Because I’ve been working long hours, I haven’t been crafting as much as I would like to.  Fall is my favorite season, so I’m starting to get back into the swing of things.  I jumped the gun and my first fall project of 2015 ended up being a DIY Skeleton Serving Dish.  Now, I’m focused and geeked about creating a few items for my home that are welcoming of the season. About a year or so ago I created some Yarn Balloons for a Tye-Dye Party. Ive chosen to use the same method to create a DIY Faux Leaf Art Bowl to display on my re-vamped cocktail ottoman.

I made a trip to Dollar General to pick up the following items:

  • 2 packages of Faux Leaves ($1 each)
  • Package of round party balloons ($1)

Project Total: $3.00

Tools: (items I already have on hand)

  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Craft Paint Brush
  • Blow Dryer
  • Tea Lights
  • Tongue Depressor
  • I blew up the balloons in 2 different sizes, a large one and a medium sized one and used a flower pot to hold the balloons in place.
  • I then applied the mod Podge to both the balloon and the leaves and layered them. Be sure to coat the leaves well when layering so that they hold together. I was having an issue with the leaves sticking together so I paused and used a blow dryer on the cool setting to speed up the drying process before adding more leaves. As you’re pasting the leaves, it best to use a tongue depressor to hold them in place as your drying them.


  • I allowed the mod Podge to dry overnight. Once it has dried, release the air from the balloons and carefully peel away from the leaves.
  • Voilà… you’re done.


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What a beautifully crafted piece of fall decor!!

I’m obsessed with candles (as if you didn’t know), so I placed a small votive holder with a battery operated tea light inside of both of them to make them illuminaries.

   Happy Fall Y’all!!!


DIY Skeleton Halloween Serving Dish

I was probing through Pottery Barn’s Decorate the Season 2015 catalog when I saw this Walking Dead Serve Bowl Set.  I was so anxious to get started on something along this line that I’ve skipped pass my fall decor crafts!

I tried watching an episode of The Walking Dead but couldn’t quite get into it, but I think this serving set is really, really cool!! It would be a totally awesome addition to a Halloween Party (one of the things on my Fall Bucket List) !! At the time of this post it is priced at $118. That’s a little much for my budget, however, I am inspired by this piece.  Their skeletons are made from cast aluminum which is a huge challenge that I don’t want to attempt at this time! I’m thinking of hosting a small Halloween Social for the kiddos this year. Nothing big, just a little something for my 7yr old son and my nieces and nephews.

So, the idea that I came up with is to create a DIY Skeleton Halloween Serving Dish! 

So simple and so inexpensive!

I stopped by the local Dollar Tree and purchased:

  • Plastic Skeleton
  • Glass Candy Dish
  • Bag of Bubble Gum Eyeballs
  • Bag of Fruit Juice Gummy Worms

TOTAL COST: A whopping $4.26


Tools: (items I have on hand)

  1. First, I spray painted the outside of the bowl to give it a ghoulish effect
  2. Spray paint the plastic Skeleton silver
  3. Just for fun, I painted the skeleton’s eyes, mouth and nose with Tulip Glow Paint 
  4. I attached the skeleton to the dish with hot glue
  5. Now, pour in the treats

Because I spray painted the outside of the candy dish, it can be used for food!


Say “Hello” to my pleasantly creepy candy server, Mr. Bones

DIY Skeleton Halloween Serving Dish


I will be using this dish to serve candy, but it can also be used to serve creative, ghastly looking Halloween inspired foods and dips.  A disgusting looking Guacamole Dip or this Brain Dip that I found over at Joe and Sue would surely be a delicious way to gross out your guest. Click here to get the recipe.


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Epsom Salt, Vinegar & Mouthwash Foot Soak

To some this post my seem a bit late being that were entering the fall season.  Most people start exploring foot remedies for flip flop season.  As for me, my feet receive abuse all year long! Not only that, but I’m a Type 1 Diabetic and my feet ache on a regular basis.  I asked my husband for heated foot spa massager for Mother’s Day and as usual he came through for me.

imageHe purchased a unit by Soozier.

I owned a foot spa massager in the past but the heating element was useless. I had to start out with hot water and before long my feet would be soaking in cold water. This one is so perfect!!  If you’re not careful, it can get so hot that you’ll end up having to wait for it to cool down.  I love the fact that it’s really deep which means it covers my lower calf muscles. It has a temperature adjuster, surf and vibrate function, foot massage rollers, wheels for easy transport and a drainage line that’s convenient for emptying the water when I’m done.

