Thursday, September 30, 2010

Styrofoam Halloween Crafts

I came across these craft Ideas on Michaels website and I thought they were so cute!
I also love their versatility. You can make them light and whimsical or you can give them a more distressed effect and they will look more primitive.

Styrofoam cones wrapped with cheese cloth and feather boas.
Get the How-To HERE.

Styrofom balls painted to look like eyes and wrapped in plastic.
Get the How-To HERE.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Halloween Decorating Essentials

When it comes to decorating for Halloween, there are a few little extras that really make a difference and it's relatively simple to do. Add some of these to you store bought decorations and you will have Martha Stewart worthy decor!

Here is my list of Halloween must haves:

1. Spanish Moss
This is a great accent to take a plain decorative piece or empty shelf to the next level. It's really cheap too and a bag goes a long way. Hang it from your chandelier and light fixtures, drape it off the shelves and tuck it in between items. Hang it on frames and off of plants. I personally will have it draping on just about everything in my house during this Halloween season.

2. Variety Moss
The craft store also sells bags of moss that include about 4 different types of moss, green and tan spongy stuff, this bark like moss and a hairy looking moss. I love to use it on wreaths, picture frames, and crafty items. I especially like to add it to my store bought items too! It adds lots of texture and a sense of age to things.

3. Creepy Cloth
You buy this in bags and it's usually called creepy cloth but it is sometimes called something else. It's essentially a thicker cheesecloth material dyed black, gray, tan, and green. the trick is to hang it as messy as possible and to cut holes, shred and tear it. Drape it over tables, use as window coverings and hang it all about.

4. Faux spider web
everybody uses this during Halloween but most often it ends up looking really cheesy. The nice thing is that it turns your everyday home decor into Halloween decor. Wrap it all over your plants, light fixtures, shelves, vases, whatever. To keep it from looking cheesy, be patient and stretch out the fibers as thin as possible. The best way is to take a piece the size of a cotton ball and stretch it out and separate all the strands to the point that you can barely see them. Then repeat that proces and layer it until you get your desired look. The point is to avoid looking like you have cotton balls all over your stuff!

5. Contrast
Having items that really contrast makes a huge decorating impact. In a room with dark walls, stick to light colored skulls and gray accents. In a room with dark walls go for bold black pieces that really pop against the wall.

6. Theme
Theme isn't really necessary to have a polished look but like to try to group things and the overall look is cohesive. For instance my foyer is where I have a majority of my poison bottles and I will keep the "Apothecary" decor Items there. In my living room is where all my witch items are, and the dining room is where all the melted candles, crows, creepy photos and specimen jars are. My kitchen will have all the cutesy whimsy decor that does not really fit in with the decrepit look of the rest of the house. But I will have Spiders, skulls and webs scattered throughout.

I hope these tips are helpful and please send me pics of your own Halloween decor!!
I will be posting some of my personal decor soon.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Halloween Porches and Pumpkins

So I have been rummaging around scooping up things for decorations and projects for Halloween and here are a couple of things I have come across.

This witch's curtain is from Martha Stewart. I came across the idea a year ago and this year I am going to border my porch with it. It is made by cutting garbage bags and stretching the strands. I did a test run with some dollar store bags and it went ok but I believe heavy duty bags from the hardware store will do better . That's what Martha said to use in the first place. The cheapo bags kept breaking and it looked pretty skimpy.

I have a serious confession. I bought these two pumpkins last night, but I could not resist!
they have them by the hundreds at Sam's Club for less than $10 a piece and they are HUGE!! This picture just does not do them justice. I can barely get my arms around them. I figured Sam's would have plenty come October, but I like the really fat ones and these have really great stems. I just couldn't pass them up!

My boyfriend looked at me like I was crazy when I lugged these bad boys in with the rest of the groceries, but I quit pleading my sanity to him a while back! Pumpkins can last months indoors if you don't carve them.

I have a million Halloween Ideas going through my head and hopefully, one project at a time I will get through all of them:)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sweet Treats

Lately I have been indulging in some sweet treats without the guilt of splurging. Yoplait Delights and Jello Mousse Temptations. These are great for a snack or desert, really taste delicious and both at less than 100 calories each!

Sugar Free and only 60 calories! This mouse is so light and creamy you'll forget its healthy!!

Shown here is the chocolate and raspberry parfait. It taste like desert but has all the benefits of lite yogurt... I even eat it for breakfast sometimes!!

Paper Wigs

This is my first post about Halloween... It will be here sooner than you think!!

I came across these paper wigs on Martha Stewart's website and thought they were soo much fun. I go all out for whichever Halloween Party I go to but there are some events around Halloween that don't require a full on Costume, like at the office, your kid's school, or handing out candy to Trick or Treaters.

These paper wigs are perfect for that, super easy to make and practically free! It might even be a great idea to make at a party or in the classroom:)

Upcoming Halloween Posts: Fabulous Pumpkins, Fancy Hats, and lots of Decorating Ideas!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Who said don't judge a book by its cover?

I don't know why blogger has my letters underlined but for some reason it won't go away!

Anyway I have been playing around with some different ideas incorporating old books as a design element and I came across some interesting Ideas. In my law school days I had enough books from past semesters to make a coffee table out of them! Take a look at some of these pics and see how otheres have been inspired to use old books.

I had an apartment with a fireplace that did not work... I love how this design has them all packed in!
I think this would be a great table in a boutique or coffee shop.

British artist Jonathan Callan makes these tree stumps by painting the sides of books and drilling them together in a pattern resembling petrified trees. His work is stunning!

These books have been covered in white paper and used as the support for a bookshelf. What a clever idea:)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Book Wreath Complete

Finally got to the store for some more glue sticks and finished the book wreath!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Book Page Wreath

So I had a really great DIY result for you today... but if you can even imagine it... I ran out of hot glue sticks! This has never happened to me before!! But I guess it has indeed been awhile. I got a little over halfway through with the wreath and plan on finishing it tonight. These things have been going for like $50 on Etsy and in boutiques.

This is definitely one of those projects that takes a lot of time but not a lot of concentration. I did it while watching TV last night. The trick to making it look right is folding and rolling the paper different ways.

If you don't have the time or feel like doing it yourself then you can purchase one from me at Salty Sisters for $25:)
This picture is from Living with Lindsey and she has a really detailed tutorial for you to try!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Glass Class Part III

So I am on a Pottery Barn kick these days and I love this idea for Fall, but really for anytime... and I especially have it in my plans for Christmas.
And if you have seen my previous posts, I adore using glass as a staple for decor.

The great thing about this is that glassware of all kinds can be found by the hundreds at any local thrift store. Not only are they using candle holders but they have stacked some with glass plates and some glass bottles. I really think this is a totally achievable look!

I love the twinkling feel of all the glass but it also has such a homey feeling. There is such a sweet and simple elegance to this style. And it is also just so interesting to look at.

I will do a tutorial on this design idea soon!

Hit the Books

I am always looking for a good book to read, so I thought I would share with you some of my favorite latest reads. I love each of these books and they are all so different. But they all tell such beautiful stories and have some really touching moments. Google them for summaries and read one or all of them!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Crafty Spaces

Browsing around on the internet I came across these fabulous craft and art spaces. My dream space would be some combination of these and it makes me want to spend my Labor Day weekend giving my current space a complete makeover!
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