Halloween season is here! To most, I’m probably super behind on getting my decorations up. Many people in my ‘hood have had their pumpkins and ghosts on display since the first of September. Me, I just can’t get behind Halloween decor when it’s 85 degrees out and my flowers still look amazing! It just seems wrong to hack down beautiful flowers that are at the peak of the season, only to replace them with Mums. So, I waited until about October 4th to really hit the Halloween holiday hard.
The first project I started with was a sign for my front door. Normally I would put up this Fall wreath alternative, but this year I decided to go with something more festive. I was gifted a wooden hexagon sign from Walnut Hollow and wanted to use it in one of my Fall projects. Now, I could’ve gone the route of using the traditional hexagon shape to create some sort of pumpkin sign, but I decided to turn it on its side for something different.
My design was super simple. All I did was paint the sides with DecoArt Jack-O’-Lantern Orange since it’s the perfect shade of orange for Halloween! I used my Cricut to cut out “Happy Halloween” from adhesive vinyl. Then, I cut out bats from some pretty glitter cardstock. Instead of gluing all of my bats flat against my sign, I glued down part of two of the bats so I could bend the wings out, creating dimension. After I added orange baker’s twine (yes, I am still using this from my wedding!) to the back, my sign was ready to hang!
I haven’t really worked much with leather, but I am always so impressed with the projects I see that incorporate leather pieces. I wanted to try an easy leather project, so I ended up going with this super easy DIY leather tassel keychain!
Tassels are still a very popular accessory. You can find these fun little frillies on necklaces, handbags, bracelets, shoes, and so much more! I wanted to create a tassel out of leather that would dangle from my keys. I am not really sure where my original key chain went, so the timing of this project was perfect! My keys were (more…)
A couple of months back I was out and about doing some alley trolling since it felt like it had been forever since I found an alley treasure. My initial reason for poking around other people’s garbage was to see if I could get lucky and find some used Little Tikes pieces. These plastic toys are great since they can be washed up and are basically good as new! (more…)
Living in a very tech-centered world means everything we do is done digitally/electronically. We send emails instead of regular mail, we keep track of important meetings and dates on our digital calendars, and we even get directions from our smartphones instead of using a paper map. Being so digitally driven is nice and all, but sometimes it’s nice to go back to the basics when everything was much simpler.
There is nothing better than sitting down with a cup of coffee or tea and jotting down your to-dos for the day. There is something to be said about physically writing an idea down as opposed to typing it into a phone, laptop, or tablet. It is so fulfilling to cross off each to-do once it has been completed. Having a notebook on hand is also a (more…)
One of the things I love most about the city of Chicago is our lakefront. We’re lucky enough to live in a big city, but also have a huge body of water we can enjoy during the warmer months.
When heading to the beach you can’t just toss all of your essentials into just any old bag. You need to head to the beach in style. Now, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on cute beach when you can whip one up yourself! I’ve rounded-up eight colorful and trendy bags perfect for the pool or beach. These beach bags aren’t just for the beach. You can also take them to the grocery store, a picnic or use them as your summer work bag! (more…)
Have you ever tried wood burning? I have to admit, I was a little unsure of this art form since everything I’ve ever seen that’s been wood burned looks way more advanced than my crafty skill level. I just assumed you had to be an expert at wood burning to create anything that looks remotely professional. Little did I know, all you need is either a stencil or some transfer paper to create really cool and simple artwork. The best part is anyone can wood burn even if you’ve never touched a wood burner before! (more…)
I‘ve had a jade plant in my home now for over 10 years. It got so out-of-control big that I eventually had to cut it back a bit since the branches were starting to bend over from the weight of the leaves. I took all of the cut branches and replanted them (did you know you could do that with jades?!?!). I added one of the Jade branches to a square cement planter I had made. My planter has been sitting (more…)
Why is it that kids love anything that is not a toy? I know when it comes to new toys, most kids are more interested in the box and the packaging the toy came in rather than the actual toy itself! I’ve actually started saving old yogurt tubs and blueberry packaging since my kids love garbage so much. (more…)