Sunday, September 30, 2012

Guest Posting at DJs Sugar Shack

My sweet tooth and I love DJs Sugar Shack! It is a great blog to inspire the baker in you! I know I will be scouring her blog for yummy recipes as the holidays get nearer. I was really excited to do a guest post for Dawn. I shared an amazing recipe for Creme Wafer Cookies that was given to me by my neighbor. Please head over and check it out!


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Duct Tape Pumpkin

Halloween decorations are always so fun and I have made lots in the past, but my decor is sadly lacking in pumpkins. While aimlessly perusing Michaels by myself one day (i.e. escaping my children), I stumbled across a small shelf of plain paper mache pumpkins (literally....I stumbled and ran my cart into it). With a 40% off coupon burning a hole in my wallet, I bought it with visions of fabric and Mod Podge dancing in my head. But fate intervened before I could buy Halloween-y fabric, when there was a stray roll of Halloween Duct Tape, on Clearance no less, randomly thrown in with some school supplies at Target. Thus, my Duct Tape Pumpkin was born:

What You Need:
  • Paper Mache Pumpkin
  • Halloween-y Duct Tape
  • Black Paint
  • Glitter Glue

How To Make It:
Now this is the really hard part. Be sure to pay close attention:
  • Cut strips of Duct Tape and cover the pumpkin with it (stick strips on vertically).
  • Paint the stem black. Once dry, paint on some glitter glue to give it a little sparkle.
  • Done. Very complex, isn't it?


Places I'm Partying:

Tip Junkie handmade projects
Lil\'LunaThe 36th AVENUE PhotobucketHappy Go Lucky

Monday, September 10, 2012

BOO Wreath

I love Fall! Aside from all the delicious-ness at Starbucks (can you say Salted Caramel Mocha?), I get to decorate for Halloween (even if it is a tad early)! 

I am guest posting today at One Artsy Mama and sharing this super cute Halloween Wreath.
Head on over and check it out! But be sure to come back and mosey around my blog a bit...I love having company!!!

And if you haven't heard, I am hosting an auction benefiting The Children's Tumor Foundation on The Desperate Craftwives Facebook Page. One item per day will be listed throughout the month of September. I have some amazing items that will be up for bid so be sure to check each day. All donations are made directly to CTF and are tax-deductible, so you can totally justify buying yourself a little goody (or two)!

And for more Halloween decorations, be sure to check out these posts:
Framed BOO
Halloween Ribbon Topiary
Halloween Word Collage
Decoupaged BOO Letters


Places I'm Partying:
shabby creek

Saturday, September 8, 2012

To Gild the Lily

We are well into our first week of The Children's Tumor Foundation Auction on the Desperate Craftwives Facebook page.
I was super excited when today's donor generously offered to give us an Personalized, Monogrammed iPhone Cover. Melinda of To Gild the Lily has a huge selection of iPhone Cases, in all colors and styles!
She also has another shop that makes beautiful covers for several Samsung phones and Blackberrys. We will be listing an item from that shop in the coming days.

All proceeds from this auction go directly to The Children's Tumor Foundation.
So head on over and start the bidding!

Friday, September 7, 2012


Today's item for The Children's Tumor Foundation Auction was donated by JHFabric Creations.

This gorgeous black and white chevron bag is beautifully handmade and is big enough to fit all of your essentials - keys, sunglasses, wallets, etc.

JHFabricCreations has an amazing inventory of wristlets, purses, messenger bags etc. in some really fantastic prints!

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Not sure if it is Politically Correct to bid on an item in an auction I am hosting, but I really, really want to today!  Today's donation to The Children's Tumor Foundation Auction on the Desperate Craftwives Facebook Page comes from: 

reusable snack and sandwich bags

Snackaby! The greener alternative to plastic bags!
• Reusable    • Wipeable    • Washable    • Top-rack dishwasher safe

Snackaby helps the environment!
If you take just one disposable plastic baggie to work or school each day, that’s 250 going into landfills every year. Not to mention all the CO2 that goes into our air from manufacturing them.  One Snackaby can replace all those baggies, which means less plastic in our landfills and less CO2 in our air.
Snackaby is socially responsible!  
• Made in the U.S.   • Partners with local organizations

Good for all kinds of snacks, Snackabies use a Velcro closure to keep your food fresh. Even sliced apples won't brown for hours!

