I don’t think I knew that store bought Halloween costumes existed as a child. My mom would somehow find a way to whip up seven costume requests, often tirelessly the night before. While I didn’t inherit her sewing skills, I did inherit her diy attitude. Here are three costumes that can be pulled together in 10 minutes or less with items you probably already own.
- white tee
- tennis shoes
- white cloth headband
- white tee
- black marker
- mouse ears
- patterned pants and tee
- bow tie
- party hat (I covered mine with fabric)
- yarn (for a pom flower)
For more easy diy costume ideas, my friend Kelly has an awesome series that’s definitely worth a look.
PS The only way I could get Beck to sit still and not pull the hats off was to turn on a Taylor Swift music video. That’s why he has the same glossy eyed expression in every photo.
My niece turned twelve last weekend so as a special surprise, I flew to Minneapolis to help my sister pull off a surprise party (yes, I’m the cool aunt and Beck is the youngest cousin so naturally the favorite). Everything from the color palette to the favors were based off of the theme Maren’s favorite things. Here’s a look at the results.
I have to admit, I’m not really familiar with what 12-year-olds think is cool nowadays so I was a bit stumped creating the party plan. We ended up having a photo booth (which was a huge hit), a sit-down dinner with a menu they could customize, haiku writing (about the birthday girl), and then I taught them some group games. They were hilariously loud and over excited about everything. Ah, middle school. One girl deemed the party, “Pinterest worthy,” so I’m going to consider it a success.
Over a year ago I declared on Twitter that I had lost my blogging sparkle (an embarrassing choice of words, I admit). At the time I thought I was just adjusting to motherhood. But as time went on and even as I had established a schedule for myself, I couldn’t shake the feeling of missing something.
I listened to all the voices telling me that all I needed to do was, “HUSTLE!” So I kept at it, working harder and putting in more hours. But the feeling lingered and maybe got worse. I sought advice (and pep talks), attempted some formulaic ideas and methods, and kept going. The blogging stress and pressure seemed to be a daily experience.
Eventually I had to realize that the hustle and formulaic approaches were causing my work to suffer. And not just my work, but I was neglecting the more important parts of my life too. I think I realized this months ago and it has taken me some time to come to my conclusion of change. Today I’ve decided to follow Erin and join what she termed the slow blogging movement. I’m slowing things down a bit around here. Less content. More thought. I like what my friend Danyelle says, “your blog can be whatever you want it to be.” Right now I want it to be a place I enjoy again because that’s just silly if it isn’t.
PS I’ve been thinking about deleting this post all morning but have decided maybe one of you will benefit from hearing the words slow down instead of hustle.
quote source: Anamu
Today’s dessert post is from Rebecca Hansen of First Mate Photo and it’s perfectly timed with apple picking season.
I’m sure everyone is already into the fall spirit by now (thanks Starbucks), but in case you aren’t here’s some apple pie topping for all of your favorite desserts, ice creams, oatmeal, and spaghetti?
Apple Dessert Topping:
- 4 Apples, cubed
- 10 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 4 Tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1. Melt butter in medium sized saucepan
2. In a small bow mix together all dry ingredients.
3. Stir the cubed apples into the dry mixture.
4. Add apple mixture to the butter once it’s melted and stir, add vanilla.
5. Let simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes.
If you’re going to be using as an ice cream or cupcake topping like I did, make sure to let it cool for a little bit or it will destroy your frosting and melt the ice cream.
Since haunted houses make me cry and The Ring still haunts me over ten years later, I thought a more lighthearted party theme of monster mash would be a better fit for my Halloween festivities this year. Learn how to make your very own monster favor boxes right here on Julep.
Have a weekend full of Halloween candy you’re supposed to be saving for the kids.
Today’s post is from super crafter and cute mom, Amelia of The Homebook. I’m pretty sure you would be the crowned the coolest mom ever if you made these for a classroom party.
I was never the biggest fan of Halloween. “The Devil’s Holiday” is what my grandma called it, and that spooked me enough to stay far away from all things ghost and goblin. And then I grew up and realized Halloween can be cute and creepy and fun, as long as you mute the TV, close your eyes, and sing a happy song when the scary Devil movie previews are on. I know I’m not the only one that does that. Anyway, like I said, I am a fan of cute and creepy Halloween stuff, and these eyeball party favors fit the bill. They’re kind of like small spooky piñatas, and poking your finger through the tissue paper on the eyeball to get to the candy inside gives them that icky Halloween eerie-ness you’re looking for. Plus, they’re easy to make. Win win!
