Halloween Thistle Spiders

It’s October!! One of my very favorite months and we are getting ready to decorate for Halloween! You can’t have Halloween without Spiders, so last week the kids and I headed out on a walk down by the river to gather up thistles so we could make some Halloween Thistle Spiders!

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Thistles are funky little weeds that live and grow in the mountains, by canal roads and down by the river. They grow in groups so if you find one, you find a lot – they grow on sticks and we just take scissors and simply snip them off! They are a tiny bit pokey but not too bad.

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The best way to spray paint them is to stick them all in a box – I like to use boxes from Costco because they are large and you can fit quite a few in there!

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I use Rustoleum Black in semi-gloss and give them a nice coat of black.

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You have to turn them and get them from all angles.

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When they are nice and dry… add some googley eyes! Use the stem part as the nose and hot glue the eyes on right above.

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For the legs, you use simple black pipe cleaner. You cut them into fourths and hot glue four legs onto each side!

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Bend the legs and set them all around your house!

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I just cannot get over how super cute they are!!

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Take your family on a walk to a nearby river or head up the mountains in search of thistles and have fun making Halloween Thistle Spiders!!

Here are some other really great Halloween projects you can check out:

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Spooky String ArtHalloween Deco Mesh WreathWitch Broom Chalk Art

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Spooky String Art

I have seen some really fun string art in the past but thought it would be so fun to make some for Halloween because the string sort of looks like spider webs! I decided to go with Spooky String Art because I thought it would be so fun and it turns out… I was right! I am totally in love with it!

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Want to make one for your home or porch? It’s so simple!

You will need:

Small Nails with heads
Silhouette Cameo or other cutting machine
Spray paint
Black embroidery thread
Sand paper

First, cut your 1×8 into a 24” piece.

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I sprayed the edges of my board with Rustoleum Black so when I sanded you would be able to see the black shinning through.

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Next, I used Rustoleum Cinnamon and sprayed the entire board.

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When everything was dry, I sanded my edges and let the black show through.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo and cut out SPOOKY vinyl lettering and applied it to my board. – The font I used was Aharoni. I liked it because it is blocky and plain.

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Next, I outlined each letter using my nails. I tried to nail them in 1/2” to 3/4” apart. Make sure you put them on each corner and add a couple extra to rounded letters to make your letters… round!

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I pulled the vinyl off the letter I was working one and using black embroidery thread, I outlined each letter and then wrapped the thread around and around until I had the look I was going for.  I did one letter at a time and tied off each one.

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There is no rhyme or reason to the way I did it. I just wrapped and wrapped and connected the “dots” until I like the way it looked and then moved onto the next letter.

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When you are done wrapping each letter you are done!

So simple… but so cute!!

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I love how you can see the black coming through the board and the whole thing just looks sort of spooky and rustic and totally cute! Now I just need some cute spiders!

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Home of the Free Because of the Brave Printable

Hey Everyone! I am super excited to be joining in The Ultimate Red, White and Blue Round-up with so many great ladies!

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Our family is patriotic.

Our family loves the military.

Our family is thankful to all the men and women who have served our Country and keep us free and safe – past and present and future!

They are brave and courageous and our printable today is dedicated to them because we really are The Home of the Free Because of the Brave!

We know that our Country isn’t perfect – but when we look at other Countries out there we know that we are pretty lucky to live here in America. Thank you to those who serve, put their lives on the line and have lost their lives so we can be free!

Here is link to the free Home of the Free Because of the Brave Printable.

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Please print it and display it proudly in your home this summer – In honor of all those men and women who keep us safe and free!


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Happy Memorial Day!

Today is a special day to celebrate all our loved ones who have passed on before us – and to honor all our loved ones who fought so bravely for our Country. I am thankful for all the brave men and women who have fought so hard, with courage, for our freedom.

Today I have a fun little Americana project in honor of Memorial Day – a whimsical wooden pallet flag – made from 1×4’s.

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The awesome thing about this project is that I had everything I needed to make this on hand. I have a bunch of scrap wood hanging around in my garage that needs to turn into projects and the first one I tackled was this wooden flag.

Supplies Needed:

2 1×4’s
1 1×2 or Paint Sticks
Staple Gun/Drill & Screws
Gorilla Wood Glue
Red, White, Blue Paint
Vinyl Stars

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I used my miter box and cut my 1×4’s into different lengths. The longest being 36” and the shortest being 34”.  I cut four pieces and they measure 14” across. I cut my 1×2 to be 12” long.

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I kept the top straight and let the bottom vary. I used gorilla glue and glued the 1×2’s to the top and bottom of the 1×4’s in the middle –

and the stapled it together with my Ridgid Stapler. If you don’t have a stapler you could use a pin nailer, or a drill and screws.

I spray painted it with Rustoluem Heirloom White ….

… then taped it off and painted red stripes.

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out 9 stars with vinyl and applied them. I taped off the stripes…

… and gave it a messy layer of blue paint. Then I peeled off the vinyl stars.

