DIY: Halloween Cards

I’m a big Halloween freak! I anticipate it’s approach all year, and can’t wait to finally be able to play my Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack the whole month.  Yes, I’m a big dork, but it’s okay, hehe.

 I thought it would be nice to make my very own handmade hallmarks to some friends & family,  So with Ol’ Hallow’s Eve fast approaching, I needed to dust off my crafting supplies and make some cards.   With the help of Martha Stewart Crafts & Marshalls stationary isle finds, I made a total of 12 unique ones that were soon ready to be stamped and sent off.  Now all I need are some treats!

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I have an appetite for macaroons only these are not for eating.

I am trying to complete my Alice in Wonderland themed guest bathroom, and I’m about 80% done [check out my Alice hand towels here].  I  have this jar that I got at Home Goods that I have been meaning to fill.  I thought  why not make it an “Eat Me” jar full of some type of pastry.  Enter my idea on looking for soap desserts.

I went on Etsy (I love supporting local artists), and found a shop by the name of Savon Marie or (Marie’s Soaps).  She is a retired school librarian who has a penchant for handcrafting soaps since 1999.  What stood out to me besides her beautiful artistry is her packaging and presentation of the bubbly soaps.  I mean I wanted to get everything, but I had to focus and just get the Macaroons for now, hehe.

I decided on getting 3 sets of macaroons in the scent of Lemon, Apricot, and Raspberry.  You have the option of getting one big mamma jamba macaroon or 3 full size macaroons for the price of $7.95.  I choose the full size, so I ended getting a total of 9 full size macaroons.  I thought that would be enough to fill up my apothecary jar.

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I was anticipating the arrival of my inedible treats like a little girl at a candy store.  When my shipment arrived, it did not disappoint.  I opened up my box so delicately and took off the foam macaroni.  The first thing I saw was a cute tag that said “Merci”; I was already excited! I then reached in and saw the most exquisitely adorable round boxes with pink lids and bottoms, a Marie Antoinette seal that says “never enough”, and sparkly ribbon that tied it all together, I was in heaven! I also found a lovely surprise in my box.  She included 3 fluer de lis soaps in different scents.  Sooo nice!

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On a side note, I had to include a picture of my pup Cash who made a cameo appearance while I was taking pictures, hehe.

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In the end, I was so happy with my purchase, not to mention my jar looks great!  All I have to do is make a little tag that says “Eat Me” to hang around the lid.  Although i’m considering, also adding a sign that says “Don’t Use”, haha!  Maybe that’s a  little too much, right, LOL? I think my guests have proper etiquette to not use the decorative soap ( I hope).

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Let me know what you think of my jar outcome!

Until next time, I bid Adieu!

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Crafting For A Cause

Last month, I came across a crafty Instagramer by the name of Leftylex.  She was making embroidered crafts to help raise money towards the adoption of her soon-to-be son named Kai.

I was so inspired and touched by her story, that I just had to purchase one of her beautiful necklaces that she made.

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It was simply adorable! It came in a pink chiffon drawstring bag.  The best part was the picture of Kai that was included thanking you for helping them towards their adoption goal.

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I recently checked to see if they met their $,5000 goal on YouCaring.com, and I found out that they did!  Although, they still need to raise more.  So if you are interested in donating for a great cause, please visit You Caring to help bring Kai home.  You can give as little as $5, and your name will be put on a puzzle piece that will be placed in Kai’s room.  You can also check out mom-to-be Alexcis Melendez on Instagram to see what new crafts she’s making to help her with the total goal.

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DIY: Gold Typography

I have gold rush fever, and I can’t stop giving things the Midas touch!

My recent endeavor is gold typography.  I have been seeing a lot of really great quotes or art in this glamorous medium, and I can’t help but join in on the bling crafting fun.

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There a lot of ways you can do the typography art, but I didn’t want to spend any extra money, so I used some items that I already have to create my own little slice of gilded quotable bliss.

Materials I used:

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Silhouette, Bic Yellow Gold Permanent Markers $6, White Cardstock, Ikea Frame $4

The quote I chose for my soon to be framed art is the Louise Hay affirmation, “Always Believe Something Wonderful Is About to Happen” because I know that’s a constant thing I need to remind myself everyday.

So I fired up my Silhouette machine, chose a font that I wanted my quote in, and made a stencil with cardstock.  I put the stenciled cardstock over white paper and carefully taped each side.  I then colored it in using the Yellow Gold Bic marker on white paper.

Optional: You can also give it some extra sparkle by adding some glitter for a little twinkle.  I used some gold glitter  by spraying a little adhesive and then sprinkling it randomly on the paper.  I let dry overnight just to make sure & then framed it in an Ikea frame.

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Voila!

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Here is my finished creation! I can’t wait to do more.  I think next time I will play around with some gold foil.

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DIY: Fury Cell Phone Cozy

Lately, I have been seeing these totally adorz little fury cell phone cozies or covers that just put a warm smile on my face.

 I have a passion for anything vintage and glam, and it reminded me of a classic 50’s fur coat.   So I had to have one because why not  keep my cell phone warm and sophisticated like a 1950’s housewife.

Instead of shelling out $20-$30 for one, I hit my local craft store to get some supplies to make my own.

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Materials:

♥ 1 Sheet of Craft Fur

♥ 1 Sheet of Felt

♥ Vintage Brads

♥ Scissors

♥ Hot Glue Gun & glue sticks

♥ Needle & Thread

I chose the hot glue instead of needle & thread to adhere the pieces together, but you can choose either or.

1. Glue sheet of felt to the back of the craft fur.  I chose felt that had a design on it just because I thought it would look nicer, but you don’t have too.

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2. Measure width of cell phone and cut material accordingly.  I left like 1″ extra on each side to give me enough space to glue the sides together.

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3. Glue sides inside out.

4. Turn it right side in and choose brads that you want to use.  The brads will go through the material so you don’t need to glue or sew them on which is great!

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Wallah! You have a new cell phone carrier to match with your winter wears and be the envy of all of your friends!

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In case your wondering my total cost was $9 and I still had enough left over to make another one for a friend!

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Friday night my girlfriend, Linny, calls me and says (in a deep Armenian voice) “I dislocated my knee while reaching down for a twix bar!” I clung to my phone and thought, “umm, did she really just say that?” So she begs me to save her from isolation and hunger by baking her my now infamous white chocolate pumpkin cookies.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of pumpkin (canned)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teasoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of walnuts (diced)
  • 1 cup of white chocolate


In a bowl, you will first mix the pumpkin, oil and sugar for about 2 minutes,

then you will add the vanilla and eggs for another 2 minutes,

finally you will add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, walnuts, and white  chocolate.

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 Lastley, Butter or spray a baking sheet,  use a spoon and dollop batter onto sheet (make sure to leave some space  inbetween each cookie) and bake @ 375 for 10 to 13 mins

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Voila! Delicious cookies for an injured friend (guaranteed to make their buttons burst at the seams).

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I took an extra step and crafted them up by wrapping them up in cellophane, making a pink tulle bow, and made some pink crutches!