DIY trick or treat bags

DIY halloween trick or treat bag

I’m not sure we could get our children to agree to floss, visit the dentist, go to bed early and eat their green leafy vegetables without some sweet and sugary bribery. Halloween is no exception – it s a sugar-high holiday for kiddos – so why not have ‘fun’ with the kids and talk to them about what you expect of them after they consume of all that addicting sugar…oh, and get their commitment in writing!

How To
Buy a monster or pumpkin tote bag from the Dollar Section at Target
Use the Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool to create a fun contract. Be sure to mirror the image before printing.
Place the text face-up on the tote bag, and cover it with a thin cotton cloth.
Iron on the image with an iron on medium heat. Press down firmly for 45-60 seconds, let cool for about 30 seconds, and peel off. You will likely have repeat the iron step several times – I know I did for all the letters to stick.
If you don’t have a Silhouette, another option is to use Sharpies or even stencils.

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We shopped around for other fabulous DIY bags for you too!
1. Pillowcase Ghosts, Martha Stewart
2. Duct Tape Bag, Dukes and Duchesses
3. Silhouette Bag, Uncommon Designs
4. Witch Hat, So You Think You’re Crafty
5. Wild Things Tote, Bloesem Kids
6. Graphic Tote, Country Living

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{images via j. sorelle, Martha StewartUncommon Designs, Dukes and Duchesses, Country Living, So You Think Your Crafty, Bloesem Kids}

Book Page Wall How-To

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from guest contributor: Kerri Cole

My inspiration came from the blog, Jones Design Company. Like me, Emily is willing to pick up a paint brush, rip up carpet, and change up the feel of her home on a whim. I love the freedom of being able to create and try new things knowing that if I don’t like it, I can change it back. Emily’s book page wall looks something like this…

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My book page wall was created the day before the crew from 5280 Home Magazine came for a photo shoot – as if there wasn’t enough to do to get ready!  Our home was featured in the summer 2014 issue, and you can see it here. It was so exciting to see the finished product! I created my book page wall so that it could come down easily – kind of a temporary art exhibition, but we loved it so much it has remained up even though the pages have begun to yellow from sunlight and the corners have begun to curl.

I’d love to take you through the process so you can create your own book page wall.

  1. PICK YOUR SPACE – I chose an entry stair wall to make a big first impression for my guests. You could choose a powder room (but not near any plumbing fixtures), a kitchen nook, a boring hall, etc. Even using children’s book pages with wonderful drawings in your child’s room would be great!
  2. GATHER YOUR MATERIALS – You will need four things: books, drafting dots, an exacto knife and an adhesive tape runner.  Select a book you don’t mind tearing pages out of, it can be hardcover or paperback depending upon the page size you want to use. Since we are a family of four, we each chose our favorite books in paperback to give our wall a more personal feel and then we also had a great story to share!  (These were: Romeo and Juliet, Anna Karenina, Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird) I used round drafting dots because, one, I had them available since I’m an interior designer and need them for my drafting floor plans, and two, they are easy to use and removable.  You can find these at any art, office, or craft/hobby store along with an adhesive tape runner.
  3. PREPARE YOUR SUPPLIES – Open the books and break the spine of the book in a couple of places, this helps to make a clean cut with your exacto knife near the spine. Once you have a decent stack of loose pages you are ready to begin. You might consider if you want just text, or if you want to have as many pictures or chapter start pages as you can.  I used a little of both. This adds even more character to your wall by adding these in.
  4.  BEGIN! – Starting along the base of the wall, begin by lining up the bottom of the page with the top of the base. Attach each page with a drafting dot at the top. Finish the bottom line and then start on the row above.

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You can either line them up so the bottoms are aligned (this works best if your book pages are the same size) or you can stagger the bottoms of the pages as I did. Remember to stand back every once in a while to make sure you are covering your wall and that your book page sides are remaining vertical and not wonky (this is where those removable drafting dots come in handy!)  Keep working up the wall, row by row.

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When you get to the top of the wall attach the top of these pages with a strip of the tape from the tape runner on the backside of the page so that you cannot see it.

          5. ENJOY THE OOHS AND AAHS – because that is what your friends will do when they come over and see your amazing handiwork!

Many many thanks to Jessica, Jenna and Jodi for inviting me to be a guest on their fabulous blog! Thinking about doing a book page wall in your home?  We would love to see it!

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{images via Jones Design Company and 5280 Home Magazine,  Kerri Cole with The Entertaining Shoppe.com}

love you to the moon and bat

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We know bats and Halloween aren’t always associated with fuzzy feelings of love. When we think of Halloween, we think of candy, scary ghosts and goblins, vampire fangs, trick or treating, etc. But, why not take the opportunity to tell friends and family you love them with a Halloween favorite…BATS.

How cute are these ‘love you to the moon and bat’ Halloween cards? We frequently say, “I love you to the moon and back,” to our kids, so this phrase carries a lot of meaning at our house. We used our awesome, amazing, couldn’t-live-wihout Silhouette to cut the images of bats, and also to create the cut out cards. We added glitter, orange and black and white striped paper behind the front of the card to make the letters pop.

Happy {early} Halloween. We love you to the moon and bat too!

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{images via j. sorelle}

{wedding diy} cruiser bike escort card

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Yesterday you saw Sara and Jed’s gorgeous wedding, and if your like us, your heart swooned with the red cruiser bike escort card table. Today Sara is sharing her tips on how to re-create for your own wedding or party.

