Saturday, September 29, 2012

100 Days of Holiday Inspiration-Boo Banner-92 Days & Counting

Holiday Countdown 2012

100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More

Hey everyone!  Getting in to the fall spirit yet?  We are having so much fun getting ready for Halloween.  We can't wait until next week when we get to go to the "Pumpkin Patch" at a local church. Every year the youth group sets up in front of their church with some of the prettiest pumpkins around to sell.  I love to buy from them because all funds go to the youth missions.  Each year I take my kids there and let them pick out all the smaller pumpkins, the ones perfect to paint.  I typically come home with the entire trunk of my car full.  Then we cover the bar counter or floor with newspaper and I set out paints, glitter, glue and rhinestones, anything we have on hand for decorating.  The kids love it and it has become a yearly tradition for us.
This next craft is one that could be incorporated into any of the upcoming holidays.  A simple and cut banner.  First your supplies:
Pick our some scrapbook paper to match your theme.  This one is Halloween.  I also used my trusty Creative Memories cutting tools and precut letters. 

The letters I had were not the right color, so I traced them on to the color I wanted and cut them out.  However, if you have a Cricut I'm sure you have a faster route than I did. 

I cut out my background in the shape I wanted and then cut out my new letters and affixed them with scrapbooking tape.

Next I took some yarn and began taping the whole pieces to it for my banner.

And there you have it!  Cute and perfect for my son's bedroom door.  The "thank you so much mommy!" was reward enough in itself.
Come up with your own creative saying for each holiday and make it just long enough for a door, or an entire wall.  This would also be great to spell out Happy Birthday and could be made to match your theme.
Please let me know what you think, I would love to hear from you!
What are your favorite fall traditions?
Until Next time in our Holiday Countdown...
Amy ~ The Dixie Diva

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

100 Days of Holiday Inspiration-Candy Corn Wand-93 Days & Counting

Holiday Countdown 2012

100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More
93  Days till Christmas

60  Days till Thanksgiving
38 Days till Halloween
Day 2 of Fall!  I do love this time of year, even though it doesn't seem to love me.  Anyone else battling the changing weather allergies?  Ugh!  However, I'll take it just so we can have the cooler weather.  I love getting up early in the morning and stepping outside with the need to feel all bundled up.  It may warm up some during the day, but the coolness of the morning air is very invigorating.  Who needs coffee?  Just give me good, cool, country air.
Since today is Sunday and typically our day to "rest" and get caught up for the week, I am going to share with you a link to another crafty lady's blog.  Red Couch Recipes.  Every year around this time she brings out the ever clever Zoulah to assist with her Halloween decor and scrumptious treats.
Red Couch Recipes is a very fun blog to follow along with.  She has some of the most fascinating and elegant table settings that I have ever seen, yet they are very simple to set up and affordable.  She really has a talent for decor.  Plus she makes and shares recipes of some very sweet treats fit for any occasion.
Stop by Red Couch Recipes and see her latest creation, The Candy Corn Wand.  All with the help of Zoulah of course.  Stop on by and sit a spell on her Red Couch, you will surely be entertained.

100 Days of Holiday Inspiration-DIY Wreath-94 Days & Counting

Holiday Countdown 2012

100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More
94  Days till Christmas

61  Days till Thanksgiving
39  Days till Halloween
It's the first day of Fall Ya''ll! 
From the wonderful world of Pinterest I found this interesting pin about making your own wreath form.  You've probably seen it but if not, here is a link to it.
I went out to my local big box hardware store and picked up 2 of the smallest foam pipe covers for less than $1 each.
Cut them in half.
And then TAPE them together with duct tape, or like I used, electrical tape.  DO NOT try to hot glue the ends together or you'll have a hot mess like I did.  Dear hubby said I shouldn't use hot glue, but I didn't listen, and he was right.  Just don't ever tell him I said that!

