Valentine’s Day Decorating {Vinyl Decal Glass Top Table Runner}

I’m not quite late in terms of sharing my Valentine decorating, am I? I don’t do much…just a little here and there, mostly in the dining room. 

Valentine dining room decor

More pictures after a little vinyl tutorial: Having a vinyl cutting machine is GREAT for last minute decorating! Our reclaimed barn wood dining table is protected by a beveled glass top. And a glass top table is the perfect spot for an adhesive vinyl table runner just in time for Valentine’s day!

Valentine glass top table vinyl decals

You’ll need:

  • Adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters in pink and soft pink
  • Transfer paper

Tools I used:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Studio software
  • scissors
  • credit card/gift card

Happy Crafters Adhesive Vinyl

Using the Silhouette Design Studio software, I used different fonts to create Valentine text along with a few shapes from the online store.  Because I wanted to have the text reading different directions, I used the rotate tool to flip some of the text and shapes. 

Silhouette Design Studio software

Before sending the design to cut, I uploaded the vinyl into my machine color side up then changed my setting to cut adhesive vinyl. 

When cutting was complete, I removed and trimmed my vinyl design. Then inserted another sheet of vinyl and cut the design again. I used two sets of vinyl decals to create my table runner.  cutting adhesive vinyl

Next up is removing all of the negative part of the vinyl design. Simply remove all vinyl that’s not a letter or shape. 

weeding vinyl decals

Now it’s like a sheet of vinyl stickers. Not something you want to place letter by letter so apply a piece of transfer paper over top of the vinyl decals. 

Measure placement and alignment of where the vinyl decal table runner will go onto your glass top table. 

vinyl decal placement

Rub the vinyl decals with a gift card so that the adhesive vinyl transfer from the wax paper backing to the transfer paper. 

transfer paper

Remove wax paper backing. Sometimes I have to use my fingernail or thumbnail to help along the transfer. 

adhesive vinyl decal tutorial

Carefully align and place the vinyl decal with transfer paper onto the glass. 

glass top table vinyl decal

Rub with a gift card so that the vinyl transfers from the paper to the glass. 

transferring vinyl decal

Remove transfer paper. 

transfer paper vinyl decal

That’s it! Now the glass table top sports a sweet Valentine’s message!

adhesive vinyl Valentine centerpiece

Simply peel away the vinyl for easy removal.

Valentine table decor

More decorating around the DIYShowOff house: 

Valentine centerpiece

 

Valentine wreath

Valentine's day dining room decorating

Valentine Mantel

 

DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine decor

 

See more Valentine’s crafts in the DIYShowOff project gallery

 

Valentine kitchen

 

Valentine decorating

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Share the Love: Free Printable Valentine Gift Tags

One month until Valentine’s day! Time to start thinking about cute Valentine’s craft ideas! Today I’m sharing some cute Valentine gift tag printables as a part of the Share the Love Blog Hop hosted by Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things). Visiting from sweet Lucy at Craftberry Bush? Welcome friends! I’m so glad you’re here! 

Share the Love Hop

Baby, it’s cold outside in my geographical location in February so how about adding a package of hot cocoa to a dollar store mug, toss in some DIY decorated marshmallow stirs and attaching a cute “You melt my Heart” tag. 

free valentine printable

Awe. Heart warming! Heart melting! They’re printable. They’re free! And they’re cute! 

You Melt My Heart Valentine Prinatable

Click here to open and print. 

Marshmallow Stick Treats

Great for accessorizing these gifts too:

  • chocolate
  • bath melts
  • candles
  • melted snowman cookies
  • snowman ornament

free valentine printable gift tag

Next up on the Share the Love Blog Hop is Vanessa at Tried and True with a super cute project & printable!

Share the Love Hop

Visit all 16 blog friends for even MORE free Valentine Printables! 

1. Jamie: “You mean the world to me!”

2. Lucy: “I love everything you dew!”

3. Roeshel: “You melt my heart!”

4. Vanessa: ” Thumb-body Loves You!”

5. Lindsay:  ”You blow me away!”

6. Jamie: “You’re o-fish-ally an awesome friend!”

7. Kelly: “No matter how you slice it, we make a great combination!”

8. Lindi: “You rock!”

9. Andrea: “You’re the write one for me!”

10. Abbey: Valentines Day scavenger hunt

11. Jenna: “We’re 2 of a kind!”

12. Emily: “I like you a latte!”

13. Bethany: “You’re just my type!”

14. Caitlin: “You’re sweet!”

15. Colleen: “You’re a deer to me!”

16. Julia: “You are the bomb!”

Easy Ornament Craft – Pipecleaner Christmas Tree Bells

Christmas is nearly here! These DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bells are super easy and a fun last minute craft…with a rich velvet-y look and real ringing bells. They’d be so cute in a variety of colors to coordinate with any Christmas theme. 

easy DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Bell Ornament Materials: {all supplies found at Michaels Craft Store}

  • pipe cleaners
  • mini Styrofoam cones 
  • small bells
  • hot glue
  • mini star tree topper ornaments (or thrifty costume jewelry)
  • fishing line/ornament hooks
  • optional: straight pins with color/ball heads, ribbon, embellishments – be creative!
  • optional: Krylon Glitter Blast

Tutorial:

Starting near the bottom of the cone, I simply pushed in my pipe cleaner and spiraled around the cone, again tucking the pipe cleaner’s end into the Styrofoam. Repeat as needed. I used three colors to create an ombrè effect. I even braided a few different colors for a different look. I didn’t, but you can use hot glue as needed.  DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

Add a smidge of hot glue to the top of a bell and insert into the bottom center of the Styrofoam cone to create a ‘bell’ tree trunk. PipeCleaner Christmas Bell Ornament

Embellish: using hot glue or straight pins, add a tree topper or pipe cleaner monogram.

DIY Christmas Ornament

Spritz with Krylon Glitter blast for a little sparkle. 

