Archives for October 2015

October 19, 2015

DIY Halloween Spookdorable Spider Candle Holders–As seen on Good Day Columbus Fox 28

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Candles are an important design element used with Halloween decor to help set the spooky tone for a spooktacular Halloween night. I love to scatter candles throughout my home and garden to achieve the perfect mood lighting.  Here’s a fun project to create your own adorable spooky spider candle holders. They will look great sprinkled throughout your home, as a display on your front porch or to use as individual table place setting candle for an event or Halloween meal. They are simple, cost less than three dollars to make and I promise the kids will love them!

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Supplies: Mini pumpkin, black pipe cleaners, hot glue gun, small candle. (Optional: spray paint or acrylic craft paint in black or purple)

 

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Step One: Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin a little larger in circumference than your candle and carve out the insides of your pumpkin. (Optional: you can paint your pumpkin black or purple if you like and let it dry before going to step two.)

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Step Two: Take your pipe cleaners and bend eight of them to look like spider legs. Make sure they are all the same size in length.

Step Three: Use your hot glue gun to glue four legs on each side and insert your candle! It’s that simple! These adorable pumpkin spiders also make a great table place setting card holder.

 

 

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You can also spray paint your pumpkins black of purple and paint or glue googly eyes on them.  Have fun and I would love to see how your spider candle holders turned out so please email them to me at juleeireland@gmail.com so I can share your DIY creations with everyone on my blog and social media.

 

 

 

 

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October 14, 2015

Halloween Pumpkin Party & Craft Ideas

The month of October brings with it the official start of the Holiday Season and one of my favorite things in the entire world, decorating! I thought I would share with you some fun, simple and super Spooktacular Home Decorating DIY on the FLY tips using pumpkins. Let the holiday festivities begin!

pumpkin_beveragesPumpkins can be used for much more than lighting your doorstep on Halloween. They also make great containers for floral arrangements, food displays and beverages at your next party. Here’s how you put your pumpkin to work to entertain your guests.

Supplies: Large Pumpkin, Plastic Bowl or Vase, Floral Arrangement or Food, Beverages & Ice, Carving Knife, Large Spoon to gut your pumpkin.

Step One: Select your container and a pumpkin that is larger than your container.

Step Two: Cut your pumpkin top off so that it is at least an inch taller than your container. Make sure your pumpkin is also similar in width and height to your container. Next, carve the insides out of your pumpkin with your spoon and place your container inside.

Step Three: Place flowers in the pumpkin with a vase, or food or beverages and ice in the pumpkin with the bowl. Now you are ready to display, dazzle and serve!

If you want to take it a step further, you can always decorate or paint a face on your pumpkin. Have fun creating and serving up pure pumpkin delight to all of your guests!

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I love to decorate and I love Halloween but personally I have never been into anything to creepy or scary. Here’s a fun way to greet your guests with pumpkins at your doorstep without sending them scurrying away before you have a chance to say hello. Let’s make a friendly pumpkin snowman or scarecrow.

Supplies: Three Pumpkins (Large, Medium, Small), Two Small Broomsticks or Two Branches, Black Acrylic Paint, Hat, Scarf, leaves or raffia to wrap around the neck, Hot Glue Gun (Industrial Strength Glue), Knife or Drill to create holes for the arms

Step One: Glue your pumpkins together with your hot glue gun. Start with your large pumpkin on the bottom, your medium pumpkin in the center and your small pumpkin on top.

Step Two: Use your paint to create two eyes, a nose and a mouth. You can make a snowman, pumpkin or scarecrow face.

Step Three: Creating arms for your pumpkin snowman or scarecrow. Carefully use a knife or drill to make a hole in each side of your middle or medium sized pumpkin to fit your broomstick handles or branches. Put a little hot glue on the end of each broomstick or branch before inserting them into each hole to secure them firmly in place. Tie a scarf, raffia or silk leaves around in the middle of the base of the small and medium size pumpkins to create a neck. Lastly, add a hat on top. You can use a top hat, cowboy hat or any hat that you like. To dress it up a bit more add a plaid shirt or cape to your pumpkin snowman or scarecrow.

Have fun decorating your pumpkin snowman or scarecrow. Don’t be afraid to find your inner Design Diva and add your personal touch to make it your own and reflect your home. I would love to see your pumpkin creations and share them on my social media. Email your photos to me at juleeireland@gmail.com Enjoy this Spooktacular start to your holiday season!

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October 2, 2015

DIY on the FLY Crayon Pumpkin Craft

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DIY on the FLY Pumpkin Decorating with Crayons

 

Just like there’s more than one-way to skin a cat, there is also more than one-way to carve a pumpkin, or NOT! Here’s a simple, fun and inexpensive way to repurpose your kids old crayons and create festive pumpkin decor for your home or as a table centerpiece without having to use a carving knife.

Supplies: White Pumpkin, Tacky Glue, Crayons, Blow Dryer
Step One: Take the outside wrapper off of your crayons and cut the crayons in half.
Step Two: Glue your crayons on top of your pumpkin using your tacky glue.
Step Three: When the glue is dry place your pumpkin on a drop cloth. Next, use your blow dryer to melt the crayons so they drip down the sides of your pumpkin creating a colorful design!