And yes, Miss Bella thought it was a new play toy.
Next decide how you want to decorate them.  I had a hundred ideas running through my head but I was trying to use what I had on hand.  I actually had a beautiful leaf garland that I started wrapping around it before I formed my circle.  I didn't have quite enough to finish it, but it would be really cute completed.
You could also take the leaves off the garland or even find a package of loose leaves and glue or tack them in place.  I prefer gluing over pinning in place, just because I am always afraid a piece will come loose and some one will step on the pin.  Probably just being paranoid, but that's me!
Another option is to tie ribbon on the wreath form.  Again, I didn't have enough to complete it, but I wanted to show you some ideas.  This is using 3 yards each of black and orange ribbon.
I could have used less ribbon but I was just playing around with it to see how it looked.  Here's another option tucking the ends behind it.
There are multiple options here.  You can use tulle, ribbon to make loops, Christmas Garland, cover in ornaments, ect ect.
I have enough foam to make 4 wreaths and I will continue to experiment with them.  Hopefully I can find enough stash to decorate with without having to buy more supplies.
I would love to hear your ideas and if you have ever made one yourself so please leave me a comment and share!
Until next time...
Amy~The Dixie Diva

Monday, September 24, 2012

100 Days of Holiday Inspiration-Dryer Duct Pumpkin-95 Days & Counting

Holiday Countdown 2012

100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More

95  Days till Christmas

62  Days till Thanksgiving

40  Days till Halloween
Today I really wanted to make a crafty pumpkin I found the idea for on Pinterest.  Making a pumpkin from dryer duct and spray paint.  I had a list of supplies to get on my shopping list and away I went to the big hardware super store.  I scan the isles finding what I need for various other projects and finally get to the dryer pipe.
Sticker Shock!
I found that the cheapest dryer duct that would work started at $10 and went to $20, and would probably only create one pumpkin at best.  Still skeptical, I went to the spray paint and to get the color I needed it would have added another $5 on to that.
$15-$25 total for a creative pumpkin was not in the budget.  I want cheap, inexpensive DIY projects.  When the supplies end up more than what it would cost just to go buy one then I'll pass.  But you can be the judge.
Here's the link for a photo of one. You simply take the duct, curve it to form a circle and secure with glue and then spray paint it orange.  Use a piece of wood for them stem or a toilet paper roll.
There could be cheaper place to buy dryer duct, you may have some extra laying around your home.  Or that $10 pack may have stretched out enough to do more than one pumpkin.  When I think of cheap DIY decor I picture the whole project being $10 or less.
Let me know what you think on this one.  Have you made one?  Am I a stingy penny pincher?  Am I totally looking in the wrong place for supplies?  I'm open to all opinions and suggestions, I love hearing from you!
Check back tomorrow for more Holiday Inspiration and the official first day of fall!
Until then...
Amy~The Dixie Diva 

100 Days of Holiday Inspiration-Toilet Paper Pumpkins-96 Days & Counting

Holiday Countdown 2012

100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More

96 Days till Christmas

63 Days till Thanksgiving

41 days till Halloween
I must seriously be blogger illiterate.  I schedule, make sure the time zone is correct, and yet it still doesn't upload.  So for the next few days you may see 2 blogs a day while I play catch up to Blogger.  Grrrr.
Counting down with more Halloween crafts.  Today's craft is a simple TP Pumpkin.  That's right, the toilet paper pumpkin.  I saw these posted on a friend's page and couldn't believe when she said how easy they were made.  Here's the supplies you need:
Toilet Paper
Orange Tissue Paper
Brown Tissue Paper or an Empty TP Roll
Green Ribbon

Next I took a sheet of orange tissue and folded it in half length wise and put the toilet paper on it to start rolling.

Just roll it up and tuck in each end to secure it in place.  I took an empty toilet paper roll and crumpled it then placed it in one end to make a "stem".  You could also use brown tissue paper.
All I did to finish it was tie on some green ribbon to look like leaves and that's it! 
You could also cut out triangle eyes, nose and silly mouth to make it a jack o lantern.  I kept them this way so I could use beyond Halloween.
These would make cute decorations for a guest bathroom or just anywhere you would like to add some fall cheer through out your home.
Let me know what you think.  Have you tried these before?  If so, what did you do different?  I would love to hear from you!
Next up will be another pumpkin, but this one made with Dyer Pipe.  Come back tomorrow to check it out!
Until next time....
Amy~The Dixie Diva


Thursday, September 20, 2012

100 Days of Holiday Inspiration-Mummy Pumpkins-97 Days & Counting

Holiday Countdown 2012

100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More

97 Days till Christmas

64 Days till Thanksgiving

42 days till Halloween

If you have noticed a delay in the posts I apologize.  I have several blogs ready to go and "scheduled" to be published each day at a certain time.  However, it hasn't worked so far so my apologies.

