Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall Candle Holder

This is another one of those easy crafts that literally takes minutes to put together.  I thought it was such a cute idea for the kitchen.  I got my idea HERE.  Hers are beautiful!
This big vase is another one of my yard sale finds. $1 is all I paid and just look what fun I had making it pretty. 
I layered black beans first, then split peas, then red beans and lastly popping corn.  All you do it cut open the bag and pour them in.  Easy as pie!
I already had the candle holder that I saved and cleaned  HERE and the little vanilla candle in my stash.   I tied a few strands of raffia around the neck of the vase and I was done!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

DIY Skeleton Vase

I have one last Halloween project before its too late!  So I had this giant vase that I found at a yard sale for $1! Woohoo!  I also had two strings of skeleton garland that I found at the dollar store.  I put them together and created a fun vase for Halloween.
The skeletons already came "hung" on the jute twine.  My honey thought I was mean for "hanging them"!  LOL!
This was the simplest craft of all time.  All I did was remove the skeletons from the cardboard they came on and wrap them around the vase and tie them on.  That's it!  I told you it was simple!
In the end I decided to use it as a candy holder, but really the possibilities are endless.  Just look what I did next.
 You could use it as a vase like I did here.  Pretty and spooky all at the same time huh?
To hide the ugly plastic stems of the fake flower bunches I grabbed a piece of corrugated card board, cut to size and popped it in the vase.
I'm really liking how this looks so it will probably be used as our centerpiece on our dining room table for next year's decorations.  Cute!
Well I'm off to create a few Fall-ish things to decorate for Thanksgiving.  What do you have planned for the rest of your Fall decor?  BTW, I found THIS vase on Pinterest after I had already made mine.  Hers is even cuter!  Love it!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Nevermore Crow Frame for Halloween

I wanted a new "wreath" for the front door, so I came up with this one.  I used an old picture frame to create my crow frame.  By the way, let me apologize for the picture quality in this post but we got a much need rain while I was creating this and there was no natural lighting to photograph by. 
I thought I had everything I needed in my craft stash, so I went shopping.  You can make yours using what you have too.
I have a bunch of old frames we got at an auction one time, so I went and shopped that stock for my frame.  This one is 11 x 14 size.
Next I grabbed some burlap looking ribbon I got at Walmart last year, a crow that I got at Dollar Tree and some Spanish moss that I've had forever.  If you want to recreate mine, you'll also need a hot glue gun, some black ribbon and a few bits and pieces to decorate your crows nest with.
Since my old frame was kinda ugly, I needed to cover it up first.  This ribbon is 2 1/2" wide Offray brand and very soft and easy to wrap around the frame.  Just drop a dot of hot glue at one corner and then start wrapping until you reach your starting point again and then fasten with another drop of glue.
I needed something to use as a base for my nest, so I took the top of my ribbon spool off and used it to stand my crow on.
I used hot glue to stick her feet to the card board.
Next, I grabbed a bit of moss and placed some glue on the cardboard and then stuck the moss to it all the way around the crow's feet.
With the frame laying down, place the nest in the very far left corner making sure the crow is positioned correctly and then glue.
I added a pretty good line of hot glue to make sure the nest would not fall off the frame.  Let that cool and then proceed.
Next I hung the frame on the wall and added the black ribbon.  I used a 1 1/2" wide Offray ribbon and the length was about 36" long.  I tied a bow so that one tail was much longer than the other and then glued it to the frame.
Since the focus is on the crow, I made her a background so she'd stand out.  You can see how I make these pinwheel flowers HERE.  I created them using some old book pages.
I added some decor to her nest so it wouldn't be so plain.  I always like a less scary Halloween decor for our house so its a bit frilly to take away the scary look.  Did it work? LOL!
I used this Martha Stewart punch for the tiny bats on the pinwheel flowers behind the crow.
I also added some of my old book page roses to her nest too.  You can see how I made those HERE.
Also to adorn her nest, there's more tiny black ribbon, a few buttons, a bead and some orange tulle for a pop of color.  Add what you like to decorate the nest.  You can also see another crow's nest I made a few years back HERE.
I love when I can create something fun just using what I already have in my stash.  Are you like me and have LOTS of crafty stuff to play with?  It's fun huh?

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween Monster Treat Bag

You may or may not know it, but I love paper crafting! This little treat bag I'm showing you today is one I made a few years back when I was full swing into paper crafting.  I even have a paper crafting blog if you want to visit it.  Link to the right.
Isn't this a cute monster?  My sweet friend Regina Easter over at The Cutting Cafe' created this little guy for a fun set of digi stamps called A Bunch of Monsters.  If you haven't visited her online store, hurry on over and tell her I sent you!
This little treat bag is made using an old book page and I've added the little one eyed monster for a perfect Halloween treat bag!  I printed him onto some fun Halloween paper and cut him out with scissors.