I wanted it rustic looking (hence the messy blue paint) so I scuffed it up with a sanding sponge.

I used Minwax Clear Express to apply a protection clear coat since it will be hanging outside and was done!

Simple right! It take about 10 minutes to cut the wood and put it together and then you just have to wait for your paint to dry!

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Simple and fun – and super quick to make! Run to Home Depot and pick up your wood and get to work on one today! Have a great Memorial Day and while you our BBQing remember those that made it possible!


Valentine Mantel

We don’t have too many Valentine décor items in our home, but this year I put out the ones that we do – and it was fun to see that each one, was made by me! It is so fun to look at something and know that you did it all!

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I made and shared these items when I posted over at Every Creative Endeavor so you can find the tutorials there- but I will include the links to each project as well.

The Valentine Banner can be found here.
The Valentine Blocks can be found here.
The LOVE sign can be found here.
The Valentine printable can be found here.

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Simple Wooden Nativity Neighbor Gifts

Yesterday I hit “buy now” on my computer screen and purchased the last gifts that we needed to buy for Christmas! It always feels good to be done with that part and now we have 10 days before Christmas to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and being able to spend this special time of year together as a family making memories instead of running from store to store (which is what we are usually doing!) When thinking about Neighbor gifts, I (amanda) wanted to do something simple and meaningful so when I found this nativity idea, I knew that was want I wanted to give our neighbors for Christmas – plus, we had to use our miter box to cut the wood so it was a good fit for us! {wink!}

Darling right? So darling!

They are pretty self-explanatory but I will give you a small rundown to guide you just a tich.

You will need:

  • 1 1/4″ wooden ball knobs with a flat side
  • 2 3/8″ x 1 1/2″ x 3/16″ rectangle
  • 1/2″ Furniture button
  • 1” x 1” x 36” wooden square dowel
  • Brown Paint
  • Light Blue Paint
  • Hot Glue/Gun
  • Twine
  • Sandpaper/sanding block

How to Build the Simple Wooden Nativity:

  • Cut your 1” x 1” x 36” wooden square dowel into 5” and 4” pieces.
  • Paint the 5” brown and the 4” blue.
  • Paint the rectangle white.
  • Scuff up the paint a little bit using your sandpaper.
  • Glue the furniture button to the top, middle of the rectangle. (Baby Jesus)
  • Glue the wooden knobs on top of the 5” and 4” pieces. (Joseph and Mary)
  • Glue Mary and Joseph together. Because of the heads they won’t lay flat next to each other and there will be a gap. I just glued a little bit at the bottom to hold them together.
  • Glue Baby Jesus to the front of Mary and Joseph.
  • Tie a string of twine around The Holy Family.

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I bought all the knobs, rectangles and buttons at Hobby Lobby. I bought the 1” x 1” x 36” wooden square dowels at Home Depot for $3.50.  I made 30 nativities and used 8 dowels, 60 knobs, 30 buttons, and 30 rectangles. I cut, painted, sanded, glued and assembled in one afternoon so if you still need a little gift for your neighbors or friends or family… head on over to Home Depot and Hobby Lobby and get started!

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I am so happy with the way they turned out and know my neighbors will love them too!


25 Fabulous Christmas Trees


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thanksgiving is in a couple days and Christmas is just a few short weeks after – crazy right?? I feel like I just took down my Christmas Tree and now I am getting ready to put up this year’s tree. Just like most of you, I have been thinking about my Christmas theme this year and what colors and décor I want to go with and found myself exploring the Internet searching for fun ideas for Christmas Trees. There are a TON of great ideas, color schemes and themes perfect for any home and I wanted to share a few of my favorites. Here are 25 Fabulous Christmas Trees for you to draw inspiration from as you get out your décor and start to decorate your own tree!

Let it Snow! from TomKat Studio

Darling Burlap Tree by Shanty to Chic

Little Drummer Boy Christmas Tree by Kara Allen | Kara's Party Ideas for Michaels KarasPartyIdeas.com #JustAddMichaels
Little Drummer Boy Tree by Kara’s Party Idea

Jeweled Forest Christmas Tree by @Design Dazzle #JustAddMichaels
Jeweled Forest Christmas Tree by Design Dazzle

Silver and Gold Christmas Tree by @Amy Huntley (TheIdeaRoom.net)  (TheIdeaRoom.net)    #JustAddMichaels
Gold, Silver and White Tree from The Idea Room

2010 Christmas Tree..cute decorations with moose..and tree 
Merry Moose Tree by Raz Studios

Bird Cage Tree at Hammers and Highheels

Snowflake Tree at the Yellow Cap Cod

Cookie Confections tree
Cookie Confection Tree at Trendy Tree

RAZ 2013 Post Mark Christmas #1
North Pole Tree at Trendy Tree

Beachy Blue Tree

A great frosted gold Christmas tree - wonderfully classic and elegant. As the focal point for your wedding ...maybe even behind you and Brandon as the reference point...@Ashley
Frosted Gold

