Jack-O-Lantern Jars

I finally got all my Halloween decor up including these cute little jack-o-lantern jars my daughter and I made years ago! So I decided to do a post on how to make your own! This would be a fun craft to do with your kids! I mean what kid doesn’t like to tear paper, play with glue and create something that they can bring out year after year!

The supplies you will need:

A glass jar of some sort (I used ball jars)

Orange and black tissue paper

Mod Podge (see below for a homemade ModPodge recipe)

Paint brush

Scissors

Your imagination!

First step is to rip up the orange tissue paper into pieces

Cut out the face shapes from the black tissue paper. (This can be tricky so this may be better suited for older kids. You can always have the younger ones draw the face on another piece of paper for you to use as a pattern so they can be involved in the design! )

I worked in sections painting the jar with the glue mixture and applying the orange paper pieces.

It’s ok to overlap pieces just make sure there is glue under the overlapping section to hold it down. I use my paint brush to apply the glue on the edges of each piece as I apply them.

Once the whole jar is covered with the orange paper and the glue mixture

you can add the face making sure to paint the area with the glue mixture before applying.

After you have the face on you will want to gently paint the whole jar with the glue mixture to seal it, then set it aside to dry.

Once it’s dry you can use it for candles or tea lights to add a little Halloween fun to a shelf or table! 🎃

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Homemade ModPodge

Ingredients:

White Glue

Water

Recipe:

In a jar mix the white glue and water on a 2 to 1 ratio. So if you use 1/2c of glue you would add 1/4c of water.

Keep in a jar with lid

**Note: I used 2 tablespoons of glue to 1 tablespoon of water and would be enough to do probably 2 quart sized jars!

It’s getting spooky in here…

I have been inspired by two of my fellow blogger friends to do a blog post about my Halloween decor this year! They are Amber of https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/ and Olivia of https://reinventedcollection.com/ I urge you to go check out their blogs! They are beautiful!!

I have done my Halloween decorating this year on the cheap with bats cut from card stock, dollar store items and things snagged on clearance last year after Halloween!

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So first I cleared off the mantle to have a blank slate First I added the giant spider to the mirror Then I added the netting and some battery operated twinkle lights (the mercury glass didn’t make the cut 😉)

Then came the creative part! I put some dollar store skulls and tea lights in the lanterns,

Attached some black birds to the lanterns,

Added some black candles in some of my collection of old silver candlesticks

I sprinkled some hairy spiders around!

Of course I had to add a colony of the card stock bats to the wall with sticky tack!

I can’t forget about the rubber rat that has been in the family for I don’t know how long 😂

So here is the finished product in all it’s spooktacular glory!

There are no rules when it comes to how or what you decorate with for Halloween! I suggest you look around at what you have and how you can tweak it to make it fit into your Halloween decor whether it’s fun or spooky! It’s also a great time to get the kids involved have them cut out card stock bats, pumpkins or ghosts to decorate with. 🦇👻🎃

I hope I have given you some ideas on how to do a budget friendly Halloween mantle! Enjoy and Happy Halloween🎃

Also, I’m joining the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link Party and you can too! By visiting my friends:

https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/

And

https://reinventedcollection.com/

I hope you decide to join in the spooktacular fun!

Cheap and Easy Headboard Re-do…

I have been wanting to change the slipcover on my headboard for the fall.

I am in love with buffalo check and have been looking at fabric to cover it with. As you know, I am big into using curtain panels or shower curtains as fabric for home decor projects. It’s usually cheaper than buying yardage and its good quality fabric and normally wider too! The easiest thing to cover it with is a shower curtain sewn together! We have a queen size bed and I diy’d the headboard several years ago. The shower curtain is perfect size and is relatively inexpensive. But I haven’t been able to find what I was looking for… so I was grocery shopping the other day, at Meijer, and came across a twin sheet set on clearance in this small buffalo check for $6.

So I snapped it up and thought I would sew a slipcover for it from the flat sheet. But I wanted to try it out first. I draped the sheet over my head board and put on a new gray quilt I had been saving for fall.

