Monday, October 27, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Friday Four Roundup #13

Some Fall festivities and getting ready for Halloween this week.....

#1 A fall watercolor I painted with the words from a favorite hymn:


#2 We had our annual family Oktoberfest with saur kraut, brats, European chocolate, and of course, pretzels!


#3 I made my daughter a Peacock costume which you can see more about HERE.


#4 I made this adorable photo Halloween banner, inspiration HERE, and put up my few Halloween decorations which I will share on Monday - see ya then! Happy weekend!

~ Rebecca

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Peacock Costume

This year for Halloween, my daughter requested a Peacock costume. I searched the internet and studied several I found on pinterest then went to work with 50 peacock feathers I bought from China on ebay for cheap and what materials I had on hand. Oh- and a big thank you to Grandma for providing the turquoise thermals from Target :)

Supplies: cardboard/box, felt, scissors, pen/sharpie, hot glue, feathers, ribbon, round templates (I used a bowl and a block), pajamas/thermals.


I made a bib necklace out of a green felt triangle using a small bowl for the collar shape and the round block for scallops tracing with a sharpie. The scallops are where the eye of the feather goes, I cut them from the rest of the feather stem and hot glued them into place. Then I did two more layers of felt in blue and purple underneath.


I cut a triangle from the cardboard and used a cup for a template for the scallop shape across the top. I laid out all the feathers from largest to smallest. I put the largest in the middle and each one slightly smaller moving out toward the sides, hot glueing in place. I did this on both sides. I made slits where the ribbon will go through to tie around her waist.


I glued green felt on both sides over the feathers and blue and purple felt scallops on top of that. I made a barrett layering green, blue, and purple felt in the shape of the eye. I used extra feather fluff from the ones I cut for the necklace and glued them around the edges of the felt. For the skirt I glued the tip of the feather stems on a strip of green felt then glued another strip on top of those. Then I glued it to a ribbon long enough to tie around her waist. The ribbon goes around her waist, then through the slits in the tail and then tied into a bow in the back. The necklace will either be tied around her neck with a ribbon glued to it or I will stitch it on the ends to the shirt. Her hair is going to be up and I am going to attempt some fancy makeup.


She's happy, I'm happy!  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I Can Make That: Pottery Barn or Williams Sonoma Knock Off Hurricanes in Two Easy Steps! (No Cost)

I've had these hurricanes for a while. They are Threshold and I got them on Target clearance for $5 a piece. I've never been too sure of the shiny silver, though. It's not really my style. When I saw The Pioneer Woman's reveal of her new office space and I noticed the Pottery Barn Jameson Hurricanes with the beautiful rustic style, the lightbulb went off! I could make mine look like that!

I simply covered the glass with newspaper, taping in place, inside and out. I lucked out, it was easy to slip the newspaper under the silver parts so it got covered well with paint.



I used an indoor/outdoor black satin spray paint I had on hand. I had to go over it twice in some spots.



And there you have it. Love them so much more now.



This is the picture from The Pioneer Woman that inspired me:



The Pottery Barn Jameson Hurricanes:



And right before I posted this I came across some almost identical in style to mine from Williams Sonoma, the Disc Hurricane for a whopping $79!

I hope this inspires you to go spray paint something you like and make it into something you love this week :)
~Rebecca

Linking to: http://www.lizmarieblog.com/2014/10/inspire-please-linky-party-30/

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Teacher Appreciation Idea {Bugs & Kisses}

I found this idea on pinterest and got the printable from {here}.


I ordered the kisses and spider rings off Amazon. The bags were leftover from October teacher appreciation last year {which you can see HERE} and the ribbon I already had. Super easy!





Bugs and kisses to you too, have a great week :)
~Rebecca

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Friday Four Roundup #12

1. This week my husband brought home a sack overflowing with apples! Yesterday I made apple bread and muffins and apple butter. I used 7 cups of apples and made a dent in them. I have plans to make apple desserts and more bread next. Did you know you can make apple pie filling and apple crisp ahead of time and freeze it? Also, if you need a good apple bread recipe, I just used my favorite zucchini bread recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook and substituted the apple for zucchini and applesauce for oil.

2. I came across a couple good articles this week, the first one {HERE}. About a mom just trying to find some decent modest shorts for her daughters at Target, and the awesome response she got.

3. The second article about how being a stay at home parent is a luxury for your spouse is {HERE}.

4. On Monday I will be sharing my idea for October's Teacher Appreciation. See ya then!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014