Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jack Sparrow and his Girly Pirate Crew

Ahoy me hearties!
Thar be a tutorial for ye wee scallywags o'er at The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
If ye be wantin' to be makin' some pirate garb worth
tradin' all yer buried treasure fer, 
then make haste and sail on o'er for a swahbuklin' good time!
They be pleasin' to me eye and do me jolly heart some good! Arrrrrr!

Well, hello there!

Remember me? I'm so sorry I've been MIA this week!
 I've been eating, sleeping, and breathing Halloween costumes! 
I'm happy to report that they were complete just in time for the kids' school Halloween carnival.
 I was literally sewing on buttons and adjusting ribbon like 15 minutes before we left for the school!

Now that they're finished I can breathe a big sigh of relief and enjoy the festivities!

Oh, you want to see them, do you?
In that case, check back later this evening to see what I make out of this:

And this:
I know you're just so excited!

My kiddos also had crazy hair day at school and rocked it! Maggie and Isaac wanted half white and half black (which kind of blended into a grey, dangit!) and Daisey went for a blazing hot pink! 
Don't they look awesome?!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ghostly Chocolate Covered Pears

I saw these white chocolate covered pears at The Idea Room  last year and knew I needed to make some with my kids! Amy used white chocolate chips but I had white chocolate melts on hand so I used those instead and they turned out great! 

I have to admit that although they're adorable, I was a bit skeptical on how good they would taste. Let me reassure you that they are wonderful! The taste of a crisp pear mixed with sweet white chocolate is to die for!

My kids loved making them AND eating them, so that's always a plus!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Blog Lovin'!

I've won an award! Thanks to Aimee with It's Overflowing. I feel so loved!
Make sure to go check out her blog. It's filled with crafty goodness!
The rules for this award are:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave the award to you
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Send it along to 15 other bloggers and let them know you have awarded them!

Seven Random Things About Me:
1.I once ate an entire watermelon when I was pregnant with my 2nd child.
2.I'm a licensed cosmetologist.
3.I have a deep love affair with diet coke.
4.I'm the oldest of 5 children.
5.I don't like pancakes.
6.I color coordinate my closet.
7. I'm 4'11" and I drive a Suburban. People think it's hilarious. Yes, I can see over the dashboard, thanks.

I'm passing this award on to the following bloggers:

And, for your viewing pleasure, here is a picture of me with a pig.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cute and Spooky Halloween Mobile

This is another Dollar Store/ Scrap Busting project.
I wasn't quite sure how it was going to turn out but I love the end result!
Grab your ribbon and fabric scraps and head over to
The Ribbon Retreat Blog for my tutorial!
Happy crafting and have a great weekend!

Micro Fiber Pumpkin

First up from my collection of misfit Dollar Store purchases is this Micro Fiber cleaning cloth. It's fluffy and orange and needs to be turned in to a pumpkin!
I gathered up my scissors, a needle and orange thread, Old Blue (my trusty glue gun),a stick from my backyard, 2 plastic bags (not pictured), a green scrap of fabric(not pictured).
I cut the cleaning cloth in to a circle.
Then, using my needle and thread I did a running stitch all around the circle.
When I reached the end of the circle I pulled the thread tightly, so the circle gathered, much like a yo-yo.
I used plastic bags to stuff my pumpkin with, but you could use fiber fill or beans instead. After stuffing the pumpkin I pulled my thread and tied it firmly in a knot,
leaving enough space to add my stick. 
I knotted my thread 2 or 3 times to secure it.

I stuck my stick in the middle, secured with hot glue and added my green fabric for a pop of color.
Not bad for $1, if I say so myself.!
Little Miss Maggie helped stuff the pumpkin and wanted one of her own. She asked if I'd make one for her barbie dolls.
Using my scraps and some green pipe cleaners I made her a whole wagon full!
The Barbies played with them for hours.

But, now my pumpkin is lonely! I think I need to go back and get some more. Really, you could use any fabric to make this simple pumpkin but I love the color and the fluffiness of the Micro Fiber cloth.

