Thanks to Sadie’s inspirational blog entry, I decided that I needed to read Jen Lancaster’s The Tao of Martha. Since I began reading this memoir, I have cleaned out and reorganized my wardrobe closet, laundry room, and utility closet. I have come up with some clever ideas for organizing along the way (these ideas will be posted at a later date). Jen and Martha have also motivated me to use my creativity to decorate for Halloween. I made a trip to Michael’s to pick up a few supplies…of course I checked out the Martha Stewart section because you really don’t need much else! I only purchased a bottle of glue, glitter, and some fun scrapbooking labels. This is what I came up with. Of course, I also made a pit stop to TJ Maxx for the haunted house candles and owl candle holders.
My mantle is now decorated and it only cost about $40. The only thing I already had was the fall leave garland that you see in the back and the ceramic pumpkin bag in the center. I found all of the glass bottles and jars around the house. You can use empty wine bottles, beer bottles, perfume bottles, vinegar and oil bottles…anything that you think looks good. I simply either glued or taped the scrapbook labels depending on whether I wanted to permanently use the bottle for decoration for years to come. If the bottle was empty, I used colored soap or spices I had around the house to fill the jars. I have one more craft project to make the mantle complete. Don’t worry I’ll let you have a look at that one too. In the meantime, get inspired!
So I’ve been back in the crochet mood lately. Basically because I started a new throw blanket for my new apartment and my new color scheme, but then I realized I had an unfinished throw that I was working on last year. It was actually the same pattern as one I made last year. Since that throw was 99% done, I figured it would be poor form to leave it unfinished. Ta-da!
So now that I’ve finished that, it’s on to the next project: a neutral throw for my new neutral living room. I picked a new crochet pattern from Lion Brand Yarn that is supposed to emulate the cable patterns in the knitting world. Here’s what it looks like so far:
I usually throw a lot of parties during the winter months and as a result I collect a lot of bottle caps. To make a few extra bucks, I use the beer bottle caps to make magnets to sell in the bakery. Last year I made about 75 caps thinking that I would just try to sell them and hope for the best. Little did I know that they would be a hot seller. At just $.99, they were a great souvenir for kids. Don’t worry parents, by the time the caps are finished you can’t see any alcohol advertisement to expose to the little ones.
It’s so simple. Just use a circle cutter (mine is Martha Stewart brand of course) to cut out a one inch circle of any desirable scrapbook paper that suits your fancy. Then you can decorate the paper cut-out with any sticker you want. I like to use a sticker that will give dimension to the cap. After you have the cap all set to the way you want it, place them on a non-stick surface like parchment paper (I even used a cut ziploc bag. Then, pour the clear resin into each bottle cap (I use Clear Castin’ Easy Cast that you can find at any Michael’s store) and let it set overnight. Then all you need to do is to hot glue a round magnet to the back of each cap. You’re creation is complete!