Grinch and Jack Skellington Peg Dolls

I’m back and in full craft mode!!! There are so many great little holiday projects out there this time of year that you can’e help but get inspired and motivated. I have always wanted to try to make peg dolls of some sort, and thought why not try two of my favorite holiday characters!

Initially I was going to use clothespins, but found these shorter, stumpier peg people at Michaels.

My go-to paint for pretty much everything these days is this multi-surface satin paint by DecoArt. It’s thin enough to go on super smooth, but the coverage is great! AND, is this not the PERFECT Grinch color???

Painted the heads and bodies first…

I will admit the Grinch face was hard. Harder than I thought. That’s why there’s only one Grinch…I have yet to tackle the other one. I drew it on with a pencil first, and it took a few times to get it right.

I used a tiny paint brush so that I could get the variation in thickness in the lines. I tried it first using a fine-point paint pen, but the lines were too blunt. The super tiny paint brush was way better for the details on this face.

The paint pen worked great for the Jack Skellington faces since they were less complex than the Grinch face.

For Jack, I cut out beards from some white felt.

The hats were made from red felt. I just rolled them over and hot glued them. Just kind of winged it.

Hot glue a little white pom-pom on the ends of the hats if you wish!

I used white pipe cleaners for the hat rims and for the edges of the Grinch’s coat. Bent around the paint bottle to get them smooth and round, and hot glued in place.

I love how they came out!!! A bit time consuming, but so worth it!

They make cute “shelf-sitters” but would also make great hanging ornaments!

Also, please note that you should probably not make these types of characters to sell, such as in an Etsy store. There are many legal issues with selling Disney characters without proper licensing. I plan on keeping and/or gifting these little guys.

Anyway, Happy crafting and Happy Turkey Day to all!

 

 

DIY Fall Carnival Game ~ Dollar Store Ring Toss

Once again I’m working on a craft project for my local scarecrow festival! Most of the supplies for this game were got at the Dollar Tree. The rest of the supplies I had on hand, however you really could get everything you need at the dollar store if you needed to!

I started out with a bunch of foam cones that are found in the faux flower/craft section of the Dollar Tree. My husband seems to thing these are going to break once the kids start playing, but I’m thinking it’s going to be fine after testing it and whipping the rings at them…lol. They are pretty secure and it’s a harder foam; not a soft foam that easily dents. You could also use the plastic orange cones found in the athletic section of Wally world.

I used acrylic paint I got from Lowes. These are sample jars that I like to get for crafts since they come in a huge variety of colors. Any acrylic would work fine.

Paint the centers orange and the bases yellow so they look like candy corns.

While those were drying I spray painted a big piece of scrap wood black. You also could use a heavy foam core board, or a big piece of cardboard. Wood is ideal because it is heavier but other materials could be used as long as you have a way of anchoring it down.ย 

I used some heavy duty glue to adhere the foam candy corns and a few small scarecrows, also got at the Dollar Tree, to the board. Use a very strong glue to ensure they stay attached to the board.

Next use stamps, stencils or free hand the “point” numbers below each cone or scarecrow.

Next I used stamps to write out “Ring Toss” along the bottom of the board. You can write whatever you want or write nothing…it’s up to you!

The rings are made from kids glowstick necklaces that come 4 in a package at the dollar store. I taped them to make sure they don’t come apart. They are lightweight and are the perfect sized rings for this game!

The game is pretty self-explanatory but I decided to make a small instruction sign using a chalkboard sign I already had, since the game is going to be at a festival. I made a line in the grass using orange duct tape.

That’s it! Easy and hopefully a fun little activity for kids to play while walking around the festival this year. Next on the agenda is a pumpkin tic tac toe game! Be back soon!

 

Fall Festival DIY: “How Tall Are You” Scarecrow

Happy Summer! Over the last few months, my crafty days have been few and far between. However, I recently managed to find some inspiration in this wooden scarecrow man that I found at a barn sale. I am on the committee for a local small town scarecrow festival, so I’m always on the hunt for cool scarecrows. For 25 cents I could not leave this guy behind! Parent love snapping pictures of their kids at festivals so I thought I’d make his long torso a ruler so kids can measure how tall they are!

