September 29, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

I'm happy to announce that Josie selected Lynn from (Happier Than a Pig in Mud) for my Kim K. Halloween give-away.
 Congratulations, Lynn. 

Please send me your postal address and I'll gladly send these Halloween goodies your way.
It was a busy weekend and we even managed to visit the a-frame for a quick overnight (minus the eldest daughter) to retrieve power tools and ladders.
Thank you for the "lake" sign, Viv.  The color is starting to pop around the cottage. It's going to be a gorgeous fall on the lake.
 Lots of Halloween decorations came out of storage over the weekend.
 Get ready to spend the month of October celebrating Halloween with our family!  I'm not kidding when I say that we have more Halloween decorations than Christmas.

September 25, 2014

Swap Happy and a Kim K. Halloween Give-away!

I recently participated in a HALLOWEEN/FALL COOKIE CUTTER SWAP sponsored by Deb (Garage Sale Gal) and Sandy (521 Lake Street).
I was paired with Shirley from Zetta's Aprons. Our task was to make an ornament using a large round cookie cutter, and then include some additional goodies, as well as a favorite candy in our swap package. My partner (Shirley) is a very talented artist and a beautiful writer.  If you haven't visited her blog, it's one of those sites that you could spend hours happily exploring.   Her swap goodies were perfectly PERFECT and included all kinds of special embellishments.
Aren't the graphics that she used on her cookie cutter just delightful?
I'm especially smitten with that little witch graphic.
Shirley also sent me all kinds of wonderful diecuts that I've been making photocopies of to use on crafting projects.
 I absolutely love the "Nightmare before Christmas" themed tag too.
Thank you, Shirley!  I love it all!
In case you're wondering, this was the cookie cutter that I decorated for Shirley!
I also included a Halloween inspired framed bingo card and a bunch of other Halloween goodies.
Thanks to Deb and Sandy for hosting the Cookie Cutter Swap...and thank you again to my wonderful swap partner, Shirley!
Because I think everyone deserves a little handmade Halloween, I've decided it's time for a Kim K. Halloween-inspired give-away.
Halloween bunting!
Halloween-inspired bingo art!
A well-dressed owl!
A felted pumpkin, candy corn m&m's and a decorated peat pot.
So many Halloween goodies, just waiting to go to a good home!  In order to be entered in the giveaway, leave me a comment on this blog post.

Period. That's it.

Absolutely no strings attached!  This is a give-away for the pure joy of giving back to my blogging friends!  Entries close at 8:00pm EST Monday, October 6th.

September 23, 2014

Target Transformations (a few Halloween ideas)

If you've been following me on Instagram, I've been sharing some of Target's latest Halloween goodies and how they can be transformed. I especially love Target's $1 and $3 goodies.   If you happen to be running errands, you might want to pick up a few things while they are still available. 
The foam glittered owls and skulls are available in the $3 bin section near the front of the store.
The $3 mini paper hats are back with their Halloween decorations.
With a few straight pins, a hot glue gun and a few embellishments, they can look like this!
I think one of my favorite $3 finds are these LED putz style houses.  They are back in the Halloween section.
Grab your glue gun, a few scrapbooking supplies and you can turn it into this.
If you haven't figured it out, it's ALL THINGS Halloween for the next few weeks at our house. 

PS.  Target if you're reading this, feel free to throw a few gift cards my way!  Tee hee.

September 21, 2014

H is for Homecoming, Hair and Halloween Happenings...

Although our varsity football team lost by a point Friday night, it was still a great game.
Now that our niece is out of state attending law school, we splurged and Emma went to a stylist for her special homecoming hair Saturday afternoon.
Such a beautiful young lady. 
Sister selfies!!
In between loads of laundry and bathroom cleaning, I also managed to work on a couple of Halloween projects.
 Keep checking the blog, I'm getting ready to do a Halloween give-away in the near future.

September 19, 2014

Homecoming sneak peeks...

We'll be kicking off Friday night with the homecoming football game and watching Emma's marching band perform at halftime.
They have new band uniforms this year. Aren't they spiffy?
Saturday is the big dance and Emma did a quick modeling of her dress in our backyard.
I have to brag. She found this dress on clearance for $10 at the mall. Her father and I appreciate her thrifty ways!   I'm sure I'll have lots more pictures to share, especially fancy homecoming hair and makeup.
Have a great weekend. When we aren't busy with homecoming duties, I'm going to pull out more Halloween decorations.  Can't wait!

September 17, 2014

Vintage Christmas in a former butcher shop...

On Friday, my husband noticed an estate sale in a neighborhood that boarders my downtown university campus.  I'm not gonna lie.  The neighborhood is a tad bit scary.  However, the estate sale company running the event, is one of our favorites and so I got brave during lunch and found a fairly safe to park the van.
After talking to the estate sale employees, I found out the building had housed multiple retails, including a butcher shop. The most recent owner loved to decorate for holidays and had saved all kinds of wonderful things.

Most items were priced at .25 or .50 cents.

I was happy to see so many Christmas seals in one box.  The entire filled box was marked for $2.
I also picked up a few rolls of vintage wrapping paper.

Mrs. Claus looks a tad bit crazy, but I'm looking forward to repurposing the deer and Mr. Claus.
The Peanuts puzzle box was super dusty, but it hadn't been opened and so Josie got busy putting it together Friday night.  She's such a little genius with puzzles.  I think she had it done in less than 10 minutes.

The blow mold was also .50 cents and was a welcome addition to my ever-growing collection!

The deer and trees were in a box that my husband brought home after he passed through this same sale on his way home from work.

   He also picked up this lovely item!

It is the tackiest thing I've ever seen and I've already pulled apart all the lovely decorations to use on future Christmas crafting projects.  Another fun sale in estate sale land!