Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Getting our "spooky" on!

I need to first admit, that I don't watch scary movies, no thrillers, and even some action/adventure is too much for me, so the idea of scary Halloween, is just a nope, no way, nuh-uh, yikes! Halloween around here, is cute, with a touch of spooky fun. Cute spooky fun. 

Last night, I couldn't resist any longer and got our spooky on, and started decorating a little for Halloween. It's really not much at all, and hardly a change from the fall decor, but it's got
me ready for some trick-or-treating fun!

Not much difference, just changed the banner and added an owl...that makes the dog
crazy whenever the motion sensor goes off and it "hoots".

The sofa table. Gone are the picture frames. 
This ceramic house is actually a candle holder that I bought at
Bath and Body Works years and years ago. It holds 3 of the mini candles that they sell.

I just love The Frankenstein's. Cutest couple ;)
This was the first candle holder from Bath and Body that I ever bought.
It's holds a 3-wick candle and looks AWESOME at night when it's lit.

Another Bath and Body candle holder.  That's a 3-wick candle burning in there!

Couldn't pass up this little sign, at Target, for you guessed it, $1!

Friday, September 25, 2015

TMNT birthday fun!

This years theme? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
It was quite the birthday adventure this year. Our outdoor pumpkin patch 
party got cancelled due to rain and we were left scrambling trying to figure out
another option. We opted to have the party at home, and it turned out great, but 
man, talk about stress!

We made the cake ourselves, again, and also decorated a plain cookie cake to look like a pizza.
Kid4 has said that her favorite part of her birthday is getting to make her own cake, so we must! It isn't perfect by any means but Kid4 loved it so that's what matters!

We also bought a plain cookie cake, from Target (my fave), and decorated it to look like a pizza!
We made homemade buttercream icing for the sauce which turned out pink instead of red, oops!
Grated white chocolate was the "cheese" and cut out "pepperoni" out of fruit strips.
But the best part was that it tasted GREAT!

We used Kid3's TMNT toys as decorations on the island and green balloons too.

Our goody boxes were 8" pizza boxes that I found on ebay. I needed 12 and it was a pack of 50,
so next years party will be a pizza party too?  Lol.

Last, but definitely not least, we ordered AMAZING cookies that we put into each
goody box. They were *almost* too pretty to eat.

This is me holding one of the cookies. Isn't the baker an artist?
The completed pizza box goody boxes looked like this...

and I kind of love how they turned out!

I haven't posted anything in over a year? Wow!

So here goes. Life is crazy and wonderful, and BUSY! 

Rather than getting into a whole long post about anything substantial, or why I've ignored my little blog, I'm going to start with this.  I decorated for fall and I love it! I finally figured out how to hang our painting on the stone fireplace and this year I have a fully functioning mantle because of it!  SO excited!

**I apologize in advance for the phone photos. Didn't feel like whipping out the camera.**

Michaels had 60% off their pumpkins and 50% off these cool, almost too real looking crows, and then Target (my favorite place) had THE MOST adorable black/white/gold mini pumpkins that I snagged as soon as I saw them the first time.  No hesitating and that's a rarity for me, lol. 

That painting used to rest on the mantel against the stone wall.
Not anymore!  The 2 fall banners are from Target's $1 spot.

The crow that started it all. Kid2 didn't like it but now loves it
and even convinced me to buy another one :D
The candles are plain white candles that I wrapped with black washi tape,  the small black
trees are sitting on top of jars and were found at Target's $1 spot,
the mini pumpkins are from the Halloween section at Target, and the sparkly green
pumpkin is an old Target $1 spot find that I spray painted green.

For the table behind the couch I got some pumpkins as well, another crow that's a bit smaller, and a cute cute little fall sign from the Target dollar spot.

My $1 spot fall sign from Target completes the look :)

Finally, I found some new pillows and pillow covers at Ikea for the couch. I was growing tired of the floral print after the covers started to fade from all the washing, not cute, just worn out.

I'm kind of digging the whole black/white look with pops of color and really digging 
Target's $1 spot this Fall/Halloween season!