can I tell you I just LOVE how it turned out!

So why a turkey sign and Thanksgiving decor alreay? Remember awhile back I participated in the Totally Tutorial Blog Supplier Exchange Program?  Well, I've been selected to participate again and this time I got to use feathers! The store Abakhan, (a fabric, hobby & home store) selected me to come up with something fun with these bright, beautiful feathers. 

Source: Abakhan
I'm not sure if you've ever worked with feathers before but if you haven't you should, they really are a lot of fun! The package I received consisted of a mix of marabou & patterned guinea feathers. The colors were bright green (kind of lime), orange, and a turquoise blue. They shipped great and I got them in plenty of time, even with there being a holiday included in the shipping time! 

So with all the fall decorating I've been doing I wanted to use the feathers in some sort of fall decor and then I thought why not get a head start on my Thanksgiving decorating. So that's what I did! I found the "Gobble 'til you Wobble" quote and knew I totally wanted to include it, so off to my craft room I went to make my sign. This tutorial has a lot of steps and a lot of pictures, don't worry, it's not difficult I'm just trying to be thorough since there are a couple of different elements to it. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Simple Fall Book Page Banner

Today I'm going to tell you how to make the quick & easy book page banner that I made for my Fall Mantel this year. Would you believe I didn't even you my hot glue gun??? Yep, I sure didn't and it is a very temporary banner that can easily be changed out and reused or taken down. Whatever suits your fancy!

This is also a little different than my normal tutorial, mainly because as I got started I totally changed my original idea and just kind of came up with it as I went and so I didn't get a bunch of pictures along the way.  Most of it is pretty self explanatory though.  So on to the tutorial...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Mantel 2012... A Little Old With A Little New

Hey Everyone, I'm so excited to share my Fall Mantel with you all! I think this is honestly the first year I've had my mantel completely decorated for Fall, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

I took a lot of what I already had and added a few new things and couldn't be happier. It's kind of rustic with some natural elements, like twigs from my backyard and burlap for texture. I think it turned out nice without being to "cutesy", or at least I think so ;-)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Welcome Fall Mini-Banner Tutorial

Today I'm going to show you the last little bit I added to the fall decor in my entryway. I found these super cute scarecrows in the $1 spot at Target and just knew immediately what I was going to do with them. So I brought them home, put them in a basket, and added some kraft paper raffia. They were cute, but I decided they really did need a little bit more and since they are on my entryway table I thought why not  a "Welcome Fall" banner? 

Cute right?!?! Well, today I'm going to show you how to make this quick miniature kraft banner. It's really a quick tutorial and you don't need any special supplies. If you can use a pair of scissors, a paint brush or marker, and a hot glue gun then you are all set!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mason Jar Candy Corn Holder Tutorial

Since my little guys birthday is now over & done, I've been able to put back the fall decorations and start working on a few new little things to add to the Fall Decor in my entryway. I wanted to add a little bit more, but not to much since my entryway table is kind of small but just enough to make it a little more festive & fun. 

One of the things new this year is my Mason Jar candy corn holder. I love mason jars, and growing up living in the country and having a 1/4-1/2 acre garden most of my childhood, mason jars were always around for canning purposes.  So crafting with them and using them as part of my decor brings back many, many memories of my childhood. And if you are on Pinterest or follow many blogs at all then you know you see all sorts of crafts made with mason jars, so this is definitely not something new,  just something new to my table decor. :-)

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