Sunday, October 20, 2013

Halloween with The Caravan Shoppe

I'm such a sucker for anything chalkboard.  So when I ran across these fun Giant Halloween Art prints, from The Caravan Shoppe, I couldn't resist.  They are $5, and they are instantly downloaded to your email after you make your purchase.  You can get them blown up at any Staples or Office Max (for an additional charge) or use them for any other use you might see fit.  I think they would make for a great party invite or something.  And in case you have no idea about digital anything, along with your free downloads they give you a simple how-to on getting them printed. 

Some of my other favorites that I just might have to have are the, All I Want is Everything Pack.  It comes with 8 wall art posters, placemats, gifts tags, stickers, cards, candle wraps, and more. I think some of the art posters would be awesome framed. 

And I think my kiddos would get a kick out of these fun and silly blocks, Olliblocks: Monsters and Superheros.  I couldn't imagine a better gift for a little one than these.  

We are resting up this weekend, trying to get over a yucky cold that's hit us all.  And let me tell you, I haven't loved my bed more than this past week.  Hopefully as the months go on and the holiday's come upon us we won't be seeing the sick bug.  It's amazing how if it hits one, the whole bunch goes down too.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend friends!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Brass & Black

I've been itching to change out the backing in my bookcase for a long time now.  Seeing so many images on Pinterest doesn't help, there are so many options, and I am a fan of a lot of them.  But I kept getting stuck on how a completely white backing would just not keep me happy or anything with a print either.  So I went with what I love, black.  You can never go wrong with black, right?  

Now, my bookcase was a CL find, and so it didn't come with any backing.  It was empty for a while and then I went with a black & white striped fabric I had on hand.  So in order to do anything, I'd have to buy some thin plywood and then paint it.  But I just couldn't wait for paint to dry--so I came up with another solution. Instead, I bought black foam core boards from Target.  You can find them where the display boards and poster boards are, they ended up being less than $3/ per sheet and I used 3 for my bookcase.  I used the foam core boards specifically because they are much heavier than regular ol' poster board and won't tear so easily.  I came home, nailed them into place...and finito!  They look especially fabulous with some Halloween decor, yeah?

There are still some visible lines of where my boards meet together, but you hardly notice and I strategically covered them by moving some items around.  I also added in a new little friend I picked up the other day.  This brass stool was just one of the amazing things I found while I was out doing some schoolwork.  Gotta keep your eyes open for things like this, I almost walked away from it, but realized I'd kick myself later.  At only $45, the price was phenomenal.  I had to have her!

I'm hoping the black is something I don't regret, since I do have so many of those.  I guess we'll see how the upcoming holiday's fare with the darkness.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Quick and Simple Chalkboard Pumpkins

If you're looking for a fun and quirky way to display your pumpkins this year, I would have to say going with chalk, will do just the trick.  I had three small faux pumpkins that I purchased years ago and these babies were begging me to make them over.  What you'll need is any faux pumpkin you don't mind painting, chalkboard paint (this can be purchased at any craft store or online, I bought mine here), a bristle or foam brush, and if you like the gold tops on mine, you'll also need some Rub N Buff.  

Step 1:   Paint your pumpkins.  With the chalkboard paint, you'll need to paint one coat and then wait an hour and then paint your second coat.

After the second coat, you'll have to find your patience card and wait another 24 hours to allow the paint to cure.  I know--it's a killer.

I also decided to paint one of my pumpkins white to mix things up, and so I used Annie Sloan's Pure White.  It doesn't require any priming and it dries in a matte finish.  It provided that bit of contrast to the black shiny chalk board paint.

Step 2:  Next, I used some of the amazing Rub N Buff in Antique gold to fancy up the top of the pumpkins.  As you can tell they're a little drab without it.  *And on a side note, just know that this stuff is a little stinky.  To apply the Rub N Buff, I used a few cotton swabs.  This way you can get into all the little crevices.

See what a difference a little gold does!

Step 3:  After the 24 hours is up, you're ready to chalk it up!  But make sure to prep your chalkboard first, you do this by running the side of the chalk all over the surface.  Then erase the prep chalk and you're ready to start writing. 

I went with a simple '31' to commemorate the big day coming up.  But you can get as creative as you want.  Polka dots, stripes, stars, spooky letters...I'm sure I'll be changing mine up a few times this month.  

No mess, no fuss Halloween decor.  Hope you're having a great week, school has been bombarding me almost every day and so it's hard to get some blogging time.  But if you'd like to stay caught up on the rest, follow me on Instagram.

Happy hump day friends!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall at Home

Call me crazy, but I was dreading pulling out all the Halloween decor this year.  I don't know what's with me?  In past years I couldn't wait to get everything out and up on the walls.  And my kids are still little!! You'd think I'd be up for the silly, bright and festive stuff, but I'm not.  I've finally come to love my home and the way I decorate it, and I didn't really feel like moving everything out and bringing in a bunch of "stuff"...I'm being nice because what I really wanted to say was bring out all the crap.  What I saw happening, without fail, is that whenever the holiday's came around, and even though I had the decor for it, I always had this overwhelming need to purchase more stuff.  I would say that kinda borders on 'compulsive shopper'... yes?  It was getting out of hand and my shop hoarding basically blew.  I finally came to a place where I only wanted to buy what I absolutely loved.  I'm sure the hubby will be very happy to hear that.

So this year for my fall decorating, I used some of the simpler fall decor I had and incorporated my own things into the mix.  The wheat stock candle sticks were one of my newest purchases from Home Goods.  And on my coffee table, I incorporated my metallic pumpkin with one of my favorite frames and a classic glass lantern.

You can tell I do love me some pumpkins, because they can be left out until Thanksgiving.  It makes it easier to decorate and less stuff to haul away and store.  The glass tortoise pumpkin  below is from Pier 1, and sits high in the bookcase, away from the curious little hands.  Since I do have little ones, and always get asked how I decorate with kids around, especially when they have a need to touch everything, I've become quite strategic.  Breakables get put up on shelves and places where little ones can not reach.   And most of what I use on my coffee table, entry table and elsewhere are items that can either take a beating or I have no fear of anyone getting hurt from them.  

I'm happy that the house will in some ways be free from extra clutter.  And that we can still enjoy some festive decor for the next few months.

Are you decorated for the season yet?