Dollar Store Craftiness

You never know when inspiration will hit.
Last week I was at The Dollar Store looking for pool noodles,
so I could make more fabulous wreath forms, but there were none to be found.
Summer is gone and so are the pool noodles.
Of course I couldn't leave the store empty handed,
so I browsed around and here is what ended up in my cart.

Stick around to see what I turn this collection of misfit purchases into!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fabric Circle Halloween Wreath

Yep! Another wreath! But, not just any wreath, a funky orange Halloween wreath, complete with a spider! Although time consuming, this wreath was a lot of fun to make. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. What? You want to make one just like it? Well, my friend, you are in luck. I just posted a Fabric Circle Halloween wreath tutorial this morning. Pop over to The Ribbon Retreat blog for instructions. Happy cutting, gluing and wreath making!

Candy Corn Trees

I rescued these "cones" from the waste basket in my mother in law's sewing room. They are large thread spools. I just knew that they could be used for something!
So, I bagged them up and brought them home.My husband just looked at me and shook his head. He's not thrilled with my trash rescue efforts. That doesn't sound good. I promise my house doesn't look like a scene from "Hoarder's", but I will admit I have boxes of trash crafting suppliesfor future use in my basement.
When I saw these on Pinterest I knew just what to do with the spools.
I love me some candy corn! I really, really do. I was the weird kid who would trade my chocolates for candy corn on Halloween.I didn't discover my love for chocolate until I was pregnant with my first baby and she demanded Snickers!
Anyway, decorating with candy corn goodness seemed like the perfect way to give the old spools new life. I love the look of the tissue paper but I didn't have any. I did have yarn. So, what I came up with was yarn wrapped candy corn trees.  Say that 5 times fast!
This project is simple enough that you don't really need a tutorial. But, it's my blog and I'm going to do one anyway.
The first thing you'll need is a base of some sort. I used the old spools, but you could easily use Styrofoam cones or even make your own cone out of card stock.

You'll also need:
 yarn(white, orange and yellow)
hot glue

I hot glued the spools together to make different heights.
Begin by gluing the yellow yarn to the base of the cone.
Wrap the yellow yarn about halfway up the cone
and you'll be ready to start the orange yarn. 
Cut and secure with glue.
Glue the orange yarn to the cone and continue wrapping.
When you're almost to the top of the cone cut off the orange yarn.
Secure with hot glue and start wrapping the white yarn.
Wrap up to the top. You could be done at this point but,
I know this gluey mess would bug me and have to cover it up.
Cut off the white yarn, leaving a long tail.
Dab with hot glue (don't burn your fingers)
and wrap the yarn in a spiral, gluing every so often.
Glue the spiral to the top of the cone.
Wrap any remaining yarn around the cone.
Tuck in the end.
Ta Da!
Repeat with the other 2 cones.
Display proudly in your home.
It makes me happy just to look at!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011


5 years ago I wouldn't have been caught dead with a wreath on my door.
5 years ago when I thought of wreaths, I thought of this:
We all remember the wreath craze of the eighties and nineties. 
Ribbons and flowers and Christmas trolls? Well, I wanted nothing to do with it!
Until I saw this:
{image via design sponge}
Simple. Felt. Gorgeous!
Yep! Since I saw this wreath I've been a little obsessed quite fond of wreaths
and making them for every holiday.
My bestie, Clarissa and I got to work making wreaths for Valentine's Day.
We had NO idea what we were getting into!
We spent hours making and gluing felt rosettes on to our wreath forms.
I have to say I was quite pleased with the final result!
More recently my niece had a birthday and moved in to a new house.
I wanted to make a wreath with burlap and fabric flowers for her birthday present,
but once again my urge to craft hit me late at night.
I didn't have any burlap, so I had to make due with tan corduroys.
A few months ago in a graceful moment  
I split those corduroy pants right down the crotch!
I knew I held on to those pants for a reason!
All I did was cut the corduroys into strips and
wrapped them around a wreath form,
hot gluing every so often. Then, I made a "batch" of fabric flowers and
 hot glued them on to the wreath.
What do you think?

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