Monday, October 31, 2011

Rapunzel & Flynn Rider


My daughter wanted to be Rapunzel for Halloween (from the movie Tangled).  My son is still young enough that we decided to dress them in coordinating outfits.

Did you know that Disney makes very few boy costumes?!?  So disappointing 

So I begged...and pleaded...and bribed my mom into making a Flynn Rider costume for my son. (because I don't sew...but I'm sure I've already mentioned that...)

And oh my gosh it was AMAZING!!!


Aren't they just too cute!?!

I hope you had a Happy Halloween!

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Halloween 2011: House Tour


I just wanted to take you on a brief tour to see how all my Halloween decorations from last year and this year came together this year.  Enjoy.





Happy Halloween

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Features (Halloween Edition)


I wanted to take a moment to spotlight a few great Halloween ideas that have been linked up at my link parties the last couple of weeks!!

Enjoy!














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Simple Halloween Ideas


I was so fortunate to be able to appear on my local Fox affiliate morning show to show off a few really great, really simple Halloween ideas!  You should recognize all of these crafts from my blog :)

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You can find my posts about these ideas here:

Candy Corn Cones
PB Knock-Off Ghosts
Witch Hat Cookies

Happy Halloween!

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Unique Pumpkin Carving Techniques


As you have noticed from all my pumpkin carving posts, we had a lot of fun carving our pumpkins this year with power tools!

I was able to show these off on my local Fox affiliate morning show!

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You can see my blog posts about each of these pumpkins here:

Pumpkin Carving with a Drill
Pumpkin Carving with Cookie Cutters
Lollipop Pumpkin
Pumpkin Carving with a Dremel

Happy carving!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

PB Knock-Off Hanging Ghosts


I love Pottery Barn, but I don't always love the price.  When I saw their Halloween line this year, I realized that I could easily make their Hanging Ghosts; at a fraction of the cost!


So I set about creating my own version of PB's Hanging Ghosts.

You will need:
  • Styrofoam balls (8", 6", 4")
  • Black craft paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Cheese cloth (I used about 2 yds per ghost, in 1 yard squares, for a total of 6 yds)
  • Eye screws (3)
  • E6000, wood or other similar glue

First, you will want to insert your eye screws into the top of each styrofoam ball using your glue.  Let this dry completely.  If your a little bit crazy like me, you will want to paint these white so that they blend in with the ghost.


Next, use your black craft paint to paint ghost eyes on each styrofoam ball.  Let dry completely.


Take (2) 1-yard squares and place them over top each styrofoam ball.


Using scissors, cut "rips" in the cheesecloth.


Take each shred in your hand and stretch is down.  This will create a tattered look in the cheesecloth.

What do you think?

Here are Pottery Barn's Hanging Ghosts.  They retail for $59.00 for the set of three.


And here are my Hanging Ghosts.  They costs less then $15.00 for the set of three.


Pretty cute huh?  I love my new hanging ghosts!  And I am so happy to finally have some more cute outdoor Halloween decor!

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Simply Link Party


Thanks for stopping by for this week's link party!  I can't wait to see what you've created!

Please link up your latest creations.  You can link up pretty much anything as long as you "created" it (Food, craft, home decor item, a beautiful garden, a photograph, etc.  I am really flexible!)  Please keep it family friendly.  Please no links to shops or giveaways.  I reserve the right to delete any links that aren't appropriate. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project (I will link back to you of course.)

Also, I would love it if you linked back to my site and mentioned on your blog, facebook or twitter about my link party!  Help me spread the word please!

And please visit 2-3 other links and leave them a nice, meaningful comment!  Thanks!







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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Witch Hat Cookies


I love simple, easy holiday crafts...especially if they involve food!

These Witch Hat Cookies are so simple, I did them with a group of preschoolers the other day and they all turned out great, and yummy!


You will need those Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies, orange icing (I put mine in a squeeze bottle to help with application) and Hershey kisses.


Turn the cookies over and put a ring of orange icing around the hole in the middle of the cookie.


Push a Hershey's kiss down into the icing and voila!  Cute, simple witch cookies!


These would be perfect to have the kids make to take to your Halloween party this year!

I was inspired by this idea here


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Carving with a DREMEL


Besides the obligatory pumpkin we carved using a kitchen knife for my daughter, this was the last pumpkin we carved for Halloween this year.  And I think it is by far my favorite!

