Category Archives: Holidays

Christmas - Crafting DIY

Easy Farmhouse Christmas Wreath

November 6, 2017

This easy farmhouse Christmas wreath was so easy to make and I used all items I had on hand.
It’s simple to make in 15 minutes or less!Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garland
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You only need a few items to create this simple farmhouse Christmas wreath. I’m so glad to be participating in Craft Lightning for the holidays. To see my other Christmas wreath I created for Craft Lightning, click here.

Supplies

  • Wreath Form
  • Moss
  • wire garland
  • glue gun

Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garland You’ll want to spend the few extra dollars to get a green wreath form. I didn’t think that far ahead and just decided I could easily spray paint it. Don’t. The paint eats the foam and it turns sticky. I knew this but I didn’t think very far ahead. I used a 12″ wreath form that I picked up from my local Joann store.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandI also grabbed these wire garlands. For a wreath form this big, you’ll use all of one and a bit of the second. Just grab a smaller wreath form and you’ll only need to grab one wire garland. Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandI began by hot gluing all the moss on the wreath form. I used what I had on hand but if I was going to buy the moss, I’d pick the moss ribbon or something that comes in a sheet rather than the small bits of moss. I used 2 full packages of the small moss.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandJust find random places to fill in the wreath and get a good covering. It doesn’t need to go all the way to the back because that won’t show. Just cover the wreath form as full as you want it.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandTo wrap the wire garland, start with the wire in the back of the form. Wrap it all around the form in the clockwise direction. When the wire intersects, begin wrapping it around the opposite way. This will help the X’s form in the wreath. The tighter you wrap, the more definition in the farmhouse Christmas wreath you’ll get.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandThat’s it! So easy and fun to create this farmhouse Christmas wreath and bring the look into your own home.

Check out all the other Craft Lightning projects below and follow along for more quick holiday crafts.

Beauty - Halloween

Not By The Hair Of My Chinny-Chin-Chin Printable and Gift Idea

October 23, 2017

Women of any age suffer from the dreaded whiskers. Grab her some electronic tweezers and this fun facial hair printable and gift her something useful.Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin. Grab this free witch printable for the hairy person in your life.

This post contains affiliate links. Just like any printable I offer on my site, this is for personal use only.

I don’t know any woman who doesn’t deal with whiskers or full-blown chin hair. If you don’t, then I don’t know what kind of witch-craft you’re doing but teach me your ways! It’s always a fun joke in our family and so one day at Ulta, I found this electronic tweezers that has six that spin around and grab them. It works awesome so I had to get my mom and sister-in-law one ASAP.I couldn’t just hand it over. That’s not my style. I had to make a cute little print to go with it. One of the witches faces even have two little whiskers on it. It’s only on one of the witches faces by mistake but it’s actually pretty cute so I’ll leave it to you to decide which one you want.

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Easy enough, just print off the printable and cut it into the 4.25×5.5″ rectangle. Punch a hole in the corner and attach it to the box with some twine. I looped my twine a lot of times and so it looks like hair. Just a play on words. Give it to the hairy women in your life and laugh about it. There is always wax and someone is always coming up with great inventions like this to help women like us.

I love the thought of giving something like this for Halloween. Who knows, I may make one for men one of these days but I know hairy chins don’t bother them as much.

Halloween - Recipes

White Chocolate Cashew Halloween Crock Pot Candy Recipe

October 19, 2017

I love cashew chocolate clusters but it’s even easier in your Crock Pot. Make this delicious white chocolate cashew Halloween crock pot candy today!This post may contain affiliate links. 

This recipe was so easy. We’ve all seen Crock Pot candy but this is a new twist on it. I’m so excited to be joining the ladies at Simple Simon for their Slow Cooker Spooktacular series. Head to the bottom of the post to find out how you can win one of your very own!Supplies

First, place your whole cashews in the Crock Pot. Then place the white almond bark on top. Then add your bag of white chocolate chips. Don’t stir just yet! Place your Crock Pot on low and cook it for about an hour. After an hour, go ahead and give it and stir. Let it cook for another 30 minutes and then stir it one last time.

