Quick and Easy Halloween DIY

October 17, 2020 at 7:47 am (Projects, Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Happy Spooky Season!

Maybe its that we’ve been cooped up way too long and missed too many “normal” things, I don’t know, but we are going all out extra for Halloween this year. Our house, or yard, our decor, even our snacks, have all gone completely spooky. I’m loving it!

If Halloween time is your thing, or even if it’s not so much, but you want to show the kiddos just a little festive fun, then I have a super easy and cute DIY project for you!

Faux Ghost Macrame Wall Hanging!

Supplies: -stick

-yarn and ribbons in various colors and textures

That’s it! Super easy, but such a cute payoff.

I cut the branch from a tree in the yard, even a dowel would work. Mine is a bit over a foot long. I started with it longer and then cut it off as I worked to make sure I knew I liked it. Decide how long you want things to hang. Mine is all random lengths, but around 14-16 inches. When you cut your pieces of yard, double this. You will fold them in half. I eyeball all of this and er on the long side. You can trim them down later.

With the piece of yarn folded in half, lay it over the stick. Bring your looped end under the stick, then stick the ends back through the loop and pull tight. Viola! I glued the ribbon together in the back around the stick instead of this method so as not to crease it. I love the ball tassel ribbon to give texture too and tied these in a knot around the stick.

The ghosts. Also simple. Wrap white yarn around a book about 50 times. Cut the strings on each end of the book and keep them in a bunch. Fold the bunch over and tie a piece of yarn around it. I took black yarn through a small chunk of the white ghost head yarn on each side and tied this together in back and then tied the black to the stick.

There is no right or wrong with any of this! Keep it fun and super simple. You could glue eyes and mouth on the ghosts too if you want! You can add more or less pieces to the stick too.

Enjoy! 😉

Xx,

Jess

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Thanksgiving 2012 and Our Christmas Tree

December 18, 2012 at 8:35 am (Seasonal Decor, Tid Bits)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We have been very busy here lately (when are we not?), so we had a quiet Thanksgiving celebration here alone on Thanksgiving day and celebrated with family on the weekends. I thought I would share our simple table for two:

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Simple, yet festive. Just what the two of us needed for a quiet dinner at home. 🙂 And, of course, there were antlers.

The rest of the weekend? We got ready for hunting season and found the perfect Christmas tree.

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Here is our first Christmas together ornament from last year:

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What did you all do for the holiday?

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Simple Table Setting For Two

April 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have been keeping busy around here. Mostly working on wedding projects, and although I would love to show you some of them, I am making myself wait until after the big day. So, here is a tid bit of the fun around here, a table setting just for the two of us. Jeremy even helped me think of the fun center piece! 🙂

What do you think? Simple, fun, and totally us. lol. Hope you are all having a nice early spring!

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Easter!

April 10, 2012 at 10:15 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! We sure did here. We had a small family dinner at our house and then did some yard work. Very festive, I know. I thought I would share with you our Easter table!

Notice anything different? How about that table? Yes, I finally tried the Restore on it! It worked so well, I think I’m in love! It did not removed the weird patterned spot, so the table is still not perfect, and probably never will be. But, it is so much better! The Restore really does a great job on scratches and scuffs. Anyways, how about the Easter setting? Jeremy even helped to decorate some eggs! I blew out real eggs so that we can save them for next year!

Here is one of Jeremy and I:

Here are the three generations of women in our family who came:

What did you all do for the holiday? 🙂

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Our Christmas Style

December 29, 2011 at 11:03 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Yes, it’s a little late, but I thought that I would share our Christmas decor with you.  Inspiration is good anytime, right? 

So, here are a few of our first tree together! (we did eventually find the perfect green skirt! ) We went with a bit of a “camo” theme with colors this year.  That was my nod to Jeremy.  We used golds and greens and bronzes on the tree.  My photos don’t seem to do it justice, but it was really pretty. 

See the antler ornaments? Shimmery pinecones helped add sparkle too!

Our rustic bronze star was really pretty too. 

Camo snowmen…

My “dance in the snow” pillow…

In the dining room we displayed my grandparents’ jewelry tree.  Grandpa made this out of Grandma’s old jewelry. 

Here is a close up of the sparkle, as this may be the last year for this tree.  I might be using the jewelry for another very special project.  Might, as in I have not made up my mind to tear down this beauty. Hmmm…

The two of us spent our night alone together quietly, so here’s a peak of our simple blue table.

It was basic but cute, and also easy.

And, although there was no snow on Christmas in Iowa, I took these a bit before hand of the first snow at our new house.  Come to think of it, I don’t think I have shared a view of the outside of our home, so here is the front…

The side…

And a view towards our barns…

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

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Thanksgiving 2011

November 28, 2011 at 9:36 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What a wonderful thanksgiving (and birthday!) I had!  This was the first year I hosted the festivities at our home, thanks to a lot of help from my mom! It was a great break from work to be home on the long holiday weekend with my family.  I wanted to share a few quick photos, especially my quick and fun table settings! …

Jeremy and I…

The family…

I also got to do a lot of hunting and trapping and some playing with cows. Yes, thats right.  So, here’s one of me petting the giant bull…

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday!

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Some Fall Decor

November 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It’s getting a bit late in the season, but I thought I’d share our fall spirit with you.

This is a basket we bought at the Threshers this year.  We agreed on it because of the antlers! lol

 

I filled the basket with gourds.  To keep them up towards the top of the basket I stuffed it first with tissue paper.  I also kept the tag on the basket to remember who the craft vendor was!

 

We also each got a pumpkin, which we kept on the porch…

 

One of our black kittens on the porch too.  Meet Patch…

 

 

Here’s how our carved pumpkins turned out…

 

John Deere and a scary laughing face. lol

 

Happy fall ya’ll!

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Touch of Spring

June 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here’s a quick peek at the bit of spring I brought in today…

And just a little sneak peek into the kitchen and living room. Hope that helps brighten the day!

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Christmas Decor For 2009

December 17, 2009 at 11:59 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This year’s Christmas decor at our house is looking pretty similar to last year.  But, I did add one project, which didn’t turn out quite as planned, so I need all of your help!

Here is our tree, similar to last year, but always fun!

Here is the feather boa wreath- also always fun!

And the new project for the year was clear ornaments with the blue and peacock feathers in them for the table.  (Very cute when Rachel Ray did it!) My problem is that the ornaments were too large to fit more than a few in the cake stand.  Also, the feather look a bit blah to me.  What do you all think?  Hunt down smaller ornaments?  Different feathers?  New vase/plate?  Hmm…

Let me know what you think!

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Our Halloween (Just A Bit Late)

November 24, 2009 at 4:58 pm (Seasonal Decor, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Since I have been gone Halloween has come and gone.  But, I thought I would just update you all on our festive Halloween. 

I hung Indian Corn on the door, a basket of gourds on the table, and fall flowers in vase.  I even stuck bloody handprints to a window and hung a giant spider in the living room.  Yes, I love this time of year.  Here was a new addition (that we love!) for our porch:

Spooky, right?!

We also carved pumpkins for the front steps.  The pictures were mostly fuzzy, but here is a lit up shot of my witch:

And, of course, I dressed up.  I was a gangster.  Here my mom (the devil) and I are getting ready to go out.  (Tony took the picture since he refused to participate in dressing up 🙂

I hope your Halloweens were as fun and festive as ours!

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