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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Witch Hat Cookie Decorating

All You need is:

Sugar Cones

(a few different colors)
I mixed my own:lime green, pink and purple

Plastic knives and plates 
to put hats on before decorating

Sugar cookies
I bought some medium size ones from Walmart, but large ones would be pretty awesome! (bigger brim)

(a few different colors made it fun)
I had red, green, yellow, and a rainbow mix

Candies to embellish!
I used candy corn, but many candies would be extra fun!

This super simple idea turned out to be soo much fun, and a fun cousin reunion activity at that :D We decorated for a good 45 min-1 hour. 
I got enough cookies to let the kids each decorate two, and then eat of course (if they even wanted to). 

Yours could end up being just too pretty to eat! ;)

What do ya think?!?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reversible pumpkin craft [recycled]

Materials Used:
  1. 2 orange paints
  2. 1 yellow paint
  3. 1 black paint
  4. brushes
  5. green paper strips
  6. Freschetta pizza cardboard circle [but can cut your own circle if you don't have this]
  7. (if making the pirate) tissue box opening cardboard piece (eye patch) [but you can cut your own shape if you don't have this]
  8. white cardstock [can use yellow or black paper though if you have it--less painting=easier]
  9. Scissors, newspaper (to lay down)
  10. hot glue or elmers glue
  11. ribbon for hanging
  12. suction cup hook (for hanging on window) see them hereSuper colorful suction hooks (48 for $5.50)


Cut out two large triangle and two smaller triangles to fit inside the bigger two
 (if using colored paper already, cut out two large black triangles and two smaller yellow triangles to fit inside) and cut a large and small triangle shape for your nose as well!


Paint your big triangles black (will give the glowing eyes and nice border when done)
paint your smaller triangles yellow

cut an imperfect mouth shape (if using colored paper cut it from the yellow paper)


then cut out a slightly larger one by placing your cut out on top of another piece of your paper (if using colored paper, place yellow cutout on top of black paper and cut around the yellow one to make a slightly larger mouth outline)

paint your bigger mouth black and the smaller one yellow (if making the pirate paint your eye patch and cut strips to be the strap and paint)...and let all that is painted dry completely.

Glue on your facial features & stem and leaves. I mirrored where I put the stem on the first pumpkin i made so that it created one stem and looked 'right' from both sides (as you can see only one stem in the picture below). *Glue on ribbon ends in between the two sided stem.


What I love about this is that if you choose to hang yours in a window, one face can always be seen from the inside and one from the outside!

If you choose to hang it on a wall or a door, you can switch the face that you want to show whenever you'd like. Kind of fun, huh!?

What do you think!!?

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DIY Cat Ears!

1.   Materials Needed: Hot glue gun, Black felt, Pink thing foam sheet (or felt...I had foam so that is what I used), two hair clips, scissors.
2.   Cut out the shape and size ears you want from your black felt. Cut out a shape to go inside of your black ear, from the pink foam (or felt) leaving a good amount of black to still be seen behind it [this is the inner ear].
LINE THEM UP AND SNIP A SMALL LINE AT THE BOTTOM center (with them together)--this is where they will be crisscrossed to make them 'POP' out.
3.   Crisscross them/bend the flaps over each other to see how you want them glued. Then glue the black felt ear first. ONE FLAP OVER THE OTHER--WHERE IT WAS SNIPPED. Should give you that cone shape when you flip it over.
4.   Hot glue the flaps of the pink one next. ONE FLAP OVER THE OTHER--WHERE IT WAS SNIPPED. Should give you that cone shape when you flip it over.  glue the pink inside the black one.
5.     Cut a piece of black felt to cover your hair clip. DOESN'T have to look perfect (because it’s not noticeable once in your hair (at least not if you have dark hair like mine and are making dark ears) hot glue it over your clip--(make a little longer on the ends so that your clips tips don’t show, if your clip is lighter colored like mine is)
6.    Then round off the end of your 'almost finished' ears by taking scissors to scallop the end (compare picture 4 to picture 6) without cutting too close to the glued fold. Then hot glue on your clip!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DRY ERASE changeable holiday decor

I Was inspired by this image...

and I look forward to doing more of this throughout the year for other holidays!

