Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween: Pop Out Character Pumpkin

Hey you guys...

Last year I was a little lazy. Normally, I love carving pumpkins and decorating them. But I was having one of those days where I spent the day cleaning and I could not imagine having to clean one more mess. So I decided to do a different take on pumpkin carving. 



As a child of the 80’s, I loved the movie Goonies. When it became a cult classic in my teens, I collected the “action figures” (weird I know). Having these toys sit in my closet gave me an idea. I decided that I would make a "pop out character pumpkin", as I call it.  

After I started cutting the pumpkin and occasionally laughing, my boyfriend walked over to see what I was doing. As soon as he saw sloth busting out of my pumpkin he asked, “what is wrong with you!" I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s the silly little things that make life fun. I placed this on my porch on Halloween and I caught people taking pictures of it and complementing it. Alas, I’m not the only one that thinks this is humorous, amazing, and unique.

Details, details, details: I had to include the Baby Ruth and pirate treasure to top off the look. If you haven't seen this movie you are seriously missing out. 


Make it Spicy,
A


Monday, September 22, 2014

Custom Dog Mat Tutorial



This “dog mat project” was inspired by my newest dog Layla. Layla is a boxer and she drools a LOT while drinking water.  The water got everywhere and the rubber mat we had been using was not cutting it.  I saw a commercial for a new paint spray product on TV that was safe to use on rugs/fabrics.  After looking at two stores, I did not find that paint so I improvised. It's been two months since I made my mat and even after vacuuming, it's held up very well. I would not recommend washing it in a wash machine though. 


Here is what I used for this project:
Small entryway rug (from the Dollar Tree)
White paint (I used all purpose paint)
Stencils
Sponge brush
Tape

Tip: The stencils I used were originally one big sheet. I cut them out individually so they would be easier to use. The paint I used for the paw print was actually a spray fabric paint. After trying it out, I hated it and ended up returning it and using an all purpose white paint for the rest of the project. 




Taping off and measuring the letters/design is the most challenging part of this project. I used a ruler and tape to make sure my design was straight and remained in place. Once the letters are taped down dab the white paint on the stencil. Overall, I think I did about 3-4 coats for each letter.  If you need to use a stencil twice; allow it to dry, that way you do not smudge the paint. 



Get creative and make your pup or kitty one.  Make sure to share your project with me and have fun!

Make it spicy, 
A





Monday, September 15, 2014

Halloween: BOO Wreath tutorial


Howdy from Texas! The weather is finally cooling off here which means fall is approaching. Fall is my favorite season and I love everything about it, especially the pumpkin coffee, pumpkin beer, and CRAFTS.  I needed a new halloween wreath so I made this little boo-ty (ha ha).  Actually, I didn't need a new one... but I did need an excuse to make something new. It's an addiction, I know.   

Want to make this? 
Here is what you need:
1. Letters B-O-O (I got mine from Michaels)
2. 3 pgs of scrap book paper of your choosing (I got mine from hobby lobby)
3. Ribbon or twine
4. Glue or mod podge
5. Scissors


I wanted my wreath to have a vintage feel so I picked scrapbook paper to reflect this.  I used wooden letter that were about 10 inches in height. Place the letters facing down and closely trace the letters. (tip: hold the pencil with the tip inward so that the outline is more accurate). 


Cut the outline(s) out. Test the paper over the letter to review for errors. With glue or mod podge secure the paper to the letters. Allow to dry.



Once dry, secure the letters by tying them together. I used this twine that I found at hobby lobby. I really liked how it had beads and tiny leaves attached.


To finish the wreath, I added a bow at the top.  I saw a similar wreath on etsy and it was priced over $50. This one cost less then $15 to make.  Hang and enjoy! 

Make it spicy,
A


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Halloween: Spooky frame




This craft is so easy a baby can do it. Ok, maybe not a baby but a young child that can use scissors and cut in a straight line. 

I got this frame from Goodwill for about $2. I used some left over scrapbook paper as the “picture”. But there are so many cool printables out there on pintrest so the possibilities are endless. In total, this craft was less then $4.00 to make.


 I added a bow and a "BOO" decor tag to the corners. 



Other ideas: Use the glass as a dry erase board and place a menu on it. 


Make it spicy,
A
Marigolds' Loft

Halloween: Decorated pickle jars


Happy soon-to-be Halloween!!

There’s not much instruction to this project. I simply used window decals and placed them in the pickle jars along with tissue paper and an electronic candle. You can also paint the top of the jars to avoid seeing the advertising.  

This project would be fun for kids and adults. I made several last year and placed them leading up to my front door on Halloween. 



(tip: I used pickle jars because they are wider and do not have marking or the name brand on the glass. Plus, they are free).

Make it spicy,
A

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Texas inspired baby shower gifts


Being in your late 20’s means going to a lot of weddings and baby showers.  It also means giving presents and attending showers.  I like to give unique handmade gifts that add my own personal touch. Its easy to go to a store and purchase something, but it means a lot more to give a gift you poured some sweat into. I still get giddy when I see something I made being used by my friends.

Below are some of my past Texas themed presents I've made. 


Although, there is not step-by-step instructions feel free to comment if you have questions or comments.
Texas Cowgirl Diaper cake.
Side of cake

Other side of cake

Backside of cake. Shirt states "This Texas princess wears boots"-cute, right?

Texas frame for the Nelson family

I made this sign for my friend Brittani when she was expecting her daughter Lauren. She now lives in Washington but I wanted her to have a little piece of Texas in her new home.

Wagon gift basket


I bought this wagon at Canton Trade Days (my haven) for around $3.  I filled it with bath time essentials and wrapped it with ribbons and hair bows. 

Make it spicy,
Amanda

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