Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween-M&M bag costume

I whipped up this little M&M bag costume when I decided at the last minute that it would be fun to have our little one match us. I made it by blowing up a picture of an M&M bag and modge podge/taping it to a black plastic bag that I trimmed to look like the edge of an M&M bag. I even photoshopped the image to say Net wt. 27 lbs.

I also covered a baseball cap with plastic bag and glued M&Ms to it to look like the "bag" spilled. I had a basketball Easter basket that perfectly matched the orange in the peanut butter M&Ms bag so we threw that in the mix too.

Oh, and I got our M&M costumes for $3 each at a garage sale. Score!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Feature Friday-Craftaholics Anonymous

I had so much fun with the blog swap last week, that I was so excited when Linda contacted me to swap with her. She has such cute ideas, I'm sure you will find something you love! And don't forget to swing over to her blog to see me sharing some of my all time favorite projects. Now for our Feature Friday...


Hi there! I'm Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous and I'm stoked to be swapping with Michelle today. Love her blog!!

Michelle had a quick interview for me:
What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon?
Definitely my fabric measuring tape!! I'm always measuring something round or curved and this flexible measuring tape works perfectly to get an accurate measurement.

What is the funniest costume you ever had for Halloween?
I grew up in Northern Utah where it snows almost every Halloween. And every year, except one, I was a Princess and wore a dress. But after my mom was done putting snow pants, thermals, a hat and gloves on, I sure didn't look much like a dainty Princess any more!! :)

What is your favorite day of the week?
Tuesday. Because it means I got past Monday!!

For this swap, Michelle and I decided to share a few of our fav posts. This makes me giddy because I get to share one of my all time fav old Crib Spring as part of my Staircase Transformation!!

And here's the Before pics:

Another fav project of mine is my Mod Podged Handbag. I gave my $1 thrift store bag a facelift with some pretty paper:

My Witch Broom made with around the house supplies like a dowel, spray paint, and one of those free paint stir sticks.

I'm addicted to wearing cute hair accessories! Here's my fav right now, my Burlap Flower clip:

Old tennis balls transformed into a Simple Fall Accent using twine.

And right now I am currently giving away one of these cute Pumpkin Tassels I made:

Be sure to stop by and enter to win!!

Thanks for letting me visit today, Michelle! Happy Friday everyone!


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Here's a fun little Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcake recipe that is pretty darn healthy (I think it's like 1 weight watchers point, no I am not on Weight Watchers, but my former co-workers who were loved these) and ridiculously easy! Oh, and did I mention yummy! My husbands co-workers (aka computer geeks) loved these!

1 box spice cake
1 small can Pumpkin
1/2 bag of chocolate chips

Mix it up, put in cups and bake for 22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. This will make about 20ish pumpkin cupcakes depending on how big you make them.
Easy peasy. Seriously, if you mess this one up I don't know what to tell you!

I put them in paper cups, but also borrowed this awesome pumpkin shaped pan from my sis. I think she may have purchased it at Ikea?

I added a little green frosting swirl to the pumpkin shaped ones. I did not have an fall themed plated so I used two of the generic ones to make a little container and drew a pumpkin on top with markers.

Hmmm. I gave them all away. Maybe I need to make more. :)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mirror Makeover

Mirror, mirror on the wall who did the spookiest mirror makeover of all? I found this Golden beauty at a garage sale for a whole 50 cents. Yes, you read it right, 50 cents! Was the seller blind to its fabulous character? Apparently. I had grand plans to paint it some wild color, but that took a backseat to the Halloween spirit oozing from it. We had to take a detour to a dark place.

That made great strides, but it still needed a little something to push it over the edge. Enter the spider webs and a little friend my little one and I made (tutorial for spider) and it has just the right sense of "look in to me and you may see someone else in the mirror with you." It reminds me of the Haunted mansion at Disneyland. Where we get to go next month. Yay!!!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Monster Menu Plan

If you are like me the fun food is as much for you as it is for the kiddos. I love doing themed food and Halloween is prime time for food with a spooky theme. I found a whole bunch of totally easy recipes to keep your family on their toes this week. I especially love that I had many of the ingredients on hand so my shopping list was short!

Here's the Monster Menu Plan, mix and match as you please! I added any tips from things I did differently from the original recipes.

1. Ham & Cheese Pumpkins
from Woman's Day
I used cube ham instead of slices because that is what I had so I could use it for the mummy pizzas too. The pumpkins would be way easier to seal with slices.

I added in a spaghetti squash poked to look like a Jack-o-lantern. If you have not tried it, give it a whirl. We LOVE it at my house!

2. Pumpkin shaped bread bowls from the Idea Room filled with savory Pumpkin Soup
I dyed too much dough green so I improvised and made leaves.

