Friday, December 31, 2010


Anyone else sick of that BOO sign? That is . . . all ONE of you (me) still reading this blog! ha ha

And does a Christmas post the last day of December still count? :P Oh well! I’ve never been embarrassed to do a holiday post after the holiday. Remember Valentines??

What can I say? I’m a mom of 2 busy girls who rarely feels on top of things. And to maintain some sort of balance I have to be careful how much time I spend crafting . . . and especially on the computer. So that is why you get a Christmas post just when I’m getting ready to put Christmas away. What do you do, right?

Anywho, remember all the Christmas clearance shopping I did last year for my new tree? Well, I’m excited to report that it did in fact come together beautifully!


I’m in love with each and every one of the ornaments . . .

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And of course it looked lovely at night . . .


P.S. The tree skirt I got at 50% off just the other day at Wal-Mart and it matches perfectly. Score!

It’s so nice to finally have a grown up tree :)

And if my LATE Christmas post wasn’t enough for you, how about we do a Christmas craft after Christmas as well? Yes, I’m being serious . . .

I saw this post by Ashley over at Domestic Fashionista and decided I needed an ornament wreath for myself. In all fairness, I did actually BUY the ornaments BEFORE Christmas was over. But I didn’t put it together until yesterday :P

Well, look at the bright side. Instead of opening my Christmas bins next year and finding an unfinished project, I’ll find my lovely new ornament wreath all ready to go :)

I just got a bunch of ornament tubes (8 to be exact) in the $1 section at Target . . .


I’m sure they’re either 50% or 75% off now. So if you hurry and find the last of these tubes you could definitely do this project for under $5!

Grabbed a hanger from the closet . . .


And followed Ashley's tutorial exactly to make this . . .


I did end up hot gluing the tops of the ornaments to make sure everything was secure. And I would recommend it. When dh was helping me secure the hanger back together, he accidently dropped the wreath and 1/2 the ornaments popped off. That was before the gluing of the tops. So, yes, I would recommend doing that BEFORE you assemble your wreath . . . and then drop it :P

This is also a great craft for the kiddos to help with. My girls had a blast helping loop the ornaments on.

A few other Christmas scenes around the house . . .


My Christmas centerpiece found it’s way to the top of the fridge. It was a little heavy to keep moving on and off the table last year. But it worked great up there!

And a new/old Christmas sign . . .


It use to be painted cream with green vinyl-lettering. But I used this technique from Vanessa over at V and Co. to make it a lovely vintage red. One of my favorite things in the house :)

So there you have it! Merry Christmas from mine to yours . . . uh, next year :P


Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Clearance

Anyone going Halloween clearance shopping today??

You can’t beat the prices and, besides that, it’s just fun to dig through everything to find a few treasures :)

This BOO sign was something I picked up last year at Hobby Lobby when everything went 80% off. I think I ended up paying less than a $1 . . .


I’m not quite sure who in design gave the okay on the crazy psychedelic paint job but I have a feeling someone in production will be paying for it cause there were TONS of these signs left. Ha ha!

But the paint didn’t deter me :) It was solid wood and I liked the shape so I picked one up in hopes that I could salvage it . . .

This year when I pulled it out, I instantly knew what I wanted to do . . .

I sanded off most of the crazy bright paint then coated it with plain black.


Cute enough, but I decided to take it one step more and do another layer of white . . .

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Then I roughed it up again with the sander and this is what I got!


Much better, right?

I think it actually says “Halloween” now instead of “crazy 70s dance party”

So if you decide to go out and fight the clearance crowds be on the lookout for things that could be cute with just a little bit of paint :) Good luck!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween Birthday Party

Well, like it or not, #1 finally turned 4! I say *finally* because this girl has been talking about her birthday party forEVER. At least since her 3rd birthday I am sure. And this mother hen isn’t too thrilled with her little girl turning 4. It just passes by too fast . . .


BUT if there is something good found in all of it . . . it’s the party :) Like I’ve said before, I adore Halloween. And thankfully for the past 4 years I’ve been able to gently persuade her to have a Halloween themed party. She’s never complained . . . until the day of her 4th birthday . . .

Yep. Right in the middle of all the spooky preparations she said, “Mom, I don’t want to have a Halloween party. I want a normal princess party like Madison.” (her friend)

“Ummm. Say what?”

“I just want a normal princess party.”

“Well, honey, it’s still your birthday party. And you still get to be a princess. This party is just for you. It’s a special Halloween birthday party.”

“Okay!” As she runs off . . .

Huh. I might have to work on my pitch before next year ;)

Sooooooo here are a few of the things I put together for the party. Before things got underway I of course had to do a few paint alterations . . .

I just bought this cupcake stand for #2’s birthday. I can’t explain why but the shiny metal was bugging me. Don’t ask me why. Maybe because it looked too new and I hardly buy anything new :P Loved the stand, just not the color . . .


So out came the white spray paint.

After it was dry, I antiqued it with some steel wool . . . Oh and the girls grabbed a few rocks from the yard and helped out too! :) Then I finished it off with a brown glaze . . .


