Friday, October 29, 2010

Link Party

Welcome to my weekly link party!

I have been hard at work on my last few Halloween ideas this week (I know...better late then never right!?)  Be sure ro scroll down, I posted three new posts last night!

And I've even been working on a couple of Thanksgiving / Fall decor items!  I have been having so much fun crafting recently I have forgotten to post them all!  So I will be posting Halloween items up until the very last moment. 

So please link up your great ideas, and visit a few other links while you are here!

Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mummy Dogs

I made Mummy Dogs to bring to my daughter's preschool for their Halloween snack! 

They were so cute and were a huge hit. 

And it gave my husband the opportunity to try to explain what a mummy (not a mommy) was to my 4 year old.  Ha ha ha!

They were very easy to make. 

You will need: 
(1) package of hotdogs
(1) can of crescent roll dough
A toothpick

Unroll the crescent rolls into 4 rectangles and pinch the seams together.
Cut each rectangle in about 10 strips.  Use 3-4 strips to wrap around each hot dog to look like a mummy. 
Bake in the oven according to crescent roll directions until the roll is browned.
Use a toothpick to add mustard eyes.

Enjoy a spookey treat!

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Homemade Halloween Chips

I forgot what site it was one, but I saw someone make fall leaf chips.  I thought it was a great idea!  I had leftover flour and corn tortillas so I decided to try both out.

I used cat and bat cookie cutters to cut halloween shapes out of both flour and corn tortillas.

I dipped some of them in soy sauce and some of them in tomato basil spaghetti sauce from Trader Joe's.  These both gave the chips quite a bit of flavor so I didn't need to add extra salt to them.

I baked them at 350 for about 12-14 minutes until crispy, turning half way through.

The black ones were the ones dipped in soy sauce and the orange ones are the tomato basil ones.  Yum!

These would be yummy served with hummas or salsa! 

Happy Halloween!

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Crow and Skulls

This is part of my front table Halloween decor. 

I found the crow and the skulls at the dollar store!  Gotta love the dollar store.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Wreath

Look at this cute Halloween Wreath I made for our front door!  (I won't mention that I had to bring it inside yesterday because I feared for it's life as we had severe winds, crazy thunderstorms and tornado warnings and to the mid-west I guess!)

Anyway, if you can believe it, I made this almost entirely from things from the dollar store!!! 

I love how cheap it was and how easy it was to make.  And I love how spookey it is!

In the great computer crash of 2010 I lost my "how to" pictures for this wreath.  But it was really easy so I will try to describe how I did it.  Not as good as photos though...sorry!

I bought a wooden viney wreath from the Dollar store along with 4 white feather boas and a pack of skulls. 

First I hot glued the white feather boas to the wreath.  Next I took a can of spray paint ($1 at WalMart) and sprayed the entire thing black. 

Then I hot glued on the skulls and added some black tulle I had left over from my witch costume.  Then I added some left over sparkely spiders I had from my stacking pumpkins for fun!

I finished it off by adding a cute sign that I made by spray painting white foam core black and adding vinyl letters and trees to it!

Easy peasy and all for the low low cost of about $7 plus a few things I already had on hand!  Not bad!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Blocks & Pumpkins

I made these cute Halloween Wooden Blocks from a kit I bought at NataLee Allen Designs.  Don't you just love them?!

I even got to break out my brand new electric sander I just bought to distress the edges! (Yeah!!!)

And, since it's a wooden block day.  Look at how fab these are...

My new BFF over at My Garden of Eden made these great Wooden Pumpkins for me :-)  Isn't she just the sweetest! You can find her tutorial so that you can make your own set of wooden pumpkins here.

Happy Halloween!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Spookey Marshmallow Treats

What's better than chocolate covered marshmallows on a stick? 

Not much in my opinion!

These make a spookey Halloween treat that children (and adults) are sure to love!

I used white melting chocolate and candy dyes to make these great Halloween colors and dipped marshmallows in it. I had previously secured the marshmallows on a stick by dipping the stick in melted chocolate, inserting it into a marshmallow and letting it dry.  I added a few sprinkles to make them extra special!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Link Party

Thanks for joining me for this week's link party!

Please link up and remember to visit a couple other links!

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Witch Princess Costume

(this is my daughter's scary face ha ha ha1)

What little girl doesn't love being a Princess for Halloween? Mine sure does. And let me tell you...she makes a CUTE Cinderella!

But I also have a soft spot in my heart for traditional Halloween costumes as well.

So this year, we created, the WITCH PRINCESS!

