Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Make Your Own Glitter Pumpkin

October is here! The leaves are falling and the temperatures are dropping. Now is the time to start carving pumpkins, making apple cider, and snuggling up by a cozy fire. If you love the idea of decorating a pumpkin but don't want to deal with the mess, then making a glitter pumpkin is a fun and unique craft. Also, glittered pumpkins last much longer than carved ones!

What you'll need:

* A pumpkin
* Glitter (any color you want!)
* Spray adhesive
* Newspaper
* Sponge or brush

The first step is to clean the top of your pumpkin with a wet paper towel to remove any dirt. Then set the pumpkin on top of some newspaper. Spray the top of the pumpkin with the adhesive and sprinkle on the glitter.

It's best to work in sections if the pumpkin is bigger. Let the glitter set. 

TIP: Don't touch the glitter or glue before it is dried. If you need to spread the glitter around more evenly, use a sponge or a paint brush. I accidentally touched the glittery glue and it would not come off my fingers! If you do get it on your hands, rub your hands in petroleum jelly, then wash with soap to remove the glittery glue.

If you are feeling ambitious or have an extra love of glitter, you can cover the whole pumpkin. I only decorated the top because I ran out of glitter :).

You can make this glittered pumpkin in about 10-15 minutes. If you really want to make sure the glitter sticks, mist hair spray over the top.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Vintage Doorknob Wine Stoppers

Vintage Doorknob Wine Stopper
I am a fan of interesting old doorknobs. I am also a fan of wine :) So what do you get when you put those things together? Vintage doorknob wine stoppers! They are super easy to make and really interesting to look at.

All you have to do is drill a small hole into the top of the cork and then take the doorknob end and screw it into a wine cork. Voila! If the doorknob you have does not have the stick-thing (very technical term) attached, you can super glue the bottom end of the doorknob to a wine cork.

These make great gifts, especially for the wine enthusiast in your life.

If you aren't feeling creative or don't have time to make one, you could buy it online. I came across doorknob wine stoppers at Rare Bird Finds.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DIY Save-The-Date Sign

Wow! Exactly six months has passed since I last posted something. I kept meaning to get on here but it's been a really busy six months. I got engaged, moved to a new city, got a new job and have been in over my head with wedding planning!

I love DIY wedding projects and when I decided to start making things for my wedding, I realized it would be the perfect time to get back to blogging :) My fiance and I are getting our engagement pictures taken this Saturday so I made a save-the-date sign.  If you want a really simple and classy save-the-date sign at a low cost ($8), then try this project.

Save the date sign

I went to the craft store and bought:

* 1 wooden frame
* 1 can of white spray paint
* 1 packet of 56 adhesive faux pearls
* 1 sheet of cardstock for the background

If you don't already have it, you'll also need a hot glue gun and some glue sticks

Step one:
          Spread out some old newspaper (or wax paper) to set the frame on while you spray paint it. Spray on as many coats to get the look you want. Let it dry overnight before moving on.

Step Two:
         For the background paper where you'll print the date, select your favorite font, size the lettering/numbers to fit the frame, and then print it out. I chose to print on white cardstock in French Script font. Cut the paper to fit behind the frame, leaving enough room to glue the paper to the back of the frame.

Step Three:
         Glue the faux pearls on the frame with the hot glue gun. I realize they have self adhesive on the back but the hot glue makes them stick better. Let dry.

Step Four:
         Glue the paper onto the back of the frame with the hot glue gun. Let dry.

Ta-dah! Now you have a pretty save the date sign!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mad Men Season 5 Premiere

Mad Men Season 5 Premiere

I was super excited to see the season premiere of Mad Men  tonight. It starts right in the middle of the year 1966. One thing I noticed was the absence of Betty! She is one of my favorite characters, so I was disappointed when she did not make an appearance. 

I was entertained by Megan's little French performance at Don's surprise birthday party (Zou Bisou Bisou, anyone?), but there were a few unanswered questions I had.

Since so much time has passed since the last season, we missed Don and Megan's wedding, Joan's pregnancy and birth of her baby, and Betty and her husband's move to a new house with the kids. I hope this season fills us in to what has happened when they were away.

For one, does Roger know that the baby is his? How did he react to Joan keeping the baby after she lied and told him she had ended the pregnancy? When did Trudy and Pete buy a house and why is Pete seem to be so unhappy? P.s. Trudy is also one of my favorite characters. When did Lane Pryce reunite with his wife and why is he being so creepy with this girl's photo from the wallet he found? Oh and Joan's mother is mean!

This season makes it clear things are very different than they used to be. We have lots of Pete and Roger drama to look forward to it seems. Another thing I noticed was the awkward moment when Peggy was pushing Joan's baby in the stroller and Pete walks in. The show is also bringing in civil rights issues and I wonder how that will all play out within Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce. 

Lastly I would like to mention the adorable 60s style. I love the retro fashion on this show (mostly from Joan, Betty, and Megan), and tonight the outfits did not disappoint.