Since I received this much needed gift, I been online searching for DIY Foot Soaks to aide in relieving tired, achy feet. Im seeking a concoction that will relieve aches, soften my feet and eliminate foot odors    – I have cold, sweaty feet – T.M.I “I know”

This recipe is all over Pinterest, I’m sharing it with you in case you haven’t seen it!


EPSOM SALT – eases stress and relaxes the body.  Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. It helps regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles. Read more at

ANTISEPTIC MOUTHWASH – helps to treat toenail fungus. Read more at

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – aides in smoothing and softening dry skin and cracked heels. Also helps to treat toenail fungus with continuous use. Read more at

I didn’t use a recipe, I just added some Epsom salt to a gallon pitcher of warm water and stirred until it dissolved. I then poured it into the foot spa basin and added what I thought was a good amount of apple cider vinegar and mouthwash (not the blue kind, unless you want smurf feet). I did about an hour soak while drinking a glass of my favorite Stella Rosa wine and watching a previously recorded episode of Power.

This was a real treat, no scrubbing: the dead skin was easily wiped away with a towel and left my feet feeling soft and smooth. I followed up with a shower and moisturizing lotion and slept like a baby.



DIY Bleached Pine Cones

Isn’t nature one of the most beautifulest things in this world?

Decorating with rocks, branches and pine cones runs a style of earthy nature.  Pine Cones are classic Christmas decor, but I like to integrate them into my everyday living.  Luckily for me, I have a tree that produces pine cones right outside my front door! They are so versatile. You can spray paint them any color… even add some sass to them with glitter.  I once decorated a gift box for Christmas with pine cones. I considered it a 2-in-1. It made a beautiful gift box as well as a Christmas decor piece. You can see it here: 2-in-1 Pine Cone Gift Box. My doorhanger for Christmas 2013 was made using Pine Cones.

Have you ever used the bleaching method? It’s so easy and the results are gorgeous!

The process is quite amazing:

  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Pine Cones
  • Container
  • Plate or Bowl (or anything to anchor the pine cones)

Let’s begin:

  1. Place your pine cones in a container and add 2 parts bleach and 1 part water (if you want them lighter, increase the amount of bleach used)
  2. Use an item to anchor the pine cones to keep them submerged in the bleach solution
  3. I let them soak 36hrs (if you let them soak too long they will start to soften and fall apart)

4.  You’ll notice that the pine cones will began to close  

5.  After a 36hr bath, remove the pine cones and place them on a paper towel to dry

6.  Give them about a week, to completely dry out. During this time you’ll notice that they start to open up again  



 7.  Display & Enjoy


For more crafty ways to use Pine Cones, checkout my Pinterest Page

Pine Cone Crafts

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My Experience with NYX Lipwear

for starters, this post is in no way sponsored by NYX Cosmetics!  I was in the beauty supply store the other day to purchase hair color when I came across a colorful display of cosmetics.  I’m reluctant to buy lipstick from the beauty supply store from past experiences.  I purchased 3 tubes of lipstick (I can’t remember the brand) for just .99 and had a really bad experience. My lips began to peel.  The colors at the NYX station were so vibrant and bold that I couldn’t help but to give it a try.  I purchased a tube named Black Cherry for $5.99 and a lip liner by the name of Currant for $3.99.

In most cases the saying is true that you get what you pay for, but in this case I have to admit that I am very satisfied with this product.  I usually purchase my cosmetics from M.A.C.  I really like M.A.C’s foundation but I’m not 100% pleased with the lip wear. It tends to cause a feathering effect on my lips.

I wore the NYX lipstick and lip liner to work and was surprised that after drinking a Vanilla Rootbeer and eating lunch that it was still in place.  I went to reapply and realized that I left the tube at home.  I pressed my lips together with a soft rub and it was basically re-activated.  Of course it wasn’t as vibrant as when I first applied it but I still looked like I was wearing lipstick.

  • The top photo is my initial application
  • The 2nd photo is after 9hrs at work (including lunch and a soda)

That’s what I call Long Lasting Lip Color!!

No feathering, no bleeding and no lips peeling!

Personally, I did not experience transfer or premature fading.

Black Cherry is the only color I’ve tried so far. I’m looking forward to exploring more of their shades and other products.

What works for me may not work for you, but if you would like to give NYX lip wear a try for yourself, visit their website

NYX Cosmetics


Bedazzled Chuck Taylor’s

So, I bought my niece one of my favorite brand of casual kicks!

