10.31.2014

Friday's Fabulous Five - Last Minute Halloween Costumes

If you are in need of some last minute inspiration, I've found some great ideas for you.  I love costumes that can be put together with items from you closet.  These are costumes that you could realistically put together after work today.

Happy Halloween friends!!!!





10.30.2014

Easy DIY Halloween Treat Bags


This might be the easiest little treat bag I've ever made.  The perfect little package for Halloween sweets.


You just need 3 simple supplies to put together this little DIY.
  • Design Master Copper Spray Paint (or any other color)
  • Letter Stickers (one sheet for $1.99 at Hobby Lobby)
  • Muslin Bag


Stick the letter stickers where you'd like them. 


Starting at the bottom of the bag and begin layering the spray paint a little at a time.  Finally, peel off the letters and you are done!!!


10.29.2014

Small + Unique Chandeliers

I love our kitchen.  It's big and efficient, but still stays true to the style and era of our 1920's house. When we renovated the kitchen, we chose to keep the original breakfast nook.  The built-in benches and table are where we eat most of our meals.

After replacing the dining room chandelier, I knew the fixture over the breakfast nook needed to be updated. For years, I've overlooked lighting, thinking it was not a very notable part of design. But, now I think it is vital and is a huge opportunity for making a statement. You can set the vibe for a space with the lighting that is installed.

I've been searching for a unique fixture that is not too big, but would bring light and interest to one of our favorite spots in our home.  I'm obsessed with Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.  I love there mix of period style lighting (turn of the century through 1940's) and quirky unique pieces. As a vintage and thrift shopper I love their whole aesthetic. They mix patterns, textures and shapes to create spaces that feel loved and lived in.

Here's 5 small + unique chandeliers that I think would look fabulous over my breakfast nook.


Is there one that appeals to you?  It's all-of-the-above for me.  Which one do you think would look good in my kitchen? 

10.28.2014

Caramel Apple Floats

This is probably the easiest Halloween dessert possible - Caramel Apple Floats.  I found this fun Wicked Apple soda at World Market, but any sparkling apple juice would work.

Simply fill a large glass with scoops of vanilla bean ice cream, pour the soda over the ice cream and then drizzle with some caramel sauce.  How easy is that?


Look at all these fun flavors for Halloween.  World Market knows how to do Seasonal treats. I think all of them would make great floats. Why not give your guests a choice?  Fill the glasses with ice cream and then let them choose their soda flavor. The Butterscotch Beer was especially yummy with the creamy ice cream.


10.24.2014

Friday's Fabulous Five - Last Minute Halloween Fun

The weekend is here!  Just one more week to get ready for Halloween and I'm not further along on my kid's costumes then I was last friday (oh boy).  

I'm sooooo looking forward to this weekend. My in-laws have generously come into town to watch the kids so Lon and I can get away for a couple days.  We are heading to Yosemite early tomorrow morning.  I'm sure I'll over share on Instagram, it's just too gorgeous there not to post pics.  I'm hoping it's cold and feels like Fall.  I plan to take lots of pictures, hike and spend time alone with the guy I love.  

I've got some great inspiration for you for the last couple of days before Halloween.  Be sure to check out all these talented bloggers and leave them some comment love. 

10.23.2014

Thrifting Thursday - Shell Collection

Technically this is not thrifted, but instead saved from a thrift store.  My in laws recently were given a huge shell collection that was going to be donated to Goodwill if they didn't take it.  You guys, this is crazy incredible.  In this tray alone are 200 tiny boxes holding precious sea shells collected from all over the world.  Each one is labeled with the name, location where it was found and the date. For example, one was labeled 1959, New Zealand. This is such huge treasure.  I wish I could have been along on all these shell hunting trips.


I've shared before that I grew up in Papua New Guinea.  My parents were missionaries.  I had an amazing childhood full of adventure and beautiful tropical surroundings.  We spent a lot of time at the beach and shell collecting was something I loved to do.  I have a pretty good collection myself of shells from around PNG.  But, I can't even believe this collection.  My nerdy biology teacher hubby thinks he just won the lottery.  


I want to find a way to display this set of 200 boxes on my wall.  It's hours of viewing pleasure. I think Martha Stewart would even be impressed with this collection.


Seriously cool, right?

10.22.2014

DIY Faux Copper Pipe Vase



Metallic Gold make room for the new hot metal - Copper! Are you loving this trend, but not sure if you want to be shopping the plumbing section of the hardware store?  Plus cutting metal pipe can require specific tools and a lot more elbow grease.  Well, I've got a much simpler way to achieve this trendy look. I made this DIY Faux Copper Pipe Vase with simple wooden dowels and my favorite brand of spray paint (Design Master). 





Let's get started, here's what you'll need:


Begin by measuring lengths on the dowels.  For mine I cut 7 that were 5" and 6" each and then 3 that were 7". 


If you have a drop saw, knock yourself out.  But, I just used a hack saw and had all of them cut in about 10 minutes.  Plus, I got a little exercise while doing it. :)


The ends will be a little rough and splintery.  Using a sanding block, I smooth out the ends and made sure they were flat.


With the can on it's bottom, begin glueing on the dowel pieces.  Make sure the dowel in flush with the bottom of the can, so that the finished product will sit flat on a surface. I wanted mine to look random and no order, but I pattern could be nice as well.  Continue glueing the remaining dowels.  17 dowels will fit almost exactly around a can.  Because it's not an exact fit, when you glue each dowel leave just a hair of breathing space between them and by the time you get all the way around, they should be evenly spaces.  I think this looks better then just having a 1/4" gap in one spot.


Now's the fun part, take your vase outside to paint it.  Place the vase on top of a small object so that it is up off the ground (I often use the spray paint cap for this).  


Design Master paint goes on evenly and is perfect for layering.  So, for this project I wanted a nice even, solid coat, so I applied 2 coats.  The cool thing is that you only need 5 minutes drying time between coats, that's fast!


And then, the fun part - fill it with flowers or plant your favorite fern or succulent in it. I enjoyed putting together a simple Fall arrangement.  I got all of these flowers from my local florist, I just picked lots of textures and variety, and it came together really well. You know, if you take the time to go into a flower shop and just buy individual stems, it can be a lot less expensive then even buying a pre-made bouquet at the grocery store. And this way, you get what you really want (not a whole bunch of babies breath). This vase is perfect for arrangements, with the varied heights of dowels, there are little nooks and spaces for flowers to sit in and peek through.  


I buy my Design Master paints and my local Michaels and Joann Fabrics. Design Master paints can paint the most delicate of surfaces, such as silk and fresh flowers, fabric, ribbon, tulle, lace, paper, foam board and Stryrofoam TO the sturdy hard surfaces such as wood, metal, masonry, terra cotta, ceramics and plaster. Design Master is a great resource for products and ideas.  Be sure to check out all the craft and project ideas on their blog.  

This post is sponsored by Design Master. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. 
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And the winner of the Sven Clog giveaway is........
Maggie Terryn (@mterryn) for reposting on Instagram.  Yay!!!!  Thank you everyone for participating in this fun giveaway.  Hopefully we can do it again SOON.