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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Makers No. 40

Happy Tuesday, friends! Let's party!

The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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One of the things we love about hosting this party is discovering new blogs to follow! We hope that you will take the time to mingle and to click over and visit the talented people responsible for these inspiring features! You won't be disappointed.

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Our featured blogger is Marni from Haberdashery Fun. If you are at all into sewing, you have to get to her site and poke around.

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PIN THIS PROJECT!

This reversible tote would make the perfect gift to myself or someone else and is a small enough project to use up some of my fabric stash!

I just spent over an hour clicking around Haberdashery Fun and I am so inspired I think it may be hard to sleep tonight! As someone who dreams of the day when I can sew like a pro, I am so ready to get my stuff out and get going! Seriously, even if you don't sew, you will love looking at all of these amazing fabrics! Here are a few projects to get you started.
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And of course Marni is one to follow so you don't miss future projects.

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Of course there were so many more inspiring posts that were linked up last week. Here are 5 more faves!

Please only pin from the original source :) It is the right thing to do and gives each of these talented ladies the blog traffic they deserve.
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Sara from Tell Love and Chocolate is one of my favorite blogs because she is always coming up with simple projects like this paper straw garland. I think I want this in my house year round!
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I love crafting with my little lady and the idea of teaching her to sew someday makes me really excited so these DIY Beginning Sewing Cards for Kids from Kid's Activities Blog are going to make a great first attempt at sewing and she is going to love it!

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Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling is like my graphic print soul mate! This Geometric Deer Antler Printable is perfect for fall and I love how she dressed it up with felt roses.

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We love muffins around here and so I've been taking the time to find and make more muffin recipes from scratch. They are so worth it! These Apple Banana Oat Muffins from This Silly Girl's Life are going to make a great grab and go breakfast for those busy mornings we have.

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Making your own art is so much fun, not to mention budget friendly. How cool is this String Art Arrow Sign from Dwelling in Happiness?


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The Makers Link Party
 
Wanna be featured? Don’t forget to follow your hosts in some way and link back to the party on either your party page or post!
 
>Link up to 3 specific posts on your blog, not your blog’s homepage
(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
>Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
 
>Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
(must link back to be featured)
>Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post
>Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by
 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Sugar Skull Portrait

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My best ideas always seem to come to me late at night, and this DIY Sugar Skull Portrait is no exception. 

I was finishing up getting my home all ready for the mini Halloween home tour I posted last week, and I really needed something else to hang on the wall. I was looking through my artwork (most of it is sitting in a closet right now since we just moved), and I came across a paint-by-number little girl that I picked up at a thrift store last Spring. 

You can see her in our old Master Bedroom gallery wall above - over on the left. Anyway, in my Halloween mindset, and she looked a little creepy, and I immediately knew she would look awesome with a sugar skull makeover. 

I could have just painted right over the top of her face, but I like this little girl and I think eventually she is going to end up in my daughter's room. I needed a temporary makeover - a costume really - and I'm really happy with what I came up with.

Here's what you will need to give any portrait you have a spooky sugar skull makeover:

Start off by tracing the face of your portrait onto your tracing paper using your pencil.


Trace lightly around the face and the jawline. You will also want to lightly trace the facial features - nose, lips, eyes, and eyebrows to help you place your sugar skull features.

For inspiration, take some time to search Pinterest or Google for sugar skull make-up. You want to get inspiration from images of makeup, not actual sugar skulls because they will show you how to give real human features a skeletal look.


Using your felt tip pen, color in color in the nose, and draw teeth over the lips, following the lines you traced. Draw a circle around the eye, using the eyebrow as an upper guide. I wanted to give the shaded eye some depth, so I used a pencil to color right around the eye and then went back around the outer edge with the marker.

Using your makeup photos as inspiration, add details and embellishments to the forehead, chin, and cheeks.

When you are done, carefully erase any pencil lines (I like to use a kneaded eraser ), and cut out your mask around the outside edge.

Use a little bit of clear tape doubled up on the back to attach it to your painting. Double-sided tape would work great too, I just didn't have any. (P.S. if you have a priceless family portrait, please do not put any tape on it! This DIY is really more for thrift store type portraits.)

I also whipped up a tissue paper flower for my girls' hair. You can get a full step-by-step tutorial for the flower I made HERE

When my flower was ready, I clipped the wires short and taped them to the portrait.

My spooky little girl was all ready to take her place of honor over the piano - and when Halloween is over, her mask can come right off! 




Don't miss these other great Halloween projects!






Friday, October 17, 2014

Watercolor Wood Letters at Darice


You all know how much I love watercolors, and I recently tried them out a whole new canvas - wooden letters! Head over to the Darice Craft Blog to get the full tutorial!

Halloween Home Tour



I am really excited to be joining with some of my bloggy friends today to bring you mini tours of our homes all decked out for Halloween. Fun, right? When you scroll to the end of this post, you will find links to 14 other Spooktacular Halloween homes.

But, first, come on over and peek around my place!

So, I've mentioned that we just moved into a new home about a week and a half ago, and while many of my possessions are still being stored in cardboard boxes, my house is all ready for Halloween. Priorities, people.



Honestly though, I think putting up decorations has helped make this new place feel more like home. And my kids love it. They joined in the decorating fun by making the little ornaments hanging from that spooky tree on our porch (P.S. it lights up!).

The porch also happens to be where maybe my favorite Halloween decoration lives. If you follow me on instagram, you already saw that cute spider pumpkin stand. Isn't it adorable?




My owl wreath from last year is still looking pretty good, and since I love Disneyland, I couldn't help but throw a little Haunted Mansion reference into the mat I painted to greet our Trick or Treaters.

When you come in, you will see my little Day of the Dead vignette over our shoe cabinet.

I've played around with it a bit since my post about it the other day, and I think I like it even better now. 


I included my Dia de los Muertos wreath and Crochet Sugar Skull along with some painted feathers and World Market finds.


Across the way is our living room, which doesn't have much furniture in it yet, but the piano provides a nice spot to add some decorations.

I hung my skull cameos, and gave a thrifted paint-by-number girl a spooky makeover. I am so, so happy with the way she turned out! I will have to do a post to show you exactly how I did it, but basically I gave her a little sugar skull style mask and a tissue flower for her hair.

Isn't she kind of wonderful?

Next, I added a simple little countdown to our big chalkboard. And - this is kind of exciting - we have a real life mantel in this house. No more "mantel" guys, just mantel. 

I painted up some more Haunted Mansion lyrics on an old canvas I had lying around, and then just added a few spooky details - a jeweled skull and dollar bin spider - to a couple of framed pieces of marble paper I already had on hand.

I also whipped up a simple banner out of black and white ribbon and felt skulls I had leftover from my Dia de los Muertos wreath.

And there you have it - Boo Central, as the dryer repair man who came by yesterday called it. 

Are you ready for some more spooky, cute, and creative Halloween ideas? YES? Me too! Let's check 'em out!

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