Easy. Simple. Pretty. Fun.  DIY Christmas Ornament Craft Then..frame your creation with a pretty Christmas ornament frame.

Christmas ornament frame

 

Mechelle’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest.

Mechelle's Christmas Tree

DIY Tinsel Ornament Tree Christmas Decoration

With a Merry & Bright theme going on in the family room, I needed a colorful Christmas decoration to add to my existing decorative accents which is what inspired this tinsel ornament tree tutorial. This tutorial is a part of the fun Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop! More fun holiday links below! DIY tinsel ornament tree tutorial  

What I used: tinsel ornament tree materials

  • cardboard cone
  • tinsel garland
  • optional: ornaments (I used three different sizes)
  • hot glue/gun

DIY tinsel ornament tree craft tutorial

Tutorial:

Starting at the top,  add a dab of hot glue near the pointy end of the cardboard cone and attach one end of the tinsel garland.

Wrap the cardboard cone. Pull garland tight for a fuller look or just enough to cover the cone…it’s up to you! I pulled mine tighter and used the entire string of tinsel garland.

Secure the end of the tinsel garland to the cardboard cone with a touch of hot glue.

You could be finished at this step if you like the look! Or use hot glue to add in ornaments (I removed the metal hangers). 

Remove the metal hanger from a favorite ornament, add a dab of hot glue and attach to the top of the tree.  tinsel ornament Christmas tree instructions

All done…definitely “merry & bright” AND easy!

DIY ornament tinsel tree tutorial Happy! Right?  colorful Christmas

 

Family Room Makeover

Christmas Home Tour

See more Christmas crafts, decorating, DIY and recipes at the Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop…

Christmas Exravaganza Blog Hop and Linky Party Graphic

Christmas Extravaganza Schedule

Mint Chocolate Cream Torte from Cupcakes and Crinoline

Easy Four Ingredient Snowball Cookies from Yellow Bliss Road

Holiday Napkin Apron from Jojo & Eloise

DIY Eyelash Yarn Christmas Trees from A Place for Us

Yarn Candy Canes from Lolly Jane

Chocolate & Peppermint Crispy Rice Treats from Ella Claire

Tinsel Ornament Tree from DIY Showoff

Sequin Ornaments from Fox Hollow Cottage

Fuzzy Christmas Trees from Two Twenty One

15 Christmas Decorating Ideas from Town & Country Living

Pom Pom Snowball Wreath from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Christmas Craft Round Up from Debbiedoos

DIY Boxwood Napkin Rings from French Country Cottage

Rustic Glam & Blue Christmas Tree from Setting For Four

Easy Dollar Tree Wreaths from Domestically Speaking

Frosted Pear Ornament from Sand & Sisal

Friday – it’s your turn! Link up your fun Christmas ideas!

Elaine’s Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Elaine's Christmas Tree

Custom DIY Decals – vinyl holiday labels

I don’t know about you but the change from fall to winter contributes to dry skin and having a bottle of lotion constantly on display isn’t exactly decorative so why not whip out a vinyl decal/label using a fun shape and text? I used my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl but you could substitute craft paper, glue, contact paper, decorative tape and/or stickers. It’s a cute DIY gift idea too. Here is what I did:

DIY gift set idea

Materials:

  • Bottle of Moisturizing Lotion (Dollar General) – you could also make your own and use a glass bottle or jar
  • Gold Vinyl from Happy Crafters
  • Transfer paper

Tools:

  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

Remove front label. I left the back label adhered so there was no mistaking the contents and ingredients. The front label pulled away clean for me but some may take a little elbow grease.

lotion bottle decal tutorial

Using my Silhouette Studio software along with a previously purchased deer shape and helvetica font, I created a design measuring small enough to fit on the front of the lotion bottle (roughly 3 x 3 inches).

Load vinyl color side up. I changed my blade settings for cutting vinyl and sent to ‘cut’. 

cutting vinyl decals

Weed away all ‘negative’ vinyl that isn’t a part of the design. 

deer decal

Add a piece of transfer paper to the front side of the vinyl decal and rub with a gift card or credit card.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Pull away the wax paper backing.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Place the vinyl decal/transfer paper onto the front of the lotion bottle and rub the design with a a gift card.

lotion label decal

Peel away the transfer paper. 

Vinyl lotion label decal DIY

Add a coordinating bow if desired. Now you have cute guest room accessory.

Deer lotion bottle DIY vinyl decal

Or create a holiday gift set by adding a super easy DIY ring/jewelry holder.

DIY gifts

I’m sharing the ring holder tutorial today over at Très Frugal – 30 days of DIY Gift Ideas hosted by Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl today. Hop over to check it out and to follow the entire series for some great gift ideas. 

diy gifts

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion are my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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Karyna’s handmade tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Karyna's Christmas Tree

DIY Halloween Candy Skull Owl Plaque

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #NeonSharpie http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

I do love my Sharpies so I happily accepted the offer to participate in the Neon Sharpie campaign with a fun colorful Halloween project. I used the coupon link shared below to snag my 5 pack at Target…along with more than that of course…isn’t that always the way in that store?

NEW Sharpie Fine Point Neon markers have fun ultra vivid colors in natural light with ink that turns fluorescent in black light.

