Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fun BOO Banner

Well, it's almost Halloween and I've finally gotten around to showing a little Halloween spirit!

I'm crediting Pepper for teaching me how fast and easy it is to make a holiday banner. It really is one of the quickest ways to bring a little holiday feel to your front door/mantle/entryway/whatever!

So here's my new BOO banner, awaiting trick-or-treaters this Halloween weekend!

The paper came from a couple of 12 x 12 cardstock pads I got on clearance at Michael's, as did the little sparkly chipboard decorations. And the orange ribbon was on clearance at Target. It was a $4 project, if that. I love a good deal!

Spooking things up,

Friday, October 29, 2010

Easy Last-Minute Tutu

Need a quick, low-budget, last-minute Halloween costume for your little girl?

I just finished this cute hot pink tutu for my daughter's Halloween costume. Started and finished it during naptime; took me 40 minutes tops.

And here's the best part: it only cost me about $4 in materials!

What you need (these amounts are perfect for a 2- to 4-year-old):
  • Tulle: about 3 yards (I used only one color because the store had no black tulle, but it's adorable with multiple colors together!)
  • Ribbon: 60" of 1 1/2" ribbon (my daughter is 2 and this leaves plenty for a big bow in back)
  • Scissors: you don't have to use fabric scissors if you don't have any
  • Ruler
  • Your hands!

I followed the simple directions from this quick YouTube video. Big thanks to my friend, Amy, who's making a whole slew of tutus for her daughter's upcoming ballerina birthday party and who not only shared the video, but picked up the materials for me! Now that is a good friend. :)

My daughter is going to be a dancing black kitty for Halloween and she is going to look dang cute in this tutu! What are your kids going as this year?

Avoiding the massive bowl of candy in the hallway...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Treats!

Happy {almost} Halloween!

I don't know why I am quite fond of treats on a stick lately. The last post of tiny candy apples was so much fun, and they are truly more fun to eat when they are mock lollipops!
They are also so much more cute, which is why I made them in the first place. The fact that they tasted good was a definite bonus.

And so I introduce another spin on the brownie pops by Sassy...


Follow the directions for the brownie pops, but substitute cake mix instead of brownie mix!
They are a little harder to form cake balls than brownie balls, but they are delish!

Combinations we tried:
Yellow cake mix dipped in Milk Chocolate
Devil's food cake mix dipped in White Chocolate
Spice Cake mix dipped in White Chocolate
Devil's Food Cake Mix dipped in Peanut Butter

Wilton chocolate candy melts has many flavors to choose from.

Make it festive! Decorate with sprinkles or place them in tiny patterned cupcake papers!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bye Bye Birdie - Quick Fix

Hello Birdie,

I hate to be the one to tell you, but you aren't as cute as you think you are. I absolutely love birds, but for some reason it looks like you are staring at me all of the time. I think we need to think of a little change-a-roo. I hope you don't mind...

Black is quite slimming you know, and it goes with everything. So why don't we just try it on and see? I bet you will look so great. Your little birdie friends will want to look just like you...

See how well that turned out! No need to thank me.

Bye Bye Birdie,

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Candy Apples

A few years ago, we made these adorable tiny candy apples for my husband's birthday treat.
Family Fun Magazine always has the best ideas. I thought we would try them again and share our results! With Little Gal and Little Sissy older now they were able to help make the treats!

Tiny Candy Apples: Pepper's Variation

What I used:
Melon baller
apples (granny smith taste the best)
lollipop sticks
chocolate candy melts or chocolate chips
tiny muffin cups
Coffee filters (for holding sprinkles and toppings)

Step 1: Cut the lollipop sticks in half at a slant.
The pointy end will make it easy to stick into the apple balls.

Step 2: Use your melon baller to cut out your tiny apples!
One large apple will make about 7-8 tiny apples.

Step 3: Push one half lollipop stick into each tiny apple.
Pat apples dry or let your tiny apples-on-a-stick dry on a paper towel for 1-2 minutes.

Step 4: Prepare your sprinkles, toppings and paper cups for the dipping process
I used coffee filters to hold my toppings. Even though I don't drink coffee, I buy filters at least once a month to use for many other purposes... you will be amazed at all of the uses.

Step 5: Melt your chocolate!
I like using candy melts because the chocolate stays melted longer,
allowing you to "dip" more apples.

Step 6: Dip your apples in chocolate and roll it in the topping of your choice!

Since you prepared your muffin cups before, they are ready to hold each tiny candy apple!


My favorite thing about this treat is that is also works as a craft for kids!
Everyone loves eating something they can help create. Use your imagination and make them your own! We have dipped them in chocolate, caramel and even peanut butter!

Happy dipping!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Canvas Craft Night!

I hosted a fun craft night last night for a bunch of friends who've had their eyes on the Mod Podge canvas project.

I should have taken a picture of the 75 canvases I had piled up in my office! That is a lot of canvases. I did have my husband snap a shot of the group though (or most of the group), so here we are!

We had 12 people crafting away into the late hours of the night and it was a blast. We had to spread out on the floor and the kitchen counters were covered in canvases.

You should see the gorgeous papers they all chose for their projects! Pretty sure I'm going to have to go take pictures of all the completed projects so I can post them. You know, for bragging purposes. These ladies definitely have something to brag about.

I finished up my own project as well. We are creating a little fairy room for our daughter, so I decided to get a little more crafty with my canvases.

Here's a closeup of my favorite one--a mushroom fairy clothesline :)
Give it a click to see the details.

Looks like we are going to make craft night a monthly thing! It was such a fun time. Why not start a craft night in your town, too? Woohoo!

Hanging my canvases,