Friday, October 24, 2014

Trash to Treat: Candy Corn Pumpkin Stands


Candy Corn Pumpkin Stands

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love candy. Halloween is a tempting time for me because it ends up being such an all out treat fest. I decided this year that I wasn't buying candy for trick or treaters until the morning of Halloween because if it's in the house, I'm eating it.

So it's no surprise that when I looked at this black Ikea FNISS trash can, I saw an upside candy corn. Can you see it?



Trash bin upside down plus orange, white, and yellow paint, equals candy corn!

Candy Corn Pumpkin Stand


The trash cans were already being used for plant stands so my candy obsession is only partially to blame. Over the summer I bought two for $1.49 each and used them as stands for ferns on either side of the front door. They're just the right height for our entry and much cheaper than any other planter or stand available.


Trash Can Candy Corn Pumpkin Stand

I knew they could double as pumpkin stands for our carved jack-o-lanterns and again as stands for our fall mums.



Because the can is a series of rings that act as a guide, painting the three sections was easy and I rolled it on without taping. 

Front Door Candy Corn Decorations


I'm already planning my red and white striped candy cane Christmas tree bases!



Friday, October 17, 2014

Picasso Pumpkin Portraits: Inspired by Creative Galaxy on Amazon Prime Instant Video



For most of my son's first two years, he didn't watch much t.v. or play with the IPAD. I believe in many cases, screen time ends up 'thinking' for children rather than inspiring them to think creatively. Like it or not, as he got older and a baby sister shared my attention, more shows and apps found their way onto our screens. That's why I jumped at the opportunity to review the Creative Galaxy series from Out of the Blue Enterprises, produced by Angela Santomero (Blue's Clues and Super Why) and offered via Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Creative Galaxy is a create along, interactive art adventure series for preschoolers following Arty and Epiphany as they travel through the galaxy solving problems with art. The episodes are designed to inspire children to use their imaginations and instill an awareness of how art is all around us. At the end of each segment, there is a live action piece with children creating their own projects based on the art created in the show.




My three year old son enjoyed the characters, storylines, and the 'problem to solve' style plot that he's very into. It's common for him to act out the scenarios that he watches on a show. We often have 'rescues' for trains trapped in a mine or need to tow an engine that has derailed. 

After watching only one episode, I saw him make a circle in the air with his finger and when I asked what he was doing, he said he was drawing the spaceship that Arty flies in. What makes Creative Galaxy unique and valuable as a learning tool is that seeing characters create on the screen made him imagine he was creating, rather than just miming what he saw. 

painted pumpkins kid craft

In one of my favorite episodes, Arty paints a portrait of his friend Annie but is frustrated when the crooked features on his canvas don't look at all like her. The episode conveys the message "If you like it, it's not a mistake" and goes into a lesson about Pablo Picasso's style of painting and surrealism, making Arty realize that his portrait was perfect just the way it was because he liked it.


We decided to paint our own Picasso-esque portraits of baby sister on some foam pumpkins. After he showed me where he wanted to glue the eyes, my son chose to use red and blue to paint her features on the pumpkins while she 'posed' in her chair watching his every move. 



I asked him to paint her eyebrows, nose, and mouth and he understood that I wanted him to look at her and try to paint her face because he had just watched Arty and Annie in that same scenario.


painted pumpkins kid craft

Watching episodes of Creative Galaxy followed up with an art project is a great addition to the art class my son gets in preschool. With many schools cutting art classes, I could also see this helping parents that may not have an art background, give their young children a lesson at home! Parents that are versed in art history will get a kick out of seeing artists like Seurat, Pollock, or Picasso referenced in the series. (Because I was a fan, I also just have to mention that any parents who were fans of 90210 will recognize the voice of 'Sketch' the pencil as Jason Priestley.)


Teaching young children that it's fine to paint trees that are purple or draw a dog with five tails if that's what makes them happy isn't always easy but so important for building on their creative ability and Creative Galaxy did a great job getting that point across. It's a good lesson for anyone to take away- focusing too much on perfection or little details can cause you to miss more important parts of an experience; in this case, the creating. I know these pumpkin portraits mean the world to me because of who created them!

painted pumpkins kid craft


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fast Fall Foyer



It's cold enough in Georgia for a jacket today! To mark this occasion, I decided to take down this forsythia that has been hanging above our front door since April.




The grapevine that hangs around our giant letter 'G' makes for an easy to change with the seasons wreath. Using seasonal garlands, it's super fast and simple to change the look.


