Thursday, October 31, 2013

Deep Thoughts: Face Fear (or Happy Halloween)

I've been thinking a lot about fear lately. About facing it. About what it holds me back from. And I decided that it was time that I decided fear is something like that thrill you get when you ride a roller coaster. And that I need more of that adrenaline in my life. More of those "I'm alive" moments. 

I felt that way when I traveled alone to freutcamp this past weekend. And I felt that way when I stepped into the tesla ball the other night. It was scary, and thrilling, and really made me feel so alive! And there really is no better feeling that that rush. And it makes me want more, the more I get it. 

So, I decided to do something really silly. Really put myself out there. I love the Justin Timberlake skits on SNL. The ones where he dances around in a crazy suit and sings. They make me laugh like crazy. And we just happened to have a french fry outfit laying around waiting. Waiting for me to dance around in it, and possibly post a picture on instagram. And then maybe, just maybe, get over the fear of being made fun of, and post a video. I humbly give you my version of Justin. Enjoy. And let me know what fear you have faced recently. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Deep Thoughts: Just Jump

Today I picked up business cards for my blog and things just got real people. The reason that I need them is that I won a spot in Freutcamp put on by the lovely Leah Bergman of freutcake blog. When I found out that I won a spot I was ecstatic! It's a blogger's bootcamp that will help with networking, photo-shop, and working with sponsors. 

Now that the time is approaching I am getting so nervous. I feel like I will be the newest of the newbies. That I won't have anything to add. That I will be so out of my element. That I won't be wearing the right clothes, say the right things.

And so I started to tell myself the things I would tell my girls. That it's important to do things that scare you. That you should try things, even if they feel out of reach. 

So, I will buck up and go. And from what I know of Leah it will be a lovely time. And I am looking forward to meeting some amazing people, and learning things that I will be using here. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Make It: Floral Headpiece

Have you heard Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness? My oldest daughter is a fan, and though I tried to hold out since I think she is a bit  annoying I find it playing in my head now and again. And especially now that summer is officially over, and we are fully into Fall.  Don't get me wrong, I love Fall. But I am one of those people that needs the sun. I tend to be found on the couch in my jambes, covered in a blanket, engrossed in a book. All the time. So I have to force myself to do stuff. 

So what better thing to do than make floral headpieces? It's appropriate if one of my girls wants to wear it for Halloween. And it was so easy we couldn't believe it! We just gathered our supplies. 

We used covered florist wire, wire cutters, a glue gun, and fake flowers. I found a gold mine of flowers at the thrift store which gave us a lot to work with. 

Then it was just cutting the heads off the flowers after measuring the wire to our heads and gluing them tightly to the frame.  We based it on a tutorial found on Inspired to Share. Once we let the hot glue dry we were in business! 

Here is Kate doing her serious Lana Del Ray impression. 

Here is Sam in her sweet little daisy wreath. 

And the whole thing led to a lot of this. Which is good for the soul. So if you come to the house don't be surprised if you come around the corner and find me in my floral headpiece singing Lana Del Ray. I'm just having a moment mourning summer. But I'll be okay. Soon the girls and I will be doing another craft or baking, giggling along the way. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Make it: Scary Straws

There are a lot of benefits of once working at a scrapbooking store. One is the amazing, creative an inspiring friends I made there. Another is a never ending craft supply that comes in handy when I want to make something. Case in point, scary straws. 

I kind of have a thing for cute straws so they were available. Then the bats are old embellishments from my working days in the store. The spring was one of the various metals that I have stored in my supplies because, you never know when you will need a spring, right? 

I basically wrapped the spring around the straw, cutting it in half for two. Then I just bent it into shape. A little glue on the back of the bat, and voila! We are in business. 

So spooky, right? It was quick and easy to make. And made that ButterBeer all the more enjoyable! Cheers!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Make it: ButterBeer & scary straws

So last week I talked a bit about our little family social with Butterscotch Beer for the girls and  "real" beer for the adults. As we had some of the Butterscotch left over Samantha and I decided to make a couple of ButterBeers a la Harry Potter. Of course that called for a little bit of staging, and some special straws! 

All we had to do is dig up some props that made us think of Harry Potter...books, old letters and the like. Then the straws which I will talk about later. And then just some scoops of ice cream in a glass, a pour over, and voila! We had to work quickly with all that foam. 

Samantha was more than willing to help with the "clean-up" after! Now we are off to watch a Harry Potter marathon in preparation for Halloween. Do you have any shows you watch to get you in the holiday mood?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Daily Uniform: J.Crew Inspired

I am so inspired by J.Crew. The make up, the hair, the styling. And of course the clothes. And much to my husband's relief, we live about 2 hours from the closest one. So that keeps me from shopping there all the time, as much as possible. It does however, have me trying some tricks of my own. Like looking for items that I can infuse with the J.Crew flair. 

So I gave myself a shopping list and a challenge. To find certain items that I have found in one of the last J.Crew catalogs in a thrift, consignment, or other source. Just for fun, and to see if I could do it! And since I am spending some time in Palm Springs this could be a perfect time for this! My list is as follows:
A varsity or bomber jacket, brown leather belt, baseball tee, and a baseball hat like above to DIY. And the best part? I may have gotten a head start! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Food Magic: Scary Drinks & Snacks

When Friday hit last week I was ready. As in really ready. We had had a pretty emotional week at work, which is saying a lot in a workplace of all women and one High School guy when he isn't in school. Was it a full moon? I am prepared to blame it on that.

Whatever it was, Friday afternoon called for some spooky snacks and drinks. So, we pulled out Elysian The Great Pumpkin for the parents, and some Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer (non-alcoholic of course!) for the girls. Let's just say I pretended to LOVE beer when my husband and I were dating, so me being into beer again is a win in his mind. And a relaxing evening is a win in mine!
We had these funny little chips with our drinks and they made us laugh! Pumpkins, ghosts & bats, oh my! Do you do anything to celebrate the weekend? I think something like this may become a weekend occurrence. Wouldn't that make my husband happy?

Friday, October 4, 2013

Make it: Bubble Gum Garland

So when I shared my Halloween mantle you may have noticed the fun multi-colored garland. It was inspired by a DIY that I found on the lovely & talented Kelly Lanza's blog Studio DIY. I found a fun gumball swizzle stick on her instagram feed that I made for my husband's birthday celebrations and it made me gumball crazy. When I found Halloween colors they were perfect to make this garland! I found it to be easy. Just pierce your gumballs (I used an old Making Memories paper piercer that I have on hand), and then feed your line thru. I used a rustic twine. Then just make sure to knot on both sides to hold your gumballs in place. And voila. These could be done in any colors for any type of d├ęcor. I'm already looking for Christmas colors for my Holiday mantle!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Set the Scene: Halloween Mantle

 I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. I hate the scary, the bloody, the icky parts of it. I love the sugar, the dress up, and of course the decorating! So, I am greeting October 1st with a Halloween mantle, dressed up in some vintage, and vintage look goodness. What do you think?

My friend Carly and I had a fun Inspiration day a while back and ended up at the very inspiring store Common Folk where I picked up these amazing crepe paper globes. I am in love. It's not always easy to fill this massive mantle and these did the trick.
Round it out with some fun vintage items that I keep in my prop closet (yes, I have one of those, don't you?) and voila! We are ready for Halloween! The multi-colored garland is a fun DIY that I will share soon! Happy October!