2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour- Finale

2016-halloween-haunted-houseHello, Friends!

Happy Halloween to all my favorite spooks and goblins! So of course today is the holiday, and as per usual with me, I’ve gone right down to the wire with preparations…. but I am finally ready for the day. My Little Missy Nik and I spent the day yesterday running around last minute searching for pumpkins, which ended up being quite the task. After 6 stops, we ended up coming home with two free pumpkins, and a dancing skeleton strobe light we happened upon at Home Depot. I’d say that’s pretty lucky.

So now, pumpkins are carved, candy bowls are full, and happy skeletons are dancing across my garage doors. All that’s left to do is to finish my 2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour. So let’s get to it!

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Today’s stop is my front entryway table and bench. The first spot that greets visitors.

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The large basket below my entryway table is the perfect spot for piling and tucking lots of my favorite things. If you don’t have a ton of space, this is a great way to make a simple group arrangement, and is so quick and easy to change out for different holidays.

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The entry table is small, but packs a big punch. I always keep it decorated for the seasons. Even if I don’t have too many pieces for each holiday, it’s not too hard to find enough for this tiny space.

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Do you spy my sweet pup? She never strays too far from my side.

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A few more of my beloved Lori Mitchell figurines. And my favorite vintage-inspired pumpkinhead doll.

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An old milk jug, filled with Halloween branches and picks. And a treasured piece of art work that came home from school many years ago featuring a pair of my most favorite itty bitty feet.

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And next to my entryway table, nestled against the base of the stairs, is my front bench. Another perfect spot for decorating.

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Of course both the top and bottom need some friends.

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More baskets and trays to fill and stuff.

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You may recognize some of these prims from my Fall Shop this year. Here is my Hoot Owl and Ghosties… and some spooky skulls as well.

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P.S.- today is the last day of my 2016 Fall Shop, and there are still a few little prims in need of a new home, in case you are interested.

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And that, my friends, wraps up Halloween for this year! Thank you all so much for joining me on the tour once again! I hope you enjoyed!❤

Happy Haunting!

2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour- Cont.

2016-halloween-haunted-houseHi everyone, and welcome back to day three of my annual Halloween Haunted House Tour. It’s exactly one week until Halloween, and we still have two stops left on the tour… So let’s get started!
Today I thought we would visit the dining room.

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As always, I’ve filled my dining room antique sideboard with my usual mix of crisp white vintage ironstone with my collection of antique transferware dishes. I’ve got transferware in almost every color….but of course at Halloween, I pull out my black.

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And scattered throughout are some of my favorite Halloween pieces. Lots of skulls, and a few handmade treasures. And then there’s my beloved Lori Mitchell figures.

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I have an old funky junk egg basket at the foot of my sideboard, which is a great spot to tuck in a few pumpkins and prims.

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The diner menu sign was something I picked up at the dollar store many years ago. Just an inexpensive little trinket… but it does make me smile.

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Little Boo here in the front was my very first Lori Mitchell figurine. The one that started it all.  You can tell by the expression on her face that she’s realized the trouble that she has caused!

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A close up of some of my skulls and handmade treasures. A cardboard ghost that I made at one craft day several years ago. And a wee prim bat that my Missy Nik made at another.

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And a few more details to enjoy.

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Nik and I made the little zombie figures at craft day, too, from spools and wire, sculpey clay and painted acorns. The wire tree is a recent find from my local junk store.

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More figures.
More skulls.

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And lots of Halloween fun.

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If you missed day one and two of my tour, you can find them here and here. And we’ll finish up next Monday, just in time for Halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour

Hi Friends! Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. And hope that those of you to the southeast of here made it through the storm safely. Besides being pelted with over 6″ of rain, we were very lucky. Where many were without power and dealt with major flooding here in the heart of North Carolina, we managed to escape it all. It’s been a tense few days, though, for so many people. And I know I’m not the only one who is super relieved to see hurricane Matthew disappear.

