DIY Spooky Halloween Wreath

Yesterday, I went with my friend Megan to Hobby Lobby and decided I would make my first Halloween themed wreath!!  Do you like????

It’s so much cheaper to make your own wreaths than paying for them to be made.  Everything I need for this wreath was less than $25 if you consider the 40% off all Fall and Halloween merchandise at Hobby Lobby.  I also have the phone app where I can use a 40% off coupon from there too!  Bargains and Hobby Lobby make me happy…

I love me some burlap (yep that’s how I sound when I talk about burlap) so I decided to do that as my main item of the wreath!


I wanna say that it took maybe 30 mins total to make my wreath but count in the constant interuptions from my 3 year old and a play date with my friend Megan that involved cocktails than yes it took me… 4 hours!  Just kidding a total of 3o mins!

To make this really easy wreath, I started to out the with making orange rosets.  If y0u want to know how I make these you can find it in my blog post for 4th of July plaque


Once I finished all the rosets and let the glue dry I wrapped the wreath I in the chevron printed burlap.

Once I got the wreath all wrapped up, I hung up the wooden word “spooky” with fishing line to it looks like its floating.  The last step I took was hot glueing the fake spider web on the back and put the plastic spiders on the web!

Pretty neat and simple!  Now I don’t feel so left out on my street due to my lacking Halloween decorations!

Shortly after posting this, I was contacted by Design Threads to let me know that they featured my spooky wreath on their website!!!

Design Threads Blog Post

DIY Wedding Table Number Holders

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite projects, DIY wedding table number holders!

When planning my wedding they didn’t have Pinterest!!  Can you think of a day when we didn’t have PinterestMe either!!! 

I had to actually think of ways to cuts costs on my own but still keep it classy

One of the things I decided to do, actually cost around $20 and it was really easy…this made me really happy!!!

DIY Wedding Table Number Holders

I first started with little frames I got from the Dollar Store.  I then spray painted them with a texture type copper color to go with my wedding colors.  I went through and got all of my favorite pics of me and the hubs and made them all the same color to match the wedding colors.  At the time I didn’t have Photoshop, so I used a free editing program to turn all the pics sepia.  I recommend PicMonkey, it’s free and awesome!  You can actually add the numbers on the pics your self with an editing program, then print them out!!!

wedding stuff

Pardon my photography skills on this blog post…def before my time getting a dslr

Once the wedding was over I actually reused the frames.

When we moved to WA, I had a wine/tuscan themed kitchen.  I then put all of my favorite wine labels in them and hung them around my kitchen!


Not too shabby for $20 huh?  Cheap and genius in my opinion!

Red, White and Blue Wall Plaque

Today I wanted to share with you a project that I created for my guest post on one of my favorite blogs Hubby Made Me. 

I love decorating for 4th of July and had a lot of fun making this wall plaque.  Not only is this project super easy, its cheap too!

Start with a blank piece of wood any size you would like.  I actually got this from Wal-Mart but you can also get one from any craft store.

This part depends on the size of wood you purchased, but you measure horizontally and put down Frog Tape to make lines to get ready to paint.Go ahead and paint the each individual lines from Navy blue to ivory. You can use whatever kind of paint you like.  I did the blues first, let them dry then I did the ivory.Next, I had this old metal star laying around, you can actually get one at any craft store.  I painted it with the spray paint & primer mix.  I am a huge fan of spray paint!  I keep tons all different colors for any projects I have.Here in this pic you can see why I painted it white first, so you can still kind of see it under the red paint.  I like the finish of the paint when it dried.  Here I used Acrylic burgundy color.Next, you want to go ahead and staple some hemp rope on the back of the plaque so it can hold.  The size of rope just depends on size of the plaque you use.I purchased this small scrapbook wooden piece from Michaels.  I loved it as soon as I had seen it.  I figured it would add a little something for 4th of July.  I always have Mod Podge laying around, but you want use it to layer of the scrapbook piece. You want to put 2 or 3 layers over it.  It also leaves a glossy finish on the plaque.  If you want your plaque outside, you want to use the Mod Podge Outdoor.Next, you want to trace over the star because you are going to cover the star with a 4th of July pattern of scrapbook paper of your choice.  You can even do all different patters on the star too. After you trace the triangles, cut them out and then layer the star.  You want to first cover the star with Mod Podge, then fit the triangles on the star then cover with another layer of Mod Podge.  When it dries, its then clean and glossy.This part is probably the trickiest part of the whole project.  I had a roll of Burlap and wanted to make a rosette for the top so that the nail doesn’t show when you hang the plaque.  To make the rosette, you want to cute a long piece off of the burlap roll.  Then fold it in half and twist and roll it up at the same time.  Once it is all rolled up, you want to hot glue gun the bottom to hold it together.  The rosette will depend on the size of the plaque.  Last, you want to Hot glue gun the star onto the plaque.  I also wanted to add just a little bit more color, so I found some Red, White & Blue scrap material and ripped a piece off and tied it up top with the rosette.You can also just use it as a plaque without the hemp rope too.There you have it!  I hope you have as much fun creating this as I did!

