Thursday, October 31, 2013

October Wrapup

Lately I've been:
  • Enjoying all of the great (and terrible) scary movies on TV.
  • Feeling like I didn't do enough to celebrate fall/Halloween, but mostly just really excited for Christmas season.
  • Hanging out with my new dog always. 
  • Finishing up moving out of my apartment and into a new home. I didn't even realize what a huge process it would be.

Goals for November:
  • Get fully unpacked and organized in my new place
  • Decorate for Christmas
  • Bake something just about once a week

Favorite Posts from October:

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What have you been up to lately?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

DIY Skeleton Sweatshirt

Here's another really quick and easy DIY you can do right before Halloween. I haven't really had the time or energy this year to make an all-out costume like I normally do, but I still like to be at least a little festive. Good thing this project only requires a sweatshirt, some embroidery thread, and about five minutes.

Start by creating a straight line down the front middle of the sweatshirt. I made my stitches pretty big - about an inch long each - because I might remove the thread after Halloween. Then cut three or four strands of thread that are about a foot and a half long. Attach the first strand to the top left of your sweatshirt, string it through the middle line of thread, and attach it to the other side of the sweatshirt, making sure there's enough extra thread to hang down and look like ribs. Do the same a couple more times down the rest of the sweatshirt.

Boom. Halloween'd.

Monday, October 28, 2013

DIY Spooky Lamp

Here's a really quick and easy DIY project that you can do last-minute to get ready for Halloween. All you need is some felt, tape, and a lamp.

Just start out by cutting your felt into a creepy hand/claw thing. I used my own hand as a guide, but made really jagged cuts so that it looked a little scarier. (I promise my hand doesn't actually look like this). Then take a couple of pieces of clear packing tape and cross them over the hand so that you can easily stick it to the inside of your lampshade. Then it can easily be removed after Halloween. Or you could just leave it if you like to be scared every time you turn your lamp on. Whatever.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Meet Sarge

So I know it's been really quiet around here and I'm a terrible blogger. I wasn't planning on taking any kind of break, but life just kind of got in the way, you know? So anyway, I've been in the process of moving, and working on lots of new projects, and most importantly - I got a new dog!

This is Sarge. He's a corgi/Australian cattle dog mix. We picked him up from the Humane Society over the weekend and he's basically the cutest thing ever. He follows me around all day and I'm pretty happy about it. I can't stop petting him. So that's it! I'll be back to regular posting next week - promise.

Friday, October 11, 2013

S'mores Cocktail

It's technically fall, but the thermometer is still reading like summer here in Michigan. This time of year always makes me want to have a lot of bonfires. And bonfires = s'mores. In celebration of bonfire season, I made a s'mores inspired cocktail.

Mix 1 cup chocolate milk with 2 shots chocolate liqueur. Melt 1 tbsp margarine with 1tbsp brown sugar and mix in 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff and 1 tsp vodka. Take a separate tbsp of marshmallow fluff and coat the top rim of your glass. Crumble graham crackers and add them to the rim. Then pour the chocolate milk mixture and the marshmallow fluff mixture over the top. Enjoy at your next bonfire or whenever you want more s'mores in your life (a.k.a. always).

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

DIY Glue Spiderwebs

I'm in full Halloween mode over here, so that means a lot of making decorations. Today's project was incredibly easy - glue spiderwebs.

What you need:
  • hot glue
  • construction paper

All you need to do is draw a spiderweb on a piece of construction paper with hot glue. You can use a pen or pencil first if you choose, but it's really pretty straightforward and spiderwebs honestly look fine when they're a little messy. You'll want to make your lines of glue pretty thick, because it makes the next step a little easier.

When the glue has dried, begin ripping the paper off the outside of the web, and then rip it from in between the web as well. This should go pretty quickly if your glue lines are solid, but if they're a little thin at parts then you might have to do a little touching up with extra glue afterward. When you're done, you should have a spooky looking web to hang up on your wall or display on a table. I'm thinking about making a bunch of them this year!