In Sara’s words…Jed and I together own seven bikes (I know, a bit excessive!). Two of them are cruiser bikes..mine of course being the pretty red one we used. :)  For someone who likes the place card idea, but doesn’t own a cruiser bike, I’d recommend that they ask around among their friends to see if they could borrow one or perhaps try calling a bike shop as there are some that will rent them (a tandem bike would also be cute).  had purchased a wicker basket for my cruiser bike a long time ago and thought that would be a great option for a floral display, so I dropped the basket off to my florist, Bella Lu Floral, a few weeks before the wedding and she put together something pretty!  Adding some greenery or additional flowers around the base of the bike would also be nice, we just opted against that.

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How To

  • Give the bike a good wash, design and print all the place cards and start clothes pinning.  
  • Clothes pin sized 1 7/8″ worked best with paper thickness and spoke size.  
  • Also, depending upon how many place cards you have, you’ll need to be mindful of their size as well.  We had 110 place cards which were 3.5″ X 4 1/4″ and this was about the max of how many we could fit on two wheels without it looking stuffed. 
  • Divide the place cards evenly in to four groups to how many to affix to both sides of the front and back wheels. 
  • We decided to run things alphabetically by last name with A starting in the 12pm position on the front wheel and then spiraling inward (clockwise) as we went down the alphabet.  Grouping by table didn’t seem like it would work very well for something like this.

Other Important Tips

  • Do the arranging prior to the wedding.  Don’t leave this for the day of as it takes a little bit of work to make everything fit and look pretty.
  • Once done, you’ll need to find a way to keep things stuck in place so place cards don’t fall off or move during transport to your venue.  Our day of planner suggested Saran wrap and it worked out perfectly!  So after we were done, each wheel was heavily wrapped!
  • Find a nice friend with a large SUV to fit the bike in the back of their car and drive it to your wedding venue!
  • After cocktail hour was over, asked your planner to move the bike over to the dinner/dancing space. It made for a fun decor item and the beautiful flower arrangement that could still be enjoyed!

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Thanks to IN Photography for the beautiful photos!

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Let us tell you, this bride and groom have it all figured it out – they know how to plan a gorgeous and intimate wedding that so eloquently told their love story, and amazingly {and most importantly} they understand what life is all about – love. And the crazy, unpredictable and beautiful ride that love takes us on. Enjoy a peak into Sara and Jed’s love story today, thanks to amazing photography by IN Photography.

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In her own words, Sara tells us about her magical day…Beyond wanting to give our guests a true taste of Colorado – a mission that’s impossible to not accomplish at Spruce Mountain Ranch - as well as an opportunity to learn a bit more about our love story, our vision for the day was that we really wanted everyone to be completely present, sit back and enjoy a truly beautiful and romantic evening… to not have to lift a finger.  So we kept that in mind with every decision we made.  I know when I’ve been to weddings, it isn’t just a beautiful day for the couple getting married, it’s also a reminder to Jed and I that love, in all its forms, is really what this whole ride is all about.  I wanted everyone to walk away from the night experiencing that too.  So we worked extra hard to make sure that we had all the details dialed in.  From no tip jars at the bars so guests didn’t have to worry about carrying cash (we made sure to take care of the bartenders on our own), romantic candlelight absolutely everywhere (I think I asked the florist to add more candles to our order about four times), amenity baskets in the bathrooms that held everything from hair ties to Advil and eye drops (an inexpensive addition), to a cooler of water that I asked the shuttle driver to have available for everyone on the way home (no one likes a hangover), we wanted to create the best opportunity possible for everyone to take a moment to stop and not worry about anything, but enjoy themselves and celebrate whatever way love was manifesting in their life at that moment.

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 One of my favorite moments would probably have to be hearing the vows that Jed had prepared for our ceremony.  They were so beautiful, poetic, incredibly deep, and funny.. I had no idea that he was able to write like that!  I also loved the few minutes right before our Planner came in and said “okay, it’s time!”  We had our favorite songs turned up in the bridal cottage and my bridesmaids, nieces and I started spontaneously dancing!  It was our own ‘pre-game’ pump up session!  And then there was my Sister’s Matron of Honor speech sung to the tune of Taylor Swift’s Love Story.. amazing!  

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 Jed and I are both avid mountain bikers.  Mountain biking together was actually our very first date!  So we really wanted to incorporate bikes into our wedding, but I wanted to make sure that our use of them was still classy and tasteful.  The place card display idea came out of a decoration that my parents created for our Engagement Party {image inspiration here}.  Stay tuned TOMORROW because we have the DIY details on how to re-create the Red Cruiser Bike Escort Card Display. 

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 The table numbers were another way that we decided to incorporate our passion for biking in to the day.  We’ve biked on a lot of trails together and have taken many a photo among all these trails, so we named the tables after some of the trails we have ridden.  The front was kept clean with the table name and number and the back afforded a fun story and photo of us on that trail.  Jed and I spent A LOT of time writing up the story for each of those tables that explained where the trail was located, why we loved it, or some fun memory made while riding that trail.    

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Additional fave details were glow sticks on the dance floor, and late night surprise of lemoncello icees served in mini glass milk bottles.  People went NUTS for the glow sticks and were making jump ropes, suspenders, and who knows what else out of them.  They were a LOT of fun! 

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VENDOR LOVE
Location: Spruce Mountain Ranch
Coordinator: Sara Viera Events
Photographer: IN Photography
Florist: Bella Lu Floral
Caterer: Catering by Design
DJ: Jammin’ DJs
Videographer: Wild Vision

{images via IN Photography. click here for more beautiful images.}