Use an ice scream scoop or just two spoons and place it on some parchment paper to set.

While your chocolate is still warm, sprinkle your Halloween sprinkles on top. I created these fun candy boxes with my Cricut Maker and here is the link to the Design Space file if you want led to make your own on any Cricut. The paper is from My Minds EyeMy word of advice and something I learned the hard way ?, line your Crock Pot with some cling film or place something as a barrier if you have a hot spot. My hot spot is on one particular side about 2” up. I burned the candy that was in that area but I was also able to salvage a lot of it too.

This recipe can be customized for any holiday but Halloween is one of my favorites. It’s perfect as fall neighbor gifts or add Christmas sprinkles and pass them out then. Head here to Simple Simon to win your very own slow cooker. Good luck! 

Halloween

Insect Prints – Free Halloween Printables

October 16, 2017

I love the time that leads up to Halloween. It’s so beautiful outside and the decorations have always been a favorite of mine. I’m going to show you how I styled these free Halloween printables.Free Insect and Spider Printables for Halloween

As Halloween creeps closer, I just want all my decorations out. But then I think about how I have to just put them back in a few weeks and then put up the Christmas decorations. It’s so much work!Free Insect Printable for Halloween-1These free Halloween printables are the perfect addition to any decor. There are spiders and insects to choose from. Just pop them in some easy frames and display. You won’t feel overwhelmed by the thought of these decorations.Free Halloween Printable of Spiders-1

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I printed these off my HP printer at home and used 4×6″ photos. I sized them to fit as I printed them out so that it would cover the entire surface of your photo paper. I made these so that you can print them up to 8×10″ and have larger Halloween prints.Insect Printable for Halloween-1I tell you, these are super easy to  accomplish and you’ll feel 1000% better that you got something done. I know I do! Grab these free Halloween printables just using the links above. You can send them to the print shop if that’s easier but I find it a lot easier to use my HP Printer.

Happy Halloween!Free Spider Printable for Halloween-1

Halloween - Kids

Classroom Halloween Craft – Spooky Suckers

October 12, 2017

This is the perfect classroom Halloween craft to create for your childs Halloween party.
Create these different spooky suckers using napkins and Tootsie Roll pops. 
Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template

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I love helping in my kids’ classrooms but I especially love class parties. Halloween is always one of the best and I’m always looking for an easy craft to make with all the kids. What more do kids need on Halloween than candy? More candy!Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template
Last year we made cotton ball ghosts and ran out of cotton balls. This year I want to be extra prepared so I got 200 suckers and 150 napkins to make sure I don’t run out of supplies. Do you think I’ll have enough? 😉

We’ve all seen those ghost suckers that are super easy but I wanted to add more characters. I decided on a witch and a bat. I’ve cut all the shapes out with my Cricut Maker but I’ve also included a template down below so that you can easily make them without an electronic cutting machine.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template

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To begin, tie all the napkins around the suckers first and attach a twine string at the base of the sucker to hold it on.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateNext, draw some faces. I wanted to keep it simple so I just drew an open mouth and two small eyes on the ghost. With the witch I tried to attempt a nose with a wart. Just use a fine black pen for these images. For the bat I drew some fangs using a silver marker so it would show on the black napkin.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateYou’ll now want to assemble your witch hat. If you’re hand cutting these, don’t worry about the middle area of the base of the hat. Just place some glue on the tab and roll your hat into a cone. Now adhere it to the base. If you have the tabs, just place glue on each one and fold it under the cone.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateFor the bat wings, just place some hot glue on the edges of the wings and place them on the sides of the sucker.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateYou can easily have the kids cut out the shapes but for a class of almost 30 students, cutting ahead of time is a lot easier for me. Or you could just trace them beforehand as well.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateThat’s it, the easiest kids classroom Halloween craft using suckers and napkins. Make one or make them all! Happy Halloween!Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template

