This little pin loves wreaths!

I am slowly but surely getting my Halloween décor done. Maybe I will be done before Halloween, maybe not. But I am having fun and some difficulty with some of these little pins.

Today I finished a paper wreath that I found on my pin “55+ Amazing Halloween crafts” that was chock full of MARVELOUS Halloween crafts.

I grab the supplies; an old book, glue, double sided tape, card board, and scrap book paper all of which are hidden in my stash of craft supplies. Can I get a what? what? for a FREE little decorating gem for Halloween? I think this makes up for my not so inexpensive frame I finished yesterday, which one could say my logic was off on. But shhhh don’t say it out loud!

And here it is in all it’s glory!

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I have to say that this is by far my favorite thing I have crafted in a long time. It did take a little longer then expected. Rolling all (70ish) cones takes awhile, but watching your favorite show, can you say “BONES”, makes it go by in a flash. Can I add; “Bones” is the perfect show to watch while Halloween crafting, or anytime for that matter!

So you roll and roll and tape and tape then glue and tape and finally you have a beautiful wreath. I do like that I happened to have an older book with yellowing pages, I think you definitely need to find one if you plan on tackling this one. Also, I changed it up in a couple small ways.

1st – I made my cardboard backing 15″ instead of 14″.

2nd – my favorite change. The “Trick or Treat” tag in the middle is put on with Velcro. I LOVED this wreath so much that I wanted to be able to use it for any Holiday or just any time. I can now switch out the middle tag and put a Fall saying, a Christmas scene, a bunny, a flower, a verse, I mean the possiblilites are endless. OH YEAH, I am happy with this one.

Not only am I in LOVE with this wreath, but look at my audience I had while I rolled all those cones.

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Yes, my two favorite dogs in the world, my sweet and loyal boxers; Chip and Bella. Can I get an AWWW!

Rating: 5 put of 5 pins

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This little pin says; “Go get your wreath on!” This is so easy anyone can craft it and have a little bit of awesomeness on their wall!

Halloween is coming, Halloween is coming!

I love Halloween. I mean really love it. I love the decorations, the costumes, the parties, the trick or treating and mainly it just kicks off the holiday season! Oh, did I mention people just give out free candy! YUM!!!! Since I have a son, I decided I was going to decorate this year. Yeah he is only 10 months and won’t remember, but I needed an excuse!

So Pinterest here I come! My board “He did the monster mash” has so many fun projects for me to do. I’ve been working on them here and there and haven’t finished any until today! I am so excited to share this with everyone. I have this little pin that I love  with a glass jar of candy corn, a little framed 3D pumpkin and an owl. Some of my favorites. This is one of those pins I don’t check the link before I pin it, I just pin and hope it takes me to a wonderful site with easy directions. Well, it doesn’t, but it is one better. It takes me over to “I Heart Nap Time, inspiring naptime creativity“. Jackpot! This particular post is called “55+ Amazing Halloween Crafts“. UMMMMM OK, did I say JACKPOT!!!! I have just found a little bit of craft heaven! From this one post she has I have found 5 of this year’s Halloween crafts I am going to tackle, yes, I said 5!

GO BIG OR GO HOME is my motto when it comes to decorating! So I start my Halloween extravaganza with my 3D pumpkin frame. But like I said “Go Big or Go Home!” So no I don’t buy one frame, I buy one frame that consists of 9 smaller frames together and after following the directions from “Eighten25” I have a masterpiece. Ok, it’s no Monet, but a masterpiece non the less.

This craft is so easy AND I have decided that I can change out the inserts for every Holiday and cha-ching save some money down the road!

Here is my finished pumpkin art, I have gone with a spider theme this year so I added a few of those in there.

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Cost:

Paper: I opted to use some I already had in my supply so $0.

Frame: This was my big ticket item for this project $30. (Purchased at Hobby Lobby during a 50% of sale)

Spiders: Left over from another craft I am working on so $0.

Pumpkins: Hobby Lobby 40% off so they were $7.79.

Glue: In my stash = $0.

Total: $37.79

Ok, yes this is a lot for a Halloween decoration. But like I stated before, I can change out the inserts for other Holidays and when we aren’t celebrating a particular Holiday, I can put some photos in there. BAM! Technically the Halloween expense for this was $7.79. Do you like my logic? I do!

Rating:

5 out of 5 little pins!

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This little pin says; “I love me some 3D art” Why don’t you get yourself up and make one for a little corner of your home. You can use one frame, for you that might be going BIG! 🙂

Happy Halloween…stay tuned for the other creepy, or not so creepy, Halloween projects brewing around here!

