make a pumpkin witch’s cauldron this Halloween

Martha Stewert DIY Halloween Pumpkin Cauldron

Our friends at Martha Stewart are letting us share a frightfully fun Halloween idea on the blog today, straight from this year’s exclusive Martha Stewart Halloween issue.

I chose this pumpkin cauldron craft idea because I plan on making one for my own Halloween party and trick-or-treat night. How fun… and a bit spooky… will this be! I think I need the pointy hat and leggings too. {grin}

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!

How To Make A Pumpkin Cauldron

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own pumpkin cauldron:

  • large pumpkin
  • keyhole saw or serrated knife
  • fleshing tool
  • drill
  • sisal rope
  • 3 eyebolts, with washers and nuts
  • 3 long, straight branches
  • 20-gauge wire
  • S hook
  • outdoor stake light (with yellow or orange bulb)
  • twigs
  • sturdy glass bowl
  • dry ice and protective gloves

1. Cut top off pumpkin, using saw. Hollow out pumpkin with fleshing tool. Drill 3 equidistant holes about 2 inches below opening. Cut 3 lengths of rope to hang pumpkin. Tie 1 end of each rope to an eyebolt. Push eyebolts through holes in pumpkin; secure with washers and nuts. Prop branches in a tepee shape, and secure at top with wire; thread wire inside top to hang S hook. Hide visible wire with rope. Knot pumpkin’s rope ends together, and hang from S hook.

2. For “fire”: Insert stake light into the ground, and cover it with twigs. For “mist”: Put glass bowl with dry ice inside pumpkin; add some water. (Wear gloves when handling dry ice.)

Sources:

Keyhole SAW, from $5.50; natural sisal ROPE (65495), 3/8 inches by 50 feet, $9; EYEBOLT with nut, 1/4 by 4 inches, $0.50; CUT WASHER, 1/4 inches, $2.50 for 25, homedepot.com. FLESHING TOOL, $4.50, ceramicsupplyinc.com. Panacea 20-gauge paddle WIRE in Green, $3.50, createforless.com. Thomas and Betts STAKE LIGHT, $8, amazon.com. DRY ICE, dryicedirectory.com for locations.

This year’s issue is on stands now an it’s full of spooky fun, as well as wonderland magic. Make sure you pick your copy up soon! You don’t want to miss it!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Photo by Lucas Allen. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013.

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celebrate the fall season with a harvest party

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I love being outside in the fall. The air is crisp and fresh, and the colors are gorgeous. The perfect setting for a party! And, living in Ohio, my family and friends take every excuse possible to get outside and have a bit of fun before the temperature drops. {wink}

Just think pumpkin donut bobbing, mini apple pie pockets, kettle corn popping, leaf jumping and maybe even a bit of football! This party collection, with my little scarecrow and two-tone pumpkins, will be the perfect backdrop to all that fun!

This harvest party supplies collection, in oranges, yellows, browns and a pop of aqua, offers an invitation and supplies:

  • banner (five patterns)
  • thank you favor tags
  • beverage wrappers (two patterns)
  • cupcake toppers (two patterns)
  • cupcake wrappers (two patterns)
  • dessert labels and placecards
  • napkin rings (two patterns)
  • straw slips (six patterns)
  • pattern sheets (three patterns)

All items are available in the shoppe. You can buy the Harvest party invitation and complete Harvest party supplies collection, or you can purchase any item a la carte.

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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share your craft, baking and party ideas {link party}

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Hi everyone! It’s that time again. Link up your craft, baking and party ideas here and they show on not only my blog, but also Bird’s Party and Celebrations At Home.

Plus, we’re going to pin and feature some of our favorite ideas shared (last month’s favorites will be featured on our blogs this Wednesday)! And we’d love for you to follow our joint Pinterest board, with over 39K followers! This is where we’ll be pinning your ideas!

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You can also find us individually on Pinterest here: Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}, Bird’s Party and Chris {Celebrations At Home}.

Okay, let’s get linky!

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create the perfect study spot

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Now that school is starting up all across the country we moms are looking for creative ways to get the kids to do their homework or study for a test without us having to ask… like a million times. {smirk}

For our family, it’s all about creating the perfect study spot. Something that is uniquely your child. Everyone learns differently and the key is finding what they consider comfortable. Some kids want a desk with all the organization. And some kids want to snuggle up and work off their lap. I’ve collected ideas for both!

Take my oldest, he fell in LOVE with this waffle chair during a recent visit to Target so I chose to use it as a starting point for boys and went a more classic route for girls. Again though, it’s all about the individual child. Some boys will want a desk and some girls will prefer a lap desk.