Snackabies are easy to clean. Pull inside out, then wipe or wash in the dishwasher. 

Snackabies are made of laminated cotton on the outside, with a food-safe, waterproof barrier fabric with no DEHP, phthalates or BPA plasticizers, on the inside.

Sandwich bag size is 7.25" x 7.50"; snack bag is 7.25" x 4.50"

For more information about Snackaby, contact: 
Jennifer Larsen 917.439.5901
Twitter: @Snackaby

These snack bags will be up for auction until 10pm tonight, so go place your bids!!

Sharing here:

The 36th AVENUE

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

DJs Sugar Shack

I am happy to announce that today's donation for The Children's Tumor Foundation Auction on The Desperate Craftwives Facebook Page comes from DJs Sugar Shack!

Dawn has generously donated One Dozen Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies that look absolutely mouthwatering! Seriously...I am drooling. 
If you have a sweet tooth or simply like to bake, you should check out DJs Sugar Shack. I always make sure to visit her weekly Linky Party, Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday, which is always loaded with decadent recipes.

Thank you so much, Dawn, for such a delicious donation. I am jealous of the lucky bidder who wins these cookies!!!
 Now head on over to my Facebook page and put your bid in!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

CTF Auction

I am really excited today because I am kicking off The Children's Tumor Foundation Auction on the Desperate Craftwives Facebook Page. Our goal is to raise awareness and raise funds to help find a cure for Neurofibromatosis. 
Be sure to head over and check it out! I donated today's item: a sterling silver 5 leaf branch with turquoise bead briolette.

I will be listing one item per day and have some really great donations. I will put a photo of the item up for bid in the morning and bidding will continue until 10 pm EST. You can place a bid by leaving a comment beneath the photo. The winner will be notified and sent a direct link to The Children's Tumor Foundation fundraising site to pay via credit card.

I have some fantastic items to auction from these generous donors:
One Artsy Mama
Katie's Nesting Spot
DJs Sugar Shack
JAQS Studio
Lemon and Lavender Design
Invitation Consultants
Addicted to Recipes
See Vanessa Craft
The Grant Life
Fabulously Smitten
Spare Time Design
Revital Agency

We are still accepting donations if you have something you'd like to donate!
And the more people who see the auction, the better chance we have at success, so we'd love it if you would share the page, tweet about it, post about it, etc. 
Now go get bidding!!!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Fall Wreath Revisited

Last Fall, I made my first wreath and I loved how it turned out. I just finished up a Halloween wreath that I will be sharing over at One Artsy Mama in the near future, and am feeling in the wreath mode. Since Projects from Falls Past seem to popping up all over blog-land, I thought I'd re-post this one. Happy Fall!

What You Need:
  • Styrofoam Wreath Form
  • Burlap (1 yard)
  • Felt in Various Colors for Flowers
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Fall Picks
  • Ribbon
  • Needle and Thread
  • "Naturally" Covered Floral Wire

Note: I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to design this wreath before I started, so not everything shown in picture was actually used.

How to Make It:
  •  Cut burlap into strips 4-5" wide. Hot glue end of one strip to back of wreath and wrap around form. When you reach end of strip, glue it down. Repeat until entire wreath is covered.
  • Glue one end of covered floral wire to back of wreath and wrap around at a diagonal until you've made it all the way around. Glue other end to wreath. Ribbon can be used instead if you prefer.
  • Make felt flowers: Cut sheet of craft felt into strips about 2" wide. Fold in half lengthwise and sew ends together (lengthwise). Next take scissors and cut slits from top about three quarters of the way down to the seam all the way down the length of the felt (can change the look of the petals by either cutting at a diagonal or straight down). Starting at one end, tightly roll the felt up. Once rolled completely, stick threaded needle all the way through the bottom layers of felt to sew them together.

  • Use hot glue to adhere felt flowers to wreath.

  • Add fall-colored floral pick.
  • Tie coordinating ribbon around top so wreath can be hung.

  • Places I'm Partying:

    Chic on a Shoestring Decorating