And what is a Witch Princess you ask? (My husband asked me too!)

It is a Witch, with style, sass, and most importantly, SPARKLE!

For Princesses, it's all about the accessories and the sparkle! 

This costume has a matching Witch Hat Trick-or-Treat bag, very cute striped matching tights, and, of course lots and LOTS of sparkly rhinestones on her fluffy, shimmery, princess-like tulle skirt!

Oh, and you can't forget the sparkly black spider necklace and silky purple and black cape with witchy-green accents!  And of course, the whole outfit it topped off with a tall, pointy, fancy witches hat!

Oh...and just in case you are wondering...yes, this is almost entirely hand made!  I made the hat, the trick or treat hat, put the necklace together, sewed the cape and made the fabulous sparkly tulle skirt with rhinestones!

(This costume was first shown on SYTYC.  I am sad to say this was my last week in the competition.)

Monday, October 18, 2010

You Are So Creative - Halloween Edition

Here are some of the top Halloween-themed clicked on links from last week's link party.  

My goodness you are so creative!

There is still time to link up on this week's link party!  (scroll down!)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Link Party

Welcome to this week's link party!  

Please link up and visit a couple of other links!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Boo, Eek, Scare - Stacking Pumpkins


Aren't stacking pumpkins so cute?

I decided to make my own...and then...make them SPOOKEY!

The How To is super simple!

You Will Need:
  • (3) Foam Pumpkins (Funkins or artificial carving pumpkins) in varying sizes
  • Knife (kitchen knife will work)
  • Vinyl Letters or Scrapbook Letter Stickers
  • Pins with large plastic heads
  • Plastic Spiders
  • Hot Glue (low temp)
  • Spooky tattered netting or artificial webs

  1. Cut a small hole in the bottom of the smallest two pumpkins with a knife.
  2. Add vinyl or scrapbook lettering to each pumpkin.
  3. Stack pumpkins by putting the hole over the stem on the next larger pumpkin.
  4. Add pins (two at a time) around the pumpkins and using hot glue, secure spiders to the pins on the pumpkin
  5. Add netting, webs or other spook decorations around the pumpkins!
So simple!  So cute!  And they will last for YEARS (as opposed to real pumpkins!)

Happy Designing!

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Fancy Homemade Stationary Sets - Perfect Holiday Gifts!

Today we are so lucky to have Rebekah with us from Potholes and Pantyhose!  She is a Featured Contributor here at Simply Designing and we are so luck to have her!  (You can read more about her by clicking on my Featured Contributor link on my side bar.)

Anyway for those of you who don't know her, she is amazing and has a fabulous tutorial to share with us today.  So hold on tight, because it's gonna be amazing!

Hello! I am Rebekah from Potholes and Pantyhose. I like to write about home remodeling how-to's, artsy stuff you can make yourself, touring with my musician hubby and different photography tips and tutorials.
I am so thankful to be here on Simply Designing today!

I have been focusing on tutorials as of late that can be utilized to make one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. Today, I will show you how to make Fancy Homemade Stationary Sets.

This process takes less than an hour to do, plus dry time, and provides an impressive finished product. Let's get started on making some fancy stationary, shall we?

Here's what you'll need to make your very own stationary:

A picture frame (I made mine from scrap lumber)
Window Screen as large as the frame
Recycled paper, construction paper, newspaper, etc
Dried Flowers (If desired)
Paper Towels and Hand towels
Staple Gun
Utility Knife
A plastic bin larger than the frame (I used my sink, instead)

Begin by stapling the screen to the backside of your picture frame. Make sure the screen is securely attached. Over-do it, I give you permission.

Tear the paper into pieces about 2" or smaller. Fill your blender with the paper, but don't compress the paper. Add water until the blender is about 2/3 full.

Press the 'pulse' button several times to get the mixture going. Then, switch to 'puree', until the mixture has almost a smoothie consistency. I did this process several times to create enough of the mixture for the amount of paper I wanted to make.

Fill your plastic bin or in my case, my sink, with the mixture, adding water until it is about 4" deep. I added enough water to my sink until the consistency resembled more of a soup like texture.

Dip your frame into the mixture, with the top of the frame facing up. Pull the frame out of the water slowly, allowing it to drain. You can even rest the frame on your bin to allow it to drain longer.

Add your dried flowers to the topside of the paper at this point.

Lay out hand towels and place several paper towels on top of them.