Chuck Taylor’s / Converse / All*Stars

They are an itty bitty size 2 for babies!! I couldn’t help myself, I had to Bedazzle & Bling them out!!

Bedazzled Chuck Taylor’s 

  • Small Rhinestones
  • Tweezers
  • E6000
  • Pink Sheer Ribbon

She’s going to be styling and profiling in her Glam’d out kicks!!

Bedazzled Chuck Taylor’s
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2015 Fall Bucket List

Its almost here!!!

My favorite season of all… FALL
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 marks the first day of Fall and I’m excited about it!

Im looking forward to coooler days and beautiful foliage.

Fall Bucket List

  • Exhale because hot summer days are over
  • Make Candles with Fall inspired fragrances
  • Attend a Dallas Cowboys Football Game
  • Visit the Pumpkin Patch
  • Hayrides
  • Carve a Pumpkin
  • Thanksgiving with Family
  • Fall Clothes Shopping
  • DIY Fall Door Decor
  • Make Carmel Apples
  • Harvest Season
  • Attend Fall Carnivals and Fairs
  • Trick or Treating
  • Attend a Costume Party
  • Have a Fall Picnic
  • Watch Football
  • Watch Fall Season Premieres
  • Collect Fall Leaves for crafts
  • Hike Pinnacle Mountain 
  • Family Photos
  • Camp Out and Roast Hot Dogs and Marshmallows for S’mores 
  • Makeover the Patio for Wine and Jazz nights
  • Christmas Shopping

So, I have my list ready! 

What about you? 

What are your plans for Fall?


Thai Wrapped Shrimp

Many, many years ago I was visiting my Aunt in Chicago. She drove a cobalt blue Porsche and we were cruising around downtown Chicago with the top down. She called in an order at a Thai Restaurant and we pulled up and they brought her food out valet style. I wasn’t familiar with Thai food at the time so I was extremely reluctant to order. She told me that the appetizer she ordered was a must try. I love shrimp, so I gave it a taste. I was hooked immediately. 5yrs later and I was back in Chicago, but out of touch with her. I was on a mission to find those shrimp. I found a restaurant in Oak Brook that served them and it became a twice a week thing. I located a Thai restaurant in Dallas that sold them, but after I moved from Dallas I never saw them again. 

Fast forward to the present… A new Asian Market opened in my neighborhood.  I asked the clerk about it and she gave me a simple recipe!

I used…

  • shrimp
  • Basil
  • Pad Thai Sauce
  • Wrappers
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  1. Marinate the shrimp and basil in Pad Thai Sauce
  2. Cut the wrappers in half to form triangles
  3. Wrap the shrimp & basil
  4. Deep fry at 300 degrees until golden brown
  5. Dip in Sweet Chili Sauce and enjoy!!





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DIY Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

I am fully aware of the true meaning of Easter, however I don’t see anything wrong with adding a few fun activities to get the kids even more egg-cited!  It’s a tradition for us to have an Easter Egg Hunt and award the children with a few prize eggs, as a matter of fact that’s how I grew up! The Easter Egg Hunt was something we always looked forward to.



I’ve been wanting to host a Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt, but last year we didn’t get to go visit family for Easter, so I decided to wait until this year. So this year I am adding some egg-tra fun to the festivities by finally hosting a Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt that I know will have them eggtremly eggcited! 

I have seen a few crafts where plastic eggs were used that were either wrapped with glow in the dark bracelets or the bracelets were inserted inside the plastic eggs. I happen to have have a few bottles of Tulip Glow-in-the-Dark paint on hand that I purchased from Hobby Lobby! The Glow in the Dark Paint comes in a package with 6 colors (pink, green, yellow, orange, blue and natural) for $9.99. Use the Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon and you’ll only pay $5.99!!

Here’s egg-xactly what you’ll need:

  • Tulip Glow-in-the-Dark paint
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • A group of Egg-traodinary kids
  1. Paint the eggs with the Tulip Glow-in-the-Dark paint and allow them time to dry.
  2. When the eggs have dried, egg-pose in the sun for a few minutes to activate the paint. 
  3. At nightfall the eggs will Glow-in-the-Dark for a fun eggventure!!



You can make markings on the eggs or choose a specific Glow in the Dark color to signify Prize Eggs!!

For added fun, include Glow in the Dark Face Paint and Glow in the Dark Jewelry. It’s cool to see them running around glowing as they collect the eggs!

The kids are sure to enjoy this Eggstravaganza!!


For more inspiration, 

check out my Pinterest board filled with more Eggcellent ideas..


You may also enjoy… DIY Silk Dyed Easter Eggs



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