How fun, right!?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Krispy Kreme – Free Halloween Doughnut on 10/31

Krispy Kreme – Free Halloween Doughnut on 10/31

Yum! Get a free Halloween Doughnut at Krispy Kreme when you visit a participating  location on 10/31 dressed in costume. Valid on choice of  FREE Halloween Doughnut. Offer good for one doughnut per customer No purchase necessary.
On October 31st, come in in your costume and get one free doughnut of your choice (including the Ghostbusters doughnuts) at any participating Krispy Kreme US and Canadian location. Offer good on October 31st only. No purchase necessary. While supplies last
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Friday, October 17, 2014

My Favorite FREE 'Fall' Printables

Aren't these just wonderful!? 

These are my favorites that I have seen for this year. Here are the links to find your favorites prints:T

note: the black actually (link) has the white print and the white has the black print! (dont be confused!, I was)

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Favorite EASY Halloween Wreaths


Green frame with web: Couldn't find the link to the picture sadly, but it doesn't look too hard to fig out!
Berries/candy corn 31: Link was disabled as well, but from the lilluna blog.
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Milk Jug Lanterns

Materials used:
Rinsed and dried Gallon milk jug
paints: orange, yellow, brown
paint or foam brush(es)
black sharpy
red tape (mine was a translucent one i had lying around, but any will do) OR red sharpy!
hot glue (could use elmers too, just longer to dry)
1-2 green pipe cleanerS (I think i used 2...)
purple glitter glue
sharp pairing or steak knife
candle or LED light
possibly: some rocks (for weight)

First Step:
After your jug has dried, cut through the top of the container, just lower than the top of the handle. *Would suggest cutting from the front of the jug towards the back...being sure to keep some plastic intact so that you can still have that handle be functional! BUT the part of the handle that shows from the front is also your STEM, so do not cut an even line all the way around the top!

Make sure your hot glue gun is plugged in, to get it ready...

Second Step:
Next, draw on everything you want to with your black sharpy that you can (first: jack-o-lantern face, spider web & spidey, little bat...) and put red tape to spell BEWARE, the hour glass on the black widow (or red sharpy if that's what you choose).

Then you can paint inside the pumpkins facial features yellow, and the head orange. Paint the big circle Yellow (moon!), and the stem orange.

Trace the moon and the beware with your black sharpy to help it stand out a bit.

Third Step:

Let Dry.......
Can now draw the ghost behind your BEWARE.

Now, Hot glue right over your spider web lines (gives it a bit of texture and a 2D effect, I thought)
Wrap your green pipe cleaners around the stem in any way you like. I twisted and curled mine a bit to give it a vine-look.

   You are done!   

Just put in your light/candle and any weights (rocks) around the light to keep it grounded (if not so great weather were to come around) 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DIY recycled Baby Shower ideas SNUG-AS-A-BUG!

Scroll down to see:
Decoration materials
Games & Prizes

Used a spider from 'My 'Friendly Pet Spider' Post:
Click here
Hung it from a sign!

This theme was originally for My little Guy's 1ST Birthday Pary...'Our little Bug is turning one' Theme :)
Easy Scrap book paper bunting!

Beetles--Black olives
Snail shells: Vanilla wafers, bananas, sprinkle color of your choice (green would be even more snail like, although I had rainbow! still fun :)
BBQ slugs--Crockpot BBQ Lil' Smokies
Crunchy Butterfly Wings: Any chip (I used veg dip chips from costco---yummy seasoned tortilla chip with veg. in them)
Mixed Bug Bodies & Cream--Fruit Salad with Cool Whip on the side for topping  (Like having mixed nuts)
Glow Bug Punch--1 Liter 7up, sprite, or gingerale. Some Fat free or reg (fat free tastes just as good!) Lime (or rainbow) Sherbert!    Also added some glow sticks to mine for a bit of 'glow' touch while serving ;)  A flashlight placed behind your bowl would work even more (whether dimmed lighting or not)  I failed to get a finished product picture with the glow sticks or the flash light, so I am so sorry!FAVORS:

Used Six-lets and tied textured (hand cut and hole punched--To give them that 'Bug-Eatin' LOOK) leaves to them with twine (gave it the earthy look) and stamped them with 'THANKS'

-Materials needed for decor-

Paper Caterpillars: Pick your paper(s). Trace circular cookie cutter or use a stencil to make 7 circles (each caterpillar). If you have fun edged scissors, use them! Otherwise, you can still make cute caterpillars without them! The edged scissors just give it a little more fun. Then cut them out and place them back side up. Arrange them in the position you want them (remember one is the head) and then tape them together in the shape you like--overlapping the circles just enough.
Party Garland: Straws (colored stripes---got mine at the dollar store), string or twine...beads. Cut the straws in half or in thirds. Strand them on your string alternating with the beads. THATS IT!

