Sunday, September 30, 2012

Some THING Zombie

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I L♥VE Halloween.

I'm not sure what my favorite part about it is. Maybe I just never really got tired of playing dress up as a kid? Or Maybe it's because my last house was built on a graveyard and we could see the old cemetery from our front yard? This cemetery was built before the civil war!



Can you just imagine some THING lurking around the corner? 

Like maybe ...



I participated in a Zombie Doll swap. The theme was Zombie's in storyland. My partner said she'd love a Zombie themed doll from the Cat and the Hat.

What could be better than a Zombie Thing 2 and a decapitated Thing 1? Those two caused so much trouble alive...just think of the damage a Zombie Thing 2 could do!

To make the doll, I started with a premade doll form. I have never made a doll before and I wasn't about to learn a new skill for a swap.

For the jumpsuit, I traced around the doll form and cut the suit in two pieces out of fleece. So soft...and deadly...


Here's a secret for the applique:

Use your serger on a rolled hem setting. Go along the edges of whatever you want to applique...then stitch down with a regular straight stitch (or in this case, a hot glue gun.) So much easier! I don't normally use my serger unless I'm doing my faux applique.

I spent a lot of time pondering how to do the crazy THING hair. I thought about fleece, but I really wanted movement.  I looked at individual feathers and that was hugely expensive. I went with the next best thing...a Feather BOA!

It came on a rope, so I was just able to hot glue it to the doll form. Lots of finger burns.



The face is done with pieces of felt and embroidery floss.

Little Miss loved the dolls and didn't want to send them away to my partner...



 
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Frugal Friday: Saved $80!


Today is more than a bit crazy. I had oral surgery yesterday and today...Danger Girl's birthday party.

I had to sneak in my shopping early this morning. It was a quick trip and I grabbed the best deals I could find.



Leelee was really excited her favorite cereal was on sale this week: Quaker Oatmeal squares. When I buy sugar cereals, it's not for the kids...it's for the husband! The kids prefer healthy cereals. Go figure.

The other exciting find was curry on markdown! No coupon at all for this, but $2 is a GREAT price. It's what I paid for it when we lived in Oregon and could shop at the big pan-Asian market. It's normally priced at nearly $4 at Publix and $2.75 at WalMart. And of course, never has a sale. 

My total before tax was just $22!

1 ravioli
2 chips ahoy ($1 stocking spree X2)
1 chewy granola
2 CApn Crunch
1 Oatmeal Squares ($1/2 *different* quaker products x2)
3 sodas (B2G1)
2 old el paso (.50/1 X 2)
La Croix water ($1/1 X2)
I can't believe it's not butter ($1/2 + $1/1 store)
4 baileys creamers (1.50/1 X2 + $1/1 X2 + $1/1 X4 YAB flyer)
2 tilapia (.50/1 X2)
6 chunky soups (.50/2 X3 + $2/3 X2 store)

$5/30 Winn Dixie coupon

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wallpaper Removal YUK


Dear homeowners:

While you decorate your home, please remember that one day, you are going to sell your home. I know, it's your forever home but reality check...one day, you won't live there any more. That's just how it is.

So please, for the love of all that is holy, please do not use wallpaper. 

Some day, someone is going to try to take the wallpaper down. And it's not going to be pretty. It never is.

The wallpaper will discourage someone from buying your home because they know how awful it will be to remove. 

Your only selling hope will be that someone with inexperience stars in their eyes will look past the wallpaper and think "I can totally do that! I saw it on HGTV!" The home will sell. And the new owners will soon be cursing your existence and decision to decorate with wallpaper.

Trust me. I now hate the previous owners of this house. And I LOVE my house. I just hate the owners who put up wallpaper to cover up the painted wood paneling. 

(not so much) Love,
The home buyer


The upstairs bedrooms had wallpaper in every room. A year ago, we started tearing it out. In August. Why yes, we were quite crazy.

It went fairly quickly because it was actual wallpaper instead of the modern stuff that's not really paper, but paper, vinyl additives and adhesives.

We got a lot of advice on how to remove wallpaper. Most people fell in to two camps: Vinegar & Water Vs Dif, a chemical to remove wallpaper.

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Round 1:
First, I made a mixture of hot water and vinegar. Then, I scored the wall with this little tool that looks like it has several tracing wheels on it. (This of course means nothing to you if you don't sew.) Think spikey wheels.

I applied the hot water/vinegar mixture on to the wall and soaked it. Then, I waited the required 5-8 minutes and began scraping.

It took FOREVER.

I used this method for 30 minutes of wallpaper removal.

Many times, the top of the wallpaper would peel off leaving the under side still stuck to the wall. The vinegar was awesome for getting the sticky side off the wall once the top was off. The top, being the "wall covering" that isn't really paper and probably has lots of chemicals in it designed to keep it from getting ruined if you were to say...wipe down the walls.


Round 2:

Now it was time to try the Dif. We purchased a large concentrated solution and mixed it with water. This stuff worked wonders on the real paper upstairs.

The prep for this was the same as with the other method. I scored the walls, then sprayed the small area I was working on. Really saturate it,  just like with the vinegar method.

