Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Wreath

So, I must say that this idea came from Lindsay's personal blog last year. My friend Rachell and I got together a few weeks ago and made this little cutie. We just bought ornaments from the dollar store, took out the top part that has the hook/string attached, and hot glued it top-down into a foam wreath.
p.s. Lindsay - I think you should dig out and post the picture of your wreath last year. It is too cute not to share.


Christmas Ornaments

I found some really cheap, ugly ornaments at the dollar store for 12 cents a piece and decided to make my own unique ornaments out of them.
So, I cut some strips of fabric..

Mod-podged them on to the ornament...

I let it dry sitting in the rim of a plastic cup...
And here they are. I even added a little ruffle on a few of them. One of the best parts is they're unbreakable and very kid safe.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hoot Hoot

So my friend Krista introduced me to another great blog. There are a million out there.. this was just such a cute owl project I had to post it here so I can remember where I found it. Owl decor is still pretty big right now, so this could be something fun to make for Halloween, or just because it's fantastic.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Ruffled Pumpkins

So.. I just stumbled across these adorable pumpkins from Jen's blog. I seriously love them a lot. Since Halloween is almost here, I'm probably going to postpone making these until next year, but you better believe I'm going to make them! They are so dang cute and stylish. You can find the tutorial here.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween Mantel

Here's the final product. I put all of these projects together and I'm happy with the way it turned out.
Definitely an orange theme going on.
The only two things I didn't post about earlier that are included in the picture are the orange runner I added to my wreath and the little damask frame where I just stamped '31 october' on fabric.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The great pumpkin improvisation

Like I said, Australians aren't big on Halloween. Case and point: I went to buy a pumpkin at the grocery store and they wanted $5.99 a kilo. Like $25 for a normal sized gourd.
Not happening.
So I gathered together some of that same orange fabric, decorative balls, ribbon, sticks from our yard and a little hot glue.

All I did was cut out a square of fabric and tucked in the sides until I had it formed around the ball. With a little hot glue I secured the top and then used some leftovers from this project to make the green stems. I adhered those to the pumpkins with a straight pin.

I also made mini pumpkins with my small balls. So cute.

Tomorrow I'll post pictures of the whole thing.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween Pennant

This has got to be one of my favorite Halloween projects completed so far. It is fun and whimsical and best of all, EASY to make. All I did was cut out triangles of coordinating fabric and sewed them between a long piece of black fabric which I ironed in half. Zig-zaged down the length of the black and that's it!
I have one more item to post from my mantel and then I'll show you pictures of the whole thing.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Desperately needing something Halloween-y to adorn my front door I came up with this CHEAP wreath made simply by tying scrap pieces of fabric around the inside ring of an embroidery hoop (more on what I did with the outside ring of the same hoop later).
I just gathered all of my black, white, and orange scraps, cut them at varying lengths and widths and tied them on. Some I had to double knot, others I just tied one time.
Then I just tied it to my door-knock with a thick piece of fabric.
I love how it turned out.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween Subway Art

I've seen subway art used in so many creative ways, and wanted to try and incorporate it into our Halloween decor. However, without any vinyl, a cricut, or even a printer I was pretty much stuck. Until tonight when I suddenly realized I had a stash of these bad boys. All in white.

Here's a close-up.

and one so you can see where it sits on my little windowsill.

**Note** Check out hundreds more at Jen's Subway Art party here

A few of the ones that inspired me.

barn owl primitives
Wonderfully Wordy
Tatertots and Jello


Sunday, October 10, 2010

An easy way to bring in some orange

Since I brought ZERO decorations over here from the states, and also not having a lot of stores that sell Halloween decor, I've had to figure out some easy (and cheap) ways to bring the festive colors into the house. One way is by bringing out my inner scrapper, although not with paper. I've just used some of the random frames lying around and with fabric, ribbon, stamps and a few embellishments created some really simple decorations.

(apologies for these images...taken really late at night with no flash)

The good thing about these is that I can just take out and save what I've created inside them and use them for the next holiday.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Halloweening a Mirror

This is such an inexpensive (and removable) way to bring a little Halloween into your home without spending a lot of cash or time. When I first saw this photo I immediately assumed that it was vinyl, and even though vinyl is can still be pricey and hard to find exactly what you want. Brooke used a cricut machine, she says it cost her less that $5.00. I'm sure with enough time and patience you could even just trace and cut these out of cardstock.
Also, you'll have to check out how she made the spiderwebs here. Who knew there were black glue sticks?


Friday, October 8, 2010

Halloween Vinyl

This is a fabulous blog if you're looking for vinyl. I particularly love her Halloween corner.

In this post she goes through each item individually. Lots and lots of great ideas. Also, be sure to check out her personal blog here (doesn't she just look like a cute/fun person?)

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