Pumpkin Soup (recipe from my sister, not sure where she got it)
4 T butter
1/3 Cup flour
1 grated onion
4 Cups water
4 Chicken bouillon cubes
1 16 oz. can pumpkin
1 1/2 t. salt
1 1/3 t. lemon juice
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 t. nutmeg
2 2/3 cups half and half

In large pan melt butter and stir in flour.
Add onion and bouillon dissolved in water.
Stir until smooth and thick.
Add everything else except half and half.
Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
Let simmer 15 minutes.
Add half and half and heat through but do not boil.

This pumpkin soup is so easy and so yummy! The leftovers are just as good as the first day!

3. Mummy Pizzas
We have been making bagels pizzas for years, but never thought to use string cheese strips. I add a layer of cream cheese to the bagel before the sauce and put a pepperoni over the hole so the toppings don't fall through.

4. Spaghetti and Eyeballs from mommy23Monkeys

I know this link is broken, but I am hoping it will come back so you can see it. Just put olive slices on meatballs to make eyes. This was my little guys favorite!! We paired it with Bones n Blood from Our Best Bites.

5. Mummy Dogs
We used this for a dinner we had to eat in the car while taking daddy to a class. Be sure to cook them until browned well. Ours were a bit doughy. 6. Mummy Meatloaf from Gourmet Mom on the Go
Have not tried this one yet, but totally plan to!

Now here are some bonus sides to mix and match with the above!

Vegetable Skeleton from Kraft
Skeleton and Brain Dip
Spider Web Dip
I am totally one of those moms who thinks you can count dip as dinner. I mean you have all the food groups. Beans-protein, Sour cream & cheese-dairy, Onions-veggie, Tomato-fruit, Chips or crackers-grain. Eggy eyeballs from Crafty Crow

Monster Jaws from Our Best Bites

Happy Haunting!

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Feature Friday-Blog Swap with Somewhat Simple!

Good Morning to all! Today for Feature Friday we are doing things a little bit differently. I have turned over the reins and you will be riding with Stephanie from Somewhat Simple today! She is amazing and has a super fun project to share. So here we go...enjoy the ride!

Hi guys! I am excited to be here on Michelle's super cute blog taking over for the day. (Isn't her blog layout so adorable!? It makes me smile just coming here!)

My name is Stephanie and I am a mom of 3 fantastic kids, a wife to my best friend, and creator of the blog somewhat simple. I am a California transplant (Huntington Beach, to be exact) currently residing in beautiful Arizona! (I can say "beautiful" now that it isn't so stinkin' hot outside anymore!)

My blog is where I share my latest creations- both at my craft table and in my kitchen. I host a monthly challenge for all my readers that is fun and interactive! I also seem to have a giveaway going on every week, and this week's giveaway is an awesome one!

Today I put together a little project that takes no time at all! I like this idea (which was inspired by a similar project my SIL made) because I have hardly any pictures hanging on the wall of me and my husband together- all our frames our occupied with pictures of the kiddos (they are much cuter than we are!) but this project will display the awesome places we have been, the fun stuff we have done, and the great memories we have made together! Here is what I did:

I bought this BIG frame at a thrift shop for a couple bucks:

I took it apart, painted it black, then sanded the edges:

Then I gathered pictures- lots and lots of pictures (72 to be exact!)

I uploaded them to and had fun making them all black & white then making a collage.

Picnik has premade templates for collages- I used 3 different templates that hold 8 photos each.

I made 9 total collages and sized them to be 8.25 inches square, which happened to fit my square frame PERFECTLY! No cutting or overlapping needed!.

Then I just printed them out on my computer! Here are the finished collages:

Next I laid (or is it layed?) the collages out and taped them together on the backsides like so:

Lastly, I put them in my frame and showed my husband, of course. He was proud of me!

This is going in my master bedroom, and for the big reveal, you will have to check my blog this weekend when I show off what I did for this week's challenge. My master bedroom looks fantastic, and this framed picture is the perfect "something" I needed!

That was fun! Thanks for letting me visit here today! Come see what else I have up my creative sleeves, and join in the fun!

Have a great weekend!


Thanks for the fun project Stephanie! You are now entered in to the Hall of Fame as Tipster of the week!!

Remember how I said it was a blog swap?! Well that means now you can hop on over to Stephanie's blog and hear from lil ol' me! I may or may not have shared a fun fall fingerpainting project for your kiddos. ;) Oh and she has a little tutorial for a Wacky Sack that looks super fun! We'll be making those soon at our house!!

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-When Daddy Gets the Little One Dressed

Daddy made a makeshift belt out of a shoelace to keep the non-adjustable waist jeans on skinny boy.

See more Wordless Wednesday at 5 Minutes for Mom.

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