Christmas trees
Three Trees

Christmas tree decoration idea from Hobby Lobby
Hobby Lobby Peppermint Tree

Rustic Vintage Tree 

Beach House Sea Shell Tree 

Using pink, purple and other fun non-traditional colors just says, "Merry Christmas".  I love these colors on a white tree background.  A few strands of pink or purple mini lights would set off the bulbs nicely.
Whimsical and Bright

Love the barns and large buildings on this Christmas tree...
Barnyard Tree

Christmas tree
Snowman Tree

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Candy Lollipop Tree from Trendy Tree

Country Living Tree by Your Cozy Home

Christmas Trees  so many pages of different trees!
Santa’s Workshop Tree from Trendy Tree

Natural Woodsy Christmas Tree by The Lilypad Cottage

Red and Gold Christmas Tree - Michaels Dream Tree Challenge #JustAddMichaels
Red and Gold Tree by A Night Owl Blog

Christmas Hat Tree by A Southern Blossom

What do you think? Beautiful right? Which Christmas Tree is your favorite? It was really hard for me to pick just one! Have fun setting up your tree and making fun new family traditions.

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Thanksgiving {Mesh} Wreath

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Right after Halloween I took down all my Halloween Decor and put up all my Thanksgiving stuff… and I am just now getting around to sharing my new Thanksgiving wreath with all of you! I totally fell in love with Mesh when I made my Halloween wreath and couldn’t wait to make a new wreath for Thanksgiving. This time around I used burlap… and I.am.in.LOVE!!! The burlap puffed up so nicely and made my wreath look so pretty and full. I would definitely recommend a burlap wreath to everyone!

Supplies Needed:

  • Wire Wreath Form
  • 12″ Burlap Mesh
  • 6″ Orange Mesh
  • Floral Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Wired Ribbon (3)
  • Embellishments (pumpkins, fall beading, fall branches)

To make the actual wreath you can follow directions here. 

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I choose to accent the plain burlap and plain orange mesh with glitter ribbon and glitter pumpkins and I love the way it makes the whole wreath sparkle. I love me a little bit of glittered frosting!

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There are still a couple weeks until Thanksgiving, so hurry on over to Hobby Lobby and pick up the supplies to make your own and greet all your Thanksgiving guests with a darling Thanksgiving mesh wreath on your door!

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p.s. keep your eyes open… you’d better believe that a Christmas Mesh Wreath is coming your way! {wink!}

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Halloween Porch

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The last couple of years we have been pretty boring when it comes to decorating for Halloween. I mean, I always put out some pumpkins but that is about the extent of it. Sad, right? This year I am proud to say that we will be greeting “Trick or Treaters” with a little more… um… festivity! and I am totally loving it! Here is what my porch/doorstep normally looks like…

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and here it is in all it’s Halloween glory!

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I don’t really have a lot to say about my porch because I feel like the pictures say it all! You can see that I have simply added a bale of hay and stalks of corn tied up with orange and white striped ribbon and used my trick or treat sign for décor.

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I added my polka dot “31” pillows to my bench with a mix of white and black and orange pillows. I found some fun Halloween Ribbon at the dollar store and simply tied it around an orange pillow that I had on the bench before. I also leaned my “Salem Broom Company” sign up against the bench – and of course added a bunch of pumpkins!

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Using the Silhouette and some scrapbook paper from my stash I made a fun little pennant banner to hang above the bench.


I also used the Silhouette to cut out {Happy Halloween} and a fun little spider for the window! I also hung my darling Deco Mesh Halloween Wreath on the door {of course!}

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I love opening up the front door and seeing this view — it just makes me happy!

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Are you guys all decorated for Halloween? You still have a few days!

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Trick or Treat Sign

“Trick or Treat! Smell my feet!
Give me Something Good to Eat!”

I am so excited for all my little trick or treaters to be greeted on Halloween Night by new little trick or treat sign! I love making wooden signs because they are so easy and turn out so cute and can add a big impact with little effort.

If you want your own trick or treat sign follow these simple steps!

  • Cut your wood to your desired size. Mine is 5”x 4’ x 1”.
  • Paint your whole board Ivory.
  • Using your Silhouette or Cricut, cut out “Trick or Treat” in vinyl and use the “bones” as your template. I used the Silhouette and my font is Georgia.
  • Paint your letters the colors you like. I had some glitter paint in green and purple so I used those as well as black, orange and yellow to add some contrast and fun to the board.
  • When your paint is dry, scuff it up a bit with sandpaper.
  • Using a brown ink pad, scuff it up some more to make it look weathered. My ink is called “frayed burlap.”

And your done!!

Add it to your Halloween display and enjoy!

I am so close to finishing up my porch! I have one more thing I need to get done – but it requires drilling into our brick so I have to enlist the help of The Contractor. I have my hay bale and corn stalks and pumpkins and cannot wait to show you the rest. I am crossing my fingers for Monday so stay tuned!!

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