Flip your frame over on top of the paper towels. Allow the paper to release itself from the screen slowly. Use a sponge to gently remove as much excess water that you can from the paper. Allow the paper to dry for several hours.

Once the paper is dry, tear it by hand to fit the size of envelopes that you have. Save any scraps to be used as name tags for the final product.

I made a stationary 'set' out of four pieces of the homemade paper with four envelopes. I then decorated the sets with scrap ribbon and ric-rac that I had on hand, adding buttons on a couple for a little extra 'wow' factor. You can use the scrap pieces of your homemade paper as name tags to accompany these sets if you are giving them as gifts.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions or just want to see some more crafty things that I have been up to, please come and visit me at Potholes and Pantyhose.

Thanks again, Ashley for having me today! -Rebekah

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween Vases - DIY

I have a couple of decorative vases, but I really wanted another set. So, being inspired by my feature from last week, I set off to the dollar store to make my own.

I picked up 2 candle stick holders and the small vase from the dollar store. I also got super glue from the dollar store as well!

Then I went to Hobby Lobby in search of a matching vase and to my surprise...I found one! They are the same width, but the one from Hobby Lobby is just a bit taller then the other one. It was a $5 vase, but it was on sale for 50% off. So all totaled, this project cost me $6.50. Not bad.

All you do it super glue the candle stick holders to the vases and let them sit for about 24 hour until they are really secure.

Next, fill with yummy holiday-inspired candy (I used candy corns and gummy worms) and try not to eat them all before anyone sees them!

Happy Halloween!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010


Please remember to go and vote at So You Think You're Crafty this week!  It is a GREAT theme and I had a lot of fun making mine, so please hop on over and vote for your favorite!

Alright, I am really getting into Halloween decor this year! It is so much fun!

These BOO letters were so simple to make. I bought precut wood letters from WalMart, painted them black and then mod podged scrapbook paper to the front of them.

My only real hint is this. I used mod podge to glue a rectangle of paper to each letter and then let it dry. After it was dry, I turned the letter upside down and with an exacto knife, I trimmed off the excess paper around the wood letter. It is soooooo much easier to do it that way then to try to cut the paper out to match the wood.

Happy Halloween!

(P.S. - The diagnostic on my computer is not good.  My motherboard is officially dead.  So, I had a few photos on that computer I wanted to share with you including what my SYTYC project tutorial!  So sorry!  As soon as they are done getting all my data off of it, I will share!  Promise!)

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Link Party

Well my computer completely crashed on me tonight.  I am soooo sad. 

Thankfully I can set my link party to air from my phone!

So please, have fun, link up and visit a few other links as well!

Happy Friday!

Witch Pretzals

Pretzals + Chocolate = SUPER YUMMY!

I had so much fun making these Witch Pretzals and they were a huge hit with my daughter!

All you need is pretzals, green melting chocolate, hershey's kisses, coconut and black gel icing.  (I think they are fairly self explainatory...but let me know if you want the how-to.)


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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Vases

Look at these cute Halloween Vases!  They are from a very cute blog:  My Garden of Eden.

Can you believe she made these from the dollar store!!  I totally want my own now!

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Mason Jars

I seriously wish I could tell you what I made for SYTYC this week...but I can't!  But be sure to stop by on October 4th to vote for your favorite!

And since I can't share that project, I wanted to share with you a Halloween project I did!

I wish I could claim much about them...except that I did physically make them. But the original idea, and tutorial came from here
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Halloween Marathon!

I can't believe it is almost Halloween time!!!

So, in typical Simply Designing fashion, I will be going on a Halloween Marathon from now until October 31st.

Why a "Halloween Marathon" you ask? 

Good question. 

Do I love Halloween? Yes.

Do I love to run?  Hm.  I used to.  But then, ya know, kids make that more difficult and you get out of the habit.  But I decided to go running with my husband the other day and...let's just is amazing he actually claimed he still knew me by the end of it.  I am still claiming that my hips aren't back to normal since giving birth (7 months ago!).'s an excuse...I know...but I'm sticking to it!

So since I clearly can't complete an actual marathon, I decided I needed a marathon I COULD complete without getting out of breath (or sweaty)!   Hence, my Halloween Marathon!

During this month, I will be showing off some of my own Halloween creations as well as featuring some other excellent Halloween / Fall ideas!

Will you come join me in my marathon??


Friday, October 1, 2010

Link Party!

I have been very busy on my first craft submission for So You Think You're Crafty this week!  I can't wait until it airs next week!  Be sure to stop by and vote!

Until then, please link up and join my link party!

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