DIY Halloween Candy Skull Owl Plaque

DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl Tutorial

Materials: 

  • 5 pack Neon Sharpie Markers
  • Wooden shield or route 66/road plaque (I picked mine up at a yard sale but you could also cut your own from thin plyboard or purchase online or in craft stores)
  • White craft paint
  • Black Sharpie

Tutorial:

My plaque is a shield/road route shape but doesn’t it look like the shape of an owl too? Perfect for this project! I gave it two coats of white paint and let it dry.  candy skull halloween owl

candy skull halloween owl tutorial

After a quick online image search to get an idea of candy skull designs, I practiced a few design sketches on a piece of paper.  candy skull owl tutorial

Using a pencil, I traced my camera lens cap for large circle eyes then utilized a few stencils but mostly just doodled with my neon Sharpie markers. I filled in the white surface with designs, shapes, flowers, spirals, etc.  candy skull stenciling

and filled in some more… candy skull tutorial

and more. I tried to keep things symmetrical but being an amateur candy skull artist, it’s a bit off. I compensated here and there with design but a part of having hand-drawn charm is the imperfection, right? It doesn’t jump out and say OFF BALANCE. It’s still pretty! diy candy skull halloween owl tutorial

Sometimes, I walked away when interrupted or at a loss of what else to draw then came back with a fresh look and filled in the design some more… DIY candy skull owl

until I was happy with my overall design. I love the bright vivid colors. So fun!

Next I outlined everything using my black Sharpie… Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl

 One of a kind… DIYShowOff Candy Skull Owl

 Isn’t it cute? Perfect for a fun colorful Halloween accent! candy skull owl decor

It’s so cool that the neon marks show fluorescent under a black light too! DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl

1$ off coupon (available while supplies last and in select stores) to purchase the 5 pack of Neon Sharpies from Target. Coupon Link: http://coupons.target.com/sharpie-coupons

See more fun Sharpie ideas:



Personalized Trick or Treat Bags

Trick or Treat is coming up at the end of the month. I sure do miss having little ones at home. We don’t even get trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood but I do have two nieces and one nephew, all under the age of 5. With help from FrogTape® and Happy Crafters, I whipped up a little Halloween surprise for them. They’re going to love these personalized trick or treat bags!

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Materials: DIY personalized trick or treat bags

  • canvas/linen tote bags
  • fabric paints
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape (I used all 3 patterns: chevron, wave and scallop)
  • stencils (I created my own stencils using glossy black vinyl and transfer paper from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial: (please pardon the poor lighting…it’s raining today)

Part 1 – Shape Tape

Iron the tote bags to remove wrinkles.

Insert cardboard into the tote bag (to block bleed-through to the other side).

Cut a piece of FrogTape Shape tape a little wider than the bag. Decide placement. Remove half of the strip of wax paper backing from the Shape Tape. Position and press into place. Remove the other half of the wax paper backing and smooth into place. I found that securing the edges of the tape to the table underneath on the sides, kept my tote bag from sliding around, holding it in place for painting.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Repeat step 3 to create a ‘stencil’ border/line for the design. 

Using a credit card, I rubbed the Shape Tape to make sure it was nice and secure, sticking to the canvas…check closely to be sure the Shape Tape is complete adhered to the canvas. 

Paint! Be careful not to lift the Shape Tape with brush strokes. It helps to move the paint brush from ‘on the tape’ moving to the fabric rather than starting on fabric and pushing paint to the tapeline. 

Remove Shape tape. Nice crisp lines!!! Let the paint dry.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Part 2 – vinyl stencils

Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I created name stencils as well as purchased a few Halloween shapes from the Silhouette American online store. Then sent it to cut to create vinyl stencils.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Peel away lettering and design to create a stencil. Using transfer paper, position vinyl stencil on tote, rub with a credit card and remove transfer paper – leaving the vinyl stencil in place on the canvas.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Paint and remove vinyl. Allow paint to dry 4 hours. 

DIY trick-or-treat bags

*Using a black Sharpie, I traced around the ghost where his white body met with the white chevron. 

DIY trick-or-treat bags

Aren’t they darling? Years of use! Machine washable (inside out) after 72 hours. Cute.Cute.Cute! DIY personalized trick or treat bags

 

Now I have three little trick-or-treaters! Treators? What’s your favorite kind of Halloween candy?

FrogTape Blog Squad

*I’m a member of the FrogTape® Blog Squad. This post is sponsored by FrogTape®. As always, the opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. See more DIY from the FrogTape® blog squad.

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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DIY Vinyl Pumpkin Decals

With the girls all grown up and on their own, I have little desire to carve a pumpkin to create a jack-o-lantern. And my pumpkin carving skills are a bit juvenile so I’m loving this alternative to carving…my pumpkins look so pretty! 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

Materials:

  • large glossy adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters
  • transfer paper  
  • pumpkins

Tools:

  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

1. I purchased a deer silhouette and frame from the online store and sized them in my Silhouette Studio designer software to fit my pumpkins.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

2. Then sent my decals to “cut”. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

3. Peel away (weed) the negative part of the design.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

4. Cut transfer paper to size. Peel away wax paper backing and smooth transfer paper into place.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

5. Rub design with a credit card.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

6. Peel away paper backing from the vinyl decal, transferring it to the sticky transfer paper. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

7. Position on pumpkin and lightly rub decal with a credit card. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

8. Peel away transfer paper. This might get a little tricky because of the pumpkin’s uneven surface. You may have to use your fingernail to help with the transfer.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

 

9 .There are also wrinkles in my vinyl decal…but it doesn’t take away from the design. I just smoothed it down the best I could using my fingernail and credit card. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

All done and so cute! SO many options. I noticed that the Silhouette America online store even had sets of eyes, noses and mouths for jack-o-lantern faces. A monogram or spooky ghost or black cat would be great too!

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

See the tutorial for the candy corn here.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

 

Linking up to the Lettered Cottage, Pumpkin Party and Cuckoo4Design Pumpkin Parade

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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Easy Fall Decor: Decoupaged Glass Jars and BottlesTutorial

Fall DIY: The mornings have been chilly so there’s no denying that fall is right around the corner and that has me thinking of fall decorating despite the fact that I’m hanging on to every last bit of summer. This year, I have a beautiful fall vignette consisting of vintage inspired bottles filled with feathers, dried cotton stalks, autumn leaves and dried silver dollar plants. The plain bottles could use a little embellishment and Martha Stewart pizzazz. 