Supplies: round paper mache ornaments (from Michaels,) serrated knife or a drill fitted with a hole saw bit, paint, small paintbrush, scissors, tissue paper, Mod Podge, a fine-tipped red marker, and candy.
To Make: Your first step will be to remove the string from the paper mache ornament and cut a hole in each one large enough to stuff some candy inside. I was able to use my husband’s drill to get a nice sized hole (it’s faster and easier that way,) but using a small serrated knife works too—just be careful! Once your holes are cut, give the balls a few coats of white paint. When the paint is dry, carefully paint a round iris with any color you like, and a pupil with black paint. Give the eyeballs a few coats of each color, letting the paint dry in between. When all the eyeballs are dry (that sounds weird) fill each one with candy or small creepy Halloween treasures. To close the hole, cut small squares of tissue paper (about 3x3in) and glue them over the hole using Mod Podge. I used 3 layers of tissue on each eyeball. Let the Mod Podge dry, draw on some squiggly red lines with your marker to resemble gross bloodshot eyes, and you’re done!
Seriously guys, these eyeballs are easy to make. It’s time to embrace the creepiness of Halloween. Now get to eyeball squishin’!
See more from Amelia on The Homebook
My best friend’s little girl, Matilda, just turned one and they threw a little shine bright party for her. I loved the custom banner she made so I asked her to spill her secrets. Here’s how to achieve a similar look:
Step one: Print your text out as big as you can onto regular printer paper.
Step two: Spray glue the printed sheets face down onto poster board to give it weight.
Step three: You should be able to see through the paper so cut out following the lines, using an exacto knife for the more detailed sections.
Hooray for Matilda!
Visit Cloudy Day Gray for more of the cute party details (and more baby cheeks).
I going to be honest, Halloween is not my favorite. Kids in costumes? Good. Candy? Good. Creepy crawly, ghouls and spook? Meh. But I do like the idea of having a black and white party (with a touch of Halloween) and these are the favors I’d be sharing.
To make the paper flag, cut slits into opposite sides of the straw and insert cut out design to stick in the donut filled cup. Then fill the test tube with toppings like powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar, or sprinkles and attach to cup with a strip of tape.
So easy, even the non-crafty folk can handle it.
This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.
This weekend I was in a rush to put together a dessert for my friend’s birthday. I was instantly reminded of an easy, brownie trifle my mom used to make that was so easy and delicious!
- One 9×13 pan of brownies (boxed or homemade, your preference)
- Chocolate Pudding (boxed or homemade)
- 1 c whipping cream (whipped)
- Fleur de sel
- A candy bar of your choosing (I usually use Heath, but this time I used Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt – and I will never go back)
In a large bowl simply layer brownies, pudding, whipped cream and then a layer of chopped up candy bar. Repeat the layering three times over. For an increased chocolate flavor and an added touch of saltiness, sprinkle Fleur de Sel on top of each pudding layer. For individual servings, be sure to layer in glass dessert cups.
Delicious every time, I tell you!
If you are a fan of salty-sweet desserts, check out this video of chef Curtis Stone sharing some innovative ways to add great flavor in your kitchen (I’ve loved him since Take Home Chef).
Also make sure to visit Lindt on Facebook to get a $2 coupon. Try Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt and Taste the Difference for yourself!
Today’s post is from sweet Joy, the sweet gal behind Frock Files.
Airmail envelopes have always held a special place in my heart, not just because getting mail from a foreign country is always exciting, but also because their red and white edging makes for great design. Earlier this year, I learned about Tyvek and how it’s essentially indestructible and I had an epiphany: Tyvek tablet cases! With a bit of foam and felt for padding, your laptop or tablet will be safe and sound.
- 9”x 12” Tyvek envelope
- 2 pieces 9”x12” felt
- 2 pieces 9”x12” crafting foam with self-adhering backing
- 2 buttons
- Baker’s twine or other string
- Crafting glue
1. With a ruler, mark the middle of the envelope’s flap with a pen. Measure 3” down and make another mark. Sew one button over each mark.
2. Tie the baker’s twine around the top button. Secure with a knot.
3. Cut each piece of felt and crafting foam to 8.5”x11.5”. Glue the felt over the foam. Place a heavy book on top of the foam and felt for at least an hour.
4. Peel the backing off of one of the pieces of foam and carefully slide it into the envelope until the bottom is aligned with the end of the envelope. Repeat with the second piece of foam. Press out any air bubbles by rubbing the Tyvek from the middle outward.
5. Nestle your tablet into its new home!
See more from Joy on Frock Files