Sometimes I think you could give a a bag of Neccos as a gift and the recepient would still be excited if it were wrapped pretty. Here are three simple ways to make a brown paper bag gift ready instead of just cold lunch ready, all taking 5 minutes or less.
For the patterned flocking you’ll need:
- Martha Stewart Crafts Flocking Transfer Kit
All you need to do is cut the double sided sticker to size, apply the flocking sheet texture side down in and press down with a popsicle stick. Then peel and reveal. For a similar look you could also just stencil a pattern on with paint.
For the foil transfer you’ll need:
- double sided alphabet stickers
- Martha Stewart Crafts foil sheets (I tried just foil candy wrappers and it did not work)
- popsicle stick
Write out your message by applying the alphabet stickers. Place the foil sheet on top with the metallic side up and press down over the letters with a popsicle stick. Then peel (slowly) and reveal. This one’s my favorite.
For the stamped and stitched you’ll need:
- patterned stamp (I used the Martha Stewart Crafts Set Your Own Stamp Case)
- contrast thread
- sewing machine
Stamp and stitch shut.
Treat receptacles complete.
* I was not paid by Martha Stewart Crafts for this post, I just use a lot of their product.
Five ways to relish in fall this weekend:
1. Organize your cardigan collection by color
2. Bake every treat you’ve ever pinned
3. Line your walkway with pumpkins
4. Change out all your white socks with patterned ones
5. Knit a massive doily for the couch
Other posts I wrote this week that you’re sure to love:
12 of the most clever costumes I’ve come across
Fall fashion trends you’ll love
Festive Halloween decorations #1 and #2
Costumes for mom + baby (cute!)
sources: Sycamore Street Press fox card, handmade bunting (gifted), everything else from Target
To celebrate fall, why don’t you send a friend one (or all five) of these items:
the latest issue of Kinfolk
some soft pretzels (or a baked item of the pumpkin variety)
a colorful throw
a box of cool socks
a crate of gourds or mini pumpkins
Now if I could only do something about the dreary post office.
Is it any wonder that I’ve fallen for the collections at Fanny & Alexander? Shop curation at its finest. And those binocs are so Moonrise Kingdom.
spotted via Fergi
Before you go, here are a few Halloween posts you might just love:
Theme costumes for the whole family
Kid’s costumes you can diy without much hassle (the giraffe one is the best!)
Impress the neighbors with one of these cool pumpkins
Oh goody, it’s best of the week time
“I pretty much just do what Oprah tells me to.”
“Hey, don’t knock my Sabor de Soledad. I found a prize in here the other day. I hope.”
“I’d like a meatball sub with extra bread.”
“I’ll have you know that I wore sandals this summer. Over socks. In a dream.”
“I was Princess Leia like four Halloweens in a row. Recently.”
“Working on my night cheese.”
Sharon is back today with a super easy t-shirt tutorial.
My kids wear a lot of plain t-shirts. They are ridiculously economical (hello Hanes buy 5 get one free packs at Target!) and they make the kids look super cool (in a not even trying to look cool kind of way). But sometimes it is fun to be a little crafty and do something just for them. I am not an artist in any way. But these shirts still managed to come out looking pretty cool I think.
All you need is a black t-shirt, a Clorox gel bleach pen and some wax paper. I got these black t-shirts from the thrift store, but like I mentioned above, Hanes and Fruit of the Loom have packs of plain shirts at Target. They have an awesome pack of black, army green and washed out navy all together, but they are sometimes hard to find). The bleach pen I used has a thin side and thick side which is perfect for the two different designs I’m showing you. The wax paper just keeps the bleach from seeping through to the other side of the shirt as it sets the design.
Draw any design you want. It can be a silly little guy, it could be words, it could be a portrait of your mother…possibilities are endless. Once your design is done, let it sit for about 20 minutes. The gel bleach doesn’t really spread and firms up just a bit so you don’t have to worry about it bleeding too much. When the time is done, take the shirt to a water source you are comfortable putting bleach down and rinse the design. I tried to be very careful and not have the bleach run off go back over the t-shirt but it really didn’t matter. Once you rinse the bleach out, throw it in the washer and dryer and you are ready to go.
