Monday, October 31, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 31}: Happy Halloween!

First of all, thank you, my blog friends for joining me in all the "Fall fun" the past month. I hope you all enjoyed the series.

It was a real challenge to post that many times while still being employed full-time and spending time with my family, but I had tons of fun too! I do hope you understand though that I will now resume my 3-4 posts per week schedule now. :)


And as for tonight . . .







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31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 30}: 5 Pretty Ways to Be Thankful

(includes free printable)
Silverbox Creative Studio


(beautiful Thanksgiving photo shoot)
Hostess with the Mostess


(includes free printable of "thanks" tree, "giving" tree, and leaves-- really cute for kids)
Chocolate on My Cranium


Unique Craft


(includes free printable)
Sugar Tot Designs





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Saturday, October 29, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 29}: Weekend Links (Fall Fun Edition!)



It's like an apple pie without the crust. Easy, easy, easy. It would be super over ice cream.
Super Simple Roasted Apples from Joy the Baker

Believe it or not, I don't like hot beverages. I wish I did. I can imagine how delicious and cozy drinking a hot cup of cocoa on a cold day would be. Like these for example: Nutella Hot Cocoa, Sleepy-Time Milk, and Spiced Vanilla Latte.
Three Simple Hot Beverage Recipes from Kitchen Simplicity

These gift bags would make really cute treats for trick-or-treaters. 
Peep S'more Gifts from Thoughtfully Simple

The best part of this idea is that the Halloween images are removable and reusable.
Easy DIY Halloween Plates from Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious




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Friday, October 28, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 28}: Looking Forward to Beautiful Things

I'm ready for Thanksgiving. I'm done with Halloween.

Thanksgiving so much happier than Halloween.

I'm looking forward to beautiful things like this . . .


Coren Moore


Pottery Barn Kids


Toad's Treasures


The Story of Kat



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Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 27}: How to "Zombify" Your Family Photos

Ok, I admit, this idea is totally silly, but so fun that I'm having a difficult time stopping myself.

Many of you have probably heard of the free online picture editing software, Picnik. It's perfect for the broke people like me who can't afford Photoshop yet. Besides offering the basic photo edits, they also include quite a few seasonal, fun features.

Wonder what you would look like as a vampire? Zombie? Ghoul?

Of course you have. Who hasn't?

If you have a family gallery wall in your home, this would be so fun to do as a part of your Halloween decor. I plan to print these pictures using my printer at home on regular printer paper and stick them in my frames. The pictures are only going to be up about a week, so I don't think there's any need to send them off to a printer.

There are quite a few "spooky" effects on Picnik: vampire eyes, draculan dermis, fangs, blood stains, ghoul eyes, zombify, spiderwebs, face paint, masks, eyeballs . . . .

In my opinion, the pictures turned out the best in black and white.



Here's an old engagement picture of Josh and I. 

Gold vampire eyes, fangs, and "softened"



Another engagment picture of Josh and myself. (He was such a goober that day. I would say in about half the pictures, Josh was this silly. Why can't guys take a "nice" picture?! At least it's perfect for this kind of picture.)

Zombie skin, ghoul eyes, and "softened"



My beautiful younger sister and her now-husband, Brandon.

Red vampire eyes and fangs



And Kitty. 

Had to include Kitty.

Red vampire eyes and a mask


How fun is that?!

I was pretty conservative in the strength of most of the effects. There are a lot more wild edits like Frankenstein faces and blood stains.

I must warn you though. Once you start editing your family photos, it's hard to stop . . .





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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 26}: Last Minute Halloween Decoration

Halloween is less than a week away!

If you haven't spookified your house yet, here are 4 really easy last minute Halloween decorations.



1. With just some yarn, tape, and a dollar store spider, you can create this wall spiderweb. Directions over at the Art of Doing Stuff.

The Art of Doing Stuff



2. Find Halloween quotes or images on the internet (aka Pinterest), print, and place in photo frames you have lying around the house. You can even place it over your photos and take it out November 1.

The House of Hepworths



3. Dina, the genius over at Honey & Fitz, used black contact paper to create these spooky silhouettes. She says they peel off easy and leave no residue. Who would have thought?! She even shares many of her templates.

Honey & Fitz



4. If you don't have any black contact paper around the house, just use paper. These simple black bats add lots of impact and dimension to a large wall with very little effort.

Dana Made It




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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 25}: Halloween Food


Sources: 1, 2, 3


Sources: 4, 5, 6



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Monday, October 24, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 24}: Where to Find Over 60 Pumpkin Carving Patterns

I can't believe it's only about a week until Halloween! Are you all ready for it?

If you haven't already, now is about the perfect time to be carving those pumpkins. A carved pumpkin usually only last 7-14 days, so get to it! Josh and I plan to find the time either tonight or tomorrow.


Last year's pumpkins: Josh's is on the left. Mine is on the right. (Obviously)


Many people like to free-hand (or rather free-carve) their jack-o-lanterns, which is awesome. Josh and I, however, usually like to carve designs that are a little more complex than just a face, so we usually spend some time either designing our own on paper or looking online.