What? What? Cinnamon Roll Waffles?

I was out of town for a couple days. This cold or allergy thing hit me right in my face, so I have been out of it. I have worked on a couple of my pins but haven’t had the energy to finish any to blog about.

Tonight on a whim I decided I wanted needed these little waffles made from cinnamon rolls that I pinned like forever ago. I have a board “Captain Crunch is waiving farewell” where I pin wonderful breakfast delights just waiting to be whipped up and devoured. Just the thought of how my house would smell making this made my mouth water and made it onto my MUST try list fast. So tonight I had saved enough on my little diet this week to give them a try. What a treat to try during this amazing cold front we are having!

1st step – find pin. I mean I pinned this so long ago but obviously this could be found on my breakfast board. BUT what, it isn’t there. I mean, I have thought about chowing down on these things since I first saw them. What, I didn’t pin this! What?!?!?. Oh well, an easy search and boom, like 100 results come back with this gem. I guess I wasn’t the only one that thought this would be AMAZING!

My husband is so confused about this. I have explained it to him, but he just doesn’t get it. But he says he will trust me. All the pins I find say about the same thing. Place on medium high and cook for 3 – 4 minutes. Easy enough.

Easy and fast!

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My man and I dig in! What?!??! Is it a waffle? Is it a Cinnamon roll? No it’s a SUPER CRUNCHY Waffle Roll! And not in a good way. My husband said “it tastes like a really crunchy cinnamon roll!?!” I tried it with the frosting, with syrup, with whip cream, and nothing made this better! Such a sad time on my happy little cold front night. Such a sad night. 😦

Maybe you like really hard cinnamon rolls or really hard waffles at that. We do not.

This little pin says put the others in the oven and have some real cinnamon rolls or make some waffle batter and add cinnamon!

Rating: 1 pin out of 5

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Zucchini…this little pin says “Yes please!”

All this pinning and not doing has made, not only my boards grow, but me! So to trim back down I have been working the WW thing. Doing good so far. I like the program because it is numbers and I choose what to use those numbers on. If I don’t have a system I end up eating healthy food but in abundance. 🙂 Say avocado, for example. I can eat an entire avocado in one sitting!!! How many points is that?!?!?!  I don’t even want to know. But I also can eat me some not so healthy stuff, and one of my favorites…CHEESE!!! So WW works for me, however pinning and WW do NOT go hand in hand. I have so many wonderful looking, tasty recipes just waiting for me to eat devour! Choosing something from my boards and being able to maintain my daily number is hard. But I found it, oh yes I found it.

Keeping it in the Squash family, I found a recipe for Parmesan Zucchini Rounds from Emily Bites! I decide to add this to my grocery list. But wait, oh no, I also have found another one on my board “The cook in me“; for Oven Backed Zucchini Chips from skinnyms.!!! And I was only about 1/4 of the way down my board of 427 pins. I know to stop when I am ahead and so I stopped looking. They both look great but I have a 10 month old and Emily’s seems to come out a little softer then Skinnyms.’s. So in order to share with my little man I go with Emily’s and add the cayenne pepper from Skinnyms.’s. Cayenne, yes cayenne even for my little man. It was such a small amount and we eat spicy food around here and he has to start off somewhere!

Supplies:

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So you know when you go to grocery story and it is sample day, it seems like it is sample day EVERY day at my grocery store. The sweet lady was sampling Italian cheeses, OH my there goes my WW thing. I contain myself and she talks me into this lovely cheese that supposedly they use more then parmesan in Italy and I am sucker so I go with it. And oh yeah, the sample was great!

So this recipe is super easy! Cut veggies, dredge, coat, bake!

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This was my sweet husband’s contribution: a lovely picture of my dirty hands!

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All done…ready to go!

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In they go! WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!!! OH NO, that one little step…spray your rack with oil BEFORE placing the rounds on it was missed! BABY BRAIN!!!! I read it, like 4 times, and it just left me. BABY BRAIN!!!!

To late now…oh well they are in and I have to wait 30 minutes!

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And I hear it, the beep, beep, beep of the oven. Score!

And by the way, I know everyone has noticed my nasty cookie sheet, don’t worry, I have a pin for that, and yes, I will be trying it soon.

Ok…one sweet shot of my little man before I taste.

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And now….the deliciousness begins!