Easy fall decor at http://diyshowoff.com

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Crafts/Plaid and BluePrint Social. If you follow DIYShowOff on Instagram, you know I recently received this fun supply in the mail:

martha stewart crafts

I chose to utilize Martha Stewart Decoupage and the cutest botanical birds cutouts for this project.  

Materials (available at Michael’s Craft Store):

Martha Stewart Decoupage

  • Martha Stewart Decoupage – I used the Durable Gloss Finish which perfect for this project since the formula is durable, top-rack dishwasher safe and for use on multiple surfaces! Imagine the possibilities!
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Botanical Birds Decoupage Paper Cutouts – so cute! Be sure to check out the other designs too!
  • Glass bottles, vases or jars – I recycled some from around the house.
  • Soft bristle paint brush.

Tutorial:

1. Clean glass with rubbing alcohol. 

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

2. Roll bottle of decoupage on table to mix.

3. Working quickly, brush on Martha Stewart Decoupage onto glass surface with a small craft brush.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

4.  Brush decoupage onto back of paper cutout.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

5. Place paper cutout onto glass.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

6. Apply another layer of decoupage to the paper cutout and surrounding glass. Let dry 1-2 hours.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

7. Repeat above steps 3-6 again after 1-2 hours. Now it’s ready to display but allow 28 days cure time for washing or heavy use. 

Aren’t these awesome?

natural fall decor

It dries transparent! The botanical birds are the perfect decorative accent to my fall display. 

Easy fall decor at http://diyshowoff.com

Much more fall-festive than plain bottles and so easy to do! 

easy fall decor craft  

See how I used Martha Stewart Decoupage and paper doily cutouts on my lampshade makeover

Sharing at the Fall Nesting Party.

Find more info at:

See more from these talented blog friends:

 

*This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Decoupage as a part of a Blueprint Social Campaign. I received product and compensation for sharing my experience with my own craft project and tutorial in my own words. 

Framed Pet Silhouettes

I love silhouette shapes, don’t you? In need of some sort of framed art in our hallway, I decided to whip up some silhouettes of my pets to frame.

Framed Pet Silhouettes on Burlap

We have two pets in our home…Lalka, our ragdoll cat:

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CocoRosie, our Italian greyhound:

rosie italian greyhound

Actual pictures of them are something I haven’t framed but black silhouettes on burlap are just about as sweet!

how to make a framed pet silhouette

Materials I used:

  • Two 8×10 picture frames
  • Burlap
  • Silhouette textured adhesive cardstock from Happy Crafters

What I did:

1. I cut out two 8×10 pieces of burlap (and ironed them using my irons highest setting and spritzing the burlap with water (not steam) on both sides).

burlap craft

2. Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I purchased a cat and greyhound silhouette from the Silhouette store and created two designs for cutting, one of an 8 x 10 matte for my white adhesive card stock and a dog and cat measured to fit inside of the matte on black adhesive card stock. I also saved my designs to cut out more adhesive cat and dog shapes for making handmade cards (using the adhesive card stock is like making your own custom stickers and adhesive labels).

pet silhouettes

matte

3. Then adjusted the settings according to the “adhesive card stock” option and sent to the Silhouette for cutting. 

cutting pet silhouettes

4.  Then simply peeled away my designs and placed them on the burlap. Easy peasy! I like that the adhesive keeps my designs in place on the burlap. 

adhesive cardstock

Italian greyhound silhouette

5. Then framed and hung them up on the wall. 

framed burlap adhesive cardstock pet silhouette tutorial

So cute!

Do you have pet art in your home? I love whimsical pet silhouettes. Remember my Italian Greyhound t-shirt?

DIY chevron greyhound applique

Who knows what I’ll embellish next! I don’t have a pet accented throw pillow yet. It might be next on the list. :) 

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This post was sponsored. Happy Crafters provided the adhesive card stock. As always, opinion, experience and tutorial are my own. :) 

DIY Alphabet Burlap Cork Board Message Center

Hello DIY friends! One of my favorite stores is Michaels - although it’s one of those stores that I can’t run in for just one thing because I end up with a cart full of the cutest decorative accents and more materials for my craft stash. You too, right? Well, Michaels just announced the addition of pre-cut craft fabric to the thousands of creative products available in its stores, providing us with one-stop shopping for DIY projects. This is BIG HUGE news when you live in a smaller city with only one local fabric store! While I was there, I also discovered that Michaels sells a complete line of sewing supplies as well…this cuts my shopping time in half. One store instead of two. Bonus!

DIY burlap message center

Michaels supplied me with this awesome stash of fabric as a part of a promotion for their new line of home decor fabric. Isn’t it darling? 

Michaels fabric line

The alphabet burlap is ADORABLE! and a perfect match for my craft room so I decided I would make myself a burlap covered corkboard message center to help keep me organized. Cork board, Chalk board, Clip board AND burlap? That’s what I’m talking about! A fun combo!

Materials:

  • 36″ x 24″ framed corkboard
  • Crafty Cuts alphabet burlap
  • 4 pieces of thin wood trim (Michael’s also sells a small miter box & saw)
  • Black spray paint (or you could probably get away with one can of chalkboard spray paint)
  • Spray adhesive
  • 3 clipboards
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Hot glue (and hot glue gun)
  • Embellishments
  • Push pins

Corkboard/Chalkboad/Clipboard Message Center Tutorial:

DIY message center

1. Measure and (miter) cut small trim pieces to fit inside of the corkboard’s frame. 

DIY burlap covered cork board

2. Iron burlap. I used my iron’s highest setting and sprayed water (not steamed) to get out wrinkles. Iron both sides. 

ironing burlap

3. Measure inside of corkboard frame and cut a piece of the burlap to those measurements (mine was 34.5″ x 22.5″). If you subtract 1/4″, it will save you from having to trim the fit later. If it’s a smidge small, it’s okay (and actually better) and will be hidden by the added wood trim later. Set fabric piece aside. 

alphabet burlap

4. Spray paint the corkboard frame and trim pieces black. I was okay with imperfect coverage for a distressed look. (You could also sand edges when dry.) No need to tape the corkboard since it’ll be covered later. Let paint dry. 

