The Future, Moving and Halloween

What do Halloween, moving and the future have to do with each other? Well, It’s Halloween decorating time and I’m moving…to a rental house, which explains the future…we are building. Yay! We are so excited to be building, but it couldn’t come at a worse time. Halloween, my favorite holiday. I love decorating for Halloween. It probably has something to do with all the orange, as that’s my favorite color, or maybe it’s the ghosts, witches and spiders. Trust me, it isn’t the spiders! So last year I didn’t have a blog, but I did some cool projects. Some you will recognize from Pinterest, which is where I got the ideas, and one is a knockoff from Pier1 and it’s my favorite.

I wasn’t going to decorate for Halloween. At all. I said to myself, self, it’s your favorite holiday, you MUST do some decorating. So, that’s exactly what I did. Some. I’ll be taking it all down next weekend. Sad, I know. Well, sit back and relax and I’ll take you on a run through. Remember, I did these projects before I had a blog so there are no tutorials, but I’ll try to remember where I found the original project.

This is my mantel. Remember, this is the lite version. I didn’t put everything out. The garland is fabulous, with it’s black leaves and orange bells and berries. I’ll give you some close ups.

Halloween Mantel

Halloween Garland
I got this garland at our local apple orchard gift shop.
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I got that cool mercury poison bottle at Home Goods last year.
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Quick weekend – Leash hanger project

We have a new addition to our family. Meet Boone.
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He’s 12 weeks old. Is he not the cutest thing ever? We’ve had him two weeks and I’m in love with him already. He joins Dozer, his reluctant older brother.
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I’ve had a hook in my laundry room for the leash and harness for my dog Dozer. When Boone came I knew I was going to have to come up with something new. I have a bunch of pallet wood in my garage from all the construction going on in my neighborhood. (Hello, do not leave pallets unattended on my street!) I picked up some awesome hooks from Hobby Lobby and went about making a new place to store leashes and harnesses. Like I said, this was a quick weekend project, so it’s not a tutorial. It’s just something I threw together. My laundry room is a sea blue green color. When we first painted this room, I loved the paint color when it was in the can, not so much once it was on the walls. I’ve grown used to it by now and I’ve put up a beautiful glass backsplash that has all the colors in the room in it. So that was the inspiration for the color for my leash holder.
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I used some craft paint added some white, added some floetrol and painted the board. It was still TOO bright. I hated it. So I took some white craft paint and added water and just kinda white washed it with a rag until I liked it. I sanded a little, just to give it character. I finally got to use the freezer paper transfer method that is all over blog land. I had wanted to use it on my Country Door Knockoff sign, but just couldn’t make it work, so I thought I’d give it a try here. I wasn’t 100% successful and I did go over the letters with a sharpie, but I really like how it turned out.  See that little white hook on my ironing board?  That’s what I was using for Dozer’s leash before.
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I printed out the font in reverse and used a spoon to burnish the names onto the board. I found the dog in my word clipart and did it the same way. It was still kinda light, so I went over everything with a sharpie. I still plan on sanding it a little and using a dark wax on it. At the time, I didn’t have the wax. So, that’s my quick little weekend project. Add some sawtooth picture hangers and you are good to go.
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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time…
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How to make your own plates, using sharpies and dollar store plates

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’ve been trying to find accent plates to use on my table during non-holiday times. Something that had a pop of color. Something that didn’t cost a fortune. Plates are expensive. If you’ve seen my craft room, you know I love paisley. I’ve been looking high and low for plates with orange paisley. I finally had a light bulb moment and decided to make them myself. I had seen a post on Eclectically Vintage where Kelly painted dollar store plates with paint using a Martha Stewart stencil (which was also paisley btw). It was part of a giveaway – stencil and MS paints. I didn’t win! Oh well, better luck next time. What I did have was an array of beautiful colored sharpies and the Allover Paisley Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I had used it on the inside of my cabinets. You can see that here.
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Now you can find plates at any dollar store. I looked at Dollar Tree and didn’t like what they had. I needed them to be square with a frame edge. I happened to pick these up at Kroger because I was there and I wanted to get started. These are too pricey for me to buy 7 more of each, so I will keep looking at different dollar stores and at Walmart. To start, pick your colors and stencil or if you are super talented and can draw, go for it. Me, not so much. My stencil is made for a wall, so it’s huge. I just put my plate under it and held it in place while I traced. If you have a smaller stencil you can tape it down with frog tape.
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Now, comes the fun part. Fill in all the blank spaces with the color sharpie you have chosen. This was my favorite part. You can really see how they are going to look. Ok, I’m sure you noticed that there are smudges and mistakes on the plates. These were new sharpies and they bled a little. No big deal, just get a Q-tip and wet it down. You can then wipe off all your mistakes (or should I say, the sharpies mistakes).
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Works like a charm. Then you end up with this.
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Now, to make them permanent and so you can eat off of them, you need to bake them. Yep, you heard right. Set your oven for 350 degrees and bake them for 30 minutes! That’s it.
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Well that’s it! That’s all you have to do. I know what you’re thinking, yes, you can go crazy with this. You can make a plate wall, like Kelly did, make plates for every holiday or for everyday. This is something you can really have fun with. So go ahead and have some fun. Thanks for stopping by.

Kathleen

Disclaimer: I have not washed my plates in a dishwasher, so I don’t know how they will handle it, but from what I’ve read, they should be fine. I also can’t say for sure whether your color(s) will change in the oven.