Several years ago, while at some home improvement store, I saw a battery operated tool for pumpkin carving.  I always said "next year I'll buy this."  And when next year came, I forgot.  This year, I decided I was finally going to buy it.

When I went to the store, I realized that this tool was actually a Dremel pumpkin carving tool.  Ooooooooohhhh!  A Dremel!!

So I contemplated buying the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Tool.  And then I decided to splurge and buy a nicer Dremel so that I could do other things with it.

But task number one was to carve a pumpkin with it!

Pumpkin #4:  Pumpkin Carved using a Dremel


One of the cool things about pumpkins is that you don't have to carve all the way through to create a fun, lighted effect!

I decided to use the Dremel to only go through the top layer of the pumpkin.  We put a strand of Christmas lights inside so that a lot of light was given off, and when lighted, you can still see the carved image even though it is not all the way through!!  How cool is that!?!?


First you will need your pumpkin.  We took off the top and cleaned out the insides.


Then you will need a Dremel.  This is the one I bought.  (I purchased this Dremel myself.  I am not being compensated in any way for promoting this tool...I just really love it!)

I used tip 191 to carve my pumpkin.


Next I chose a design and printed it.  I taped the design on my pumpkin.


And using a paperclip or a pin, puncture holes through the pumpkin to give you a  basic outline to carve your pumpkin from.


Using your super cool Dremel and tip 191, go ahead and carve through the top layer of pumpkin.


This really was so much fun!  I love my new tool!  And yes, I did this all by myself!  I love power tools.


Beware.  Carving a pumpkin with a Dremel creates pumpkin dust.  Lots and lots of pumpkin dust.


I decided to wire a plastic spider to the center of my web.  This has already freaked my husband out once!  haha!  Too funny huh!?


Enjoy your cute, simple yet totally unique pumpkin you carved using your Dremel!


In case you were wondering, using the Dremel on a pumpkin is smooth like buttah!  It is amazing.  So easy, so simple, so precise, so fun!

Dremels make a bad day better.  Honest, they do!

We have had so much fun carving our pumpkins this year using power tools!

After reading my four posts about carving pumpkins using power tools, I want to know...Are you going to use power tools this year to carve your pumpkin??

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Lollipop Pumpkin


I am not sure if I can claim this as an actual pumpkin "carving" idea.  But.  It does involve putting holes in the pumpkin...so...I think it works!  Regardless, it is cute and unique.

The best part about this pumpkin is that is doubles as a treat bowl for Halloween trick-or-treaters!

Oh...and of course it is ridiculously simple and oh so cute!

Pumpkin #3:  The Lollipop Pumpkin


To create this Lollipop Pumpkin, first you will drill holes, about 1/2" deep, into the pumpkin.

If you don't have a drill, you can skip this step and push the lollipops directly into the pumpkin, but this can get a bit difficult.

(Please note that this is my husbands hand you see in this photo...my arms are not that hairy!)

Push your lollipops of choice into the pumpkin.


Enjoy your cute, lollipop pumpkin!

My pumpkin was a medium sized pumpkin and I used approximately 140 lollipops.  I can not believe how many lollipops it took!  However, since I used Dum Dums, my cost for all my lollipops was only $4.


I bet trick-or-treaters will be absolutely delighted to find out they get to pick their treat out of the pumpkin!

So I want to know, what kind of treats do you hand out on Halloween?

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Carving a Pumpkin with Cookie Cutters


I read it was possible, but I was a little bit skeptical.

My other half was admittedly very skeptical.  But we decided to give it a try anyway...

Pumpkin #2: Carving a Pumpkin Using Cookie Cutters


(Have you ever tried taking a photo of a candle-lit pumpkin....it isn't easy...so please don't judge the not-so-great photos!)

Of course you first need to cut the top, and clean the insides of the pumpkin.

You will also want to scrap down the inside of the pumpkin where you plan to carve until it is only about 1" thick, or about the thickness of your cookie cutter.


Taking a hammer or mallet, hammer the cookie cutter into the pumpkin as far as you can.


Once it is all the way in the pumpkin, you may need to grab your pliers to get it out.


Then carefully, push the cut area out!

Repeat for the rest of the pumpkin until you are satisfied with your design!


I LOVE how clean the edges of my bats are in this pumpkin.  No knife or carving tool could ever have gotten such a clean and consistent cut!

This was also a VERY easy way to carve a pumpkin and I LOVE my final results!

So I want to know, what is the weirdest way you have ever carved your pumpkin?

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