So here we go!

Study spot ideas for the organized girl:

  1. Polka dot desk accessories from PB Teen
  2. Wire lamp (I suggest using a day light bulb, dim light and studying equals sleeping in my house) from Target
  3. Insulated chevron mug from Target (perfect for coffee if they’re old enough OR hot chocolate!!!)
  4. White Braxton desk (with lots of storage) from Target
  5. Chevron desk chair from Target
  6. Cork monogram initial (for all her pictures and notes) from Target

Study spot ideas for the laid back boy:

  1. Waffle chair from Target
  2. Camo lap desk with built in storage from PB Teen
  3. Mini cooler from PB Teen
  4. Music wall decal from Amazon

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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you were “mint to be” my teacher gift

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It’s that time. Time to start a new school year and meet a new teacher. And what better way to make an impression than with a crafty back to school teacher gift.

In my latest post for Parade magazine I’m sharing a FREE “you were mint to be my teacher” printable, as well as 9 other crafty, creative and fun ideas to ensure your kiddo makes a good impression.

Hop on over to Parade for all the details!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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easy weathered wood photo backdrop

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I’ve been wanting some new weathered wood photo backdrops. And not just one color. No. That would be too easy to convince my hubby to help with. I want white, turquoise, antique (aka just old…) and maybe even orange!

The biggest hold up was honestly finding old barn wood or… yep… talking the hubby into helping me assemble new wood. There has just been too little time and too long of a list lately.

Until… I was at Home Depot a week or so ago (shopping for my pantry organization) and found “pre-made” 2×4′ boards (9 planks in this width). Perfect!

I wanted to be able to move mine around easily (it’s a bit heavy) so I cut them in half. Plus, this gives me not only a “bottom” but also a “back” if I’m shooting something tall.

To make your own “new” {grin} weathered wood photo backdrop, you’ll need:

  • Pre-made boards (again, I got 2×4′  boards at Home Depot, but there are other sizes)
  • Paint (any color you desire), I used a snow white acrylic paint because it was thin and I wanted to see all the grain
  • Paint brush
  • Cloth
  • Fine grain sandpaper

5 easy steps:

  1. Cut your pre-made boards to desired size if you want. I wanted squares, so I cut mine in half.
  2. Water down your paint. Mine was 2 part paint to 1 part water. That said, test it out on one edge first to make sure it’s the effect you’re looking for.
  3. Paint and wipe off excess (most of the paint) immediately.
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. Using fine sandpaper, scuff up your boards as much or as little as you want.

And the best part, one board makes two backdrops! This one is white on one side, and will soon be turquoise on the other! {smile}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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crafter tip: how to sharpen punches

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I love craft punches and I expect each punch to be perfect.

Often I’m using them on my designs (that I’ve printed at a local Kinkos… hence I’ve spent money on that sheet of paper) so I need a perfect edge every time or the camera will pick up the imperfection.

I can’t stand it when a punch starts to dull and pulls at the color on the paper leaving ragged white edges. Want to know how to sharpen your punches?

Wax paper. Yep. It’s that easy. Punch wax paper 3-4 times (it won’t punch all the way through, but it will coat all the details of your punch design.

It’s that easy!

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5 tips for a well organized pantry

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Home Depot & Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way! #pmedia #AllAccessOrganizers

I love an organized pantry. LOVE! Unfortunately I’ve not been loving mine for a while now.  I considered sharing a “before” picture of my pantry with you, but honestly I was embarrassed. Yep. It was that bad. See. I’m a baker so I have tons of baking supplies. You know. Sprinkles. Cookie cutters. Cake pans. Candies. Chocolate. And on and on. And it was in disarray.

Well… I guess I can hang my head and show you a bit of what it looked like…

Pantry Organization - Before

What?! I’m NOT sharing a big picture of my shame… {smirk}. This is all my pride can take. You get it though right. It was a mess.

So here’s the deal. I know better. You get something out, you put it back. We tell our kids this exact thing all the time. Right! Well, now I’m going to lay my excuse on you. I’ve been working on this big project (can’t wait to share it with you) and my pantry has gotten a bit out of control. So I really needed to take the control back. When I’m organized my projects just flow better and are done sooner. So here we go.

