Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY Halloween decorating!

So this is my favorite time of year! It might have something to do with the fact that my birthday is the day before Halloween. I still love to dress up every year and eat lots of candy! I also looovveee decorating for the holiday! This year we are having a party so I had to cook up some new ideas. 

My first project is something that I've been wanting to do for a couple years now but just couldn't decide on a theme or colors. I was in the trusty Hobby Lobby and just started picking stuff out. 
 I just love the colors! I do wish my front door was black or some other color than wine red, but we are renting and it will be OK i guess. The tulle part is from hobby lobby along with the green string parts. I also had to get a green wreath frame because they were all out of black or orange ones, but you can't even see it! The ornaments and "Wicked" lettering are actually from Wal-mart. The "Wicked" lettering used to be a sign and I just cut the wire in the middle and attached it to the wreath frame. I love the way this turned out and it totally has me inspired to do a Halloween tree in the future! I will be on the hunt for a black tree on sale. And I've already seen so many possibilities for DIY ornaments!
 Moving on...Shortly after the 1st of October I went and got a pedicure and got this really cute hand painted design. I had to search for an example to show the nice lady doing my nails and she did pretty good!
 So to go along with my party decorations I really wanted a cute banner! I see cute burlap ones everywhere but I have a big stash of scrapbook paper that I need to go through so I broke out my supplies! I just gathered all the black paper I had and determined how big each square would be based on that. Then I found great black and orange chevron paper in my stash and used that on top of the black. Lastly, I used my Cricut for the letters. I is the basic font that came with the Cricut when I bought it. Next, I used some of the Tim Holtz distressing ink pads to age the edges. Finished it off with some twine string and a hot glue gun! Love it!
 So you can't have a party anymore without a "photo booth". I had a sad attempt at one at our party last year. It was more of a scary themed party and it didn't look good in pictures. But this one I know is going to look awesome! I have some really cute props that I picked up last year that I plan to use again. I also made this chalkboard so people could hold it in the picture if they wanted to. I wanted to do a frame but just haven't had the time. I have done a lot of projects for this party already and need to call it quits! It's getting too close to start anything else and I still have my husbands costume to make. I will tell you more about that later!

And finally, I picked up these beautiful pumpkins at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Which if you are like me you don't buy anything from there unless it is on sale. 

I have a few more things such as cookies and treats to decorate, but I won't do that until it is closer to the party! I will try to post it right after. I don't plan to have extra time to post in here before with everything else I have to do! I hope some of this inspires you to make your decorations and see how great it can turn out! The only decorations that I didn't make were the porcelain pumpkins! I hope you have a great Halloween!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Re-organizing project #1

Ahhh...the new year! It's scary how fast the time flies! I am starting classes again and getting used to things at my new job. I am also itching to re-organize some things. So I started with my master closet. I also don't want to have to go out and buy all new organizing supplies. I would love to do that but then I wouldn't be very thrifty. I started with this mess...

Now it doesn't always look like this...I decided to take pics for this post halfway through moving stuff around. All of my husbands stuff is all the way to the left where you cannot see and I decided to put all of his stuff to the right and give him the shelves. After moving shelves around and getting rid of any hangers that weren't black, it all ended up pretty good. I am also in the middle of replacing all of the hangers with the velvet black ones with the metal top. They are so pretty and hold the tops so well. The best deal I have found to get them is at TJMaxx and they always have them. They come in a 25 pack for about $12. I just pick one up every time I am in there.

After getting rid of a full trash bag full of clothes and some other things like old gross flip flops, I ended up with this...

 After I did all of this I decided to turn all of my hangers backwards. Once I wear something the hanger goes back the right way. At the end of the year, if there is anything left backwards I have to get rid of it. If I don't wear it through any of the seasons I probably will never wear it.
 My husband's area shrank a little bit, but I promise he will get a bigger area when we move and have a bigger closet.
I have my shoes on a $15 shelf from Walmart. The cube looking shelf is from Office Depot or Staples I think. It is on it's side holding my purses, jeans, and scrubs.

 All of the boxes and baskets were already in here I just got rid of stuff I forgot about. The blanket is the summer blanket for our duvet tied up with some ribbon.
 My husband has less hanging space but has plenty of extra room on the shelves that weren't really working for me.

I know this isn't anything new, I just hope to spark inspiration in other people! Have a wonderful day!