Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rock Trolls - Feature of the Day

As you may know from my many Frozen posts, like my Olaf Pumpkin, and Elsa's Ice Candy that I have a soft spot for all things Frozen. When thinkng of Frozen party ideas. I had wondered what to do for the Rock Trolls.  There's Just One Mommy had the great idea to have her party guests make them using actual rocks. They loved it, and got to bring home their own Rock Troll as a keepsake from the party.  Stop on over to There's Just One Mommy to see more about their craft project.   Thanks so much One Mommy for liking up this great craft to Dare to Share!
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Painting Fun for Girls Night Out

A few days ago, I got to try something that I had not done before with the women from church.  We had a night out at our local paint studio, called Paint and Pour.  We were taking a two hour paint class, where we would learn how to paint a fall painting.  

When we first arrived, there was a long table with an easel and canvas for each of use.  The canvas was 16 x 20 which is a very nice size. They had already set up each spot with brushes, paint and water to clean the brushes. 

This is Zach.  As you can tell by his picture, he was quite the character. He was our instructor for the class, and definitely high energy. At the end of the class he took group pictures with our phones, and a crazy selfie for us remember him by.  

We used red, yellow, and white to make the background of our paintings. He did say that if we wanted to, we could use other colors and do our own thing.  I decided to do the picture as he was teaching it.  My friend Rhonda, decided to add some grass to her painting. 

We took a snack break to allow our backgrounds to dry a bit, and then it was time to add the tree.  I love how it looks. It reminds me of a tree in a spooky forest.  

We were given another short break, before adding the details. We got to walk around and see everyone's work. It was cool to see that they were so similar,  but so different at the same time.  In the bottom picture, you can see two of the paintings that a few of the ladies did.  They decided to uses blues and greens instead of red and yellows.  

The last thing Zach had us do was add different color dots all over our painting.  I think they represent the falling leaves of autumn, without actually painting realistic leaves. Whatever they are, they looks really cool. 

This night was so much fun. My friend Rhonda and I took this selfie with our paintings in the background.  Since my birthday is coming up at the end of the month, she wanted to celebrate it by buying my ticket to the class. (Thanks Rhonda!)   This was a great way to spend a birthday, and a night out with friends.  If you are looking for a girls night out, a place to hold a party, or just because you love to paint, see if you have something similar in your area.  You will definitely  be glad you did.  

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Dare to Share #133

It is Friday night, which means one thing... 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

This week was one of those weeks, when we had something every single day.  Kara had three trips to the Orthodontist (two unplanned), and 2 dance classes.  Kyle had robotics, and I had a girls night out. (more on that this weekend)  We have also been making some plans for Halloween. Instead of making a costume completely from scratch this year, I think we are going to embellish a few from the costume bin.  Here is what else we have been up too

Kara helped me with the decorations this year. She asked if she could do the mantel.  I was quite surprised when I saw she had used all black items.  I have to say though, I really love it. You can read more about it in the post Our Halloween Mantel.

My Olaf Pumpkin  was one of those projects that sat unfinished for a couple of weeks.  I finally finished him this week, and I love him. He just looks so happy for Halloween. 

I will be sharing a post about a special thing we did for a girls night out event this weekend. We did something that I hope to do again.  It was a fun time, and we got to take something really cool home.  

I wanted to mention something else that is new.  My Shop (found in the tabs at the top of the blog)  is officially open.  I do have some Halloween items in there right now, but will soon be adding several Christmas items as well. 

Did you catch the Features of the Day this week?   I found this baby sushi costume by Do Try This at Home to be super cute and easy to make.  I also happy to love to eat sushi, but only the real stuff.  

I definitely want to try and make some glowing owl candles like the Crafty Lumberjacks shared. All you to make then are a couple of items, that you might even already have on hand.  

Another cool way you can customize your candle votives is with this technique by Let's Make It Lovely.  You can find this glass votives at the dollar store, and really beautify them into something that looks like it cost a lot more.  

Did you see the awesome recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Covered Cherries by  my co-host Kim from Kandy Kreations share this week.  I am definitely going to be making these as well.  Chocolate covered cherries are one of my favorite candies of all time, and I have to have the very same pumpkin mold Kim used.  YUM!! 

Now it is time for this week's party.  You can link up anything that you would like to share. Your post will be seen on two blogs for double exposure.  If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature of the Day, you post will be featured on the blog, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and G+

Now link up and HAVE FUN! 


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Beautify a Dollar Store Candle - Feature of the Day

How to customize and glass candle holder from the Dollar Store

I love this idea on how to customize a dollar store candle by Let's Make it Lovely.  You could make a simple pattern like this that would be perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you wanted to, you can even try this technique to make a spooky pattern for Halloween. Stop on over to Let's Make it Lovely to see how it is done.  Thank you so much Roopini for linking up to Dare to Share!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Olaf Pumpkin

Olaf made from craft pumpkins for Halloween

This year with the Frozen craze, I knew I wanted to add Olaf to the pumpkin gang.  At first I was just going to make his head, but he just did not look finished that way.  I added a couple more pumpkins and he looked like a snowman.  

I painted three dollar store pumpkins white. Olaf does have a head and might look good with a taller pumpkin on top, but I did not find one that looked right at the craft store.   I left the stem on one pumpkin, and removed it from the other two pumpkins. The stem is removed so that the pumpkins stack properly. 