After days of solid grey gloom, I was so happy to see the sun return on Sunday. Perfect for a little photo shoot of my Halloween haunted house. Because it’s time my friends… time to start my 2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour.

2016-halloween-haunted-houseEvery Monday, now through Halloween day, I’ll share a stop along my haunted house tour. Today I thought we’d start with my living room, and my haunted Halloween mantel. I’ve got lots of photos to share. So grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy the tour!

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I know many of you have been touring with me these past few years, so some of these scenes will be familiar to you. I try to change things up every year, but there are a few spooky spooks that “need” to be in a certain spot, or it just wouldn’t be Halloween. Take my skeletons, for example. They belong on the mantel. No ifs, ands, or buts.

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My ceramic Mr. Bones, and skeleton painting done by my son in high school, are a couple of my most favorite Halloween things, so they tend to set the tone for the mantel each year. This time, they are chilling with the rest of the gang…. lots of pumpkins, ghosts and eyeballs, and of course a creepy spider or two.

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Many of these treasures are handmade, by me, and by my kiddos growing up over the years.  My Missy Nik’s painted gourd ghost from when she was wee little. A painted eyeball portrait done by her in much later years. And a prim pumpkin head and paper mache ghost made during my weekly crafty play dates with the girls.

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That jovial skeleton is actually a card, given to me by my mom a few years back. He is completely bendable and posable, and gets up to all sorts of shenanigans. I always have lots of fun with him.

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A peek at my coffee table.

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And what’s beneath.

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And the hearth. Check out this cool skeleton dude the girls and I made this fall. He took us four weeks of crafty play dates to complete… but he was worth it.

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I may have to name him Mr. Bones Too.😀

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The wreath marks the path into the sunroom, which we’ll pick up on the tour next time. Until then…
Thanks so much for stopping by!
And Happy Haunting to YOU!

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Bah Bah Black Sheep

Happy Wednesday, Crafty Friends!

Today I thought I would switch gears from paper crafts to sharing one of my latest fabric creations. Summer is a busy time, but the girls and I have managed to get together a few times for crafting. And as is usually the case, we’ve been working on some sweet and shabby little prims. Here’s one we’ve just recently finished.

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A woolly little black sheep, after the children’s nursery rhyme, all wrapped up in his tartan and rags. Cute for Christmas, but I liked him so much, he went straight out.

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I guess a sheep can be used any time of year, right? This guy is hanging out on my hearth, tucked into his little stall…….. which in truth is a vintage cabbage slicer….

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…. decked out in beachy stars for the summer.🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

A Good Day with Sizzix and Tim Holtz- A Tutorial

Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!
And Happy 4th of July!

My dear friend, Paige, had her big 50th birthday this weekend. The girls and I are getting together in a few days to celebrate, and in the mean time, I’ve been working on her card. It’s a tag and a card, all rolled into one, made with some of my favorite Sizzix Tim Holtz dies. And today I wanted to share it with you.

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I think my most well-loved Sizzix die has got to be this Tag & Bookplates die by Tim Holtz. It’s just the perfect size for art tags or gift tags, or even card tags, like I’ve made here. This will work great for hanging on Paige’s gift bag. And what I like is that this tag opens up with plenty of room for a note on the inside.

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I keep gravitating back to this Barista collection by BasicGrey. Love the color combo so much, and since Paige is a neutral-lover like me, I think she will like it, too. I pieced several prints for the background of the tag, and die cut one of Tim’s new doily dies from patterned paper, as well. And then topped them all with a few of Tim’s new Wildflowers, water-colored to match.

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Here’s a quick tutorial, if you’d like to learn more.

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Begin by die cutting one whole tag and one partial tag from patterned paper. I die cut the hole re-inforcer, included on the die, as well. When die cutting with Bigz dies like this, simply sandwich the die and paper between two standard cutting pads before running through your die cutting machine.

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Next, die cut the new Doily #2 Thinlits die from contrasting patterned paper. Here it is after going through my machine, and you can see how intricate this cut is. Instead of trying to poke all those little pieces out one by one, here’s a good tip.

