Thursday, September 29, 2011

Point of View Feature and HUGE font fix

We had so many fun link ups for our Point of View Autumn theme! Here is just one of many favorites...

Fall Argyle Wreath from Jane of All Crafts

The Point of View theme for October is... BURLAP! Point of View is all about your interpretation of the theme... it's all up to you! We can't wait to see what you come up with. The next reveal and link party will be Friday, October 28th. Hope to see you there!

In other news...

More font fix options

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DIY Under $5

It's time to party! And what is a party without a little finger food in the form of a sweet treat?! This week's project is Pumpkin Caramels. They are so easy it's ridiculous!

Now it's time to link up your projects!

I enjoy so much your $5 projects that
I decided to add an addition link section for anything under $15! That's right. It will open up a place to show additional projects that can't be purchased with an Abe Lincoln, but are still totally affordable! I can't wait to see more from you!

Please remember:

  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand) or $15 or less in the 2nd section.
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit, but please only link each project one time to one DIY Under $5 party. Do not link the same project week after week.
  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured on Saturday!

DIY under $5

Projects under $5

Projects under $15

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pumpkin Caramels

Let's face it, I have a thing for treats. My recipe book is half treats and half all other recipes. I can appreciate those delectable desserts that take hours, but sometimes life calls for speed and simplicity. This recipe for pumpkin caramels is the pinnacle of both.


  • Pumpkin shaped silicone ice tray
  • Orange colored vanilla candy melts
  • Kraft Caramels
  • (about a half a package of both the candy and the caramels per ice tray you want to fill)
Ingredients look familiar? They were left over from my pumpkin look-a-like caramel apple recipe.

1. Melt your caramel according to package instructions. You will want to do this a little ahead of time so it has time to harden somewhat again. I melted mine to make caramel apples and it sat while they set before I made these. You want it to look like the picture below where it is not hard, but not runny.

2. Melt candy melts according to package instructions. Spoon coating in to each pumpkin until about 1/3 full. This is messy work. You could be really professional about it and pour the coating into a ziploc and squeeze perfectly into each pumpkin.

3. Get a little spoon of caramel and roll in to a ball. It should be about a half inch around. Place one in the center of each pumpkin.

4. Cover the caramel with the remaining candy coating. Place in fridge for 15 minutes to set the pumpkins.

5. Carefully pop each pumpkin out of the tray. Trim off the edges of the candy coating with a knife if needed.

Enjoy your ooey gooey pumpkin caramels!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Make a Coat Rack from a Pallet

Hey all you A Little Tipsy readers! My name is Stephanie and I blog at My Li'l Pumpkin Patch. I am thrilled to be guest blogging here today! I just love Michelle's blog and all of her frugal ideas!

I am also a frugal gal and I love to make projects with things I already have around the house. (I get a high from saving money.)

Today I am going to show you how to make this coat rack out of a pallet!

But, before I get ahead of myself, let me introduce myself. I am a wife and a mother (to a sweet two-year old, Isaac). I enjoy creating things for my home, family, and others. Here are a few of my favorite projects so far:

When I'm not crafting, I enjoy spending time with my family. Some of our favorite things to do are camping, four-wheeling, and watching Netflix (recent fav: American Pickers).

Come visit me at my blog, My Li'l Pumpkin Patch to see my crafts, DIY projects, sewing, scrapbooking, card making, and tutorials! If you have a big craft stash like me, you may also be interested in joining my new "Stache Party." It is a party dedicated to depleting your stash, (AKA making room for more).

I actually only had to buy a couple of things for the Pallet Coat Rack. I spent a grand total of about $7. If you would like to make one, this is what you will need:


Sander & Sand Paper


Flat Head Screw Driver

Glue (I used Tacky, my fav!)

Mod Podge

Coat Hooks

Scrapbook Paper

Hanging Hardware

Sealant Spray

Drill and Drill Bits (opt.)

Decide which board you will remove. I tried hammering off the board, but only cracked it…oops. I discovered that it was much easier to wedge the screwdriver between the boards and hammer the end of the screwdriver. This way the wood separates without cracking. Remove nails.

I was about to try for a new board after cracking the first one, but then I decided the cracks added some character. To keep them from splitting more, I attached a few of these flat metal brackets. I found them at the hardware store. They come in handy with wood projects all the time!

Speaking of character, I just love the words printed onto the board!

I lightly sanded the board to smooth the rough edges and ends to prevent splintering. I didn’t want to sand too much, because I wanted the words to remain on the board.

See how much difference the sander makes?

