Striped Halloween Wreath

Striped Halloween Wreath |

If there's anything I love as much as polka dots, it's stripes.  I've had this black & white striped ribbon in my ribbon drawer for awhile now, just calling my name, and what could be more perfect for it, than this adorable Halloween wreath? I love love it!  A big fat bow some sparkle, and little bits of ribbon put the finishing touches on it. I can't wait to get this up on my front door! Best of all, it's super easy to make!   SUPPLIES:  -16 inch styrofoam wreath -black & white striped ribbon--approximately 8 yards -straight pins -wide black ribbon for bow -glitter or felt balls -thin orange and black ribbon -needle & … [Read more...]

Trick-or-treat printable gift tag

Trick-or-treat printable gift tags |

October is NEXT week, people.  Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like it was just June?  The last quarter of the year is my most favorite, but it always goes the fastest.  Here is upstate New York the trees are just starting to change colors, the air is getting a little more crisp at night, and all I want to do is bake apple pies and wear cozy sweaters!  To quote Anne of Green Gables, "I'm so happy I live in a world where there are Octobers!" October also means Halloween, and I embrace all of the "cute part" of the holiday.  It means darling costumes, candy, yummy food, jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, and parties! Parties are on my mind right now, and today I'm sharing a … [Read more...]

Mason jar ghost lantern

Mason Jar Ghost Lantern |

You guys, this is the third mason jar project I've done in the last few weeks! There are just so many fun things you can do with them, especially at the holidays, and I'm excited about sharing this totally adorable mason jar ghost lantern that's perfect for lighting up your Halloween decor! So cute, right?!  It's also a fast and easy project, which always ranks really high in my book. Think about lighting your walk or porch on Halloween night, or the nights leading up to Halloween. They would be darling in your windows so the whole world can see them, or even just in your own home on a mantel, shelf, or table.  If you're decorating for a Halloween party, they would be adorable … [Read more...]

Striped mason jar soap pump…perfect for Halloween!

DIY Striped Mason Jar Soap Pump |

Did you know there is a super easy way to make and adorable mason jar soap pump?  I've made them in the past using vintage jars and soap pumps cut from plastic soap dispensers, and I love them still, but this way is just SO easy.  You can use a plain jar, which is always a classic choice, but I thought a fun black & white striped version would be perfect for Halloween! I love love LOVE it!  Isn't it too adorable?  Stripes are another one of my obsessions, so it was an easy choice.  How cute would this be, sitting on your kitchen counter or next to your bathroom sink?  I know! What makes it so easy?  I picked up a mason jar soap pump kit at Michael's for around $3, using a … [Read more...]

Easy fall gift ideas & printables

Easy Fall Gift Ideas & Free Printables |

Hello there, fall!!  It was a cool 59 degrees today, and I had my windows wide open, just soaking in all that lovely fall smell.  It's going to get warmer this week again, but this little taste of fall definitely has me on the countdown.  Fall brings on the beginning of the holidays, and most definitely my favorite time of year. It's full of friends, family, and giving! There are always fun opportunities to give gifts during these fall and winter months, and I love easy gift ideas, especially ones that will fit a budget. I've also discovered that a cute tag makes ALL the difference--add it to any gift, and it goes from drab to fab!  I created a darling printable tag that's perfect for all … [Read more...]

Farmstyle wood fall signs + free Silhouette cut files

Farmstyle Fall Wood Signs |

With all of our things still in storage, I really needed wanted to make a few fall decorations.  Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they're super easy to make! I wanted them to look more like barn wood--farmstyle--and using a stain then sanding the heck out of them helped me achieve that.  I used stencils I cut out using my Silhouette, and painted them on with white paint. They were an easy weekend project that was mostly drying time (you need to let stain dry for 24 … [Read more...]

Apple mason jar teacher gift

Apple Mason Jar Teacher Gift |

Today is our first day of school!  I feel like the summer went way too fast, and we just didn't have enough time to do all the things we wanted to do. twin boys are starting kindergarten, and I'm crying my eyes out. For reals. Their time at home goes so quickly--I'm never ready for it to be over.   I'm excited for them and their new adventures, but I have to admit, it's hard for me.  So bittersweet. Between my tears (I'm kind of joking), I'm going to share our teacher gifts that have been safely delivered to the school this morning. Our fun tradition teacher gift for the first of the year is to give an apple--in some form.  Some years it's been a caramel apple, and other years … [Read more...]

Fall bucket list –19 ways to celebrate autumn

Fall Bucket List | Free Printable |

I absolutely adore fall.  It is my most favorite season, and I look forward to it all year long. The crisp mornings, yummy smells, brilliant leaves, cozy sweaters, warm fires, football games, pumpkin patches, cider mills, apple picking, bonfires, trick-or-treating, roasting pumpkin seeds, carving pumpkins...I could totally go on and on and on! There just really isn't anything about it that I don't love! Making a fall bucket list is a great way to really celebrate autumn, and helps you enjoy all the wonderful things there are to do and see!  Fall means the start of the holidays, more time spent with family and friends, and the best four months of the year! Our family has so much fun … [Read more...]

How to easily convert a PNG or JPG file into a Silhouette cut file

How to convert png and jpg files into Silhouette cut files |

Did you know you can take your own file--PNG, JPG, GIF--and convert it into a Silhouette cut file, so you can use it in a multitude of different projects? It's true!!  It really is very simple to do, and since I was just working on a project this week using this method, I thought I would share it with you! You're going to utilize the trace function, and if you've never used it before, it could very well become your new best friend after this tutorial.  Really. It opens up SO many possibilities!! Open up your Silhouette Studio Design Edition software, click File > Import > Import to Library . Browse your hard drive to find the image you want to use.  I designed an arrow in … [Read more...]

Make packing lunches easier & faster with a school lunch station!

School Lunch Station | Free Printables |

With my twin boys starting kindergarten this year (sniff, sniff), I will now have five kids to pack school lunch for.  All of a sudden this past week that seemed like... a lot.  We still have a couple of weeks until school starts, but I decided to get organized now! I've always had some kind of lunch station, but the thought of 25 bags of chips, 25 fruit cups, 25 granola bars, 25 string cheese, and 25 go-gurt (plus sandwich stuff) per week really got me thinking about how I could create something to make the packing process a lot faster and easier. So...the official school lunch station has been created, including some super cute printables as the finishing touch. It's simple, but that's … [Read more...]