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Versatile Halloween Arrangement

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Halloween, Outdoor Arrangements, Paint Projects, Seasonal Decor, Tutorials, Uncategorized | 6 comments

Versatile Halloween Arrangement

 I love to decorate for the holidays, Halloween and Christmas especially.  With fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving flowing so close together I decided to make it easy on myself this year.  I created an arrangement which is versatile enough to take you from Fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving with very little effort to change in-between. Materials Needed: Plantar Long wooden rod Skeleton Fish String Tack Pumpkin Gourd Hedge apples Dried lotus pods Sticks Long wooden skewer{s} How to make a Versatile Halloween...

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DIY Garland with Hedge Apples

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Featured Posts, Hedge Apples, Seasonal Decor, Tutorials, Uncategorized | 20 comments

DIY Garland with Hedge Apples

If you live in the midwest outside the suburbs, most likely you are familiar with the abundance of hedge apples.  Horse apples, monkey brains, and Osage oranges are just a few other names used to reference these warty grapefruit sized balls.  Chartreuse in color, I find them to be falls Annabelle – similar color, similar size and shape, long-lasting, and have many uses in crafts. If you already have a plethora of hedge apples, gather them.  If not they can be found at farmers markets, Craig’s List, or even ordered...

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Hedge Apple Idea Gallery

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Fall Idea Gallery, Hedge Apples, Seasonal Decor, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Hedge Apple Idea Gallery

As I’ve mentioned before, when I like something, I tend to go overboard on it.  Apparently  my new fall obsession is the hedge apple.  Such great vibrant color which can instantly liven up an area – especially those lurking in shadowy corners.  Plus they can last up to 3 months in the right conditions, believed by folklore to ward away spiders and other creepy crawlers, and are either free or pretty darn close to it.  Here are things I’ve used hedge apples in so far this year.  Make sure to check back often, as I will...

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Shells: Fighting Conch

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Shells: Fighting Conch

Recently we returned home from a trip to Sanibel.  Most families go on vacation to relax.  We’re not most families.  We go with a mission to make the most of our time.  Armed with knowledge our son loves shelling more than Disney World, we knew that would take priority.  And boy did it!  Last year we returned home with an entire suitcase of shells, you can find out more about that here.  This years haul put last years to shame. We combed beaches from Sanibel down to Bonita Beach, and had an experience entirely different from that...

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Protected: Projects Done, Lessons Learned

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Uncategorized | Enter your password to view comments.

Protected: Projects Done, Lessons Learned

My name is Carrie, and I come from a family of talkers!  Both my husband and I talk – a lot, and our child talks circles around us (which is really hard to do).  One question, which seems so easy to answer, always has me at a loss for words: “Tell us about yourself.”  With 31 years worth of information regarding that very topic, I’m left wondering: what do you really want to know?  What’s deemed as relevant and not relevant?  But mainly, I think it’s because it forces you to pause for a moment and...

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More Custom Gift Wrap!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Tutorials, Uncategorized | 4 comments

More Custom Gift Wrap!

 Alright, I’ll tell you a little secret that’s not really a secret:  when I find something I like – I buy one in every color!  Or in this case technique to create something, yep.  That’s right – I’ll find every project possible to use it in.  This tutorial is a case in point! Which leads me to…  Seriously?  Table of contents on how to wrap a gift?  Yep, only here – where I seem to turn everything into a project!  Ok, here’s what it’s really for – you!  That way you...

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How To Create Custom Ribbon

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Featured Posts, Tutorials, Uncategorized | 12 comments

How To Create Custom Ribbon

Fast, easy, and cheap!  (Minds outta the gutter, this site is PG!)  I’m talkin adding a little somethin somethin to your gifts.  Yes, I know – we can all wrap fabulous gifts.  You guys are crafty!  But, sometimes it’s nice to do something a little different.  My sons 6th birthday was this past week (sniff, sniff), and I wanted to make it a bit more personal.  Can my kid read?  Uh, in a nutshell: not.  But, I do believe he is capable of reading more than he lets us in on.  And he definitely can read his name. ...

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Pirate Invitations

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Featured Posts, Tutorials, Uncategorized | 12 comments

Pirate Invitations

Generally I like to begin my posts with a little background story about the project before I jump right into how to do it.  This time, I happen to have a rant/question.  (If you just want to get to the how-to, scroll down.  Stop scrolling when you see a large, bold font heading.) This is my sons first year in school.  Part of the reason I began this blog was him entering Kindergarten – I figured it would help keep me as busy as he did. 😉  Help keep my mind off missing my ‘little’ boy.  I know school isn’t the...

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Living Room

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Uncategorized | 21 comments

Living Room

 Welcome to our living room!   We’ve been here just over 2 years, updating things each and every day of that – but I wouldn’t want it any other way.  The living room received just a simple lipstick update.  Although, the day we moved in my intentions were vastly different.  I cannot say oak had a place in my heart, nor did the brick on the fireplace.  The brief viewings we had with the real estate agent left me considering paint as a solution to both my dislikes, as well as lighten up the room.   Obviously, that...

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An{other} Chandy Update

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Featured Posts, Tutorials, Uncategorized, Upcycles and Updates | 26 comments

An{other} Chandy Update

This chandelier is a lot like the very home it hangs in.  Not so pretty, but it’s got good bones.  Functional, size appropriate, floods surrounding area with light, appears to be sturdy.  I’m sure it was fabulous back in its day – but, that day has come and gone.  Considering the fact that we had renovation aspirations larger than our budget allotment, it would suffice. I am convinced women’s makeup and paint are close cousins.  Both simplistic to change yet yield dramatic differences.  It’s amazing how...

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