Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easy Halloween Costume

My daughter had a Halloween party at school last week and of course, she couldn't make up her mind about what she wanted to be until two days before the party.  She decided to be a mime, thank goodness it was an easy enough costume to put together!  I normally don't like to buy the costumes, its so much more fun to make them or put them together.

We bought a thigh high black and white striped stockings, white gloves and suspenders from a party store and a striped shirt from a clothing store.  I also bought red sequin fabric at a local fabric store for $1.50 per 1/2 yard for the scarf.  She already had a black and white sequin striped cap from a previous dance costume, score!

This was really an easy peasy fun costume to put together, especially if you don't have much time.

What do you think, isn't this costume so cute?  I love it!  Have you made any costumes for this Halloween?  I would love to see them.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIY - Drum Shade Chandelier

Hi everyone, I am finally getting around to giving a tutorial on my drum chandelier I made for my master bedroom during the One Room Challenge back in May. 

What I used:  2 very large oval Quilting hoops
                      4 strings of crystals from another chandelier
                      2 Poster boards
                      Black silk like fabric
                      Gold spray paint
                      Light cord set from Ikea, I used one with a rod from another light fixture
                      4 Eyelet hooks
                      Spray adhesive

This was a really easy project and very inexpensive.

I started off by popping off the watcha ma call it, thing a ma gig on the hoop.

Cut the poster board to the desired height of the chandelier.

Spray paint the inside of the poster board, the hoops and the light fixture gold.

Fit the poster board inside the hoops and cut to fit overlapping one inch.

Cut and glue the fabric to the poster board using spray adhesive, make sure take out all the wrinkles and bumps while the glue is flexible.

I screwed in the eyelet hooks at the inside of the shade, making sure not to puncture through to the  outer side and attached the crystal strings.

Here it is hanging up, I love the way this chandelier turned out!

It goes really well in my room!

If you have any questions about making this chandelier, please leave me a comment or email me.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Creative dog food container

Sometimes, you just have to think outside of the box, in this case the container!  You know those very boring large plastic dog food containers out there, there isn't much of a style to them... But,  I probably wouldn't mind them so much if it can be hidden in a cabinet or pantry.   Unfortunately, I don't have either one, my cabinets are jammed packed and don't have a pantry.  My only solution is to have a dog food container exposed for everyone to see from my open concept kitchen, dining room and living room.  Not exactly the look I was going for!  

Since we have a very large 140 pound black lab mixed with horse possible dane, we buy large bags of food for him.  I have been looking for a decorative piece with a lid for so long and nothing seemed right.  Just when I was about to give up, there it was in my favorite store HomeGoods!  The perfect decorative container to hide the dog food.  Ok, it is a little pricer than your average dog food container, but it is well worth it!  No one will know that there is dog food inside.

Here is my sweet doggy, Ringo Starr... Yes, named after the Beatles' Ringo.  
He thinks he is human, he likes to sit on the couch and talk to us.

Being mischievous making a mess!

He is so handsome!

Puppy days!

Don't you think this is better than this... 

If you decide to get something decorative to hide the dog food, just make sure that it is safe for food.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Picnic in Lake Minnewaska and sunflower patch

My family and our friends go to Lake Minnewaska in Upstate, New York each year for a picnic in the fall.  We usually go around october to see the leaves change into beautiful shades of oranges and reds. But, this year we went in the middle of September and to our surprise we passed by the most exquisite sunflower patch I've ever seen.  We usually miss the peak of the sunflower season, I am so glad we went in September oppose to October its usually cooler too.  

Everywhere you look was a breath taking scene.

 Of course, my water babies couldn't resist jumping into the beautiful lake!

This little guy was so happy looking for little fishes in the water

Oh what a beautiful day it was! 

Back at the coast, I've been busy creating a few large seashell mirrors for my Etsy Shop.  
I love making mirrors!  This is one of my favorite mirrors, it is filled with shells I've picked up on my walks on our beach and shells from all over the world.

The oysters on this mirror also came from our beach and some of them came from a farmed source used for a restaurant.
Well, that's all folks for now!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


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