On to the next craft!

Another cute idea I found somewhere online (sorry-brain freeze and I can't find my reference) was to turn pumpkins in to cute "mummies".  This is another extremely easy project and inexpensive.  The kids will love helping you make these.

Pumpkin (real or fake)
Google Eyes
Glue of your choice

Start with one end of the gauze and apply some glue or even double sided sticky tape.  Start wrapping from the bottom and around, and around, and around.  There is no exact science to this one, be as creative as you wish!  It is a good idea to start and stop at the bottom of the pumpkin so you keep that part hidden.

Now, decide where you want the eyes peeking out and glue them in place.

The pumpkin I used is another one from the Dollar Store, and the gauze was around $2 at Wally World.  The google eyes we keep on hand for various craft projects, but they are easily found at any craft store for just a couple of dollars.

Here are the 3 pumpkins we made with ribbon and gauze this weekend.  Cute display and less than about $10 in all of them total.  I think we will be doing some more of these soon!

I would love to hear if you have tried any of the ideas above or in previous blogs I have posted.  Please comment away and if you have a link to photos on your own blog or site make sure to post the link and I will pop on over and take a visit!

Tomorrow check back for creative TP Pumpkins and Jack O Lanterns.

Until next time...


Amy~The Dixie Diva

Monday, September 17, 2012

100 Days of Holiday Inspiration-Dry Erase Board-99 Days & Counting

Holiday Countdown 2012
100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More
99 Days till Christmas
66 Days till Thanksgiving
44 days till Halloween
DIY Dry Erase Board
Actually it's more of a Dry Erase Stand.  This is super simple, super cheap, and super cute to make.  First, get a frame of your choice from your local Dollar Store.
Take a sheet of lined notebook paper, or even decorative paper, and place inside the frame.

Now grab some accessories.  I chose some flower heads and rhinestones but you can even add ribbon, painted wood flowers/stars/letters ect.

Decide where you want them on the frame and glue in place with hot glue, e6000, or super glue.

Ta Da!

Now just package with a dry erase pen and your gift is all set.  This is a great gift for teachers, Sunday school teachers, mentors or just anyone that would like to have a nice way to make a quick note.  It doesn't break the bank and it's a unique gift.

Tomorrow I will be showing the first of several pumpkin crafts to bring in the Halloween season. 

Until then...


Amy~The Dixie Diva

100 Days of Holiday Inspiration-Ribbon Pumpkin-98 Days & Counting

Holiday Countdown 2012
100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More
98 Days till Christmas
65 Days till Thanksgiving
43 days till Halloween
Ribbon Pumpkins
I found the idea for these from a Michaels' pin on Pinterest.  Their version was to take pumpkins and wrap in decorative paper and tie some tulle on the stem.  I did mine slightly different.
First, check out your local Dollar Store for great decorating help.  Seriously you will be amazed with how inexpensive things are.  (You'll see me referencing them a lot in this series.)  I found these super cute "carveable" pumpkins there.  Supposedly you can carve them like a real pumpkin but that's not what I had in mind.
A craft group I am in posted a Craft Wars challenge to re-create a decorative item using certain ribbon.  I decided to make these Michaels' inspired pumpkins using ribbon instead of paper.

I snagged several of these to decorate.

Next I took my ribbon and measured around the pumpkin to see how much I would need and then cut out the ribbon I wanted to use.

I used double sided tape and lined the back of the ribbon and then began to wrap around the pumpkin.

Easy peasy!  Here's another.

I have one more of these to decorate that I will be showing you tomorrow.  Really cute and great for the kids to help out with.  You can use these ideas on real pumpkins too, but I went with artificial so I can use them year after year.

