Friday, October 31, 2014

Last-Minute Happy Halloween Inspiration

We go for Happy Halloweens at our house, as opposed to creepy, spooky, or scary.  And I go for decor that's easy and inexpensive, kinda like this super-cute free Trick-or-Treat banner...

And this easy little bat tree, like I spotted here...

And of course a little paper crafting...

And at our house, every holiday gets celebrated in chalk because that's just how I do.  

However you do, I hope your family has a day of fun!

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dining Room Decorating Dilemma: What Would You Do?

I haven't mentioned it lately, but I've been taking the dining room in another direction, giving it a little bit more of an updated look.  Did anyone happen to notice I had painted the buffet when I posted Denise's Overcomer party?

Remember how it looked in Sherwin William's Aqua-Sphere before?  I did love it this way, but I also wanted to have more of a neutral canvas to work with when I decorate for parties and seasons.

So I made it over in Sherwin William's Pearly White, painted the hardware in my favorite Krylon gold, and I'm loving it.

Then, after searching high and low, I found a great pair of Ralph Lauren lamps on clearance at TJ Maxx...

And now the big question is what to do with the wall decor.  I've had some thrift store vintage art on each side of the large mirror for a few months, and I like it...

But, I also found a pair of these mod mirrors on clearance at Target which I think might be more of the look I'm going toward.  These might even look good with a cute shelf under each one.

So, what's your preference?  The coordinating vintage art pieces or the pair of mod mirrors?  

Every time I ask for your help, y'all always come up with great ideas, so I'd love to hear what you think!  What would you do?

Monday, October 27, 2014

DIY Dollar Store Non-Candy Halloween Treats!

If you're looking for ways to treat the kids this Halloween, here are a few sweet ideas that are totally sugar-free!  I shared these easy DIY projects on our local news show this morning, and you might like them, too!  Almost all of the supplies are from the dollar store, so there's no need to be afraid of blowing your budget!

First, these mini ghost bubbles are made from wedding bubbles that come 8 in a pack from the Dollar Tree...

Just use a small ball of tissue paper to make a "head," cut 3 more pieces of tissue in 5 inch squares, cover it up, tie on a piece of string, and make a couple of black dots for the eyes!

Then finish it off by gluing on a little speech bubble which you can download here.  SO easy!

Also at the dollar store, I found some mini play-dough cans, colorful pencils, and some googly eyes.  Using these along with some pom pons from Hobby Lobby, the girls and I also made some cute Monster pencil toppers and Monster Dough with just a little hot glue and creativity!

These are easy enough and cheap enough to pass out to the trick-or-treaters at the door or use for party favors at your Halloween party.  They're fun to make and the kids will love them, too!

Here's my little TV segment if you'd like to see more!