Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Join the Instagram Blog Hop!

We're very very excited to be a part of this Instagram Blog Hop hosted by some of our favorite ladies! If you've never done one before, don't worry. It's easy and really fun to find some new Instagram friends! It's just like a linky party!

Welcome to week 31 of our Instagram Blog Hop! This is a party where you link up your Instagram account, find and follow new Instagram friends, and be continually inspired by what you see in your Instagram feed! No need to have a blog, just an Instagram account! And we have one little update, Angie of Little Inspiration is now joining the party! We want to thank Miss Ashlyn of Let it be Beautiful for being such an amazing host this past year! Make sure to continue to give her some IG love! Now on to the party...

Here are the RULES:

1. Follow your HOSTS on Instagram:
Kimberly | @anightowlblog of A Night Owl 

2. Follow your CO-HOSTS on Instagram:

You can find The Sisters here: 
Instagram (Nat) :: Instagram (Holly) :: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest


You can find The Trio here: 
Instagram :: Site :: Blog :: Facebook ::  Twitter

3. Check out and follow a couple fellow IGers. 
Tell folks you follow that you found them through the Hop!

4. Spread the word! 

Grab a button HERE for your sidebar!
Instagram Blog Hop
5. Link up your profile from any Instagram web interfaces like these listed here: 
Just log in with your Instagram account, grab your profile URL and enter it in the linky below.

Now, on to the HOP! 
Remember, please link up your INSTAGRAM account, not your blog.

Monday, October 29, 2012

14 Easy Halloween Ideas {our Past Projects}

Good morning! We are thinking of and praying for those in the path of Hurricane Sandy this morning... what a scary time for those on the east coast.

Well, Halloween's here. This week. Are you ready? Any last-minute frantic sewing of costumes? We have such fond memories of our mom making costumes. My daughter gets to wear a beautiful Cinderella dress that Grandma sewed about 10 years ago. It's so special!

Today we thought we would put all our Halloween projects in one, easy-to-find place. Here are our favorite Halloween projects from this year and last! {Click on the links below each set of pictures.} Many are easy enough to whip up for a last-minute party or gift. Happy Haunting!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein Shirts

Are you busy with last-minute costumes and Halloween parties this weekend? Here is a cute and easy idea for making some festive t-shirts to celebrate the spooky holiday :) To make these adorable Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein shirts, I used the Ink Effects paints from DecoArt. This stuff is so cool!
You  paint a picture or design on plain white paper, {I used a coloring page I found online} and then transfer it directly on to your fabric. You have no idea how fun it was for me to paint these cute monsters! I used to love coloring books when I was younger... this is like coloring for adults! The ink effects come in a ton of different colors, so let your creativity fly!

I started out with some plain colored t-shirts from Target:

Once I was done painting my monster pictures, I let them dry for 30 minutes, then I prepped the surface of the fabric with the Ink Effects spray {you only need to use this if you are using a fabric that is more than 30% cotton.} Let it dry completely before you iron on your image. Make sure your iron is on the highest heat setting, set to NO steam :)

Then, just place your picture face down on the front of the shirt, and iron for 30 - 60 seconds. Keep the iron moving constantly to ensure an even transfer of your image. Here is what my Mr. Frankenstein looked like after I was done:

Another really cool thing is that you can use the image for up to three transfers. Just make sure to increase your ironing time to a minimum of 60 seconds with multiple transfers... they won't be as vibrant as your original transfer but still look pretty cool. I liked the more "washed out" look for my monsters, so I did the Mrs. Frankenstein transfer twice and ended up using the second one.

To add the "Mr." and "Mrs." on the shirts, I used some black heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. I love living so close to their warehouse! Here is the final result:

My little bride of Frankenstein modeling for me:
My baby girl's best friend helped us out with Mr. Frankenstein. What cuties!
I can't wait to do more projects with these Ink Effects paints... Look at a few other ideas I found for inspiration:
If you want to try your own Ink Effects project, you can find them at your local JoAnns or order online. I really loved using my paints, they were so easy to work with! Let me know if you guys try them out :)
For more about DecoArt Ink Effects:
Have a great weekend!

This post is sponsored by DecoArt, but the opnions are 100% mine!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gardner Village Bloggers Night Out!

Last month I was able to take a road trip with some of my fellow Idaho bloggers, McKenzie and Adrienne, down to Gardner Village in West Jordan, Utah. It was actually my first time there, and I had a great time exploring all of the shops and enjoying time with my girlfriends.