To decorate the board, I used a paper pad that had coordinating papers. I cut the paper into squares and rectangles to create a pattern. I really like the look of bare wood showing through. (I also thought it would be fun to paint chevron stripes.)

After I figured out my layout, I glued everything on with Tacky glue (it works great on wood and paper). Then, I brushed a layer of mod podge on top.

I looked for coat hooks at the hardware store, but they were pretty pricey. (The joys of small town hardware stores...). I wasn't going to spend $3 per hook, so I decided I would keep looking. I found these egg stands at the craft store in the wood section. When you turn them upside down, they make perfect hooks for hanging things!

I spray painted them white so they would stand out from the paper and the natural wood color.

To attach them, I drilled holes that were slightly smaller than my screws through the pallet. Then, I twisted the screws through until they were flush with the front of the board. Then, I put the hooks on top and carefully twisted the screw into the wood. (To make this easier, do this step before you glue on the paper - that's what I did!)

Then, I unscrewed my attached knobs and filled the hole in the knob with tacky glue and also put a bunch of glue around the inner section to stop slipping.

Finish with a few layers of sealant spray, and then attach hanging hardware.

I hope you'll come visit me at my blog!

Thanks for having me, Michelle!


Love that she used egg stands as hardware! Very inventive. A big thanks to Stephanie for sharing a super cool way to upgrade a pallet!

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

DIY Under $5 Features

Let the creativity roll! Here are the features from this week's party.

My faves:

Halloween Cupcake Wrapper Wreath
from Alderberry Hill

"Eye" adore this wreath! The 31 on houndstooth is perfection.

Yarn Word Art from Haute to Sew

Love the two colors!

Autumn Burlap Table Runner

from Pocket Full of Pink

Fall colors with burlap texture is delicious.

Anthro Knock-off Gumball Necklace
from Henry Happened

I would love this with a bright yellow or pink!

Link with the highest clicks:

Halloween Mantle with Printable Banner

from Big D & Me

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Caramel Apple Recipe for Point of View Autumn Theme

Fall is here! My favorite season of all! So what better way to celebrate than with another month of Point of View celebrating Autumn. Get ready for a whirlwind of fabulous fall! Here's a sneak peek at the other ladies projects.

Jonie (Just Between Friends)
Gwen (Gwenny Penny)
Stephanie (guest from Always Just a Mom)
Amy (Ameroonie Designs)
Camilla (Rosy Red Buttons)
Leanne (Organize and Decorate Everything)
Michelle (Stay right here!)
& YOU!!
We want to see your autumn themes projects! Link up over on Gwenny Penny and you may be featured by one of the Point of View girls!

Be sure to go visit these ladies and see their point of view on Autumn, but first, let's get our caramel apple on!

Sorry pumpkin pie, I know you thought you were the ultimate fall sweet but you have lost your place at the top. The caramel apple is where it's at! And what could be more Autumn than a pumpkin look alike?

Caramel Apple Recipe

  • Large granny smith apples
  • Kraft caramels
  • Wilton vanilla flavored orange candy melts
  • Grapefruit knife or sharp pointed knife
  • Clean sticks
  • Plastic freezer bag
  • Ribbon
1. Give your apples a good wash.

2. Prepare a place for your stick by making a tiny square of slices with your knife about 3/4 of the way through the apple around the stem. You don't have to pull out the square you cut, the cuts just make it easier to put the stick in.

3. Wrap the bottom of the stick with freezer bag so that none of it will actually touch the apple. {Not that you actually east the core anyway} Place the stick over the stem and push down firmly to secure the stick, but not go all the way through.

4. Unwrap your caramels and place in a microwave safe bowl. Add 2 Tbsp water and microwave in 1 minute increments, stirring each time until smooth and runny. Tilt your bowl to the side and dip, rotating the apple to get an even coat. Let the caramel drip and once it slows down scrape the caramel from the bottom of the apple. Otherwise, you will have a huge puddle form at the bottom.

5. Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper sprayed with pam so they won't stick. Place them in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to set the caramel.

6. Melt the candy melts according to package. I believe it was on 50 percent power for 30 seconds at a time stirring between. Dip the same way as the caramel and scrape if you want a round pumpkin. For the ridges pumpkin, place a spoonful of candy coating on the top of the apple and push down using your spoon. Continue all around the apple until covered. Place on a new sheet of Pam sprayed wax paper and place in the fridge to set.

7. Trim your freezer bag down by the stem. Add a green ribbon for a little something extra.

I think both versions are delightful. I think next time I will add a little cinnamon sugar sprinkled over the candy coat for some added flavor and texture.

Add a little treat bag around the apple and they make a great little gift!

Don't forget to go link up your autumn projects over on Gwenny Penny!

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