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Fall Specimen Art

Remember my Halloween Specimen Art? I wanted to jazz up a couple of the frames for the upcoming Celebration of Thanks (Thanksgiving, but doesn’t upcoming Celebratin of Thanks sound fun and fancy all at the same time?!?!?!). I only needed to make inserts for two of the three frames since my entryway has a cornucopia, candles, and some Little O Thanksgiving art on it. So, I got some fall-ish scrapbook paper and Hobby Lobby (50% off), my Silhouette SD, and got to work to make these two cuties for the kitchen πŸ™‚

Aren’t those turkey’s fun!? You could do this with stickers and scrapbook paper if you don’t have a punch or machine cutter.

This one is a little hard to read because of the reflection, but it says “thankful.” You could also do this with sticker letters. I just cut out letters from the different papers I used for the turkeys and cut the frame out of the same orange and white polka dot paper that is backing the turkey specimen art. It was a simple, but cheerful way to add some “thankfulness” and “turkeyness” to our kitchen! As thankful as I am for so, so many things this year….sadly, I am anxiously awaiting decorating for Christmas. Is that crazy?!?!? I hate to wish away such a beautiful, meaningful season such as Thanksgiving, but my Pinterest board for Christmas is continuing to fill with ideas and I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to wait to get a big tree put up in our foyer!!!!!

Mrs O

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Autumn Wreath

I wanted to make an Autumn wreath for November until we bust our Christmas decor out, but I didn’t want to spent a lot of money :/ So, I bought a skeen of thick yarn, a few sheets of embellished felt and a straw wreath on sale. I use pins to secure the yarn because of the heat that gets trapped between our glass door and the black door, but you could use glue too πŸ™‚ I wrapped the yarn around the wreath. I used one full skeen for a 12 inch straw wreath. Then I cut different sized circles on the felt (I just traced ribbon spools). The smallest ones I made orange and I pinched the middle and pinned it onto the layered felt circles of other colors, then I pinned that onto the wreath. I made a few extra circles that weren’t orange, pinched the middle, and pinned them around the larger felt flower. I tied some orange ribbon on to attach it to the wreath hanger (because the straw wreaths are too thick to fit straight onto our wreath hanger) and VOILA! It was a very simple, but cute wreath! Here areaΒ  few close ups

I think the mix of cranberry, brown, khaki, cream, and the pop of orange just screams Thanksgiving πŸ™‚ I love it! And for your viewing pleasure here’s a picture of a sweet little kitty cat that absolutely loved trick or treating on Halloween!

She really got into it and had us running around the neighborhood saying “Hurry! A light!” We had such a blast together!

Mrs O

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Quick and Easy Halloween Appliqued Shirt

I have been wanting DYING to learn how to make clothes for Little O because I love the look and fabrics of boutique clothing for little girls, but Dr O does not like the prices (I am not a huge fan of the prices, but I usually justify it in some ridiculously brilliant way…). BUT…Hobby Lobby had McCall’s patterns on sale for $1 or $2 (I can’t remember which)….by the way, did you know patterns range in price from like $13 to $16?!? I was blown away. I guess I had never looked at the price before. So, I bought a pattern for ruffle bottomed pants (my fave). Then I made some:

They are in no way perfect…but they look pretty good to the untrained eye (an they didn’t fall apart in the washer or dryer) πŸ™‚

Then, I wanted to make a shirt to go with them. I had seen this one on Pinterest and a friend had made it for her daughter:

So, I grabbed one of Little O’s plain white Garanimals shirts from Wal-mart (it has ruffley edges on the sleeves and bottom) that I got for $3.88, scraps from both of the fabrics I used on the pants, and fusible web. I went ahead and ironed a small piece of fusible web to the underside of each fabric.

I measured a 1 inch by 2 inch rectangle on the orange to use for the socks and cut two out.

Then I free-handed the shoe on the polka dot fabric.

I cut that shoe out and traced one going the opposite direction.