It was so much fun meeting Lori from My Craft Channel, and one of my new bloggy best friends... cute Aleisha from She Calls Me Mama Leisha! One of the highlights of my night was meeting Amy and getting to know her better. She was so funny and down to earth, seriously love her! I had a fabulous time browsing the shops with McKenzie and Adrienne, here is some of the Halloween inspiration we found:

It was AH-MAZING shopping without my kids :) Some of my favorite shops were:
Country Furniture and Gifts {Darling holiday decor, timeless home accessories, and of course gifts!}
Down to Earth {My favorite home decor shop in the Village! They had some great clocks, gorgeous furniture and drool-worthy pillows.}
Georgell Doll Shop {I am definitely coming back here with my little girl... everything was adorable, and they even have a place where you can have a tea party with your dolls!}
Plum Dandy {I LOVED this place! I wanted all the clothes and jewelry to take home with me :)}
Spoiled Rotten {Amazing children's boutique. They had some really creative and unique clothing for kids... you must go check it out.
The Village Quilt Shop {Amazing quilts and home decor... I wanted more time in this store! I definitely have to go back and shop some more.
The Posh Peddler {Favorite clothing shop in the Village... loved everything! Wanted it all!}
Taste {They offer some pretty amazing sounding cooking classes, I wish I lived closer so I could take one. We got a yummy treat here... a delicious frozen hot chocolate!}

After we shopped, we got to meet a real live Witch... and she was hilarious! Have you guys heard of Witches Night Out? It sounds like a hoot! One night where you can act like a witch and totally have an excuse {instead of PMS, which is usually mine!} Hahaha...but you really can dress up and have a fun night out with girlfriends. I want to go SO bad!!!

Gardner Village is hosting Witches Night Out this weekend {Oct. 26 & 27} from 6-10 pm both nights. They also have activities for kids during the day, Breakfast with a Witch and Ride to a Witch are a few that look fun. Are any of you planning to go this weekend? You might just talk me into jumping in the car and driving down on Saturday :)

Oh, and if you are curious what I look like as a man, take a look at this pic... yes, this is what my dad looks like if you are wondering. Kinda freaks me out. Not sure if I will wear a fake mustache ever again!

A huge thanks to My Craft Channel and Gardner Village for hosting this awesome Bloggers Night Out! I had such a great time. I can't wait to see all of you cute Utah peeps again! Speaking of Utah... Nat is doing a Skype segment on Studio 5 as we speak {or as I write!} We'll have the link up on our facebook page later today. Happy Wednesday!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Printable Halloween Game "Don't Eat Frank!"

In elementary school, there are 2 days each year that leave the kids {and teachers!} completely wiped out: Halloween and Valentine's Day. Not even the day before Christmas Break can compare! Halloween usually means class parties and games and treats and costumes and...phew! I hope this will ease some stress for you amazing "Room Moms", teachers, or parents! 

It's played just like Don't Eat Pete. **Edited to Add** Directions are found below! You can use candy corn, cereal pieces or anything you want to mark the spaces on the grid. Don't be fooled - this is not just for Preschoolers! One of my incredible Room Moms (Hi, Christi!) brought this for my 2nd graders and it was a hit! 

Click through to download & print!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Costume Hair Accessory Ideas

Today we are sharing an easy way to get a custom look for your little girl's Halloween costume this year... by making a fun hair accessory!

Last year, I made several Disney-themed tutu dresses to sell at a local boutique. Some of my inspiration was found on Pinterest, but there were a few looks that I came up with all on my own!

Here are two of my favorite costumes:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Wreath {from an old T-shirt}

On Monday, we told you how to turn your old funky sweaters into fashionable boot socks. Today, we're showing you how to make a Halloween wreath out of an old t-shirt! I know you guys have some old shirts sitting around, just waiting to be donated to good will. Cut one up and try this instead!


I've had this shirt forever, and after wearing it during my last pregnancy it really needed to go. But I loved the black and white stripes, so I decided to cut it up and make an easy Halloween decoration out of it! It was really simple and cost me $5 total to make this {not-so} spooky Halloween wreath.

Keep reading to see how I made this super easy and cheap wreath!

Monday, October 15, 2012

DIY Boot Socks {from old sweaters}

This week Nat and I are taking a little break and enjoying some long-awaited sister time! She is making the trek to Idaho tomorrow with her cute kids to visit :) So all week we'll be sharing some of our contributer and guest posts from the past few months. Here is one of my favorite upcycle projects I've done this fall...

About a month ago I found a deal on those really cute, tall boot socks -- I wanted three or four pairs! At $12 a pair, plus shipping, I couldn't justify it. I found a few old sweaters in my closet that I was planning to give away, and I knew they would make the perfect DIY project. How do you like my new boot socks?

Find out how I made them!

Friday, October 12, 2012

{Candy Corn} Paint Chip Banner

I am kind of obsessed with paint chips... what can I say? I like free stuff! This week I updated my chalkboard with a Halloween wreath and this adorable "candy corn" banner, made from paint chips!

To find out what paint chips I used and how I did it, keep reading...