Thursday, October 10, 2013

DIY Halloween Stenciled Sand Pails.

During the Summertime, I scored these sand pails from Michaels for $.50 each. I figured some clever ideas would pop in my head as to what to do with them, so I couldn't pass this sale by.

Day 5 of Carmel's 31 Days of Decrapification had me and the Hub cleaning out hall closets, when I came across these beauties again.

Talk about ideas poppin' in my head!

What You'll Need:
Sand pails
Black Cat photo (log onto Pic Monkey, create a blank collage, save to your desktop, click on edit photo, open the blank collage, click on the themes Halloween pumpkin, then Witches, then Black Cats)
Frankenstein photo (can be found on Pinterest)
Permanent Marker
Black Paint Marker

Cut the picture out, tape it to the pail, use the permanent marker to outline, use the black paint marker to color it in. Use the permanent marker for details (ie. whiskers, spider...) Use one to drill holes and add flowers. Use the other to add candy.

Hey Bloggers - Want to give off the illusion that you have a bucket full of candy?!

Here's my little trick (or treat) for ya!

I started off with this, give or take a few ten tootsie rolls that I ate. ; )

I used one of my daughter's blocks to fill up half of the pail.

Placed a grocery bag on top before adding the candy.

Looks like I spent more than just $4 (Thanks Dollar Tree!) on candy to fill this bad boy up!

Have you gotten started on Halloween decor yet?!

Linking up with  & Making Home Base.

I am so honored and grateful to be featured on I Gotta Create's Wildly Original Link Party #74!!!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DIY: Pumpkin String Art!

I am so proud to say that I came up with this idea on my own. Surprised?!

Initially, I was inspired by a decorative pumpkin I saw in a Holiday issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

And when I am inspired, I either pin it on Pinterest, screen capture it with my smart-phone or I awkwardly stand in the check-out line at the grocery store and take a picture of a picture.

Like this.

Isn't it cute?!
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I had a vision as soon as I saw this photo. I knew that I wanted to incorporate string art into it, so that brings us to this...

What You'll Need:
Pumpkin (any size)

As easy as it is to push the nails into the pumpkin, your pointer finger will eventually beg you to use the hammer, so keep one on standby.

Remember when I told you about Pic Monkey? That's where I got the 31 from. Visit the website, create a blank collage, save it to your desktop, go back to Pic Monkey, edit the photo, open the collage you just saved, click on the (Tt) tab for various fonts. I chose the ULTRA font.


Tape the paper to your pumpkin.

Outline the numbers with a pencil.

Remove paper, and trace the lines with nails.

For each number, you can start anywhere by tying your string onto any nail. Then move it to any other nail, wrap it around the nail head once and continue to do this with every nail. I went a little overboard with the string on the #3, so the "wannabe perfectionist" in me will fix that soon. ;) But, in the meantime....

Use it as inside or outside decor for the Halloween month!

Happy Day, Y'all!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pumpkin Apple Bread w/ Streusel Topping!

Hello Friends!

So, I'm sitting here with writer's block and asking my Hubby for his assistance.

His advice: Write about Fall, Halloween. Write, "Fall is here. Pumpkin is near. Make some Pumpkin Bread."


Let's just get straight to the recipe, shall we?

**Makes 2 loaves!**

What You'll Need:
3 cups flour
2 tspn baking soda
1 tspn ground nutmeg
1 tspn ground cloves
1/2 tspn cinnamon
1/4 tspn all spice
3/4 tspn salt
16 oz. can pumpkin (I used Libby's 15 oz. Pure Pumpkin)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs (slighty beaten)
2 1/4 cup sugar
2 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored and chopped)
1 tblspn butter

Streusel Topping:
1 tblspn flour
5 tblspns sugar
1 tspn cinnamon
1 tblspn butter

In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, spices, salt. In a separate bowl, whisk canned pumpkin, oil, eggs, sugar. Pour pumpkin mixture into flour mixture, stir well until combined. Stir in apples.

Grease two 9"x5" loaf pans with butter. Divide batter between the two pans. Sprinkle each with topping. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes - or until the toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes before serving.

For those who do not have 2 loaf pans (like me!), I used the other half of the batter to make muffins!

Yes, another Pinterest success! Pinspiration.

Happy Fall, Y'all!