30 October 2014


Here's a last minute freebie bit. Happy Halloween!! xoxo

Cardstock and Printer
Black Glitter Glue
Black Glitter
Small Hole Punch
Ribbon or Twine
Wax Paper
Xacto, Ruler and Cutting Board
Hot Glue Gun and Glue

1. Open free printable and print out on cardstock (3 Sheets).
2. Cut out each flag.
3. Punch small holes in the top two corners of each flag. I start with one, and use it as a guide for the others so they're all in the same place.
4. Thread the garland with spacing that you like.
    *You can embellish with beads or felt balls between each letter if you'd like.
5. Hot glue the ribbon to the backs of each flag to keep them in place.
6. Tie off the ends to the "H" of HAPPY and the "N" of HALLOWEEN
7. On top of a piece of wax paper, glitter glue each flag.
8. Sprinkle black glitter after each flag is glitter glued.
9. Let dry and hang.

With a *bonus* "BOO" Banner.

22 October 2014


I try to add a little each year to our Halloween decorations. I prefer a bit of creepiness to scary/gross but I have two young kids, so there's still some cutsie stuff ... eventually I'll work in more creepy. That would explain the occasional skeleton.

13 October 2014


Just a couple of quick (but messy) DIY ideas to add to your Halloween decorations. 


Lace fabric - I used black lace
Craft Pumpkin - I used cream but you could get orange or black
PVA Glue
Water and Mixing Cup
Foam Brush
Wax Paper - to keep things semi-less-messy
Fabric Scissors
1. Mix some glue and water in a mixing cup.
2. Lay out some wax paper and put the pumpkin on top of it.
3. Cut a piece of lace fabric that will cover the pumpkin from top to bottom.
4. Place the lace on top of the pumpkin and cut a small X for the stem to poke through.
5. Start globbing on the glue from top to bottom, pulling the lace down to the bottom and glueing at the same time. Glue on top of the fabric and smooth out the fabric as best as possible.
6. Let dry.
7. Once dry, cut off excess black lace at the bottom. You want enough left to cover the pumpkin completely, but you want to get rid of all of the folds and smooth it to the pumpkin.
8. To clean up the lace folds, cut up the center of a fold and glue each flap to the pumpkin. Overlapping slightly is ok, and won't be noticeable in the end.
9. Once all the folds of fabric are all smoothed to the pumpkin give the whole thing one last once over with a layer of glue.


Small balloons
Wire - thick and flexible
Empty Paper Towel Rolls
Masking Tape
Gauze Fabric
PVA Glue
Water and Mixing Bowl
Wax Paper - To semi contain the mess

1. Cut a 12" strip of wire and poke it through an empty paper towel roll about 2-3" down from the top so that each end is coming out of it like arms. Bend each end in a loop. 
2. Bend the arms so that the ends are pointed up a bit.
3. Blow up a small balloon (the ghost head) and tape it to the top of the of the empty paper towel roll.
4. Tape the bottom of the paper towel roll to the table or wax paper (also secure the wax paper).
5. Cut smallish sections (roughly 5"by 15") of gauze and dip them into the gluey water mixture. 
6. One by one drape glued gauze over the top of the balloon "head" and wire "arms" to make a ghost shape.
7. Keep layering until you have the desired amount of draped gauze.
8. Let dry.
9. Pop the balloon and take out the tube.

10 October 2014


I made this the same way that I did the Christmas glitter house, with a group of girlie friends, a whole lot of glitter and spray glue. It fits in with my vintage Victorian decorations pretty good. I put it on a silver platter and added a few more trees than you see here.

Craft House
Black Glitter
Super 77 Spray Mount Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Black Spray Paint
Dollhouse Accessories - Small Bottle Brush Trees, Mini Pumpkins, Skeleton Bones, Mini Fence,
Scrapbooking Papers
Glitter Ribbons
Lace and Ribbons
Wire and Cutters
Wax Paper
Cookie Sheet
Battery Powered Lights
Gauze and Elmer's Glue - for mini ghosts
Air Dry Clay and Paints - for RIP Headstone

1. Collect accessories that can go on the house.
- I made a wreath for over the door with a wire loop, lace knotted all around it, and a skeleton charm glued to it.
- I traded some of my accessories for some handmade items: gauze ghost (made with watered glue and gauze) and RIP Headstone (made with air dry clay and grey paint).
2. Spray Paint the house, trees, fence and other accessories black.
3. Spray house with 3M Spray Mount and glitter it (either over wax paper, or a trash can)
4. Embellish House
- Cut Papers for interior and hot glue into place.
- Some of my friends lined the interior of the house with vellum paper over the windows.
- Others lined the windows with fabric lace. I chose to keep mine open.
5. Hot glue moss, fence, and accessories to the "yard".
6. Hot glue ribbon, lace and other embellishments to roofline.

07 October 2014


My husband and I recently stayed in a little hotel that can easily be described as heaven on earth. With its variety of textures, subtlety of color, and shear beauty all around, not to mention amazing food and service... We were near tears come check out time. I actually hesitate to share this fine fortune, but honestly, Washington Schoolhouse Hotel won't be a sweet secret for long.