Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Welcome...

...To our SpOoKy GrAvEyArD....muahahahahahahaha (evil laugh)

We have been spooking things up over here! Every Halloween I add just a little bit more. Hopefully next year I'll have more lighting and a fogger for my graveyard. I'm envisioning an eerie green foggy glow. But, as much as I love Halloween, I don't like to pay full price for decorations, so I will have to wait (I'm cheap like that) plus I always love to get a good deal! :)

My daughter had lots of fun helping me decorate the yard. She added her special little touch of bling-bling around the bench with sparkly garland.





I bought the roll out fence on sale for ten dollars at the garden center at Lowe's..I was going to paint it black but I decided to keep it white so I can use it again at Easter. 
These are our SpOoKy ghosts! We made them 2 years ago and they have held up very well...even in the rain. I had some old white fabric on hand. I bought this fabric years ago, I  wanted to teach myself how to make a slipcover but never got around to trying it. Anyhow, these were really easy to make..all we did was stuff a bunch of newspaper in a plastic grocery store bag and shaped it into a round fluffy ghost head. We tied the end of the bags real tight to hold their round shape. We draped the fabric over the bags. I then used a sewing needle to thread some plastic fishing string/wire over the top and the sides for the arms. For the eyes and mouth, we cut out shapes from black felt and glued them on with a glue gun. I tied the fishing string to the tree branches and that was it! I like that plastic fishing string because you can't see it..it makes them look like they are FlOaTiNg in the air....
They used to have cute black and white gingham bows around their necks but I decided to take them off. The bows make them look more "cutesy" I was going for a more SpOoKy look this year!     






Oh, Me..Oh, My! A witch crashing! LoL..directions on this project coming soon! :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Boo!

We went Booing last night, or as the kids like to call it..."ding-dong-ditching" Ha! I think it's the funnest part about Booing for them.... ringing the doorbell and then running away. It's the only time they can get away with it..lol! They get so excited about Booing every year, it's become a tradition on our street.

This year we used these very cute Boo printables and I just  had to share these ADORABLE  printables with you!. You can find them at  The Tomkat Studio. If you haven't been there, you must check it out...lots of  fun printables and lots of eye candy. She also has an Etsy shop too!



Have fun BOOOOOOing! :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Black Bean Soup~


Ahhh...there's nothing like a nice warm soup on a brisk Autumn evening. Now if it would only cool down a little bit, I will be a very happy girl! :) This is my absolute favorite time of year..the leaves are turning all shades of red, orange and yellow...the air is cooler..football games...pumpkin coffee and comfort food... bliss! I most definitely need to stick with my work out routine this time of year! However, were not having true Fall weather here just yet...BUT...I can still turn up the air, bundle up in my favorite cozy pants and slippers and have a bowl of nice warm soup!


This is what I made last night, it's one of our family's favorite recipes. Even the kids love it...and I have two very picky eaters..lol. :)

   


Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Wreath~


I love this front porch from Southern Living. I saw this picture sometime last year and wanted to make the wreath for my front door... but... somehow time slipped away from me and before I knew it, it was already Halloween.

I love how full it looks and all the the moss in between the pumpkins .
(you can click on the link or picture for instructions on how to make this wreath)
Southern Living

This year I came across this one from Better Homes and Gardens. It looks very much like the other wreath but it is a little less work.
( you can click on the link for instructions)
Better Homes And Gardens

So, I began my search for supplies. First, I went to Hobby Lobby for the small decorative pumpkins but they were 2.50 each. I needed 14 of them and really didn't want to spend 35.00 on pumpkins.

I could have waited until they went on sale but when I'm in the mood to do a project, I have to do it NOW or I will not stop thinking about it (I'm impatient like that) LOL :)  So, I kept looking and looking....and finally ended up finding some pumpkins in the craft section at Walmart for 1.00 each! They are from the Better Homes & Gardens line. Ahhh...14.00 dollars...much better and they look just like the ones from Hobby Lobby! By the way,  I'm loving the Bh&G stuff at Walmart..have you seen their bigger faux pumpkins? They look like the real thing and come in green, white and orange and the best part is that they are only five dollars...Way to go Walmart!

Anyhow...back to the wreath...I followed the directions for the Bh&G wreath. I already had a grapevine wreath and glue sticks so all I needed was a few small decorative pumpkins and black ribbon for the bow.

First, I layed out my wreath and began gluing on the pumpkins...



I made sure to put on a LOT of glue so they stay on well.


I kept working my way around the wreath, leaving an empty space at the top for the bow.



 I made a bow and tied it to the wreath with a black pipe cleaner...then, I hung it up!


I love the way it turned out and it was easy peasy!


Here is my front front door.


Have a Happy Day Friends! :)



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