Then I ironed the orange fabric on first, then the shoes, overlapping them just a pinch. (If you’ve never used fusible web before, peel the paper off, then iron….I don’t mean to make you feel like an idiot, but I figured I should type it just in case you are an idiot—JUST KIDDING, I know you aren’t :))

Then I used orange thread and a zigzag stitch to go around the orange socks. I used black thread and a zigzag stitch for the shoes.

Now, up close I realize 2 things (a) This looks pretty rough and in no way boutique quality and (b) it definitely doesn’t look as nice as the satin stitch on the picture I put above fromΒ  a website, but I think it looks good enough and if someone has tips on how to get the satin stitch look without using an embroidery unit and program–I’m all ears πŸ™‚

Then I used white ribbon to tie two small bows. I pinned the sides of the bows down so that I could stitch the middles onto the shirt. I just went forward and reversed several times to stitch them on.

I wanted to monogram it, but my embroidery program only has 5 fonts and none of them are cute. In order to use my 750 cute fonts that I’ve stored up on my computer, I’d have to buy a $200 program that works with my embroidery unit’s software. So…it’ll be a while before I can use my cute fonts :/ Anyway, here is her outfit!

I added a little bit of white ruffle ribbon to the bottom of the pants too πŸ™‚ I think for less than $10 this is a pretty cute outfit!

She loved modeling it for me, Daddy, and the camera πŸ™‚ Whenever I tell her I want to take her picture, she goes and stands on the landing at the bottom of the stairs. I don’t know why she thinks that is the only place in the house to take pictures, but, needless to say, we have a ton of pictures of her in this exact spot–sometimes she sits and sometimes she stands…then she usually ends up on the tile floor doing pirouettes and sometime she falls πŸ™‚

Mrs O

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Decorative Fall Pumpkins

At the farmer’s market yesterday, Little O talked her way into a free pumpkin (not really, they were giving a free pumpkin to each kid that was there). I also bought several small pie pumpkins since they were $2 each. I knew I wanted to decorate them (I had seen several ideas on Pinterest, using fabric, mod podge, and vinyl), so we brought our pumpkins home and I got to work. I cut a bat and cat out of black vinyl (You could draw it on black fabric, cut it out, and mod podge if you don’t have vinyl OR use puff paint to draw one on).

I just stuck them on (instead of mod podging) because I was hoping to take them off in a couple weeks (if the pumpkins are still good) and continue to use them as decoration in November. Then I cut my “O” out of fabric (using my Silhouette SD, but you could easily sketch a letter onto the fabric, cut it out, and mod podge it on).

First, I put some mod podge on the pumpkin where I would be placing the “O.” Then I stuck the “O” on and mod podged over it…trying to keep it an even layer. I used matte mod podge instead of gloss so it would be less likely to stand out since I wasn’t applying it to the whole pumpkin.

Then, I knew I wanted to use fabric and floral wire to make some decorative leaves for the top. I just freehanded them, but you could download a template or trace a leaf clip art that you’ve printed.

I hot glued floral wire to the underside of the fabric. Then I wrapped ribbon around the floral wire (hot gluing it to the wire at the top and bottom). Then I just wrapped the wire around the stem of the pumpkin. At first, I did it this way:

…fail….I hate the way that looks. It looks like I’m trying to add bat wings to the pumpkin stem, right?!?!? Eww. So, then I did this:

I laid them flat onto the pumpkin and wrapped the floral wire upward around the stem. Then I ruffled up the floral wire so the leaves didn’t lay so flat. It was a pretty easy project and I used all materials that I had on hand, so the only cost was the small pie pumpkins (since I got the huge one for FREE!) πŸ™‚

The pumpkins on the left are some I also got at the market. Little O’s sweet smile convinced the farmer to give them to me for a steal- $6 for both!!! He originally priced them at $10! I definitely think our front door looks more “fall” now and welcoming! We got the mums from a local farm and green house for $6 each. When we went to visit, this is basically what Little O did the entire time

She ran from us….saying, “I runnin’!”

