Thursday, September 26, 2019

BFF Open House

YIKES! And I'm not saying that because Halloween season is upon us. It's because I realized yesterday that Christmas is 3 months away. 90 days people! It's go time makers. Also, Hanukkah starts on the 22nd so if you've thought to yourself all year about those fabulous handmade gifts you're making for it or for Christmas, "it's time to make the donuts". 

Let's see some ideas from last week's party! 

I love projects that use up bits and pieces from our stashes. This Artsy Owl from Fluster Buster is perfect for that! Gather up your bits and scraps and make a fun art piece. 

With more awareness of food allergies and sensitivities these days, you can signal that you have allergy friendly treats for Trick or Treaters by having a teal pumpkin on display. Check out this idea from Olivia Ohern.

This is a great lighted sign idea from Chas's Crazy Creations. She found a $5 canvas and added the lights and it totally transforms things. 

If you are into football then this project is perfect for you! Look at this cute DIY Football Inspired Candlestick. So cute! From DIY Party Mom

Now, let's see what everyone's been up to this week! 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

BFF Open House

Happy Friday Eve all! Back after a wonderful Anniversary-Birthday celebration last week at Disneyland. Big kids that we are we had a BLAST and it's so special this time of year with both Disneyland and California Adventure completely decorated for Halloween. Will put a post up w/ pics once I've had a chance to go through them all! 

Let's take a look at some great ideas shared at last week's party. 

After last week, I'm in full on Halloween mode and LOVE this mirror from Unique Creations by Anita. She really thought outside the box on this one and love the metallic paint on the hands, spiders, and frame. 

Continuing with Halloween, no season is complete without a trip to the Dollar Store and Olivia from Olivia Ohern Graphic Design came up with a very cool project using supplies from guess where? 

Black and white are my signature colors so this wreath from Kippi At Home  deinitely caught my eye. Is it bad when you already own some of that ribbon?!

Finally, "get in my belly" was my immediate reaction to these brownies from Oh Mrs. Tucker. I promise I'm not sitting here drooling all over my keyboard. Maybe. 

OK let's see what everyone's been up to this week! 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

BFF Open House

Happy Friday eve all! I'm off playing with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy etc. and eating way too much so no features this week. Hope everyone's having a good one and let's see what everyone's been up to! 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

BFF Open House

Happy September and Friday eve all! Yikes. S E P T E M B E R?! How'd that happen? I won't lie, I'm ready for Fall ( or as much Fall as we get here in the desert). I hope that everyone who's been in ( or still in ) the path of Dorian is safe. 

Let's get excited for Fall with some great project ideas from last week's party shall we? 

Some craft and home dec trends come and go but one thing that will remain timeless is book-page crafting, and this Book Page Pumpkin from The Organized Dream is no exception. I love things like this that can be up from now through Thanksgiving and are beautiful plain or spritzed w/ a little seasonal color. 

You don't have to have a Pumpkin Patch to have a Pumpkin Patch sign and you will never guess what these started out as. From Fresh Vintage by Lisa S

How cute is this Acorn Sign from Olivia Ohern, made from supplies from the Dollar Store! 

Finally, I couldn't resist this Coffee Chocolate and Peanut Butter Smoothie from Cooking with Ewa. YUM! 

Now let's see what everyone's been up to this week! 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Never Too Old For Disneyland: DIY Park Looks

I realize I haven't posted an actual project in FOREVER but between constant work re-orgs that make my day job feel like the movie "Groundhog Day" , a new puppy, and  my asthma deciding it doesn't like the desert, well... you get the picture! 

Things have stabilized and we're off to Disneyland! We've gone every few years since we got engaged. I know there was a recent kerfluffle on social media by someone deciding Disney parks are not for people w/out kids and well, not trying to start something but, says who?  Last time we went we met several other couples who, like us, went before kids, with kids, and now as empty nesters. 

I've never planned out Disney looks but "thanks Pinterest".  There are SO many ideas for cute park looks, DIY ears etc. that being a maker, I was going to make SOMETHING!  

I may have gotten a little carried away. This post is a combination of : DIY ears I made ; ears I embellised ; accessories to go with. We'll start with the ones I made inspired by the movie "Up" which we love. 

DIY "Up" Inspired Ears: 

For this project I used: 

  • Pre-made "mouse" ears ( Amazon, $10.75 for a package of 12)
  • Felt ( Jo-Ann)
  • Metallic pom-poms ( Jo-Ann)
  • Sequins (Jo-Ann)
  • Hot Glue (on hand)
  • Cardboard (on hand) 
The ears I ordered from Amazon are smaller in circumference than the official ears. There are tutorials that show you how to make completely from scratch ; ones that show you how to embellish pre-made ears or, you can do what I did which was kinda combine the two. 

Using a school compass I cut a 3 inch circle on stiff cardboard and 3.25 inch circles from felt. Arc the cardboard circle as shown. I just kinda winged it. You need a total of 4 ( 2 sides for each ear)

Use hot glue to cover the cardboard, pinching as you go as shown. It's like making dumplings! Once  covered,  hot glue to the ears on the headband. 

Doesn't matter if your ears aren't perfectly arc'd because you'll embellish. Plus for me, I have a lot of hair in which they'll "nest" lol.  You will have a gap since you've made a sandwich of ear piece, existing ear ( this provides some heft) ear piece. No worries. That's where the pom-poms come in. Hot glue these around each ear kind of tucking them in the space between the top and bottom ear pieces. I did one side to represent clouds against the sky and one to represent the balloons from the movie. The bow is also made from felt. Not content to stop there, I made some jewelry to go with. 

I had so much fun, I made a pair of Halloween ears since the park will be completely decorated for Halloween while we're there!

Silver and black fabric (Jo-Ann) and black pom-poms. 

These ears I had but I took off the bow they came with, made a black organza bow and burnt edge flower, and them made some jewelry that works for  The Haunted Mansion, Halloween / Day of the Dead and that I'll be able to wear in October. 

I also had some silver ears from a prior trip ( I may have an ear problem) and since I wear so much black I made some all purpose "Mickey" jewelry. The Mickey beads are ones I had from a previous trip. The other beads are from Michaels. Hello my name is Carol and I may have a jewelry making problem. 

And yep, I'll still probably buy another pair of ears. In fact, I'm counting on it lol.