Until next time....


Amy~The Dixie Diva

Sunday, September 16, 2012

100 Days of Holiday Inspiration -Save $1 a Day-100 Days & Counting

Holiday Countdown 2012
100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More
100 Days till Christmas
67 Days till Thanksgiving
45 days till Halloween
The seasons are vastly approaching, are you ready?  Today starts the beginning of my 100 favorite days of the year.  Anyone that knows me will tell you that I am not a fan of spring and unless I am at the beach where the humidity is down, I loathe summertime.  I have seasonal allergies that beat me up when everything starts to bloom and the heat around here can be quite unbearable.  The past 2 or 3 years (or more) we have experienced the wonderful "code orange" about 90% of the summertime.  The kids are cooped up in the house while I work and we are all going stir crazy.  We can't even stand to go outside until it's dark.  Just, blah, miserable.
Then bring in Fall.  You will see a ray of happiness around me.  Football.  Fairs.  Festivals.  Halloween.  LOVE.IT.  I am seriously in my happy place.  Now with kids in school it's took a little work to get the balancing act going on, and last year I really missed out on all my holiday fun.  I over worked myself and ended up with the flu and stayed sick most of October and November.  I had to let my cousin take the kiddos trick or treating and didn't even dress up. De-press-ing.  But not this year.  I'm ahead of the game!

Okay so here is inspirational tip #1 for Day 100:

This may sound silly simple - well actually it is - but starting today find a jar/box of your choice and start putting in $1 a day.  Do this every day and don't touch it.  Then when Christmas Eve comes and you realize you forgot to get something for Aunt Bertha or Cousin Jim, you have $100 set aside for those last minute gifts.  Challenge yourself to set back more, or even less if you have to.  Dump all the change from your purse or pockets in a jar.  A great way to start is keep a container in your laundry room.  I do this all year.  I check pockets before washing anything and any loose change or bills go in this container.  Throughout the year we will dip in to this for drink or snacks at work when in between paychecks or other little things. 

Another reason I do this is for unexpected trips to the hospital for loved ones or friends.  When my little sister went into labor a little ahead of schedule, they didn't have any change with them.  My gift to them was handing over that change jar so they could get snacks and drinks anytime they wanted.  You never know when it might come in handy.  Hey I even had to use ours for an unexpected trip to the laundry mat!

It's a great idea to do all year long, but starting now don't touch anything you put in it until Christmas.  Make it a house rule and have everyone contribute.  Then, if you don't need it, use it the day after Christmas to take the family out to eat as a little treat.  The possibilities are endless.

Tomorrow I will show you how to make a dry erase board using a dollar store picture frame!

Until Then...


Amy~The Dixie Diva

Thursday, September 13, 2012

100 Days of Countdown Crafts

Hey everyone! I'm baaaaaccck!

After a very long summer and a somewhat routine finally in place, I hope I am back for good.  But, then again, that's where the title of my blog comes from:  That Thing Called Life. It happens!

I have been very busy getting prepared for the fall and winter seasons coming up on us so fast.  I already have lots of orders in place and I am fully booked for fall.  I absolutely love this time of year, fall especially.  Last year I was determined to start out blogging a 100 day countdown to Christmas craft list.  I think I made it 2 days in a row and became overwhelmed with school, cheer, dance, orders, a craft fair and on and on.  This year however, I'm ahead of the game.  I guess it's trial and error and we learn along the way.

What I am lining up is a 100 Days of Holidays Countdown Crafts, Gifts and More.  The title is still being tweaked but you get the picture.  I will be counting down to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with lots of DIY projects and ideas.  As often as possible, the blogs will feature items we  have done ourselves.  However if time is of essense I will not let you down.  I will still be showing things of interest with links of where to find tutorials. 

Sunday September 16th will mark 100 days until Christmas.  Can you believe it's coming that fast?  Follow along with me as I go through the holidays with some crafty ideas.  For now though I must go to sleep, at least once this week, before midnight.  40 hours a week at the day job plus 3-4 a night and weekends on the boutique side of things has this mama worn out.

Until next time,


Amy~The Dixie Diva