I’m sure to most of the “normal world” (aka people who don’t see everything through spray paint glasses) that it looks the same. Ha ha! But it was just the vintage look I was going for . . . And the perfect backdrop to the birthday cupcakes . . .


Cupcake and frosting recipe found over at Our Best Bites

Then I found this spider at Michaels (using my 40% off coupon of course)


The size and shape were perfect, but it was a little too grey for me. So again I pulled out some black spray paint and gave it a few sprits to cover up some of the grey . . .


Then this little guy *guarded* the treat bags . . .



I also picked up some creepy cloth from the Dollar Tree to put over the table. It was a really light grey and I just wanted it a titch darker. So I grabbed some black dye from Wal-Mart . . .


I wasn’t concerned about it being perfect. So I put the creepy cloth in a bucket with some hot water and the dye and just let it sit for awhile instead of stirring it for 30 mins. like they tell you to. Don’t have a before but here’s how it turned out . . .


Had to make a birthday banner of course . . .


Simple black and white cardstock (Carnevalee Freakshow font) . . .


Popcorn buckets from Target


The candy popcorn was a big hit! I got the recipe from my sister.


Love these pumpkin buckets!


The black candelabras were generously given to me by my sister-in-law Brooke. So I just grabbed some black candlesticks from Hobby Lobby (50% off) to top them off.


The candy corn dish I got from Wal-Mart years ago at 80% off (I think I paid $2). It’s still one of my favorite things! And the vintage silver platter I found at the Goodwill ($4).


And that’s it!

Of course we had lots of fun playing games, watching Scooby Doo, hunting for ghosts (aka tissue-covered suckers) with glow bracelets, eating popcorn and cupcakes, and just being silly . . .


And even though she said she wanted “just a normal princess party” . . . I think she ended up pretty happy being the princess at the center of her very own Halloween birthday party :)


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Savers message board makeover

I found this cute little message board at Savers awhile back . . .


Blue tags happened to be 50% off that day, so this guy came to just $3. Like a lot of things I buy at the Goodwill or Savers, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with it. But I loved its look and the sturdy all wood frame.

Fast forward to about a month ago. I’ve mentioned here and here before that I’m lucky to have some pretty awesome friends here in Arizona. Unfortunately, I had to say good-bye to one of my best friends just recently . . . she’s trading in the sun and palm trees for the fall and snow.

Tricky trade-off, huh? :(

Well, I wanted to send her along with a memento to remind her just how much I love her. And in trying to think of something fun, I immediately remembered the message board I’d bought months earlier. I thought it would be perfect and I just knew she was the person for it.

So I busted it all apart and gave it a good cleaning and sanding. The previous owner had been generous with the hammer and nails, so I used some wood filler to smooth everything out . . .


I asked what her favorite kitchen colors were, and she told me red, black, and cream. I’m a neutral gal myself . . . so my standard go-to colors are often cream or black. But it’s also fun to have a punch of color here and there, so I decided to use my favorite red spray paint . . .



The chalkboard itself was also looking a little dingy, so I pulled out my chalkboard paint and gave it a new surface as well. . .


Much better, right?


Once I had it all put back together, I did a soft distressing and a brown glaze . . .


Turned out just how I wanted :)


Love you Karalee!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Decorating

It’s officially October! Yay! October has always, always, always been my most favorite month of the year. I love fall and I LOVE Halloween, so it’s just my perfect month. Unfortunately, it’s not quite the same here in Arizona (okay, really, like not even close), but I’m still giddy over it.

So naturally I started pulling out Halloween decor even before September was over ;)

I had fun rediscovering some of the little treasures that I got at 80% last year after Halloween. Love when that happens!

Two other things I added this year are a witch silhouette:


And this BOO sign:


The witch silhouette was an idea I came across on Robyn’s blog.


She sketched out a silhouette of a witch and then filled it in with craft paint. She kindly provided a download for her sketch, so I just used Photoshop and filled it in with black and then printed it out.


I dug out an old frame that I picked up at Goodwill forever ago on 50% off day ($2.50) and spray painted it black. Then I popped out the old sunflower pic and added the witch printout.

Not as crafty as Robyn’s but I still think it turned out cute ;)


Then nearly TWO years ago, I came across this fun Halloween project by Joy:


She used a frame from the dollar store and just added her letters printed out on newspaper.

Easy, right?


Well, not if your Dollar Tree doesn’t carry the frames :( Dang it! So I gave up on that little craft . . .

Until I came across this guy at the Goodwill . . .


This is something I usually wouldn’t have even blinked at, but right away it reminded me of Joy’s craft from years earlier. It was 50% off that day too so it came to a whopping $1. Hey, that’s as good as the Dollar Tree, right?!

The main frame was already black, so I just needed to spray paint the 3 little inside frames . . .


Then I tea-stained some regular lined school paper and printed out the letters (Century Gothic font).


Simple things that add some fun variety to my old Halloween stuff.

Have you started decorating yet?