Thursday, September 25, 2014

Outdoor Halloween Decor

Have you decorated for Halloween yet?

I saw a post here about a chair decorated for Halloween and remembered that a) I have a chair and b) I like Halloween. It's kismet.

Several chairs are living in my attic right now, actually. And they are already black which is a good start for Halloween. My original plan was to build a new bench to go in my entry alcove, but that didn't happen, which is OK because now I have a Halloween chair! The seat was recovered in a nicer fabric that happened to be in my mom's leftovers stash and a sharpie took care of a few scratches in the paint.

Before, the chair had previously been reupholstered in thin fabric not good for seat cushions. The original fabric hiding under that was a yellow damask that was even uglier if that is possible.

For now, it lives in my entryway and I love it! Not bad for a free chair from my mother-in-law and free fabric. Another got refashioned for my office, but you will have to keep coming back to see it.

What says Fall better than burlap? And pine cones?  The burlap is leftover from a wedding I helped plan which you can see here. I bought the letters that spell "EEK" from the craft store and stenciled them at the Birthday Craft Party I threw for a friend and thought they might be cute layered in my metal basket.

Walking up to the front door, you pass by the cemetery sign. Maybe I should get some fake gravestones, but for now, I like it just like this. But I can't promise that I won't keep moving the other stuff around.

Stick around to see my indoor decor!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Halloween Chalkboard

You may remember the history behind this repurposed chalkboard from here and here . I am so glad I left the frame gold. I love it in my dining room. My walls are not khaki, btw. It's amazing how paint colors change in different light and on the computer screen.

I'm so so ready for Halloween! I cannot wait to trick-or-treat in my new neighborhood. And my daughter has the cutest costume this year. 
So I can't help but want to copy all of the cute chalkboard art that comes out at this time of year.  You can purchase the original on It is much, much smaller than this one, so it would be super cute on a fireplace mantel or wherever you have your Halloween vignette set up. A dining room buffet, maybe?

The flies came from Dollar Tree! I love them! They are so cute and glittery.

Now to finish my outdoor display and mantel...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Tussie Mussie

I recently saw a BOO cone and thought it would be cute to make one with my Crate Paper Acorn Avenue Collection kit. So I did. But I am not leaving it on anyone's door. Although I might make one for my daughter's teachers. I filled this fall tussie mussie with autumn colored Sixlets. Wouldn't this make a great teacher gift?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Art Collage Wall

When we moved in our new house I decided we need a collage wall somewhere for my daughter's art. She took art classes last year at The Little Paint Brush and had some from Art Camp at her school. The two framed watercolors were my sisters' idea as a surprise to me. Still not sure how they managed that.

I tried to design it so that I could add to it if she creates more pieces. Since a lot of it had red and blue colors, I decided it should go in the "red room." So called because of the red bunk bed that lives in there. For now. 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Chalkboard Art

Saw this: 

Made this:

This is the huge chalkboard in my dining room. I love changing the message. Next up-something Halloweenish! Yay! I can't wait for Halloween. I just moved to a neighborhood where people decorate and celebrate, so I have been buying decorations like crazy. I need to put them out!!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Graduation and Birthday Combo

My daughter's birthday and my sister's graduation happened to fall on the same day this year, so we decided to let them share a party.

Paper cups were used as a target for Nerf gun competitions.

I love the mint green bike Jordan got for Christmas and it went with the decor, so I used it as a backdrop of sorts.

The gift table was decorated with a paper chain. I love pulling out furniture at parties that coordinates with the decor. This little antique table was the perfect green color. I think maybe it was a child's table, but I'm not sure. It is too low to be a side table, but higher than coffee tables.

Thank you gifts were tiny magnetic clipboard note pads from Michael's. I love the yellow ombre crepe paper.

Of course, we had to have some old pictures of the graduate to embarrass her.

I combined a banner from a Studio Calico kit with Neapolitan scrapbook paper to make more of an impact.

Party lollies were easy to make from the Dear Lizzy kit to stick in candy buckets.

The cake was simple with a miniature Happy Birthday banner. I love these! My mom made the cake, of course.

My daughter seems to leave a trail of Calico Critters wherever she goes. I found this one in front of the paper chevron straws. She loves all small things. Wonder who she gets that from?

Remember this bucket from the baby shower? We used it to ice down root beer.

Cookies made by Aunt Mandy were a huge hit. I didn't even get a chocolate one!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Sole Hope

In honor of Feel Good Friday I want to tell you about an organization I recently learned about from my friend who is a Noonday Ambassador. Have you heard of Sole Hope yet? 
We host shoe cutting parties. Huh? My friends get together in my new craft room and cut shoe patterns onto old jeans and mail them to Uganda (and drink wine.) There, the shoes are sewn by women who previously had few job options. Then, the shoes are given to children to keep jiggers out of their feet. Win! Win! Win! 
Want to know more? Visit to get a packet and host your own party!