Many sites these days, charge a membership fee in order to print out the templates, so here are the best free online resources that I have found for pumpkin patterns.


Martha Stewart has 45 free printable patterns. You can find a little bit of everything -- from simple jack-o-lantern faces to spooky sayings to beautiful textured pumpkins. If any of you are brave and try the faux bois pumpkin, let me know how it goes. I think it's gorgeous, but it looks complex enough for me to be too scared to try it.

Martha Stewart's Faux Bois Pumpkin


Reader Digest has 12 sweet and simple patterns. These would be perfect for the kids to make.

Pumpkin Masters do offer a few free patterns to download and print. I'm considering using their "Good Bite Moon" for my pumpkin this year.

Good Bite Moon from Pumpkin Masters


Do you all carve pumpkins each year?


If you have a picture of a pumpkin you've carved, feel free to share it with me on my Facebook page. I'd love to see what you all have done!





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Sunday, October 23, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 23}: Some Days You Just Have to Rest



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I am not feeling well today.

The house is not clean and they are about a million things I should be doing right now.

But there are days when a person should just rest.

So I am going to go out to my hammock and take a nap. Then perhaps, spend a quiet evening with my husband.

After all, Sunday is supposed to be the day of rest . . .


Why don't you all do the same. Go take a nap, if you can. If you can't-- just give yourself a break. We are not meant to be busy all the time. 


Go rest.



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Saturday, October 22, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 22}: Weekend Links (Fall Fun Edition!)



How About Orange

  • Loving these trash bag spider webs from How About Orange. They are the same as paper snowflakes people make in the winter-- except out of trash bags-- and they're spider webs-- and for Halloween. See? They're the same. :)


Chez Larsson

  • If you have an open back desk (I do!), you've probably wondered how to hide all those unsightly cables hanging around. Benita from Chez Larsson shows how she did such a great job with her desk. Can you see all the cables in the photo above? It took me a few seconds.




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Friday, October 21, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 21}: Oreo Pretzel Truffles

I've been boo'd!

Yesterday at work, I found a bag of candy and a note saying that I had been "boo'd". I was given 24 hours to "boo" two other people by leaving a treat and a copy of the same note.

All in secret, of course. It's like a cross between May Day treats and Secret Santa-- but with Halloween flair.

So naturally, I went to Pinterest to find inspiration for what treat to make my unsuspecting "boo" victims. Which led me to Picky Palate's Oreo Cheeseacke Pretzel Bites.

(If you've never checked out her food blog before, I highly recommend it. But don't go there if you're hungry. That would be torture.)

I've made oreo truffles many times before-- always a big hit. But I've never thought to add pretzels like Jenny did. So smart.

These are really easy to put together.



Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 18 oz. package of oreos 
  • bag of chocolate chips
  • pretzel squares (I used about 1/3 of a bag)
  • sprinkles (optional, but recommended)

Makes about 50

Ok, let's make some magic!


Crush the oreos, then add the cream cheese.




Mix it up. You can use a spoon, but I used my hands to expedite the process. You'll end up with a "dough" that's slightly sticky.



Roll dough into balls. I used a 1/2 tablespoon measure to make a uniform size. You might need to make the balls a little bigger or smaller depending on the size of the pretzels being used.

Sandwich the balls between two pretzels. Press down gently to make sure you don't break the pretzels.





Melt some chocolate and dip the bites half way, then put them right side up. Add sprinkles.



Stick 'em in the refrigerator for a little bit to harden the chocolate.



And try not to eat them all. I must admit I've eaten a few.

For quality control purposes . . .

They passed the test. :)

I hope my two lucky "boo-ing" victims will enjoy. I did!



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Thursday, October 20, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 20}: Setting a Fall Table



Martha Stewart



Start with a neutral backdrop, whether it be as simple as pretty place mats or as elegant as a beautiful silk runner. Keeping it neutral, however, will help the other elements of the table to shine. If it has a hint of texture though, all the better.




Pinterest




Next add in your dinnerware. I don't think you can ever go wrong with white.




HGTV




The next layer is candles. Keep it all one color and shape for a more modern, uncluttered look or vary the heights for a romantic glow.




Martha Stewart




Finally, look to nature for decorative elements. Leaves, branches, fruits, gourds, and berries are all easy to find in abundance during the Fall. The most beautiful, festive tables can most often be adorned just by looking in one's own backyard.




Pinterest






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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 19}: Halloween Costume Ideas

I have a problem. I have no idea what I'm going to be for Halloween.

And I need to come up with two costumes. Probably. One for school and one for "real".

I've never been that excited about costumes. Most adult costumes at the store are usually too expensive, inappropriate, or typical. Why are so many women dressing up as a sexy pirate, nurse, police woman, etc? Maybe I'm just a fuddy-duddy.

Kids costumes are so much more fun and easy to make. How cute is this?

Dollar Store Crafts


The only adult costume I like so far is this Carmen San Diego costume:
Pinterest
I think it would be pretty easy to put together. I own black leggings and heels. I think I would be able to pick up a trench coat at a thrift store. I'm just not sure about the hat. . .

Still not absolutely in love with the idea.


Do you all have any ideas for me? I'm getting desperate!




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