My five top tips for organizing your pantry:

  1. Empty the space – trust me. I know it’s a pain, but it’s amazing how energized to organize {grin} you are when you’re looking at a empty canvas.
  2. Separate by type or use – while all your things are out on your kitchen floor, take the time to organize them either by what they are, or the item’s use. For my baking pantry I’ve organized mine by candies, sprinkles, tools, chocolates, cupcake tins, etc.
  3. Keep heavy items low and light items high – I’m not short, but I’m not tall and I certainly don’t want to pull something heavy out on my head. Which, I have to admit was exactly what I’ve been doing. My cake pans, individually, are not heavy, but when you put them all in a basket (that they don’t fit in) and then try to pull out just what you need, or pull the whole thing out… well… it can be hazardous to your health!
  4. Use containers that make staying organized easy – what I mean by this is, purchase containers that make it easy to “store–use–return” without much work. You might say, what’s the big deal… unstack the containers, pull out the container you need, pop the lid, store your items. Okay, so let’s get honest with each other. You and I both know that more often than not you will leave the ONE item that you needed to store on top of the stack telling yourself you’ll put it away when you have other things that need to be put away too. {knowing glare} You think I’m being judgemental. No ladies. I’m not. This is what I do myself and I know I’m not alone!
  5. Label – I know what you’re thinking. It’s pretty, but I don’t have the time. Actually, I label because it forces me to consciously think “I’m misplacing this.” Nine out of 10 times, when I have labels I put things where they belong the first time. Plus, it doesn’t hurt when little people are helping you tidy up!

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Okay, so I shared that my cake pans are a death trap. Just teetering above my head ready to fall. And actually they have a few times…

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And this is how they look now! On the floor, per tip #3, and organized by size so I know exactly what I have at a glance.

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Now, beyond my five tips, let me share with you my new favorite storage tub for my pantry. Rubbermaid just came out with these new All Access™ Organizers available at Home Depot. Want to know why I like them so much? THEY OPEN FROM THE FRONT!

Okay… this is just genius. Think about it. No more unstacking them to get that one thing out, or in. This new design will actually help you stay organized because you won’t have the excuse that the box you need is way on the bottom. Yep. I use that excuse too. {grin}

Another thing. I like to store fabrics and craft papers in tubs in my basement. Well, I like to see what is inside without opening it, but I need the color tubs so that the sun doesn’t fade them. Now I have the best of both worlds! I can see in and I just place the color side to the window!

The All Access™ Organizers are also perfect for closets, playrooms, laundry rooms or anywhere you need some storage. For example, my oldest tried to snitch my small tub for his LEGO collection. I won on the tug-of-war, but had to promise to go back and get more.

Want to know more about Rubbermaid All Access™ Organizers and where to find a local Home Depot, join them on Facebook: Home Depot and Rubbermaid and ask the experts!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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how to make sidewalk chalk paint

How to Make DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

I owe this post to my sweet neighbors. They were playing on their sidewalk last week (as you can see… Day 55 of our summer photo journaling) with DIY sidewalk chalk paint. It looked like so much fun so of course I had to run home and make some for my boys.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Here’s how you can make a batch of easy DIY chalk paint for your kiddos (and YES, it washes right away with a good rain or the hose!). You’ll need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Plastic cups and paint brushes

And the easy steps:

  1. Make a batch of paint (1:1 ratio of cornstarch to water). It will be thick, so if you prefer watery paint, just add more water to your mixture.
  2. Separate your paint into plastic cups
  3. Add food coloring
  4. Mix
  5. Paint

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A big thank you to Emma and Ally for the idea and the creativity!

By the way, if you want to know more about photo journaling with your iPhone, I have a few tips for you.

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easy DIY ribbon and bead bookmark

DIY bookmark craft

Hey everyone! It’s Bridget.

“Where’s my bookmark?” has been the mantra of our summer in my house. Between summer reading and lots of rainy days, we’ve logged a lot of reading and craft time.

So my oldest decided to combine the two and make his own bookmarks using beads and ribbons. He was inspired by a  craft done earlier in the summer at his vacation bible school. We love that these bookmarks don’t harm the binding or pages of the book. Not to mention, they are pretty darn cute, too!

To make your own bookmark, you’ll need:

  • beads
  • ribbon
  • charms (optional)
  • scissors

In no time at all, my son and I made a dozen of these little charmers in all sorts of themes (holidays, school colors, initials). Make sure you cut the ribbon long enough to mark your page with the beads outside of the binding.

My guy is determined to make enough for each classmate as a back-to-school gift on the first day of school. {grin} I, too, was inspired and will be making a beaded bookmark for each of my Girl Scouts with beads to represent each part of the Girl Scout Law.

As always, we hope you are inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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