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Place the die and stuck paper down onto the Sizzix Foam Pad, and roll over the back with the Die Brush. The paper will pop right out of the die, and the brush will remove all the little inner pieces, too.

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Adhere the partial tag onto the bottom of the whole tag, trimming off any excess, as necessary. Add the doily to the center, cutting off the outside edges.  Lightly ink over the edges of the tag and doily with brown Distress Ink and an ink blending tool. Add a thin strip of paper over the seam where the two paper edges meet, and tie a ribbon around the middle of the tag.

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Die cut a variety of Wildflower Thinlits from watercolor paper. I used three pieces for my tag.

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Watercolor the flowers using Distress Inks mixed with water and a wet paintbrush. I pulled colors from my patterned papers for my flowers. Pumice Stone and Black Soot for stems, and Mustard Seed and Wild Honey for the flowers.

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Add die cut flowers and sentiment sticker to the left side of the tag, popping up a few areas with foam tape for dimension. Apply clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the flower heads.

To create the card opening, die cut another whole tag from matching paper. Using a bone folder or scoring tool, score across the top of the tag. Fold the top flap back and forth a couple of times to loosen the hinge. Apply adhesive to the top flap, and adhere the two tags together.

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Now your tag opens like a card, with lots of space for messages and notes.

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It’s overcast and rainy here today, so not a great day for picnics and fireworks. I hope that whatever you are doing today, it’s filled with bright, sunny skies. And from my holiday house to yours…

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Happy Independence Day!!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers Shapers Alterations Die Cutting Template Tag BookplatesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - WildflowersSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Doily 2Sizzix Clear Stamps BIRTHDAY 659798Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Mustard SeedTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320Sizzix - Accessory - Die Brush and Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin DiesRanger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT409653M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE PermanentSizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425Sizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

BasicGrey Barista Collection: Patterned Paper, Cardstock Sticker, Embellishment Kit

Friday Fun- The Easter Tour

Hello Sweetie Peeps!

Thought we would have a little more Friday Fun today! In celebration of Easter weekend, it’s the perfect time to finish up my Easter house tour.

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So you all know by now that I love a holiday, and rarely let one pass without a wee bit of decorating. And of course Easter is no exception. When my kids were little, I really went all out… with bright colors and pastels and shiny foil… you know. The works.

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But now I like things a bit more au natural.

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So my Easter house is filled with lots of neutrals and elements from nature. Bunnies and greens, nests and eggs, and maybe a bird or two.

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And of course I like a funky junk mix of new and old, everyday items with seasonal, and lots of handmade goodies thrown in for good measure.

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It’s just a peek of things from my Easter house. There’s more parts of the tour here and here, in case you missed it and would like to see.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very happy holiday weekend!

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on it’s Way

Hello, Sweetie Peeps!

The other day, I was prowling through my favorite local junk store, and came across the cutest little bunny rabbit desk frame. I know Easter is just a few days away, but I seriously couldn’t resist. So perfect for altering. So perfect for a bit of home decor. You all know  how I am about frames!

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So of course that little bunny frame went home with me. And then it came along on my beach retreat this past weekend, where it was promptly altered with a wee bit of stitchery.

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The frame itself already had so much great character that I wanted to keep the stitching simple in comparison. So I chose a few words from an old childhood favorite song for my needlework, stitched in my own raggedy hand-writing onto soft cotton flannel.

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Really sweet and simple, with lots of attention on that adorable frame. And promptly added to my front entryway table with a few other favorite Easter things.

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A nest. Some garden greens tucked into my trusty antique watering can. And a new precious Easter bunny that I am absolutely crazy about.  (Thank you so much, Kathie!)

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My silly little handmade paper mache chick I made last year.

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And a few more of my handmade dollies tucked into the basket below, in both fabric and more paper mache.

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Such silly things that make me smile.

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I know it is very last minute…

But I’ve added my bunny Hippity Hoppity frame to my Spring Shop. You can find it here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very happy day!