Monday, October 29, 2012

Fabulous Fall

We made the nine hour drive to Northern Nevada this weekend to visit my in-laws and meet my new {and oh-so-adorable} nephew.  Apparently we had a really great time because I took roughly 400 pictures during the time we were there.

We happened to be in town for Nevada Day, which meant hot air balloons.  I don't know who loved it more because I could have taken pictures ALL DAY.  They were amazing.

I love the Capitol dome against the newly snow covered mountains and just peeking above the trees.

Lots of fall leaves!

Meeting our new cousin I told you about a few months ago

Pumpkin carving and Halloween festivities--a special treat since this is the first time we've gotten to share Halloween with this side of the family.

If you follow me on Instagram (@jmenteer) or Twitter, you know that my pumpkin is the epic failure on the left.  I also put in an order with the husband for a porch like this, specifically for holiday decorating purposes--I'm sure it's not top on his priority list ; )

And possibly one of my favorite moments I've ever captured on film {and the reason I SO wanted a wood fence as opposed to vinyl--darn practicality}:

Oh, and that one little bonus of OUR TEAM WINNING THE WORLD SERIES!  GO GIANTS!! {Not to mention another Notre Dame win.}

It was an awesome weekend and now it's back to real life this week.  With all of the Halloween festivities sort of done, I have to admit that I'm sort of looking forward to getting that trick-or-treating formality out of the way this week and movin onto Thanksgiving, soooo....Thanksgiving projects are on their way!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I Have To Revel

Remember here I said that there are two seasons at our house?  Well, it's turning out to be a pretty good year, because this happened last night!!

World Series here we come!!  And Notre Dame is undefeated.  We're happy campers at our house.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bathroom Printables

If you follow on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I recently chalked the couch project up to I'm too lazy a fail and took it to the landfill, where might I add, this awesome {and a half} sign resides:

And you also know that it's got me on a recent de-cluttering kick which started with my bathroom.  I decided to do away with a clutter catching shelf over the toilet, which then created the need for something hanging on the wall and since I couldn't find what I wanted for free, I made it myself.

I wanted to create sort of a beachy feel without overdoing it, so I used some of my favorite beachy pictures {and one picture of my daughter at 8 weeks and fabulous that I love} and an octopus graphic from The Graphics Fairy.

On a little personal note, the picture at the top is such a treasure because it's a picture of my mom and my grandpa (her dad) who passed away within only a few days of each other.  My mom's dear friend found it when we were preparing for her funeral and framed it for us.  It's literally how I picture their meeting in heaven after their passing.  Maybe it's a little odd that something so special is in my bathroom, but that means nearly everyone who comes to my house gets the pleasure of seeing it.

{Is there anything cuter than baby hands and feet--especially covered in sand?}

I've created these in a few different colors for your downloading pleasure.  "Brush Your Teeth" prints are 5x7 and "Wash Your Hands" are 8x10



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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bella Bazaar at Thanksgiving Point

If you're here in Utah and looking for something fun to do this weekend or want to get started on some Christmas shopping, may I suggest Bella Bazaar at Thanksgiving Point?  Some of my furniture will be there as a display for my oh so talented Aunt's shop--Luxy D.  She makes the most ADORABLE headbands, scarves, cumberbund belts and lots more!

{Please pardon the cell phone pictures}

We went and set up yesterday, and I'm here to tell you, there are lots of other awesome shops too--jewelry, adult & kids clothes, toys, art--everything!  Come check it out, I promise you won't be disappointed.  And it's Thanksgiving Point, so there's LOTS for the kids to do too.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween Decor

I think my fall decor has got me on a minimal color/simplicty in holiday decor kick.  For Halloween this year, it's the traditional black and orange with some white to lighten things up.

Spider rings in my all season wreath and some pom poms draped around it (which I happened upon on clearance at Walmart recently--score!).

And some of my favorite pictures from Halloweens past.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

DIY Haunted Houses

These houses are some of my favorite Halloween decorations that I own. Wood or paper mache "Christmas" houses from the craft store don't have to be painted.  Get out the scrapbook paper and Mod Podge and make them fabulously spooky.  Seriously, what witch wouldn't want to live in a house covered Halloween damask and glitter?  

I made these a couple of years ago, pre-blogging, so please forgive me as I try to give some basic instructions with no pictures of the process.

I will say that covering these with paper is a little more time consuming.  I started each with a coat of black spray paint.  For this house, I mod podged a square of paper over each side and then just took an Exacto knife and cut through the windows.  Since everything was square, that one was pretty simple.

For the triangles on the roof, just measure your triangles, cut some paper to fit and Mod Podge it on.

For the black and orange house, you'll notice that there are lots of squiggly shutters and crooked windows, so this one was a little harder to cut out the windows and door, but I figured out that after spray painting it and letting it dry, if I cut the paper in the general triangle shape of the house, laid the paper on the house and then gently rubbed it, the black spray paint left lines on the back of my paper in the shape of all of the shutters and windows and I just cut them out, again with an Exacto knife.  Once my holes were cut out, I Mod Podged the paper onto the house.  The "window holes" were a little off in some places, so I just sanded off the excess paper around the shutters and windows, which also gave me that worn look on the painted spots.  

As a general note, I sand almost every paper/Mod Podge project I do because it makes the paper look aged and worn and gives you a clean edge.

After the tedious paper part comes the fun stuff: embellishments.  

For this one, antique looking buttons (from Hobby Lobby's scrapbook section), Halloween scrapbook embellishments, some cupcake topper Jack O' Lanterns out front, and if you look closely in the picture above, you'll see a skeleton (button) dancing on the chimney and Jack O' Lantern (buttons) in the windows.

Again, scrapbook embellishments here and then the moon and fence came from one of those sets of about 10,000 foam Halloween shapes that I just covered with glitter.

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