Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

After much intricate carving...





...we had some great pumpkins again this year.



Nathan and I carved out this spooky graveyard.


Byron and Jack carved this amazing Obi-Wan (Clone Wars style).


And with that, we are all set for Halloween night. Hope yours is a great one!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 18

It's time for the 18th round of MightyCrafty Mondays...

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at 

www.MightyCrafty.me

Here are the Pin-up Party rules:
  1. Share your crafty project in the linky list below. Anything goes! Recipes, home decor, scrapbooking, cards, knitting - anything you've made with your own 2 hands and want to share with us.
    • Link directly to your original post - not the homepage of your blog.
    • You *must* be the creator/owner of the project you're linking up.
    • Don't link up to a store or a giveaway.
    • Don't link up to a post that's just a collection of someone else's photos from Pinterest or Google. 
  2. Link back to this blog in your original post. Grab the link party graphic below. (I'd also love it if you'd leave me a comment here too...)
  3. Visit the projects in the linky list and pin them to your Pinterest boards. (You can also leave some comment love if you have time.)

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me
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I'll be visiting / pinning / commenting on all the blogs who participate - and featuring the top views too. This is a fun way to share what we're working on and get lots of new ideas. I love to see all the creativity going on. Have fun and pin on!

Halloween Front Porch

So with a new house comes a new front porch and a new challenge of how to set it up. It looks much the same as last year, but everything rearranged to fit the new space. I like it...

Halloween Front Porch - www.MightyCrafty.me

The new porch is quite a bit bigger than the one in Lincoln - kind of a blank slate. I think it will definitely be fun at Christmas-time.

On the left side, I put my shabby blue chair and a few new and old rustic buckets and baskets.

Halloween Front Porch - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween Front Porch - www.MightyCrafty.me

To the right, I placed the made-over grey bench and plenty more pumpkins.

Halloween Front Porch - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween Front Porch - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween Front Porch - www.MightyCrafty.me

And finally, the front door holds my updated Halloween door art from last year. Love how that looks...

Halloween Front Porch - www.MightyCrafty.me

The previous homeowners had installed light clips all around the front of the house - which made it super easy to install the lights for a spooky effect.

Halloween Front Porch - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween Front Porch - www.MightyCrafty.me

I especially love the spider lights hiding in the flowers...

Halloween Front Porch - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween Front Porch - www.MightyCrafty.me

We'll be making a few changes for Halloween night - can't wait to set it all up and see how the kiddos like it.

Please share your Halloween decor projects in this week's MightyCrafty Mondays pin-up party...I can't wait to see what you've been doing...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Mantel and Decor

I finally have all of my Halloween decor up - just in time for the first snow in Castle Rock, Colorado. The snow is beautiful but it puts me in the mood for Christmas, not Halloween. I hope we have some okay weather for trick-or-treating next week...

My mantel in the new house is very different from our last house. It's much skinnier and not as long. I've already told Byron that we'll need to put up a more substantial mantel at some point. Plus, the fireplace is off to one side of the wall, instead of being centered. It makes a bit of a difference for decorating, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.

Halloween Mantel - www.MightyCrafty.me

(And no, I didn't paint that odd salmon pink color - it appears in several places on the first floor and will be the first thing I get rid of. Byron doesn't see the pink - he thinks it's red...crazy...)

Halloween Mantel - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween Mantel - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween Mantel - www.MightyCrafty.me

This past summer, I was able to buy something I've been wanting for a long, long time - a sofa table. I picked it up from a neighbor at her garage sale (thanks Jane!). I love it. I might paint / distress it eventually, but for now, it's perfect behind our couch in our new family room.

Halloween Decor - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween Decor - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween Decor - www.MightyCrafty.me

And lastly, I have put up my shabby window frames in the foyer for my wreath displays. Again, a different arrangement than in our last house, but I like it.

Halloween Wreath - www.MightyCrafty.me

The foyer decor is much the same as last year, with the Halloween tree and display.

Halloween Decor - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween Decor - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween Decor - www.MightyCrafty.me

Since we just moved in a few weeks ago, I haven't been able to create anything new for Halloween. I'm kind of bummed about that, but I do love the pieces I have - especially the Halloween wreath. Probably my favorite thing of all time.

Halloween Wreath - www.MightyCrafty.me

Halloween is nearly here - I would love to see your Halloween home tour too. Share it with us in this week's MightyCrafty Mondays pin-up party...

I Gotta Try That    Fox Hollow Cottage

Sunday, October 21, 2012

MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 17

It's time for the 17th round of MightyCrafty Mondays...

