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I don’t typically decorate my house much for holidays.  Not because I don’t want to, more because I can’t afford it usually.  And also, I figure if I decorate my house for every holiday that rolls around, I will never be able to appreciate it in all its un-decorated decorated glory.  But, after talking to my best friend Tiff the other day, I was reminded how much I used to LOVE Halloween and how much fun we used to have with it.  That inspired me to get back in the “fun” groove (as opposed to the “burned-out-irritable-just-trying-to-keep-myself-out-of-mom-jeans” groove that I usually feel like I’m in).  So I decided to throw me an adults only Halloween party!  I’m actually dorkishly excited about it.  I even made up a little poem for the evitations.  Ahem:

“Eeeekkkk!!!  Boooooo!!! 
We want YOU 
to join us for a fun night
of food and fright.
No children allowed
In our big kid crowd.
But come well dressed
in your Halloween best.
And you could win a prize
(or meet your demise).
So come if you dare
We don’t mean to scare.
We really truly hope
to
see
you
there!”

I know.  You’re stunned by my genius aren’t you.  I give you permission to use this if you decided to throw your own “Big Kids Boo Bash”.  Yes, that is what I’m calling it.  And yes.  I’m aware that I’m a gigantic nerd.

After I sent out the invites, I started browsing Pinterest (my latest online site obsession) for decor and food ideas.  I can’t believe all the cute and amazing things people are coming up with!  I’m blown away.  Anyway, that just made me more excited and so I made my way to my nearest Dollar Store to see what I could come up with.

Can I just say again how much I LOVE THE DOLLAR STORE.  It is a magical place.  Especially for Halloween items.  I found tons of decor and serving wear for my party and it was cheap cheap cheap.  I got home and got to work.  Even though my party is a couple weeks away still, I couldn’t wait to get the decorations up.  I’m totally in Halloween mode now.  I even found costumes for my hubby and I (he is going to be a scarecrow and I’m going to be a crow) at the thrift store this weekend with my sis-in-law Courtney.  I seriously want to just live in costumes for the rest of the month, thats how excited I am.

Anyway, would you like to see my decorations so far?  I used a lot of what I already had with a few things I made and several things from the Dollar Store.

Here is my mantel:

I made the bats by folding sheets of stiff black felt ($0.99 at Hobby Lobby) in half and then cutting out a bat shape (half a bat shape).  Then I folded the wings out and attached them to the wall with sticky tack.  Easy peasy and I LOVE it.  I made larger and smaller bats.  I didn’t use a template, but if you wanted to find one, just google image search “bat silhouette” and you’d find plenty.

I sketched the giant skull profile onto a black painted piece of mdf I had in the garage.  Its in white chalk so I can change it whenever I feel like.  I eyeballed it from an image I found google image searching “skull”.  Peyton calls it a “bone-head”.  Haha!

The Happy Halloween bunting banner I made from my bunting template and Picnik.  I LOVE the skeleton font.  So great.  I printed them on white cardstock and then cut them out and glued them to black cardstock bunting I cut out with pinking shears.  Then I attached them to white paper ribbon I bought at the Dollar Store.

The tombstones, spiderwebs, skulls, and creepy cloth all came from the Dollar Store.

I also made these big spiders out of crepe paper streamers and pipe cleaners.  I want to make a bunch more and have them crawling up my curtains in my living room.

Heres a quick look at my entryway.

Then Spiderman (aka Peyton) popped in to say “hi”.

And heres a closeup of my felt bats.

Pretty creepy huh?!  I’m super excited and can’t wait for the party.  Check out my next post for all of my FREE HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES I made for the party!!! 🙂  BOOOOOOOOOooooooooo!

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I HATE drama.  Except when it comes to fashion and design.  Then I LOVE drama.  And I’ve been meaning to make me something dramatic for a while now.  I think this loverly black bib necklace does the trick!  I’ve been loving bib necklaces for quite some time, especially the versatility of them.  Embellished shirts have been wildly popular but can also be somewhat spendy.  A great bib necklace is just the way to add a great embellishment that is temporary and looks almost like it is part of your top.  So heres what I did…

Cost: About $8

Supplies:

  • Beaded embellishments.  I found my 3 star/flower embellishments at Walmart in the craft department for about $2.50 each.
  • Black felt.
  • Scrap fabric.  I used leftover black chiffon.
  • Chain and necklace findings, or you could use black satin ribbon as the tie.
  • Scizzors.
  • Hot glue gun and glue.
(Sorry, the pics aren’t great because I took them with my phone.)
1.  Find a layout that you like with your beaded embellishments.  Lay them out on your felt.
2.  Cut around the embellishments, leaving about a half inch to an inch of felt on all sides.
3.  Cut your scrap fabric into thin strips (about a half inch or so wide).
4.  Begin hot gluing your fabric strips to the felt bib piece, twisting and squiggling the fabric around the spots where the embellishments will go.
5.  Hot glue your embellishments into place (the edges of the embellishments should be overlapping the twisted fabric portion of the bib so you can’t see any empty felt).
6.  I ended up giving my bib a bit more shape by cutting around the embellishments a bit more instead of just leaving the bib as a big “smiley”.
7.  Cut small holes in both ends of the bib to attach the chain/ribbon to.
8.  Attach the necklace portion to the bib with jump rings.
Thats it!  You’ll be amazed at how many things you can wear this with!  I wore it the other night at my mother-in-laws suprise party with a simple black and white striped tshirt and cute green skirt and it completely transformed the outfit.  I’ll have to get pics of that outfit up soon.  It really did look so cute with that striped shirt.
Have fun and remember, glue gun burns will fade, but your bib necklace will last for years! 😉
Update 10/26/2011:  Heres a pic with it on…

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While at Walmart the other day, I quickly ran through their new-again fabric section.  Can we all collectively say “yay!” for Walmart bringing back the fabric department?!  Anyway, I was about to walk out (I was of course shopping with the boys again and they had already had enough), when I spotted this purple and red chiffon print peeking out of a pile of colorful fleece bolts.  I grabbed it to check it out really quick and loved it even more when I unrolled it a bit and saw the lovely native american-esque pattern.  I know.  I’m sort of becoming obsessed.  It kind of had the same feel as my maxi dress I just did (and LOVE) and when I saw that it was only $1.50 a yard I HAD to have some.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but I got 3 yards and went on my little way.

Well, last night I pulled it out and took a look at it again.  I love the big oversized drapey t-shirts and ponchos I’ve been seeing on Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie and such.  And my new chiffon draped so nicely.  So I drew up a little plan and decided to make a wispy, bohemian, poncho-shirt, or as I like to call it, my shoncho.  🙂

Heres what I did:

Cost: $1.50 (You only need about a yard of fabric for this shirt so check remnant bins to get some great chiffon for CHEAP).

Supplies:

  • About a yard of chiffon fabric (or other lightweight drapey fabric that you love).
  • Scizzors.
  • Pins.
  • Sewing machine.

1.  Refer to my little sketchy plan below.  It basically shows how to do it.

2.  Here are some extra tips.

TIP 1:  BE CAREFUL!  Chiffon is delicate and tears and frays very easily.  So be slow and steady when feeding it through the machine.

TIP 2:  I used the finished edge as the bottom of my shirt so I didn’t have to zigzag the bottom.  If your chiffon piece has a finished edge, utilize it to save you time.

TIP 3:  Don’t forget to zigzag stitch (or serge if you have a serger) the INSIDE seams as well as the outside raw edges so they don’t continue to fray.

And thats it.  This took me less than 30 minutes to throw together.  And I’m pretty happy with it.  🙂  What do you think?  You can make this.  And its great for FAT days.

P.S.  I also made the red necklace and the pink clip-in hair extension.  For more of my jewelry and accessories, see the Fashion Tutorials section on the sidebar. 🙂

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So I was staring at a pair of cream colored flats I bought at Target on clearance a while back for $5 thinking about how I have never worn them and wondering if I should donate them.  I’d hate to donate them.  They are seriously brand new.  And super cute and unique.  Then why don’t I wear them?  Hmmm…..  I looked around at my other shoes.  I have bright yellow heels, hot pink flats, teal espadrilles,…duh.  I don’t wear them because they’re boring!  Plain old creamy-nude.  Well then, I’ll just have to change that.  So I got online in search of a way to jazz up my boring little flats.  Thats when I discovered that you can actually SPRAY PAINT shoes.  And people had.  And it was awesome.

Having an abundance of spray paint in my garage, I got excited, grabbed my shoes, and headed out there to find the perfect color.  I picked a can of corally-salmon spray paint I had gotten at the Dollar Store months ago.  I LOVE coral lately and coral paint would be just the punch those shoes needed.  So heres what I did.

Cost:  $6 (thats for my shoes and the paint)  this of course will vary.

Supplies:  

  • A pair of shoes.  *TIP* Patent leather or faux patent leather (basically anything shiny) will probably not hold the paint as well and may end up cracking.  I recommend only painting shoes that are a faux suede-ish material (like mine), cotton-ish material, or satin.  That way the paint seeps into the fibers and doesn’t become super stiff and chip off.
  • Paper towels, rags, etc.  To stuff your shoes so the paint doesn’t get inside.
  • Tape.  If you want to tape off the sole and heel so that it stays the original color.
  • Spray primer.  (Recommended but may not be absolutely necessary)
  • A razor blade.  To take any over-spray off of the heel or sole.