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Even though I missed the spray step, they come right off the pan and OH my, these are FANTASTIC!!!! Just a little too spicy for little man, so I will have to adjust that the next time. But I have decided that I can eat the entire batch for dinner! The entire batch! Yes and stay within my daily points and yes, I get more for dinner then this!

WOW, I would definitely say this is worth it. I just may have to do this to some mushrooms, some onions, well any veggie!

This little pin says “GO EAT SOME ZUCCHINI!”

Rating: 5 out of 5 pins!

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You can paint a pumpkin…This little pin can!

I am so excited for Fall. Even though Fall for me here in Texas means temps have dropped to the oh so low 90’s. 🙂 But it is fall, officially it is fall!!!! Bring on the pumpkins! Pumpkins any way; pies, bread, cookies, cupcakes, my favorite, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and yes in my décor. I love décor. If I had the means to change something in my house every month, I would. Today, which I need to add is still in September, I drug my husband and we went looking for a pumpkin patch in town with no luck! So what batter way to pay homage to fall and this fantastic little squash then to paint me up one for my mantle. Yippee Skippee is what I say, Yippee Skippee!

Pinned to my board “Fall” is this little pumpkin treasure to paint.

Jennifer Rizzo says I do not need art skills (which is what got me to pin it in the first place) for this….Yeah, I am in!

Gather supplies. Ok, confession, My house is a mini craft store. I own just about anything you can find on any isle in any craft store. Sewing; check, Yarn; check, Beads; check, cake supplies; check, paint; check, stamps; check, scrapbooking; check! So when I saw Jennifer’s supplies list of only 6 things which I happen to have I did a little happy dance, this project was going to be free for me! FREE! My husband likes free, I like free, who doesn’t like free! (see below for an est. cost to complete)

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  • Since I am using supplies I already have I don’t quite have the colors she uses but I do have; Spa Blue, Dark Chocolate, Light Avocado. Close enough!

I don’t bother to read through all of the instructions she has, I just glance at the pictures and say “I CAN DO THIS!” and dive right in. Squirt some dollops, blend together. Easy enough. Hmm…ok well my dollops are a little bigger then hers, but I assume all that means is longer drying time, Just keep moving. Ok, next color, dollops, brush.

First Part Done! WHAT?!?! that was like 10 minutes with hardly any mess…

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Oh no! What! I have to let it dry before moving on, I lack patience but ok it has to dry. HMMM how long is this going to take? So I write and….

Little man wants some snuggles … that is always a fun way to pass the time.

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Ok it’s dry, only an hour, not bad. Nap time for little man and mommy gets to finish her masterpiece.
What is next? The PUMPKIN. A couple “C’s”, A couple more “C’s”. Paint, blend, paint blend. Dry…what, no that isn’t happening again. So I go on, Stem, blend.

Now she says to add more if you want…hmmm, well I blend a little more. I like her brown in the blue part, so I try wing this. Score! I just blended with my paper towel. AND…..

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Not Bad!  I am a perfectionist but I am trying to go with the flow and not stress so much so I am going to stop.

Overall: I rate this 5 out of 5 pins!

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Estimated Cost:

  • Brushes: $4 – 10.00
  • Canvas: $8 – 12.00
  • Paint: $4.50

Prices were taken from different websites, such as Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, etc.

This little pin CAN do this and so can you!

It Begins!

So the challenge is on! Put those pins into action! Get yourself moving! Let your family reap the rewards of all that pinning! But where to start? 34 boards, 2307 pins, secret hidden boards, likes. Hmmm. So many choices, I mean I have in the past attempted some of the little treasures found though pinning. Like this lovely little swing for my little man Jameson. (YES! I made this)

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Now to find that pin. What board did I put it on, hmmm. Well it’s for my little man so maybe we will try my board “Little Boy of Mine“. That makes since.

Nope….hmmm. “Outdoor Living“, wait “She’s Crafty“. NOOO I got it, “Sew, a needle pulling thread.” Jackpot! Sorry, it takes me a minute to figure out what my brain was thinking the day I pinned something! I think us new moms call that “Baby Brain!”

Thanks to One Sassy Housewife for this amazing project. Her instructions are easy to follow, her pricing is right on and just like her little man loves his swing, mine loves his.

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Ok, back on track where to start? Fall is here, I mean you can get a Pumpkin Spice Latte from the coffee shop on every corner, running with the Fall theme AND pumpkins…Tune in tomorrow as I tackle : You can paint a pumpkin canvas, art skills not required!!! Step by step instructions!!!…. Pinned to my board “Fall“.