Monday, October 31, 2011

Inspire Me Monday: Happy Halloween!

Good Morning! I kind of flaked out on the blog this weekend. My son has croup and has been coughing all weekend. He has drained the life out of me. Poor guy! Last night was a better night so hopefully he'll wake up all smiles.
I've also been trying to get a big order complete. I didn't think I could make 100 rosettes in a week but I am just about finished and it will be heading out the door today. I am also getting ready for my first craft show in two weeks! Busy Busy! 
My daughter's Halloween party was yesterday. It was a bit stressful getting the house in order for everyone to come over and get it all decorated. Annabelle declared it "too spooky" which was just the way she wanted it. I think. She had a great time. I live for making my kids happy and this was one of those times were I would have rather been napping than hosting a party but seeing a smile on her face made it worth it.
The little guy coughed so hard in the middle of the party that he threw up all over his favorite stuffed animal. He wasn't in party mode either.
Anyway, enough about me. What did you guys make this week?
Here are the features:

This is a great tutorial from Artsy-Fartsy Mama

Super cute Lampshades from Madtown Macs

Great idea from Simply Designing

What a cutie! My daughter would love this Tinker Bell costume from A Couple of Craft Addicts

Also from A Couple of Craft Addicts! An awesome spider web headband. I might make this today to wear tonight!

Thanks for linking up this week! So many great links I might do more features later today! You guys rock!

Do you have a handmade shop? Don't forget to sign up to participate in the Handmade Holiday Gift Guide at Singing Three Little Birds.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ghost or Pumpkin Plagues

We are getting ready for our Halloween party! The house is a mess. I have no idea what I am serving but I have decorated. This is my mantle. The ghost and pumpkins plagues are made of vinyl pieces I bought on Groopdealz. I wish I could remember where they came from.

I painted these wooden plagues orange and white and added the vinyl. They turned out great I think!
Love the spiders too! I bought them at Michael's. They are from Martha Stewart crafts. Very easy to attach to my mirror. I also have some climbing in the windows. Closer to the party I'll put up some spider webs. My daughter has requested a lot of spiders!

Added orange lights and this spider garland I made last year. I weaved a ribbon through the ring part of the spider rings. Very simple but I like the look of the little spiders climbing on my mantle.

I love decorating for Halloween! I will share my creepy wreath with you all tomorrow.

There is still time to sign up for the Handmade Holiday Gift Guide for only $10.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Applesauce in the Crock pot!

 I am loving my crock pot lately! And it's apple season. So what better thing to do than make applesauce in the crock pot. Using this recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking we've made applesauce twice now. My daughter LOVES it! It's a great thing for them to help make too.

My son loved mashing it up but not to keen on the eating it. Not sure why since it's DELICIOUS.

Was that too many pictures of applesauce? 
So good. 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight on Stamped with Love

I would like to introduce you to Stamped with Love, a beautiful Etsy shop specializing in lovely hand stamped items. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from her shop.
Gorgeous necklace for a mom or grandma. I'm thinking of giving hand stamped items as gifts for my Mom and Mother-in-law this holiday season. Wouldn't this be lovely with all of their grandkids initials on it?

A hand-stamped ornament is another great idea for the holidays and she has so many pieces to chose from. 

Here is another great gift idea for the men in your life. My husband received a hand stamped key chain from me last Christmas and loves it!

 I received a beautiful necklace from Stamped with Love that I love! I will show it off in an upcoming post. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
I think we'll see Stamped with Love with a giveaway in a few weeks. 

Guest Post: Through the Eyes of the Mrs.

Hello there new friends!
I'm Beth from
Through the Eyes of the Mrs.

I'm a wife and momma.
I love my little blog & my followers.
It's like a second home to me.

I love to sing to my kids.
They each have their favorites of course.
My youngest who is two loves,
You are my Sunshine!

Every night before bed this is what we sing.
We all have our tricks at bedtime don't we?
I have friends that have magic spray.
They spray febreeze at bedtime.
I do something called Happy Dreams, Happy Thoughts.
Yes it works and makes my kids settle down.
I swirl my finger over their little heads.
I say Happy Dreams Happy Thoughts,
Happy Dreams Happy Thoughts.
That's it and they sleep soundly.
We have our sleepless nights who am I kidding?

Today I have a Printable for all of you.
This is in our youngest bedroom.

