Friday, September 28, 2012

A Wickedly Easy Little Pillow

I'm going to eat my words a little bit here. I've tried printing on fabric before and the freezer paper that I used jammed my printer and made me angry, so I suggested using heat n bond. But I decided to give it another try and it worked! Not sure what, if anything, I did different but this time it worked wonderfully.
So in order to create this wicked little pillow all I did was pick out a font on the computer and chose a Halloween word. Some other words I played around with were "spooky" "fright" and even "October 31". I liked "Wicked" the best.
Cut a piece of fabric 8.5 X 11 inches and a piece of freezer paper 8.5 X 11 inches. Adhear the fabric to the freezer paper by ironing it to the waxy side of the freezer paper. The freezer paper will stick to the fabric well enough to go through the printer but peel off cleanly after it's been printed.
Peel the freezer paper off the fabric. I trimmed up my fabric a little bit to the size I wanted my pillow to be. Cut a piece of fabric for the back the same size as your front.

Now sew the two pieces together and leave a little hole in the bottom to stuff your pillow. Stitch up your hole when you are finished.



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

FREE Halloween printables for your home

These fun printables make a huge Halloween statement in our home for very little money. The frames I gathered from around the house and the prints only cost a few dollars to have printed out. I love the way they look grouped together in our entry way!
I made one in blue as well. Not a very traditional Halloween color but it matches our living room perfectly.
You can download your own set of Haunted Home Printables on

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Spider Web Table Topper TUTORIAL

Believe it our not this is a super easy table topper that makes a big impact. It's just strips cut at an angle to make that spider web look!
I made 2 sizes, one fits nicely on my table as a table topper and the other would make a prefect candle mat. It's easy to adjust the size of the spider web by adding more or less strips. I think my little googly eyed spiders are happy to have such a cool web to hang at :)
To start you'll need six 2 1/2 inch X width of fabric (about 44in) strips. Sew your strips of fabric together like you see I've done below. Press all your seems to one side.
Most quilting rulers have a 60 degree angle line on the ruler. Your going to use this line to cut out 6 triangles. Like you see I've done below, lay your long strips of fabric out on a cutting mat and line the top edge with the 60 degree mark on your ruler.
A little clearer picture of that 60 degree angle...
Now using you rotary cutter, cut one side of your triangle at a 60 degree angle.
Now turn your ruler and line up the 60 degree line with the side you just cut. (see picture below) As you cut your second triangle you'll notice now that the triangle is flipped so that the longer bottom of the triangle (black with bats in my case) is now the point and the green circles will be the longer bottom on the triangle. See the next picture after this one if that seems confusing...
Cut out 6 of these triangles. If you are using 2 inch X WOF strips then you should be able to easily get 6 triangles. If you increase the size of each strip you'll need to increase the length of each strip. For instance, I wanted a larger table topper for my dining room table so I increase each of my 6 strips from 2 inches to 4 inches, but then I needed twice as much length so I ended up sewing two strips of fabric together end to end to make them long enough to get 6 triangles.
Lay your triangles out like you see I've done in these pictures. Start by sewing together the 3 top and then the 3 bottom.
Now sew the top 3 and the bottom 3 together in the middle.
Open it up and press and you'll have something that looks like this...
You can now quilt and bind your table topper using your favorite method. This is a perfect project to practice quilting yourself on your own machine. See THIS POST for tips on how to do that.
As you can see I made 2 different sizes. For the smaller size I only used 4 strips instead of 6. Make sure that you use an even amount of strips (4,6,8...). If you use an odd number you will end up with a middle strip that doesn't alternate when you rotate each triangle.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The creepiest room in the house

Every year my kids tell me that my Halloween decorations are too cute and that I need to make the house look scarier. To make them happy I decided I would take one room and make it extra spooky. I love the way it turned out!
I picked the guest bath downstairs, because lets face it, we all feel a little extra vulnerable in the bathroom. In total I spent about 10$ at the dollar store and 3$ for some prints at Costco.
I tried to go with an Edgar Allen Poe theme with the book and the ravens, but I also created these silhouettes to hang in some cheap frames that are actually set on top of pages from Tell-Tale Heart.
Just right click on each picture and save to your computer. I printed off my silhouettes at Costco and they turned out great!
My favorite part is the raven's quote...
My kids were pretty pleased with how it turned out. When the lights are off and the little mini strobe light behind the skull flashes they use the bathrooms upstairs :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Welcome To Our Haunted Home...

I think Halloween may be our favorite holiday around here (yeah, it beats out Christmas). I really can't think of anything my kids love more than dressing up, running around the neighborhood unrestrained and eating buckets of candy. Pure awesome.
This week I have something new to show you everyday! I've saved up my Halloween posts for this week and I'm excited to get it started. Check back everyday for printables, tutorials, and recipes!
To kick it off I wanted to show you this little pillow I worked on while the kids were home over the summer. I changed up the colors from the original pattern to match our living room a little better.
I think it turned out pretty cute! You can find the pattern HERE.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My favorite recipes: Cupcake!

Oh my, is this cupcake good! I was trying to think of a few good names for it... "Chocolate Dream", "Lick the Bowl", "You Can't Stop At Just 5", "Resistance Is Futile". They all fit because that is how I feel about this cupcake recipe. I dream of this cupcake, I had my head in the cream cheese frosting bowl when I was finished, I really did eat 5 before I decided I better stop (even though I didn't want to) and I can not resist these cupcakes! 
I've been really good and lost a few pounds lately (like 10 to be exact!) and I felt I deserved a reward. I can only make these for special occasions because I really want to eat them all. They're great to make for parties because I get one and that's it, the rest get eaten and I don't make myself sick. Luckily I have 3 little kids and a hubby so they are going pretty quickly.
My Favorite Cupcake
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 pkg, instant chocolate pudding
1 cup sour cream
4 large eggs
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1 package mini chocolate chips
Mix together in a large bowl. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 to 3/4 full (I usually do 1/2). Cook cupcakes at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Cream Cheese Frosting (THE BEST PART!)
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
3 to 4 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Cream together the cream cheese and butter. Mix in the vanilla. Gradually stir in the powdered sugar until it's the right consistency, I like mine nice and thick!
So now that I have successfully fallen of the wagon for the past few days and eaten way to many of these cupcakes, it's time to hop back on the scale tomorrow and see what the damage is. I think I'll send the rest off with my poor husband to work tomorrow and let him to try to resist their deliciousness.