Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

I know that you all probably think that I am jumping the gun on Christmas but I promise that I am not crazy... PROMISE! No, I have a craft show coming up this weekend and I wanted to make these little Christmas Trees for it. I used a 2x2 and some Emerald green Krylon spray paint. After I painted them, I sanded the edges and corners and then I used some watered down brown to glaze. I hot glued them together and tied on some ribbon! I am really happy with how they turned out!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Easy Fall Decor

So I just wanted to share a couple of really easy and inexpensive ways to decorate for fall.
The first way is to decorate any candlesticks that you might already have. I did have these decorated for Halloween but now that it is over I had to change it up. I tied two silk leaves that I already had to the big candlestick with some raffia. Next I just placed some pumpkins on top in lieu of candles.
Next, I just took a glass vase from the Dollar Tree and put some pot pourri in it. I got the little candle from the Dollar tree as well and tied some raffia around the glass.
Lastly, I had this glass bowl and the little scoop and I usually change this out seasonably as well but usually with candy. I decided to fill it with cotton bowls this time which was great for me since it was free!

Just thought I would share since I know that everyone is always looking for new and inexpensive ways to decorate!!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Is Halloween Over???

This was the first year that I have ever decorated for Halloween and I really enjoyed it! I really got into making stuff for the holiday and it was really fun but I might have, kinda sorta over did it... lets just say I got a little burnt out! Ok, to be honest, I can't wait to take down my Halloween stuff... I am Halloweened out! However, I am pumped to start in on Thanksgiving and Christmas crafting!!!! Here is one of the first of many Thanksgiving crafts that I made today. I really like the way that they turned out!

Mini Sign

If you have been following me then you remember that earlier this month I made a sign stand. I wanted to make a little fall sign to hang on it so hear it is. I just got a little wooden 5x7 plaque from Walmart and painted it the tan that I wanted. I tore the shape of the pumpkin out of scrapbook paper and inked the egdes. I used wire to hang it and tied a burlap bow. I think it turned out pretty cute!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Keep calm and gobble on

I found this really cute printable at Craftily Ever After and I just knew that I had to do something with it! I got some more of the scrap wood and printed the printable to fit. Next, I painted it the golden color and glazed in with some brown. I decoed on the printable. I wanted to add something different so I put an old drawer knob on the top and added some raffia and crinkled up brown paper bag. I love the way that it turned out!

Pumpkins sign

I really wanted a rustic looking sign to put on my porch so I got some old scrap wood that I had out in our shop and just started playing around with it. I cut it down to 24" and then painted it white. I played with different sizes of lettering and I was so excited because the word PUMPKINS fit perfectly! Here it is:

I sanded it by hand once I was done painting it to give it a vintage look.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Candy corn candlestick

Sorry I didn't take pictures as I went with this one. I made a candy corn out of felt using the yellow as the base and sewing on the orange and white. The back is solid yellow. The bottom of the yellow has a little "stem" on it. I stuffed the candy corn with fiber fill. I found this little candle stick at the Dollar Tree. I glued the candy corn "stem" into the tob of the candle stick.... I used a lot of glue. All I did next was tie some ribbon around the candle stick and I was done! Very easy! Just thought I would share!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Witchs broom!

I really wanted a witch's broom for my Halloween decor but I wanted something really whimsy since I am not into the creepy. I found this broom at the dollar tree and thought that it would be perfect!

I spray painted the broom part black and then I wrapped the handle in masking tape.

My next step was to paper mache the handle. I wanted it to be bumpy and wavy to give it that whimsical look: (disclosure: do not stare directly at the ugly blue countertops! I repeat do not stare at the ugliness!)

Ok I forgot to take pictures of the next few steps but here is what I did: I painted the handle exactly how I wanted it. I did orange and purple stripes. Next I tied some raffia and ribbon to the base and added a little glue! Viola! I was done!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sign stand

Ok so I have been seeing sign stand all over blogland and I wanted to take a crack at it! Here is what I came up with:

It was really easy! Here is all that you need:

  • 2"x2" cut to desired size
  • base: I got mine from the fencing department at Lowes
  • Hook: I got mine at Lowes but you could use whatever you want
  • finial: I got the finial in the unfinished wood department at the Lobby
  • whatever color paint you want

I screwed the base into the two by two and used A LOT of hot glue to attach the finial to the top. After that I just painted it and then added the hook. I made a really cute little halloween sign for it but unfortunately, both sold before I got to take a picture! I will make another one and post a tutorial for it soon! Hope you enjoyed!