Scrapbook bunting: Just draw on the backs of your chosen scrap book paper, large and small sized diamond shapes. Think about if you want a pattern (more than one print or color of paper) so you can estimate how many you will need of each. Decide where you want to hang this garland so you can measure out your string and guess how many flags you will need...

After cutting them out, fold them right down the middle and the either tape, glue or hot glue (a dot) them together. Leave a good amount untouched by glue or tape where you folded it the paper down the center so that you can string your ribbon, string or twine through for hanging!

Over-sized Confetti: Circle punch or cut with scissors, different shapes in large sizes (on sturdy thick paper)--I used sparkly dark green card stock to make large triangles, and some lighter and some moss green to make leaves (then hole punch creatively for the bug eaten effect!---BEST PART) *I also cut out some of the eyeless bugs (pics below) to toss on the table.
Bug (Can) Centerpieces: Cutie Bugs Stencil 
(from joann $1.99 but even cheaper with a coupon!)
--scrapbook paper (I used mostly grass print)
--Acrylic paints and brushes
--Popsicle sticks
--Hot glue (your painted bug cut out onto the front and back of your stick)
Make a slice with a knife into the top center of the (already covered with cute paper) formula can prop and push the popsicle stick through to desired height.
Plant Vases: Just some blue bottled water bottles (my favorite water actually from Maceys! ;) and some green plants from the dollar tree (I had). Fill the base with something heavy-like. I used bird seed, but you could use dried white beans or small rocks, etc.
Soda bottom bottle frog: Had a Liter of 7-UP. Rinsed it out, let dry. took a sharp knife to cut in half. Then used a black sharpy to draw about where I wanted to cut the shape of the frogs body, not to forget two legs (show in the front). BE SURE TO allow (cut on the outside of your black lines) the black lines for the legs in front to remain so that they are easier to see when its displayed. Then cut out with scissors. Place large googly eyes on two bumps (these looked like eye bulges to me so this is where the idea came from originally ;) Used Red foam I already had to draw and cut out a long and narrow tongue (could use this paper though). Put a fly on the tip of the tongue. Drew on the nose and mouth before hot gluing on the tongue.
Book shelf Bug Jars: Baby food jars. Could spray paint the lids a cute color, but I left mine plain. Put some of the bugs from the bug pictures below inside.
Produce Saver Lids--Used these as Frames for some extra bugs I stenciled, and hung on the fridge with magnetic hooks (already had) But you could easily hang these on any wall around your food or entertainment space.
Advice Cards: Stamped some index cards covered with a tad of cute paper, with a beehive. Wrote 'Advice' on it. Took a moment before opening gifts to allow everyone to write down any advice they have, and then also allowed time for anyone to share advice...then put the cards in a vine decorated jar (for mommy-to-be to keep)

-----Wall/jar/table decorations-----
Photos I printed (or almost did!) from Google images to cut out and use for decorations:

This frog print I added 'Fly Back Soon!' 
to place on the inside of the door (when people leave)


  • We played the NAME THAT BABY (Animals) Game---You can search for lists of baby animal names through google, and compile a list of your favorites (as i did) and I included some insects to tie it into the bug theme. [I wish I had the one I made up, but I dont...was on a different computer we no longer have, sorry!] I included bugs like butterfly, Bee, Grasshopper, spider, etc. Some insects have the same baby names....SO I kept a few that had the same as trickier ones for the list!

  • Once you have the amount of baby animals and the insects you want, type up your sheets to print for game hand outs. I found some adorable animals when I browsed through my clip art on Word, or Google-ing...then added those pictures to the top and bottom of my sheets...were REALLY cute!
Make sure to make a key for yourself!

 What better than...

  • We also Played POINTS IN YOUR PURSE---Again you can Google this game and see what different things you would want to have on your list. I looked around and chose all the ones I liked the best or thought were more age appropriate for my guests age,etc. as well as the points each would be worth. Very fun, because this one truly has all to do with what you have in your purse and takes the thinking out of the game for something a little more relaxing. Whoever has the most points or items (however you want to do it) wins!

Of course, right!?
haha...well I thought it was perfect :)

 Found this picture of a dollar bill through...Google-ing! you guessed it!...and cut and wrapped around a candy to go with some gold change ;)

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