10.30.2012

Fall Fever: Please Welcome Amy from Happy Scraps

I am so excited to be here today for the Fall Festival visiting Amanda and I hope she is enjoying that new little bundle that she has!  I am Amy from The Happy Scraps.  I'm a wife to one, and mom to four boys!  I enjoy blogging about hand made home decor items, scrapbooking, sewing, paper crafting, card making, and anything else that makes me happy!  I hope you'll come by and say hi!

Today I want to share with you a Personalized Fall Monogram letter that you can put on your front door for fall, and then change it up for anytime of the year.

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I started with a plain Monogram letter, a "C" for my last name.  These are about 18 inches tall, but you could do it with any size of letter.  I picked mine up at a local wood craft store.

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I used some light tan colored paint and painted the whole thing.  Then I put some vaseline on the letter, where I wanted the the lighter color to show once I did the distressing.

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After I had the vaseline on, I painted the whole letter with a darker brown color.  You can kind of see where the vaseline is and that the paint isn't sticking well.

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Once the paint was dry, I used a paper towel and started rubbing the paint off where the vaseline was.  Some of it came off great, and other spots it didn't come off as well.  I got more vaseline in some spots than others.

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Once I got the vaseline off, I then took some sand paper and distressed even more.  I was finally getting to the look that I wanted! :)

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I wanted to put a universal ribbon on it that could be used anytime, but also be dressed up for different times of the year.  I found this fun burlap ribbon at a local supply store recently and knew it was the perfect thing for this!  I figured out my length and then cut the piece and tied it, then I added the fun fall berries to it for this season. 

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I am so excited with how it turned out.  It was a fairly quick project to finish and I can't wait to hang it on my door for November!  I hope you've enjoyed this easy and fun Personalized Fall Door Decor!

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This Monogram turned out so cute and I love that you used Vaseline! What a great idea!

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10.29.2012

Fall Fever: Please Welcome Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Before we get to our cute guest poster for today -
Did you see the Pick your Plum giveaway?
Hurry over and enter to win!!

Hi everyone!
I am Allison from A Glimpse Inside.
I am very happy to be here today to share my new fall wreath.

I kept seeing so many great fall wreaths out in blogland and my fall wreath could definitely use a face lift so I decided to go ahead and make a whole new one.

Here is my Fall Ruffled Burlap Berry Wreath (say that 5 times fast! lol)

Here is a quick tutorial on how I created it.
Supplies:
-Wreath form
-For the brown burlap, I bought the burlap garland at Michael's.
-Red burlap
-Floral Pins
-Berry garland (also from Michael's)
-Small Glittery Pumpkins (from Hobby Lobby)
-Ribbon

10.27.2012

Fall Fever: Please Welcome Crystal from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Hi ECE readers, I'm Crystal from A Pumpkin & A Princess. I'm so happy for Amanda and her family, their newest addition is absolutely adorable!

Before I share with you my Halloween project I'd like to introduce myself. I'm a wife, mom to three cuties, and craft obsessed blogger. On my site I share everything from crafts, to DIY project tutorials, and even a few recipes. Today I'm going to show you how to make the easiest Halloween subway art treat bags.

The size can be a little deceiving in pictures because these are actually quite small and perfect as classroom gifts for the kids. I found the kraft bags in the Target dollar spot...oh how I love that place! Have you seen the red and white bakers twine there or how about the owl vase? So I may have a little problem with that section or better yet with Target in general. :) But let's get back to the tutorial, shall we? As I was saying the bags are from Target, the stamp is from Hobby Lobby, the ink and twine are from Consumer Crafts.

I'm all about quick and easy crafts, these bags are just that. You simply stamp the bags in the center...

Fold over the top and punch two small holes for the twine...

Fill with treats...

Then tie the bag close with bakers twine. Pretty simple, right?

Thank you so much for having me here today. I hope you can stop by my place sometime and say hi. You can keep up with me by subscribing here, on facebook, and pinterest.  

 
I love how darling and super easy this project is! What a fun idea for treats!!
 

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10.26.2012

Fall Fever: Please Welcome Amy from Ameroonie Designs

Hi! My name is Amy and I blog over at Ameroonie Designs.  I love all sorts of crafts and materials and right now find myself doing a lot of sewing projects, like these:
But I also work with other mediums, like clay.  And since these little spiders whip up so quickly- there would even be time to make up a bunch before Halloween next week.  So let's make some creepy- crawlies for the holiday, shall we?



The very first step is to condition your clay. This means to squish it over and over and over and over and over.....you get the idea....until it's nice and soft and warm. To make this a bit easier, I put the package of clay in my pocket for a few minutes until I'm ready for it, this makes it much easier to get it started. Once it's conditioned (btw I start with just enough to make 1 spider- 1/4 of a 4 piece brick or 2 pieces of an 8 piece brick) make two pieces, one using 3/4 of your piece and the other smaller piece. Make two balls, slightly flatten the larger one and stack the smaller one on the larger one toward the front. Set aside.



Condition and roll out another piece into a small snake. Try to make it even all along the length. Cut it into 4 -6 inch (approx.) pieces. Lay them next to each other and pinch them together (as shown) in the center, this will make it nice and flat for your body to sit on. Put the body in the center and lightly press to get them to stick- then move them to a cookie sheet lined with tin foil.


Shape one leg at a time, gently pressing it against the body as you bring it up so it will stick. Make the curve and press the foot down on the foil, this will keep the knee shape. Repeat for all 8 legs. Take two small balls of white clay and press them on the head. Use a toothpick to make the holes for the eyeballs. Bake according to package directions. When they cool, spray a couple light coats of clear varnish for a shiny, finished look.


Then he's ready to be introduced to his friends!


I would love to have you come over and spend some time with me and my friends over on my blog!  I hope you're enjoying the autumn season (or whatever season it is where you live! ;) )  And that you have a wonderful day.  Thanks, Amanda, for letting me spend some time with your readers today!  You're the best.
XOXO,
Amy

Oh my gosh!! Your spider is totally darling! I love that you made him with clay - so cute! 


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10.25.2012

Pick Your Plum $25 Grab Bag Giveaway!!

I have been meaning to get this awesome giveaway up ALL day…. such is life with a 2 week old!!

I know you all know this fabulous on-line store – the one and only Pick Your Plum!!

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They have been sweet enough to offer up a fun grab bag filled with $25 worth of awesome goodies! Each grab bag is totally different but you could find any of the following amazing treats inside:

Metal Letterspaper clipsPersonalized ribbonpersonalized stampPersonalized wooden wordsphoto bookstagsthreadtwine

awesome right??? Head on over to their site and sign up for the daily newsletter – but remember that they share their fun daily deals on their facebook page before they send out the newsletter! But be careful --- their stuff is super cute and you’ll want to spend money!!! I always do!

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