The instructions say to let it sit for 15 minutes to do its magic.

Unfortunately, where I live, that's just not possible. If I wait more than 5 minutes, the area is dry...and that means magic isn't happening.

Small areas, working quickly.

It took FOREVER.

Many times, the top of the wallpaper would peel off leaving the under side still stuck to the wall. 

Whoa...Deja vu!

Pretty much the exact same thing happened.

The WINNER:

There isn't one. I wish I could definitely say one method was superior to the other for removal. But, in all honesty, it was pretty much a draw. I don't know if it would be different if I would be able to let the Dif soak for a full 15 minutes. It's just too hot here. Even though the inside of my house was 76 at 8 in the morning when I was doing this, the product still dried too quickly.

Of course each method has its pros and cons, but with the same end result...it really goes to your preference.

The vinegar and water is definitely more environmentally friendly. It also much more affordable. But it really isn't a superior removal method. 

When it came to clean up, however, the vinegar and water has an edge over the Dif. Because the vinegar acts in a way as to eat the adhesive, if the paper attaches to the trim or wood flooring, it comes right up. The Dif deactivates the adhesive and when dry, that paper will be stuck again. Wiping the walls down with vinegar and water worked wonders to clean up the residue and little bits left behind by the Dif.

I'm almost done with wallpaper removal now. Choirs of angels are singing. I plan on using the rest of the Dif and, if there's any wallpaper left...finish with the vinegar and water for no other reason than I'm cheap.

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Announcing Iron Chef: MOM

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Confessions of an ADD Housewife is teaming up with 6  fantastic mommy bloggers who love to cook, bake and share their recipes...

TO PRESENT:

Iron Chef Mom Link Party!

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Featured Recipes: Each week you will have a chance to link up and VOTE for your favorites from that week! You will have an entire week to vote and encourage your readers to stop and vote for you as well! Each week, the Iron Chef Mom with the most votes for their recipe will be named 'The Iron Chef Mom' the following week! Iron Chef Mom's recipe and blog will be featured and promoted through Iron Chef Mom link party and MULTIPLE social media outlets from all the party hosts.  

Join Us: This is a FUN way to challenge yourself in the kitchen each week. It is also a great way to link up and share your older posts and renew their popularity/reach online. The advantage of linking up on Iron Chef Mom is that you will be discovered and have the opportunity to gain readers from 7 different blog audiences! This is a great way to grow your readership and meet some new blogger friends!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pin Inspiration Party!

Happy, Happy Pin'inspiration Thursday 
We're all so glad to have you stop in today!
*Special Thank YOU To ALL Who Linked Last Week*
So many amazing fall features and much more!
The ArtsyGirl Connection


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Lets Kick Things Off With Some Refreshments Shall we!
YUM! I simply will like one of these RIGHT NOW!!
Via Endy Daniel Blog ~ Pink Papaya Smoothie

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Via Ode To Inspiration...
Yes Maysem, I'm falling quiet obsessive with this beautiful
fall mantle but more so your fall window decor! So CHIC and adorable!

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Really In LOVE With This AMAZING
Throw Pillow Drawer Via The Crafty
Shabby Blog The Rustic Pig


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Simply Beautiful!!! How creative is this Garden Planter 
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TOTALLY LOVING THESE PROJECTS & ALL THOSE 
LINKED LAST WEEK! THANKS SO MUCH FOR 
STOPPING IN & HOPE YOU ARE INSPIRED TODAY!

READY TO SHOW & SHARE WHAT 
YOU'VE BEEN UP TO?!! PLEASE DO!
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Burlap crafty fun


I'm seeing so many awesome projects on blogs lately. One really caught my eye last week...

And then my sewing machine broke. But I still really wanted to do something similar to Confessions of a Plate Addict's Jack o Lantern Pillow. Seriously, check it out! It's awesome.

So, no sewing machine to make a pillow. And I didn't want to pay much of anything for a project I know my girls will lose the pieces to in about 2.5 seconds.

That means I was going to have to "craft lift" this project and put my own spin on it...




My materials:

scraps of wood
 3/4 yd burlap
 black felt
hot glue gun 
ice (for the awful hot glue gun burns on my finger tips...yeeoch!)



I'm sure you all can figure out how to glue a piece of burlap on to a board.



Next, cut out pumpkin features in the black felt. I did two complete sets of each face because the girls will fight. I put the face pieces in a baggie. Nothing special.

And that's it.

Super Easy. Well...aside from the hot glue gun burns.




I had quite a bit of burlap left over and my fingertips had completely lost feeling, so I figured...why not another burlap and scrap wood craft?



I did use a fabric marker instead of cutting out felt for the eyes. I knew it was going to end badly for my fingers gluing something that small on.

Again, instructions really not necessary because it's pretty obvious what I did. I'm like the worst crafty blogger EVER.
 "Look at the picture. Figure it out yourself."




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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Dollar Tree Halloween Wreath

The fair starts next week. The kids are very excited.

I decided to make a couple wreaths to enter in the crafting categories. Naturally, the little girls wanted to make something, too.