This isn’t an everyday craft tutorial per sey; it’s kind of geared specifically for a Fall festival or party. The end result was too cute not to share though!

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As you can see, his face was already painted. My original plan was to re-paint his face, but I LOVE vintage style characters and cartoons, and I kinda love his face as is! I decided to leave it and just spruce up the rest of his body.

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Here he is when I got him:

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First I painted his torso yellow which will soon become the ruler!

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For projects that will be outside in the elements or need large areas of coverage, I’ve been using paint samples from Lowes. They are around $3 each and you can get them in virtually any color you can imagine. Just go to the paint counter in Lowes, give them your swatch, and ask for a sample. They come in these little screw-top containers that are great for keeping them on hand for your next project.

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Anywho, I measured it out and used black paint to make the tick marks and foam stamps for the numbers and “ft.” The foam stamps can be hard to find, so alternatively you could use number stickers or just free-hand them.

The arms are just painted blue with little green squares to give him the country flannel look. I used a small square piece of kitchen sponge to dab on the green. I then added some dollar store garden gloves, a bright handkerchief around his neck, and a little faux flower on his hat!

Lastly I added the sign, which says “How tall are you?” dangling from his hand. He will stand up on a metal stake that he will be securely zipped-tied to with yellow zip ties.

It will make for a simple decoration at the scarecrow festival and maybe a fun memory to look back on and see how much the kids have grown!

Have a great holiday and I hope to be back soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Candy Scarecrows

Happy Fall ya’ll! Here’s a fun project if you need favors for a Fall family gathering or a Halloween party! I made these candy scarecrows to give away at our local scarecrow festival, and the kids LOVED them! If you Google or Pinterest search “candy scarecrow,” there are a ton of variations on this craft. Here’s my take on it!

The key is finding the right shaped heads and torsos. I used Brach’s round hard candies for the heads, Nerds boxes for the torsos, Smarties for the legs, and good ol’ Tootsie Rolls for the arms. If you wanna get fancy, you can draw pumpkin faces on the heads. ๐Ÿ˜€

All you need is a hot glue gun. Glue the little wrapper ends to the box.

I tied a little piece of raffia around the necks to give them more of a scarecrow vibe. You could do it to the arms and legs too if you want. They came out surprisingly sturdy and didn’t fall apart; the hot glue worked well with the plastic wrappers. So easy and wicked cute!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day and happy crafting! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Spooky Halloween Tags Using Wood Cutouts

Do you ever buy random craft supplies because they are awesome, even though you don’t have a specific project in mind? Of course you do…we all do. It’s an addiction, and there’s no use fighting it!!! Lol ๐Ÿ˜€ So I found these unfinished Halloween themed wood cutouts, and simply could not resist. I decided some fun Halloween tags would be an easy and fun way to use them!

I started off with some blank brown craft tags. I always have these on hand because they come in handy for all kinds of projects.

I distressed the tags using a little piece of sponge and some distress ink. Regular stamp ink works too! I used a brown and then repeated the process with black. Distress to your liking…but not too dark if you’re going to stamp on words or designs.

I forgot to get a pic, but after the tags dried for a minute, I then lightly stamped them with skeleton keys and other designs, along with words like “spooky,” “the witch is in,” and “eek.” Next, paint your wood pieces.

After they dry, distressed them the same way as the tags!

You can go a step further and splatter them. Lay the wooden piece on a paper towel in the sink. Add a tiny bit of water to thin down some paint (unless it’s already thin, then use as is). Coat your paintbrush and then flick the bristles with your fingers to splatter the paint onto your piece.

Let them dry thoroughly. Then hot glue the wood cutout’s to the tags and add twine or ribbons to hang them. Here they are!

“The witch is in” is my favorite! I’ve got them hanging all over the house! ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having as much fun with Fall and Halloween crafts as I am!