Well the quilt had this flat cotton ribbon around it…then the light bulb went off in my head and waalaa with very little effort, a few cuts and safety pins I added the ties to the sides!

Now I have a new headboard cover!

I know it’s a subtle change but I can’t be more happy with it and I have the pillow cases and fitted sheet to spare! Just waiting for that light bulb to go off again!

Pillow power…

To say I’m obsessed with pillows may be an understatement! I just love how they can completely change the way a space looks for not a big investment! Since I’m a DIY’er I am constantly making new pillow covers out of all sorts of materials! I’ve used cloth napkins, curtain panels, tablecloths, sweaters, placemats and now rag rugs! I was looking for new pillows for my front porch and since it was late summer most of the outdoor pillows were well picked over and not really what I was looking for.. So one day while I was at the dollar store I found these rag rugs that had all the colors I was looking for the fall season! 

I have seen pillows at Homegoods with this type of cover on it so I decided to try it! The first pillow I made the envelope back out of leftover drop cloth material. It worked out ok but was about all my good old sewing machine could handle…So I decided to make lumbar type pillows for my adirondack chairs. Each rug is approximately 20″x30″ so I overlapped the back a couple inches so the final size is 12″x 20″ and a travel pillow form fits perfectly! 

Instead of challenging my sewing machine with the thick layers I used some jute twine and whip stitched the sides together! 

I ran the twine between the loops and progressed down the sides with a stitch every couple loops of the rug weave.  When I got to the end I just tied off the the twine and fed it back down through a few stitches and tied it off again to make it extra secure! 

After putting the pillow form in I ran some jute twine through the weave to keep the  envelope back closed.


Here’s how they look on my porch! They will definitely make my chairs more comfy to sit in and enjoy the view! 😊

Let there be light….DIY Lampshade…

Unique DIY grapevine lamp shade instructions

This spring when we were cleaning out some wild grapevines from out landscape I made a wreath. While I was making that wreath, I had a brainstorm, to make a grapevine lampshade. So I went to Goodwill to get a cheap lampshade. I found just what I was looking for! Only $2.99😬

You need to make sure it has vertical supports.

Cut off all old covering and remove the covering off the top and bottom rings. The one I bought was a plastic material.


Once the old covering is gone now it’s time to weave the grapevine around the shade frame. Make sure you alternate front and behind the vertical supports as you go around. When you come to the end of a vine just tuck the end of the new one and continue weaving.

Keep weaving in and out until you fill the frame.

Once your satisfied with the look tuck in the last end and make sure any loose ends on the inside are tucked in tight so they won’t get too close to your light bulb. Now just let it dry out and fade to brown! (It only takes a couple days to turn brown😉)

Now I know not everyone lives in a woods like I do with wild grapevine all over. But you could use the same process with rope, twine, ribbon or fabric strips to customize your lampshade to your decor!  I’m thrilled with the way it turned out!!😊

Notre Dame…

Last weekend we took a little trip to see our friends in South Bend. Our daughter and her boyfriend tagged along because they had tickets to the Notre Dame football game. 🍀🏉

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So we all went out to take in the pre-game festivities. The weather couldn’t have been better to walk around the beautiful campus.  Of course we had to pose for pics in front of the golden dome!

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We took in some sites Mike and I had never been to before, such as the Basilica and the Grotto.


  

There are probably about 100,000 people on campus before the football games, so I still can’t believe we ran into my friend/co-worker Lindsay…what are the chances??

  

There is so much tradition that is part of the Notre Dame Football experience. One of the traditions is the Irish Guard. They lead the Band of the Fighting Irish thru campus and onto the football field before the game.   

  

And of course you can’t forget the leprechaun!🍀
 
Although this was a quick trip, any time we get to spend with our dear friends is special! We always leave anxious for the next chance we get to see each other! 😍

Blanket Scarf…

So blanket scarves are all over this fall and I have bought two of them.