DIY burlap corkboard message center

5. Give the cut burlap piece a coat of spray adhesive on the back side.  (I do this outside because of the overspray but be mindful of the wind direction blowing the adhesive spray mist as well as when picking up the sticky burlap, not to touch/fold which mine did but easily quickly pulled apart.) Immediately move to step 6.

DIY burlap covered cork board message center

6. Working from the middle out, smooth the burlap over the corkboard (inside the frame). It’ll be reposition-able right away if needed. 

DIY burlap covered cork board

7. Next I used hot glue to attach my small mitered trim pieces over the burlap edges, right next to the inside of the corkboard frame. This covers the edge of the burlap.

DIY burlap covered cork board

If you need to re-cut a mitered piece or accidentally scratch the black paint finish, simply fix it with a black Sharpie.

DIY burlap covered cork message center

8. Embellish as desired. My mitered edges surprisingly were a great fit after the mitered cut fix above, but these adorable flower embellishments attached with hot glue would work for covering a not so professional {tricky cuts!} mitered fit too. 

flower embellishments

9. Clipboards: Remove metal clip hardware, coat with chalkboard paint, let dry and repeat a second coat and let dry. 

chalkboard clipboard

10. Season chalkboard by rubbing the length of a piece of chalk over the complete surface then erasing. 

seasoning chalkboard

11. Re-attach clips. I found that using a twist tie to hold the clip open then lining up screws made reattaching the clip to the board a lot easier (because of the spring in the clip). Once screws are in place and tightened, remove twist tie. 

reattaching clipboard hardware

12. Embellish chalkboard clipboards if desired. I numbered mine and added some cute stickers. 

decorating chalkboard clipboard

13. Hang! Corkboard should come with hanging hardware but large Command strips will work too. 

alphabet burlap message center

It’s perfect for my black, natural, vintage inspired craft room. Lovin’ it!

craft room

There’s a lot of “stuff” in this room but it is clean and organized!

craft room / home office

I was provided with fabric and a Michaels gift card to complete the challenge. Michaels.com and Michaels Pinterest Boards feature project ideas that use fabric, including throw pillowslamp shadeschair seat covers, and bracelets. Laminated burlap, a Michaels limited exclusive, can be fed through most home printers to add personalized messages and images to fabric projects…I want to try that next!

Silhouette Heat Transfer Tutorial

I recently shared a tutorial for Silhouette Fabric Interfacing which is great for creating fabric appliqués.

silhouette fabric interfacing tutorial

Silhouette’s heat transfer material is another great option, especially when you don’t want to sew around a larger design or a lot of lettering. As a member of the Silhouette affiliate program, I had the opportunity to try the Silhouette Heat Transfer Starter Kit. I was not paid to share this tutorial but did receive the starter kit and receive a small percentage of sales generated from this month’s Silhouette Sale when readers use code “SHOWOFF” at checkout at Silhouette America. Promotion ends June 15th.  Here are this month’s awesome deals:

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If you’re a DIY Show Off social media fan, you may know that last year my mom battled breast cancer (doing great!) and just recently my younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is so brave and keeping a positive spirit. I’ve purchased her several fun t-shirts with sayings like “I pay my oncologist big bucks for this hair style.”, “Does this shirt make me look bald?” and “Save the Hooters.” She has a great sense of humor and is very social. She has a close group of friends who’ve nicknamed her “princess”. She also has an amazing sweet heart and her big concern right now is how others are affected by her diagnosis. So, I decided a “Keep Calm. Princess always lives happily ever after.” t-shirt would send a reassuring message to her social group. 

heat transfer starter kit

The Silhouette Heat Transfer Starter Kit comes with:

  • 3 sheets of smooth heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of black, teal, dark pink)
  • 2 sheets of flocked heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of white and yellow)
  • Silhouette hook
  • exclusive download card good for 10 heat transfer designs
  • idea booklet and instruction guide
  • instructional DVD

Silhouette Heat Transfer Tutorial

Tutorial: 

1. Download the heat transfer designs from the Silhouette online store. (I chose a design I already had on hand instead but love that bicycle!)

silhouette heat transfer shapes

2. Create design in the Silhouette Studio. 

silhouette studio keep calm princess

3. Right click on each individual element of the design and click “FLIP HORIZONTALLY” to create a mirror image. 

silhouette studio mirror

4. Send to cut. Choose Silhouette Heat Transfer (flocked or smooth…I used smooth).

silhouette heat transfer cut

5. Load paper shiny side down and adjust blade setting as recommended (2).

loading heat transfer paper

6. Cut and unload. 

7. Remove negative heat transfer. 

removing negative heat transfer

8. IMPORTANT: This is tricky with intricate designs and lettering. Be sure you’re in a well lit area so you can see the cut lines and utilize the Silhouette hook to remove small pieces of negative area when necessary. GO SLOW! 

I did remove some of what I shouldn’t have and had to improvise…let’s not dwell on my imperfections. If you have the extra materials, you may want to do a “practice run” before your true project, especially if it’s your first time and if you’re creating a gift. 