 

 

 

Dollar Store Craft: Pumpkin Wall Light

Who else is in the mood for some Halloween crafting?! The Fall and Halloween decor is popping up everywhere and I’m so super excited!!! After I got ahold of myself and stopped buying Halloween decorations, I decided to stop at the Dollar Tree to look for some new materials to work with. I saw this simple wall light and thought that blank round dome could be easily be converted into a snowman or a pumpkin face! Actually, a snowman face would be super easy since it’s already white to begin with. I shall file that idea away and make some snowmen in a few months. My first attempt was the pumpkin face!

If you don’t know which wall light I am talking about, it’s this one. The batteries are not included so make sure to have 4 AA’s handy.

First, draw your face outline on the light with a pencil.

I decided to use chalky acrylic paint because I thought it would give the best coverage. I am sure regular acrylics would work just fine.

Fill in your face…

And then paint the outer rim. Once they are both dry, fill in the eyes nose and mouth with a black paint pen, or black acrylic paint.

I decided to jazz him up a bit with some light green dashes around the outside rim.

Then I mixed the orange with a touch of white to make a lighter orange, and made some stripes down his face.ย Here he is!

After completely dried, I sprayed him down with a coat of clear poly as a sealer. Then I hung him up and hit the lights! Lit up you can see some of the paint strokes, but he’s still pretty cute. This would make a great night light or cute decoration outside at night!

Also, I wanted to say thank you all for your kind comments on my last post after being away for a while. It’s so nice to hear that you enjoy the posts and maybe find a little inspiration here. It’s been really fun working on some new projects and I hope to hang on to this motivation and run with it!

Have a great weekend everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Witch Hats

I’ve been feeling particularly Halloweenie lately, given all the Fall goodness that is out in the craft stores. I picked up these paper mache witch hats for $1.oo each at Michael’s and, with a little spray paint and hot glue, converted them into primitive style witch hat decorations. I think they came out pretty cute!

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Here’s the blank canvas.

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First, I spray painted them black. All I had was glossy paint on hand. I usually like to use a matte finish for projects like this. After it dried I sanded it, to make it look a little worn and prim.

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Next, I mixed up some orange acrylic paint with water, to make a really thin orange paint, which works best for splattering. I then used the messy, yet effective “splatter technique,” which is using your fingers to pull back the bristles of the brush and let the paint splatter paint over your surface.

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After it dried like this, I sprayed it with a satin clear coat, mainly to disguise the half glossy/half sanded look. Next time, I’d probably used a matte black paint so that it doesn’t look so funky after sanding.

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While that dried, I made some little tags to decorate the hats with.

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I trimmed the tags to make them a bit smaller and stamped out the words “The witch is in.”

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Next, use some homespun around the base of the hat. I hot glued it in place like this.

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Then I tied some raffia around the base of the hat and also hot glued it down in a few places, but also leaving it loose and flowing.

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I finished them off with some large vintage buttons that I tied on with the tags. I also put a dab of hot glue under them as well, for extra hold.

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Here they are all done. I am really pleased with them. They are heading over to my co-op today and I am thinking $14 each. I’ve never made anything like this before so not sure how they will sell. We’ll see!

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Happy Fall to all my craft friends out there!

2014 Cupcake Spooktacular

Happy (belated) Halloween! This summer and Fall were very slow in the crafting department, so I am sorry for the lack of posting over the last few months. I had to share this year’s Halloween Cupcake Spooktacular however, as this has become an annual tradition for my friend Melanie and I. We took the “gore” level up notch this year, as you will see. Though Halloween is over, maybe these can inspire some ideas for next year!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of the supplies we used in case you’re looking for specific brands/supplies:

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One of the most complex cupcakes was the Dracula in the coffin (with coffin-shaped baking cups, frosted oreo face, and mini M&M eyes):

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Spider cupcake holder with crushed Oreo “fur”, mini Oreo & red candy eyes (a lot of different shaped candy pieces we use are found in cupcake decorating kits):

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Creepy clown with mini M&M hair and dot candy nose:

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ย Psycho clown made with Wilton candy eyes, red dot candy nose, sparkle gel mouth, Pop Rocks hair, and pre-made clever:

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Spooky vampire:

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Bloody cupcake with “bullets” (Red food coloring & silver sprinkle balls):

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Pumpkin patch with candy pumpkins, leaf sprinkles, and green shredded candy grass:

