Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cheap DIY Apothecary Jars for Halloween

If you are like me, you are decorating on a budget for the season.  Thankfully I've found some awesome items for Halloween at the Dollar Store, as well as the Dollar Spot at Target.  As luck would have it, I came across a jar with a cork top that I felt would work perfectly as a creepy apothecary jar, while browsing Target's Dollar Spot.  Here is a quick tutorial on how I made these.

Here is the label on the jar.
Supplies Needed
Target Jar
Printed Labels (Find on my Pinterest Board)
Double Sided Tape
 You are going to take the labels, and cut them out.  This didn't take long, and honestly is the longest part of this whole process.
 Flip the label over, and apply the double sided tape.
Once you are done, just paste it onto your jar.
That's it!  Easy peasy, and only cost me $4!  Can't beat that!  I hope you use this idea in your Halloween decorating this year.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Porch Tour Pt.1

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm glad you found us.  Today I'm sharing Pt.1 of my front porch tour.  Having almost completed our Fall décor inside our home, I felt like it was time to focus on the outside.  Of course, all of the home tours on the net have been a driving factor as well.  So many beautiful spaces, making me want to do my own!  You ladies, and gentlemen are so talented!  One thing you should know about me, is that once I get excited about something, it's hard for me to wait to do it.  Luckily this weekend I have been able to pull some old thrifted items out of the garage, with help from John, as well as random things from around the house, and some DIY projects, to make up the décor for the porch.
My vision required that the porch look like a pumpkin patch, so I knew I would need a lot of orange pumpkins.  I don't think John and I have had just regular old orange pumpkins on our porch for Fall, since we've been married!  We've always loved Fairy Tale pumpkins, and that's what we've always had, but I had a vision, and I just had to keep to it.  Since it's still in the 90's here in TX it's hard to come across pumpkins so early in the season.  Luckily we found that our local grocery stores had already stocked pumpkins so we picked up some a bunch.  I honestly really love the look of all the orange. 
This section of the porch is where our bench sits.  Since we usually hang out on our back porch or the balcony, I felt like taking over this space wouldn't be too much of a loss, to accomplish what I was thinking.  I'm really excited about the outcome, and I hope you like it as much as I do.  I can't wait to take pictures of Rordan here!
I still need to decorate the door, and down the steps, so I plan to share that here on the blog in pt.2 of the porch tour.  Then, stay tuned for Halloween additions!  So many holiday's, in such a small span of time!  I'm ready for them all though!

You know the saying, "Go big, or go home!"?  Well why not go big at home?!? 
The burlap bags on the bench are actually old coffee bags I got for under $1 each at our local Habitat For Humanity store.  Also, I have to give credit to John for picking out the plants, and planting them in these awesome tubs.

Some of you that follow me on Instagram  might have seen a post about crafting about a week ago.  This is one of those projects.  I wanted it to feel
as hand made as possible, so since I had some wood leftover from the Entertainment Center project, I used that,and some paint I picked up from Hobby Lobby.  I found the font online, created the layout in Photoshop, and then hand drew it on the board.  That's why the lettering is all over the place.  I didn't draw any guide lines to follow, just let it sit where it sat so to speak.  Even though I'm a perfectionist, and this bothered me to no end before, I kind of like the "hand made" look now. 
This little box is actually an old drawer that I picked up at Habitat For Humanity for $2!  I've had it for almost a year, just waiting for the right time to use it.  I love that I finally got to, and how good it looks.
The wreath is one that I made up years ago for our first home.  I had been sitting collecting dust in the garage until yesterday.  I love being able to use things that I already have.  Save, save, save!

Have a lantern that doesn't work anymore?  Use it for décor!  Why not right?  Those things can cost a pretty penny!

The "welcome" banner was made from burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby, and some rope I picked up at Lowes a while back.  It took me less than an hour to make.  I'll call it a "Nap Time" craft.  Check back for a tutorial on how I made it.

The wooden flower pot was an awesome find from a trip to visit my Mom in Iowa.  I really wish I could go back and visit the little shop where I found it.  When I do, I'll be prepared with a bigger vehicle to bring things back in.