“an arrow can only be released by first pulling it back. when life pulls you back, it simply means you’re launching into something amazing.”
Ahhhh, the first weekend of October – perfect for decorating the house for Halloween… Unless you’re like me and started mid September (sorry, not sorry!) Sadly I had very little halloween decor so today I headed out to search for some more to add to my collection.
This morning was beautiful! Sun was out, but for the first time in a while there was a nice cool breeze and none of that disgusting sticky humidity. Perfect morning to me. On today’s agenda was Kirkland’s, Michael and Target of course 🙂
*Warning: Unless you want to leave with the entire store don’t go to Kirkland’s!
Their holiday decorations.are.amazing.. (especially christmas time)
So my main goals were to keep it simple, not spend too much money and keep my plants on the stand. On my T.V mantel I didn’t want to have to get rid of the plants I normally have, I wanted to incorporate them somehow. So when I found the Witch feet I knew exactly what to do.
I usually like to reuse things I have around the house and repurpose them for different ideas I have at the time. In this case, the black candle holders I’ve had for years – they were being used in my kitchen and needed a new meaning. I dusted those babies off and gave them a new home!
Ahhh I love these witches feet so much! Paired up with a DIY terrarium I’ve had for a while and of course a tiny pumpkin I picked up at my local farmer’s market 🙂
This little speckled pumpkin was found at the Farmer’s Market as well, however, I believe you can get them at publix too!
Those repurposed candle holders, for ya – just disregard any reflection of laundry doing in the tv 🙂
Now, on to my FAVORITE spot in my home. My gallery wall. I especially love this area because it is very meaningful to me, plus it makes for great decorating. The best thing I ever did with my gallery wall was add a tiny little shelf that fits in perfectly. I can change it up for every season. As for each piece I put on my wall, I take time to find them – I have to absolutely love it!
As you can see there is still a bare spot at the top, so I’m on the hunt for the perfect piece.
I hope you enjoy!
Sundays are for baking cookies! Right? Well, mine was. I had a random urge to bake sugar cookies and test my creativeness after finding these cute cookie cutters at HomeGoods. So I didn’t opt for the sugar cookies from scratch, i opted for the sugar cookies that required minimum effort – just one egg, 1/2 cup of butter and the cookie mix. I mixed it up and prepared my counters to roll out the dough.
Flour was basically my best friend throughout this process. The dough was extremely sticky and need a ton of flour to get it to the right consistency.
Once I folded enough flour to handle the dough, I rolled out to about 1.4 an inch I went to town with the cookie cutters. These were so cool because they are different than a regular cookie cutter. They had the cutter on one side and an indentation of different things on the other side.
They looked SO cute once they were all pressed with the different designs, but sadly I had to wait for them to bake in order to design. Once they baked and cooled off, I mixed together confectioners sugar with a splash of vanilla extract and water for white frosting – put it into piping bag, cut the tip and decorate away! You can totally add food coloring to your confectioners sugar icing, but for my colors I used some edible glitter gel, which surprisingly worked very well. I couldn’t resist, i mean, its edible GLITTER!
At first I thought they were going to take HOURS to decorate, however, they were easy to work with.
I hope you enjoy!
Quick icing: (what I used for white)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix together, adding more water or sugar until desired consistency.
p.s – We can thank my Mom for these mad skills 😉
Lately one of my favorite things to do (for gifts) is put together baskets as a gift instead of wrapping individual gifts. This weekend I got to put together a little something for a baby shower. Mommy to be asked that everyone brought wipes and diapers, so I did just that and a little more.
I was able to put this together for under $30! If you ask me… thats a total score!!
Out with the old and in with the new! I somehow found the courage to cut my hair and start a blog all in the same week, and so far, i am loving both!
I’ve tried the whole short hair thing once or twice and always left crying. This time was different.. much, much different. It seriously helps to have an AMAZING hair stylist.My hair was down to my waist! I just got tired of all the maintenance with long hair.. the dry time.. the style time.. ugh! So when I went I sat in the chair and let my hairstylist work magic. I told her a little passed my collar bones and keep the style the same and wallah!
She worked so much magic I can barely contain myself. Never thought I would be loving short hair. Its so much easier to maintain in the mornings. I don’t know if I will ever join the long hair side again!
Here is a little project I did for some cute Halloween decor.
What you need:
As you can see, line the bottom with an inch of candy corn.
Next, line the side of the vase with your marshmallow peeps. Of course you can use a different type but I favored the ghosts here. I used just enough to go around the vase 1 time. which came out to about 3 rows. Then I used some sunflowers from the Dollar store, cut them to size and placed in the middle.
I have had this vase for about 3 years and no rotting or molding of any sort.
This project was a lot of fun. I had a desire out of no where (like most things) to build this shelf completely out of pallets. I had been wanting to put a TV in my workout room but did not want to spend $100 for a shelf to do so!
I was lucky enough to be able to get a few pallets from a local golf course that they use to ship in sod. Brought them to my parents house where they have all the handy tool imaginable and bam! magic happened. BTW I was so afraid of the saw… until I used it!
I took the best looking pallet and split it in half (length wise) as you see in the pic. It was MUCH easier than pulling every piece apart to rebuild.
Grab another pallet the same size and take off the 2×4, attach these 2×4 to the back of the original pallet using a blocks of wood, from unused 2×4’s, measuring the distance you want. Creating the gap between the front and the back. *I used small long pieces of wood to attach the blocks in the middle placing them about 1/2 inch lower than the top of the outer block. This allowed me to nail them from the inside and created a lip for my shelves to rest on.
Once you’ve created the foundation its time to add the shelves. I used the bigger and thinner pieces of wood from the pallet to create the shelves. Had to cut them using the table saw to the perfect size to fit my shelf. Placed them in the correct spots, used a nail gun to attach them to the small pieces of wood we attached earlier.
Last, I added the lips in the front to hide all of my first-DIY-project-boo-boos. Which made for an AHmazing finished piece! Pre color of course 🙂
Pre color you MUST sand this down. This took a lot of work. i used an electric sander for the rough stuff first. Then switch to a very course hand sander for the rest. This took hours since pallets are not in the best condition. PLUS be very careful of the nails, they’re everywhere.
Now it is time to paint it, and just like everything else in this project I had no idea how I wanted it. I was torn between painting it white, a white wash stain and a grey wood stain. I originally bought the grey stain but once I realized how much work it is to stain I went to the white paint. Once I painted the entire thing, I went back in with a handheld sander to give it that distress look. Because the thing I loved about the pallet was the raw look of it
I absolutely love it! Especially because I made it
Hi, I’m Tiffany! Twenty-something pit bull lovin’, Florida living, jet set dreaming, coffee loving kind of gal.I decided to create a blog for a form of creative outlet and to satisfy my desire, because if you think about doing something long enough – you best follow through with it. I hope you find things here that make you happy.