Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bake It - Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal Cream Pie Cake

You know I can't let the fall season come without making a pumpkin spice recipe! I have been busy enjoying plenty of pumpkin spiced treats since fall hit, such as pumpkin spiced cheerios and Oreo's, but the best so far is today's pumpkin spiced oatmeal cream pie cake recipe. Yep, you read that right. An oatmeal cream pie CAKE! I supersized a regular oatmeal cream pie, added a little pumpkin and spice, and turned it into the most amazing cookie cake of all time. I also made a few mini bite sized versions too, because regular sized stuff is boring. Am I right?!

 
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Recipe - Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal Cream Pie Cake and Bite Sized minis - fall baking - PSL - Pumpkin desserts - Pumpkin Spiced dessert recipe - cookies - cake - cream cheese frosting

So grab your pumpkin spiced latte (it is national coffee day after all!) and lets get to baking.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sew It - A Fall Plaid Crossbody Bag

When fall finally shows up in my area (central Texas seems to be a month behind), there's a strong urge to not just ease into fall colors and decor, but jump head first into Halloween extra early. So, please be warned that the lines between early fall and Halloween will be blurred for a while (until Halloween takes over completely like a zombie-virus). Today I want to share another simple sewing tutorial on how to make a fall plaid and faux leather crossbody bag. Can you believe it was made from a simple kitchen towel?!

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Easy Sewing project for beginners - How to Sew a tote bag - Crossbody bag - Craft - DIY - Gift idea - Fall fashion - DIY Sewing tutorial - how to sew a bag

Oh yeah! Who knew a simple towel could look so good?! Follow along below for the full tutorial.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Make It - Halloween Body Part Dessert and a Bone Chilling Trivet

 This post is brought to you today in partnership with Flora Craft ® Make It: Fun ®. All opinions and crafting are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep me crafting and bringing you tons of fun DIY's.

Halloween is one of those holidays where you can really let loose and have fun. Where it is okay to play with your food, and where it is perfectly acceptable to make things look gross and disturbing. And I absolutely love it! Today I have a whopping three Halloween DIY's all rolled into one for you and man did I have fun creating them. Without further ado, I give you a tasty Halloween "dirt and body part" dessert served up in a hot pink "blood" dripped bowl on a "bone chilling" foam bone trivet.

DIY Halloween Dessert - Body Part dirt and worms with a DIY bones trivet and neon pink blood dripped bowl - Halloween party ideas - how to make halloween food - creepy Halloween desserts and crafts - Neon Pink Halloween Decorations

DIY Halloween Dessert - Body Part dirt and worms with a DIY bones trivet and neon pink blood dripped bowl - Halloween party ideas - how to make halloween food - creepy Halloween desserts and crafts - Neon Pink Halloween Decorations

So fun, right? And I think I totally nailed the playing with your food and making things gross bit too! But in all seriousness, this dessert is just a simple take on dirt and worms (chocolate pudding topped with crushed cookies, and gummy worms), but with a fun Halloween twist using gummy body parts, bone sprinkles, and candy eyes (all found at my local specialty grocery store). So although it may look repulsive, it is perfectly tasty and my kids loved helping make it!

DIY Halloween Dessert - Body Part dirt and worms with a DIY bones trivet and neon pink blood dripped bowl - Halloween party ideas - how to make halloween food - creepy Halloween desserts and crafts - Neon Pink Halloween Decorations


DIY Halloween Dessert - Body Part dirt and worms with a DIY bones trivet and neon pink blood dripped bowl - Halloween party ideas - how to make halloween food - creepy Halloween desserts and crafts - Neon Pink Halloween Decorations


DIY Halloween Dessert - Body Part dirt and worms with a DIY bones trivet and neon pink blood dripped bowl - Halloween party ideas - how to make halloween food - creepy Halloween desserts and crafts - Neon Pink Halloween Decorations


Now that we have talked dessert, lets talk the neon pink "blood dripped" serving bowl. For the bowl simply squeeze a large amount of hot pink acrylic craft paint around the edge of a clean bowl, then tap the bowl on the counter a few times to get the paint to drip down the sides. Set aside overnight for the paint to dry. Once dry the bowl can be used as normal and even hand washed without the paint chipping.


