DIY: Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party and $100 Giveaway

It's GIVEAWAY time! Thanks to Expressions Vinyl, you could win a $100 gift card to use in their store. Use the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter. 

Using the Halloween Package from Expressions Vinyl, I made this party come to life!

Look what other bloggers made with their Halloween Package from Expressions Vinyl.  I have links to all these blogs at the bottom of this post. 

Back to my project. I decided on a Pumpkin Carving Contest decked out with a spooky Candy Cave.

This Candy Cave is sure to draw attention long after the treats have been gobbled up. From the flying bats to the creeping spiders, your guests are sure to shriek with fear.

 Light up the Mason Jar Pumpkins and Ghosts for an eerie feel. 

 Enter the Giveaway:

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I'm linking up with all of these fabulous bloggers today! Go check out their blogs and Halloween projects in more detail.

Melissa George from A Prudent Life made this cute Halloween Sign.

Ashley Phipps from Simply Designing made this Pottery Barn Knock-Off Halloween Treat Container.

Mckenzie Guymon from Girl Loves Glam made this fun Candy Corn Bunting.

Meredith Hazel from Wait Till Your Father Gets Home made this spooky Halloween Candy Bucket.

Good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway!!



DIY: Extra Closet Storage

you're welcome...  I mean welcome...

I got pretty tired of Clara's princess dresses being all over her room and the playroom.  We had a little storage basket for them, but man, they seemed to always come out extra wrinkled and it really wasn't the best way to keep them contained.

Finally, I came up with a solution that I want to share with the world...  becuase it is awesome, cheap and, did I mention, just plain awesome!

With a grand total of $8 my daughter's closet went through this transformation...

All you need is a sturdy little shower cutain rod and you automatically have extra storage in your closet.  It's as easy as that!

Clara loves that she can easily reach her princess dresses whenever the itch to dress up comes on, aka ALAWAYS.

  I love that I can close the closet door and contain it all in an organized fashion.

Happy mommy, happy daughter....  Perfection!



DIY Teepee out of White Sheets

Did you know there are infinity ways to spell teepee.  I could have titled this post DIY Teepee, DIY Tipee, or even DIY Tepee.  Alas, I decided to go with my favorite spelling Teepee~

This is an incredibly easy DIY, and of coarse it is cheap cheap cheap.

All you need...

Six 7 ft. wooden poles from the local hardware store
a little bit of twine
a drill
a sewing machine
and some queen sized sheets (we recently up graded to a king after nearly 8 years of marriage, so I had a few white queen sheets laying around.  Walmart also sales them for dirt cheap too.)

So the first thing that I did was stain the wood that I bought from home depot.  I just love this dark stain.

After the stain dried I had my husband drill a hole in each stick about 1.5 ft from the top.  This is where I threaded the twine.  I had him make each hole just barely bigger than the width of the twine so it fit pretty close to perfect.  Make sure the hole is in exactly same spot on each stick.

Here is a little bit of a better pic to see how it was done.  I just imagined that the sticks were kinda like a necklace on a string.  Does that make sense?

I tied it pretty tight at the top so that it would bunch up nicely and stay in place when I spread the sticks apart at the base of the teepee.

Now to explain the fabric part...

Basically you need six big triangle types pieces that are all the same size and sew them together.  Easy as that... right?

You have to check it out for the amazing visuals she uses to describe how to make a teepee.

Mine is a bit different.  In order to put the wooden poles in the fabric, I didn't add tubes to the the already sewn teepee.  I simply made my dimensions bigger when cutting the fabric out...

(you need 6 of these pieces remember)

 I then sewed my 6 pieces together like cottonandcurls explains... 

and then created the tubes by sewing the right sides together along each seam to allow a tube for the poles to slip through. I did use a zig zag stitch when making these tubes for the poles so that it would be extra secure. This worked wonderfully for me.

For my teepee I used 3 flat Queen Sheets.  
This will allow you to make 2 triangle pieces from each sheet, with a total of 6 triangle pieces in the end.

One of the triangle pieces will be cut in half down the middle so that it can open up for the door.

It has been a wonderful little addition to my kids' make believe fun.

 Thanks Cottonandcurls.com so much for the wonderful inspiration!