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Grey alien brain with green gel “ooze” filled syringe (got syringe from work):

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Chocolate tree (made by piping melting chocolate onto wax paper) over a pumpkin patch:

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The office favorite: Blue guy with candy hair and pre-made knife in the eye (oozing sparkle gel “blood”):

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Scarecrow with graham cracker hat, candy corn nose, and shredded wheat hair:

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Night scene with chocolate moon and fence (piped them on wax paper, using colored/chocolate candy melts):

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The famous skeleton withย white-chocolate covered pretzel ribs and marshmallow head (held together with a popsicle stick):

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The zombie grave with piped chocolate hands and feet (using green candy melts), crushed Oreo dirt, and bloody bone sprinkles:

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Frankenstein with frosting head, Reece’s Cup hair, pretzel bolts, and candy eyes:

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Witches brew with chocolate cookie wafer & Hershey kissย  hat, and pretzel & shredded wheat broom:

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Bloody accident scene with sparkle gel blood, graham cracker band-aid, and pre-made candy finger and clever:

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Owl with Oreo/Wilton candy eyes, Oreo eyebrows and candy nose:

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Night scene with cat (moon and cat piped on wax paper, using colored/chocolate candy melts):

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Piped chocolate tree with crushed Oreo dirt, pre-made grave stone and bone/skull sprinkles:

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“Pretzel monsters” which are made of pretzel sticks mixed into a pot of melted green chocolate,then plopped into wax paper and Wilton candy eyes:

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Gummy worms crawling out of crushed Oreo dirt with some bloody bone sprinkles:

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Creepy monster dude with gummy eye and Wilton candy eye:

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Oozing pile of frosting topped with green sparkle gel and eyeball candy:

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And here’s the whole gang out on display!

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Mel and I with our masterpieces! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Until next year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Halloween Cupcakes 2013

I must apologize for my major lack of craftiness lately. It has been a very busy Fall and I have had a bit of “crafters block.” In the meantime I thought I’d share the results of this year’s Halloween Cupcake Spooktacular; a big annual event at my office. Two of my co-workers and I went nuts and made some fun new creations (the devil, evil clown, new owls) in addition to our old standards (the mummy, bat, pretzel skeleton). Here are some pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

The new Reece’s cup owl…

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We work with eyeballs, so we HAD to incorporate these bad boys…

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Lindt truffle bat with chocolate wafer wings

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The bloody murder scene

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White chocolate pretzel skeleton with marshmallow head

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A personal favorite, the evil clown

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Fall scene with a spooky tree; hand-drawn with melting chocolate

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The classic “EEK”

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Another owl night scene

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White chocolate zombie rising from the dead

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Peeking candy corn haired monster

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The BRAIN

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Another cute Fall owl scene

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The cute candy corn ghost

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Another zombie

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The devil

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The classic mummy

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Another Lindt truffle bat

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Creepy crawly gummy worms and bugs

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And good ol’ Frank

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A new addition this year were also cake pops!

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The whole display

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And a few mini’s!

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Myself, Melanie, and Amanda…the cupcake crew!

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Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed our creepy creations! Hope everyone is having a super Fall! ๐Ÿ™‚

Halloween Cupcakes 2012!

It’s that time of year again! The Halloween Cupcakes Spooktacular 2012! Mel and I decorated our brains out and came up with some fun new creations this year!

Some of the classics: The owl and the worms

And in our office, of course we gotta have EYEBALLS!!!

Monster’s Inc character

And a witch’s hat!

The classic tomb stones…

And one of my personal favorites, PRETZEL MONSTERS!

New this year is a gang of mini aliens…

A zombie awaking from the dead!

Frankenstein marshmallow pops turned cupcake toppers!

A Reece’s bat

And my favorite new character, the pretzel skeleton!

Stepped up the Fall trees this year using Twizzlers instead of just piping it on…

And another new character: the peeking monster!

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And some fun minis!

We did a batch of gluten-free cupcakes for one of the girls at work. It was quite an experience! They are pretty tough to work with because of the crumbly consistency. They taste pretty yummy though, and she is happy to be able to share in the spooky treats!