I stacked the pumpkins, and hot glued them together.  You will need to use a generous amount of glue or they may come apart. (I found out the hard way) 

I used Model Magic to make the nose.  It like that is is easy to sculpt and is still very light when it dries.  You can use either orange Model Magic if you can find it.  If you can't, you can do what I did.  I just made the nose in white and then painted it orange.  

I used hot glue to add his nose, and his eyes.  I added a circle of blue cardstock behind his eyes, because in all of his pictures there is some  blue.  

Craft Pumpkin Olaf

I was not sure what to use for his mouth. I ended up using black cardstock because it was easy to change.  You could also use black craft foam or paint if you prefer.  I used brown pipe cleaners for his twig hair and eyebrows.  I thought I had dark brown in my stash.  I could not find it though so I used regular brown.  I might pick up some up the next time I go to the craft store, and make them a bit darker.  

How to make an Olaf Pumpkin

I also added a his twig arms. They were very easy to attach with no glue needed.  Just make a toothpick size hole where you want to add the pipe cleaner, and it will go right in.   
Olaf loved his photo shoot with the pumpkins on our porch, he could not stop smiling. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Glowing Owl Candles - Feature of the Day

How to make glowing owl candles for Halloween

I LOVE these glowing owl candles by the Crafty Lumberjacks.  They are actually not that difficult to make, and they really catch your attention. The added branches that  make it look like the owls are sitting in a tree really give them a Halloween feel..  All you need to make these are just a few items that you might even already have.  Be sure to stop over to the Crafty Lumberjacks to see how to make your own glowing owl candles.   Thank you so much guys for linking up this awesome craft to Dare to Share!
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baby Sushi Costume - Feature of the Day

I am a bit bummed this year that my kids do not want me to make them a homemade costume.  Instead I get to admire the homemade costumes of others.  I ADORE this baby sushi costume by Do Try This at Home.  It is easy to make, no sew, and sure to get a lot of look good enough to eat compliments.  Be sure to stop over to Do Try This at Home to see what she use.  Thank you so much Jill for linking up your sweet sushi to Dare to Share!
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Our Halloween Mantel

We love Halloween in our house, but not the super scary version. This year I had Kara decorate our mantel.  I have to say I was quite impressed when I saw it, because I had never thought to use all one color.I love the look of all black.  What is also really cool, is most of the items were extremely inexpensive, and we already had them all in our decor stash.  I do think though, it is probably time to take down the butterflies. LOL!  We had a butterfly themed party in the summer for Kara's birthday. She loved the butterfly decals so much she asked if we could keep them up for awhile. I also might take down the pictures. I usually do during my holiday decorating. 

I don't remember when we got the black cat. We have had him for quite awhile.  I do know that I bought him on clearance from Target. 

The glitter pumpkin was from the Target Dollar Spot, and the raven from the dollar store. 

The feathery black owl is from the dollar store. The black cat pumpkin is part of the pumpkin gang.  I made it a few years ago from a dollar store pumpkin. We used to have a black cat, and it always reminds us of him. He was a total sweetheart. 

The M initial is always on our mantel. It just happened to be black. 

I made this easy spider wreath a few years ago using dollar store items. While some people are not a fan of spiders, these two are too cute to be scary.  

The black color theme of the mantel is what inspired to make my black feathered owl wall hanging, I may even make a few more black decorations before this Halloween season is over. 

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dare to Share #132

It's Friday night, and you know what that means... 
It is time to Dare to Share... 

Have you been enjoying all the fall activities of October?   Tonight I went to a corn maze with my daughter's scout troop, and had a lot of fun. We have also been busy decorating for Halloween, and making fall treats. Here is some of what we have been up to this week.  

Last weekend I made one of my family's favorite fall treats,  Caramel Apple Crisp Pie. You might want to make two, this pie does not last long in our house. 

On Monday I wrote a sponsored post for Wendy's about their JR Frosty Coupon Books and and how they support the Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation.  They are a win/win.  You get to enjoy a yummy Frosty and help a great cause at the same time. 

I am pretty excited about my Feathered Owl Wall Hanging..  We are decorating with a lot of black this year, and this  is quick, easy and inexpensive craft that looks fits in great with our theme this year. 

Have you seen the Dare to Share Features of the Day this week?  I love this Tulle Halloween Wreath by Overstuffed.  It would go great with my theme this year, and I love the look of tulle. 

If you love chocolate and peanut butter, you will love this Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Twinkie Smooth by Crafts a la Mode.

If you are looking for a warm dinner idea on a chilly night, you might like this Crockpot Potato Soup by 3GLOL. 

My co-host Kim from Kandy Kreations also had some fun posts to share this week.  How cute are these Free Halloween Tin Can Printables

Now it is time for this week's party.  You are welcome to link up anything that you would like to share.  If you are chose as the Dare to Share Feature of the Day, you post will be promoted on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and G+.  

Link up and HAVE FUN! 



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Friday, October 10, 2014

Crockpot Potato Soup - Feature of the Day

I had a little help picking today's Feature of the Day today.  I asked Kara which post did she think I should feature, and she chose Crockpot Potato Soup by 3GLOL (Three Generations Living Out Loud). I was happy to see her choice was for a meal that we can make on busy winter nights.  With our activities, there are nights when we need to pull out the crock pot. because there is not a lot of time to cook dinner.  Be sure to stop over to 3GLOL to get this yummy recipe that is good for dinner, game day or family get togethers.  Thank you so much Bobbi for linking up to this week's Dare to Share!  

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