DIY Halloween Dessert - Body Part dirt and worms with a DIY bones trivet and neon pink blood dripped bowl - Halloween party ideas - how to make halloween food - creepy Halloween desserts and crafts - Neon Pink Halloween Decorations

DIY Halloween Dessert - Body Part dirt and worms with a DIY bones trivet and neon pink blood dripped bowl - Halloween party ideas - how to make halloween food - creepy Halloween desserts and crafts - Neon Pink Halloween Decorations


Last but not least, the finishing touch that pulls it all together, the foam bones trivet! I used 2 packs of Flora Craft® Make It: Fun® EPS foam bones available at Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, tan craft paint, a foam knife, foam glue, and floral picks to create the perfect trivet for my disgusting dessert.

Begin by using a paint brush to dry brush a few dirty spots onto the foam bones.

DIY Halloween Dessert - Body Part dirt and worms with a DIY bones trivet and neon pink blood dripped bowl - Halloween party ideas - how to make halloween food - creepy Halloween desserts and crafts - Neon Pink Halloween Decorations

DIY Halloween Dessert - Body Part dirt and worms with a DIY bones trivet and neon pink blood dripped bowl - Halloween party ideas - how to make halloween food - creepy Halloween desserts and crafts - Neon Pink Halloween Decorations

Once the bones are painted, cut them in half using the foam knife and then shave off a bit of foam from the largest bones so that they can lay flat on the bottom and the top is flush with the other bones in the center. See below.

DIY Halloween Dessert - Body Part dirt and worms with a DIY bones trivet and neon pink blood dripped bowl - Halloween party ideas - how to make halloween food - creepy Halloween desserts and crafts - Neon Pink Halloween Decorations

Set the bones up as shown above and cut the ends so that they line up with the middle bone. Then use floral picks and foam glue to attach all the bones together to form the trivet.

DIY Halloween Dessert - Body Part dirt and worms with a DIY bones trivet and neon pink blood dripped bowl - Halloween party ideas - how to make halloween food - creepy Halloween desserts and crafts - Neon Pink Halloween Decorations

Let the glue dry overnight and the next day you will be ready to make your dessert in your new drip bowl and serve it up Halloween style on a bones trivet complete with extra gummies (because you can never have enough gummies!). This trivet will work with any room temperature plate or bowl of food, but please don't put a hot pan on it or it will melt the foam and no one wants that!

So, did I gross you out too much, or was it the perfect amount of Halloween fun?

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Monday, September 26, 2016

DIY It - Colorful Clipboard Wall Art

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My daughter's 7th birthday is rapidly approaching, so along with planning her Sci-fi themed birthday party, my husband and I have been trying to come up with a few gift ideas for her (not including the phone or iPad she keeps asking for, because that is NOT happening). In addition to Sci-fi, she loves art, crafting, and color (I'm not sure where she gets that from! Ha!).

When I found out about the new Taylor Swift inspired greeting cards from PAPYRUS, the social expressions company, I knew they would be perfect for her and her pre-tween (that's a thing right?) tastes. This new line of cards from PAPYRUS features fun, colorful embellishments like glitter and gems and are perfect for use as wall art in addition to gift giving. Because all the designs were amazing, I picked up several to give her throughout her birthday week. I even created a few colorful DIY clipboards she can use to display the cards on her bedroom gallery wall.


They turned out adorable! I think she will love getting one each day leading up to her birthday. These will go perfect with her  super-colorful bedroom decor (I know because I may have hung them up to snap a quick picture for you when she was in school). Good thing she doesn't read my blog yet!



Keep reading for the simple instructions to make your own colorful greeting card clipboards!