And lastly, our yearly photo in front of our masterpieces! Looking back on cupcakes from a few years ago, we have really stepped it up! It was so much fun and I can’t wait til next year’s Halloween Cupcake SpOoKtAcULaR!

I probably won’t be back until after my craft show, wish me luck! I hope everyone has a great weekend and very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

So I took a little break from crafting for some Halloween cupcake preparations! Tonight my friend Melanie and I are doing our annual Halloween cupcakes to bring into the office tomorrow. Last night, I made some Frankenstein marshmallow pops, some of which will become cupcake toppers. They came out pretty cute and were super easy to make!

Here are the ingredients, minus the pretzels. I was going to use them for the bolts in Frankenstein’s neck, but ended up going with slivered almonds instead. You’ll need large marshmallows, green melting chocolate, candy eyes, chocolate sprinkles, and pop sticks.

I microwaved the chocolate wafers for 30 second increments, stirring in between. It took about 2 minutes to get it to this consistency. Be very careful not to burn it!

Then you put the marshmallow on the stick, and dip it in. Tap the stick on the edge of the bowl to get off any excess chocolate.

Next make his “hair” by dipping the marshmallow into the chocolate sprinkles. Add the eyes while the chocolate is still melted.

I hate using styrofoam because it’s not biodegradable, but I couldn’t find anything else to use to prop them up to dry. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I have seen others using one small block of foam, or even the green floral foam covered in foil.

I used slivered almonds for the neck “bolts” and black sparkle gel for the mouth. I let the chocolate harden a bit before applying the mouth.

And there you have it! Easy, fun, Halloween treats. These would be great wrapped in little baggies for Halloween party favors, or a fun project to do with the kids.

Stay tuned for Halloween cupcakes coming very, very soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

How to Make Your Own Stamped Gift Tags

Happy Fall!!! We just got home from week in Orange County, NY, for a Police K-9 Seminar that Greg was sponsoring, and boy was the weather and scenery spectacular! Upon getting home I realized there is just one month to go before my craft show and sooooo many things left I want to do…crap! I wanted to share some stamped gift tags I made because I think they have potential to be really great craft show sellers!

For these cute lil gift tags, I used a heavy stock brown kraft paper, which I got out of the scrapbooking section of the craft store. It was likeย  $.20 a sheet or something ridiculously awesome like that.

I cut the card stock into strips and used a small tag punch to punch out tons of tags. I got this at one of the craft stores (Michael’s I think?) for about $12, after using a coupon. It was originally around $20, but TOTALLY worth it since you can make an unlimited amount of tags!

I used a tiny hole punch to make the holes and some black string for the ties.

I made a TON more than are shown here…they are so versatile! For gifts, price tags, decoration, craft show sellers, or general crafting! You could use different thin ribbons and different colored inks / papers…there’s soooo much potential!

I decided to leave some blank and stamp some, both for my craft show. I chose this cute little gnome stamp which sorta passes for an elf for the holidays…

And of course, Santa!

ย I packaged ’em up, 4 to a bag. I am thinking $1 per bag. It’s a descent profit for me, but a great deal for customers too. What do you think?

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The 2011 Halloween Cupcake SPOOKtacular!

Well folks, it’s that time of year again.ย  Melanie and I’s 3rd annual Halloween cupcake extravaganza at the office! After meticulously working late into the night, we came up with THESE creations…

ย New additions include the creepy cat…

ย The zombie arm reaching out of the grave…

The bats…

The night-time pumpkin patch scene…

The miniatures…

…and the EEK!!!

And now…the CLASSICS!

ย Mel and I call these (below) “cop-out” designs…where we use the pre-made decorations! Still cute though… ๐Ÿ™‚

…and ya gotta have an eyeball when you work in the eyeball office!!!

The beloved pretzel monsters, this year with beady little red eyes…

and finally, Me and Mel in front of our masterpieces!

And yes, they tasted as good as they looked, if I do say so myself! It’s become a Halloween tradition that we look forward to ALL year…and it makes the day at the office a little more fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope everyone has a SPOOOOOOKY weekend and a Happy Halloween!

P.S. For those of you who looking for the broken glass cupcakes…well, it was a flop. After TWO failed attempts at making the glass, I gave up. Oh well…something to work on for next year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fall in WNY!