And she spent some time in the fields….far away from Mom and Dad

What a cutie πŸ™‚ I love the way she loves nature! She is such a curious little girl. She’ll grab at anything! Last week at the park, she tried to grab a butterfly by the wings and accidentally rubbed some of it’s pigmentation off :/ Whoops! If you’re wondering about her cute little outfit…I made it! My first outfit ever πŸ™‚ I’ll have a separate post about that soon.

Now, go make some decorative pumpkins!

Mrs O

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Personalized Halloween Bucket for $2!

This is Little O last year on Halloween. She was a precious little ladybug πŸ™‚ I also splurged and bought her a monogrammed Pottery Barn Kids trick or treat bag. It was her first year trick or treating….she HADΒ  to have it! It was on sale, but I still spent more on it than I would like to admit to you. And, of course, like any woman, I sold it to Dr O by saying (come on, guess what I said!?) “But, she can use it for years!” Of course, she isn’t going to be a ladybug this year. She isn’t even going to be anything red or black. She’s going to be a gray and light pink cat because it was on super sale at Carter’s and I figured this is the last year that she won’t be highly opinionated about her costume, so I went for it πŸ™‚

So, then I needed to come up with a treat bag that I liked (preferably personalized) on the super, duper cheap so Dr O wouldn’t be mad disappointed. :/ I found this bucket at Target for $2

For a little girl that is going to be a cat for Halloween, this is a pretty hideous bucket. BUT, I knew I had some light pink spray paint in the garage. I don’t even remember what it was from πŸ™‚ But, I knew I had it πŸ™‚ And that hideous monster bucket became this (after a coat of primer and one coat of spray paint).

Then I hopped onto my Silhouette SD and got to work with some black, white, and silver vinyl and now we have this!

It has her name on it in a cute polka dot font that I got from www.kevinandamanda.com And the back has more polka dots (we love are obsessed with polka dots!)

You love it don’t you?? (GiGi?!) πŸ™‚ I added some ribbon to the sides (don’t forget to quickly heat seal it with a lighter or match!) and VOILA!

I also wanted a cute candy bucket for the candy we were passing out. We have this old, huge, white bowl that I’m pretty sure is from Family Dollar and it’s gotten pretty dinged up over the years, so I thought we needed to upgrade (in a cheap inexpensive way, of course!) So, I found a very plain orange plastic bowl at Wal-Mart for $.99 and thought that I could upgrade it a bit with some vinyl and now we have

MORE polka dots, of course πŸ™‚ But, I think it’s a way cuter bowl than our nasty well-used and loved white bowl.

Am I convincing you that you need a Silhouette SD craft cutter yet?! I wish I was getting paid by them because I’m pretty sure at least one of you has purchased or will be purchasing one soon because of all the awesome stuff it does! If you don’t have a Silhouette or Cricut, you could still do this using stickers from the scrapbooking section or by modpodging some scrapbook paper onto your bucket/bowl!

Mrs O

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Apothecary Jars

I’ve seen quite a few DIY apothecary jars floating all around the blogosphere and Pinterest. http://www.shanty-2-chic.com has some really cute ones. And I’ve been wanting to make these for months, but I couldn’t ever find 3 unfinished wood candlesticks! Finally, I found some πŸ™‚ So, here were my supplies

The candlesticks were $2 each at Michael’s (I wanted to get 3 different sizes, but they only had 2 and since I’ve been looking for unfinished wood candlesticks in 3 different craft stores for over a month now…I just went with it!). The jars were 50% off at Hobby Lobby so $2 each. The unfinished wood circle plaques were $1 each and the knobs were $2 for the whole bag. I bought some black paint, brushes, and the letters to spell “boo.” (“O” was back in stock….I was pretty excited!). I attached the circle knobs to the silver canister tops and the candlesticks to the circle plaques using none other than my fav…Gorilla Glue! I learned my lesson about wood and the hot glue gun when I made the “Fall” word posts πŸ˜‰