Weston’s Circus 1st Birthday Party

Yesterday we had Weston’s Circus themed first birthday Party! It was such a great time! I think I had the most fun planning it and making most of the decorations. Weston seemed to have fun too. He was so excited for his party, that we tried multiple times to put him down for a nap but it wasnt happening. He seemed to do fine for the first couple of hours but we had to speed up the process of cake and presents because of course he was getting fussy. For the party we decided to have grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and a few sides. Eric usually hates it when I throw parties because thats what I like to do and sometimes (usually) I go a little overboard. This time he was very content that I actually stayed within my budget. We invited a few of our good close friends that we have met here in WA, and I was happy my mom flew in for the party too. My mom purchased balloons and made a couple of balloon animals and all the kiddos were making their own balloon designs. It rained of and on all day so when it wasnt raining the kids ran around or sat and watched Megamind. Once Weston opened all his gifts the kiddos all enjoyed them while he watched.

These are the invitions for the party. I ordered them from Dimple Prints on Etsy. Dimple Prints also designed the theme form the decoration. They do the design, then you print them out on your own. I decided to up it a notch on the invites and cut out cardstock in the colors of Weston’s theme, then I glued the cardstock to the invite to make the wording and colors pop.

I dont do alot of baking. So after searching for the perfect smoosh cake, I found this cake at Safeway. Its a large sun cake. It kinda resembled a clown and it was the colors of the party so I just purchased it. When we were looking at cakes Weston had his eyes feasted on this one!

I always love lots of funny pics at the parties I throw. I found this embroidered circus picture banner from Michael’s in the clearance aisle for $5.99. Really great buy I think! Many people had fun with this and I got some really great pictures!

This is a small view of the party from our living room

Here is the dessert table. Some of the things on the table are caramel apples, cotton candy, popcorn, salt water taffy, cupcakes, chocolate covered pretzels and animal crackers. In the background are the kids goody bags. I purchased all the popcorn tins and bag from the Dollar Tree. I just so happen to come across them looking for serving bowls. The popcorn bags were for people to fill and take whatever treats home with them in them.

These are the cupcake toppers I made. I used my scalloped hole punches to cut out the different designs that I had printed out. I then used a larger scalloped hole punch to cut out another size of designs and used foam dots to stick them together. Since I do not do a whole lot of baking, my good friend Abby wanted to make the cupcakes and I couldnt pass that up. She loves to bake and it shows, the cupcakes were so good. She also made the icing to match the colors of the party!

These were one of my favorites at the party. I love cotton candy! As another item for people to take in their goody bags I made mini bags of cotton candy. I found mini plastic bags, and cotton candy at Wal-Mart. I then stuffed the bags with just a little tasting of cotton candy so everyone can get their sugar fix!

These were alot of fun to make too! I just took pretzel rods and dipped them in white chocolate and then decorated them with sugar sprinkles in the colors of the party theme. Then I tied the top with favor tags that said “Thank you for a roaring good time -Weston” I then cut them out
with different sizes of a scalloped edge square hole punch in all different colors and glued them together.