7. One side will be sticky with a backwards design. The other side is shiny and readable. 

8. Place heat transfer/transparency sticky side down onto shirt or tote or dish towel.

keep calm silhouette heat transfer

9. Iron using a towel or scrap fabric between the transparency and iron according to directions. 

ironing silhouette heat transfer

10. Slowly remove sticky/shiny transparency. (If some of the design is still stuck to the transparency, replace and iron again.)

silhouette heat transferring

Ta-da!

silhouette heat transfer starter kit

Imperfections and all, I think she’s going to like it! 

breast cancer tshirt

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Did you notice the “Hello Sunshine” banner on the patio swing makeover yesterday?

patio swing makeover - after

Silhouette now has chipboard! Adding another FUNction to my Silhouette machine. Love it! {This is a sponsored post with affiliate links when using code “showoff”.}

Chipboard Banner Tutorial

Silhouette Chipboard Tutorial

I created my banner letters using the Silhouette Studio software and sent to “cut”. Add chipboard to cutting mat and insert into the machine. Remember to change the settings for each page to “chipboard” and to change the blade depth before cutting.

silhouette-chipboard-project

Two ways to paint chipboard letters (I used acrylic craft paint):

1. Remove lettering and paint. You will have painted fingers when trying to hold letters.

painting chipboard

2. Don’t punch out chipboard. Paint lettering intact then punch out when dry. Letters will need touched up when removed from chipboard.

how to paint chipboard

I painted both sides. Letters may need to be placed under weights (books) to flatten when dry.

When dry, using a hole punch, I placed two small holes at the top of each letter.

silhouette chipboard banner

And laced with two long pieces of ribbon (long enough for my words “Hello Sunshine”, including room for spacing and tying the ends. I laced starting in the back of the letter and pulling the ribbon through to the front, then into the second hole, coming out the back.

chipboard banner tutorial

Tie off the ends.

silhouette-chipboard-banner-tutorial

Ready to hang! I think I’m going to add a little color to my banner. And I’m going to love making customized party banners.

patio swing makeover

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Paper Mache Easter Egg craft

A day with freezing rain isn’t my ideal spring day, but it is still officially winter. Spring. In like a lion, right? ::groan::

Fortunately, this dip-dyed {painted} paper mache Easter egg craft is a cheerful easy DIY project which aided in averting my eye from the cold, gloom and sleet outside.

painted-dip-dyed-eggs

I don’t think you really need a tutorial. But, since writing up a “how to” is what I love to do, I’m going to tell you what I did anyway. ;)

painted-dip-dyed-paper-mache-easter-egg-tutorial

Materials:

  • Paper mache eggs
  • FrogTape
  • DecoArt Americana acrylic craft paints

Wrap FrogTape around the paper mache egg to create a faux dipped line. Using my fingernail, I rubbed the edge of the tape to activate the Paint Block Technology to prevent paint from seeping underneath the tape, to create a crisp clean line.

FrogTape-on-paper-mache-easter-egg

Then I simply painted the bottom of my paper mache eggs using different spring-inspired colors:

painted-paper-mache-egg

Pull away/remove FrogTape while paint is still wet. It’s a little tricky! After I was done, I thought: “I should have used a set of tongs or something to get a better grip on my egg.” #hindsight

removing-FrogTape

Allow paint to dry. (I just set mine on the cellophane paper mache egg packaging.)

Decorate!

dip-dyed-painted-paper-mache-easter-eggs

Do you decorate with Easter eggs {faux or real} this time of year?

Spring-Thing-Party

Joining Lana over at Making a House a Home for “It’s a Spring Thing” linky party where she shares her sweet little DIY playhouse for her little guy.

diy-play-house by Making a House a Home

There’s another It’s a Spring Thing link party too! Fun! I’m joining the party by linking up with my best blog girlfriends too.

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What are you working on? You’re invited to link up & share!
Joining the party with Amanda too!
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Super easy DIY ribbon wreath {last minute decorating}

 

Quick, easy DIY Christmas ribbon wreath

I made this DIY ribbon wreath a few years ago and I still use it today. It’s a great last minute idea {you may even have supplies on hand} and as I unpacked it to decorate, I thought I’d share it again. Here are my pictures from that time, I think 2009 {more 2012 pictures below!}…  Time: About 1 hour Materials:

  • stiff or wired ribbon (I used about 35 feet, thick wired ribbon works best and will save you time)
  • cardboard
  • coordinating decorative pick/bow
Tools:
  • scissors
  • Xacto-knife,

Instructions & tips: Trace a dinner plate (or your preferred circle for wreath size) on a piece of cardboard with an Xacto knife. You can also trace and cut out with scissors, but that’s a little more difficult. Trace a smaller sized salad plate inside the bigger one:

You should have a cardboard circle like this. I also saved the inside circle and made another wreath from it (below).

Now, cut ribbon into pieces. I cut about 33 – 12″ strips. You can use any width/length of ribbon. I used 2 1/2 in. Tip: The wider the ribbon, the less work covering the cardboard. I also used wired ribbon so that I could fluff and manipulate the pieces better. Next, you don’t have to notch the ends of your ribbon, but I think it give it more of a wreath-y look. Tip: Don’t be a perfectionist! Layer ends and cut several notches at once to save time! Now the fun part! Tie the ribbon around the cardboard ring, knots on the outer edge. I did 1 tie not a double knot since my ribbon is wired and stayed. Continue this step until the entire ring is covered. Note: There will still be cardboard showing but we’ll address that in the next step. Tip: For a fuller look, use more ribbon and slide pieces close together. Next, start another layer filling in the bare spots. This time tie the ribbons in between the first layer to cover up the cardboard. I knotted this layer and place the knot in between the outer and inner edge of the cardboard ring, facing you. Almost done! Fluff and manipulate the wire ribbon to get a nice shape and to cover all of the cardboard wreath. Add a bow or the coordinating happy stuff you’ve chosen like holly, pinecones, Christmas ornaments, candy, etc. Here’s an easy to make bow:

Choose a different color wired ribbon. Wrap around 3-4 times into a loop and pinch together in the center.