I used an orange and green leaves garland that I've had for a few years and just wove and wrapped it through the sticks in the grapevine wreath to make the spring/summer G more season appropriate. The autumn leaves look great with the orange and brown flowers on the corner table and it's a nice change from the bright yellow!


I could shape and move the leaves around for an hour until I was satisfied with their arrangement but obviously that's not possible so for now, I'm happy with it just the way it is.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Entryway Wall Inspiration {Hometalk Curated Board}

Have you ever considered your entryway a table of contents? Just as you skim through to see what's inside a book, an entryway can be designed to show guests what to expect inside the rest of your home or better yet, encourage them to take a look around. I don't know about you but if the first thing I see when entering a home is leopard spots, I want to see the rest!



Are you a member of Hometalk? If not, let me tell you why I love it. It's a great place to search for and share home and garden inspiration and clip photos to boards you've created, all without the distraction of luscious looking food photos finding their way into your feed! So it's somewhat like using Pinterest but won't make you crave cake and brownies all day.

I love finding inspiration and sharing our DIY projects via Hometalk and having recently finished and shared this entryway wall of our own, I was happy to oblige when they asked me to curate an Entryway Wall Inspiration Board!




It was so much fun searching through all of the beautiful posts shared by Hometalk members and I think you'll agree these are amazing! Along with the examples shown below there are some great ideas for small spaces for those that don't have a defined 'entryway' wall.


Here's a sneak peek at a few of the posts I clipped:

Stunning planked wall by Lovely Etc. 
on Hometalk on Entryway Wall Inspiration




Not everyone has a large defined entryway but can 
show their style in a small space like this example
by The Blissful Bee on Hometalk on Entryway Wall Inspiration




Such a fun collected gallery wall entry 
by Funky Junk Interiors on Hometalk on Entryway Wall Inspiration



As unique as these examples are, they all show how an entryway can be used to define a home's style. When you walk into the spaces featured above, the style and personality of the owners is obvious and makes you want to see the rest! 

To find ideas in all shapes and sizes for your entryway walls, be sure to check out the rest because this was just a peek at the gorgeous ideas. Click on the graphic below or here to see my entire Entryway Inspiration Board and be sure to take a look around at the rest of my boards on Hometalk.



Thanks for stopping by and thanks to Hometalk for the fun opportunity!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Atlanta Country Living Fair Weekend Passes Giveaway

I'm very excited to be teaming up with Explore Gwinnett to offer a lucky reader two weekend passes to the Atlanta Country Living Fair, October 24-26, 2014 at Stone Mountain Park!




In addition to amazing shopping, there will be seminars, demos, antique appraising, and the opportunity to meet HGTV's Cari Cuksey and the editors of Country Living.  



How does a weekend of shopping, great food, and finding fall inspiration sound!? 




Enter to win by following the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway ends Monday, October 13 at midnight EST.  Good luck and hope to see you there!



Explore Gwinnett is the official tourism office for Gwinnett County, Georgia. The first 100 people to stop by the Explore Gwinnett booth and sign up for their e-newsletter each day of the fair will receive a free jumbo shopping bag!



Friday, October 3, 2014

Last Minute Gift Idea: Housewarming Style


Housewarming gift

I know the blog name paints a pretty clear picture of my time management situation and no one really wants to hear me talk about how I can't find time for things like picking up last minute gifts for friends. But.. I'm going to say it anyway.

'Hopping' in the car for me includes but is not limited to feeding the baby right before leaving so she won't scream in the car seat she hates (often while walking through the house using my free arm to herd older child), packing snacks and the rest of the diaper bag, managing diaper and last minute potty stops, etc. then dressing and hauling two kids to the car who might otherwise still be in pajamas. All this to drag them to a store to shop for a gift for someone where they'll sit in a cart or stroller waiting for me to amuse them while I try to find the perfect item as fast as possible. Sound like fun? If it sounds familiar we both know the answer to that question!

Instead of the fun time described above, I chose to make a housewarming gift for a friend this morning and I think it's cuter than what I could've just picked up at the store!

Housewarming gift

I used a 5x7 frame without its matte, cut flower patterned scrapbook paper to fit, and applied a 'Home Sweet Home' sticker from the same package of stickers that I've been using for the projects around our house that I showed you here and here.


I made this framed Home Sweet Home 'print' very last minute using items I had on hand while the babes were still sleeping. Although it might seem like it should be easier to run out and pick up a gift last minute, making something from what I had at home actually saved me time and the results are (hopefully) a gift that stands out from others.

Housewarming gift

There may be days where all I can manage for a last minute gift is a bouquet of flowers but until then, I'm crafting one!
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