Then I decided I wanted to spray paint all of these black instead of using acrylic paint. I just didn’t think acrylic paint would hold up well on those silver lids. So, Dr O primed and painted them for me (What a great guy, huh!?!). Then I used…da, da, da, daaaaaa (sing it, come on…you know you want to!) Gorilla Glue to attach the glass canisters to the candlesticks. Dr O did tear off the brass candle inserts so the canisters would adhere more easily. Then, I took some candy corn and candy pumpkins, put a few in each jar, tied some holiday ribbon around the knobs and

This is without the letters to spell “boo.” I still have to paint and attach them, but I’ll just use black ribbon to tie them around the knob and each letter will hang on a jar. I’ll post a pic as soon as I’ve got it done, but I thought…”It’s the middle of October and I want some halloween-ey (it’s a word….) stuff on our entry way table NOW” (I’m slightly incredibly impatient).

Little O made a rockin’ spider at school last week! And, I really like adding her artwork into my decor so….

Now, all I have to do is switch out the contents of the jars and add ribbon that coordinates to the contents and TA DA! I’ve got something a bit more snazzy on my entry table πŸ™‚ I’m sure you’re thinking, “Mrs O, you could have just bought some apothecary jars.” But, I LOVE LOVE LOVE making my own things! It just makes me feel good when it turns out well (don’t get me wrong, they do NOT all turn out well….some don’t are MASSIVE failures….) and I get to smile when I walk by it each day and think “I made that!” So, for less than $15, I made 3 apothecary jars :)Now….go make your own! Don’t be lazy and buy them….get to work πŸ˜‰

Mrs O

PS- I painted my letters a couple nights ago and now I have an even more Halloweeny set up on the entry table πŸ™‚

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Halloween Wreath

First and foremost, let’s talk about how dinged up the front door of our rental house is…wow. After looking at this picture, I thought, maybe we should consider painting it even though we don’t own this house. It’s a little quite embarrassing. :/

I really wanted to make a Halloween wreath this year, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it (I have to use my weekly allowance for most crafts…yes, we have a weekly allowance system in our house…I’m sure you’re thinking that you haven’t had an allowance since you were 15 years old and that seems super weird, go ahead and keep thinking it….and if you have any phrases that sound more adult than “allowance” feel free to share ;)), so I decided to spray paint a grapevine wreath (I got it at Michaels for $5 but I had a 50% off coupon so it became $2.50–SCORE!). Dr O primed it and then did two coats of bright pumpkin orange. To spray paint a grapevine wreath successfully, you really have to get in the cracks and be willing to get some paint on your hands. Lucky for me, Dr O likes being a part of my crafts…thus, he generally does any spray painting I need done. πŸ™‚ Once your wreath is coated well with paint, let it get nice and dry. Seriously, it *might* take a whole can of spray paint, but it’s going to look SOOOOO good!

Then you simply start tying some white string (I used sewing thread I had on hand, but white yarn would be really great!) across the middle of the wreath to resemble a web. I used vinyl to attach the words “trick or treat” to white cardstock, but you could use sticker letters or print it out on the paper. I used vinyl because I knew I would be scorching the paper and I wanted the burn marks to go near or into the letters and if I had just printed it then the flame would have taken the letters away on the paper. The vinyl is a little more resistant to the flame.

I took the words I had scorched and taped them onto the string that I had placed in the center of the wreath. I bought a couple of spiders at Michaels for $1 or $2 and attached them with orange yarn that my best friend brought me (shout out GiGi!). So, the overall cost of this project was about $8 (because spray paint at Michael’s is expensive! If you don’t have a coupon, get it at Wal-Mart…it’s $2.00 cheaper!). Had I had another coupon, I could have done this project for about $5, but regardless. I think it turned out pretty good πŸ™‚

Now, I need some ideas for my Thanksgiving wreath. Feel free to comment on this post or on My Mint Julep’s facebook page with ideas πŸ™‚

Mrs O

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