Tie center with a twist tie. Use a large piece of ribbon to tie around the center (hiding the twist tie) and cut desired length of bow “tails”. Fluff! TA-DA! A beautiful handmade ribbon wreath created with love by your own two hands! Easy! Here are more pictures of it this year decorating the landing at the top of the stairs…

stair landing Christmas time

ribbon wreath

I think it all works with my eclectic style and that cheerful corner table, don’t you?

eclectic Christmas decor

and this guy has a red ornament nose just for the occasion. Isn’t he sweet?

framed reindeer

DIY Christmas Card Tree {card display/holder}

Christmas cards have been arriving in the mail! It’s the best time of the year for checking the mail. Walking to the mailbox in cold temps, anticipating ‘good tidings’ and walking back into the house with a warm heart. Thoughtfulness and “Merry Christmas” delivered to our mail box. It’s just one more part of Christmas giving that makes my days merry and bright! We have two ways for displaying Christmas wishes. One is something I put together using scrap wood and trim pieces: 

DIY Christmas Card Tree

How I made it:

I gathered the scraps of moulding we had lying around, a 1×3.5 and a 4×4 scrap block. My 1×3.5 is about 21 inches long, the 4×4 is about 6 inches long. Adjust measurements for what fits your scrap wood.

DIY Christmas Card Holder

I placed pieces on my 1×3.5 to get an idea of where things would go. I often use FrogTape as a measuring tool and in this case, I used it to evenly space my trim pieces by using them as a guide between trim pieces. I used the 1.88 in. width. I also left a small space above the “top” trim piece to allow room for gluing on a star.

DIY Christmas Card Holder

I measured my trim to fit the 1×3.5 piece for the top of my “tree”.

DIY Christmas Card Holder

I cut my pieces at a 45 degree angle.

DIY Christmas Card Holder

And lined up each piece for cutting…

DIY Christmas Card Holder

and cut each piece at a 45 degree angle.

All pieces are glued using Gorilla Wood Glue and clamped as well as screwed into place.

DIY Christmas Card Holder

The 4×4 was glued and clamped  to the bottom {back} and serves to make the Christmas card display free standing.

DIY Christmas Card Holder

Everything got a coat of milk paint (General Finishes “basil”) and glaze with a dry brush with a spritz of Krylon Glitter Blast. {front and back} FrogTape was used to keep the 4×4 block of wood from being painted (I considered staining the wood block but see instructions below for my change in plans).

I spray painted small clothes pins and a wooden star.

Next I hot glued the clothes pins into place, staggering so cards won’t overlap by too much when displayed {FrogTape containers are great for storing glue sticks and keeping craft supplies organized}…

DIY Christmas Card Holder

and the star on top.

DIY Christmas Card Holder

My plan was to wrap the base using jute twine. But I’ve misplaced it, so I used a pretty wool yarn I had on hand, securing with hot glue.

DIY Christmas Card Holder

It’s such a cute way to display Christmas cards and pictures of my nieces and nephew:

DIY Christmas Card Display

a little Christmas card vignette display…

DIY Christmas Card Holder

Doubles as a candle holder: When I don’t have anything to display, I can flip it to the back side, add a votive holder and candle…

DIY Christmas Card Holder

Quick and Easy DIY Christmas card/photo display: Our other Christmas card/photo display is a tension rod. I simply sewed a sleeve, added curtain rings with clips. It’s been displayed in our window frame, on a small book case and in a (non working) fireplace opening. Here’s a picture from last year:

DIY Christmas Card Holder

I love this idea from Family Fun too – a tomato cage Christmas card holder…

tomato cage Christmas card holder

for more creative ideas, see my HomeTalk Christmas Card Display clipboard

HomeTalk christmas card photo display clipboard

Which do you prefer? How do you display your Christmas cards? If you have a do-it-yourself Christmas card holder, feel free to leave a link in the comments {and I’ll add you to my HomeTalk clipboard}. :)

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Halloween Crafts from Lilacs & Longhorns

Hi everyone, my name is Julie and I write a little ol’ blog called, ”

I am so excited to be guest posting here for Roeshel at the DIY Showoff!

Thanks to my kiddos, I’ve got Halloween on the brain, so today I’m going to show you how to decorate for Halloween the DIY and thrifty way.

Here are my super simple projects:

Quick Craft #1 – Spooky Skulls

We love crafting at our house so I like to get my kids involved whenever I can.  We made the cute little paper mache skulls you see on the cake plate above.  They were so easy and inexpensive!

I bought little brown paper mache skulls from Michaels for about 99 cents each.

Then we used white, grey and black craft paint here and there all over the skull – we painted rather sloppily to create an old and aged look.  I don’t have pictures of the actual technique, but trust me, there isn’t much of one — my kids did this!!
If we were to do it over again I would probably add a little brown or yellow to make it look even more aged and not so white, but they still look good, I think.
When we were done, they looked like this.  This only took us less than 20 minutes and it was easy and fun for my kids.

When they dried, I put them on this glass cake stand surrounded by spooky rats, crows, plastic spiders and spider webs all purchased at the Dollar Tree.

My kids love it!

Quick Craft #2 – Poison Bottle

This craft is even easier and it only takes a few minutes.

I found this cute little  for free (I am in love with free printables!)

I feel almost silly telling you how to do this it’s so easy!  I printed the label from The Graphics Fairy, cut it out and used Mod Podge to glue it to an old wine bottle I saved.  The end.

I think it looks so great and fun!

Quick Craft #3:

Finally, my other easy peasy project is another printable.  If you’ve been browsing blogs for awhile, you’ll know there are a lot of great freebies out there.  I found this one last year at The Diary of Dave’s Wife.

I printed the sign out in high resolution and then put it into a frame I already had. Easy and free!

(Probably can’t call this last one a “craft”…”project” maybe?!)

By the way, she’s got another cute printable available this year…isn’t it fun?!

 

Really, there are so many great resources on the web that you can find just about anything that suits
your tastes.  I personally love free printables and am currently compiling a big list of them to be
posted on my blog soon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my quick and fun little Halloween projects today.  It’s been fun being a guest DIY Show Off and I’m grateful you’ve taken the time to read my post!