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Mine aren’t the big square ones but they are about twice as wide as a normal scarf. Because of the width they were just too much and I felt like I was choking when I was wearing them.

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So, with encouragement from fellow instagrammer @emptyneststyle, I decided cut mine in half…😳  Luckily the plaid had a stripe right down the middle so it was easy to cut straight down the center of the scarf.

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After I had the scarf cut in half

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I did a quick run through the sewing machine to keep it from fraying on the cut edge.

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Now I have one for myself and one to give my daughter!

Don't you just love my bed 'ornament' 😉
Don’t you just love my bed ‘ornament’ 😉

Fall getaway….

I took a few days off last week to get some things done but we took a couple days for a quick trip to Nashville. I had only been there once for just a few hours when I took my daughter on a college visit to Vanderbilt and Mike had never been there.  

 

So we took off early Friday with no real plan in mind.  That is really not like me, I usually have a plan and know what we are going to do and when. We decided to take a look at the Jim Beam distillery on our way since it was less than two miles from the interstate and we both needed a pit stop. 😮  

Jim Beam was more than happy to pose for a picture with us😉
  

We didnt do the full tour but did get a couple free tatses!
         

So once I did a little Christmas shopping in the gift shop we were on our way to Music City!

Again we had no real plan in mind. We aren’t real museum people so we didn’t pay for the tours at the Ryman or the Country Music Hall of Fame (maybe next time). So we went to Broadway to scope it out and had lunch at Jacks Bar-B-Que.  I highly recommend the Brisket…Yum Yum!

 After lunch we went to The Stage and set out on the balcony and listened the band. It was a gorgeous fall day and perfect for listening to good music and taking in the sights.  

We then went to check into our hotel and change to get ready for round two!  Our hotel as only a few blocks from the heart of the ‘strip’ so we walked back downtown.   

    

I thought for sure we would run into Eric Church, Blake Shelton or Jason Aldean while we were there….no such luck😏

It seems like a lot of the bars have multiple rooms and balconies all with a band playing.   

We went to several places that evening. We would walk down the sidewalk and if we heard something we liked we would go in and have a drink and listen for a while then move on. We ended up going to the Stage, Tootsies, Tin Roof, Tequila Cowboy and Full Moon Saloon. We had a great time and look forward to going back! 🎸🎤🎻.  

Pumpkin Cupcakes…Gluten Free!

At work I am the designated cupcake maker for all the birthday celebrations.  This month we had two birthdays and today was the celebration. The two birthday girls agreed on pumpkin cupcakes! We have one co-worker that has to be gluten free, so gluten free pumpkin cupcakes with maple buttercream icing was the choice.


Here’s the recipe:

Pumpkin Cupcakes

  • 1 cup All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée

Preheat oven to 350

Beat eggs, sugar and pumpkin together in a large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients and spices. Add dry mixture to wet mixture beat till combined.

Line cupcake pan with liners and fill 3/4 full.

Bake for approximately 16-18 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean) makes approximately 12 cupcakes

Maple Buttercream Icing

  • 2 sticks room temperature butter
  • 3/4 powdered sugar (more if needed to thicken)
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Combine all ingredients and beat until syrup and sugar are incorporated approximately 1 minute. Increase speed and beat for approximately 5 minutes until light and fluffy. (This works best with a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, but can be done with a hand mixer also.)

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.


I always wrap up an individual cupcake for the birthday girl/s.😊

Bargain of the Day! 

 Just got my latest order from TJMaxx.com! I’m jumping on the fringe bandwagon with my new Lucky Brand crossbody clutch and Rampage blanket scarf.   The clutch is so cute and inside it has card slots and plenty of room for all your necessities!  The best part is the clutch was on clearance for $20…woohoo! And I used my reward money and got both items for just $7 out of pocket…cha ching😁

 The scarf is similar to the ones that have been all over Instagram and #liketoknowit. The weather is really cooling off this week so the scarf will be in use!!  

I love TJMaxx, Marshalls and Homegoods and am beside myself that now they are on line and I can bargain hunt from my couch!!