Crafting DIY - Halloween

DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

October 9, 2017

These DIY Halloween trick or treat bags are perfect for the little trick-or-treaters in your life.
Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.Create these DIY Halloween Treat bags using your Cricut

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Create these DIY Halloween Treat bags using your CricutCreate these DIY Halloween Treat bags using your Cricut

Supplies

I’ve created a few files for the different images for these bags and you can find the Design Space link at the bottom of the post. Create these DIY Halloween Treat bags using your CricutFor Iron-On Vinyl, the main thing you want to remember is to mirror your image. That is where I make the most mistakes when I’m creating anything with Iron-On.

Cut out all your shapes using your Cricut or if you’re really adventurous, find an image online and cut it by hand. You’ll next want to peel away any of the negative space on your image. Leave what you want your image to look like on the carrier sheet for easy application. If you by chance accidentally peel away what you wanted you can try to either stick it back on the carrier sheet or you could just place it down on your material and then place the carrier sheet over it before pressing it.Create these DIY Halloween Treat bags using your CricutNext, warm up your iron or EasyPress. I have had a lot of issues with peeling when I’ve just used an iron in the past. It doesn’t quite do the trick and that is because it has an uneven heating surface. The EasyPress has by far been one of the best tools I’ve used and its small which makes storage a breeze. For the Lite Iron-On I used the press at 305° for 30 seconds. For the Glitter Iron-On I used it at 325° for 30 seconds. Create these DIY Halloween Treat bags using your CricutYou’ll then want to lay down a towel that is folded in half. Lay your surface over the towel and use the EasyPress to warm up your canvas bags. Lay your image over the warm surface and place the EasyPress over it. Hold down the EasyPress with some pressure and press the green Cricut button to begin the countdown.Create these DIY Halloween Treat bags using your CricutOnce your image has been pressed, go ahead and peel off the carrier sheet slowly. If you have any pieces that may have not stuck, just press them again. Create these DIY Halloween Treat bags using your CricutVoila! You’re done and your kiddos are going to love their own personalizes DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bags.Create these DIY Halloween Treat bags using your Cricut

Spider Trick or Treat Bag
Witch Better Have My Candy (download the Better Together font)
Boo Trick or Treat Bag
Bat Trick or Treat Bag

 

Crafting DIY - Halloween

DIY Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker {Giveaway}

October 5, 2017

Have you ever wanted to create your own Cactus Pumpkins? In this post I will show you how easy it is with just a few supplies. Be sure to read until the end to find out how to enter to win your own Cricut Maker and a $75 gift card from Oriental Trading.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental Trading

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Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingI get to give away two Cricut Maker’s this week! To check out the first post, go here and for the second opportunity, don’t go away! This post is all about making homemade Halloween decor with your Cricut Maker and using pumpkins I got from Oriental Trading. These are super simple and can be customized to any colors of your choice.

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Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingBegin by painting your pumpkins. I just did random colors on random sizes with foam brushes.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingWhile they are drying, create your flowers and spikes in the Cricut Design Space files I linked to above. I used hot glue and glue dots to adhere to them each other. When cutting, use the intricate cut cardstock setting. This will double-cut the paper and give you a good crisp cut. Sometimes I did have it cut two times but this is when my mat was starting to lose its stick.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingWhen creating the stamens, you’ll begin by rolling the edge that doesn’t have the tab. Once you’re stamens are rolled, you’ll fold that tab under and secure it with some glue.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingI did about 3-4 layers of the green paint on all the pumpkins and I also painted the stems. Adhere the flowers and cactus arms with hot glue.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingFor the spikes, cut your file on the holographic vinyl setting and just apply them randomly with your hands. No special tools needed for this easy pumpkin.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingThese cactus pumpkins are perfect for Halloween and I love how colorful they are. Sometimes Halloween is too black and white so it’s nice to have a different color thrown into the mix.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingI’ve also teamed up with other bloggers to show what else you can make with your Cricut Maker and items from Oriental Trading. These two companies are a match made in heaven and the possibilities are endless.


