DIY Decorative Pumpkins

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Halloween is it for me.  It’s the only holiday there really is to me.  When I die I would like my obituary to read, “That broad threw one hell of a Halloween Party.”  It’s true.  Some little girls want to grow up to be astronauts, to swim from Florida to Cuba, to be the next President of America or to twerk on the big stage, not me.  I want to throw the best Halloween Party in town, a party where you can disappear into your costume and the conversation and allow yourself to dissolve into the spirit and the spook of the night.

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It’s fair to say that I start thinking and planning, scheming and dreaming about All Hallows Eve long before the day arrives.   This year is even more special, for it marks the first Halloween Party that I will throw in a house of my very own. Not a little party that I “make work” in my Manhattan studio, though those parties were EPIC, not a party that I threw with my housemates, even though they were AMAZING!  No, this party is mine and mine alone and the possibilities are endless.  I just hope my husband is prepared for the glory and gore, the beauty and the scary, the whimsy and the wickedness, the trick and the treat that will become our home for the next month and a half.  It’s going to be the beginning, the foundation of the epitaph of my life.  It has begun!

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Sparkle Harvest Wreath

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September is here! And with it comes a lovely crispness to the air and thoughts of harvest. Well, for most of you at least, here in Arizona we’re still hitting triple digits so it was only a trip to Joann’s that made me aware of the changing seasons, haha! Buuuut, I decided to play along and celebrate the season in spite of the heat here!

So, while perusing Joann’s for costume fabric I came across some delicious gold fabric. I don’t typically consider myself a magpie, but this fabric had me hypnotized. So I picked some up along with a few other wreath necessities and constructed the most magnificent harvest wreath. I love it because the fabric is an unusual twist to the very popular wreath trend.

So here’s a little overview on how I created this project. It was super fast and fun and took more time to pick out the elements than to create – definitely a must for this season.

Ok, so here’s what I picked up:

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  • A pre-made branch wreath
  • Silk flowers: a red hydrangea, sunflowers, aspen leaves
  • 4 berry clusters
  • An acorn cluster
  • Loose pinecones
  • Gold wired ribbon
  • 22 gauge stem wire

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Felt Gingerbread Cookie Tutorial

It may not be too close to Christmas yet, but it doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about projects that will be super fun to work on when the time comes. Besides, Christmas comes in a blink of an eye, its is always here before we know it.

Here is a fun tutorial to do with the kids.

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  • 9×12 sheet of felt (hot chocolate)
  • Matching embroidery floss
  • 3D Fabric Paint in Red and White

**Optional**
Ikea 7-piece Baking Set (Duktig)

Using a water soluble marker, start by tracing the gingerbread man cookie cutter (or use this gingerbread man pattern). You will need two pieces for each finished cookie.

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Pottery Barn Inspired Slate Tile Placeholders Tutorial

Hey there! Today I have a fun craft that you can make in just four super easy steps.

DIY Chalkboard Tile Place Card Holders


These fun chalkboard tile place card holders are perfect for a fun get-together and they could not be more simple to make. I was inspired to make these when I saw Pottery Barn’s slate tile place card holders in their catalog.

 PB Inspiration Slate Tile Place Holders

Honestly people,  I wish I could buy one of everything in Pottery Barn (maybe even two of some things!). But until the big money starts rolling in, I will have to find a creative way to get a similar look for cheaper. For around $20 bucks you can buy their 14 tiles and two wooden stands or….you can do like I did and make your own for about $4. 

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