Halloween Cookies

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 IMG_3718HomeGoods. 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.
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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.

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IMG_3749_FotorAren’t they SO adorable?!

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 😉

Baby Shower gift basket — Under $30!

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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.

Over the span of a few days I hit a few stores and SCORED the basket for $1.99 and cute bath set at Ross, the lips binky at HomeGoods and wipes, diapers and lotion at Walmart. IMG_3693 (1)

I was able to put this together for under $30! If you ask me… thats a total score!!

Halloween Floral Vase

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Here is a little project I did for some cute Halloween decor.

What you need:
Vase
Candy Corn
Marshmallow peeps
Fake flowers

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.

Enjoy!

DIY Pallet Shelf

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!Pallet project

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.IMG_3332

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 itfullsizerender11

I absolutely love it! Especially because I made it