As you can see from the finished shirt, there is a little area near the bottom right where you can see a little bleached out area. I think this is because I had the bleached design sitting on that part of the shirt while it was waiting for its turn in the washing machine. So just note that even though you washed out the bleach, it can still remove color if left on something. Oops.
My oldest son is not allowed to dress up at school for Halloween. So I made him this shirt to wear instead. For this one, I used the thicker side of the bleach pen and didn’t leave it sitting for as long (I think it was closer to 12 minutes) so it would be more of an orangey color.
What kind of a design would you do?
Images by Sharon of Cupcakes and Cutlery
Other posts I wrote this week that you’re sure to like:
A day in the life of Beck
Party hats you’ll want to wear
These are perfect for your Halloween party
You’ll want to make all of these geometric projects
Awesome ideas for all your Instagrams
Best DIYs of the week
Bonus! If you’re near Costa Mesa, come shopping with me this weekend!
Every Thanksgiving my sisters and I (Ryan can’t be trusted, he likes pumpkin) try to determine the winning pie of the year among the 30 varieties there usually are. Last year this chocolate peanut butter mousse pie made by my 14 year old cousin won. I just made it last week for a friend’s birthday and thought it might be time to dish out the recipe.
1 c. chocolate graham cracker crumbs (I just used normal graham crackers)
1/3 c. honey-roasted peanuts, chopped
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
In medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, peanuts and butter; press mixture in bottom and up sides of 9″ pie pan or spring form pan. Set aside.
Layer two (I like to go heavy on this one):
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
Pour cream into microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir in condensed milk and chocolate chips until smooth. Spoon into crust. Chill 1 hour.
1 c. whipping cream
1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
6 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1 c. Peanut Butter Crunch cereal (optional)
In large bowl, beat cream to stiff peaks; set aside.
In separate bowl, beat condensed milk, cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Fold in whipped cream and cereal. Spoon over chocolate filling.
Freeze 3-5 hours or until firm. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with mini peanut butter cups.
I apologize if I just ruined your diet.
Today’s post is a special treat from the queen of diy party goodness, Jenny of Hank and Hunt.
I have always admired the gorgeous garlands by Ashley Meaders, they are so fun and playful. Oh, and the colors are amazing. They just make me happy. I heard from a little birdy that you want to know how to make one, well, this is my cheater version.
XL Glue Dots
I have always wanted to make this garland, but shy away from sewing flowers by hand. I am kind of a klutz and if I know anything it is that I will eventually poke myself. These XL adhesive dots are 1″ in diameter, perfect for making a good sized flower.
The first thing you will do is cut 5″ squares of tissue paper. This doesn’t have to be exact, you are cutting most of it off anyway. Fold ten squares in half. Then fold it in half again. Using your scissors, cut three petals, starting on the fold as shown. It is okay if they aren’t even, variation looks pretty once the flower is made. Cut as many as you need for your garland, I made about 12 for two short ones.
Open the flower and separate the pieces. Take the XL Glue Dot and peel off the top clear layer, this will reveal one sticky side. Take a flower piece and press over your finger to a point, flatten and press into the Glue Dot. Repeat around the edge of the Glue Dot until you have covered the entire outer edge, about 6 flower pieces. Take one more flower piece and press flat over the center. Repeat this for as many flowers as needed.
Once you have your flowers, set out a piece of twine. Flip over a flower and peel off the remaining clear sheet to reveal the sticky side. Run the twine down the center of the Glue Dot. Fold the flower in half towards itself to seal and adhere. Press and fluff with fingers. Move down the line to make more flowers on your garland.
Use these easy to make flowers in a garland as shown or for decoration, any way you do will be amazing. These are quick, easy and addicting…you won’t be able to stop.