Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WIWW- Leopard and chambray


 
Shirt- Old Navy; skirt- Loft
shoes- Belks;
necklace- Apple of My Eye via Groopdealz
Worn Oct. 27, 2013

They say every woman needs a chambray shirt in her closet. I beg to differ. I like them and I like this one, but I've had it for a year or longer and I have only worn it once or twice before. My goal is to wear it more but it is far from being essential for me. Same goes for a plain white button down. I have one and don't wear it all that often. What "must have essentials" are not really essential for you?

Linking at WIWW.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WATW- Zombie


October 2010

Monday, October 28, 2013

10 Infinity scarf tutorials

There is finally a chill in the air and Christmas items are out. Can't we just have Halloween first?

Whether you are looking for a cute way to bundle up or thinking ahead to Christmas gifts, an infinity scarf would fit the bill for both. Here are ten awesome tutorials.



 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Skulls and skeletons tablescape




This year I created my Halloween tablescape by lying down the black and white polka dot runner and some black placemats. I placed three pedestal plates down the center and began filling them with spooky stuff from my stash.  A few extras on the side and it was done.


Each place setting is built with a silver charger, black Dollar Tree plate, and a white plate from my Oneida greek key set. A crow has landed in each plate. Skeletons removed from a Dollar Tree garland were tied around each napkin. Eyeballs are found in each Dollar Tree glass.




This little guy and the hands are my favorites.



Happy Halloween! I'll be linking up at Tablescape Thursday and these fun parties:


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WIWW- Skull shirt



Shirt- Ross; Jeans- Levis Midrise skinny;
shoes- Target
 
A couple of months ago I was in Ross looking for something totally unrelated but of course I had to peruse all the racks. I found this cute top in the juniors section for less than $10. We love Halloween and skulls around here so I just had to have it. It takes a while for the weather to cool off around here so it's the perfect fall top. Just to make things feel a little more like fall, I wore my booties with it.
 
Linking up with WIWW.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween mantel


Hello and welcome to a tour of my Halloween mantel. We are a little behind but things are coming together nicely. I didn't really know how I wanted to decorate this year, so I just pulled out my stuff and started arranging. I have an assortment of things collected and made over the years and a couple of new very quick DIY projects displayed.

This photo  shows some new things. I left the chevron panel from the fall mantel in place and added a "Beware" pennant banner cut with my Silhouette (pennants) and Slice (letters- Spookey Alley). I also covered the red books that were already there with Halloween scrapbook paper and labeled them with stickers to make some very quick DIY Halloween spell books. Here's a secret- the paper doesn't fully cover the backs of the books, but you can't tell because of the way they are arranged.



Full shot of mantel:


Worth A Thousand Words


October 31, 2012

Monday, October 21, 2013

5 Great ways to improve your blog

 
I am getting a little uninspired with crafting and blogging. There are still things I want to do but I don't have the same enthusiasm for them that I once did. I was drawing a blank when it came time to prepare this Must Do Monday so I finally decided to round up some of the best blog tips and journaling prompts I've found around the web. If you're looking to improve your blog or rejuvenate your interest, then maybe these will help you. You find some great post ideas here and if you're still stumped, spend some time promoting what you've already got.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Potted planted severed hands

Today I'm sharing our take on potted severed Halloween hands. This outdoor Halloween decor was inspired by another project I found a couple of years ago. We made ours last year and put them in the place of my plants that are usually by the front door, along with the spooky potted trees.


 
I ran out of time for posting these last year and I'm about to do the same this year. I'm off my normal posting schedule this week because we've been on vacation. But we are back and Halloween is on!
I decided to take things a step further than the zombie hands project. I bought some hands and severed fingers from the Dollar Tree and then took acrylic paint and painted them to look like bloody, rotted, decaying flesh. I also attached some small pieces of spooky cloth with glue. The hubby attached some dowel rods to them for planting so they would stick up further out of the pots.

 
 
 
  These were a fun project to do .

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WIWW- Blue suede shoes


 
Shirt- Lauren/Ralph Lauren- thrifted
skirt- Limited
shoes- Payless
necklace- Apple of my Eye/Groopdealz
 
I have had an interest in a pair of cobalt shoes for a while but wasn't sure if I would really wear them. I found a really affordable pair at Payless and decided to give them a try. I love them. And these are comfortable too. They go perfectly with this outfit that I have pinned many, many times in hopes of creating my own version. I finally got my skirt taken it so I could do that. This outfit was one of my 7X7 remix but I thought it deserved some personal attention so I'm reposting here.
 
Linking up with WIWW.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Haunted Halloween Birdhouses

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I must confess- I started these last year and didn't get them finished in time for Halloween. But this year they are proudly displayed on my sofa table! These were a lot of fun to make.
 
To make your own, you will need miniature birdhouses, dowels, and small wooden plaques for bases. Mine came from Michaels.  You will also need wood glue, paint, skeletons, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge and plastic bugs if you like.
 
 
 
My sweet hubby drilled holes in the houses and the bases and set the dowel rods for me. Then I painted them with orange and black acrylic paint. Then the really fun part began. I decorated them with Mod Podge and scrapbook paper and various cut outs made using my Slice and the Spook Alley cartridge. I added some minature skeletons (taken from Dollar Tree garland) and mini plastic spiders.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm so glad I got these finished!
 
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WIWW- Coral and leopard



Blazer- Forever 21; blouse- Ross;
pants- JCPenney
shoes- Payless
 
I saw lots of coral and leopard combinations on Pinterest so I had to try it out myself.  This turned out to be a fun work outfit. I've discovered that you can treat leopard as a neutral and pair it with almost any color. What's your favorite way to wear leopard print?
 
Linking up with WIWW.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Halloween fun

 
Oct. 2012
 
It's time for a little Halloween fun so I'll be sharing some Halloween photos for the next few weeks. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

10 Healthy pumpkin recipes

 
 
It's that time again- fall! Time for pumpkin everything! Since we've gone primarily paleo with our diet, I'm so happy to find that pumpkin is still easily included. Here are ten recipes that are paleo, gluten free, and or/dairy free. You can easily make them more compliant by substituting honey for sugar, almond milk for regular milk, and coconut oil for butter. I can't wait to try some of these.
 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thrift store necklace makeover

 
I picked up this necklace at one of our local thrift stores for $4.50 and I wasn't crazy about the worn leather strap or the large white pendant, but loved the colors of the beads because it they were just what I was looking for to go with a new outfit. I wanted a shorter necklace and the large pendant was just too much.


So... what to do? I took out my jewelry pliers, some chain, jump rings, and found a smaller bead in a complimentary color in my stash. I threaded the bead on a  head pin to create a new pendant and attached it with a jump ring. I attached the chain to each side with jump rings and had a new necklace!




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