Please stop by and see me sometime at Lilacs
and Longhorns
— I love new visitors!

Thanks so much to Julie for sharing her fun Halloween DIY! Super cute! Head over to Lilacs & Longhorns to see more awesome projects from Julie and check out her Fall Favorites Friday feature (so inspiring!). 

All Hallow’s Eve Nevermore Craft

Once upon a mid-day dreary, a Halloween “Nevermore” tree served as a lonely focal point in a spooky Victorian vignette but nevermore thanks to the rare and radiant craft maiden, Martha Stewart Crafts!

DIY Halloween Nevermore Tree

Now, there’s an eerie glow with the addition of candlelight.

painted glass

It felt more like Christmas than Halloween when a stash of Martha Stewart Crafts supplies arrived at my door…

martha stewart crafts

This is my kind of trick or treat goodies!

I chose to accessorize glass candle holders with an Edgar Allan Poe/Victorian Halloween vibe with black lace accents {love Halloween that’s not so “Halloween-y” and can be re-used all year round}

DIY nevermore black lace candle votives

Materials:

  • glass candle holders, jars, vases (with a smooth surface)
  • squeegee
  • Martha Stewart adhesive silkscreens (lace doilies)
  • Martha Stewart metallic glass paint (black nickel)
  • Martha Stewart adhesive stencils (small holiday collection)

Tutorial:
1. Prep: Cut apart adhesive silkscreens. Peel away the backing of your adhesive silkscreen. Clean glass with rubbing alcohol.2. Place adhesive silkscreen onto glass and smooth into place with a squeegee. They are re-position-able so if it looks crooked, just peel it away and replace. You may also want to tape the side to further secure into place but I didn’t find it necessary until after several washings.
>3. Apply a small amount of glass paint to the outer edge. Using the squeegee, pull the paint vertically, then horizontally, filling in the pattern. Up and down, left to right, down and up and right to left…the silkscreen dance.  painting glass craft
4. Carefully peel away the adhesive silkscreen. painting glass
5. Immediately wash the adhesive silkscreen with water (I just ran mine under the faucet and used my fingers to help clean away the wet paint). washing adhesive silkscreen Set aside to dry (and replace on original backing to store).< 6. Let glass dry. Glass paint air cures in 21 days or you can speed up the curing process in the oven (follow instructions).

I love the metallic shimmer of the Black Nickel glass paint...
Martha Stewart lace doily silkscreen

So pretty and the perfect accent to complete a Victorian Halloween vignette, don’t you think?
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I also used the adhesive stencils (the crow) for a smaller glass votive holder…
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And now the Raven tree is accessorized all the more.
The adhesive silkscreens and adhesive stencils are so fun … you’ll want to go crazy with them! I can’t wait to try it on fabric. Bri tested the adhesive stencils on painted/distressed wood scraps. So cute!

wood scrap fall letters

See more Martha Stewart Halloween craft ideas…


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October’fest of Fun – craft highlights

Yesterday’s theme was “fall/Halloween” crafts (party is open for a week!). Did you link up? Here are some fun crafts from my fellow October’fest of Fun hostesses:

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia shared her bath salt pumpkins

sparkly bath salt pumpkins

and bling pumpkin

bling pumpkin

Debbie from DebbieDoo’s shared her adorable DIY fall sign

DIY fall owl sign

Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage has a great tutorial for painted distressed glass vases

distressed painted glass vases

The fun continues today!

octoberfest of fun link party

Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage is hosting the “fall/Halloween” mantel event. I love her spooky Gothic haunted Halloween mantel. Need some mantel decorating ideas? Check out the festive links!

gothic halloween mantel at fox hollow cottage

October’fest of Fun! {Theme: Fall Crafts}

Welcome, DIY friends! In lieu of the regularly scheduled DIY Fall Festival this week, I’m super excited to be kicking off and hosting the October’fest of Fun with some of my blog friends! Today’s theme is “crafts”. All fall crafts, including spooky!
I decorate one area for Halloween every year, one small fun Halloween vignette. This year, I’m bringing back my “nevermore” tree that I made a few years ago. I swapped out the container, added a few more crows. Here are some tips on how I made mine for making your own:
Materials:
  • Vase, container, urn. I used glass this time but any container for holding small branches works. A few years ago, I used an old thrift store vase and spray painted it black…

DIY Halloween decor

  • Small branch (desired size that fits your container). Choose one that has several branch-offs to look more like a tree.
  • Black spray paint
  • Styrofoam cone
  • Handful of dry moss. Other options: shredded newspaper, crinkled paper
  • Dollar Store accessories: faux crows, plastic spiders, cotton spider webbing, ribbon
  • Optional: low temp hot glue
Tutorial: DIY nevermore tree tutorial
1. I started by spraying my branch black and adding a touch of black to my dried moss and let them dry.
2. Because I used a glass container, I lined it with a scrap piece of dropcloth.
3. Paper, newspaper, moss would also work.
4. Using the bottom of my tree branch, I poked a hole into the circular side of my cone. Insert the Styrofoam cone into container with the circular side/hole facing up. You can secure your foam to the container. I didn’t.
5. Insert the branch into the Styrofoam hole. Secure with hot glue if needed.
6. Cover styrofoam with dried moss, crinkled paper or shredded paper. Glue into place if desired.
7.  8.  9. ACCESSORIZE: I strung more dried moss and spider webs to my branches (drag the spider webbing). Attach crows. I used black twist ties to attach some of my crows, others are just propped on branches. I did use hot glue to attach a few plastic spiders and added a couple of snips of sheer ribbon here and there for a little added whimsy.
Stand back and admire!
Do you decorate for Halloween? Any fun fall crafts to share?
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Don’t forget to visit these blog friends this week:
Thursday: Link up your fall mantels with Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage

Friday: Share your fall tablescapes with Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Saturday: Debbie @ Debbiedoo’s - share your fall home tour!
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