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October 2, 2015

Spooktacular Halloween Party Ideas

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Decorating pumpkins each year is something the whole family looks forward to but let’s face it, Mom or Dad does most of the work because sharp objects, such as a carving knives, are not exactly cut out for kids. That’s why I fell in love with the Spritz Pumpkin Craft Kits! Now you can put the craft paint and supplies out on the table and your kids can decorate their very own pumpkin with ease! This is also a great craft activity idea for a school or church party to keep the kids busy. Each kit comes complete with all of the self-adhesive supplies that you need to decorate your pumpkin. The best part is the price-$3.00 for the simple kits such as a bat, witch, fox, owl or cat and $5.00 for a few of the more elaborate decorative design kits which are perfect for Adults. Now, let’s head to the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkin to use with your Spritz pumpkin craft kit!

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Planning the perfect party always begins with the perfect party theme. I love Halloween and dressing up in a costume but I am not into the horror aspect of it. I would rather decorate with bright colorful colors or happy jack-o-lanterns. I ran across some of the cutest party decor this year at Target and I especially love the bright colored Day of the Dead party themed plates, napkins, cups and more. You also can’t beat the price! They start at $1.00 and go up to $2.50, so it’s affordable. My advice, get there early before they are sold out and enjoy the party! Price $1.00 to $2.50

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Thank goodness for cameras! They help us to preserve our memories in photographs and when it comes to Halloween and our children, family, and friends we want to capture every one of lifes moments. I love the current party trend of using photo props and photo backgrounds, so naturally, I could not resist the Spritz photo kit that I found at Target either! From Batman, to Frankenstein to Dracula lips this photo prop kit will have everyone howling with laughter as you snap photos at your party. Get it now while supplies last! Price $5.00

Playing dress up is not just for kids when it comes to Halloween. I love to go all out when putting together a creative costume, which for me usually includes some face paint, and it’s not always easy to do on yourself. Target has a new craft section and I found these amazing temporary face tattoos that are quick and easy to do. I also love the fact that I can use clothing from my own closet to create a complete costume look! For the spider face I can wear all black or for the deer I can outfit myself in brown and so can you! The real icing on the cake is the price, at only $3.00. Now you can get creative and join in on all of the Halloween fun without spending a lot of money. I don’t know about you, but three dollars for a costume is just fine by me!

I would love to see photos of your Halloween party decor and share them on my blog and social media. Feel free to e-mail them to me at juleeireland@gmail.com. Have a Spooktacular and Safe Halloween!

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October 2, 2015

Home Interiors with the Pantone Color of the Year Marsala

I Love the Pantone color of the year Marsala!

I’m obsessed with the Pantone color of the year Marsala!

The color that you surround yourself with in your home sets the tone for your living space. People often forget that their walls are just as important as their furnishings. Your walls are a canvas and when they’re perfectly balanced together with your furnishings, lighting and accessories they create a masterful painting that reflects your personal style and taste. Our home is our haven. That’s why I love Tempaper removable wall paper! From a design standpoint, it’s the perfect way to revitalize and incorporate the Pantone color of the year, Marsala, into any room in your home. Tempaper is self-adhesive, removable wallpaper that eliminates the need for paste or water. Simply remove its backing and adhere to a smooth, primed and painted surface. Just peel off to remove! It’s fun, has an amazing pattern and color selection and it’s easy to remove when you want to try something new! Add Tempaper to just one wall or your entire room. Prices range from $75 to $125 a roll.

As a designer I really love storage ottomans. Especially ones with multiple functions like this one from Kohl’s. This is not your ordinary storage ottoman, it also has a built in removable tray table on the reverse side of its lid! It serves multiple purposes and incorporates the Pantone color of the year Marsala into your home decor at the same time. It provides extra seating, storage and can be used as a service tray, tray table or side table. $129.99

I always say, “Lighting is the jewelry for your home” because it is! It does much more for your home decor than light your way across the room; lighting brings with it, color, vibrancy, shape and texture helping to set the tone and mood for your room. I love the simplicity of the round design elements and the rich Marsala color of Irene lamp by Safaveigh found at Wayfair. It comes as a set of two lamps 31”H x 14”Wx14”D making is a nice overall scale for side tables, nightstands or the office. It also has a maximum wattage of 100 which, allows for a nice bright light if you need it. As a designer, Wayfair has always been a great source for finding unique products at an affordable price for my clients.  It’s truly a one-stop-shop to finding everything that you need for your home or office with designer looks for less. Wayfair’s Price for the Irene lamp set of two is $159.99.

A decorative accent bowl serves more than one purpose and is a great way to bring a punch of color and design into your room. It’s a great investment because it’s what I call a double duty decor item. What I mean by that is that it looks great as a decorative display piece in a cabinet, on a book shelve or table and at the same time it’s a great way to serve food in for your guests at your next dinner party. I found this beautiful accent bowl in white and Marsala at Home Goods for only $12.99!

Have fun incorporating the Pantone color of the year Marsala, with its rich tone into your home!

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October 1, 2015

Laugh, Love, Live

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