These are the goody bags I made for the kiddos. I purchased the colored bags at Michaels and glued cut outs of pictures from the party theme on different colors of carstock. I filled them with crazy straws, bubbles, candy and punch ball balloons.

You cant really see it that well but this is the banner I had made with cut out of the designs from the party theme. I also made the banner too. I made it with ribbon and cardstock

This is just a better view of the pretzel rod bouquet of all the different colors of the party

Weston’s party seemed to be a huge success! I was really glad how everything turned out. I wouldnt have it any other way. We are very thankful for those who came and shared such a wonderful day with us. We are lucky to have such wonderful people in our lives. I am happy to also share his first birthday party with those who werent able to attend. Altogether we had a wonderful day!

Quick DIY Valentine Treat Bags

Valentine’s day is coming up and for the special holiday I have decided to put up a project that I have done in the past but put a little spin on it. I am a huge fan of packaging. I feel that if you put a little more effort in the way you package up your gift, that means you took the time to go that extra mile for someone. That makes them feel special. I know not everyone has a lot of time on their hands to craft, but its really easy with the right tools. These treat bags are great for school class parties. If you dont want to just send candy and a card, make cookies or cupcakes. I previously helped my friend Tricia on treat bags for her daughters classroom party and she chose to use Valentine’s pencils, mini notepads, erasers and candy!
Start of with Cellophane bags and fill with your favorite treat. Gather around the top and fasten it tight. I used that clear mini hair rubber bands, that way you dont see it.
These hole punches are my must haves in crafting. You will be suprised how great these are for any projects you do! I have them in different sizes and shapes. I get them at Michael’s Craft store. They range from $3-25, so print out the 40% off coupon online before going to get one. In this project we are using the 2″ & 2 1/8″ square scalloped hole punches.
I used the 2 1/8″ hole punch to cut out on red cardstock. You can use any cardstock color you like. I would even recommend the red or pink glitter cardstock to make it more pretty. Then you punch out another square on white cardstock from the 2″ hole punch. I like to use foam adhesive circles to put everything together. It’s quicker, easier and less messy then glue.
Here is what it looks like when we put it all together.
Then angle it like a diamond and put a regular hole punch in the corner

Then label it with whatever you want to put on it. I would usually put the personalize it with “to” & “from” but if you dont know everyone’s names you can just put “from ____.” Sometimes I will go the extra mile and use a special font to make labels, then punch them out and stick together. I am a huge huge fan of rafia, but you can use any color ribbon you like to tie the label around the bag.

I have found to make this project go alot quicker is to pre punch all the squares out to the amount you need and precut the rafia or ribbon. I keep everything from previous projects so I dont have to go buy it again. Its great to grab a couple extra pieces of whatever you get and start up a craft box. Its great to keep a craft box to have all your craft items organized too!

Harrison’s 3rd Birthday Party!

  I have to say that usually party planning is what I love to do and i am usually on it with Harrison’s birthday parties.  Well with so much going on already this month with Eric’s homecoming, I have certainly waited till the last minute to plan his party this year!  I just cant believe it came so fast.  I feel like we just had his 2nd birthday!  I am actually excited for a low key party this year.  It took so much time and energy in all the other parties! It will be nice to be able to invite some of the friends he has made here in WA.  Well this is the last party that I think I have a say in what the theme will be.  Harrison def has a mind of his own and I think next year he will pick the theme.  Its cold here so I wanted to do something geared towards fall.  We are doing a Western Cowboy theme.  Everyone is asked to get dressed up in their cowboy attire.  We will be having pigs in a blanket, chili, grilled corn on the cob, potato salad and a couple other western goodies! We have fun party favors like cowboys hats for the kids with bandanas filled with cowboy goodies for girls and boys!  The one thing I am surprised about is Eric wants to save a buck or two and make Harrison’s cake so that will be interesting. I told him i am going to have one on standby just in case! LOL considering he has never baked before.  I am also making cupcakes too.  Eric put me on a strict budget and I am happy to say I am doing alot of research and its actually hitting below my budget which puts a somewhat smile on Eric’s face.  He just hates it when I start party planning.  Harrison is really excited though and thats all that matters.