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at 

www.MightyCrafty.me

Here are the Pin-up Party rules:
  1. Share your crafty project in the linky list below. Anything goes! Recipes, home decor, scrapbooking, cards, knitting - anything you've made with your own 2 hands and want to share with us.
    • Link directly to your original post - not the homepage of your blog.
    • You *must* be the creator/owner of the project you're linking up.
    • Don't link up to a store or a giveaway.
    • Don't link up to a post that's just a collection of someone else's photos from Pinterest or Google. 
  2. Link back to this blog in your original post. Grab the link party graphic below. (I'd also love it if you'd leave me a comment here too...)
  3. Visit the projects in the linky list and pin them to your Pinterest boards. (You can also leave some comment love if you have time.)

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me
<a href="http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0XMvtIFGMxU/T-zo5y3Z-bI/AAAAAAAABH8/6B-_B246R- E/s1600/MightyCraftyMondaysButton.jpg" alt="MightyCrafty.me" width="125" height="125" /></a>


I'll be visiting / pinning / commenting on all the blogs who participate - and featuring the top views too. This is a fun way to share what we're working on and get lots of new ideas. I love to see all the creativity going on. Have fun and pin on!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Featured Posts from MightyCrafty Mondays Round 15

Hello all! Life is getting a little more normal this week, recovering from the move. I got my Halloween decorations all put up finally. Very happy about that and ready to celebrate my favorite holiday.

So, now it's time to see what amazing projects you posted during MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 15. Thank you, thank you to everyone who participated. It's so fun to see everyone's new creations each week.

Our link party is still growing, so please share it with your friends and followers. I would so appreciate your help in getting the word out. You can always join up in the latest link party as well...

Now on to the featured posts from Round 15...

First up, guest contributor Kara shared a super cute DIY Halloween costume on hip2thrift. Love this idea so much...


Next up, Linda shared these yummy-amazing-to-die-for Nutella S'Mores. Must...try...these...today...


And finally, the unseen beauty shared her Fall Pumpkins + Burlap Napkin Rings. Love both of these projects...


Thank you everyone for posting your projects. If you were featured, please feel free to grab the badge below and post it on your blog.

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Thank you all - and have a great week...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 16

It's time for the 16th round of MightyCrafty Mondays...

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at 

www.MightyCrafty.me

Here are the Pin-up Party rules:
  1. Share your crafty project in the linky list below. Anything goes! Recipes, home decor, scrapbooking, cards, knitting - anything you've made with your own 2 hands and want to share with us.
    • Link directly to your original post - not the homepage of your blog.
    • You *must* be the creator/owner of the project you're linking up.
    • Don't link up to a store or a giveaway.
    • Don't link up to a post that's just a collection of someone else's photos from Pinterest or Google. 
  2. Link back to this blog in your original post. Grab the link party graphic below. (I'd also love it if you'd leave me a comment here too...)
  3. Visit the projects in the linky list and pin them to your Pinterest boards. (You can also leave some comment love if you have time.)

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me
<a href="http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0XMvtIFGMxU/T-zo5y3Z-bI/AAAAAAAABH8/6B-_B246R- E/s1600/MightyCraftyMondaysButton.jpg" alt="MightyCrafty.me" width="125" height="125" /></a>


I'll be visiting / pinning / commenting on all the blogs who participate - and featuring the top views too. This is a fun way to share what we're working on and get lots of new ideas. I love to see all the creativity going on. Have fun and pin on!

September 2012 Crafty Round-Up

Since September was a month full of moving preparation, I didn't the chance to do many crafty projects. Instead, I worked on a few scrapbooking projects that I had been meaning to finish up.



My biggest project was to finish the boys' sports album - or least get it up-to-date. I have an album dedicated just to their sports photos, and it had been lingering for quite a while. So, over the course of 2 weeks, I created 20 layouts. It feels so good to have these finished. And the boys loved seeing their sports teams over the course of the last 5 years.


Another big project - I finished rating / purging my photo library. I've been working in Lightroom to organize my nearly 10-years of digital photos, and 2010 was the last year I had to do. It had 5,184 photos in it - more than twice any other year - so it was more than a little daunting. Finally, this month, I was able to purge and rate every photo in that year, bringing the total photos down from over 5,000 to half that - 2,508. Now, I just have to categorize all those.

Finally, I created 15 digital scrapbook layouts this month. I forgot how much I loved digital scrapbooking - no mess, easy to start and stop, simple to size your photos, and so many great scrapbooking designers and kits. I pushed myself to use a few things I had in my stash that I had been wanting to use - and I love how everything turned out.

Quick page from Heather Ann Designs



Quick page by Shabby Princess

Created with the Scrap It Actions 2 by Wendyzine Scraps



All Halloween quick pages by Jen Wilson





Now that we're all moved and settled into our new house in Colorado, I'm hoping to get a few projects going to share very soon. In the meantime, I'm decorating for my favorite holiday - Halloween...
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