Are you a good witch???

So I really wanted to make something that said "Are you a good witch or are you a bad witch?" I had some 2"x2"'s laying around so I decided to use them! I cut them to be 6" long and printed my sayings out on some purple and green paper. I painted the wood black and inked the paper. You know what comes next.... Modge Podge! They were obviously super easy and I think they turned out cute sitting on my shelf!

Candy corn sign

Ok, so I had a lady contact me and she wanted for me to create a Halloween themed wooden sign for her front door. I thought about it and here is what I came up with:

I was soooo sad to have to give it to her... I wanted to keep it! Luckily for me, since I made it, I can make another one!!!

I made it out of the free plywood that I got from Lowes. It is 10"x8" for the top piece and the bottom piece is 2". It was really easy and I will definitely be making another one. I am not posting a detailed tutorial because it was very simple and I am so behind in my posts from my computer being sick, that I can't post a tutorial for all of my stuff today! If you have any questions feel free to ask though!

Here is another sign that I made for the same lady:

I'm baaaacccckkk!

Oh my gosh I am so glad to be back! My computer has been down for over a week and looking at blogger on my blackberry is just not the same! Meanwhile, I am so excited to post some of the projects that I have been working on over the last week so don't give up on my quite yet! I will be definitely posting a lot over the next day or so! Can't wait!!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Love love love this topiary

I absolutely love this topiary! I found it at Southern Living. I live in the Texas panhandle and unlike the rest of the state, we get all four seasons. This year, however, it has still been hot!! Average temps this time of year are normally 60s and 70s but it has been in the high 90s still! Its getting old. The very worst part about it is that nobody is selling pumpkins yet!!! You better believe as soon as a pumpkin patch opens, I will be making me one of these!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The ban wagon

So there are a couple of little projects that have invaded blog land and I thought that I would post pictures of my versions of them. Here you go, hope you enjoy...

My halloween topiary...

My block letters...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Corn on a stick

So I decided that I wanted to make some of the wooden candy corns that I have seen invading blog land and that was when it hit me... corn on a stick!

What you need:

  • plywood

  • 1/4" dowel (I got mine from walmart)

  • Paints

  • rafia

  • gorilla glue

  • wooden base

Here are the steps that I took to make it:

  • I printed off a candy corn clip art and cut it out for my pattern. I made the pattern three different sizes varying just a little before I printed each out.

  • I traced the pattern onto my free plywood that I have been bragging about and cut it out with my jigsaw.

  • I painted my candy corn and used my sander to round the edges.

  • After that, I drilled a 1/4" hole in the bottom of the corn to match the 1/4" dowel that I bought from walmart.

  • I cut the dowel to three different lengths that I wanted which were 6", 9" and 12"

  • I found the bases at Lowes in the fencing department and they came with 1/4" hole drilled already.

  • I glued the dowel into the base with gorilla glue and painted them white

  • When it was all dry, I attached the candy corn to the top with a little more glue and tied raffia around the base

It really was sooo sooo easy!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My not so spooky, spooky sign

Ok so this is the first year that I have really decorated for halloween and I love it! This being my first year and all though, I just can't bring myself to add the "spook" factor that some of you brave girls do, BUT I did really want a sign that said spooky. So although I am not brave enough for the spiders just yet, this is my take at a "spooky" sign! It was really easy!

I got this plywood for FREE from Lowes the other day because it had been in the scrap bin for a while!! I was excited! I cut it down to 6x15 and then painted it with my acrylic paint. I just scrapbooking ink to give it the stained look (just because I am lazy and it is waaaaay easier). Next I deco'd the "spooky" on and walla I was done!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Inspired by 2x4's

I was completely and totally inspired by brown paper packages (as usual) and the 2x4 pumpkin that she made. I decided to try to make one too and I was really pleased with the way that it turned out! Tell me what you think! I am also thinking of making a smaller one and a bigger one too!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Chandy for my dining room

I found this ugly brass chandelier at a garage sale for $5.oo. I bought it and refinished it to be brushed nickel. I bought new globes at Lowes for only $2.oo a piece. The whole things was less than $20.oo and I think that it turned out pretty good!



Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My very first blog!

Ok for my first blog I decided to post a picture of a project I did a couple of weeks ago (the date on my camera is waaaay off!). I found these candlesticks at hobby lobby on clearance for $3. They were cute and all but not really my style so I decided to paint them and wrap burlap around them! I think they turned out pretty dang cute and they look great in my living room!