I hope you like it?
Chevron is my thing right now. Love it.
I would love if you would stop by sometime.
You must be the best followers if you're here!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Lots of Rosettes

Been working on several wholesale orders lately! 
Wow that's a lot of rosettes!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Inspire Me Monday October 24th

Welcome Friends!

First off I still haven't heard from two of the three winners of the blog ad space giveaway!

Contact me if you are a winner at

They are:
Brandy said...
Thanks for sponsoring! This is my entry for your Blog Ad Space giveaway! 
Meesh said...
I am your newest follower and the first one!! Yay!! Maybe I will win!! :) 
Hope to hear from you soon or I'll have to pick other winners! AND... If you missed my big announcement check out this post about the Handmade Holiday Gift Guide   
Now on to the features! All about pumpkins!
Cute baker's twine pumpkin from s + h
 Faux pumpkin topiary from Made in a Day
Ruffled Pumpkin Pillow from Keeping It Simple 
 Fabric Pumpkins from Craft Buds    

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide at Singing Three Little Birds

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide at Singing Three Little Birds

The holiday season is almost upon us. Can you believe Halloween is next week?
I am happy to announce the Handmade Holiday Gift Guide at Singing Three Little Birds.

Do you own a Handmade shop? 
Would you like to advertise your holiday gift items and special deals? 

The Handmade Holiday Gift Guide is a place for Handmade shop owners to advertise their items and gain exposure for the holidays. 

It's a special place for my readers to hear about great deals and handmade items so you can support handmade artists and shop owners this holiday season!

  • Each shop owner gets their link, product photos, bio and a highlight of their special holiday deals listed on the Handmade Holiday Gift Guide page.
  • A link will go up on my tab bar and a special button on my side bar for the Handmade Holiday Gift Guide page.
  • The Handmade Holiday Gift Guide will run from the middle of November to the end of December.
  • Each shop gets a highlight post written all about their items and special holiday deals. 
  • I will promote the Handmade Holiday Gift Guide on Twitter, Facebook and Etsy.
  • How much? $10 if you sign up by November 1st and $15 if you sign up by November 15th. 
  • Email me at to register.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Belle Rose Designs on Thrifty Seeker

Belle Rose Designs is featured on Thrifty Seeker!

$8 for $20 worth of product at Belle Rose Designs 

Redeem for anything in my shop including wholesale listings.

Pumkin Spice Play Dough and more fun with the kids!

We've been pretty busy this fall! With a vacation and pumpkin picking and a Halloween party to plan. Before we set off on vacation we painted pumpkins on a rare sunny fall day. The kids loved this but I was concerned that by the time we got back from vacation the paint would be peeled off and all over the floor. I was not looking forward to cleaning up that mess.
My solution was Mod Podge. I sealed the paint on the pumpkins with Mod Podge and when we returned the pumpkins looked the same as when we left.
This week after a week off of "teaching" my kids I got back into it full tilt. After a messy experience at my first attempt making homemade play dough I vowed never to do it again but I couldn't resist making play dough that smelled like pumpkin spice. I decided to try it again and it turned out great and delicious smelling. My recipe made a ton too and I think I'll have some leftover to make party favors for our Halloween party. If it lasts until next weekend that is.
Keeping my kids busy without the use of a television is great too! This little guy can do this for hours.
Paired with Halloween cookie cutters my imaginative daughter turned her tray until a cookie party for monsters and was deep into pretend play within minutes (as usual).
I decided to continue with the sensory experiences and try dying rice for a sensory bin. I was trying for orange but put in too much red. I mixed it with vinegar which worked very well. I placed the rice on paper towels to dry out.
I put the rice in a bin and added some spooky plastic critters and cups. Annabelle played for awhile with this and again in a matter of minutes was serving up creepy food to spooky dinner guests. Her ability to pretend is astounding some days I just can't keep up!
Although the rice didn't stay in the bin and I had to get the vacuum out. Plus my husband was wondering when my kids ate red rice. It was worth it and I'll be putting together more sensory bins for them in the future. I've been inspired by many blogs out there sharing their sensory bins. Google it and you will be too!
As a children's librarian, I made a lot of flannel board pieces. I used them a lot in my storytimes. I wanted to make a place for my kids to come and play with flannel pieces but they seem to be ending up on the floor and not getting played with much. Oh well. I really liked this activity. I made two pumpkins and several shapes for them to make faces with. I even made them in different colors as my son is learning his colors. We'll be using these a lot in the next week!
Thanks for stopping by!
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