The view of the hills back home over the weekend was awesome. The Fall foliage is at it’s “peak” in Western New York. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

While I was home, I also scored a few primitive pieces out of my step-grandfather’s barn, that I can’t wait to clean up a bit and get into my booth. To start, I thought this rickety old stool could be very cool with a little TLC!

This piece is an old mailbox with lots of little cubbies – perfect for displaying all kinds of little knickknacks! The holes are for poking your fingers through to lift your mail, so it’s easier to grab. I may have to slide in a little piece of wood or heavy card stock in the slots that I plan to display stuff, so they aren’t falling through the holes! I gotta clean it up a bit, but I am going to leave the worn, chipping paint as is! ๐Ÿ™‚

The other really cool piece is this antique seed bag mover. Love the rusty hardware! Would make a great garden piece!

So Sunday night I finished up the pumpkin patch for our “Pick a Pumpkin Out of the Patch Discount” at The Carriage Place! Can you tell I used “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for my inspiration? LOL! I added the little tree for a scary factor. Picked it out of the weeds in the field behind my house!

We are going to fill up the pumpkins with slips of paper that indicate a prize, discount, free appraisal, etc. for customers at the co-op to “pick” on Halloween weekend!!! I can’t wait!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Can’t wait for my best friend Teeny to come down this weekend and do a little craftin’ with me. It’s always more fun to do that stuff with a friend. We are going to try out a few NEW projects that I’ve never attempted before. I’ll letcha know how they come out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Later gators! ๐Ÿ™‚

Super Duper EASY Thrift Store Make Overs, and Some Pretty Jingle Bell Ornaments!

So my booth is stocked with some items found at thrift stores that ended up being really EASY make overs. Make overs that required very little time or effort. Sometimes it doesn’t take a massive over-haul with tons of meticulous painting or whatever…it’s can simply be a matter of cleaning them up and adding a small decoration to make them super CUTE!

Here’s a couple of grapevine wreaths I got at the Salvo…

I added a few rusty stars and some berries found at AC Moore (on clearance after last Fall)…BAM! Fall CUTENESS!

Remember this jar with the wooden top?

There it is, filled with mini pumpkins, after a quick coat of black spray paint on the lid. I sanded the edges…it took literally 30 seconds. The other small jar is from the dollar store, which I can’t find anymore. I’m sad, because I loved using them to fill with stuff. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Found this picture frame at the Amvet. I printed out this cute Halloween poem from my favorite FREE graphics website The Graphics Fairyย and it looks so adorable displayed with some other Halloween stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚

I ย found this crock lamp at the Amvet also. It was a mess. Dusty and really grimy. I cleaned it up and it looks brand new! Added this basic shade and VOILA!

This gothic looking window frame was originally REALLY tacky, covered in fake pink and green flowers. I mean COVERED…you couldn’t even see the metal bars inside the window frame. I took them off, scraped off the gobs of hot glue, and here it sits waiting for someone to scoop up and plant some herbs or small flowers in those little pots.

Lastly, these were not a thrift store find per say, but a clearance find at AC Moore’s last January. I like the snowflake cut outs on the bells, but I don’t care for the bright reflective surface.

I decided to tone them down a bit with this metallic spray paint. It’s pretty expensive, but at any give time you can find a 50% coupon on the craft store websites. I never go craft store shopping without checking for a coupon first.

Finished with a piece of twine as the hanger and homespun fabric as a little decorative tie. Wouldn’t these look neat all over your Christmas tree, or in a giant wooden bowl on the table??

You could do this same technique on smaller bells, like these below, found at the Dollar Tree! I’ve also used barn red, forest green, and a navy blue spray paint (in a satin finish, not metallic) to paint these kinds of bell ornaments. Any of these are cute for the holidays.

I’d love to try to do a post about other people’s thrift store finds and/or make overs. What’s the BEST thing you ever found at a thrift store? Send me a pic!

So anyway, I plan on trying to photograph the beautiful foliage around here and I’ll be sure to post them next time. Have I mentioned I LOVE FALL?!?! hehehe. Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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