1.  Stuff your shoes with rags/paper towels.  Make sure that any are you don’t want paint on is covered by towels or tape.

2.  Prime your shoes with a spray primer if you’d like before you paint them and let that dry.

3.  Spray paint shoes in sheer coats to avoid drips or puddles.  Spray on an even sheer coat, let dry, then spray on another, etc, until the shoes are completely covered in an even coat of paint.

4.  Let dry overnight before you wear them.

5.  Remove tape and rags and take off any over-spray by carefully scraping it with a razor blade (or fingernail).

6.  Enjoy your new shoes! 🙂

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OK!!  This is it for jewelry for a while I promise….well, actually I’d better not make that promise, but its the rest of what I’ve done lately so far.  🙂

First there are these rust color earrings I made for fall.

Then, there are these cute little clay rose earrings.  Heres the tutorial…

I also made these vintage inspired rockabilly-ish cherry drop earrings.

I made these ones below to go with my new diy’d maxi dress.

These ones were inspired by these that I found on Pinterest:

I loved the colors and that inspired me to make mine below:

I also wanted to whip out my feathers and make myself another pair of long feather earrings.   I made these out of mustard colored leather and wooden beads and various feathers.

Since I had my feathers out already, I decided to make myself so long feather hair clips as well.  The one below is super eclectic and bohemian for big beachy long hair and a tan.  (Two things I don’t have…oh well.)

This one I made as an alternative to dying a streak of my hair hot pink.  🙂

Now here are a slew of rings I made as well.

Phew!! Are you sick of my jewelry yet?  Haha!  Anyway, if there is anything in particular that you’ve seen that you’d like me to A. Make for you (I can take some orders I spose), or B.  Teach you how to make (if I haven’t already done a tutorial on it), let me know!  Hope you enjoyed all this crafting craziness!  More fun projects to come.

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I made a bunch of singed flower petals (go to this tutorial to learn how) a while ago that I was meaning to make into flowers for different things.  I never got around to assembling them into anything until I found them lying haphazardly in one of my craft bins the other day.  I love bright red poppies and decided to use the red petals I’d made by singeing chiffon circles into little poppy shoe clips.  I’ve been wanting to make shoe clips for a while now and have been keeping my eyes open for shoe clip findings at the craft stores.  Unfortunately, no one around here sells any “shoe clips” and I was too impatient to order some online (you can find them in the supply section on Etsy), so I opted for a bag of clip on earring backs instead (they’re basically the same thing) that I found in the craft section of the fabric store when I got my fabric for my maxi dress the other day.  Since I already had the petals made in a bunch of various sizes, all I had to do was stack them and stitch them together.  Then I sewed 3 black beads in each of the centers.  Too cute if I can say so myself.

Once they’re assembled like this all I did was cut out two small circles of red felt and attach the clip on back to the back of the flower with glue.

And voila!  Cute, quick, and easy!

I love them clipped on to my thrifted zebra flats!

The other great thing about using clip on earring backs is that these same shoe clips can easily be clipped on to a ribbon belt, necklace, or if you made some smaller ones, even YOUR EARS!  Fun fun fun.

Anyway, hope you’re getting inspired by all this crazy craft mania!  GO DO IT!  If I can YOU can! 🙂

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Continued from yesterdays post, I thought I’d show you the rest of the jewelry I’ve made recently…

I made this loverly little number just from my own little brain.  I needed something with purple and I love the natural cut and polished stone pieces with the deep purple teardrops.

This next one I was inspired to make when I saw this outfit by Kendi Everyday:

I happen to have a pair of broken earrings lying around that I reconstructed into this:  (Not quite like Kendi’s but still gives the same feel.)

I made this one with a little flower I ripped off a cheap pair of shoes I never wore.  I’m LOVING grey and gold.

And another grey and gold number…  To make the clay roses see this tutorial.

I found this fushia stone at Walmart in the craft section and love it on a simple rustic brass chain.

I wanted something in a coral color that was light and feminine and so I came up with this multi-strand beauty.

I also made this necklace with an Antropologie-esque feel.  Nothing in particular inspired this design, but I love how the flower turned out and the pop of red with the softer jades and limes.

Ok.  Have you had enough?  I hope not cuz I haven’t even shown you the rings and earrings I made!  Maybe tomorrow…

🙂

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