Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Hey Readers! 
**I'm not entirely how many of you are still checking in, but if you are thanks for being awesome :D**
I've decided to give the old blog some much needed updating.   I'm slowly learning all the fun (or not so fun) technical stuff that goes along with that, and it is turning into quite the that sometimes takes longer when I have three wonderful kiddos that often need my attention. We've had enough poop painting and toilet tea parties this week **My children are very talented,  I just wish they would start using different outlets for said talents** to make me realize that updating might take awhile.  My goal is to be done by the middle of November, so if you see things changing on here it's just me tinkering away.  Thanks again for stopping by... Awesome Awards for all!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Printable Halloween Treat Labels

My children are getting quite excited for Halloween.  They have been counting down since September, so you can imagine the sheer joy they expressed when I told them it was less than a week a way.  My ears are still ringing from the shrieking... literally.

I've always been somewhat of a procrastinator... in all honesty I probably should omit the word "somewhat".  Since we are less than a week out, I thought I would make some fun printables for those (ME) that are doing any last minute projects (Again, ME. But, hopefully through this I can find some people that procrastinate as much as me and maybe we can be procrastinating buddies... ... ...Anyone?).

So, here it is:

Feel free to download this HERE.

I used these for two different projects. 
 For the first I made treat jars to hand out to some of our neighbors.  I printed out 2 of the image per page ( 8 circles total) so that they would be smaller.  I then cut them out and glued them to a scalloped circle, and then onto a folded paper rosette (for which I used this tutorial.  Seriously, make some right now.  They are so fun!)

I had so much fun making the rosettes, I decided to make some larger ones to hang on a wall in our home that was needing some holiday decoration love.  This time I just printed out 1 image per page because I wanted them larger for this project.

I cut out the shapes and glued them on some scalloped circles (my husband just got me a Sizzix, thus the many scalloped circles... I may have a problem.)

Then I glued them on the folded paper rosettes...

and hung them on wall.  I love them, but I love not having a bare wall even better!

Happy Halloween!

P.S.  Here's one more printable, just for fun.  Enjoy!

Feel free to download this HERE.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Julia Child is my favorite...

Whenever I peruse around Pinterest I always gravitate towards Julia Child's quotes.  I love them all and have yet to come across one I didn't. So, when that time of night rolled around where the kids were in bed and I had a little time to myself, I decided to play around on PicMonkey for a little bit and have fun designing one of her quotes that is my absolute favorite.

Couldn't have worded it better myself, Julia.

**You can download this image HERE**

Friday, October 18, 2013

Halloween Decor on a Budget

The holidays are always hard for us budget wise when it comes to decorating.  I usually make a list of things that need to be bought for a particular holiday, and decorations are usually at the very bottom.  For this Halloween in particular we have not one but TWO Trunk-or-Treats we are participating in.  We also had to factor in the candy we needed for anyone who stopped by our home, so a big chunk of our budget went towards candy.  Our two boys outgrew their costumes from last year and we had another little one to buy an outfit for, so another chunk of our budget went to replacing costumes (P.S. They are adorable!).  By the time all of those things were taken care of we had a small amount left for decorations.  I turned to my husband that night and said, 
"I'm giving myself a $10 budget for decorations... and I'm sticking to it!".  

I set out to do just that. 

The first thing I did was stop by JoAnn's.  It is absolutely crazy how early each holiday's decorations get put on the shelves!  I'm already seeing Christmas decorations and it's not even past Halloween. ANYWAYS..  As much I am annoyed by it, it also means that the Halloween decorations go on sale quicker.  When I went they were already 50 percent off.  Awesome!  I figured I would use half of my budget at JoAnn's for pre-made decorations, and half on supplies for making some decorations myself.  

A small pack of cobwebs with spiders (around $2.50) was enough to cover our entire porch and even have some leftover for other parts of our house.

I realized later I probably could have made this door banner
 (also around $2.50) with stuff I had on hand, but it was much easier to buy it and still SUPER cute!

I decided I wanted to use the remaining budget to make something fun to hang on our front porch.  I came up with an idea for hanging 
bats/ ghosts/pom-poms decorations.  All the materials costed around 5 dollars and I had a TON of supplies leftover.

To make these I decided to use some diaper boxes to weight the cutout... and I had A LOT laying around.

Then, I traced some bats and ghosts for my shapes but you could do any shapes you wanted.

I cut the shapes out and then used them as a stencil for the felt.
I cut the felt out about 1/4" bigger than the stencil.  You will be making a sort of felt/cardboard/felt sandwich, so you'll want to cut out TWO felt shapes for every ONE cardboard shape.

I grabbed my trusty glue gun and hot glued the cardboard cut out to the first piece of felt.

At this point I attached my length of string.  I tried to glue at least 3-4 inches onto the cutout so it would be well anchored.

Next, I glued my second piece of felt to cover the other side of my diaper cardboard. 

** This was my first one, and at this point I didn't glue the string in between the felt/cardboard. 
 Let me tell you that anchoring it that way IS A MUST. 
 I had a couple of casualties that I am still unable to talk about. **

Next, I made a TON of pom-poms. 
(Super easy and fun! I used this tutorial.).

There are only 5 here, but I made around 40!

Ready to thread on the pom poms!!  I simply thread a large needle the top end of the string.  This string was pretty thick, so a simple knot was all that was need to hold the pom pom in place.  I would tie a knot where I wanted a pom pom to be placed and then use the needle to thread the line through the pom pom, letting it finally rest on the knot.   

Tie a knot, thread the pom pom, repeat.

Then, voila!

Very inexpensive, and they turned out oh so cute!

What are some ways you decorate on a budget?

As always,