Monday, October 7, 2013

DIY Fall Leaf Crown

 I've always wanted to be one of those people who take a lot of fashion risks. I'm working on it, but it doesn't come naturally to me, so if there's something I've never worn I will likely go through a lot of stress before actually working up the nerve to wear it. That's been the case with flower crowns for years now. I finally feel a little more confident with it, but now it's fall and not necessarily the ideal time for flower crowns. Solution: make a flower crown with leaves.

There are tutorials for flower crowns pretty much everywhere. So this tutorial could be kind of easy: find your favorite flower crown tutorial. Substitute flowers for leaves. Done. But if for some reason you're interested in how I made this one with my limited supplies, here you go.

What you need:
  • Wire
  • Tissue paper or fabric
  • Leaves
  • Hot glue

Cut two pieces of wire that can each wrap around your head 1 1/2 times. Cut strips of fabric or paper that are about 1 inch wide, then begin wrapping them around your wires so that they're covered, gluing them in place as you go. Once both the wires are covered, intertwine them so that they're the right size for your head and wrap any excess wire around them so that they stay in place.

Then you can begin gluing your leaves in place. I prefer the look of smaller leaves, so I just cut up some of the bigger ones that I had. But if you are more bold than I, you can definitely go with full sized leaves instead. That's all there is to it!


Friday, October 4, 2013

Ginger Apple Sangria

Here's a recipe for some autumn-inspired sangria that I tried last year and haven't yet shared on the blog. I think I'm going to have to try it again very soon - maybe this weekend!

What you need:
  • 1 bottle of semi-dry white wine 
  • 3 cups ginger ale 
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice 
  • 2 honeycrisp apples 
  • 1 orange 
  • 1 lemon 
  • 1 tsp ginger 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 

Cut up the fruit and mix all the above ingredients in a pitcher. If you want more kick try adding a bit of brandy or peach schnapps. Do you have a favorite type of sangria?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

DIY Costume Roundup

Making costumes is possibly my favorite thing to do in the whole entire world. As a kid I basically lived for Halloween and nothing has really changed. I've shared a lot of my homemade costumes on this blog over the last few years, and I've actually never done a roundup post of my favorites (except for this one of pretty much every Harry Potter costume possible). So if you're looking for some costume inspiration, here are some of my super random and weird and often poorly-photographed creations from the past few years. This doesn't include any Harry Potter ones, but seriously, Harry Potter is great, and you should check out this post too. That is all.

Charlie Brown // Effie Trinket // unicorn  // Mrs. Potts // Stewie Griffin // Madeline  // Slinky Dog and other Toy Story 3 characters // Marge Simpson // Mr. Potato Head

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Halloween Cupcakes: 4 Ways

Halloween is almost here and it's one of my favorite holidays ever so I decided it would be time to start sharing some Halloween themed posts here. Last year, my mom and I worked on a lot of party-related projects together, including some really awesome cupcakes. I thought they were a little too cute not to share here, so here you go:

you'll need: 
  • a sheet of caramel to cover the cupcake 
  • half a green Dots candy for the stem 
  • chocolate chips for the face (and a tiny bit of frosting to make them stick - or you can heat up the caramel in the microwave for a few seconds) 

Black Cat 
you'll need: 
  • black or brown sprinkles to cover the cupcake 
  • colored candies for the eyes and nose 
  • long white sprinkles for the whiskers 
  • a pretzel twist broken in half for the ears 

you'll need: 
  • white sugar or sprinkles (or just plain white frosting) to cover the cupcake 
  • chocolate chips for the eyes and nose 
  • 3 marshmallows cut in half for the teeth 

you'll need: 
  • green sprinkles to cover the cupcake 
  • 2 red M&M's for the eyes 
  • 2 orange Dots candies for the neck 
  • a caramel sheet for the hair 
  • black gel frosting to cover the hair, mouth, eyebrows and scar 

Almost too cute to eat, right? Do you have any favorite Halloween desserts?
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