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Baby Malakai - Clothing DIY - Halloween

Make a Disney Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker

September 29, 2017

My son is obsessed with Moana and Maui especially. Today I’m going to use my Cricut Maker to make a Disney Maui Halloween Costume. This should take a few hours to make but it’ll be well worth it in the end. This post is sponsored by Cricut and all opinions are my own.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress

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Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressFor starters I began by uploading this image of Maui’s tattoos into Design Space. I really tried to make an svg in Illustrator but it would not trace well. I found the best way to do this was to upload the image directly to Design Space, using this method, and slicing the image. Cricut just started doing templates in Design Space again and I used it to size the separated images. Sometimes I would get a clean sliced image, when that happened I just added another Maui image and sliced off what I didn’t need. This was a labor of love. I wish I could just share the image after I took all that time to fix it but that is just not an option right now.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressThe first part I worked on was the neck. I then placed a square or circle on separate parts of the image and would slice it. It took a lot of small adjustments but I eventually got there. The trick to slicing is to make sure that only two images are selected. If an image is grouped together, it won’t work. You’ll need to ungroup and detach any images so that only two images are selected, then select slice. You can delete any extras so that the images are all separated and you can size them on your templates.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressCreate this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressAfter I cut and weeded all of the black iron-on vinyl, I used my EasyPress to attach it to the onesie. Malakai has the perfect beige tone of skin so these ones I found on Amazon were perfect. They’re the perfect tone for this Maui Halloween Costume.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressI sized the leg tattoos to be about 4.5″ wide and placed the weeded image where I wanted it on the pants. I used the EasyPress at 305• and pressed it for 30 seconds. I then turned the pants over again so that it’d get heated from the opposite side. When using the EasyPress, you’re going to want to make sure that no vinyl comes in direct contact with the heated element. So when you have to overlap to get a good seal on an image, you’re going to want to make sure that the carrier sheet is covering all vinyl.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressStart with your shirt now. I began with the neck pieces so that it would line up with everything else. I then did the sleeves, back and then the chest last.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressNext, you’re going to want to cut the leaves with your Cricut Maker. You can use a Cricut Explore for this as well but your felt will need to be stiff, you’re also going to want to use a deep cut blade and a Strong Grip Mat. The new Cricut Felt is stiff and it’ll cut well on both machines. When using the Maker, use a pink mat and the rotary blade. The pink mat works best with the rotary blade, it’s formulated to Lee your rotary blade sharp. You can use other mats (which I have) but try to always use the pink mat with that blade.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressI grabbed this package of green felt from Benzie Designs and I love that it comes in different shades. I did use some embroidery floss to add some details to some of the leaves. The felt is soft so you’ll want to thread the leaves in and attach them to each other using some fabric glue. Aileens Fabric Fusion works great for this. The colors in her cactus pack are perfect for this Maui Halloween Costume.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressSome of the leaves I cut are not available in Design Space. I used a few from Lia Griffith and some from Amy Robison. Just click on their names and you can buy the shapes there. Lia has a membership site and I highly recommend it. She has some many svg’s that you can download on to Design Space and cut whichever ones you’d like. She also just has great printables that are all included in her membership fees too.

Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressSo in all honesty, this was a labor of love. It does take a lot of time and attention but I really love the outcome of this Maui Halloween Costume. He looks so cute and big. He’s only 20 lbs. and turns 2 on September 30. He’ll do anything to be big. He’s been around older kids so much that I don’t think he really knows how to act like a baby, except when he’s crying and rolling all over the floor. He’s such a fun kid to have around and I can’t wait until he figures out he can go door to door and get free candy.

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His latest thing is to grab his tongue. He has never done it before but he chose this day that he was supposed to be my model and went to town.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.