Punky Brewster and I hit the dollar store after school and picked up the needed supplies:

foam floral wreath
crepe paper
pumpkin cutouts
foam letters


Don't they look excited after finishing the wreath? Total happy dance! And a total reminder that I need to finish pulling down the wallpaper!


To make the wreath, wrap orange crepe paper all the way around. Hot glue it down. Cut strips of black crepe paper and attach it so it looks stripey.

Next, glue down the pumpkin cutouts on the orange. We tried it on the black,but the orange looks better.  Little Miss said it looks like the pumpkins eyes are glowing.

Attach a strip of crepe paper to the back of the wreath and stick your foam letters on. Punky Brewster wanted a word she could spell herself. She's in kindergarten, so BOO was the winner.


Didn't Punky Brewster do a great job? Maybe she'll win a ribbon at the fair?


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Friday, September 21, 2012

Sponsored Post: Nectresse Sweetener--Overnight Refrigerator Strawberry Oatmeal

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NECTRESSE™Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I'm not a huge fan of artificial sweeteners. So when I found out about a NECTRESSE™Sweetener, a natural no calorie sweetener, I was definitely intrigued!

Nectresse sweetener is  the only 100% natural sweetener made from fruit – monk fruit extract. I'd never heard monk fruit either. It's a small green melon grown on vines in remote mountain regions in Asia.

Learn something new every day around here :)

The folks from Social Spark sent me a box of Nectresse to sample. Nectresse
comes in packets and canisters. The opinions in this review are 100 percent mine. If I do not like a product, I will not endorse it.

Packets plus the cool weather made me feel like I needed a nice cup of herbal tea before bed. I like my herbal tea pretty sweet, so I decided to start with two packets and go from there.

I was pleasantly surprised that two packets did the trick. It was the perfect amount of sweet and didn't have gnarly aftertaste like some other sweeteners. Leelee also had a cup of tea with me. She's a total food snob and decided it was definitely just the right amount of sweet.

With that first test out of the way, I decided to try it in a recipe that I hadn't quite got the right sweet out of. And  it was a HUGE hit. In fact, it seemed to bring out the natural sweetness of the dish even more. I definitely would try one packet for this one instead of two.
Overnight Refrigerator Strawberry Oatmeal

1/2 C Rolled Oats (NOT quick oats)
1/4 C milk
3 oz low fat strawberry yogurt
1-2 packet of NECTRESSE™Sweetener
1 T strawberry preserves (optional)

Mix together oats, milk, yogurt and Nectresse in a bowl or jar. Place in refrigerator and let set overnight. Top with strawberry preserves before serving (optional)
Serves: 1

My last go at overnight refrigerator oatmeal was a disgusting flop. This one had the kids BEGGING for more. I had made just enough for myself...and well, I didn't get to eat much before the kiddie vultures descended.
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Bertolli Winners!

Thanks to all of you who entered my giveaway.

Without too much fuss, let's announce the winners...

First up is Lisa W...who became a facebook fan. Thanks for that! 

And the other winner is...

Kelly W...aka Miss Information, who tweeted about the giveaway.

I've emailed both winners.



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Trick or Treat Wreath

Just a few more hours to enter my Bertolli Meals giveaway

My Halloween wreath last year was awful.


This year, I was determined not to let that catastrophe happen  again.

I was inspired by this wreath from Pandora's Craft Box. Isn't it amazing??

And as luck would have it, the only item I had on hand to totally copy it was... a foam wreath. And even then, I had to dismantle another wreath to get at it.

First, I wrapped wire ribbon from the old wreath around the foam.

I didn't have ready made flowers, but decided fabric rosettes would be perfect. I found spooky mesh at the dollar store and a great spider.



Everything is adhered with my trusty hot glue gun.

Still, it was missing something. . .

I found a oval piece of crafty wood and painted it purple. . . And it was clearly time to bust out the scrapbooking supplies I've been hoarding saving for a rainy day.

I seem to use my scrapbooking supplies for everything except scrapping these days!

And...

Ta Da!


Much more awesome looking wreath than last year.

Of course, I keep seeing the plaque in the middle as a giant Halloweeny Easter Egg.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pin Inspiration Thursday!

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Happy Fall, y'all! Micki, from Confessions of an ADD Housewife, hosting the party this week!  The weather is finally cooling off. It was right around 80 degrees today in my neck of the woods. My favorite part of the year when I don't have to run the heat or the air.




We had an amazing party last week with 134 entries! That's a lot of creativity to look through and pick my favorites. Thank goodness, I don't have to pick just one!

First off, I have to admit I'm a sucker for anything Caramel Apple. Adorned from Above shared this wonderful Caramel Apple Cheesecake. I'm dying here...can't wait to try the recipe!



I love a good chair redo. This time, Dixie Delights shares her chair and the bargain she got on the fabric. I admit, though, I was kind of digging the before picture.


”And finally, how could I not share this jaw dropping transformation from One Creative Couple. I think she has more creativity in her pinky than I could ever muster!

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+ Please link your great projects - AS MANY AS YOU WANT!!

+ Please do follow myself and wonderful co-hosts Jane & Marilyn

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+ Tell a friend so they can join on in and be pin'inspired with us!
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