To make the treat bag:
Using one page from your old book (my page measures 6x9), trace your scalloped edge using a template or freehand it then cut it out.  Lay the page out flat on the table long ways and bring both sides toward the middle evenly. Crease the sides flat and then turn up the bottom edge about 1/4 of an inch. Carefully glue the center back seam and the bottom edge.  This creates your goodie bag.  Decorate and fill!  I got my idea HERE.....Pinterest of course!
This is one of the sentiments in the set and of course its perfect for this cute little one eyed monster.  I printed it onto my printed paper and then cut it out with my oval shaped Nesties.  The scalloped oval is cut out of thin cork.
I printed two of my monsters.  One on the printed Halloween paper and one on plain white card stock.  I cut out the eye and the mouth and colored the tongue with one of my dark orange Copic markers.  I used foam tape to pop up the eye and mouth.  He's so stinkin' cute!
I used a few Halloween charms I had in my stash to decorate the white Hemp Cord I tied around the bottom of the treat bag 3 times.
I also had the shredded paper in my stash and added that to keep the candies hidden until that special someone looks inside!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Campfire Foil Packs

Recently we took a little 3 day camping trip to Lake Murray State Park in Oklahoma. It was beautiful and oh so peaceful!  While we were there we made this yummy recipe and I thought I'd share it with you.

These campfire foil packs are very easy to prepare and I believe you're going to love them as much as we do.  Oh and in case you aren't planning a camping trip anytime soon, these can be made at home on your grill or in the oven too.
First of all you need to decide what you want in your foil packs.  We chose smoked sausage (we like Eckrich skinless beef), yellow bell pepper, onion, zucchini, yellow squash, whole garlic cloves, salt and pepper.
Build your packet with the amount of goodies you think you need and top with a tablespoon of butter.
Fold up the sides of  your packets to form a good seal.  This keeps all the steam and juices in.  Place them on your campfire for about 20-30 minutes depending on how much you placed in your packs.  If you want to use your oven, it would be 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  I marked our packs with H for hot and M for mild.  My honey loves his hot stuff, me, not so much!
Just look at this yumminess!  The combination of flavors is so good!  We made extras for the night we traveled home, that way I didn't have to cook after all the unpacking and such that goes on after a trip.  I've also made these at home and we had leftovers for lunches the next week.  Yum!
How about a few pictures of our trip?  If you follow my Instagram (ddcamp170) you've already seen these pictures, but if not.....you're welcome! :)  This is our rig just before we left our house early that morning.
This is our little camp site in the Oklahoma Lake Murray State Park in Cedar Cove, lot #10 to be exact.  The lake was just a rocks toss away.  We loved it!
The friends we met at the marina.  Can you see the giant fish in the water?  The marina had food to feed them too!  We went to the marina to purchase a one day fishing license for my honey, he loves to fish.
This is our first sunrise there.  I took this sitting on our "front porch" looking out toward the lake.  So quiet and peaceful there.
Here's my honey checking his minnow trap.  The Oklahoma minnows were way too smart for this trap, either that or they just were not hungry.  He never caught not even one even though there were thousands of them swimming around his feet.
And our final sunrise of the trip.  God's work is amazing isn't it?  We will definitely go back sometime soon.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

2 x 4 Candy Corn - A Tutorial

Last year I showed you my 2 x 4 Black Cats and Pumpkin. This year we've made some 2 x 4 Candy Corn!  Are they not the cutest? I love them!
So just to warn you, this post is picture heavy, but I wanted to give you good directions so you might be able to try your own.
Our corns measure 5", 4" and 3 1/2".  The size is up to you, we just decided to make 3 different sizes for our set.  Using scrap 2 x 4s we cut the long sides of each corn on a 15 degree angle.  My honey used a clamp to hold the small pieces of wood in place.
Cut the first long side after securing with a clamp safely out of touch with the blade. Please wear safety glasses too please!
Flip your block around and cut the other side with the same angle.  Our chop saw has a laser guide which helped to show exactly where the cut would go.
Next, if you choose, cut the point off.  We chose to do so because we wanted a more rounded look.
Next my honey used a file to round off the edges.  He held it still using the clamp again.
Lastly, using a hand sander, sand them all smooth.  We prefer to use our Black and Decker mouse sander for these small jobs.
Next up is painting them to look more like candy corn.  I used Pumpkin Orange, White and King's Gold acrylic paint from Walmart.
Using painter's tape, tape off your first section.  You can make these as big or small sections as you like.
I started with the yellow paint because when I looked up candy corn that is how traditional candy corn was colored.
It took 3 coats of paint to get good coverage.  I removed the painter's tape before it totally dried and then let that step dry really good under the ceiling fan.
When your yellow is dry, tape off your next section.  Orange is next.
Remove tape and let dry, same as the first step.  See how the orange leaked down on the yellow?  I didnt worry too much about that because I knew I was going to distress them later.
Last step is the white paint.  Tape off your section, paint on 3 coats of white paint, remove the tape and let it all dry thoroughly under the ceiling fan.
For my final touches, I used the mouse sander again and distressed the top and front sides.  Then I added a bit of raffia to go along with the look of my black cats and pumpkin and I was done!
For such small pieces they are a little time consuming, but oh so worth it! Too cute!  I hope you try some for yourself.  Let me know if you do, I'd love to see!

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